12 thoughts on “WCW: Eileen Brennan

  1. Thanks so much for this, Sarah! I love her as Betty DeBoop. “I get off at 2:30. Don’t you think 2:30 is a good time to get off?” :)

  2. At Long Last Love is a cute flick! Madeline Khan is at her most charming!

  3. Eileen Brennan was also in MURDER BY DEATH which is a spoof of golden age detectives. It also stars Maggie Smith, David Niven, James Coco, Truman Capote, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Sellars (doing yellowface as character based on Charlie Chan), and Alec Guiness.

    1. And Alec Guinness having a whale of a time especially in the final scene. Actually they all seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

  4. I adored the Pippi Longstocking movie when I was 4-5. My husband meanwhile has seen Clue often enough to memorize the entire script.

  5. I love her, loved her in Pippi Longstocking as a kid and the crazy lady in 7th Heaven (tv series)

  6. Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This podcast said she loved At Long Last Love, even though most critics hated it. I was not impressed. Maybe because of how Peter Bogdanovich jilted Polly Platt for Cybil Shepherd.

  7. MRS PEACOCK, of course!!! Clue is one of the funniest movies of all time!! That said, I was actually given a copy of The Fourth Wise Man last year and haven’t yet watched it. Now I must, knowing that she’s in it! Great WCW choice!

  8. Daisy Miller is okay but I get mad that she has to die, basically for being a flirt, or so it seemed. Very Victorian.
    Barry Brown, who played the Fredrick Winterbourne role, killed himself five years after this was made. A sister of his did as well. Very sad.

  9. Hi, I am another person who’s core identity might be based on this Pippi Longstocking movie. I think it is supposed to be period, though maybe not a specific year. Most of the cars seen in it are 1946-1950, plus there’s a few older ones here and there.

    I actually really like when films that COULD be done as contemporary (like the time period is immaterial to the plot) have a non-showy period setting from the last 90-or-so years (or a setting and props intentionally designed to make it hard to guess the setting by omitting things that are very “now”). I think it makes a film/show not only age better, but provides opportunities to reference/draw ties to/invite comparison with other works that came before, and of course it makes it instantly feel more classic or nostalgic. Various eras could conceivably work for the same story but contextualize it or push it in different ways, so it’s a cool way to serve the story visually and brings one more layer to the deeper themes of the work. Don’t know if Pippi ‘88 is an excellent example or not (I’m biased) but I only realized it had a period setting at all as an adult, and it kind of made me think about the film more during that rewatch!

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