The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
is a 2000 British
/American television movie
directed by Gillies MacKinnon
. The script by Alan Plater
focuses on the efforts of a recently widowed woman to reunite the members of the World War II
-era swing band
with which she played saxophone
It features Carry On
actress Joan Sims
in her final acting performance before her death in 2001.
The film was a joint project of BBC Films
. It premiered in the US on August 26 and in the UK on September 3.
After her husband's death, Elizabeth decides to return to her musical roots and begins busking
with young guitarist
Paul in a plaza overlooking a London ice rink
, much to the dismay of her daughter Patricia and son Edward. One day she is spotted by Patrick, who attempted to avoid enlistment during World War II by dressing as a woman and playing drums with the Blonde Bombshells, a supposedly all-female band with which Elizabeth performed when she was only fifteen years old.
The two reminisce, prompting them to begin searching for other band members for a reunion concert at a school dance organized by Elizabeth's granddaughter Joanna. At first they have little success - one has died, another is suffering from dementia
, a third is serving time - but eventually they locate piano player Betty working in a seaside saloon, singer Gwen performing in a nightclub, trombonist
Annie dedicated to the Salvation Army
, and trumpeter
Dinah, an alcoholic living in a secluded manor in... Read More