Friday, February 07, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Kay: Personally, I never subscribed to that old Egyptian custom. At least I think it was Egypt.
Cary: What Egyptian custom?
Kay: Of walling up the widow alive in the funeral chamber of her dead husband along with all of his other possessions. The theory being that she was his possession too so she was supposed to journey into death with him. And the community saw to it that she did. Course that doesn't happen anymore.
Cary: Doesn't it? Well, perhaps not in Egypt.

Gloria Talbott, who played Jane Wyman's delightfully awful daughter Kay in this Douglas Sirk classic (which just hit Criterion blu-ray about a year ago), was born on this day in the year 1931 -- next to Agnes Moorehead's judgmental next door neighbor she's the main tormentor of our favorite punching-bag Jane Wyman, always selfishly wedging her own dumb adolescent feelings in the way of Wyman's always and forever impossible happiness -- and for that Gloria Talbott, you are my queen. Kay also has one of the greatest of Sirkian bedrooms, with that sickening stained glass making everything feel like regurgitated Fruity Pebbles. I love it so!

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