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‘I just bumped from my hotel to work and to parties, and from parties to my hotel and back to work like a numb trolleybus. I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react.’ Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar, BBC 2018
Swan Denver City Hotel Pub: They’ve saved their money and they’re ready to go. So I need two to take their place. Probably about on the Wednesday? About three days before? Hotel Coolgardie ***** pub owner, Amazon 2016
After having their credit cards stolen in Bali and their travel savings drained from their accounts, Lina and Stephie arrived in Perth looking for work. ibid. caption
All the way from Finland, mate. ibid. bloke in pub
I’ve never scared any barmaids in my life. ibid.
Hi, mum. Somewhere far away from civilisation. ibid. on dog-n-bone
There’s a pile of rocks. ibid. on walkabout
Becky and Clio have finished work but are staying on for a few days at the guesthouse across the road. ibid.
Did you get my postcard? On Tuesday we’re going looking for gold. And the following week we’re going with Kangaroo Rob to look for kangaroo babies. ibid. video link home
Stephie accepts an offer from Jamie to take her to Kalgoorlie. ibid. caption
Children must remain Seated at all times. ibid. sign in pub
Since the camping trip, Lina has developed a fever and has started vomiting. ibid. caption
We’re fired. Really? ibid.
[Joyce Grenfell as receptionist]: No, both the bathrooms are on the second floor landing. Yes, you’ll see them on your way up. And when you want to take a bath would you be so kind to sign a little book you’ll find just inside the bathroom door? Oh I’m so sorry but hot water is provided only in the afternoons between half-past-two and six. Yes, hot water is provided in the afternoons between half-past-two and six. Well the rules simply says that hot water is provided ... I’m very sorry. I did not make the rules ... No-one ever complained before. Genevieve 1953 starring John Gregson & Dinah Sheridan & Kenneth More & Kay Kendall & Geoffrey Kenn & Reginald Beckwith & Arthur Wontner & Joyce Grenfell & Leslie Mitchell & Michael Balfour & Stanley Escane & Charles Lamb et al, director Henry Cornelius
[Old woman entering lobby]: Are they Americans? ibid.
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
‘This could be Heaven or this could be Hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say ...
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here. The Eagles, Hotel California
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said, ‘We are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast.
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
‘Relax,’ said the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave. ibid.
A mastermind targets one of New York’s most famous landmarks. With surgical precision he and his crew take control of the Pierre Hotel for an entire night. And steal millions belonging to society’s elite. Masterminds: The Pierre Hotel Heist, truTV 2003
Within ten minutes Comfort and Nalo have taken all nineteen employees hostage. Now they face their greatest challenge: take over hotel operations and keep everything running smoothly. ibid.
In a single box he finds $800,000 in cash. ibid.
Back at their hideout Bobby divides up the cash and keeps the gems to be fenced. He has pulled off his greatest heist – over $10,000,000 in cash and jewels. His only problem will be his right-hand man ... Bobby Comfort has pulled off the hotel heist of the century. ibid.
Naylor has gambling debts with the Mob. ibid.
The would-be buyer is an FBI associate. ibid.
If Heaven had a hotel it would be The Pierre. Ira Berkow, The Man Who Robbed The Pierre
The hotel business is about strangers. Dirty Pretty Things 2002 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Audrey Tautou & Sergi Lopez & Sophie Okonedo & Benedict Wong & Damon Younger & Paul Bhattacharjee & Darrell D’Silva et al, director Stephen Frears, Juan to Okwe
What is the most that this hotel could possible cost? Bugsy 1991 starring Warren Beatty & Harvey Keitel & Ben Kingsley & Annette Bening & Elliott Gould & Joe Mantegna & Bebe Neuwirth & Bill Graham & Lewis van Bergen & Wendy Phillips & Richard C Sarafian et al, director Barry Levinson, Meyer Lansky to Bugsy
Three shillings a night, sixpence a bath: money in advance. Hell Drivers 1959 starring Herbert Lom & Patrick McGoohan & Stanley Baker & Peggy Cummins & William Hartnell & Sidney James & Wilfrid Lawson & Jill Ireland & Alfie Bass & Gordon Jackson & David McCallum & Sean Connery & Vera Day et al, director Cy Endfield, landlady to Tom
Mrs Wilberforce, I understand you have rooms to let. The Ladykillers 1955 starring Alec Guinness & Peter Sellers & Cecil Parker & Herbert Lom & Danny Green & Jack Warner & Frankie Howerd & Katie Johnson et al, director Alexander Mackendrick, Professor Marcus
Bates Motel Vacancy. Psycho 1960 starring Janet Leigh & Anthony Perkins & Vera Miles & John Gavin & Martin Balsam & John McIntire & Simon Oakland & Frank Albertson & Pat Hitchcock & Vaughn Taylor et al, director Alfred Hitchcock, sign
Twelve rooms, twelve vacancies. ibid. Perkins
Don’t go back to your hotel room, seňor. They’ll be watching you. Goldfinger 1964 starring Sean Connery & Honor Blackman & Gert Frobe & Shirley Eaton & Tania Mallet & Harold Sakata & Bernard Lee & Cec Linder et al, director Guy Hamilton, bloke at bar to Bond
I’m sure we can look after your special needs. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969 starring George Lazenby & Telly Savalas & Diana Rigg & Gabriele Ferzetti & Bernard Lee & Ilse Steppat & Angela Scoular & Louis Maxwell & Catherine Schell & George Baker & Desmond Llewelyn et al, director Peter Hunt, hotel bloke
Hotel For Men Only Transients Welcome. The Blues Brothers 1980 starring John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd & Steve Cropper & Donald Duck Dunn & Murphy Dunne & Willie Hall & Matt Murphy & Carrie Fisher & Ray Charles & John Candy & Aretha Franklin & Twiggy & James Brown & Henry Gibson et al, director John Landis
Plymouth Hotel. For Men Only. ibid. street sign