Janette Scott

The daughter of national treasure Thora Hird, Janette carved out a successful career in many British & American films but her leading-lady role in “School for Scoundrels” is one that is perhaps most fondly remembered as a particular fan-favourite.

Initially a child actress who practically grew up on a film set, Janette appeared in many films including “The Galloping Major” (an Ealing comedy in all but name which premiered at the Plaza cinema in London on the 5th of May 1951) with Hugh Griffith, Basil Radford, Sid James & Charles Hawtrey, “The Magic Box” with Richard Attenborough, “As Long as they’re Happy” with Diana Dors & Susan Stephen, and the musical “The Good Companions” with Carole Lesley & Joyce Grenfell.

Hitting her stride in classic film comedies including “School for Scoundrels” and “Double Bunk” with Sid James & Ian Carmichael, Janette worked with Terry-Thomas in “His & Hers” & “Happy is the Bride”, which also co-starred Ian Carmichael, and with one of the original Avengers Ian Hendry in “The Beauty Jungle”.

Her now-cult appearance in “The Day of the Triffids” was forever immortalised in the lyrics of the song “Science Fiction/Double Feature” in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” which starred Peter Hinwood as Rocky.

“And I really got hot when I saw Janette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills…”

Withdrawing from acting to raise a family, Janette’s film presence was missed but her enduring performances, particularly in the fun romantic comedies of the 50s & 60s, will forever be enjoyed.

Art & Hue had the pleasure to meet the adorable Janette Scott at a screening of “School for Scoundrels” at the very location where the classic tennis matches were filmed.

Read more about the screening here.

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