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Ladies Who Do [1963] [DVD]

Harry H. Corbett , Miriam Karlin , C.M. Pennington-Richards    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Harry H. Corbett, Miriam Karlin, Robert Morley, Arthur Mullard, Dandy Nichols
  • Directors: C.M. Pennington-Richards
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011MPHTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,222 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Whilst financier, James Ryder, (Harry H. Corbett) discusses a potential take-over deal, he is unaware that Mrs. Cragg (Peggy Mount) is busy polishing the floor beneath his desk. After Ryder leaves, Mrs Cragg retrieves an un-smoked cigar from the wastepaper bin, wraps it in a crumpled telegram, and takes it for her next cleaning client, Colonel Whitforth (Robert Morley). The Colonel gladly accepts the cigar, but is even more excited by the contents of the telegram, which allow him to make a cool £5,000 on the stock market! However, Mrs Cragg feels uncomfortable with her easy gains and visits Mr Ryder s office in order to give him the money back. But when she finds out that the city financiers want to use her street for development, Mrs Cragg decides that they have to be stopped. With the help of fellow cleaners, Mrs. Merryweather (Dandy Nichols), Mrs. Higgins (Miriam Karlin) and Emily Parish (Avril Elgar), the ladies who do take on the city gents at their own game!

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Cragg and her neighbours in Pitt Street are cleaners in big City office blocks. Mrs Cragg also 'does' for Colonel Whitforth, an impecunious gambler. Early one morning she is under the desk when James Ryder arrives and discusses a potential take-over. She salvages a cigar for the Colonel, wrapping it in Ryder's discarded telegram. He uses both to advantage and shares the profits with her. A speculating company, Ladezudu, is formed with Whitforth as the expert and the ladies providing the information from their offices. Finally they invest their capital in irish pigs but swine fever eliminates both their capital. Meanwhile Ryder is negotiating the redevelopment of Pitt Street, his own home ground, with a time limit for demolition to start. The ladies and their friends gang up, confounding the contractors and the police. Whitforth arrives with heartening news of their fortunes. Ladezudu invite Ryder to join the board and share their redevelopment scheme. ...Ladies Who Do

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Peggy Mount comedy! 4 Feb 2008
By Luke73
Format:DVD
Ladies who do is classic british comedy at it's best from the ealing age of film from late 50s early 60s. Peggy Mount and Harry H Corbett give terrific performances as well as the well known supporting cast who you would have seen in somewhere else like Jon Pertwee (Dr Who). Ladies who do is finally coming to DVD. Sadly Peggy Mount's other two classics films on DVD: 'Sailor Beware!' and 'Inn For Trouble' have been deleted due to the company (DD Video) going into administration, but can be found elsewhere on the internet. Buy this DVD when it's release. You won't be disappointed by this classic comedy farce.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 14 Jun 2011
By D. High
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Unlike most reviewers here, I DID know the film.
I'm 58 now & I remember very clearly my Mum taking me & my mate along to see this. I was 10. Well, actually we wanted to see the movie it was being shown with ~ "It's all Over Town" starring Dusty & the Springfields and The Hollies etc. So we obviously sat through this film too ! (In the days of a good old "two-film, adverts, showing-next, Pathe news" presentation.
I LOVE old British movies ~ went to see a lot of them with my brother at the Croydon ABC or Odeon ~ & never tire of watchin them again.
I remembered this film very well & now own this DVD. A great cast, great script, Peggy at her best, Harry & the rest all doin good too. Every actor recognisable from so many films around that time..... but no Sam Kidd?? Ha !
Also scenes of the no.12 bus which I used to catch every day to school, Capitol House, & lots of familiar outdoor shots. Remember when brickwork was all black from soot? And 60s office tower-blocks were first seen? Love it all.

The story is really enjoyable & has me grinning all the way through. Yep ~ this is a good 'un.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 27 Mar 2008
By Kulgan
Format:DVD
This is a great discovery of a film, genuinely funny. The cast is a who's who of British comedy stalwarts of the early 60s playing to their strengths. Peggy Mount, Dandy Nichols, Miriam Carlin, Harry H Corbett (looking dapper), Robert Morley & Jon Pertwee.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this wonderful film known?? 23 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
At the time of writing this film is only available for DVD pre-order, but having just noted the forthcoming release I have to say that I'm delighted to learn that it's coming out on DVD.

I found this on video about five years ago for a pound in one of those remainder shops. I'd never heard of it and was surprised by this when I saw the cast, especially as it looks the sort of film that would have been televised in the afternoons in the 70s, maybe it was and I missed it, but, whatever, it was new to me when I saw it lying there. I don't even think I watched it right away - I think it stayed forgotten on the shelf for a couple of months and finally got a viewing when I was bored and rediscovered it while desperately browsing the shelves.

To be perfectly honest, because it was so unknown I thought it would just be one of those cheaply made below average comedies that were churned out at the time (our UK comedy stars weren't too expensive to hire - look at what great Carry On stars got - so getting a reasonable cast together even for a poor film wasn't hard), but it isn't, it's an absolute gem!

It's so long since I saw it that I can't really remember much of the plot now, and I can't even remember all of the cast list, so I know this isn't going to be a great recommendation for some people, but trust me on this - the stellar cast of great British comedy actors are on top form and the clever plot and top comedy leave me extremely puzzled as to why this film is so little known and not ranked alongside the other great British comedies of this period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladyzudu 25 Mar 2013
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I've always been a bit sceptical of Harry H Corbett's acting. it seemed to me that he was a bit of a one trick pony and that once he had done the slightly stupid voice and the eyes had goggled out and peered left and right a few times, there wasn't really all that much else to him. This film bucks the trend and makes me feel considerably ashamed of myself that I had overlooked this man's obvious talent for so long. Corbett plays the baddie here in a curiously under-stated fashion. The effect he pulls off is that he is a ratbag, but a ratbag borne out of innocence as opposed to avarice. This makes the whole film much more that a simple class war, which is how it could easily have been portrayed.

Corbett's delightful acting performance is one thing, but as the title suggests, this film is all about those marvellous ladies. Peggie Mount could turn up on a screen and recite the ingredients of washing powder and I'd find her entertaining; and as a militant charlady she is in almost a too perfect role. The interaction of the ladies with a new-found boss in the guise of the truly marvellous Robert Morley makes for a film that wraps you up in a big fluffy duvet and transports you back to a time when everything in the world made a hell of a lot more sense than it does now.

It's difficult to find anything bad to say about the film and so I suggest you add this to your collection as soon as you can!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by David Turnham
5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Mount at her best.
Great film with some very iconic late 50's early 60's sets, and fun spotting all the faces.
Published 1 month ago by Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
a good old funny film,dvd jumps a little bit,some you notice some you do not,but dont let that put you off,a funny film with a lot of old stars in it recommended
Published 2 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars ladies who do
loved this film,i love all the oldie,s a pure classic,good family film for us oldies that is.good delivery from the seller,
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any longer
No celebs, no polished beauties, just actors with a lot of character. What a great movie, such fun from beginning to end.
Published 7 months ago by U. Harper
3.0 out of 5 stars History Has Decided
Amazing in some ways that there are 31 reviews for this film on Amazon. Nostalgia perhaps. C.M.Pennington-Richards, the director, died at 95 in Bournemouth if I remember imdb... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies Who Do
Ladies Who Do is not only a funny film but a slice of life from the sixties. The characterisations are very good and believable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by christine lofting
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladies Who Do - UK comedy
Saw this comedy approx. 40 years ago. Been looking for it since DVDs came out, but couldn't remember the name until I Google'd it. Still just as great now as then. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mihi Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Peggy Mount and many others who I loved and found very funny,miss them all this is a very funny film what I think most will love as well..
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Marguerite J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful actresses
Bit dated of course, but still very enjoyable, watched it twice already........enjoyed both times......Black and white but still good quality......
Published 12 months ago by ClassicLady
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