British Comedy Guide

The Crowded Day. Image shows from L to R: Maggie (Rachel Roberts), Suzy (Vera Day), Mrs. Morgan (Freda Jackson), Marge (Dora Bryan).

The Crowded Day

1954 British comedy film about the staff of a department store. Stars John Gregson, Joan Rice, Freda Jackson, Patricia Marmont, Jospehine Griffin and others.

The Crowded Day. Image shows from L to R: Suzy (Vera Day), Eunice's Mother (Thora Hird), Eunice (Prunella Scales). Copyright: Adelphi Films.

The Crowded Day

Comic drama set in a central London department store in the run-up to Christmas

Genre
Film
Released
1954
Starring
John Gregson, Joan Rice, Freda Jackson, Patricia Marmont, Jospehine Griffin, Sonia Holm, Patricia Plunkett, Rachel Roberts and others
Writer
Talbot Rothwell
Director
John Guillermin
Producer
David Dent

A comic drama charting a single day in the life of a number of the female staff of a central London department store in the busy run-up to Christmas.

With the staff Christmas dance that evening and a heaving shop floor, there's all manner of things to keep both the male and female staff occupied, physically and mentally.

For one, the thought of a screen test and her big break into acting keeps her going; another is desperate to hear from her fiancé, who's left in search of work. There's the troublesome, mean heads of department; frustrated love as boyfriends appear to favour their cars; and some who can't find any date for the dance at all.

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