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07 September 2010

Miss Otis regrets she's unable to lunch today, madam

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Bob is on the road again, determined to post. 

Above, possibly my favorite movie. Here's what you get when you pay a little extra for a good screenwriter (Shelagh Delaney). Just find it and watch it. Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be executed in the UK. Watch the movie and Leave A Comment.
A nice Mail Artist, Miss James, e-mailed that she liked my stamps. I sent her back this song:


Miss Otis Regrets
by Cole Porter (1934)

Here's Edith Piaf singing it in French. (Scroll down to song title.) I love Piaf but never realized she had a sense of humor before.

Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.
She is sorry to be delayed,
but last evening down in Lover's Lane she strayed, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.

When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam,
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray,
And from under her velvet gown,
She drew a gun and shot her lover down, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.

When the mob came and got her and dragged her from the jail, madam,
They strung her up on the old willow across the way,
And the moment before she died,
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam ...
Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today.

Miss Otis regrets, she's unable to lunch today



twolegsnotail said...

I saw this film when it was first released and I simply cannot believe how nor why it has fallen by the wayside.

Vleeptron Dude said...

well, it launched Miranda Richardson's career, and it did okay for the director, too ... he was the first English guy to direct a Harry Potter movie (salary: $1,000,000).

As a little girl, Shelagh Delaney ("A Taste of Honey") had been bombarded with the tabloid tsunami over the Ruth Ellis scandal, and felt drawn to return to it decades later, but as a nuanced, skilled storyteller who researched the affair and humanized the Tabloid Sensation.

I have never been so startled and terrified by a movie. She didn't go to the gallows out of greed or cruelty or evil or insanity. It was like watching a mirror. I've made exactly the same little (and big) mistakes in (young) love and romance. Every 15 minutes I'd see something and whisper: "O Jesus, I did that." "Dear Lord, I did that ..."

I'm glad England stopped hanging people for Bad Romantic Judgment. It's just not right to hang 6,000 people every week, and 7,000 on Valentine's Day.

Derek Bentley was a brain-damaged epileptic English teenager who had tested at 66 and 77 on IQ tests before he was hanged in 1953 for shooting a policeman to death. The movie about his case, "Let Him Have It" (1991) is also startling. Bentley's conviction was quashed and he eventually received a full pardon -- about 50 years after he was hanged.

Vleeptron Dude said...


In one of his most famous ("Cassandra") columns (for The Daily Mirror), (Sir William Neil) Connor attacked the death sentence passed on Ruth Ellis, writing:

"The one thing that brings stature and dignity to mankind and raises us above the beasts will have been denied her - pity and the hope of ultimate redemption."

His comments contributed to an increased antipathy to the death penalty which eventually resulted in its abolition in the UK. (The column ran the day Ruth Ellis was hanged.)

twolegsnotail said...

No matter,it still remains fallen by the wayside. Cute idea, it should be shown as 'The Midnight Movie' all over everywhere that celebrates "Valentine's Day". At the risk of sounding a scold, 'Dance With A Stranger' is a healthy antidote to the idiotic madness of 'Pretty Woman' and there needs be an antidote.

PatFromCH said...

Good, I must see that movie. I BLOODY HATE HATE that awful movie you mentioned. There is only one movie I absolutely hate even more than Pretty Woman and that is bloody Titanic. I suspect that Avatar must be even worse so I am not even going to watch that pompous garbage.

I live in a country where the debate on capitol punishment was recently refuelled by petitioners, fortunetly the wohloe thing got cancelled. But I am going to watch this movie anyway as it is an antidote to this horrible movie.

Vleeptron will enhance your life and if Bob recommends this movie it MUST be good !

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