Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:39
Palaisglide, Frank: hurrah! Someone who likes Deanna Durban. One of the great things about the internet is that you can watch snippets or whole Durban films on Youtube. Fabulous! I particularly like the one where her butler father and his butler friends go to a club so celebrate (I think) a Russian butler's birthday. And hey ho, as always in her films, nobody knows she can really sing. And of course at the beginning strains of a Russian ballad up she gets and beautifully sings in Russian bringing tears to their eyes. That's what I loved most about her films - that the theme often was the fact that none of the other characters knew she could sing. Great stuff.
My dad loved cowboy films and so did I. He loved John Wayne. My favourite Wayne film though is 'The Quiet Man'. But in the cowboy films, you always knew when the 'indians' (if we're allowed to lean from native American for a moment) were coming because of the music. You knew there was always a stray one hidden behind a tree at the creek because of the music. (Or the 'crick' as Doris would say in 'Calamity Jane').
Wow! You danced to the Blue Danube with your lovely Joan in Vienna. Unforgettable indeed. OH and I were in Vienna in the late 80's and I dragged him to 'The Magic Flute'. He fell asleep just before the interval and during the interval didn't feel he could bear any more of it. So we dashed outside and gave our tickets to a young couple who had been disappointed being unable to get tickets. We then went for a supposed 'walk' in the fresh air to clear his head! We ended up at the Prater Stadium where - surprise surprise - his favourites the Rolling Stones were playing. He'd spotted a poster earlier in the day but hadn't mentioned it. However, it was a beautiful warm evening and he was forgiven. We sat outside the stadium and listened for the latter half of this concert. He's a wiley one!
Did you hear the waltz composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins played by Andre Reaui (can't spell his name)? I saw it in the press this week and watched it on Youtube. Nice job Sir Anthony.