You like Fred? Or Wodehouse? Totally worth checking out. This old chestnut was aired on UK terrestrial telly recently. I was still waking up on the sofa on Sunday morning, with Beeb 2 airing randomly. blinking and sipping coffee, before I really knew what I was watching.
And what I was mostly thinking, as I became aware that I was watching telly at all, was, “Hello! This jolly old thing has a bit of a Wodehouse-y feel, what-ho!”
It did. It really did! Stray butlers, foppish bemused young chaps, determined foxy females packed with moxie, unlikely plots, millions of bucks and tap-dancing…. It had Peregrine Granville stamped all over it.
Then I remembered Wodehouse had a lost weekend, or decade or something, in Hollywood. Checked out IMDB and Uncle Bob’s yer Uncle Fred, there it was.
And tbh, a lot of this particular effort is almost directly filched from his books and stories. In particular it’s a xerox of a lot of the Blandings stories, plus added fancy footwork. But so what. All to the good, right? Astaire is fantastic, a man almost made to be a Wodehouse hero, and could have played Wooster quite credibly I reckon.
If you’re a big fan of Astaire, Wodehouse, vintage b&w films or vintage hoofing, this is the one for you. Unmissable.