June 8, 2015

My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Groucho Marx

"He isn't drunk. He's dead."
— Miss Jane Marple (Margaret Rutherford), Agatha Christie's Marple: Murder Most Foul (1964)

Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.
H. L. Mencken

A Man for All Seasons (1966) (part 5 of 6)
  • For his first major film role, John Hurt was paid £3,000.
  • Peter O'Toole was the first choice to play Henry VIII.
  • Paul Scofield and Leo McKern reprised the roles they played in the Broadway production of the play. During most of the play's 20-month run, the role of Margaret was played by a young Faye Dunaway.
  • Robert Bolt offered the part of Norfolk to his friend, American actor-director John Huston. Huston turned it down.
  • In the first (London) run of the play, Leo McKern played not Cromwell but the Common Man, a narrator-figure who addresses the audience and plays several characters in the story - More's servant Matthew, the man who rows him home, his jailer, etc. These characters also appear in the film, but are played by several actors. The original stage device of having them all played by the same actor was kept in the 1988 version. In the play, the lines stating what happened to the historical figures after More's death are spoken by the 'Common Man'; in the film, they are spoken in voice-over at the end by Colin Blakely, who plays Matthew.

  • When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
    Isaac Bashevis Singer

  • More than 30% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  • Termites have been known to eat food twice as fast when heavy metal music is playing.
  • All female bees in a given hive are sisters.
  • Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) was introduced in England in 1965.

  • I am the shortest complete sentence in the English language. What am I?

    Yogi Berra
    It's pretty far, but it doesn't seem like it.
    Yogi Berra

    “The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.”

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