Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 -- November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm grateful for health and life, my family, and my coworkers.

The photograph shows Barbara Kent, who was one of the last surviving people who acted in silent films as adults. She died in 2014.

Friday, November 22, 2019

George Eliot 200 -- November 22, 2019

from George Eliot By Mathilde Blind
Mary Ann Evans adopted the name George Eliot when she began writing novels.  She was one of the most successful British authors during the Victorian Era.  She was born 200 years ago today, on 22-November-1819.
I think all seven of her novels have been adapted for film or television, even Felix Holt, the Radical.

Monday, November 11, 2019

I'll Be Seeing You -- November 11, 2019
Happy Veterans Day, everyone. David O Selznick produced I'll Be Seeing You, which starred Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, and Shirley Temple.  Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton's characters both have secrets, which they keep from each other.  Cotton played a veteran sergeant who has been treated for shell shock.  Rogers is a woman who was convicted of manslaughter, who gets a furlough to spend Christmas with her aunt and uncle.  They fall in love after meeting on a train.

One of my favorite scenes is when Shirley Temple's character brings home a Second Lieutenant who is fresh out of training.  First Sergeant Cotton salutes him, and the 2LT, played by John Derek, says something like "I should be saluting you."