She Knows Y'Know

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She Knows Y'know
"She Knows Y'Know" (1962).jpg
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Produced by Maurice J. Wilson
Written by Montgomery Tully
Maurice J. Wilson
Based on play by Kate Sullivan
Starring Hylda Baker
Cyril Smith
Music by Ken Thorne
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by Maurice Rootes
Eternal Films
Distributed by Grand National Pictures (UK)
Release dates
June 1962 (UK)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

She knows Y' Know is a low budget black and white British comedy film starring comedian Hylda Baker. The film takes its title from Hylda Baker's most famous catch-phrase.[1] The BFI describes the film as a "low life comedy, unfolded against an industrial town backdrop".[2]

Film restoration[edit]

In an article in the Blackpool Gazette Jacqui Morley writes about the film restoration by Eurwyn Jones, "Eurwyn sees Hylda's film "She Knows Y'Know" as one of the holy grails of British comedy. "We've lost so much over the years and I'm convinced many are still out there. You have to know where to look. (The actress) Jean Fergusson tried the BFI, but the film wasn't in good condition so I put feelers out as a past film collector and went, let us say, to see a man about a dog! I found the film in immaculate condition. Nobody had watched it for half a century. It was a really good feeling, and I couldn't wait to see it."

He negotiated use of the print, tracked down copyright holders to ensure it could be shared with fans across the world, and teamed up with Renown Pictures, who restore classic movies, putting the print through modern technology to present a crystal clear picture quality and sound. She Knows Y'Know is now out on DVD.

Eurwyn concludes: "Hylda was one of the funniest women ever. All those hours I've spent tracking down this early example of her talent have been worth it, and the digital transfer results are brilliant. The film shows she was not only a brilliant comedienne, but an actress of great note, too, which she later proved in films such as Up the Junction and Oliver!."[3]


The fates of two contrasting families become entwined in the 1950's, in the North of England. The Worswicks are a working class family led by domineering mother Hylda (Hylda Baker), husband Joe (Cyril Smith), with their academically bright but otherwise dull son Leslie (Peter Myers). Meanwhile, the Smallhopes are a family of the aspiring middle class, led by mother Euphemia (Joan Sanderson), husband Clarence (Neil Wilson) with an attractive blonde but temperamental daughter Marilyn (Linda Castle), whose sudden pregnancy is the catalyst for unfolding dramas involving both families.[4][5]


Critical reception[edit]

More recent reception, of the DVD re-issue, has been mixed.

  • TV Guide described it as a "mindless sex comedy...Typical ribald British innuendoes abound." [6]
  • AllMovie described it as a "lively British sex farce." [7]


  1. ^ "She Knows Y'Know [DVD]: Hylda Baker, Cyril Smith, Joe Gibbons, Montgomery Tully: DVD & Blu-ray". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  2. ^ "She Knows Y'know | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  3. ^ "He knows y'know...". Blackpool Gazette. 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  4. ^ "She Knows, Y'know DVD | Classic Movies | Films by Movie Mail UK". 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  5. ^ "She Knows, Y'know". dvdgold. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  6. ^ "She Knows Y'Know Review". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  7. ^ "She Knows Y'Know (1962) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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