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Hancock's Half Hour - No. 57

"THE POISON PEN LETTERS"

[ Available on B.B.C. video: "The Poison Pen Letters"; Catalogue No. BBCV4050 ]

HANCOCK'S SARTORIAL INFLUENCES

SID JAMES:
What are you all poshed-up for?
HANCOCK:
I'm not "poshed-up". This is my normal, everyday, run-of-the-meal breakfast clobber. As worn by gentlemen all over the world - I shall probably change into something else after I've read 'The Times'.
SID JAMES:
You've been to the dentist again, haven't you?
HANCOCK:
How did you know that?
SID JAMES:
It's that pre-war copy of 'The Tailor And Cutter' he's got round there. Every time you have a tooth filled you behave like Noël Coward for a fortnight.

HANCOCK'S PART-TIME HOUSE-KEEPER

MRS. CRAVATTE:
..... and there's your post.
HANCOCK:
Thank you Mrs. Cravatte, I'll ring if I need you.
MRS. CRAVATTE:
You'll have to ring a bit hard, mate, I'm off home - I've done my hour.
HANCOCK:
What a misery that woman is. She's positively Bolshevik at times!

HANCOCK RECEIVES POISON PEN LETTERS

HANCOCK:
Sid, you know me, you've read those letters, are they a fair comment on me?
SID JAMES:
Well .....
HANCOCK:
Oh, well stone me! If you have to think about it .....
SID JAMES:
Well, I mean, you wouldn't sort of pin 'em all together and hand 'em to you and say, "Hancock, this is you life!"   Mind you, there's a couple of home truths in there .....