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Miss London Ltd. is a 1943 British, black-and-white, comedy, musical, war film, directed by Val Guest and starring Arthur Askey and Evelyn Dall. It was produced by Edward Black, Maurice Ostrer, Fred Gunn and Gainsborough Pictures.
|Miss London Ltd.|
|Directed by||Val Guest|
|Written by||Marriott Edgar|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Edited by||R. E. Dearing|
|Music by||Bob Busby|
|Distributed by||Gainsborough Pictures|
This musical comedy playing in wartime London, stars Arthur Askey as Arthur Boden alias Miss London, the name of the escort agency he inherited from his mother. Soon he is joined by his new American partner, Terry Arden (Evelyn Dall), as she inherited the other half of the Agency from her parents, who just arrived from abroad. The first thing she accomplishes is to clean up the office, together with her partner. Then they have to renew the files of escort-Ladies. In order to do so, each of them goes searching in different places. Arthur Boden is assigned to the railway station and finally he finds railway clerk Gail Martin (Anne Shelton) to hire. 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 of Sailor Meredith plays a decisive role.
The film features a surreal self-parodying sequence in which Boden, in order 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.
- Arthur Askey as Arthur Boden
- Evelyn Dall as Terry Arden
- Anne Shelton as Gail Martin
- Richard Hearne as Commodore Joshua Wellington
- Max Bacon as Romero
- Jack Train as Joe Nelson
- Peter 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 as Miss London
- Hilda Campbell Russell as Cabaret Singer
- 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)
- "Miss London Ltd. (1943) | BFI". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 2 July 2015. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
- "Miss London Ltd. (1943) - Movies to Watch, Classic Movies 90s". Movie This Friday. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.