Take this picture that Peggy and I watched the other night. "The Two Mrs Carrolls," starring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck and Alexis Smith. And of course, for extra British flavor, there was a guy named Nigel Bruce in the cast, along with Leyland Hodgson and Anita Sharp-Bolster.
And so do we all sometimes.
I won't give away the plot, but it had everything you want in a movie from 1947 set in England:
- hammy acting
- dramatic staccato music (da-da-da-DAAAAAAAAAAAA!)
- people expressing their fear or discontent by grabbing their head in their hands
- rainy nights in England, with people coming into a house dripping wet and shaking off the rain
- people driving on the wrong side of the road
- props that just happen to be there just when needed...
- black and white film
- a 10-year-old child who speaks as if she were 53 or something ("Oh you mustn't do that!," "Father, do tell me it's all true!")
- an alcoholic doctor who guzzles everyone's whiskey and then treats patients a minute later
- old-time phones that you didn't dial, but, rather, told the operator the number you want ("Fare-thee-well 459, please!")
- I think Bogart smoked while he ate. There is not a scene in which he isn't either smoking...or doing something else hazardous....
- A cranky maid who, apparently, worked 24 hours a day seven days a week..cooking, cleaning, answering the door. She never went home or anything.
- Thinly-veiled threats of intense bodily harm hissed from person to person, while these persons were all dressed to the nines!
- and a movie poster that had the stars' first names in regular size print and their last name all gigantic. You could do this at your office. Just order a name plaque for your door that says jimbo JONES and you can feel like a star!