Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Week...and Dickie Darling

- is Laura's birthday, who is 23.  Where did the time go?
- the weather turned humid and horrible.
-but who cares because it's the end of August
- I finished a pair of handspun/handknit socks in BFL/Nylon
This yarn was spun during Tour de Fleece.  I have more yarn, and will make more socks.

On Sunday, sadly, Richard Attenborough passed away. Many people will know him as the Santa in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street, or the old gentleman in Jurassic Park, but I want to revisit some of his earlier and most interesting performances. This was a man who was incapable of a bad performance and could creep you out as well as make you laugh.

Brighton Rock-
 he played the hoodlum, Pinkie, in the movie adapted from the Graham Greene novel. I have not seen the remake, but this is a realistic thriller, and Hermione Badley also plays a great part.

The Angry Silence. A dark and disturbing look at Unions, and what can happen when you don't follow the crowd. Pier Angeli plays his wife, and there is a small part by a young Oliver Reed.
Seance on a Wet Afternoon. Notice the nose prosthesis- he plays Billy, a man who wants to please his demanding self-professed psychic wife, who devises a scheme to kidnap a child, so that she can "help" the authorities find her.  Thus gain notoriety.  It doesn't quite go to plan.
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom.  Richard plays the part of Robert Blossom, a brassiere manufacturer whose bored wife (Shirley MacLaine) Harriet, hides her lover in the attic.  This is one of my all-time favorite films, because it's VERY '60's, the house is exquisite (on Howard's Lane in Putney)- her Zandra Rhodes costumes- and it's also very funny. Look for Bob Monkhouse (as the eccentric Psychiatrist), Barry Sullivan (Dame Edna) as well as Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket).  The New Vaudeville band at the party is simply hysterical.
James Booth plays Ambrose Tuttle, her lover. The fantasy scenes are the greatest, and oh, it's just a wonderful, feel good movie.
And lastly, 10 Rillington Place.
The true story of a psychopathic murderer, who, in the course of a series of murders, kills the wife and daughter of Timothy Evans, and sends Timothy to his death by hanging for something he didn't do. As creepy as this is, the film was actually filmed in Rillington Place before they tore it down.  That site- Reel Streets is a gold mine- click when you have a few hours to spend.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of Richard Attenborough's performances, but some that I think are worthwhile. So sad to see "Dickie Darling" as he was known to friends, pass. He would have been 91 tomorrow.
Mrs. Blossom, wearing a giant paper flower.  Such style.

Have a great long weekend- I'll be fleecin'.


Gale NoName said...

10 Rillington Place was my personal favourite. Love the new socks - they will be great this upcoming fall, when the weather turns for the better.

mrspao said...

Sad news about Sir Richard Attenborough. I particularly loved his nature programmes.

Your socks are gorgeous!!

Chris said...

Lovely socks! Belated happy birthday to Laura!

Nicole said...

Lovely socks! But, oh! That flower hat! *snicker*