Tales of the Unexpected: Season 6, Episode 7

Down Among the Sheltering Palms (21 May 1983)

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Gerry T Armstrong is on holiday in England, revisiting some of the places he saw when he was a young GI. The old dance hall is now a tawdry nightclub but Gerry is still looking for a girl ... See full summary »

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Gerry T. Armstrong
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Sid
Margaret Courtenay ...
Marge
Anne Carroll ...
Lena
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Bill
Vanessa Paine ...
Carol
Barry McCarthy ...
Jeff
Gabrielle Hamilton ...
Doris
Peter Jessup ...
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Clare Welch ...
Dancer
Unity Grimwood ...
Dancer
Barry Grantham ...
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Gerry T Armstrong is on holiday in England, revisiting some of the places he saw when he was a young GI. The old dance hall is now a tawdry nightclub but Gerry is still looking for a girl he met there during the war. Why does he become increasingly desperate as the night drags on? Written by Gazhack

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Think the previous comment misses the point
14 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

OK, sorry to give away the ending but there IS a twist at the end. The old American guy spends the evening trying to speak to the girl who reminds him of his lost love Doris during the war (though it's actually just a modern young girl) but he doesn't go back to a hotel - he goes home to his unpleasant shrewish wife. You find out that he lives in Britain and the implication is that he actually married Doris and settled down there but the young, innocent and charming girl he met grew into a horrible old bag (who says she never did like that dancehall). Thus Doris was only "lost" in the metaphorical sense. That's also why, throughout, there are various comments about other Yank soldiers who had affairs and then went home to the US - it's what he obviously should have done. It's actually quite a sweet and clever story, not the best "Tales" but not bad. There's also a bit of humour with the other old lady who keeps trying to force him to dance with her. Mind you the fashions and set are pretty naff.


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