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

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1954
Stars
John Gregson, Joan Rice, Freda Jackson, Patricia Marmont, Jospehine Griffin, Sonia Holm, Patricia Plunkett, Rachel Roberts and more
Writers
Talbot Rothwell, John Paddy Carstairs and Moie Charles
Directors
John Guillermin and Patrick Kelly
Producer
David Dent
Companies

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.

Additional details

Tagline
A story of shopgirls and their men!
UK certificate
A
Duration
83 minutes
UK cinematic release
November 1954
Produced
1954
Distributors

Adelphi Films

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Black and white

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 4:00pm on London Live
  • Saturday 6th August 2016 at 7:10am on London Live
  • Thursday 4th August 2016 at 2:30pm on London Live

Recording details

  • Nettlefold Studios
  • Bourne & Hollingsworth (Oxford Street) - Interior and exterior location filming

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