Set in England, post-World War III; three young women attempt to balance their waitress jobs and their respective love-lives whilst their employer's restaurant - and all the waitresses - is...
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Set in England, post-World War III; three young women attempt to balance their waitress jobs and their respective love-lives whilst their employer's restaurant - and all the waitresses - is investigated for potential black-market food trading. This light-hearted, romantic comedy is refreshingly heart-warming despite its subject matter. This is helped by tongue-in-cheek performances from the main actresses and a snappy script. Written by
Patsy Drake is Mary, and the film starts off with her at a train station, buying a one way ticket to London. Then flash to her step-father and some bloke who are discussing Mary and how this bloke is pegged to be the man's son-in-law (ie. suitor for Mary). Then Mary's mother rushes in with the news that she's run away to London, the step-father races off to catch her, and we never see him again, so god knows what happens to him between their house and London!
Now, we meet Gloria and Brenda, who are working in a dress maker's shop, and both manage to get fired (in an hilarious scene with an old lady who's not quite the figure she used to be..) So these two are out looking for a job when they see a sign wanting "refined young ladies, which is SO not them, but then Golly (Gloria, Golly for short) gets her heel caught in a grate, and it breaks off and that's the last straw; they're darn well gonna be refined ladies! So they walk into the office where Mary is waiting for her interview, and bang, a beautiful friendship is born (including later on the natural invitation for Mary to move in with them) Mary's had nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep since she ran away, so the others take her to get some food when they've been waiting 15 minutes and no interviewer has showed up. Except when they walk through into the restaurant, Gladys (seems to be the head waitress) sees they've come from the interview office, assumes they are new waitresses, and gets them all kitted up before they can say a word! The movie moves along smoothly and very humourously (their neighbour, a cop, seems to be always over borrowing things, which the other 2 girls neglected to tell Mary!) until we find out that food has been sold on the black market, and it seems to all be coming from that very restaurant! And since Golly, Brenda and Mary are the only new girls since this has begun, they are dragged in for questioning, and wouldn't you know it but the cop next door is the detective's righthand. And when everyone finds out that these 3 girls never had an interview, the plot can only thicken...
Keep an eye out for the manager, he's Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins, just 20 years younger (and he looks it!), and remember that almost no one is what they first appear to be.
I loved it! 10/10, and it's a pity Patsy Drake wasn't in more films.
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