Seven Days' Leave

Genre: Drama
80 min

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a paper! Big advance...

But I've told you! We have many many

more women than we can possibly use!

I'd only be too glad to give you

work -You can't make me believe, sir,

that in a big war like this, you can't

possibly find something for me to do?

You've tried the hospitals I

suppose? -That I have, Mister.

Hospitals, nursing, bandaging,

munitions everything!

They all say the same

thing. You're too old!

I'm not too old! As a

charwoman, I can outscrub

any lady of my profession in London!

I'm not as old as you are,

judging by appearances!

You're working for your country!

You could knit for a soldier?

-Everybody's knitting things!

I want to do something

different! Something more, more...

Why, I could scrub floors here,

and then you could spare another man to

go to France, and I'd be doing my bit!

It's a wonderful spirit

you old ladies are showing!

If there were more like you, the

war would be over much sooner!

You women, you mothers,

do more than your share,

when you give your

sons to your country!

But... but I haven't got a son...

I haven't... anybody.

It'll be all over in three months,

the spirit our boys are showing!

Well what about the women? They're

doing their bit, ain't they?

And what about the nurses?

-And the ambulance drivers too!

And what about us war

mothers? -What about us?

My son's at the front,

what a fine boy he is!

My boy is out there too!

Any particular regiment

you're looking for?

The Canadian Black

Watch. -I'll take it!

Give me this one, it

has a better sparkle!

I'll take a flag too!

You're quite right, Mrs Twymley!

Our troops' progress

is quite progressive!

It's more than that Mrs Mickelham,

it's miraculous and astonishing!

Look, here's where we was last May, and

now they've gone right up past 'Wypers'!

The French is 'Yee-pris'!

The Belgian is 'Wypers'!

But we won't argue!

My son Percy writes me,

the fuss he's making is

blooming lively for the Huns!

Yes, and my son Alfie informs me,

that the Royal Horse Artillery

ain't asleep, neither!

We ought to be in Berlin by

Christmas! -Oh, before Christmas,

if my son's regiment, the Black

Watch, has anything to do with it!

Black Watch! There it goes again!

Before you moved into our

neighbourhood, Mrs Dowey,

we was hardly aware the kilties

were fighting in this war!

But we'll take your word for it!

I used to be a lily on the Sunday!

Now I'm nothing but

a little faded flower!

Tired! -Me with...

Oh well, I'm thankful today's over!

I'd give something for a nice

cup of tea! -I'm sure I would too!

How about a dish with me, ladies?

-I've heard of worse ideas, Mrs Dowey!

What do you say, Mrs Twymley? -Yes!

I always say, no more than my poor

husband would too if he was alive,

that there's nothing better about

5 o'clock, than a nice cup of tea!

Here all, here all, good

wage in the East End!

Meat! meat! eggs! meat!

Oh, here all! -Black water,

black fine water, 3/2!

Water, 3/2!

We can now get watercress I see!

Oh, it'd be lovely! -Fine watercress!

The pinch, the punch, tuppence a bunch

and all three pound then lady, how many?

Half a can's worth?

-Stop your chatting!

Are they fresh? -Fresh lady, I got them

this morning down Covent Garden market

There's that Haggerty woman!

Let's be a going before

she smells the tea party!

She smells a mile off with

that long nose of hers!

There'll be no getting rid of her then!

Hello, ladies!

-Hello. -Hello!

Buying watercress I see

-Ain't she observant?

I've just had me fortune

told by a weighing machine!

It says I'm going on a

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