[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
I have more classic Wodehouse illustrations coming, but first, a bit of a palate cleanser. It's no secret around here that my favorite of all the artists who depicted Bertie and Jeeves back in the day is Arthur Wallis Mills. *dreamy sigh*



Overly ragey Jeeves notwithstanding, I still maintain that A. W. Mills "got" Wodehouse's work more than anyone else who put their hand to it. So I decided to take a look at some of his other work and get an idea of what else he got up to. I was not disappointed!

Spodes and Gussies and Aunts, oh my . . . )

And finally, let us never forget that this scene once flowed from A. W. Mills' pen:


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[identity profile] storyfan.livejournal.com
Scroll down just a little to see a webcomic artist's perception of Mike & Psmith, just as they begin their school year together.

http://www.grisbymanor.com/may-filler-post-number-three-psmith/

I already have several versions of "Mike & Psmith," but I'd buy one illustrated by this artist as soon as it hit the market. Maybe I'll put a bug in the artist's ear…
[identity profile] laeticiav.livejournal.com
It's a little off topic, but it appears that the spirit of Bertie Wooster is alive and well in the Congo.
images of preux chaps in natty menswear after the cut )
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
So I finally saw It, the iconic Clara Bow movie. If you're not familiar with it, it's about a working-class girl falling in love with a wealthy young man, Cyrus, who runs the department store where she works.

Anyway, pretty early in the movie, this guy shows up. He's Cyrus' best friend, Monty -- an elegantly dressed, incredibly goofy but good-hearted British chap. We're told pretty early on that he doesn't work, although he does take an amiable interest in his friend's job. He's tall, slim and sharply dressed, but sports a highly inadvisable mustache. He ineptly woos girls who are totally unsuitable for him (including Betty, the "it" girl herself).

At one point, wacky hijinks lead Monty and Cyrus to believe that Betty is a *gasp* single mother. Cyrus is really a dick about it, but Monty -- although shocked and distraught at first -- is quick to "forgive" her and continue their friendship. And ultimately, even though he has a hard-core crush on Betty, he helps bring her and Cyrus together (in his bumbling way) when he realizes how much Betty loves Cyrus.

It's . . . it's Bertie, in his pre-Jeeves days! He's hanging around in New York trying to help his friends out of romantic scrapes and making bad decisions about facial hair and girls (he even shows an interest in Cyrus' Florence Craye-like jilted girlfriend at the end)! Even his dialogue is Bertie-esque ("You've got 'It', old fruit!").

Here's a better picture of the actor, William Austin. Again with the terrible mustache, although it looked worse in the movie. XD Note the striking blue eyes.

Question

Sep. 1st, 2012 12:47 am
[identity profile] jestana.livejournal.com

I'm writing a story set between the two World Wars. Two of the main characters are a wealthy young lady and her maid. They're traveling on an ocean liner from England to America, like Bertie and Jeeves did. Would they have shared quarters, or berthed separately? Any advice would be welcome.

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[identity profile] gunitneko.livejournal.com
    (If I can't do this please tell me and i'll delete the post)

Alright. So who else screamed when they saw Rowan Atkinson show up in the Opening Ceremonies? Huh?
I know I was laughing! (still am)

(Yeah, I'm stretching the Jeeves Wooster/Blackadder/Mr.Bean connection just a tidge, but I really want to be excited about it with someone, none of my real life family or friends care as much. heh heh)

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[identity profile] trista-zevkia.livejournal.com
What ho! Have you heard of this event, happening as it does to sound like a Drones Club event? Be a great place to get some photos you could mani madly, should you be in London.

The Chap Olympiad

"They have events like shouting at foreigners, cucumber sandwich discus, umbrella jousting, butler baiting, swooning, the pipeathalon and ironing board surfing. Also refined refreshments (their words). The dress code is elegant finery, military wear, formal wear, dandy wear. No sportswear please except cricket whites and absolutely no denim. "

Butler baiting? So that leave the Valet Vault or the Valet Ballet? What would Jeeves make of male ballet dancer's outfit?

Art

Apr. 30th, 2012 06:40 pm
[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
First, before I get to the art, BBC Radio's running "The Inimitable Jeeves" right now. I don't much care for the radio adaptations, but others may enjoy it. :)

Now onto the art. )
[identity profile] katelynna10000.livejournal.com

This is really off-topic, but it has to do with Qi, which has to do with Stephen, and something that was posted here once, so yah. (Mods, if this is total trash, just discard it. But the com seems kid of slow, so I thought anything would he;p )

So I was watching Qi just now, and noticed that Sandi Toksvig says "Said Sophie" you can find it in this vid at about 13:28, but I'd suggest starting at 13:20 to get the full question.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpwof-jqFcQ

this, I believe, is a reference to an old comic strip called "lucy and Sophie say goodbye" which was posted on here a WAAAAAY long time ago, and can be found here http://www.barnaclepress.com/list.php?directory=LucyandSophie

Does this mean that Sandi reads old semi-lesbian comics, I think so~

Also, as a bonus, the channel that episode of Qi is on has ALL the episodes, if you don't live in the UK and want to watch, like I do.

So yah, that's my little spam post. Bye.

[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
YOU GUYS

Tiny spoiler behind this cut. )

That's got to be intentional, right? I've also caught some Sherlock Holmes references in the original Jeeves and Bertie stories. The cycle is now complete! Mwahahahaha!
[identity profile] hazeltea.livejournal.com
Hugh Laurie's cover of "Police Dog Blues" is the Pick of the Week at Starbucks this week. Basically, somewhere on the counter is a stack of business card sized promos with a cute picture of Hugh on the front and a code to download the song off of itunes for free on the back.

Might I suggest the Chai Tea Latte, sir?
[identity profile] celelorien.livejournal.com
So, I went back to reread Scary-go-Round because I had gotten about halfway and then forgotten it because it was unfinished. During the read-through, I noticed something very interesting about the winner of the wicker basket best in show...

I suppose basket-making is an important and worthwhile skill if one lives out in the middle of nowhere and wishes to transport newts hither and yon. XD

Bill

Jul. 27th, 2011 12:36 am
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Hope this is not too off-topic, but I just had to share it.

P. G. Wodehouse had a gift for writing lyrics, and -- along with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton -- he helped create the modern American musical. I just found this absolutely heartbreaking performance of his song "Bill", from the 1936 version of Show Boat. The singer is Helen Morgan. I just can't stop listening to it. (PS - Notice the description of her hypothetical ideal man in the introductory verse!)
I don't know . . . he's just my Bill. )
ETA: Okay, I'm going to try this one more time. *shakes fist and LiveJournal* While I'm on the subject of Wodehousian music, I wanted to share this as well. I recently found footage of tenor Frank Titterton singing "The Yeoman's Wedding Song", a song that Bertie mentions several times in the books. This was apparently something that Bertie had to sing a number of times at school events/village concerts as a youth, and he claims in at least one story that he pulled it off pretty well. Having heard the song . . . that's pretty impressive. I wonder if this is something Wodehouse had to perform at some point when he was a young man.

ETA 2: My attempt to embed that didn't work, so here's the link.

By the way, the British Pathe website is well worth exploring. There's all kinds of rare and fascinating footage there, a lot of it from the general period of the Jeeves and Wooster stories.

Art, etc.

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:32 pm
[identity profile] ironicbees.livejournal.com
This bit of off-topicness probably doesn't warrant its own post, so I'm shoving it in here. I recently found a mention of Bertie in an unexpected place. While reading "The Victorian Underworld", I came across this in the chapter on pornography:

"Flossie: A Venus of Fifteen" (1900) was said to be a work of Swinburne's old age. Though Swinburne corresponded with Carrington and privately wrote schoolboy flagellation epics, there is nothing in this novel that suggests his work. Flossie talks and acts like a female counterpart of P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster in a wold of energetic copulation. Despite the premise of her immaturity in the title, she sounds like Wooster's contemporary.

I looked up the book online. Flossie didn't actually seem all that Bertie-ish to me, but then I didn't read the whole thing, just skimmed it.


Now on to the art... )

Discussion

May. 31st, 2011 05:19 pm
[identity profile] applea.livejournal.com
While watching Blackadder over the weekend, I began to wonder- what would have happened if Rowan Atkinson had been asked to play Jeeves instead of Stephen Fry. I mean, Laurie's character is much the same (yet, dare I say it- smarter? in Plum's version) and both Blackadder and Jeeves share the similarities of serving the Prince/Wooster (henceforth shortened to Prince Wooster), rescuing him from the soup, being the cleverest one in the room, coming out ahead in every situation, and being darker to Prince Wooster's light.
Now, the characters are similar, but obviously different, so if Atkinson had gotten the role he'd be playing it slightly differently than he would his Blackadder role.

But it still stands Jeeves would probably sound much more blackadderish/malicious if he had gotten the role. How much do you think that would impact the message and interpretation of Plum's stories? And as a theoretical, which would you prefer/ think is more true to the stories?


For reference, here's a bit of Blackadder:
http://youtu.be/3iHPOabGtXs
[identity profile] wotwotleigh.livejournal.com
Hope this is not too off-topic, but I thought you all might get a kick out of this fantastic website I found. It's a collection of vintage comics, mostly from the early 1900s (although it gets into the '20s a bit). Some of these are pretty famous, others virtually forgotten.

There's a reference to C. A. Voight's Betty in The Mating Season -- Bertie compares Gussie Finknottle to Betty's would-be suitor, Lester DePester.

More! )

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