The age old battle of status is brought to a head as Mr. Rumbold reprimands Captain Peacock for wearing a hat (a bowler) that is above his status in the company and Captain Peacock proceeds to take it out on his lessors. Sales are in a decline and Mr. Rumbold calls a staff meeting for that evening to find new ideas to boost the sales; but when no one can attend except Mr. Grainger, Mr. Rumbold decides an early morning session at 8 a.m. would be better. The next morning a tired staff debates the benefit of having a sale, a celebrity signing trousers, or electric nickers, at last Mr. Rumbold's stolen idea of a fashion parade is accepted. The staff dress up in "ordinary clothes" and show off for Mr. Grace's approval. In the end Mr. Grace decision is final and they have a sale. Also, Mr. Rumbold agrees with Mr. Grace that Captain Peacock looks best in a bowler hat.
Did You Know?
When Mr. Grace arrives for the fashion show, he tells Mr. Rumbold he is going to see Last Tango in Paris. Shortly after, he tells Rumbold he hopes it won't take much longer because he doesn't want to miss the Mickey Mouse. While it was still common in 1972, in some places, to show animated shorts before a feature film, Disney would never have licensed Mickey Mouse to be shown before such an infamous X-rated film. See more
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold
References Last Tango in Paris