Six years after the Bellamy family closed 165 Eaton Place, diplomat Sir Hallam Holland and his wife Agnes buy the deserted house. They seek staff from an agency run by Rose Buck, once the Bellamys' maid, who provides them with her friend Mrs. Thackeray as cook, Pritchard, a butler whose previous experience was on ocean liners, and chauffeur Harry Spargo. Perky Barnardo's orphan Ivy is the new maid and shy Northerner Johnny the footman because they are inexperienced and therefore cheap. Hallam's mother Lady Maud, recently widowed, returns from India with her pet monkey Solomon and a secretary, Mr. Amanjit, to whom she is dictating her memoirs. She and Agnes clash over household management, leading to Rose being asked to step in as housekeeper. Maud is, however, adept at taming Persie, Agnes's spoilt young sister but her invitation to Wallis Simpson for the house-warming turns sour when the American woman, a known Nazi sympathiser, brings Von Ribbentrop with her. Thus nobody is ...Written by
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The bath that drops down into the vestibule is clearly made of plastic, not cast iron. Cast iron would most likely have smashed on landing, you can see light shining through it, and when Ivy is fooling around in it, you can hear it is plastic when she touches it- which would give a characteristic 'ding' sound. See more »
[Sir Hallam hasn't see his mother, Mary, for many years and Lady Agnes has never met her before. Now she has turned up unannounced and invited herself to come and live with them. ]
Sir Hallam Holland:
There was a clause in father's will that said I must provide her with a home.
Lady Agnes Holland:
Hallam, you can provide her with a home without allowing her to commandeer whole rooms. Why didn't you stand up to her?
Sir Hallam Holland:
I was brought up to be polite to strangers.
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("Theme from Upstairs, Downstairs") (uncredited)
Composed by Alexander Ferris (1971)
Heard within soundtrack near conclusion. See more »