Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, Carol

Sir Carol ReedBorn today in 1906, the great director Carol Reed, who gave us (and was knighted for doing so) such classics as The Third Man, The Stars Look Down (which I always remember from the Lord Peter Wimsey story where his mother is reading the book under the misapprehension that it's a sweet Christmas tale), Odd Man Out, The Fallen Idol, the very funny Our Man in Havana, and The Agony and the Ecstasy.

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At 6:34 AM, January 03, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

I feel bad about correcting you twice (I'm the one who did the Lenya correction), but The Stars Look Down (which, like you, I know only from Dorothy L. Sayers) is by A.J. Cronin.

I hope this correction isn't too public. Miss Hillyard would have sent a polite note to your publisher to be corrected in the next edition, but I don't know who your publisher is!

At 7:30 AM, January 03, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

No, absolutely not. If I objected to public correction, I'd have closed comments and make people email me.

However, this time I'm right. Cronin may have written The Stars Look Down (he did write it), but Carol Reed isn't an author: he's a director. So when I say he "gave us" The Stars Look Down I mean he directed the film. After all, Irving Stone wrote The Agony and the Ecstasy, F.L. Green wrote Odd Man Out, and Our Man in Havana was written by Graham Greene, who also wrote the short story on which The Fallen Idol was based as well as the screenplay for The Third Man. But it's Carol Reed who gave us those brilliant films.

At 7:32 AM, January 03, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

ps - I actually know The Stars Look Down as a movie; it's the novel I know "only from from Dorothy L. Sayers".

At 6:08 AM, January 04, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

Oh, I'm so embarrassed! I somehow decided that you were writing about Graham Greene, not Carol Reed! Put it down to my first few minutes back at the computer after a long holiday! (I hope it's that, rather than a symptom of incipient dementia, which is also, alas, possible.)


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