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Ladies Who Do (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 22 June 1964 (Sweden)
The "Ladies Who Do" are office cleaners. One of them discovers some hot stock tips and they make a fortune. They then make good use of it to save their old neighbourhoods from the wicked developer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Cragg
... Colonel Whitforth
Harry H. Corbett ... James Ryder
Miriam Karlin ... Mrs. Higgins
Avril Elgar ... Emily Parish
... Mrs. Merryweather
... Sidney Tait
... Miss Pinsent
... Police Inspector
Cardew Robinson ... Police Driver
... Mr. Strang
Arthur Howard ... Chauffeur
... Stockbroker
Tristram Jellinek ... 2nd Stockbroker
... Doctor MacGregor


The "Ladies Who Do" are office cleaners. One of them discovers some hot stock tips and they make a fortune. They then make good use of it to save their old neighbourhoods from the wicked developer.

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22 June 1964 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Dame koje rade  »

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The film was made in 1962 under the auspices of the ailing British Lion company, but it was shelved until early 1964, like several other films made by British Lion or its subsidiary, Bryanston Films. See more »


Mrs. Higgins (Miriam Karlin) picks up a copy of the News of the World newspaper, indicating that it is a Sunday. However offices and shops are open, which would not have been the case in early 60s Britain. See more »


Mr. Merryweather: You're lucky I'm in a good mood today so I'm going to explain something to you. We ain't going to move. Not for nobody, and if you come here again annoying me an' my little missus, I'll splatter you all over the wall. Do you understand?
Sidney Tait: You make yourself abundantly clear, sir.
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Referenced in The Curse of Steptoe (2008) See more »

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Amiable working class comedy
8 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

LADIES WHO DO is a fun working class comedy about a put-upon cleaner, played with over-the-top relish by Peggy Mount, who comes into some money and decides to put it to good use via some decidedly illegal methods. This involves her employing an army of cleaners in a battle with a local property developer who is planning to raze their homes to the ground.

This is the kind of film which British studios used to do so well and it has a kind of cheeky, cheery, working class charm to it like the CARRY ON movies. Although Mount is an acquired taste for sure, the supporting cast is quite exemplary, headed over by Harry H. Corbett who is very convincing as the villain of the piece. Robert Morley plays the usual Robert Morley type role while Jon Pertwee is one of Corbett's aides (and Pertwee's own brother, Michael, wrote the script).

Avril Elgar and Dandy Nichols play other cleaning women and there are bit parts for Nigel Davenport, John Laurie, Ron Moody, Harry Fowler, Arthur Mullard. LADIES WHO DO packs plenty of one-liners and absurdist situations into the short running time and ends on a high with a pitched battle between the saboteurs and the workmen. It's not one of the best British comedies out there, but there's little to dislike about this film nonetheless.

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