Ballet Shoes

Synopsis: Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil live with Sylvia Brown, their guardian. Money is tight and as the story opens, three boarders - a garage owner, a retired English professor, and a dance teacher - come to stay. Theo Dane, the dance teacher, has the girls accepted at her school by the formidable Madame, and the three go on the stage to help raise money. Each discovers her talents - Pauline as an actress, Petrova in fixing engines, and Posy as a dancer.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Sandra Goldbacher
Production: Koch Vision
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

of such a number for a house.


Forgive my boldness, sir,

but wooden leg or no wooden leg...

you are this child's

last surviving relative.

Her father named you

as guardian in his will.

I don't dispute that.

I merely point out that this house

is a shrine to paleontology.

There is no corner in it for

a small girl, or her nurse.

We require two rooms, that is all. Some

of these stones can go to a museum.

My fossils?

In a public museum?

This has got nothing

to do with fossils.

If you don't want the child,

you should say it straight out.

- She'd be miserable here.

- My parents are dead.

I'd be miserable anywhere.

Smilodon popularis.

Why don't you just

stick a knife in my heart?

They're all magnets for dust, and

that big cat was plain unpleasant.

It 's a sabre-toothed tiger, Nana.

It 's lovely.

Gum, a skeleton!


I keep a pack of women

in this house...

and there isn't

one of them about anywhere...

when they are wanted!

Oh, darling Gum!

- We weren't expecting you!

- Ship sank. Iceberg.

If you don't mind my asking, sir,

what have you got in the bag?

- Ah, a surprise.

- Let 's hope it 's not a fossil.

The world is full of entrancements,

woman! Not all of them made of stone!

- A baby?

- Found it.

Floating on a lifebelt.

Both parents drowned,

awful bloody shame.

A baby! Came in just like that,

what will people say?

Have you no regard for your

great-niece's reputation?

I'll put a notice in the Times!

"Professor Matthew Brown

adopts entirely unrelated child!"

- But, Gum...

- I thought women liked babies!

They like babies that are

in good order! Babies with names.

Well, I thought perhaps Pauline.

And surnames.


It 's not as though we've got

an empty room to put her in!

You don't mind, do you?

Gum, I came here

with nothing, once.

That 's the spirit.

Where are you actually going?


I'll bring you back a souvenir!

No, not another one?

Red Cross hospital,

outside Vladivostok.

Mother died when it was born.

What about the father?

Salt mines, worked to death.

Awful bloody end.

They called her Petrova.

Needs feeding up a bit.

It 's to be hoped

this one has brains...

for it 's easy to see who's going

to be Miss Plain in my nursery.

"Dearest Niece, another small fossil

from your great-uncle Matthew.

Daughterof a dancer, mother has no

money and no time for heroffspring.

She sends a pair

of ballet shoes, enclosed."

He says:
"I regret not delivering

the child myself...

but I ran into a friend about

to leave for the Galapagos.

There's enough money in the bank

to last you for 5 years.

P. S:
Child's name Posy.

Unfortunate, but true."

Ballet shoes indeed. A change

of clothes would be more useful.

Or a feeding bottle.

"To the little Fossils"?

"Turquoise for Pauline,

pearls for Petrova...

coral for Posy."

Make the most of it.

It 's the last we'll hear of him

for quite some time.

I bet Gum had a car.

Only a man with a car would

have bought a house at the far end...

of the longest road in London.

Garnie says he used to come

and go in taxis.

I wish we could.

I'd be happy if they let us

get the bus.

The Professor may have

had his faults, Petrova...

might I remind you

he had but a single leg?

You 3 have got a full pair each...

so you can save the penny

and walk, and be thankful.

The Rockefeller family

we are not.

At least you get to go to school.

I still have to do lessons

with Garnie...

and take an extra walk

at lunchtime every day.

If I have to look at the dolls houses

in the museum one more time...

...I shall be sick.

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Heidi Thomas

Heidi Thomas (born 13 August 1962, Garston, Liverpool, Lancashire) is an English screenwriter and playwright. more…

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