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Mrs. Parkington (1944)
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Some of Ed's favourite moments
Greer has black hair. Eeeooo!
But she really is gorgeous here.
Walter uses the term "spooning".
It's not clear to me what he means by it in 1944,
"I'm practically naked!"
Aspasia (a beautiful Agnes Moorehead) says that in
France they say "decolleté". That is the very
term used by Mary Boland in "Pride and Prejudice" when
she's admonishing Kitty at the Meryton Assembly.
Greer: "That's house-breaking. It's against the law."
Walter: "Who cares about the law? It's a free country,
Then Walter shows her the house that supposedly belongs
to a friend. This is a delightful sequence.
Greer does a one-hand turnover with playing cards.
I'll bet she would've been impressed if I showed her
my one-hand riffle shuffle.
Cecil Kellaway has a couple of great scenes.
You will have seen him on TV a million times in the
I'll bet Walter Pidgeon loved making this movie. Major
Parkington is like a filthy rich Sam Gladney, full of
vigour and optimism and mad about Greer.
Greer spends much of this movie being eighty-four years
old. I must say that in real life she looked better at
eighty than she did in this movie.
Greer rubs her butt again as an 84-year-old when she
warms herself by the fire. Later she and Aspasia both
warm their butts when they're in England.
Greer tries to sound more "American" by enunciating her
R's the way we do west of the Atlantic. Thus, she says
"mothER" and "summER" rather than her usual "mutha" and
If you grew up in the 1960s, you'll enjoy seeing
Anges Moorehead in this movie, who had four Oscar® nominations,
one of them for this very movie.
Simon Callow's book on Orson Welles claims that Mr.
Welles was offered the role of the Prince of Wales in
this movie, the role eventually played by Cecil
(Simon Callow is also an actor. He's the funeral in
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" and Reverend Beebe in "A
Room With a View.")