Rita has a nice little part, playing
'Mrs. Lee' opposite Jess Conrad as Barney, her son.
We first see her in Court where she sits nervously watching
the proceedings, but the best scene comes when the film
flashes back to previous events. Barney is at home with
Mum and Dad (Henry Mcgee), busily shining his shoes for
a night out with the lads. Rita nags him: "Oh
hurry up will yer Barney, I want you to take this shopping
over to Ginger's Mum". Barney carries on,
complaining that he doesn't have time. Rita accidently
steps on his shoes, and Barney has a go at her: "Ere
ook out, Gawd Blimey, look what you' ve done to my new
shoes". Rita shouts back at him "well
you leave them all over the place Barney, I ain't got
eyes in the back of me head now have I ?". Barney
snaps back, and Dad lets slip that his Mum had stepped
on them before. Annoyed, Barney asks, "Have you trod
on these before?". Rita replies "Oh shut
up, I'll give yer one" and makes a jesture
to hit him before telling him again, "Take
this shopping over to Mrs. Thompson". He
tells her that she's got a liberty after treading on his
shoes, but Rita does not relent, "Go on Barney,
my legs ain't up to it". He grumbles about
working all day as he continues to get ready. His Dad
makes a jibe about his shoes and the two start to squabble.
Rita is making tea and tells him again, "Oh
take the shopping Barney". Dad is sitting
drinking Guiness and asks Rita if the doctor had called
into see Mrs C., and Rita replies, "Yeah, no
wonder anybody being ill, breathing the kind of air yer
get round ere" as she carries on making tea.
"They say it's cancer", Dad replies gloomily.
"Oh yer a right happy pair you are" Barney
tells his parents, Rita pours hot water into the kettle
nagging Barney once more,"Take the shopping
will yer Barney".This time Barney says he
will, admires his shoes one more time and tries to get
his Dad to lend him some money, while Rita watches silently.
Barney finally leaves, taking the shopping with him.
In the last of Rita's scenes she is back at the Court
where she is sitting with all the other boys' parents,
and as her 17 year old son's full name, "Brian Harold
Lee", is called out and he pleads "guilty"
to the crime, Rita holds back the tears. After the life
sentence is pronounced, Rita gets up slowly, almost in
tears, and leaves the gallery.