27 thoughts on “Top 5 Feel Good Frock Flicks

    1. Stephen Fry of Mythos fame is also a fabulous writer! I’ve been tearing through his Mythos trilogy. Maybe with the new Gladiator and a Circe adaptation coming out, we’ll have another cycle of swords-and-sandles epics? Or spells-and-sandles, I guess, in the case of Circle. Fingers crossed.

  1. Anne of Green Gables & Anne of Avonlea – the original Canadian miniseries. The Road to Avonlea. Also All Creatures Great and Small (unfortunately I haven’t seen the old version, only the new one.)

  2. Desk Set. I want Katherine Hepburn’s apartment, and everyone’s wardrobe, especially Joan Blondell’s

    1. I’m a terrible one for trying to pick favourites and defaulting to “They’re all my favourites” – but my first thought when considering this question was THE THREE MUSKETEERS starring Messers Reed, Chamberlain, Finlay and York which I dearly love, so that’ll do nicely.

      On the other hand …

  3. When I’m down, I like watching the 95 Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson’s commentary. It’s a great movie and she’s so funny and interesting, describing how it was to make the film

  4. The Great Race (1965). Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in a 1908 automobile race from New York to Paris, with Natalie Wood in several dozen fabulous costumes designed by Edith Head.

  5. The Princess Bride and the ’95 Pride and Prejudice for me.

    Jeeves and Wooster is another good choice. As is Blackadder.

    Laurel and Hardy’s “Fra Diavolo” is very easy to take, as well.

  6. I like to watch “1776” around the Fourth of July because some of the songs are fun and I enjoy the acting. Another Frock Flick favorite of mine is Jane Eyre. Yes, it is absolutely not the greatest feel good movie, but it makes me feel good when Rochester and Jane are happy.

  7. Thanks for the post – I always welcome feel-good movies to counteract Life. And my favorite is “Enchanted April”. It has a marvelous cast, starts in cold and dreary 1920s (?) England with repressed and sad women who then find gorgeous scenery, lovely men and – most importantly – deep friendships when they travel together to Italy. And to make me laugh – “Death at a Funeral”, the English version. Guaranteed belly laughs for anyone who enjoys British humor.

  8. In addition to the ‘95 P&P I love Lark Rise to Candleford and Cranford, they got me through COVID lockdowns

  9. Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole in “The Lion in Winter”, not cosy…………..in fact pretty violent, but I can join in with big chunks of the dialogue. Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra”, if only for the scene towards the end, when her gorgeous major domo has been given his last orders. He hesitates at the door and says “I have always loved you” and Cleo gently replies, “and I have always known”…………then everybody dies!!!!!
    Have you seen Rachel Maksay re-creation of the breathe dress from “Ever After”, it’s delightful

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