Ah yes, that sophisticated British humour, if you've ever seen any of these tacky romps, especially any of the 1970s offerings like the "Confessions Of" movies what really strikes you are the dreary low-budget locations: drab high streets an tawdry holiday camps; Britain in all its glory.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
British sitcoms: 'Steptoe and son', 'Only fools and horses', etc.
American sitcoms: People living in fucking mansions.
That whole *aspirational* tv thing is super creepy to me.
I also think its part of the whole fucked up common US conception of, I will be rich one day so I'd better vote for no taxes or public services to sap my future hoard!
To smile too broadly is an embarrassing trait in British society.
To not smile broadly enough is an embarrassing trait in American society.
John Holmes Motherfucker
Just for the sake of historical nitpickery, that's not literally true about I Dream of Jeannie. A lot of 70s TV was pretty hot, but I can't think of anything regularly scheduled. There were edited R rated movies, braless back-up singers on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, and even occasional outright nudity on PBS, (try googling "Steambath" with Bill Bixby and Valerie Perrine.)
But the most titillating stuff on 70 was probably advertising. There was a moment in the late 70s when advertising on TV became ass-obsessed. Part of that was Disco, and the marketing genius who invented designer jeans, but the classic was an ad for Jamaican tourism. Goddamn.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
I think I may settle in and watch this tonight, in spite of the fact that I have access to much better fare. Gene Siskel got it right when he wrote that the series peaked early, around the time of their greatest critical success, 1967s CARRY ON LUGGAGE.
|Boomer The Dog |
There's one Carry On movie I have a foggy memory of, Jim Dale was in it, he comes to America for a job out West, I think it's Carry On Cowboy, and he's the unwitting sheriff or something.
To make this Dog-related, Jim Dale also starred in Digby, Biggest Dog In The World, where a Sheepdog grows to giant size, a matinee sci-fi comedy movie, which is why I made sure to watch Cowboy when it came on, since it had Jim Dale in it.
I had no idea British men dug cellulite so much.
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