• Short Summary

    Great story shows a day in the life of Windmill Theatre showgirl Anita D'Ray.

  • Description

    Titles read: "SHOW GIRL". (Day in the life of a showgirl.)

    London.

    16-year-old Windmill Theatre showgirl Anita D'Ray is seen in her coat and headscarf, walking along the side of the the theatre and going in through the stage door. She speaks to the stage door manager and picks up her mail. Anita in rehearsals with other chorus girls. She can't quite get the steps so choreographer Joan Jay dances beside her to help her out. Head and shoulders shot of Anita in the shower with a turban on her head. C/U of shower head. Zip pan down to Anita's legs.

    In the wardrobe department we see women sewing costumes for the girls. Anita tries on a sequinned number with a plunging neckline; designer Bobby Roper does the fitting. Another girl wears a peasant costume. Anita is seen eating in the canteen with other girls. Girls put on their costumes and fix their hair and makeup before going onstage. Lighting manager turns a lever in the wings.

    Anita and the girls do a tap routine on stage. All the other girls wear tap shoes while Anita wears white sandals (strange). The girls dash about backstage. Anita tries to make a phone call in the corridor amid the noise. She then pops out to the shops, doing up her coat over her costume. She buys a marrow (?) at a market stall. Anita joins two other showgirls on the roof of the theatre for a spot of sunbathing.

    Another shot of lighting man doing his stuff, then we see the girls in another tap routine (Anita still hasn't found her taps). Girls get changed in the dressing room; costume unzipped and falling to the floor around feet. Anita goes home and takes off her shoes then combs her hair. Dissolve into Anita in her nightie. She gets into bed (fully made up) and goes to sleep.

    Notes: The doorman is Ben Fuller and Bobby is R.St.John Roper one of Britain's best costume designers in the costume department scene.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1396.24
    Media URN:
    45521
    Group:
    New pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1946
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:28:00 / 01:43:50:00
    Canister:
    NP 109

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Cuts from this story can be seen in clip 2042.08.

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