From my sickbed these past few weeks, I have seen quite a few movies. Yes. QUITE A FEW.
I did happen a couple of times upon this one that HBO is currently running, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
I first saw it on an airplane, flying back from Hawaii. My sister-in-law was on the trip, too & she remarked, “that movie made me think of you.” Well, yes. ! I enjoyed it as a fun romp in the air. A good way to spend a plane ride.
Hadn’t seen it since then, until these past few weeks. And it was just the thing. A frothy frill of a movie. Luscious costumes and sets. Period everything. And plum roles for Frances McDormand, who is Miss Pettigrew. A wonderful character, down-on-her-luck in London. Who happens to finagle her way into a most-needed job. And a new life.
It’s that great type of plot that takes place in a 24-hour time-crunch. Unrealistic and completely theatrical–it’s great.
And did I mention Amy Adams? She plays the aptly named ingenue, Delysia Lafosse. She IS indeed delicious! The way in which she careens through the plot, barely managed at all by her new “Social Secretary,” Miss Pettigrew is such fun. And with the war on the horizon and choices to be made, there room for some tender moments, too.
The whole thing is just cracking. I enjoyed it so, that I followed my hunch and yes, it IS adapted from a 1938 novel. It was apparently a smash hit and there were plans in the works for Billie Burke to play the lead (which would have been gorgeous), but the war came and it never got made. Until it was “rediscovered” all these years later.
I went on Amazon and am tickled to say that I have a copy of the original, coming from the UK. All for 5 bucks. Not bad. I am looking forward to seeing Miss Pettigrew again. And seeing her come to life on the page. Should be a good ride.
In the meantime, check the film. It’s a good ‘un! XXX