Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Synopsis: War threatens London as Miss Pettigrew, a destitute governess, filches a client's card from her agency and presents herself at the door. A singer named Delysia Lafosse wants a social secretary as she seeks a West End role by sleeping with a feckless producer in the bed of Nick, a smarmy nightclub owner with whom she also dallies. She ignores Michael, her piano player, who loves her and has tickets for New York on the Queen Mary. Miss Pettigrew's job is to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called upon to help an ambitious and unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her older fiancé, a lingerie designer. Has Miss Pettigrew found her calling?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Bharat Nalluri
Production: Focus Features
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

may I speak to you?

Mrs. Lafosse...

Oh, heavens!

Answer that, will you? If it's

Nick, tell him... Tell him I'm dead.

Good morning, this is Miss Holt

here, of Holt's Employment Agency.

I've just rung to say that one of our

best women is on her way over to you now.


No, no,

no! That won't be necessary.

I'm afraid that

Mrs. Lafosse is dead.


Don't really do kitchens.


Any luck with Phil?

I'm so sorry, Mrs.

Lafosse... Delysia.

Delysia, I'm afraid I walked in

on your guest in a state of nature.

I fear that I have outraged

his sense of propriety.

Oh, no, Phil doesn't

have one of those.

He's a much bigger boy

than I had expected.

Oh, you noticed.

He is, isn't he?






You, too.

He's at the club.

Be here in 10 minutes.

Oh, God.


- Nick!

Another man?

Well, of course

another man!


I'm afraid there has been

a misunderstanding.

I can see the problem clearly

now and I really must be going.

You do?


See the problem. Really?

Well, yes.

- I knew it.

From the moment I set eyes on you, I just

knew I could trust you. I can, can't I?

Yes, you can.

- Thank you.

Thank you.

You've saved my life.

Have I?

- Hmm.

A two-pronged attack

should do it. Let's go.

Though I don't think you

should mention about Nick.

Or Michael.

- Michael?

Is he your son?

- My son? Lord, no.

Michael wants

to marry me.

Another man?

You don't have to wake

the neighbors about it.

Besides, that's only three.

Phil's rather free

about where he undresses.

He's a theater producer.

Well, his father is.

Phil's got his first show on at

the Ambassador. I've got the lead.


I'm pretty sure

I have now.

Hello again.

Awfully sorry about earlier. I

thought you were someone else.

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David Magee

David Magee (born 1962) is an American screenwriter who was nominated for a 2004 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Finding Neverland. Along with Simon Beaufoy, he wrote the screenplay for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, which was released in 2008. His 2012 screen adaptation of the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel earned him a Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He is currently writing the screenplay for the Disney musical Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The film will star Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and is scheduled for release in December 2018.Magee is also the screenwriter for the next Chronicles Of Narnia film, The Silver Chair, which is being produced by the Mark Gordon Company and released by TriStar films. more…

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