It’s time again for another episode of Shagbottom Theater!
Charade (1963) is one of the finest spy thrillers I’ve had the pleasure to watch. Not only does the film boast Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, but it’s a well-written piece of cold war hijinks. Walter Matthau also makes an appearance. It’s been sometime since I last watched the film, so this offering from the theater is definitely going to precipitate a watch with Fionn.
Charade is exactly why Cary Grant is so cool, and it’s why Fionn idolizes him so much. Much like Notorious, you have a cool character of whom you can’t be sure. Throughout, you’re going to wonder if Regina Lampert (Audrey) is falling victim to a nefarious scheme by Peter Joshua (Cary). A lot of critics called it the best Hitchcock film he never made. That’s right, it was actually directed by Stanley Donen (Singin’ In The Rain – 1952) and written by Peter Stone (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three – 1974) and Marc Behm (Help! – 1965). No Alfred to be found there.
It’s an interesting mix of talent, though. Help! is one of my all time favorite films that you’ll hear me quote from time to time (gah! I’m going to need to watch that now, too!) As a classic of the early 1960s, Charade came in a period of great films: Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Great Escape, The Misfits, Spartacus and so many more. Fionn is rightfully excited to present this work on stage at the theater this month.
For a special treat, check out the outtake from the production below…
Fionn Shagbottom as Peter Joshua with Audrey Hepburn in the role of Regina Lampert.
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