The V.I.P.s

Synopsis: Awaiting at London Airport for a flight to New York, Frances Andros, seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros, plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle. Les Mangrum, a self-made Australian businessman traveling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead, must be in New York the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buba, a film mogul traveling with starlet Gloria Gritti, must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton has taken a job as a hostess at an American holiday resort, thinking she will be able to keep her family estate on her new income. Fog descends and blurs the future for them all, forced now to wait in the airport hotel for morning and fair weather.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anthony Asquith
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
119 min

May I have your attention, please?

Trans-Canada Airlines...

- Is it true you discovered Gloria?

- Where did you find her?

- Is it true she followed you?

- Is your relationship entirely professional?

- Is there any future for her without you?

- Is there a future for you without her?

- Mr. Buda.

- Please, could you...?

Aren't you rather overweight?

Overweight? Me?

Oh, the luggage. That all belongs to...

...Miss Gritti. As usual, I travel

with just my toothbrush and a script.

Mr. Joslin.

- Good morning, Mr. Sanders.

- See to these.

Here's today's VIP list.

Everything straightforward except

for Madam Andros and that's well in hand.

- Is she traveling?

- Yes. Landing by helicopter.

Commander Millbank's there now

making the final arrangements.

Look after everybody else who comes.

I've got these awful

film people to see to.

Very good, sir.

Mr. Buda.

This a great pleasure. We met the last time

you traveled by BO AC, remember?

Yeah. Yeah.

Now, if you'll follow me,

I'll take you up to our VIP lounge.

I did so enjoy your last film, Mr. Buda.

"Enjoy"? My dear fellow,

we're not so old-fashioned as that.

It is not the purpose

of the modern cinema to entertain.

Never, no. We use our cameras today

as a surgeon uses his scalpel.


"Entertainment." Really.

Made a lot of money, didn't it?

Money, money, money.

I never concern myself

with these matters.

You must ask my assistant here,

my financial wizard, Dr. Schwutzbacher.


Tell me, with Room With No View,

how much did we gross?

Twelve million, three hundred

sixty-three thousand.

- Without Tokyo?

- Yes.

You brought the agreements?

It's with my Liechtenstein

or the Hong Kong company?

A new one.

The Friendly Isles.

No taxes at all.

No taxes?

Oh, my darling Dr. Schwutzbacher.

Signorina, Miss Potter will look after you.

Please proceed to the top

of the central staircase...

... for customs and passport control...

... all passengers traveling on BA 938.

Why do I have to travel

with this ridiculous bag?

It's like a bottomless pit.

You know, I'm sure I had it

when I left home.

Yes, I'm afraid you can't travel to America

without a vaccination certificate.

Why not? I once came through an epidemic

of blackwater fever in Uganda...

...and I hadn't been

inoculated or anything.

I'm really not afraid of a little smallpox.

Yes, well, I'm afraid

it's a regulation, madam.

Then it's a very idiotic one.

It must be here.

Well, here it is, all the while.

Yes, this is a ration book,

madam, dated 1943.

Don't say so.

Very interesting.

How in the world did that get there?

Apart from the vaccination card...

...l'm afraid I don't seem to be able

to find your name for flight 905.

You did say economy class?

That's the cheapest way

of going to Florida?

- Yes.

- Then that's the way I'm going.

- What was the name again, please?

- Brighton. Like the town.

Well, there's no Mrs. Brighton here.

I'm not "Mrs."

I often wish I were.

Well, there's no "Miss" either.

I'm sure my name is there.

Is everything in order?

Well, not altogether, I'm afraid.

Her Grace is traveling

on flight 905 to Miami.

The Duchess of Brighton.

Oh, yes. It's under D.

Would that be it?

He does mix his tenses, though,

"Would it? Was it?"

- It is.

- I beg your pardon, Your Grace.

Now, about your vaccinations...

You'll find that in your passport.

Passport. It wasn't here

when I looked just now.

I know it wasn't.

Otherwise, I'd have remembered.

Oh, dear.

Well, how clever of you.

The truth is, I'm a little strung up.

It's the first time I've ever flown.

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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