Saturday, November 18, 2017

Not hard to find motives

          "You'd have to begin by the usual things, I suppose - finding out what the person had been doing, and who'd been to call, and looking for a motive, wouldn't you?"
          "Oh, yes," said Lord Peter, "but most of us have such dozens of motives for murderin' all sorts of inoffensive people. There's lots of people I'd like to murder, wouldn't you?"

(from Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Real love

"We're really in love. Lots of times in the school lunchroom we just look into each other's eyes and forget to eat. That's really love when two people just look at each other and lose their appetite."

(from Meet Corliss Archer TV show)

A meal he intends to miss

          "Lady Swaffham rang up, my lord, and said she hoped your lordship had not forgotten you were lunching with her."
          "I have forgotten, Bunter, and I mean to forget. I trust you told her I had succumbed to lethargic encephalitis suddenly, no flowers by request."

(from Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chief Gates and Corliss Archer

The voice of Ken Christy became one of the most distinguishable in old radio history. He played a variety of roles, probably the most memorable of which was Chief Gates on the long-running series The Great Gildersleeve. As old movie fans, also, my wife and I have noted his appearance in quite a few flicks of that era. He was on television as well. On the Meet Corliss Archer show, he played the neighbor of the Archers and the father of Corliss' boyfriend Dexter.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mary Brian - the transformation of different eras

The 1920s and early 1930s were a period in which women's grooming was (in my opinion) singularly unattractive. This is illustrated in the transformation that occurred in photographs of actress Mary Brian (see below) as she moved from that period into the 1940s.

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Meet Corliss Archer

This was a cute sit-com from the early days of television. (It had also been a radio show and a comic book.) Ann Baker starred in the title role. She had a not-very-bright and extra-clumsy boyfriend who evidently almost lived at the Archer's house. The scope of the show was limited, but it is enjoyable and well worth the effort. Something the family could watch and enjoy.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Illogical conclusion

          "Well, it is not good jumping at conclusions."
          "Jump? You didn't even crawl distantly within sight of a conclusion. I believe if you caught the cat with her head in a cream-jug you'd say it was conceivable that the jug was empty when she got there."

(from Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Not accustomed to honesty

I always think that the franker you are with people, the more you're likely to deceive 'em; so unused is the modern world to the open hand and the guileless heart, what?

(from Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers)

A nice way of saying "going bald"

Mr. Alfred Thipps was a small, nervous man, whose flaxen hair was beginning to abandon the unequal struggle with destiny.

(from Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers)

Thursday, November 09, 2017

An experienced butler to a detective


"Yes, my lord."

"Her Grace tells me that a respectable Battersea architect has discovered a dead man in his bath."

"Indeed, my lord? That's very gratifying."

(From Whose Body? by Dorothy M. Sayers. This is a Lord Peter Wimsey novel. He is the son of a duke, and Bunter is his butler - obviously having the legendary imperturbability of the British butler, plus a keen interest in his lordship's cases.)