The Break that Refreshes: Angela Lansbury


By Marilyn Ferdinand

If you want something done right, do it yourself. I’ve lived my life believing that adage. Nonetheless, I have been persuaded from time to time to delegate. Sometimes it goes well. This time, it was disastrous. I told my contractor time and again which one needed to be removed from office: a goofy-looking guy with helmet hair and a delusional look in his eyes. And did I say anything about rifles? I don’t remember anything like that. Just drive him across the Illinois border; take his shoes, cellphone, and wallet; and make him get out of the car. We’ll have him impeached before you can say “Rod Blagoe… Blaga…, uh, Blugah…” oh, never mind.

Never hire a zealot. That’s my new adage.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

  • MovieMan0283 spoke:
    3rd/01/2009 to 9:53 pm

    Marilyn, I’ve included your evisceration of Otto Preminger in my year-end round-up of interesting posts. You can see the whole thing here:

  • Fox spoke:
    4th/01/2009 to 3:40 am

    I think I could stand for that type of escort to be given to nearly every sitting politician.
    What angers me the most about people like Blagjoavich (sp?), Ted Stevens, William Jefferson et al is the unbelievable egos of these guys to be caught red-handed and still have the nerve to go back to work.

  • Marilyn spoke:
    4th/01/2009 to 8:18 am

    Yes, I saw that, MM. Thank you for selecting that essay. I don’t hate Preminger in general, just that in particular.
    Fox, let’s face it, you have to have an enormous ego to ask everyone in your state to vote for you. These guys want to be big shots and make lots of money through the use of their positions, during and after their terms.
    Term limits would help but as Dubya demonstrates, a lot of damage can still be done in two terms. At least we don’t have to worry about him coming back for more, though.

  • Jonathan Lapper spoke:
    5th/01/2009 to 9:53 am

    Now that’s a supporting/antagonist performance worthy of an Oscar! In my humble opinion, Lansbury’s role of cunning and deceit required a lot more finesse than Patty Duke’s Helen Keller, although I take nothing away from Duke, just her Oscar and give to Lansbury.
    As for politicians I believe you hit it on the head. I’ve often thought, “Why can’t we get this type of person or that type to run for office,” referring to someone who’s selfless or giving or open to new ideas, etc. And then I think, “Because someone like that doesn’t have the ego to run for office.”

  • Marilyn spoke:
    5th/01/2009 to 10:51 am

    I totally agree. Patty Duke was good for a child actor, but there certainly wasn’t a lot of nuance in her performance. Lansbury deserved it in spades (make that diamonds)!

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