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Love in Waiting (1948)

Set in England, post-World War II; three young women attempt to balance their waitress jobs and their respective love-lives whilst their employer's restaurant - and all the waitresses - is ... See full summary »


Douglas Peirce


Monica Dickens (original idea), Martin Lane (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Tomlinson ... Robert Clitheroe
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Dick Lambert
Peggy Evans ... Gloria 'Golly' Raine
Elspet Gray ... Brenda Lawrence
Patsy Drake Patsy Drake ... Mary Corder
George Merritt ... James Hartley Pepperfield
Eliot Makeham ... Sam Baxter
John Witty John Witty ... Harry Pepperfield
Linda Gray Linda Gray ... Miss Bell
Diana Chesney Diana Chesney ... Gladys
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Inspector Bates
James Lomas James Lomas ... Caley
Duncan Lewis Duncan Lewis ... Mr. Welby
Grace Arnold ... Emily Baxter
Richard Gilbert Richard Gilbert ... Mr. Crispin


Set in England, post-World War II; 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 lighthearted, 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 JestaCat

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 January 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un amore in attesa See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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27 February 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

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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