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HANDL, Irene

handlYou’ve already got a mental picture of a charlady in your head, possibly augmented by that distinctive ‘cockney lady trying to put on airs and missing by a country mile’ accent of Songs for Swinging Sellers fame. But there are many variations one can work along the Crevatte-Fruitbat axis. From Benny Hill’s sis in The Italian Job to Jack MacGowran’s landlady in the dippy Wonderwall, from ‘doing’ for Robert Stephens in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to watching Rita Tushingham doesn’t nick her vintage furs in Smashing Time.

FINEST HOUR: Got to be Mrs Kite in I’m All Right, Jack, most certainly not sharing her husband’s dreams of all those cornfields and ballet in the evening.

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