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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  15 August 2008 (UK)
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Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.

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Storyline

War threatens London as Miss Pettigrew, a destitute governess, filches a client's card from her agency and presents herself at the door. A singer named Delysia Lafosse wants a social secretary as she seeks a West End role by sleeping with a feckless producer in the bed of Nick, a smarmy nightclub owner with whom she also dallies. She ignores Michael, her piano player, who loves her and has tickets for New York on the Queen Mary. Miss Pettigrew's job is to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called upon to help an ambitious and unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her older fiancé, a lingerie designer. Has Miss Pettigrew found her calling? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every Woman Will Have Her Day

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

A Vida num Só Dia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£90,878 (UK) (15 August 2008)

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£90,878 (UK) (15 August 2008)
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Trivia

The short of Delysia getting out of the bath is a based on Botticelli's 'The Birth of Venus', as she copies the body position together with the sea-shell pattern on the wall behind her. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Pettigrew leaves the employment agency with Delysia's card, she is wearing a charcoal-colored coat. As she is walking the street towards that address she is wearing a tan coat. When she walks into the lobby of the building, her coat is again charcoal. See more »

Quotes

Michael: Ice pick?
Delysia: It's in the drawer. Somewhere! Ice in the Fridgedair?
Michael: I want the pick for murder, not ice.
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T'Aint What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)
Written by Sy Oliver (as Oliver), James Young (as Young)
Arranged and Conducted by Paul Englishby
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