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Many's the lad fought on that day
Well the Claymore could wield
When the night came, silently lay
Dead in Culloden's field

Some time before Christmas the local library bought The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) on DVD. Since then I've been thinking about seeing it, and now I'm glad I did. It's a beautiful film: The colours, the costumes, the sets and spectacular action scenes are really marvellous.

And of course it's the matter of the cheeky actor in the main role as well, one Errol Flynn. Christ, with thighs like that it would be a crime not to have him running about in green tights.

But to my own surprise I found I ogled Flynn less and less and instead held my breath each time Sir Guy of Gisbourne made his cape-swishing entrés. Oooh, that Basil Rathbone. I believe I've used to the words "stone-cold fox" about him previously.

And rightly so. Aquiline nose? Check. Steely eyes? Check. Facial hair of Evil? Check. Attractive amount of male pattern baldness? Check. Slightly effeminate villain? Check check check.

If I had been Maid Marian in this particular story I think I would be hard pressed to decide between Robin and Guy. I wouldn't mind being in the middle of that man sandwich, nudge nudge. Hoh no.

And so with that we return to audio play-land again.

The Reigate Squires: I'm amazed by Merrison's portrayal of Holmes on the brink of exhaustion. He conveys this quiet frailty that's simply heartbreaking. Also, Peter Davison as the young fresh-faced policeman who's such a fanboy for Holmes. Aw.

The Resident Patient: Good, good, good.

The Retired Colourman: Yay more Mycroft! They're taking him in a slightly different direction than I'm used to, setting up a more antagonistic relationship between them. Works for me. It was quite amusing how he riled up his brother with stinging sarcastic observations.

All in all I think all arguments are really well executed in all of these audios. When Watson is deeply offended by Holmes' careless words, it really sounds like Holmes is just so socially clueless he can't quite understand why people would be offended by the things he says, or how to make things right again. Trying to flatter Watson on his way with women obviously doesn't do it, though it had me grinning ("No member of the fair sex can resist you. Yes yes, I can picture you, whispering sweet nothings to the barmaid at The Blue Anchor, recieving some things in return..." WATSON YOU SLAG).

Also, you know RETI is where it starts to get sad. I wasn't half as devastated by Holmes announcing his retirement or being too much of a coward to say properly goodbye to Watson, as I was to the little hints of him starting to lose his edge. When he talks about attending the opera and tells Watson how the famed prima donna is past her prime and should have quit while she was on top, I was just going "aww Watson can't you tell he's talking about himself!"

Scandal in Bohemia: I love how Bert Coules is doing his best to solve the niggly bits that have annoyed people for a century now, like the problem of Mrs. Turner. And then Watson and Holmes meets again after Watson has moved out of Baker Street, and they're awkward and hesitant, and I'm thinking "oh no please no more of this" and then they both burst out laughing and they're together and wonderful again. Also, I love listening to Merrison doing different dialects and accents. At one point he does this wonderful thing where he starts talking to Watson in his affected broad lowerclass dialect and then gradually goes over to his normal one mid-sentence.

Also, Andrew Sachs is the King of Bohemia. Little did he know he would be Watson a couple of years later.

Date: 2009-01-31 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
Wow, Rathbone, I never knew... Any chance of you putting up a picture of Errol Flynn..tights and all? XD

I love how random recognizable names show up on these audio plays. Peter Davison! I love Merrison's accents. I love radio plays in general, really.

I listened to three Garridebs today, Holmes attempts Spanish were laughable but the idea of Watson reading aloud Dracula or any of his yellow-backed novels to Holmes is so greatly adorable. And then, at the end, Watson can't bear thinking about never having met Holmes! And Holmes can't either...

The idea that Watson

Date: 2009-01-31 09:14 pm (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Fops with canes are teh sex)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
I'm happy to oblige ;D


As for Rathbone, the local library also happens to have the complete collection of his tenure as Sherlock Holmes, but so far I haven't mustered to courage to look at them. I'm sure he's a tolerable Holmes, but I've heard about how insufferably moronic Nigel Bruce's Watson is in those movies, and right now I'm on such a high with these clever audios I couldn't bear to start being annoyed by that again. You haven't happened to see any of them? ... Maybe when I run out of audios.

Ooh, I haven't gotten as far as the Three Garridebs yet, now I'm really looking forward to that. The thought of Watson reading novels for Holmes is adorable!

Date: 2009-01-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
Oops, not the Three Garridebs. The Sussex Vampire I mean. The Dracula reading would make more sense there XD

I haven't seen any since I don't watch B&W movies...which's how I missed the sight Errol Flynn's Robin Hood. Suddenly all those conversation about men's legs in Dumas' stories make so much more sense...Apparently Jeremy Brett played D'Artagnan once. I think I must seek them, somehow.

What in the world is your icon doing? XD

Date: 2009-01-31 09:41 pm (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Fops with canes are teh sex)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
The Sussex Vampire I mean.

Oh well, I still haven't seen that either. So my enthusiasm is unchanged :D

I don't watch B&W movies

No? I watch little else these days ;-) But tastes vary, of course. But it just so happens that The Adventure of Robin Hood is in colour, but a lot of the promo pictures happens to be monochrome. Here, have another XD :

What in the world is your icon doing? XD
It's obviously a fop doing homoerotic things to the knob of his cane XD ...Or possibly not, as the case may be. The jury's out on that one. It's from a Victorian painting called 'Two strings to her bow' (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John-Pettie_Two-Strings-To-Her-Bow_1882.jpg). Regency threesome!

Date: 2009-01-31 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
Those boots are just *painted* on as well *marvels*. I think I should go hunt down some vids. XD He's definitely more..filled..out than Robin of Sherwood, who definitely did not look so carefree and had a much more..languishing poet look about him.

The young lady in question looks like a well-intentioned slasher XD

Date: 2009-01-31 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_grayswandir_/
Attractive amount of male pattern baldness?

XD This is one of those things that's so difficult to explain to people who don't understand...

Date: 2009-01-31 09:21 pm (UTC)
ext_130425: Will Eisner's The Spirit (Curious collection Holmes)
From: [identity profile] tilly-stratford.livejournal.com
Exactly! I was thinking about editing that bit out, since I wasn't sure how shocked people would be to read that.

There's just nothing like a man who looks good with a receding hairline ;D


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