Waterloo Road

Synopsis: A drama set during WWII. A tale of adultery & desertion.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Sidney Gilliat
Production: Eagle Films
76 min

(Whistle blows)

# Barrel organ plays

(Street vendors shout)

- Morning, Doctor.

- Morning, Jake.

- Nice, healthy weather.

- Afraid so.

(Thinks) Mrs Foggerty's medicine. Don't say I...

That's a relief anyway.

Not that it'll do the old hag any good.

Why didn't I bring my sweet points out with me?

Ah, well. Only give me indigestion.

Knot. What the devil's that for?

Ha. Remember tying it.

- I beg your pardon.

- OK. No harm done.

Americans eh?

Funny how we take them for granted now.

Just as if they were our own boys.

Now, what the devil did I tie that knot for?

(Baby cries)

- Just listen to that child.

Bless my soul, woman, don't bounce it.

Babies! Of course.

The Colters' baby. Buy it a birthday present.

Toys, eh

I've brought a good many babies into the world.

but I never thought I'd forget that one,

having played quite a part in his story, myself.

Gosh, I feel that here I'm walking in a battlefield.

Here in London the people waged

a whole campaign and won it.

Yes, and there were other battles too.

Folks battling with themselves.

Little people like Jim and Tilly Colter.

It seems only the other day

that all this looked very different then.

Winter 1940, 1941.

What days.

What days.

(Air-raid siren)

Take down the blackout, Ruby,

while I light the stove.

OK, Mum.

Oh, well, another day.

Still here aren't we? That's something.

- Any letters for me?

- Any letters for Wilma?

Hold on. You can get them on the counter.

- Dole them out will you, love?

- Very well.

Oh, please. You mustn't do that.

- That's for Ted Purvis, ain't it?

- Yes, but you're not him. Are you?

That's right.

Cup of tea, Ted.

Here's a letter from the income tax.

Mark it "not known" or "lost in the Blitz"

or something.

- Shove it back on the pile quick.

- OK Ted.

Don't forget our date, will you, Tilly?

- Quarter to one under the clock.

- Yes, all right. Hurry up, Vera.

Hang on a minute, Till.

I'll walk along with you.

Afraid I can't wait, Mr Purvis.

- Do come on, Vera.

- All right.

Play that on your Aunt Kate's piano, Mr Purvis.

I bet you half a dollar

she'll look round to see if I'm coming.

- Half a dollar you owe me.

- I never took it.

Wise girl.

- Surprised at you, Ted.

- What?

Not the type you usually go for.

Oh, I like 'em hard to get once in a while.

M a kes a change

- Shirt.

- Yes, Ted.


- We bring any down last night, Fred?

- Don't say.

Here's the lodger, Ma.

- Ah, bacon.

- Morning, Tom.

Hello, Mrs C. Morning, Tilly.

How's the loving couple?

Meeting only to part, as usual.

Fred's off to bed and I'm off to work.

When it's not that, it's the other way round.

Talk about romance.

- Why not try and get on the same shift?

- No use asking Fred.

If I left it to him

we'd never have even got married.

Hardly worthwhile

the way things has turned out.

Here's your breakfast, Vera.

What, no bacon?

Suppose the lodger gets my ration.

Get on with it or you'll be late for school.

Gertie, Gertie, Gertie, Gertie.

(Whistles) Come on, old girl.

It's your last day here.

Better make the most of it.

Come on. Hop it, the lot of you.

(Sighs) That's right. Do yourselves a bit of good.

- Off to bed?

- That's right.

Your day off, isn't it?


Doing anything in particular?

- Dunno.

- Well, I can guess.

She's got a date.

You shut up and get on with your breakfast.

Do you have to talk in front of her,

with her big ears?

- Time she was at school.

- Do leave Tilly alone, Ruby.

You know she's been upset

since Jim's leave was put back.

- Upset? Pleased, more like it.

- You've no right to say that.

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