I just saw a headline (yes, big enough to warrant a headline) that the tv series Friends is doing a reunion show in the spring. I never saw an entire episode of Friends when it was originally airing – the bits I did see didn’t make me want to tune in. But between what other people talk about and all the various commercials, I know enough that I’m thinking an enjoyable reunion show almost 20 years after the fact will be hard to pull off. I’m sure I’ll be passing.
But there are a few bits of entertainment that I would like to have seen more of — Mrs. Polifax, Spy for one. There are boatloads of Mrs Pollifax books by Dorothy Gilman but just two movies. The first one came out in 1971 with Rosalind Russell and Darren McGavin. It’s clever and a bit silly, but just what I need every now and then. Rosalind Russell was perfect but a follow-up was never made. Then in 1999 Angela Lansbury starred in The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. Good enough to waste a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon but that was about it; she was too old for the part and the movie took itself much too seriously. It really just felt like an episode of Murder She Wrote.
The 1971 version is currently available on Amazon Prime and I will admit that I’ve watched it several times since March. I wish that Rosalind Russell had made a few more of them!
Anything that you would have like to see more of (or read more of)?