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Timothy-
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on: May 4, 2018, 09:46
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Nice. Could you get a picture of Diana Rigg in her emmapeeler for comparison? I'm a big fan of the '60s TV show, The Avengers.

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on: May 4, 2018, 10:55
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She looks very good in black.

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on: May 4, 2018, 11:37
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Yes, that woman has M appeal (man appeal) -- which is where they got the name for the character.

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on: May 4, 2018, 12:07
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Great pun.

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on: May 4, 2018, 13:52
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The photo of the Chinese model brings back good memories!

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on: May 4, 2018, 14:53
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Don't brag, Mr. Kung. Not all of us have been in love with Emma Peel or perhaps the Asian equivalent. I wish. But wishing doesn't make it so. Found that out much too late.

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on: May 4, 2018, 18:27
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Actually, as Avengers girls go, I prefer Joanna Lumley as Purdey over Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, but Rigg had better episodes ("The Cybernauts", "The House That Jack Built", "The Girl From AUNTIE", "The Danger Makers", "Small Game for Big Hunters", "Murdersville", "Never, Never Say Die", "The Superlative Seven" (an Agatha Christie parody), "The Fear Merchants", "The Winged Avenger" (a Batman parody), "The Correct Way to Kill", "Escape in Time", "You Have Just Been Murdered", "Something Nasty in the Nursery", "Return of the Cybernauts", "Dead Man's Treasure").

Honor Blackman was good as Cathy Gale, and not only had 2 episodes remade as Peel episodes, but also was referenced in "Too Many Christmas Trees": Mrs. Peel helps Steed with his Christmas cards, which all seem to be from women (to her mild disgust), and finds one that turns out to be from Cathy Gate (Steed w0nders what she's doing at Fort Knox), but I've seen very few of her episodes. Linda Thorson was all right as Tara King, and did have some good episodes (including a detective parody, "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues", with a Home Office investigator named Sir Arthur Doyle and 3 villains named Earle, Stanley, and Gardiner).

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I wasn't aware, or had forgotten, that Joanna Lumley was an Avenger girl. She's in a couple Miss Marple episodes. She does stellar work in three appearances of "Lovejoy" as Lovejoy's love interest, Victoria Cavero. I think there's some great screen chemistry between them. She became the love of my Lovejoy life after seeing her in these episodes. Great stuff.

I don't remember that specific episode, but I've seen most of the Honor Blackman episodes. They had been playing on free TV for a while. They're actually better than the ones with Diana Rigg, in my opinion, because they were less goofy and self-conscioulsy stylish. These were very low-budget affairs, unfortunately, but the plots were often quite good.

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on: May 4, 2018, 20:03
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When I checked out the series list of episodes on wikipedia, I found there were a total of 4 remade or re-conceived as Diana Rigg episodes. In one case, I saw both the original and the remake.

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on: June 24, 2018, 19:17
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Yesterday I watched Ninotchka on FilmStruck which is currently featuring fifteen of Greta Garbo’s films.

Ninotchka is a light comedy that spoofs the Commies. I thought of Timothy while watching this. I’m sure he’d like it. It’s a mix of the Marx Brothers and perhaps a little Mel Brooks (if not Bob Hope).

Three Red Russians (Comrade Iranoff, Buljanoff, and Kopalski) are sent to France to retrieve some valuable jewels that belong to an ousted White Russian duchess. France has officially recognized Stalin’s Russia which means it will be hard to keep the jewels out of the hands of Stalin.

The three Marx-brothers-like Russians fail in their mission so Commissar Razinin (Bela Lugosi) sends the upright and uptight Nina Ivanovna Yakushova (Ninotchka, played by Greta Garbo) to take over the recovery of the jewels.

Meanwhile, the Grand Duchess Swana (who owns the jewels…or did until the Commies stole them) has hired a lawyer, Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas). By chance, the Count happens upon the beautiful but dour Ninotchka before either of them know each other’s part in the jewel affair. He seduces her, or at least tries to. She is a solid rock of Communist peasantry purity and will not be swayed. (One can’t say the same thing for her three comrades who are living it up in Paris.)

This is light humor and the three Russian comrades are quick with slipping in Bob-Hope-like one-liners that are hilarious. In fact, although Melvyn Douglas is okay in this, Hope would have been a much better choice. Douglass does all he can to play the charming seducer but I’m not at all sure that the camera loves him.

Garbo’s transition from cold Commie to softened-by-Paris is a little abrupt. But the film is a light comedy and spoof and so this is a minor quibble.

I frankly didn’t think either Garbo or Douglass were striking in the roles. But the material and supporting cast are good enough that it doesn’t matter. Oh, if only there were a Billy Wilder alive today who could adapt such a movie to express the stifling Communism alive and well today on college campuses. Nevertheless, you can put a check-mark next to this one as a film well worth watching.

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