Dec 2, 2008

Majority of One

I taped this back in August when it was Rosalind Russell’s day on TCM. I was sort of wary about watching it because of what Robert Osborne described as the miscasting in his introduction. Russell, who was tall and lanky and Catholic, played a role originated by the short, Jewish, Gertrude Berg. Alec Guiness plays a Japanese businessman. Now even though I know that blackface and minstrel shows were acceptable in the past, I still get put off when I see things like that in film. So I was afraid that I would be put off by Guiness in a Japanese role.