Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Tuesday - March 03, 2020

Headline Pun With Levels Of Innuendo

The cover of today’s NY Daily News, the standard NYC liberal rag, the front page story of how all the other Dem candidates are hopping on the Biden Bus:

Go Joe Rabbit

This may be really apt in a dark and convoluted manner. There is currently an oddball film out called JoJo Rabbit. It’s about a German boy who joins the Hitler Youth near the end of WWII. He’s such an ardent little Nazi that he creates Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend. It’s a dark comedy, a coming of age story, and a tale of moral conundrums, as young JoJo has to balance the antisemitism he’s learning at Nazi Camp with the fact that his mother is sheltering a young Jewish Girl in the crawlspaces of their house.

To say that the film is controversial is an understatement. It’s also an emotional whipsaw rollercoaster, taking you from spill-your-popcorn laughter one moment to recoiling in horror the next to terrible crying sadness and back again. I think I might want to see this, even if it does turn out to be super weird; the performances by most of the cast are said to be superb.

So just what is the Daily News trying to say? Sure, sure, NY papers go to extremes to find wretched puns for their front pages, and sometimes they (subconsciously?) hit the bullseye more than intended. Biden seems confused a lot of the time. So is JoJo. Biden has moved really far left in the past year. At the far edge of the leftist horizon, beyond “regular” Socialism but just before tyrannical slave masters and rabid Communists, are the Nazis. The original of those national democratic socialist workers parties, with their Brown Shirts and Antifa folks, etc.

[ review of the film ] a tale of a young Hitler-loving German boy struggling to maintain his allegiance in the latter stages of WWII sounds like a potentially disastrous idea. Actually, though, it turns out to be a masterstroke, as Waititi’s eye for the absurd and sharp understanding of a child’s perspective finds light and humanity amid even mankind’s darkest moments.

What’s more, far from trivializing the horror of the time, the playful, sometimes laugh-out-loud tone that underpins much of the film makes its tough moments all the more gut-wrenching, while Waititi’s strident reminder that so much evil and hatred was able to come from what ultimately boils down to almost childish stupidity resonates way beyond the final credits.

Wow, that seems like one helluva endorsement doesn’t it? “Everybody line up behind der Furor. Ready to fight Bolshie Bernie? Forward March! “ ... until this latest furor changes his allegiance or forgets about his imaginary friends??


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calendar   Wednesday - February 11, 2015

fun flick, easy dinner

We watched The Grand Budapest Hotel tonight. What a hoot. It’s an American film (I think) starring ... what seems like almost everybody, actually ... that feels like a foreign art house movie. I found myself looking for English subtitles, it feels that foreign. It’s a comedy with spontaneous tragedies, a murder mystery, a romance, a never ending chase, a story within a flashback within a flashback within a story, and a coming of age tale, a biopic look back on a life, with a a touch of magic and more than a bit of madness. And The Fallen Madonna With Big Boobies, by Van Klump. Well, almost. It’s metaphor, allusion and illusion. Like, it’s art, dude. If you want it to be. Otherwise it’s a madcap romp.

WITH: Ralph Fiennes (M. Gustave), Tony Revolori (Zero), F. Murray Abraham (Mr. Moustafa), Mathieu Amalric (Serge X.), Adrien Brody (Dmitri), Willem Dafoe (Jopling), Jeff Goldblum (Deputy Kovacs), Harvey Keitel (Ludwig), Jude Law (Young Writer), Bill Murray (M. Ivan), Edward Norton (Henckels), Saoirse Ronan (Agatha), Jason Schwartzman (M. Jean), Léa Seydoux (Clotilde), Tilda Swinton (Madame D.), Tom Wilkinson (Author), Bob Balaban (M. Martin) and Owen Wilson (M. Chuck).

I copied it to the DVR so we can watch it again. And again. It’s that kind of film. You need to watch it at least twice more. The first time through you’re all What the heck am I watching? What did he just say? OMG! The second time you catch the other 2/3 of the jokes and jibes you missed the first time. The third time you notice the cinematography and the costuming. It’s so much more than just a movie. It’s film. It’s art, but comfortable non-confrontational art. Charming. Film-wise, it has a bigger magical sparkle than Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a Wes Anderson directed film, if that means anything to you. Some folks can’t stand him. Beats me. My bet is that, if you were charmed by Moonrise, you’ll adore this one as well. [ Ha, what do you know, Moonrise Kingdom is also a Wes Anderson piece. I didn’t know that until just now, searching up a couple “professional” reviews. ]

As much as “The Grand Budapest Hotel” takes on the aspect of a cinematic confection, it does so to grapple with the very raw and, yes, real stuff of humanity from an unusual but highly illuminating angle. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a movie about the masks we conjure to suit our aspirations, and the cost of keeping up appearances. “He certainly maintained the illusion with remarkable grace,” one character remarks admiringly of another near the end of the movie. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” suggests that sometimes, as a species, that’s the best we can do. Anderson the illusion-maker is more than graceful, he’s dazzling, and with this movie he’s created an art-refuge that consoles and commiserates. It’s an illusion, but it’s not a lie.

As a carefully constructed miniaturized universe, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is that most Andersonian of endeavors, evincing the deadpan drolleries, screwball action and dollhouse aesthetic that have alternately charmed and chagrined filmgoers for the past couple of decades.

Set in a castlelike hotel in the fictional Mitteleuropean country of Zubrowka on the eve of World War II, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” revolves — like all of Anderson’s films — around a quirky middle-aged man and the precocious boy he takes under his wing. As such, the film fully engages one of the fascinating tensions that have always animated Anderson’s fussily decorated cinematic jewel boxes, namely how one learns to become a man within a universe of characters so stylized and artfully concocted that they seem barely human.

This is going to become a cult favorite, perhaps up there with Princess Bride or Highlander. Well, maybe not that high, but at least up there with Life of Pi and My Life As A Dog.

I have no idea if this one won this award, that award, or how many. Or none at all. Don’t know, don’t care. It was awesome.

I’m very grateful that my cable TV remote has a pause button. I made up a 3 day batch of chili while watching this 100 minute flick, so I was back and forth to the kitchen plenty of times. Plus I made up pan fried pork chops, cheese buns, and salad to use up some leftovers. Pause and Rewind are teh greatest.

easy 3 day chili recipe below

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calendar   Wednesday - August 13, 2014


Just watched Hook again. Robin Williams as the adult Peter Pan, and Dustin Hoffman as Captain James Hook. This was the last movie my entire family went to see together. Even the movie theatre we saw it in is closed. I thought it sucked back then, but it grows on you. I especially enjoy the sequence when Maggie (his daughter) realizes that ‘Peter Pan is my Dad?’ I don’t think anyone else besides Robin Williams could have played an adult Peter Pan. Maybe the guy that played Wesley in The Princess Bride. Maybe. Can’t help thinking that Mr. Williams forgot how to play. Life’s no fun if you forget that.


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calendar   Friday - August 08, 2014

Behind the scenes on ‘The Hobbit’

Gandalf uses a Mac!

Awesome wizardry there Gandalf!


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calendar   Monday - August 04, 2014

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Who knew?



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calendar   Sunday - July 13, 2014

Never get a tattoo…

I’m watching a movie called ‘Down Periscope’. (Originally I was looking for McHale’s Navy on Amazon Prime.)

Opening scene: Top brass in Washington are debating about promoting a man to command a billion-dollar submarine. Point of contention? Said commander has ‘Welcome Aboard’ tattooed on his penis. The CNO (Chief of Naval Operations) thinks this does not reflect well on the Navy.

Well, he loses points for having a tattoo at all. Gains points for enduring the pain of tattooing THAT location!

(Uh, Drew? Can you delete the pings? I don’t think any of those sites that BMEWS pings exist anymore.)


Reminder Chris, never look up bad movies on YouTube… you’ll get a bad Village People cover! BTW, why are they wearing dress whites in the bunk spaces?


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calendar   Saturday - January 25, 2014

on stage and in film since 1944 and before, and still at it. Angela Lansbury, Goddess of the 40s

I think I may be a bit self indulgent here but stay with me for a minute or two.  I have my reasons.  Aside from being in love with an image of a woman from the 1940s.


This won’t be the first time I have posted photos of Angela Lansbury here.  In fact, it isn’t even the second time.  It may be the third time but there’s so much more than photos. I learned some things quite by accident today, and also heard an interview on the radio.  She’s making a return to the London stage in a very special theater.  That’s one reason for my interest.

1944. That would make her age 19 in this shot, if it taken in or after October of that year.

I have long held the view which I know is one opinion and worth more to me then it might be to our readers.  That opinion being, she was once the single most beautiful woman in Hollywood and possibly the world.  Hollywood never really knew how to use her talent, in spite of her being nominated for the Oscar 2wice. In fact, in 1944 she was nominated for her first film when she was 18, some months shy of her 19th birthday. 
She was again nominated the following year for another film.  At the time, she was the youngest to receive a nomination.


For me it all began when.

Going back a very long time ago, I saw a movie the title of which is long forgotten although the image of a blonde Goddess planted itself firmly inside my head.
It was not a large or leading part, she didn’t as I recall have many lines, it was in “glorious technicolor” as Hollywood referred to the process.  But I didn’t know who she was.  And it was many yrs later that I discovered her name.  AND .... it was only due to my association with bmews and the net, that I found early photos of her.  Which at the time I shared on this site and one or two of you expressed some surprise that they were looking at the actress they knew only from the TV show,” Murder, She Wrote”, which was not my kind of thing and so I never watched it.  By then of course the image of the sex siren had given way to, well, hate to say it.  Old age.

Which now brings me back to where I wanted to be to explain something.
During the radio interview she stated that she was never a beautiful woman and was thankful for that, because as film beauty fades, so do the parts and especially if you’re a leading actress.

Mom and:  not so pretty daughter?

However, she continued by saying that she was always able to get roles as a character actress. And the characters got older with her.  Of course ... she has been highly successful on the stage over the years, until getting the role as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.
What floored me was her belief if true, that she was not a beautiful girl or woman.  Horse feathers.  Good gosh.  Her bar must be impossibly high.
How does one get above Goddess rank?  Should that not be the very summit? 

Angela Brigid Lansbury, CBE (born 16 October 1925) is a British actress and singer in theatre, television and films. Her career has spanned eight decades and earned an unsurpassed number of performance Tony Awards (tied with Julie Harris and Audra McDonald), with five wins. Her first film appearance was in the film Gaslight (1944) as a conniving maid, for which she received an Academy Award nomination at the age of eighteen; she earned her second nomination the following year for The Picture of Dorian Gray. Among her other films are The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Beauty and the Beast (1991), and Anastasia (1997).

The 88-year-old actress is about to perform in London’s West End for the first time in almost 40 years, as the medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.”
Lansbury won a Tony Award for the role on Broadway.
Last month the actress, who was born in London and moved to the United States in her teens, was made a dame — the female equivalent of a knight — by Queen Elizabeth II.
She said she was pleased to be performing at London’s Gielgud Theatre, where her mother, actress Moyna Macgill, made her stage debut in 1918.
“She was a lovely actress,” Lansbury said. “I get all my talent from her.”

the bbc

Angela’s twin brothers, Edgar Jr., and Bruce , both went on to become Broadway producers, but Bruce is better known for his work on television, such as the series The Wild Wild West, Mission Impossible, and his sister’s Murder She Wrote.

In her later years, Angela Lansbury’s mother made appearances on such television series as Studio One, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, Mister Ed, I Dream of Jeannie and My Favorite Martian.
She died of throat cancer in Los Angeles, just a few weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

“I’m in a very enviable position, being able to work like this 45 years later. It’s always beginning! I never have a sense of finishing up, just new things beginning. When I die, they’re going to carry me off a stage.”

Angela Lansbury


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calendar   Wednesday - December 18, 2013

gladys cooper, one talented and beautiful english rose, born on this very date in 1888

EYE CANDY from another time.  Sure wish it could come back.

By the time I discovered her as a movie goer and later movies on tv, she was an older woman and often played someone’s auntie or the hard nosed strict head mistress of a school.  It always seemed to me that she was in every single movie ever made in the 1940s’ and a good part of the 50’s. She was a much in demand character actress, and quite believable in every role she played.  Still, she was not a household name but her face would have been familiar to many.  For fans of the Twilight Zone, if you recall the episode of an old woman frightened of death, who was played by Robert Redford, then you’ve seen her. 
Well, quite by accident, I was not looking for her and didn’t even know her name, I found a bunch of photos and was really surprised by what I found.
Am happy to share the treasure. 

GLADYS COOPER, Dec. 18, 1888 - Nov. 1971

Widely acclaimed as one of the great beauties of the stage, British actress Gladys Cooper had the added advantage of great talent. Daughter of a London magazine editor, she made her stage bow at age 17 in a Colchester production of Bluebell in Fairyland; at 19, she was a member of the “Gaiety Girls,” a famous and famously attractive chorus-girl line. Graduating to leading roles, Cooper was particularly popular with young stage door johnnies; during World War I, she was the British troops’ most popular “pin-up.




.” Switching from light comedy to deep drama in the 1920s, Cooper retained her following, even when leaving England for extended American appearances after her 1934 Broadway debut in The Shining Hour. She made subsequent New York appearances in Shakespearean roles, thereafter achieving nationwide fame with her many Hollywood film appearances (she’d first acted before the cameras way back in 1911 in a British one-reeler, Eleventh Commandment).


Cooper was often cast as aristocratic ladies whose sharp-tongued cattiness was couched in feigned politeness; her film parts ranged from Bette Davis’ overbearing mother in Now Voyager (1941) to the hidden murderess in a Universal “B” horror, The Black Cat (1941)
She won her third Oscar nomination for her role as Prof. Henry Higgins’ mother in My Fair Lady (1964), starred as the matriarch of a family of genteel swindlers on the TV series The Rogues (1964), and even found time to co-star with a very young Robert Redford on a 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone.




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calendar   Saturday - November 09, 2013

movie dangers – male chauvinism - be on the lookout

If I were new to this sort of thing, that is, posting things to a site like ours, I might start out by saying, I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Or something similar.  Or maybe I’d say, you won’t believe this but ...
Thing is however, I now can believe it and you will have no doubts either.  Together we have seen or in the case of bmews we have read about some really strange stuff.  I don’t think I have to list it all. So, I’ll simply pick up where I left off about a week ago when I shared a story with you from Sweden, where a school decided to ban gender specific words, and toys also are under the gun in the gender wars.
Now how is this for the continuing nut case insanity coming from Sweden.

Wait, hang on just another second.

I forgot to tell you their new system is named after an American! Oh boy.  Did we need this?  The bigger question is, when will it arrive in America?
It isn’t that it will hurt anyone or destroy a good movie.  It’s just that it’s plain silly. I have watched several videos over the last few weeks, and have not seen what the politically correct say I should notice. 

Cinemas in Sweden introduce ratings that indicate if a movie features SEXISM (and every Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings film would need one)

To get an ‘A’ rating movies must have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than men

Scandinavian cable TV channel Viasat Film says it will start using the ratings in its film reviews

By Ted Thornhill

Cinema goers are used to looking out for warnings of nudity and violence in films. Now another category has been added to the list of movie dangers – male chauvinism.

Cinemas in Sweden have introduced an ‘A’ rating to highlight films that have a shortage of ‘female perspectives’.

The guidance system – named the Bechdel test after US feminist Alison Bechdel – will monitor whether at least two female characters talk to each other about subjects other than men.

‘The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, all Star Wars movies, The Social Network, Pulp Fiction and all but one of the Harry Potter movies fail this test,’ said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house movie theatre in Stockholm’s trendy Sodermalm district.

Bio Rio is one of four Swedish movie theatres that launched the new rating last month to draw attention to how few movies pass. Most visitors have reacted positively to the initiative ‘and for some people it has been an eye-opener,’ said Tejle, reclining in one of Bio Rio’s cushy red seats.

Beliefs about women’s roles in society are influenced by the fact that movie watchers rarely see ‘a female superhero or a female professor or person who makes it through exciting challenges and masters them,’ Tejle said, noting that the rating doesn’t say anything about the quality of the film. ‘The goal is to see more female stories and perspectives on cinema screens.’

The state-funded Swedish Film Institute supports the initiative, which is starting to catch on.

Scandinavian cable TV channel Viasat Film says it will start using the ratings in its film reviews and has scheduled an ‘A’ rated ‘Super Sunday’ on Nov. 17, when it will show only films that pass the test, such as The Hunger Games, The Iron Lady and Savages.

The Bechdel test got its name from American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced the concept in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. It has been discussed among feminists and film critics since then, but Tejle hopes the ‘A’ rating system will help spread awareness among moviegoers about how women are portrayed in films.

In Bio Rio’s wood-panelled lobby, students Nikolaj Gula and Vincent Fremont acknowledged that most of their favourite films probably wouldn’t get an ‘A’ rating.

‘I guess it does make sense, but to me it would not influence the way I watch films because I’m not so aware about these questions,’ said Fremont, 29.

Sweden’s advertising ombudsman watches out for sexism in that industry and reprimands companies seen as reinforcing gender stereotypes, for example by including skimpily clad women in their ads for no apparent reason other than to draw eyeballs.

Since 2010, the Equalisters project has been trying to boost the number of women appearing as expert commentators in Swedish media through a Facebook page with 44,000 followers. The project has recently expanded to Finland, Norway and Italy.

For some, though, Sweden’s focus on gender equality has gone too far.

‘If they want different kind of movies they should produce some themselves and not just point fingers at other people,’ said Tanja Bergkvist, a physicist who writes a blog about Sweden’s ‘gender madness.’

The ‘A’ rating also has been criticized as a blunt tool that doesn’t actually reveal whether a movie is gender-balanced.

‘There are far too many films that pass the Bechdel test that don’t help at all in making society more equal or better, and lots of films that don’t pass the test but are fantastic at those things,’ said Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas.

Pallas, who moved from communist Czechoslovakia to Sweden in the 1970s, also criticized the state-funded Swedish Film Institute - the biggest financier of Swedish film - for vocally supporting the project, saying a state institution should not ‘send out signals about what one should or shouldn’t include in a movie.’

In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker. That movie - a war film about a bomb disposal team in Iraq - doesn’t pass the Bechdel test

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calendar   Saturday - July 13, 2013

Royal Flash

George McDonald Fraser is deceased, so there will be no more ‘Flashy’ books. A movie was made of at least one of his books. The second in the series called ‘Royal Flash’. Flashy was the biggest coward, rake, and lecher. If she wore petticoats, she was not safe. Yet he ended up being a decorated hero of the British Empire. (peiper will love this)

The full movie is on YouTube. Enjoy before they pull it. Malcolm McDonald plays Sir Harry.


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calendar   Wednesday - May 08, 2013

Fun quote from a recent movie

I’m watching the Johnny Depp version of Dark Shadows. At this point, Elizabeth Collins just asked Victoria Winters if she thought the sexes should be equal.

Victoria’s answer: “Oh no. Then men would become unmanageable!”


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calendar   Sunday - March 17, 2013

Who is she?

This isn’t a trick like that last one I posted a few years ago. This is a legitimate 1930s movie starlet. Two questions:

A) Who is she?
B) What role is she best remembered for?


I’ll leave this up for a day or two, unless someone gets the right answer!


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calendar   Tuesday - February 26, 2013

another piece of Hollywood’s Brit-bashing junk history that casts us in a poor light.

I didn’t see the movie, and doubt I will til it appears on DVD.  But I do know there is truth to this claim of distorted history. It would be unimaginable that Brits would turn Americans in danger, away.  Yes I know.  It’s only a movie. But.  No. It isn’t “only” a movie.  It is telling the story of an American escape from mindless, violent idiots, who think their god requires that they stick their collective asses in the air in order to pray. But never mind all of that.
Brits have been, according to what I am reading in the papers here, badly used.  If you have seen this movie, perhaps you can enlighten the Brits and Americans like myself.  This was not just something added for theatrics.  Like a car chase added to a movie to make it more exciting. And btw, they did that here too although there was no chase.  But that’s forgivable and easy to understand.  Less forgivable I think is to portray the Brits as the movie does.  The Brits WERE NOT the heavies in this saga folks.  But you can bet that there are a million Americans who having seen this will believe it’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but.

I’ve watched the trailer, and if the loud screaming vocal that’s supposed to pass for music is a large part of the background, I may never see this film. I guess screaming the lyrics means the singer has ‘soul.’ What rubbish!

An Oscar for sneering at the British: Ben Affleck’s Argo joins the long list of films that bend the truth to suit Hollywood for claiming we TURNED AWAY Iran hostages

Film packed with inaccuracies regarding the British involvement in Iranian revolution

In Ben Affleck’s version six U.S. embassy staff were refused sanctuary by British diplomats - quite the opposite of what happened

By Guy Walters

What does Hollywood have against the British? Once again on Oscar night, Tinsel Town gave warmly to us with one hand — while cynically taking away with the other.

The good news is that at least nine Britons will fly back across the Atlantic with coveted golden statues.

But the bad news is that Argo — the movie that won Best Film — is yet another piece of Hollywood’s Brit-bashing junk history that casts us in a poor light.

Although the movie is a cracker — tense and terrifying — like so much that comes out Hollywood, Argo plays fast and loose with the facts. And unsurprisingly, the Brits are given a real pasting. For, according to the Affleck version of the rescue mission, the six embassy staff were refused refuge by British diplomats. ‘Brits turned them away,’ says a senior CIA character in the film.

You can imagine the outraged comments over industrial buckets of popcorn in movie theatres from Alabama to Alaska. ‘Goddamn Limeys! So that’s what we get for bailing them out during World War II.’

The truth, however, could not be more different. The British did give their American colleagues sanctuary. Far from being cowards, the Brits were heroes. Many of the British diplomats then stationed in Iran are still alive — and they’re fuming.

‘When I first heard about this film, I was really quite annoyed,’ says Sir John Graham, 86, who was our man in Tehran at the time of the crisis. Sir John is understandably concerned that Argo will become accepted as the definitive history of what happened. He may have a point.



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calendar   Wednesday - October 17, 2012

actors and age and a goddess

I don’t usually post before and after of famous actors that relate to age.

It can be interesting I know, but I prefer to keep my head buried in the sand and try to ignore age. The great enemy and especially of once beautiful women.  I have NO interest in seeing for example, what Monroe might have looked like at say 80.

I know they can often be weird, well some can, but I admire the craft.  In the past, I found and quite by accident, a photo of Angela Lansbury at 25.

What a shock that was as I recalled her firstly from the movie, The Manchurian Candidate. She played the evil mother if you recall.  Hollywood never really knew how to use her, she was the most extraordinarily beautiful woman the world has ever known. And one hell of a fine actress, who spent many yrs working on stage after her brief (too brief) Hollywood years.

And may I say again, an English Rose and only one. She didn’t gain wide acclaim til the TV series Murder She Wrote, which I never watched. I thought it was pretty awful. Well, IMHO it was.  You may not agree.

So anyway, seeing that early photo of her, and remembering what she looked like in the one early color movie in a very small part whose title I can’t even recall, made in the 40s I believe, well I was just blown away.  If you Google her, you will find some stunning pix, and I only just found more today than I did a yr or two ago. I wonder how many more there are of her I haven’t yet seen.

I did not mean for this to be an Angela Lansbury post, but I guess it’s turned out that way so far.

Actually, it was originally intended to be nothing more the a three photo example of one of the world’s greatest actresses, Dame Maggie Smith.  But I guess I got carried away.
She was never the beauty in her youth that Lansbury was.  But once again and without even looking for it, I ran across a photo of Smith in younger days.
I never knew her as anything else but middle aged or old.  She is 77 now, and is still working steadily. She brings a presence of strength to every role I’ve ever seen her in. Can’t explain it.  She can do things, and she does, with a mere look or a lift of the eyebrow. So anyway, I ran across a sexy (for the time period) photo of her and could hardly accept what I was looking at as the real Dame Maggie. Of course, she wasn’t a Dame way back then.
I’ve often wondered what it might be like if Dame Maggie were instead, the Queen.  Queen Maggie?  Why not?

Phtot on the right is Maggie Smith in character in Downton Abbey, and left off screen


Here’s the photo I stumbled on without even looking. A much younger lady and the photo that started this project that got a tad outta hand.
Note the hose. Pre- panty hose era.


And since I started by talking about the Goddess Angela, what the heck.  Here’s a couple more of her that prove a woman can still be damn sexy even with all her cloths on.





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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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