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Before the production started, there was a party, and many of the original Windmill girls attended. Bob Hoskins said it was remarkable; many of the women seemed to be older versions of the actresses.
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According to the director, Judi Dench was always slightly nervous that they would edit her speeches, as she had learned them. During the 'sherry-sipping' party before the opening of the theatre, at two points, Thelma Barlow's character prompts her in her speech ("Bread line... Employment"). This wasn't in the script, but Stephen Frears thought it was funny so included it into the final cut.
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Many scenes, such as the portraits, and the Wild West Show, are recreations from authentic photographs of the Windmill Theatre in its hey day.
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The scene where Mr. Van Damm and Mrs. Henderson were arguing about the name "Millettes or Millerettes" is all done in one continuous shot. Stephen Frears thought it better to 'stand back and let the actors interact'.
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The Lord Chamberlain refers to the groin as the 'Midlands', because Stephen Frears discovered that was what John Gielgud called the groin, and decided to add it in.
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The 'mouse' story was true; indeed, Van Damm and the the Lord Chamberlain's office were constantly arguing over the amount of light displayed on the bodies of the girls.
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Mr. Van Damm announces that Bertie has been kept out of military service by his heart murmur, and everyone present (including Bertie) reacts as if this is a great joke. This suggests that it's an official cover story. Homosexual acts were a crime in Britain at the time, although they were usually covered up rather than prosecuted. The presence of obvious homosexuals in the army was considered bad for morale, so it was common for perfectly healthy men of that nature to enlist for service and be turned away. Since recruiting officers often refused to even admit that homosexuality existed, they paid doctors to publish falsified medical reports naming such a disability as the pretext for why the volunteers were turned away.
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It was Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins who, having been signed, requested Stephen Frears to direct.
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Stephen Frears almost cast Celia Imrie as Lady Conway, but decided she was too young for the part. Thelma Barlow got it instead.
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Honeysuckle Weeks was offered a major role but declined because of the nudity involved.
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When Mrs. Henderson goes to visit the Lord Chamberlain for the first time, the room the scene was shot in was in a house on sale in London for £12 million.
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When Mrs. Henderson is in bed talking to Lady Conway by telephone, we see it as a split screen. Stephen Frears achieved this by filming them simultaneously side by side.
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Many of the scenes from the war were taken from real-life documentaries by Humphrey Jennings.
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Acting debut of singer Will Young, as Bertie, the Windmill's leading male singer.
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Mrs. Henderson says the famous Moulin Rouge music hall in Paris is the namesake of her Windmill. This is because Moulin Rouge translates as Red Windmill and has a windmill motif. She also mentions the female dancers in Paris who wear only bananas, an unmistakable allusion to the American expatriate who became a French national symbol: Josephine Baker.
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The film ignored the fact that Britain bombed German cities first in 1940.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The incognito Mrs. Henderson, dressed as a dancing polar bear, is played by Judi Dench and not a stunt double.

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