Daily Archives: December 29, 2012

Possible Movie RemAkes: Armitage as a ghost–in a KILT!

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Leigh mentioned the possibility of a more comedic film that is due for a remake: the 1935 English-U.S. co-production, The Ghost Goes West. The U.K.’s most successful film of 1936, this enticing cinematic blend of satire, fantasy, ghost story and sweet romance was also a hit in the U.S.

Starring the very talented and handsome Robert Donat in a dual role of 18th century Scottish ghost Murdoch Glourie, a dashing ladies’ man, and his 20th century descendant, a laird dealing with the modern realities of being cash poor and land rich with a large castle demanding expensive upkeep.  Enter a wealthy American businessman (Eugene Pallette) and his pretty daughter (Jean Parker) into the picture. A Scottish castle is just what the businessman wants. He just wants it on his estate in sunny Florida. And so the castle is dismantled, stone by stone, and shipped overseas to be reconstructed.

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 A French poster for the film. I liked the design. And everything sounds better in French, mais oui?

And guess who also goes along? That’s right, the ghost, who, after dishonoring the family name, was cursed by a disgruntled father to forever haunt the ancestral castle–no matter where in the world it stands–until that wrong can be righted.  Murdoch experiences no lack of culture shock in the land of palm trees and rampant materialism.

The film has much to recommend it– a charming and witty script, the always outstanding cinematography of Jack Cardiff (whose exquisite color work can be seen in Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes), excellent direction by Rene Clair, and delightful performances by Donat and frog-voiced Pallette in particular.

Jean Parker and Robert Donat in a publicity still for "The Ghost Goes West."

Jean Parker and Robert Donat in a publicity still for “The Ghost Goes West.”

The flirty-girty Murdoch woos a fair lady in the film's prologue.

The flirty-girty Murdoch woos a fair lady in the film’s prologue.

The laird faces off with the ghost thanks to split screen.

The laird faces off with the ghost thanks to split screen.

And it offers a handsome man–in a kilt. We know Richard can do a Scottish accent from the RH audiobooks. We know he truly rocks a kilt from that one photo shoot. We know he can nail a flirtatious ladies’ man–Lee “Speedo” Preston, anyone? We know he’s got the acting chops to play two roles in the same film.  We know he needs to do something with a little humor in it for a change. So, Mr. A, how about something with comedy and romance and fantasy–and kilts!!

Richard in a image that orginated with Rob Roy, I do believe.

Richard in an image that I think originated with “Rob Roy.”

This bonny lad appears to be part of an event such as the Scottish Highlands Game that takes place here at Blount Park next to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

This bonny lad appears to be part of an event such as the Scottish Highlands Game that takes place here at Blount Park next to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

This started out as a photo of another fave of mine who is a Scotsman, Ewan McGregor. The grin seemed appropriate.

This started out as a photo of another fave of mine who is a Scotsman, Ewan McGregor. The grin seemed appropriate.

All RA images created in Faceinhole with additional editing in BeFunky.  “The Ghost Goes West” screencaps & poster courtesy of Bing Images

More silliness with Mr. A & fedoralady

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Armitage as ninja assassin. He wouldn't need to use those weapons on me; he'd give me one look with those eyes and he'd slay me. Totally.

Armitage as ninja assassin. He wouldn’t need to use those weapons on me; he’d give me one look with those eyes and he’d slay me. Totally.

He does make such a superb warrior king, doesn't he?

He does make such a superb warrior king, doesn’t he?

If our vain (his words, not mine) Richard is to be believed, he'd be loath to gain weight to play a corpulent King Henry. Another "fat suit" a la Thorin and cotton in his cheeks?

If our vain (his words, not mine) Richard is to be believed, he’d be loath to gain weight to play a corpulent King Henry. Another “fat suit” a la Thorin and cotton in his cheeks?

I DO like a man in uniform.

I DO like a man in uniform.

Sorry for the slightly wonky look to the head here. I couldn’t seem to find an angle that quite worked. LOVED the outfit, though.

I couldn't resist.

I couldn’t resist.

Closing in on half a million . . .

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Hits, that is. I currently have 487,701 views at this blog. Not bad for a venture I started ll months ago, not certain anyone would show up for the party.

I am rather astonished and chuffed and grateful. I know everyone hasn’t ventured here for Mr. Armitage, but I appreciate any and all who have stopped in, and particularly all those who have been repeat visitors. Thanks to you all, and to the inspiration for beginning the blog in the first place.

Awww, thanks, Rich.I appreciate it.

Awww, thanks, Rich. I appreciate it.

New Vid: Our Beautiful Blue-Eyed Mr. A

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Here’s a little lyrical, dancable Swedish House Mafia for you, coupled with LOTS of images of the lovely Richard using one of the many new Muvee stylings now on my laptop. Richarding does make a girl’s low spirits improve–even if she can’t get to sleep.

Just some silliness that I needed.

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In the vein of Richard in film remakes, I had some fun at Face in a Hole and put him into a few roles. Some of these are quite ridiculous but hopefully they will also help you smile, too. I just needed a bit of silliness tonight.

Shades of Ricky Deeming! Well, he does rock the black leather.

Shades of Ricky Deeming! Well, he does rock the black leather.

Who needs John Wayne? It's Richard in the wild, wild west.

Who needs John Wayne? It’s Richard in the wild, wild west.

Well, we've all wanted to see those snake hips of his in action, haven't we?? ;)

Well, we’ve all wanted to see those snake hips of his in action, haven’t we?? 😉

Is it just me, or does he look a bit like Hugh Jackman channeling Mike Myers here?

Is it just me, or does he look a bit like Hugh Jackman channeling Mike Myers here?

I told you I needed some silliness, didn't I?

I told you I needed some silliness, didn’t I?

The original movie was a dud, I've heard, but I am sure RA could convince us he IS the love guru.

The original movie was a dud, I’ve heard, but I am sure RA could convince us he IS the love guru.