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Little Things Mean a Lot is a popular 1950s song written by Edith Lindeman and accompanied with music by Carl Stutz. First published in 1953, the tune has been covered by several entertainers, most notably by Kitty Kallen in 1954 where reached #1 on the Billboard chart in 1954 and on the Cash Box chart that same year. Billboard ranked it as the #1 song of 1954. It also climbed to the top spot in the UK Singles Chart in September 1954. In 1972, Benny Hill performs the song on piano surrounded by statues of naked cherubs holding lamps.
His take on the song is accompanies a silent sketch about the strained relationship and marriage of two unnamed characters (Benny Hill and Pamela Cundell) linked by one of their friends (Bob Todd). Their marriage starts off contentious; he brushes her hair into her face during a dinner party, and he chases after younger prettier girls Geraldine Burnett. She's often sleeping alone at home, and in one scene, he seems to be in a jail cell. During a dinner party, they partner to steal the jewels on their guests (he mouths them while kissing the ladies' hands). She later starts drinking, and he starts abandoning her in public urinals. After a separation and derision (she throws a bowl of water in his face), they catch up with each other at another dinner party and get back together, having eight kids.

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  • In the dinner party, Bob's wife is played by Lesley Goldie
  • The departing guests include Leslie Goldie, Jenny Lee-Wright and Robert Howe. The other actress and two actors are unidentified.
  • In the baby scene, Benny and Pamela are in front the building used as the studio to film and rehearse the series. According to sources, it was a closed down hospital owned by Teddington Studios. The exterior was used in several of the shorts through the series, such as Hill Department Store.

Lyrics[]

Give her your hand when she's lost her way
And give her your shoulder to cry on
Whether the day is bright or gray
Give her your heart to rely on

Blow her a kiss from across the room
Say she looks nice when she's not
Touch her hand as you pass her chair
Little things mean a lot

Give her your hand as you cross the street
Call her at six on the dot
Align a day when you're far away
Little things mean a lot

Don't have to buy her diamonds and pearls
Champagne, sables and stuffs
She doesn't care much for diamonds and pearls
She'll laugh and say, "Honey, they just cost money."

Give her your hand when she's lost her way
And give her your shoulder to cry on
Whether the day is bright or gray
Give her your heart to rely on...

Send her the warmth of a secret smile
To show her you haven't forgot
Now and forever, always and ever
Little things mean a lot

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