WAKES - 1952
by Arthur Crabtree
film appearance was as Landlady Mrs Slaughter. She had two
talking scenes in the film, the first with Sandra Dorne,
Lisa Dainley and Ian Wilson (as husband Alfred) kicks off
you are my dears, (entering room) one of my
best rooms, nice' n light n' airy, hot and cold running
TO SINK) oh
out of the way Alfred, (PUSHES PAST HUSBAND)
interior sprung mattress's,
(BOUNCES ON BED) every
modern comfort, just like it says in the advertisement,
and if you should want anything just ring for Mr slaughter,
come along Alfred" (exits room) her accents
is posh, but some bits come out a bit cockney, later on
in the film she reappears when one of the girls father (Leslie
Dywer as Mr Hawthorn) comes looking for her
MS-"Well Mr Hawthorne all I can tell you
is that your daughter left here on the Saturday night, or
rather the Sunday morning, and we haven't heard from her
MH-"Saturday, but there must be some mistake, she
told us she'd booked for the whole week"
MS-"So she did, and paid in advance, well
as I was saying it must have been after12 O'clock, because
we'd all gone to bed, and the front door was locked, it's
always locked at midnight that's the rule, if any of my
borders want to stay out later than that they can ask me
for a key and I'll give it to them, Well I can't say farer
than that now can I"-
MH-"No, No of course you can't, but what about my
MS-"Well I'm telling you, it must have
been close on 1 o'clock when the bell rang, Mr Slaughter
went down, and there she was, said she'd been called home
suddenly, illness she said it was, so she went up stairs
to pack her bags, and a few minutes later a car came and
tooted outside, and off she went"
MS-"Yes, shocking noise it made too, woke
up the whole house"
MH-"Well who, what sort of a motorcar was it?"
MS-"Well I really can't tell you, my private
apartments being at the back of the house, besides I'm not
one to pry into what doesn't concern me,(GOES
TO THE WINDOW AND PEEPS OUT THROUGH CURTAIN) my borders
all being very respectable,(MOMENTS PAUSE AS
HE READS POSTCARD) is something the matter?"-
MH-"It looks like her writing; it's addressed
MS-"Well what does it say then?"
this is a must see
for all fans, it's probably the nearest you will get to
see what she was like at the begining of her tv career as
no early perfomances seem to have survived from that medium.
NB: The publicity photograph from this film (CENTRE PIC)
was used to advertise Rita in Spotlight for over two decades.