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Day, Tilly (1903-1994)


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Born Lilian Georgina Day in Walthamstow, London in 1903, Tilly Day started in the industry at age 14 as a secretary at the local Wood St Studios, which made commercials for household goods. After Wood Street she went to the Stoll Film Company and later to Twickenham Studios, where she was continuity girl on Leave it to Me (d. George King 1930). After an initially frosty meeting with director Thorold Dickinson, she became the continuity girl on many of his films, including High Command (1937), The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939), Gaslight (1940) and Men of Two Worlds (1946).

In a long career that lasted into her seventies, Day worked on over 300 films. She attributes her success in the business to a photographic memory: "I suppose from fourteen onwards I got used to watching and not talking. Just watching people and it was always photographed in my mind". She was also very popular with colleagues and the continuity girl of choice among experienced directors. Her last film was One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (US. d. Robert Stevenson, 1975).

Ann Ogidi

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