The Last of the Blonde Bombshells

Synopsis: After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was 15 and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompanied by the exception and urged on by her grand-daughter, Elizabeth hunts up all the old members of the band and urges them to perform, and in doing so, learns more than she knew about the band, its members, the roses on the drum set, and herself--the last of the Blonde Bombshells.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Director(s): Gillies MacKinnon
Production: HBO Video
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations.
83 min

Whatever she's listening to now

is just a bit further away.

You're much too young

to know those tunes.

What makes you think I know them?

You screwed up the changes

into the middle eight.

It was a good try.

You some sort of critic?

No, don't worry.

It's only if the audience notices,

you're in trouble.

Don't give up.

I didn't see you there.

- That was amazing.

- Thank you.

- May I touch?

- Well, of course.

I didn't know.

Remember that dance hall

I told you about?

You Rascal, You.

I played in the band.

Did women do that then?

What do you know about the war?

The 1939-'45?

We beat Germany one-nil?

It was an upside down world.

Women drove ambulances

and worked in shipyards and...

...I played in a band.

We called ourselves

The Blonde Bombshells.

Were you a star?

We played on the wireless once.

You were a star.

Yes, damn it, I was a star.

Grandma, why did you stop?

I stopped when the war stopped.

Then I was a wife and a mother

and a grandmother.

It's just something I did before I grew up.

But you carried on playing.

Well, I used to practice

when your grandpa was out playing golf.

But you're the first person to hear me for...

...dear God...

...nearly half a century.

That's terrible.


...I need your advice.

I'll try.

What's the best way

of showing respect for the dead?

That's easy. You go on living.

You're truly amazing.

- You're too good to be busking.

- I'm too old to have any other ambitions.

Why don't you take half?

Look, we play twice a week

and you buy the drinks, okay?


I think this might be for you.


Because it says,

"Fancy a bit of fun, dearie?"

Why should it be for me?

If you say because I'm a woman,

I'll smash you on the head with the guitar.

My glass is empty.

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Alan Plater

Alan Frederick Plater CBE FRSL (15 April 1935 – 25 June 2010) was an English playwright and screenwriter, who worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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