“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Shanghai Harry’s from Make Mine Mink, 1960

Posted: May 14th, 2018 | No Comments »

Once more proving the power of the ‘Shanghai’ brand….

Make Mine Mink is a 1960 British comedy with a distinct Ealing feel and a great cast. When Lily (Billie Whitelaw), a maid at Dame Beatrice’s (Athene Seyler) boarding house, steals a mink coat to give to Beatrice, the other residents of the house organize to return the coat and save Lily from arrest. However, the excitement is a great change from their boring lives, and they decide to start stealing coats for charity purposes. Major Rayne (Terry-Thomas) leads the otherwise female group of unlikely thieves — Nanette (Hattie Jacques), Pinkie (Elspeth Duxbury) and Beatrice.

At one point they desperately need a fence to sell their knocked-off furs – they head to a shady east End bar – Shanghai Harry’s – sorry for the dreadful picture, the crim lurking outside lit his fag as the camera panned over the excellent signage!

 

Outside Shanghai Harry’s

Inside Shanghai Harry’s

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