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joeturner



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:25 am    Post subject: stumbling across a book title  Reply with quote

I went to a Film Evening costume party that included a quiz. One of the questions was: Who wrote the story of Whisky Galore? I thought it was a western.  It is not.  I checked it out on Google, read a review of the story and immediately bought a used copy from Amazon.

I've never laughed so much at a REVIEW in all my life. I can't wait till it arrives.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's Compton McKenzie, isn't it? He used to be editor of Gramophone magazine in its early days.



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is amazing is that the novel was based on a real event when a cargo ship laden with whisky did come aground in. I think, 1943 in the western isles of Scotland. The skill of the author is in making such mundane events into a classic not just of cinema but of human nature. What a treat you have in store!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If  you are a misguided collector and just want a bottle for show it is quite possible to buy a salvaged one.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...-Galore-wreck-set-sell-1-800.html



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Apple



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That film is a classic! one of my fav's! I haven't read the book though!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple you should and it is short enough to fit in before the new year. Wink


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh good point!  Smile


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like you, Apple, I *love* the film, but haven't read the book.

The actor Alistair McKenzie, who played the lovely Archie in Monarch of the Glen, is a descendant of Compton McKenzie.  Not sure that adds anything to the discussion, but nice bit of trivia!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Like you, Apple, I *love* the film, but haven't read the book.

The actor Alistair McKenzie, who played the lovely Archie in Monarch of the Glen, is a descendant of Compton McKenzie.  Not sure that adds anything to the discussion, but nice bit of trivia!


And Compton McKenzie also wrote Monarch of the Glen  another very short comic novel this time more akin to a P G Wodehouse story.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Compton Mackenzie was one of an externsive artistic family. His sister was the distinguished actress Fay Compton(1894-1978).  The actor Alan Howard is his great-nephew whose uncle was actor Leslie Howard.  The family is somehow related, through one of Fay's four marriages, to Carol Reed, which means they are also connected to Oliver Reed and, further back, to the actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm-Tree whose illegitimate son Carol Reed was.
I recall seeing Fay Compton as Lady Bracknell in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at the old Vic in the fifties. I last saw her in Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' at Chichester in 1962.
I recall reading Compton Mackenzie's 'Sinister Street' when I was a teenager and enjoying it enormously.



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