She doesn’t go everywhere

That’s what they say about Helen Walker’s character, the Honourable Betty Cream, in CLUNY BROWN, one of just a few films containing really outstanding Walker characterisations. I wrote a profile/history of this neglected favourite.

At The Chiseler.

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6 Responses to “She doesn’t go everywhere”

  1. Charles W. Callahan Says:

    Thanks for the post. I’ve always a crush on Helen. Sad story.

  2. ehrenstein47 Says:

    “The Big Combo is remembered as a fine noir, with a daring and provocative relationship between gangster “s Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman.

  3. Yes, I spoke about it in a video piece for Arrow’s Four FIlm Noir Classics box set. Thanks are due to Andrew Moor for pointing out the line “I can’t swallow any more salami,” which I’d somehow missed…

  4. If I’m remembering the film correctly, Boyer’s content-free thinker is part of the joke in “Cluny Brown”. His great thoughts haven’t improved the world; in fact they’ve reduced him to a refugee who’s admired but broke. So rather than be an impoverished (and endangered) Quixote, he cheerfully milks his current fashionability for peace and comfort. Thinking is now a parlor game. It’s disillusionment made civilized and pleasant. In the end he chooses marriage supported by escapist potboilers; let somebody else be the revered/despised oracle.

  5. That sounds about right. It’s a film with a pre-war setting and a post-war attitude, which kind of renders the war null and void, like it never happened. After the failure of To Be Or Not To Be at the box office, Lubitsch may have felt that was the safest path to take.

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