A nice part for Rita,
probably one of her biggest in films.She plays "Cassandra
the soothsayer", popping up throuhout the film.
The first scene is near the begining, standing at the
top of the stone steps she shouts " Wow, wow
and thrice wow" Frankie Howerd turns to camera
and quips "Oh dear. This is Cassandra, the soothsayer"
and looks back at her. Rita rants "Oh wicked
people of Pompei repent your evil ways, for I have been
high on 'Vesubio' and the Gods have given me a sign!"
The crowd laugh as Frankie adds "Oh know, don't
laugh. It's wicked to mock the aflicted"
Rita starts again "Repent now I say or suffer
the evil fate that befell the wicked people of Gamorra"
Frankie mocks "Quite, quite" as Rita
in front of Frankie exclaims "And soddom!"
Frankie quips back "I quite agree dear, the lot
Rita stretches out her arms and shouts "Skys
will grow dark. The wind will howl. Fire and brimestone
will rain down upon the city, and all will famish in the
flames." she starts walking through the crowd
and out of shot crying "Oh wow, wow"
The camera turns back on Frankie who says "Oh
she is a misery isn't she! Still I feel sorry for her,
poor soul. Because she's very inbittered you know, oh
very inbittered. Did you notice that ring she had on?,
well apparently that was given to her by the man she loved
when she was 18. well he left her, and she's never had
it off since! Oh it is a shame."
The next time we see Rita is when Frankie
is in a tight spot with some guards.As he is pinned against
the wall at sword point Rita enters exclaiming "Repent
of your evil ways sinners of Pompei, or Pompei will be
destroyed. More warnings will follow. I Cassandra for
Frankie has given the guards the slip and runs away to
hide. Rita keeps reappering as explosions are heard, she
shouts "Oh great jupiter show them I speak
the truth" the scene cuts back to Frankie
and then back to Rita shouting "Send them a
sign" at this moment two large clay pots
of boiling water explode where Frankie is hiding, Rita
excitedly quips "The gods are working well
When frankie has to fight "Gargo" the wrestler
(played by Bernard Bresslaw) Rita is seen in the crowd
jeering Frankie on. Eventually he gets thrown into the
crowd and onto Rita's lap, she tells him "You
will come to no harm, the gods have spoken"
he replies "Well they may have spoken to you,
but have they spoken to Gargo!"
Rita is seen again when Frankie is running amock in the
palace, Rita comes towards him crying "The
prophecy of the gods will be forfilled" Frankie
runs past her as she asks him "Wait,
don't you feel anything?" he replies "I
rarely get the chance dear, and i've no time now"
she grabs hold of him by his pants and says "The
end is near, all will soon be revealed!" Frankie
snaps at her "It will if you don't let go of my
knickers! Do you mind" she carries on "Repent
ye, before it is too late"
At the end of the film after Pompei is destroyed Rita
appears amongst the ruined city shouting "Oh
wow, wow and thrice wow. The end is near. Pompei is destroyed
and it's disgusting inhabitants turned to stone"
she looks down at Frankie and says "What's
this one remaining?" he quips "Don't
include me dear i'm off" she shouts back "Witherest
thou away" he replies "yes and I
can't blame the weather" Rita finally rants "You
shall not escape the wrath of the gods. You too shall
be a stone, oh Pompei utterly destroyed. Oh Pompei, Pompei
is destroyed, oh wow (The last bit of dialogue
is heard slowely fading away while Frankie faces camera
and delivers his speech)
Rita is seen once more as Frankie in modern times takes
a bunch of tourists on a tour of the stone statues in
Pompei. Rita is dressed as a nun and after looking at
a couple in bliss turned to stone, she rushes off with
the familiar "Oh wow, wow and thrice wow, the
gods have spoken" following her.