A Sentimental Journey

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Oh dear. Bad enough for the respective authors that their biographies of Doris Day should come out within days of each other. Worse that the books’ covers should look close to identical – all pinks and whites and jauntily cursive typefaces laid over the exact same soft-focus shot of the girl Oscar Levant knew ‘before […]

Jolly Good Fun

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

In the heyday of the British film industry, Terry-Thomas and Alastair Sim made respectable careers playing people who weren’t respectable. They played characters who were ‘not quite gentlemen’, but in different ways: Terry-Thomas was the embodiment of the player or bounder, while Sim depicted seedy, shabby, failed or faded gentility better than almost anyone else. […]

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