Archive for November 11, 2018

The Sunday Intertitle: Boxed Baby

Posted in FILM, Science with tags , , , , on November 11, 2018 by dcairns

THE FAMILY SECRET is a Baby Peggy movie directed by William Seiter. It’s a fairly efficient cuteness delivery mechanism for Peggy’s perky personality, apart from her taking a few minutes to get born at the start and the fact that she’s a literal baby for the whole prologue, reduced to a carry-on prop and played by an actual infant. Things only get going properly when she becomes herself. The same is true for all of us.

Waiting for Baby Peggy is like waiting for Groucho.

I like Seiter’s flat-on, boxy compositions. Maybe they add to the story’s sense of Baby P. as a chaotic free spirit trapped in a fusty, rigid household. One early shot fulfills my Eternal Dream: the corners of the room match and lot into the corners of the frame exactly. You could project this life-size and then, if you were Buster Keaton, you could just walk right in, in the manner of Sherlock Jr.

Of course, Baby Peggy is still happily with us, aged 100. So it would be quite possible to project this film at the right scale and let her have a shot of tottering in. She could meet her younger self and destroy the whole space-time continuum, which let’s face it has been in decline for a while now and could probably use clearing away.

Do it, Baby Peggy!