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Started by Marilyne, March 29, 2016, 06:38:19 PM

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Callie - thanks for the heads-up on, "Holiday Inn", playing on PBS tonight.  Like you, I love a musical, and would enjoy seeing one during this dreary Covid time.  I remember that the original movie, features all the different holidays throughout the year - ending up with Christmas.  It always plays on TCM, a couple of times this time of year.  Watching a live version will be a treat!

Tome & Callie - "Sporty"?  "Horsey"? ;D  You are both so kind!  ha ha!  Well, you  gave me a laugh today, which felt really good for a change.  When I first saw the actress playing Camilla, I thought there was a definite resemblance, but I'm thinking maybe it was just the hairdo?  Whenever I see video or pictures of Charles and Camilla together now, he looks so happy . . . at long last!


Marilyne, "Holiday Inn' is the Broadway production that the movie "White Christmas" was based on.  They're not the same but I think you'll enjoy this production.

It was "Camilla's" hairdo that first turned me off.  I don't remember ever seeing the real Camilla with a "bouffant" do like the actress has.
I agree that Charles looks so much happier now.  Wonder what's going on with Harry and Meghan these days.


November 21, 2020, 09:42:50 AM #1742 Last Edit: November 21, 2020, 09:44:59 AM by phyllis
I am seriously trying NOT to binge but must admit I watched Ep. 8 of CROWN last night and if the new Ep. of the "British Baking Show" hadn't been on I probably would have watched Ep. 9!  No will power at all.

You all are too kind.  I am not, I'm afraid.  I always thought that Camilla must have hidden attributes.....very well hidden.  She supposedly is "great fun" but not very attractive.  This actress is a little too cute.  But, the real Camilla has apparently made Prince Charles a much happier man and that is what is important.

I was never a fan of Diana.  I always felt that there was an air of sly calculation about her.

As for hairdos.....it is the exaggerated hairdo that they have put on Margaret Thatcher that has me turned off.  I just have to keep telling myself....it is fiction, loosely based on known events and produced by people who apparently aren't terribly fond of British royalty.  Unfortunately, a lot of people will think it is all true.


If you'd be wantin' to see the Monarchy totally "trashed", go to Netflix and watch "The House of Windsor".  It is a documentary, several episodes long. It begins with how the Windsor name came about. It has real film footage of King George, etc. Tells the tale of how they wanted to be rid of the Germanic name, Saxe-Coburg-Gota.  The producers spend entirely too much time on the abdication of Edward, showing clips of he and Wallis throughout the entire series until you just want to scream. Later episodes, they keep comparing Prince Charles to Edward (David). When Diana appears, they portray her as scheming, conniving, self-promoting.  The interviews with her private secretary are enlightening.  Various historians, authors, Palace insiders, etc all put in their spin on the whole family.  It is a very interesting series.  If only they had left out about 15-20 clips and references to E&W. Everybody gets a proverbial "slap in the face", less so the Queen herself. They don't really trash Camilla but predominately Charles and his relationship to Camilla. Oh, the things we learn.  Disheartening.


Afraid that's what Thatcher's hairdo really looked like, Phyllis, LOL.


November 21, 2020, 01:10:14 PM #1745 Last Edit: November 21, 2020, 01:13:12 PM by Marilyne
I was hoping to see "Holiday Inn", on PBS, last night, but we found out by waiting until 8:00 - that it didn't start until 9:00 and lasted till 11:00.   We recorded it to watch another time, and also  decided to wait on "Crown",  until tonight.

Phyllis - I agree with you on M. Thatcher's hairdo.   Yes, that was her style, but I don't remember it being so extreme!   Also, I was a little taken back by the way the family treated Thatcher, and her husband, when they came for the weekend at Balmoral.  Surely the Royals would have been friendlier, and the Thatcher's would have been better prepared, as to some kind of intinerary?   

Another small detail that bothers me, and only me.  ::)   Queen Elizabeth, has always been noted for her blue eyes.  The actress, Olivia Colman, has lovely big brown eyes, that are very attractive, but I wish they had had her wear blue contact lenses.  IMO, she looks nothing at all like the Queen.  The earlier actress Claire Foy, had the blue eyes, and looked quite a bit like the young Queen I thought.    I guess I'm way too hung-up on authenticity. 

Tome - I'll look at Netflix and Prime, later, and see if "The House of Windsor", is the documentary that I watched about six months ago?  It showed lots of footage of Elizabeth and Margaret as young woman?  Also, many events of interest over the years were shown, and I thought it was quite good.  I think it ended before Diana, because I don't recall anything about her?   Now I want to find it and watch it all over again!  :D

One more thing that I've noticed throughout the entire series:  The terms  "She's great fun", or  "He's a bit of fun",  are used to denote a relationship that has no long term possibilities.  I remember Princesses Anne, Margaret, and also Philip and Charles, all using it.   It must be part of the British vernacular, as I don't remember ever hearing it used here?   


Marilyne,  I don't care for the second actress playing the Queen.  I know Queen Elizabeth wasn't always smiling but I don't think she ever had that down-turned scowl that this actress does when she's being "serious".

Sorry you missed "Holiday Inn".  Act 1 lasts about an hour before there's a break I changed to the news since it was just after 10:00 and switched back after the weather - about 15 minutes later; so I don't know what my PBS station had in between.

Big football game between my Okla. Univ. Sooners and All My Children's Okla. State Cowboys at 6:30 on ABC.  That will take up my evening.  ;) 


Callie  -  We watched  Holiday Inn, last night and I was very impressed.   Loved it, and would recommend it to any and all of our housebound friends and relatives!  I just hope it plays again, so daughter Sandy, can see it, as I know she would like it too.

This PBS show, followed the old 1942 B/W movie almost exactly, with all those wonderful Irving Berlin musical numbers.  The screen names of the actors were the same - Jim, who was Bing Crosby in the old movie, and Ted, who was played by Fred Astaire.  The actress who played Linda, was Marjorie Reynold in the movie, but didn't recognize the blond who played Lila. There is a "Black Face" number in the original movie, which of course was not in this updated version. It's still in the old original movie however - or was when I saw it last year? 

My favorite dance number was, The Fourth of July Firecracker Dance.  It was colorful and well done, but  could not top the original movie dance by Fred Astaire!    That has to be my favorite Astaire dance ever seen on screen, and there were many!  I also liked the early ensemble dance number to "Blue Skies".  Love those 1942 dresses!    I'll post a message when the old movie plays this year, although I'm probably the only one here who has TCM?


Marilyne, I have TCM.

 Neither this dancer nor Danny Kaye (in "White Christmas") could equal Fred Astaire!  Can't remember the movies but my favorite dances were one he did with a hat rack and one when he "danced up the walls and across the ceiling".  Would love to know how that one was filmed.

It's a cold gray gloomy day in central Oklahoma.  I think I'll "binge watch" episodes of "Crown" this afternoon.


I was hoping to string out the episodes of "The Crown", to once a week, but I couldn't stick with it!  Instead of the 10 weeks, I was hoping for,  it's going to be three.  ::)   I have only the final episode to watch, which will probably be tonight, then I'll  be back to comment on this season.  From what I have read online, it will be late 2021 or early 2022, before the next season starts?

Covid is the reason, which is understandable.  The same long wait applies to all other series shows on Netflix, HBO, and Showtime, as well as Network sitcoms and weekly dramas.  This Devil virus, has effected so many businesses in the country.   All except Big Tech.  They are all thriving . . . especially Amazon.   Jeff Bezos, was already the richest person in the world before Covid, but his net worth has escalated to $800 Billion, in the past eight months.  :yikes:   Right behind him is Mark Zuckerburg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jack Dorsey.


I watched the final episode of, The Crown, last night.  It was good, but quite sad, I thought.   All of The Royal Family,  showed their "true colors",  and it wasn't a pretty sight.

Ugly scenes between Charles and Diana:  If it actually happened that way, I think he was way too harsh with her?  She was immature, scared, and had no one to  turn to for advice and support. 
Prince Philip, who was Diana's only ally, turned on her at the end, along with everyone else. 

Queen Elizabeth's behavior toward Diana and Charles, was pretty shocking.  I wonder if most of that story is based on fact?  I was disappointed  at her treatment of Diana.  A sad scene, showing The Queen, dismissing Diana abruptly, and going off to feed the dogs.  No compassion whatsoever for Charles either.  Definitely portrayed HRH as a cold and heartless woman.

Margaret Thatcher: Mixed feelings about her.  From what I have read, the actress Gillian Anderson, got Thatcher's voice and mannerisms down perfectly.  Her hair style calmed down a bit after the first episode.  I don't remember her being so uncompromising, with the Parliament, but I've never followed British politics, so I don't know much.  I can certainly see why she was such a controversial PM.  The Queen, showed  more compassion toward Thatcher at the end, than she did for Charles and Diana.  Although not much.  :(

I'm interested in hearing what you all thought of the season finale?