I’m not sure if it’s a pandemic thing but during the last year, I’ve had a greater yearning for tv shows and movies that I haven’t seen for years/decades.
It started with two movies starring Gene Wilder as Cash Carter: Murder in a Small Town and The Lady in Question. Gene plays a theatre director who helps the local police solve crimes. Even though I’ve read that he was kind of a stinker in real life, I adore him on the screen.
Then there were both of the older Death on the Niles, one from the 70s with Peter Ustinov and the David Suchet version. This is my absolute favorite Agatha Christie and both these versions are pretty true to the book.
Next up came The Girl From Uncle with Stephanie Powers. It’s very dated but I did love it at the time and am always glad when there is a woman in a leading role, especially where spy/detective stories are concerned.
I’ve looked for years for The Scarecrow. I hardly remember it except for the song and the shots of Patrick McGoohan with his Scarecrow mask. It was a short Disney series but for some reason it has stuck in my memory.
And as soon as I started thinking about Patrick McGoohan, I started thinking about The Three Lives of Thomasina. I talked my parents into taking me to see this three times while it was at the local move theatre. In addition to the cat and Patrick McGoohan (I had a thing for him early on), I loved the “witch” who lived outside the town who cured the cat.
The latest of my obsessions is Flambards. It played on PBS in 1980 – I was a young married and I still remember the haunting musical score. I only saw it that once, but I loved the story of a young girl coming of age in turn of the century (20th) England. I didn’t realize for many years that it was based on a trilogy of books by K.M. Peyton; I have just recently read the first one.
I searched for all of these movies/shows and didn’t have much luck (David Suchet’s Nile and the first episode of Flambards were available on the internet for a bit). And I didn’t have much luck with interlibrary loan either – a lot of libraries don’t really want to lend out their DVDs; they show as available but then I get a “sorry” email. I’m still waiting to hear about Flambards, but for all the others, I eventually went online and purchased them one by one. This may not seem too remarkable but purchasing DVDs hasn’t been something I do very often and it’s hard not to feel like I’ve been behaving fiscally irresponsible purchasing so many over the course of a year. But I have truly enjoyed them (over and over again I admit). I have a friend who weighs purchases by how often they are used – she calls this calculation PPU (price per use) – the more often something is used, the cheaper it gets in her eyes. By this calculation, I’m practically saving money!
Anything you’ve been nostalgic about lately?