Blithe Spirit

Taking a break from the Pandemic of the 21st Century, we switch to something completely different.

I first saw the 1945 version of Blithe Spirit on Bill Collins ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ in Australia, (sometime in the 80’s) where he would entertain us with all sorts of ‘Hollywood-ish’ anecdotes from that era before he presented the film of the week. It was where I fell in love with movies, and I owe a great deal of the vast collection of movie trivia tucked away in the dusty corners of my brain to him.

The 1945 version starred the delightfully dotty Dame Margaret Rutherford as the delightfully dotty Madam Arcati.

In this (to be released in May, but that’s probably not going to happen now, unless it goes straight toDVD/streaming) 2020 version, Dame Judi Dench (who isn’t at all dotty) takes up the banner, and looks to do the dottiness justice …



Just like the rest of the world, the entertainment industry is being turned upside down too … productions shutting down, releases being delayed, etc. I wonder if we’ll see the likes of movies making hundreds of millions of dollars on the first weekend of their release again … interesting, and uncertain, times indeed.


11 comments on “Blithe Spirit

  1. Margaret Rutherford is a hard act to follow – but I’m sure Judy is up to it.

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  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Dame Judi is one of our best actresses… but I’ll always have a soft spot for Margaret Rurherford.

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  3. quiall says:

    I love Judi Dench! That had me laughing out loud. I definitely want to see that movie.

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  4. Sean says:

    It is going to be a whole new world. Or more accurately, it already is! I think we will get back to having packed movie theatres but it will take a while. I am already finding myself so much more aware of others even though there are only a handful of people out at any given time as we try to “social distance”.

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    • Widdershins says:

      It’s going to become a long-term habit for a lot of people, which is a double-edged sword, because we’re such a social species, our health, on all levels, depends on social contact … ironic, non?
      Forgot to mention on your YouTube channel that I love both your popcorn avatars! 😀 … very debonaire. 🙂


  5. I want to see this!

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