modern_who - alas, it was one of, if not THE, last short Chase made before his death at 46. While his silent work was FAR better than that Columbia short, it wasn't too bad and still had some cute gags. Incidentally, Chase directed some of the Three Stooges' better pre-1940 shorts.
(yeah, when I find a new actor I like, I tend to get into "research mode")
Nells250, yes that's the episode I was talking about. To Modern_Who, the lyrics to the theme song go: CAN'T deny (not I deny) that's why I married Joan. And still on the subject of that show, I know the Mozambique purple along with most other valuable stamps in the various TV shows and movies are fictitious but I wanted to see if there was anything close to it. In the Scott's Classic Specialized catalogue (2015 edition) there are a few violet stamps from Mozambique, but none that are described as purple, (which is a slightly different color from violet), at least up until 1940, and the highest catalogue value I could see was for a mint copy of #224, rouletted 7, as opposed to the normal perf 11 variety, and even then it's "only" $300, and would probably have been way less in 1952, and in any case it's gray green, not purple. And for another much more recent depiction of stamps on TV and the movies, in the recent Netflix series, The Crown, they recently aired the third series, in which Olivia Colman takes over the role of Queen Elizabeth II. The first episode I believe it was opens with a committee of her retinue arriving at Buckingham Palace and presenting Her Majesty with the latest definitive stamps with the new Machin portrait on them. Her personal secretary has the unenviable task of trying to explain to her with all the tact he can muster that the new portrait was deemed necessary because her majesty was getting older. She puts him at his ease by making self-deprecating fun of herself. I collect Denmark as well as Great Britain, and while the Machin portrait, which superseded the Wilding portrait, has now been in use since 1967 and is unlikely to ever be changed again in her lifetime, the Danes seem to have no qualms about changing their queen's picture on their definitives about every 10 years. And by the way, the stamps as shown on The Crown have Olivia Colman's profile on them, not the real QE II's, so, while they're meant to represent real stamps, this is another example of fake stamps in the movies.
This thread is driving me crazy. There's a Woody Allen film, and admittedly I can't remember which one, where he visits a friends apartment and his host bores Woody showing him his latest acquisition. Woody of course is appropriately drole and condescending about the whole thing. Needless to say, the philatelist friend does not come out looking good. Thought it was Annie Hall, but I'm just not sure. Gonna drive me bananas (and no it wasn't that one).
Quote: Her personal secretary has the unenviable task of trying to explain to her with all the tact he can muster that the new portrait was deemed necessary because her majesty was getting older. She puts him at his ease by making self-deprecating fun of herself. I collect Denmark as well as Great Britain, and while the Machin portrait, which superseded the Wilding portrait, has now been in use since 1967 and is unlikely to ever be changed again in her lifetime, the Danes seem to have no qualms about changing their queen's picture on their definitives about every 10 years.
That made me think of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who didn't allow any portraits or photographs to be made of her past the age of 32. Any portraits of the imperial family made after that time had her looking as she did when she was younger.
A few days ago, Erilaz revived an older post asking if there were any novels about stamp collecting. The answer is, yes. In 1936, British author Robert Graves published an early novel of his, Antigua, Penny, Puce, which is the story of a pair of siblings, Oliver and Jane who battle one another over the possession of an extremely rare stamp, the eponymous Antigua Penny Puce. As in many of the examples given so far the stamp is fictitious, but the book is an interesting look at the stamp trade in the UK in the 1930's. Robert Graves is probably best known for his novel I, Claudius, which was made into a TV series with Derek Jacobi a few years ago