by Piers Haggard
|Rita's final film performance
playing the part of nervous pet shop owner Mrs Loewenthal.
She gets to hold a reptile and seems quiet at home as she
is seen stroking it in her arms for the entire scene. Young
Phillip Hopkins enters the shop, Rita appears from behind
the back of the shop shouting "Who is it? who's
there? what do you want? get away from here. Go on, go away
and stay away". The boy finally gets his words
out "I've come to pick up my litter. Phillip Hopkins,
Oak Log" Rita becomes more relaxed "Oh of
course, Phillip Hopkins. I'm sorry I didn't recognise you.
How's your Grandfather? your box is here. You see Mr Loewenthal
hasn't been very well, he had to go to the hospital this
morning. I'm sorry I was rude to you, but boys are always
sneaking in here you see and it upsets the animals."
the boy takes his box and says "Well i'm sorry about
Mr Loewenthal" he starts to walk towards the door,
rita tells him " Thankyou" as he
exits the shop you hear Rita talking to her pet reptile
"His a nice boy Jacob, sit down Jacob"