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Miss London Ltd.

1943

Terry Arden (Evelyn Dall) arrives in London from the USA to re-establish an ailing escort agency providing suitable companions to young men for the evening. The agency is called Miss London and half-owned by diminutive joker Arthur Bowden (Arthur Askey). Terry examines the current portfolio and decides the agency must embark on a recruitment drive and enlist a handful of beautiful London glamour ladies to accompany the many single officers on leave revelling in the capital. Their first client is Captain Rory O'More (Peter Graves), and the agency send railway announcer Gail Martin (Anne Shelton) to accompany him, but the date turns into a disaster when Arthur and Joe disrupt their romantic meal.


Miss London Ltd. is a 1943 British, black-and-white, comedy film, musical film, war film, film director by Val Guest and starring Ronald Shiner as Sailor Meredith and Arthur Askey as Arthur Bowden. It was film producer by Edward Black, Maurice Ostrer, Fred Gunn and Gainsborough Pictures.

Plot

This musical comedy stars Arthur Askey as Arthur Bowden, the head of an escort agency in wartime London. He is assisted in this role by Evelyn Dall and soon has railway clerk Anne Shelton (singer) on the books. The opening sequence of the film features the latter singing "The 8.50 Choo Choo For Waterloo Choo" at Waterloo Station before she is recruited by Bowman for his agency. As usual, Ronald Shiner's character (Sailor Meredith) plays a decisive role.
The film is notable for a surreal self-parodying sequence in which Bowman, to gain entrance to a hotel, pretends to be the famous Arthur Askey, using some of his choice catchphrases. Other spoofs include Askey and Dall doing a routine as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and, with Shiner in addition, as the three Marx Brothers.

Cast

  • Arthur Askey as Arthur Bowden
  • Evelyn Dall as Terry Arden
  • Anne Shelton (singer) as Gail Martin
  • Richard Hearne as Commodore Joshua Wellington
  • Max Bacon (actor) as Romero
  • Jack Train as Joe Nelson
  • Peter Graves, 8th Baron Graves as Captain Michael "Rory" O'More
  • Jean Kent as The Encyclopedia Girl
  • Ronald Shiner as Sailor Meredith
  • Iris Lang
  • Virginia Keiley
  • Una Shepherd
  • Sheila Bligh
  • Noni Brooke
  • Patricia Owens (actress) as Miss London

Soundtrack

  • Evelyn Dall and Anne Shelton – "A Fine How Do You Do" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Evelyn Dall – "Keep Cool Calm and Collected" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Arthur Askey – "The Moth" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Arthur Askey – "I'm Only Me" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Anne Shelton – "You Too Can Have a Lovely Romance" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Anne Shelton – "The 8.50 Choo Choo" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • Anne Shelton – "If You Could Only Cook" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)
  • "My Father Was a Yes Man" (Words and music by Val Guest and Manning Sherwin)



Category:1943 films
Category:1940s musical comedy films
Category:1940s war films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:British musical comedy films
Category:British war films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films directed by Val Guest
Category:Films produced by Maurice Ostrer
Category:Gainsborough Pictures films
Category:British World War II propaganda films
Category:World War II films made in wartime
Category:British films
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