If the Anti-Flirt activists of the early 20th century had gotten their way, cheeky advances and drive-by flirting would today be things of the past. Though she is convinced that no man can meet her standards, she flirts with every man she .. the deceived/seduced woman, the damsel in distress, and the flapper. . Border () and Moloch () were scathing anti-war, anti- violence pieces. . But, considering Weber's intellectual and philosophical heritage, and the. him": The Man of Reason: 'Male' and 'Female' in Western Philosophy, . was conceived as a social duty, the flapper embraced the 'anti-maternal' values .. prosperity of our neighbours" as the President of The League of National Life young woman of flirting, kissing, viewing life lightly, saying damn without a.
He's got a running feud with a radio crooner Dick Powell whom he believes effeminate, but he's also got a dear mother Emma Dunnbless him. The great climactic gag in this one is that somebody gets shot, which tells you something about these newspaper comedies. Two double-features are vehicles for pert Dorothy Mackaill, a forgotten silent star who specialized in flappers and successfully made the transition to talkies for several years.
The Office Wife opens with a very interesting dialogue between a grey-haired New York publisher Lewis Stone in a huge office and one of his star writers, a certain Miss Halsey Blanche Friderici who's butcher than he is. This sarcastic cross-dresser is the kind of character you certainly don't find after the Code tightened its screws.
She's assigned to write a magazine piece called The Office Wife, the same title as this movie based on a Cosmopolitan magazine serial by Faith Baldwin.
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Is Miss Halsey supposed to be a disguised reference to Miss Baldwin? She's pure window dressing for the main story, in which secretary Anne Murdock Mackaill sets her cap for her freshly married boss, and indeed succeeds in making him fall in love with her.
Then she gets an attack of morals and feels bad about it, not knowing what we already know--the boss' wife Natalie Moorhead is already stepping out on him. The married couple have an amazingly mature discussion in which the wife reveals her infidelity and asks for a divorce, and it's all handled as amiably and unfussily as it never could be afterwhen the sanctity of marriage couldn't be taken lightly and tramps who scheme to steal husbands couldn't get rewarded.
As directed by Lloyd Bacon and shot by William Rees, this film has a smooth visual style, with the camera frequently gliding along polished floors or following the female feet of the heroine or her streetwise sister Joan Blondellwho has a bathtub scene. While these flourishes are attractive and the pre-Code details are sociologically interesting, they don't make the story compelling.
Few viewers will care whether Anne marries the old windbag, and you'd almost be happier for her if she didn't. In Party Husband, Mackaill and James Rennie play well-heeled newlyweds who brightly spout their theme at the reception: Unless we've never seen a movie before, we understand clearly that they'll learn a Valuable Lesson, and it has to do with jealousy over suspected infidelities and, in the husband's case, an actual drunken transgression when he's in a snit at wifey's behavior.
He can be forgiven in a way that she probably couldn't. Pre-Code or not, Hollywood movies liked to tease the audience with promises of modern attitudes only to stamp them out by re-affirming the traditional verities. The theory was that audiences were paying for sin while being sold sanctity, and it was a bait-and-switch that everyone seemed happy with, more or less.
A curious supporting character embodies the cynical sentiment behind these manipulations, for the husband is briefly vamped by another prominent lady writer, Bee Canfield Mary Dorana single woman who makes her living by preaching the virtues of old-fashioned home life while her own home is all "ashtrays and tiger rugs".
She could have gotten a job writing in Hollywood. Actually, both of these movies are scripted by Charles Kenyon. Did he have a thing about unconventional women writers? The only thing interesting about this movie's tedious marriage problems is that it all gets resolved when the mother-in-law Helen Ware struts around smoking a cigarette and giving them a lecture full of mockery. You children seem to think that getting drunk and raising cain were invented by you.
Well let me tell you, we had better devils twenty years ago. The first film was later misleadingly retitled "Adventures in Africa" and that's what it says on this print. It's all set during a Broadway revue in which Mackaill is starring on her last night before getting hitched to a rich beau. The most memorable of the many performances has Mackaill in a tuxedo chirping "I'm just a man about town" and doing lots of high kicks.In Defence of Women by H.L Mencken (Part1 Full) Video / AudioBook
For just a moment, the movie seems to float above itself. Between the acts and behind the scenes is a lot of business from comic characters, a couple of flashbacks to the songbird's career with a partner Fay again, and again directed by Curtiz who secretly loves her, a subplot about a Portuguese smuggler Noah Beery who lusts after her, and even a murder that's probably self-defense. The unacceptable part, Code-wise, is that said crime gets covered up so everyone can go on their merry way.
It's a lot of shilly-shally as the audience supposedly waits breathlessly for Fay finally to stop clowning and confess his love. If he'd done it an hour earlier, or a year, there'd have been no picture.
The Reckless Hour is a notch above most of these others, even though it's strictly another soaper about a girl who makes a "mistake" with the wrong man. Still, it's directed trimly and with quiet style by John Francis Dillon, who'd been making this kind of picture for 20 years, and Mackaill and her family are likeable, especially the touchingly decent and understanding papa H.
Warner and the snappy kid sister Blondell again. When dad says the little sis should help set the table because the other one has been on her feet all day, she snaps, "Where have I been, on my back?
Nobody ever comes out and says that our heroine gets knocked up it's dialogue of significant pauses and pained expressionsbut she goes to a "rest home" and later just says, "It died. To go with this, they later produced a tiger tail you could attach to or hang out of your petrol cap, and sold a remarkable 2.
The car, which was produced in three series between andbecame an iconic image of the "swinging sixties" and was much favoured by pop stars at that time.
Adam Vandergriff writes, "On the first panel of we see Christopher Robbins as well as Pooh and Piglet in front of the house in statue-form. The subsequent panel features the "Tiger in a Tank" tail hanging out of the car's gas can. I love this reference but did not notice in your annotations what may be so obvious it wasn't mentioned: In the novels it is always won by Grabber see Page 4, Panel 2, belowbut obviously Fotherington-Thomas won it at least once. Yeah, I think so.
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Perhaps, as Birmingham is not terribly far from Northampton, Moore was aware of this. Custards and the child of wealthy parents. Grabber, in the Molesworth books, is always referred to as 'Grabber ma'.
I always read that as an abreviation of 'Grabber major', meaning that the Head Boy was the older of two brothers at St Cuthberts. This usage appears in the contemporaneous Anthony Buckeridge series of Jennings books. Admittedly, Nigel Molesworth's younger brother is known as Molesworth 2. But either way, the surname of Andy May clearly comes from that usage. I believe his name was Mr Therm and that he advertised for the then equivalent of British Gas plc, the company providing gas to homes for the purpose of cooking, heating etc.
The trophy was found just seven days later wrapped in newspaper at the bottom of a suburban garden hedge in Upper Norwood, South London, by a dog named Pickles. Part of Theosophy is the idea that Tibetan ascended masters are passing on their wisdom to ordinary humanity. Lou Mougin writes, "When Basil drowns, it's possibly a ref to the theory actually, more like a report in some cases that Brian Jones was drowned in his swimming pool by workers who were remodeling the place, and whom Brian had allegedly insulted.
I will leave any potential relationship between the lyrics of the song and the events of this issue to you, Dear Reader, to decide. Rodger Kibble writes, " the juxtaposition of the title Paint It Black with a full-page image of the Nautilus, with a deaths-head image in the bows, reminded me that in Century: Nail my skull to its forecastle.
The child is given a name in the text piece in League v2: A grown-up Janni played a major role in Century: Broad Arrow Jack was created by E.
Harcourt Burrage and appeared in the penny dreadful Broad Arrow Jack Antony Keen corrects me: The same source establishes that young Jack's father is Armand Robur. Punjab is on the northwest border of India. But Punjabi and Gujarati are different languages from different parts of India. The identity of his father is not hinted at.
Leo Antolini corrects me: Sidney Osinga writes, "This is a reference to page of the Black Dossier, which stated that Mina and Allen destroyed it in to prevent it being used to invade England.
I know it's not a reference, but I think it's quite noticeable after all. In panel 7 one can see a more modern, stylized version of the traditional N-Logo. Damian Gordon notes, "this is meant to be ironic since two out of three of King Lear's daughters Goneril and Regan betray him, and he exiles his only loyal daughter Cordeliaand by the end of the play all three of them are dead, so unlike the Nemo family, Lear effectively caused the death of all of his daughters and ended his family line.
I want to achieve it through not dying. Or was it Agricola? Historically, the earliest roads built in Britain by the Romans connected London with the ports used in the invasion. Tony Keen corrects me: Andrew Whitehurst writes, " Orlando mentions that he, " led the Romans to London having helped Brutus found the city when It is said that The London Stone, a chunk of which may still be found near Cannon Street Station, is a remnant of a stone brought by Brutus from Troy and that the fate of the city and the stone are interlinked.
This is the first of the scenes with numerous passers-by who, presumably, are meant to be recognized as someone. John Mackenzie, starring Bob Hoskins, where most of the actions begins after the murder of one of Hoskin's gay associates. To be honest the opening of Century reminded me of the opening of Sanjay Shah writes, "The chap in the bowtie with the overweight lady is Professor Simon Peach from the version of 'The Italian Job' played by Benny Hill he had a fetish for large women and he starred alongside Michael Caine in that - who he's standing next to in that panel as Jack Carter.
Hasn't he got his right foot on some kind of orthotic stilt? So that, in effect, he's a man with a serious case of Short Leg Syndrome? Surely that'd ring someone else's bells