Thursday, July 12, 2012
Dunmow Flitch Trials, Part 3: Made in Heaven
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: July Chicken Casserole
David Tomlinson and Petula Clark, two Brits who would become much more famous in the 1960s*, star in Made in Heaven (1952). Tomlinson and Clark play a married couple, Basil and Julie Topham, who are in the running to win the Dunmow Flitch. The only obstacles? One sexy Hungarian maid and a missing side of bacon. Made in Heaven isn't a particularly amazing movie, but it's enjoyable enough and has three things going for it:
1. There's a portrayal of the Dunmow Flitch Trials. I wouldn't have known about them otherwise.
2. The clothes worn by Petula Clark and Sonja Ziemann (as saucy maid Marta) are fantastic. It's too bad Petula has to spend most of the movie with chronic bitchface, because she's really adorable and has such pretty clothes. Of course, if someone were trying to steal David Tomlinson (and half a pig!) from me, I'd be pretty angry, too.
Made in Heaven is available on Netflix Watch Instantly.
Fun fact: Petula Clark recorded her biggest hit, "Downtown," in 1964, the same year David Tomlinson starred in Mary Poppins: