A wild short romantic season full of mystery on Miss Fisher!

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It was a wild short romantic season full of mystery on Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries.  I really needed to write this blog in love and appreciation to this wonderful show.  As I told you all in my last blog I love this show.  Even though this season was very short because of money considerations it is jam-packed full of everything we love it for.   I am a happy member of the fandom,  yes, I admit I am that caught up in the fun of the show.

First we love, love, love the star Essie Davis.  She is an amazing actress who has captured the freedom loving, carefree detective perfectly.  She also shows love, loyalty and warmth just through those beautiful blue eyes without saying one word.

We also love, love, love the delectable Nathan Page, he is not only handsome and sexy,  but he is also an amazing actor who conveys so much with an expression of his face or a gesture of his hands.  

On Tumblr and Facebook he has a great following who just wants Jack to be able to kiss Phryne and not to distract her from a dangerous criminal as he did in the first season. I won’t give spoilers here.  But I will say it is a very interesting season for Jack and Phryne.

It is also a very interesting season for Hugh and Dot, played by the talented, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Ashleigh Cummings love does not go smoothly but they are so cute you can’t help but root for them.  And just watching Dot grow up into an accomplished brave and beautiful young woman thanks to Phryne’s gentle guidance is wonderful for the audience to see.

 

 I want to say so much and explain so much but everything I want to say will give away plot line or some surprise in the show I may have already done it accidentally and I am trying to be good.

 

The season just ended in Australia and it is on its way to the rest of the world.  Definitely worth checking out if you love  Mystery, Costumes, Romance and a whole lot of fun!!!!!!

 

 

 

The Wonderful Phryne Fisher!

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I love a good murder mystery.  I love fashion.  I love the era of the ’20’s.  I love a strong, smart kick ass woman. I love a kind, smart, no-nonsense cop.  I adore a sweet romance with two innocents.  I really love a sizzling burn that will hopefully turn into a romance,

And that is why I fell in love with Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries on PBS. The books are by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. I intend to buy one but Barnes and Noble who keeps touting them on PBS have none in stock. Odd, huh?
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With wit, humor and intelligence this mystery series really has captivated me.  Miss Phryne Fisher is a rich beautiful and highly intelligent socialite with more skills than James Bond. She speaks several languages including Mandarin and Russian, She flies planes, cracks safes, knows Judo, how to shoot, and can do a rather good fan dance.

 

Phryne was raised as a poor as a church mouse but after the war gained wealth through a quirk of fate.  Her father became a Lord through the deaths of others, it was as the result from the horror that was the Great War (WWI.)

So after Finishing School and unable to really stand her brutish father she came home to Australia from England.  And she quickly fell into a murder. After working with the stoic but wonderful DI Jack Robinson, saving Dorothy, a maid from being a convicted of a crime she did not commit and hiring her as her companion which included such difficult tasks for the innocent young woman as using the new fangled invention the telephone.

As well as the fun of a great mystery and great acting the wardrobe is to drool over.  She wears these amazing costumes of ’20’s like a second skin. The clothes are stunning.

 

But for a romantic like me there is also romance galore.  Dorothy (Dot) played by Ashleigh Cummings and Constable Hugh Collins  played by Hugo Johnstone-Burt, started out with Hugh arresting her and slowly but sweetly they fall for each other.

 

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Phryne and Jack are also a romance but of the kind that will seem familiar for people who watched such shows as Remington Steele and Moonlighting.  Slow and electric and quite delicious.

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The wonderful Phryne is played by the talented award-winning actress Essie Davis.  And the intrepid inspector is played dynamic Nathan Page.  I have only seen Essie Davis in one part, (Girl With A Pearl Earring.)  I have never seen Nathan Page before but he is extremely good at balancing his part with sharp wit and a great sense of dry humor (which I love.)

She is a very modern woman not only does she work as detective but she has a string of lovers and loves adventure and trouble.

With all that, the part that is truly touching is that she brings together a family of sorts, which also includes; her butler called Mr. Butler,  her Aunt Prudence, her best friend Dr Elizabeth “Mac” Macmillan and her ward Jane.  I very highly recommend it!

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Here is the cast list from Wikipedia;

  • Detective Inspector John “Jack” Robinson (Nathan Page), a detective who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher.
  • Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings), is Miss Fisher’s companion (i.e. one employed to live with and serve another). Dot is a devout Catholic.
  • Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), is Inspector Robinson’s right-hand-man, and Dot’s beau.
  • Mr Butler (Richard Bligh), is Miss Fisher’s loyal butler, an excellent household manager who provides good advice when needed.
  • Bert and Cec (Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe), are two working-class friends and devout communists, who often assist Miss Fisher’s investigations.
  • Dr Elizabeth “Mac” Macmillan (Tammy MacIntosh), is Miss Fisher’s close friend and doctor at a women’s hospital in Melbourne.
  • Jane Ross (Ruby Rees-Wemyss), is Miss Fisher’s ward, who shares the same name with Phryne’s deceased sister.
  • Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes), is Miss Fisher’s aunt and a reputation-conscious society matron.

A Sweet Goodbye To One Of My Favorite Actors

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Rod Taylor has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  From have watched and loved him. He was very talented and played every part with a deep commitment and true talent.

The first movie I think I can remember seeing him was The Time Machine.  A classic that I loved before I even knew what time travel or science fiction was.  Before I had read an H. G. Wells novel, I was in love George the time traveler.  He did something that just endeared me it was the sweet twinkle in his eye as he watched the mannequin change clothes and he went through the different time periods.  He was also so real in the midst of all the special effects and of course the romantic I am a mush so I loved the love story.

Of course I saw 101 Dalmatians but I didn’t it was him. So now that I do I may go back and watch it again just see if i can catch a phrasing that is pure Rod Taylor.

I loved him in Do Not Disturb  with Doris Day as the over worked and confused husband oblivious that his assistant had the hots for him.  In Sunday In New York as the adorable stranger who becomes both the hero and love Jane Fonda’s life, while being very, very funny.

I adored him in The Vips as the Aussie living in the UK with a great company who is fighting hard to keep it.  I had no idea he was an Aussie but I thought he was adorable and his relationship with his secretary, best friend and future love is one of my favorite parts of the movie.  I thought that he and Maggie Smith were just the cutest couple, I mean even a miserable Richard Burton could see she was in love Rod Taylor.

In Hotel as the manager he gets to show all the different sides.  He really plays the rock of the place who cares for the owner and employees and is trying his best to protect them all.  The scenes with Robert Webber as the Corp. Raider just made me sad because is that what really happened to all the beautiful hotels.

I recently saw The Catered Affair and though he had a tiny part I just thought he was adorable as the overwhelmed fiancee of Debbie Reynolds.

I also saw him in his TV guest shots, My favorites were in Murder She Wrote when he was older.  He still had it even though he was obviously not the sexy leading man anymore he was a sweet and caring friend and lover.

In other words I love Rod Taylor and I will miss him.  RIP Rod Taylor.

 

 

Love A Good Neil Simon Play

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Come Blow Your Horn is Neil Simon’s first play about when he finally left home and moved in with his older brother.  The play is very different from the movie.  I am not knocking the movie.  I really loved it.

I mean how can you go wrong with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bill,   Lee J. Cobb and Molly Picon.  It is a fun movie, a bit of a romp. I saw the movie before I saw the play.  My Grandma met Molly Picon, she was from the Yiddish Theater and my Grandmother and her family used to supply fabric for the costumes for the Yiddish Theater.  She had met Molly and her mother when they came in to buy material and my Grandma used to tell us great stories about it.  So i have soft spot for this wonderful and funny lady.

The movie also had Jill St James and Barbara Rush who I also admire, in fact there really isn’t anyone in the cast that I didn’t admire.  I also think that Norman Lear who wrote the screenplay is an amazing writer and producer, ( I grew up watching all his TV Shows and they were all the type of shows that pushed boundaries and taught while they made you laugh,)  but he is a different man with a different life from Neil Simon and he gave the movie his own take and it was very different then Neil Simon’s vision.

I saw the play in the 80’s and I was surprised by how different it is. It is a sweet charming and very Jewish Play.  It was what they did to his first baby that convinced Neil Simon that only one person could make his plays into screenplays from then on is Neil Simon.  So from then  on he always wrote the screenplays when his plays left the foot lights and went on to the big screens.

Come Blow Your Horn is all about growing up and finding your path to adulthood.  I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that it led one of the best playwrights of our time to grow as an artist.  Actually I kind of love the idea of that, don’t you?

 

 

Au Revoir, My Dear Hercule

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I bid a sad adieu to a one of kind TV character that I have watched half of my life and that I have read since I was a child. I am not prejudiced, I have loved all the portrayals of that brilliant Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. But on Sunday they finally showed Curtain to the American public and I saw the final performance of David Suchet the amazingly talented actor who played the one of a kind detective; Hercule Poirot.

Agatha Christie, the most famous mystery writer and most popular of all time created the petite finicky brilliant sleuth in the 1920’s when she saw a group of refugees from Belgium walking through her village.  She saw one man who was the inspiration of a lifetime. From the small round frame, the egg-shaped head that tilted to one side and a huge mustache.

Though the character could be played as a figure of fun it is not in this series.  He has a great sense of humor and can be very witty but he is portrayed as a bright, funny, kind, compassionate, perceptive man.  He has his faults too, he can be a bit arrogant and egotistical.  He is very particular, he wants everything straight and just so. He straightens pictures and books and objects of art.  He can’t have his eggs if they are not exactly the same size and he always puts a handkerchief down if he sits on a bench outside.

He is dapper and dressed with smartness and care.  Though he is a bit old-fashioned he is not judgmental.  He is a full-fledged person though he is a character he is not at all two-dimensional thanks to Agatha Christie’s, brilliant mind. Her pen never allows him to be a figure of fun but he can be amusing and very lovable.

David Suchet  who has played him for 25 years and brought him to another level. ( I still love Peter Ustinov’s and Albert Finney’s portrayals and will watch it every time they are on) His portrayal is always right on the mark.  The man becomes the Belgian sleuth.  From his walk to his accent to the way he builds of castle of cards.  I will miss him.

 

 

 

 

Garbo Talks Always Touches My Heart

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First it has an amazing cast. Lead by the amazing Anne Bancroft, she is sweet, funny and eccentric.  Ron Silver who was quirky, funny and such a sweet gentleman.  But my favorite is Catherine Hicks who is funny, sweet, gentle, quirky and nutty.  And she wanted to be an actress, I could relate to her on a real level even though she was a bit of nut, but then so am I.

 

It also has an amazing supporting cast of  Steven HillHoward Da SilvaHermione Gingold who gave sparkling performances that just touched my heart. Carrie Fisher is hilarious as the pain in the ass spoiled boring wife, she really pulls the charm from this unlikable character which just shows her talent.  And Harvey Fierstein in the first movie I had ever seen him, though he was funny he tore your heart as the lonely but sweet man on Fire Island. 

The mix of humor and pathos really pulls your heart out and then fills it up with sweet laughter.  I won’t give it away but the end is the best part of the movie. You have to stay for Anne Bancroft’s speech but you really have to stay for the very end, it is a gem.

What Gift did 84 Charring Cross Road Give Me?

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It is hard to look back at the movies you loved to see what influenced your life the most. I am a huge movie fan so there were so many movies that would fit that description.

I have always been the type of person to tie a movie in with a book it came from or that inspired the author. So for me a love reading and movies went hand in hand.

However there was a movie that I saw when I was in college that would have a deep influence on my love reading. That movie was 84 Charring Cross Road, Produced by Mel Brooks, Starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.

 

 

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Before the movie I already had a love of English literature.  I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Chaucer and Charles Dickens. I had my own vision of England from these books, and I was intrigued by all of it. One of my dreams was to walk around Bath to see the places of both Jane Austen and Agatha Christie.

Then I saw this movie and I fell in love with John Donne and English Poetry. Also I became fascinated by the streets of London. I wanted to walk the same that Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench walked.

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When I finally got there I thought of the movie and of course I went to 84 Charring Cross Road.  It was a Pub then but they had a plaque on the wall. I touched it and thought of all the people connected with that beloved movie.

I walked the streets of London, Bath, Stratford and stood by Stonehenge.  Some dreams do come true. And this one did come true for me. I cherish it.