No Room At The Inn

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Jackson is a drunken cockney landlady who takes in some evacuees and orphans. However, she denies them basic comforts, feeding them only scraps as if they were dogs. She forces them to live in filth while she soaks up bottle after bottle of gin. At last her brutal reign ends when she dies in a drunken rage. This is definitely a strange comedy and certainly...read more

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Jackson is a drunken cockney landlady who takes in some evacuees and orphans. However, she denies them basic comforts, feeding them only scraps as if they were dogs. She forces them to live in filth while she soaks up bottle after bottle of gin. At last her brutal reign ends when she dies

in a drunken rage. This is definitely a strange comedy and certainly not for everyone. It is based on a stage play that was enormously popular in London's West End. Jackson re-creates her nasty stage triumph, giving an utterly fascinating performance of a vile character. Her supporting players are

excellent, with Baddeley giving an outstanding performance in this early bit part. The direction wisely lets the characters tell the story, retaining some of the theatrical setting as well. This film may be a problem for American audiences because the cockney accents are often difficult to

understand. The screenplay was cowritten by the great writer Dylan Thomas.

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  • Review: Jackson is a drunken cockney landlady who takes in some evacuees and orphans. However, she denies them basic comforts, feeding them only scraps as if they were dogs. She forces them to live in filth while she soaks up bottle after bottle of gin. At last he… (more)

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