… the lion in winter and goodbye, mr. chips

My favorite holiday film is “The Lion in Winter” in which Peter O’Toole stars as Henry II who allows his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, briefly out of prison and they and their sons and various other hangers-on at Court and royals from competing countries go at one another in the most vicious ways imaginable; the model dysfunctional family. For years my Aunt Frances and I would quote Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor’s line (included in this YouTube clip around 2:30) “There’ll be pork in the treetops come morning!” We said it whenever something impossible was promised or wished for, and we’d laugh and laugh. Here, watch.

Love it. And, another of my favorites to watch during the holidays is the musical version of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” which also starred Mr. O’Toole. Not nearly the classic that “Lion” is, but I have always loved it since first I saw it and became a complete sobbing mess when . . . never mind. But I WORSHIPPED Petula Clark ever after. Watch.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips.


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