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Ladies Who Do (1963)

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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050DOQOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Cast: Peggy Mount, Robert Morley, Harry H. Corbett, Miriam Karlin, Avril Elgar, Dandy Nichols, Jon Pertwee.
Description: Mrs. Cragg (Peggy Mount), an honest cleaning lady who's acts of kindness inadvertently brings her a large sum of money in the stock market. Must decide if her easy gains are more important than the well being of her family and neighbors when a group of city financiers decide to re-develop her neighborhood. With the help of her happy gang of cleaning ladies, Mrs. Merryweather (Dandy NIchols), Mrs. Higgins (Miriam Karlin) and Emily Parish. They plan to put a stop to the re-development project, going up against the city financier gents led by James Ryder (Harry H. Corbett) and Colonel Whitforth (Robert Morely). A forgotten comedic romp from the classic days of British Cinema, available once again to movie lovers worldwide.
Color/B&W: B&W. Running Time: 85 mins.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful British humor! October 19, 2010
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I saw this movie, for the first and only time, as a child - on one of those rare Saturday nights when Mom and Dad let me stay up late. So, with many promises that I would not complain in the morning and get up and do all my chores, I settled my 11-year old self down and laughed at those strange English accents and at a cast of character actors that you don't see together in movies anymore. I have always carried that movie around in my memories and before the advent of computer stores like Amazon, I could only hope it appeared on TV, once again. Unfortunately, that never happened. So flash ahead 40-some years and you find me looking for this movie and other old favorites, every year or so, on Amazon and other sites. You can't imagine how thrilled I was when I typed in the title yet again and POOF! - there it was - my childhood memory on DVD. Five days later it arrives - like time machine magic - and I settle myself down to watch, hoping the years haven't distorted this treasure of my past. It was wonderful! Although the years had rewritten the story in my mind - it was better than I remembered. For now, I could really appreciate the humor and that unknown element of childhood called satire. Now I just have to find that British comedy/spy movie about women code-breakers during WWII. I have flashes of memory about interviewing candidates with anagrams and word games at a bus stop and an unforgettable scene involving break times in a padded room - but alas, my childhood memories do not furnish me with the title. Who knows? - someday it could happen. My old friend "Ladies Who Do" seemed like a dream and that came true. Thank you, Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies September 28, 2012
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When charwoman (or as we Americans would say, "cleaning woman") Mrs. Cragg (played by Peggy Mount) finds a half-smoked cigar in a trash can and takes it to her other employer, Colonel Whitforth (Robert Morley), he finds that she had wrapped it in a memo that contained some valuable insider information. Taking that information, the Colonel makes a quick and easy 5000 pounds. With so much money to be made, the Colonel and Mrs. Cragg organize a conspiracy of charwomen who collect important-looking papers for some insider-trading. However, when the women discover that their neighborhood is about to be demolished and redeveloped, they begin the fight of their lives!

I first saw this movie as a lad, and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. I still love seeing it to this day. Peggy Mount and Robert Morley (I love Robert Morley!) bring an easy chemistry to the screen, which makes the story seem so realistic. The comedy is very nice and cerebral (this being the pre-Monty Python days), and the movie is pleasantly entertaining to watch. This movie is very hard to find nowadays, which is a real pity. If you can get a hold of this movie, then do so, you won't be disappointed!
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