Monday, November 14, 2016

The Kingfisher 1983

     This film is based on a play by William Douglas Home.  Cecil learns that Evelyn, the love of his life, has lost her husband of 50 years.  Cecil wanted to marry Evelyn but she left and married another man.  She is coming by Cecil’s home for tea and conversation on her way to the funeral.  Hawkins, Cecil’s manservant has also prepared tea for Evelyn’s Chauffeur.
     I knew right away that this film was based on a play.  There is a minimum of characters and one setting.  How could Cecil think he can persuade a woman who just lost her husband of 50 years and is on her way to his funeral to marry him at this time??  Wouldn’t waiting for a more auspicious time be conducive to a yes answer?  How can using her trip to suit his own means work out at all for him?  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

80 min, TV Movie, Drama directed James Cellan Jones with Rex Harrison, Wendy Hiller, Cyril Cusack, Gary Owen.

Note:  Imdb 7.7 out of 10, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 15 reviews.
Special Note:  Harrison and Hiller appeared together 42 years earlier in a film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play titled Major Barbara.

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