Ladies Who Do

Date: 1963
Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Production Company: George H. Brown Productions

Stars: Peggy Mount, Harry H. Corbett, Robert Morley
Location(s): London

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Storyline:

An group of office cleaners save their neighbourhood from redevelopment after making a fortune from a hot stock market tip.

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During the titles, a panorama of Battersea is shown. Culvert Road runs under the railway bridge with Sheepcote Lane, now Rowditch Lane, crossing from left to right. The area was seen in 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'.

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The camera zooms in, onto the street where the 'Ladies Who Do' live. This is Carpenter Street in London SW11 and the area has been redeveloped.

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As the titles continue, a shot of Pitt Street is seen. It has been suggested elsewhere that this is the real Pitt Street in Camberwell SE15 but Bob Trimmer knows better . . . . .

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Emily Parish (Avril Elgar) hurries to the bus stop. Looking towards Cambridge Cottages off Kew Green identified by Bob Trimmer.

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The bus approaches. Unknown location.

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Emily makes it to the stop where she joins Mrs. Higgins (Miriam Karlin), Mrs. Merryweather (Dandy Nichols) and Mrs. Cragg (Peggy Mount). This is Kew Green with Bushwood Road on the extreme right, The Lodge to the centre and a wall belonging to the now demolished Queen's Primary School on the left. Found by Bob Trimmer.

The bus carries the Charwomen through town. Trafalgar Square in WC2.

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Some things change little over the years. (RL)

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An establishing shot of Ryder Enterprises' city headquarters where the cleaners are employed. London Wall.

Tilting and panning down from the tower, the bus arrives in the street outside. Looks a lot like London Wall in EC2. If so, the area was also seen in 'Sebastian', 'The Sandwich Man', 'Three Hats for Lisa' and 'Blow Up'.

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Peter took this image of the Moorgate end of London Wall. The bus stop in the distance could be the same as in the screen grab.

Mrs. Merryweather and her colleagues alight from the bus.

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The back of a modern bus dominates the changed scene in this view by Peter.

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Mrs. Cragg lets herself into the house where she is Colonel Whitforth's housekeeper. Unidentified location.

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Property developer James Ryder (Harry H. Corbett) arrives in Pitt Street. Bob Trimmer advises that this is Cambridge Cottages in Kew.

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A notice is erected after Ryder has surveyed the street. Cambridge Cottages near Westerley Ware Park, Kew in the London Borough of Richmond located by Bob Trimmer.

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Mrs. Higgins makes comment about the notice to Emily and Mrs. Merryweather. Bob again confirms that this is Cambridge Cottages off Kew Green, Kew.

With Ryder facing opposition from the street and the Charwomen making money on the Stock Exchange from 'inside' tips, Emily enters Downing Street to visit Number 10 in an effort to promote contacts. London SW1.

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A fuzzy one from a 24 bus. Such a pity about those gates. SJ

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Children play on Pitt Street which, in reality, is Cambridge Cottages. Location found by Bob Trimmer.

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Ryder's car comes into view. Looking towards Willow Cottages and the trees of Westerly Ware Park beyond from Cambridge Cottages identified by Bob.

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The car is brought to a stand. Bob Trimmer recognised the familiar area as Cambridge Cottages in Kew, Richmond.

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The Chauffeur (Arthur Howard) readies workmen's attire as Ryder and Sidney Tait (Jon Pertwee) prepare an attempt to bribe the street's tenants. Bob adds that the background buildings were a builders yard at the time of filming which then became an office and is now a dwelling.

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Mr. Merryweather (Arthur Mullard) throws Tait from the house after he tries to persuade his Wife to move for £100. Looking northward along Cambridge Cottages, Kew located by Bob Trimmer. The roof to the top left belongs to Kew Toll House on the south bank of the River Thames.

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After picking himself up, Sidney Tait heads to meet Ryder further along the street. More of Cambridge Cottages.

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Ryder discusses the office block scheme with Mr Strang (Nigel Davenport), one of the backers who's on the verge of pulling out. Unconfirmed location.

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Ryder mistakes a flash car for Strang's as they set off for Pitt Street.

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Strang and Ryder arrive in the street after demolition contractors have started work. Needless to say, the 'Ladies Who Do' win the day by the end of the film. A last look at Cambridge Cottages with Kew Green behind the lorry. The location is identified by Bob Trimmer.