Friday, February 26, 2021

Movie Review // Double Crossbones (1951) with Donald O'Connor & Helena Carter

This story is So. Much. Fun.

Filmed in a vibrant, vivid splash of Technicolor, it includes such a swashbuckling group of jovial pirates as I'm sure ye’ve never seen (Blackbeard, Avery, Ann Bonney, Morgan, Kidd – the whole lot of ‘em). 

And there be magnificent boots and feathers a-plenty.

It’s the definition of slapstick (i.e. from Britannica: “Slapstick, a type of physical comedy characterized by broad humour, absurd situations, and vigorous, usually violent action. The slapstick comic, more than a mere funnyman or buffoon, must often be an acrobat, a stunt performer, and something of a magician -- a master of uninhibited action and perfect timing.”)

Donald O’Connor is one of my favorite classic actors and -- as our hero Davey Crandall -- he shines in every line of that description. (Honestly, the headliner pirates only play small parts as the entire thing is driven by the daring deeds of our intrepid hero, determined to save his lady -- single-handed if need be -- from the clutches of the powerful and truly dastardly villain.) 

Ok, so here we come to my quandary. For weeks I’ve been planning to do a narrative style review for this (which would be whole heaps o’ splendid-ness), buuuuuuut as I rewatched it this week I realized so much hilarity is built into the twists and turns themselves that it would be double spoilage to say anything about it. So my lips are, hence, sealed on any and all plot points. (But again, please understand we’ve come to this turn of events not because there’s nothing to say but because I’m determined not to deprive you of a single delightful laugh. So please please duly appreciate my self-restraint. xD) 

But we do have to say a teensy bit more to make this a proper review + of course look at the costumes a little. 

The supporting cast does a good job, and it has the distinction of having a young James Arness among Bloodthirsty Dave’s crew -- so that’s fun. 

Davey’s sweetheart -- Lady Sylvia, ward of the governor -- is played by Helena Carter. I’d forgotten they starred together four years before in Something in the Wind. (Not my favorite, though it has two bright spots, Donald O’Connor being one of them. I’ll have to review it sometime, but that’s for another day.) Anyway, I really like how they play off each other. 

And Lady Sylvia wears some lovely and ornate haute couture gowns. 

The back of the blue

Sorta fuller view of her quilted green ensemble aboard ship

As aforementioned, Davey is gallant and sweet. And you also get the sense (if such untoward events weren't underway and he wasn't distracted doing a lot of growing up very quickly -- what with running for his life and fighting an Arch-Enemy and all that) that he could be rogue-ishly and playfully mischievous with the best of them.

(Picture worth a thousand words aka my last ditch attempt to persuade you to watch this asap if you haven't already. Either way, if you have or if you haven't please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. xD)

The plot's a tad unlikely in places, but the story sparkles, and I think it's essential to just take it as intended. Content wise, it’s thoroughly family friendly -- with nary a bad word or scene in the entire thing and all the fighting quite bloodless. 

In conclusion: charmingly sweet, deliciously ridiculous, and frightfully funny, Double Crossbones most certainly needs to go on your watch list. I’d love to hear if ye’ve seen it! 

Till next time, my hearties!

Posted for Hamlette’s Pirates Week. (Thank'ee for hosting, Rachel! 😊)

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Inklings // February 2021

I'm still working through reading the period drama party posts, but obviously wanted to get this up asap. I'm so excited about all the great entries we got last month!


1. At any time during the month, on your own blog post a scene from a book or film that matches the prompt, including a link back here in your post.

2. Leave a link to your post in the comments section on this post and I'll post all your links with the next prompt. That's it!

January Round-Up:



February's prompt is:

A snow scene in book or film

Ok, so.... I was debating between two different options for my entry: the first being a certain delicious snowy day book description, but that particular idea also ties in beautifully with the new year, so I think I'll wait on that till next January (I know, that means waiting awhile :p), which brings us to my other top option -- also tying in with the whole period drama thing you'll notice --

and... you all know what's coming right? 

Because around here all that preamble is pretty much gonna mean one thing,

I mean...


And then the scene immediately following:

(from the '04 N&S)

Apart from the top part being romantic of course, you feel like you're actually there. Feeling the softness of all those flying white flakes. And cold in the blowing wind. 


(To clarify, the period drama thing isn't mandatory. Feel free to pick whatever snowy scene you like! ;)) Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with and have fun!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Valentine's Day Romantic Period Drama Party // Wrap-up Post w/Links

Well, here we are at the conclusion of our period drama party! Thank you to everyone who participated (posting, reading, and commenting -- readers and commenters are vital! ;)) and especially for making it such an enthusiastic, charitable, and just all around lovely time. 

Below are links to everyone's contributions. Be sure to check them out and scatter round plenty of comments!


Tag Answers

Carissa @ Musings of an Introvert

Cordy @ Any Merry Little Thought

Gabby @ Finding Freedom, Living Loved

Havalah @ Havalah Ruth Peirce

Heidi @ Along the Brandywine 

Ivy Miranda @ Revealed in Time

Katie Hanna @ I'm Charles Baker Harris (And I Can Read)

Livia Rachelle @ Rose Petals & Faerie Dust

Miss Woodhouse @ Notes from a Hartfield Girl 

Movie Critic @ Movies Meet Their Match

Olivia @ Meanwhile in Rivendell

Rachel @ Hamlette's Soliloquy

Sally Silverscreen @ 18 Cinema Lane 



Movie Reviews

Hamlette // The Three Musketeers (1948) 

Heidi // Emma (2020)

Movie Critic // Little Women (2019)

Rebecca Deniston // Emma (1996)

Realweegiemidget Reviews // A Room with a View (1985)

Sally Silverscreen // The Love Letter (1998)

Tiffany // Quality Street (1937)



Other Romantical Posts

Anna & Irene // Rose in Bloom: A Tribute to Rose and Mac

Carissa // Childhood Friends: Raoul & Christine in The Phantom of the Opera

Charity // The Power of Forgiveness: Lorna Doone

Gabby // Anne & Gilbert

Ivy Miranda // Dawsey Adams & Juliet Ashton

Katie Hanna // Love Triangles in Jane Austen

Miss Woodhouse // Period Drama Romances That Deserve More Love

Olivia // Top Ten Period Drama Couples


And Our Game Answers

Scrambled Titles

Period Drama Hands Game

Romantic Quotes


I can't wait to catch up on reading everything. Thank you so much again to everyone for joining in and let me know in the comments if you think we should do a variation of this again next year!

Till the next post, my fellow story loving friends!

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