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December 18, 2007

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Basil Seal

Note that the maid is played by Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Charles Laughton) who made her film debut in Evelyn Waugh's The Scarlet Woman: An Ecclesiastical Melodrama... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878711/...

MCNS

Don't forget ZuZu.

Basil Seal

Dear Irish Elk, you will not be surprised to learn that my favorite character from the film featuring ZuZu, is Mr. Potter. This is the time of year that you can hear Sir Basil shouting over and over: "Sentimental Hogwash!" And of course you also have Dame Gladys Cooper, Monty Woolley and James Gleason whom we saw in Arsenic and Old Lace...

Old Dominion Tory

HA! Mr. Potter is my favorite character as well. Starts hard-nosed, stays hard-nosed.

Mrs. Peperium

Potter is the favorite character of both ODT and Basil?

Bosh...pure bosh...


Admit it. Violet is your favorite. How could she not be?:

Young Violet: [commenting on George] I like him.
Young Mary: You like every boy.
Young Violet: What's wrong with that?

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Violet: Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.
George: Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good. That's some dress you got on there.
Violet: Oh this old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look.

MCNS

GEORGE
Are you game, Vi? Let's make a night of it.
VIOLET (just what she wanted) Oh, I'd love it, Georgie. What'll we do?
GEORGE
Let's go out in the fields and take off our shoes and walk through the grass.
VIOLET
Huh?
GEORGE
Then we can go up to the falls. It's beautiful up there in the moonlight, and there's a green pool up there, and we can swim in it. Then we can climb Mt. Bedford, and smell the pines, and watch the sunrise against the peaks, and...we'll stay up there the whole night, and everybody'll be talking and there'll be a terrific scandal...
VIOLET (interrupting)
George, have you gone crazy? Walk in the grass in my bare feet? Why, it's ten miles up to Mt. Bedford!

Mrs. Peperium

Like I said...RCBfA kind of girl...it's not the shoes that were supposed to come off...it was everything else that was...

MCNS

Sir Basil, that indeed is quite a cast in "The Bishop's Wife." Dame Gladys Cooper: outstanding in "Song of Bernadette." James Gleason: the barkeep in "Tree Grows in Brooklyn." And my favorite Loretta Young movies: "Laugh Clown Laugh," "The Farmer's Daughter," and "The Stranger."

As for ZuZu, at her online store, you can get stills from both "Wonderful Life" and "Bishop's Wife." http://www.zuzu.net/store/photos/index.html

MCNS

Mrs P, remember the bank examiner, the one who wanted to spend Christmas with his family in Elmira, who looked so sour when Violet Bick wiped the lipstick off George Bailey's cheek? Bet he took the Calvinist line on sacred art, too.

Old Dominion Tory

Violet is an attractive girl, no doubt. However, as a character, Mr. Potter wins hands down. I like to think of him as head of the local Democratic committee, a pal of some of the Albany machine's pols with a head for graft, but a man held in some suspicion by the lads in Tammany Hall.
Of course, this entire conversation is taking us away from the Christmas movie for conservatives: Die Hard. In it, Eurotrash terrorists (secularist Marxists, who like any good secularist Marxist go for the money) try to ruin Christmas. A NY policeman thwarts them with his wits and no little gunplay. Add to this delicious mix, the fact that the news media are portrayed as exploitative graspers and the feds as arrogant.

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