Ballet Shoes (1975)

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Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Angela Thorne ...
 Sylvia Brown (6 episodes, 1975)
Jane Slaughter ...
 Petrova (6 episodes, 1975)
Elizabeth Morgan ...
 Pauline (6 episodes, 1975)
Sarah Prince ...
 Posy (6 episodes, 1975)
Barbara Lott ...
 Nana (6 episodes, 1975)
Terence Skelton ...
 Mr. Simpson (6 episodes, 1975)
 Theo Danes (5 episodes, 1975)
Sheila Keith ...
 Dr. Jakes (5 episodes, 1975)
Mary Morris ...
 Madame Fidolia (4 episodes, 1975)


Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer. Written by Hilary Caws-Elwitt

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27 December 1976 (USA)  »

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When Petrova is sat on Mr. Simpson's lap discussing moving house, a crew member holding a light reflector is visible in the glass display cabinet behind them. See more »


Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] When shall we see the dead?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say...
Dr. Jakes: [points to her watch and mouths: "midnight"]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] You heard Light say I was to wait until midnight.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Why midnight?
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is...
Dr. Jakes: [inhales deeply and loudly]
Pauline: [rehearsing as Tyltyl] Because that is when they take the air.
Petrova: [rehearsing as Mytyl] Midnight is striking!
Nana: [entering with tray of mugs] Cuck-oo! Cuck-oo! Cocoa! Cocoa!
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Remade as Ballet Shoes (2007) See more »

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A beautiful haunting memory has been satisfied!
24 November 2004 | by (Monterey, CA) – See all my reviews

When I was 13 years old, I saw a lovely show on the television one afternoon about three young sisters who take ballet lessons from a formidable old Russian dance teacher. I remembered the name of the show, "Ballet Shoes" and the names of the sisters, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy. I tried over the years to find some reference to it, asking people once in a while if they'd ever heard of it, and searching the early Web one time in 1996 to no avail. The memory of this beautiful film haunted me until today, nearly 30 years later. When I decided to do a little Web searching this afternoon, the memory of this film popped up again and I thought, "Hey, why not try again."

This time as well, I wasn't finding much except one strange page that gave a bit of what seemed like script for what it billed as "Balley Shoes." And, a name - - Noel Streatfeild. Using the name, I searched and found that Ms. Streatfeild was, indeed, the author of "Ballet Shoes" but had a tough time finding a film reference. Then, I typed "Pauline, Petrova, and Posy" into Google and found what I was looking for! Of course, I should have known that it was a BBC production, because it was so beautifully done! So, I am thrilled to have found this and am ordering the film as a keepsake of the fruits of persistence. Thanks for reading my tale. Buy this film for yourself and/or for your children and enjoy!

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