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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:49 pm

Dying so soon after Liz Fraser, Fenella Fielding will be best known to film fans for her role in CARRY ON SCREAMING! In addition to one other 'Carry On', REGARDLESS, where pretty well everyone was upstaged by the remarkable Stanley Unwin, her film work was mainly in supporting, uncredited or 'cameo' roles, with more opportunities on stage and TV. Was astonished at her age, which was about ten years more than I would have guessed.

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Unread post by drednm » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm

Sad. One of my favorite British eccentrics. She tended to play deliciously over-the-top types. I fondly remember her from that ancient "Saki" TV series the Boston PBS stations used to carry. It also featured Martita Hunt as Lady Bastable.
Also memorable in the remake of THE OLD DARK HOUSE.
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:57 pm

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Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm
Sad. One of my favorite British eccentrics. She tended to play deliciously over-the-top types. I fondly remember her from that ancient "Saki" TV series the Boston PBS stations used to carry. It also featured Martita Hunt as Lady Bastable.
Also memorable in the remake of THE OLD DARK HOUSE.
Noticed she was in that, but not caught up with it so far...

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drednm wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm
Sad. One of my favorite British eccentrics. She tended to play deliciously over-the-top types. I fondly remember her from that ancient "Saki" TV series the Boston PBS stations used to carry. It also featured Martita Hunt as Lady Bastable.
This series, and particularly Fielding and Hunt, made a big impression on the teenage me when they played on San Francisco on KQED in the good old pre-PBS educational television days.

I found one selection on YouTube:

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:40 am

It was that voice - deep and husky, that got me.

With everyone going, there soon won;t be anyone left around that I knew of....
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Unread post by drednm » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm

Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times.
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drednm wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times.
I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another Google search tells me it was a catch phrase for a fish & chip shop, which makes sense in context of the scene in CoS.
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s.w.a.c. wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:40 am
drednm wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times.
I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another Google search tells me it was a catch phrase for a fish & chip shop, which makes sense in context of the scene in CoS.
I kind of assumed it was a fish n chip thing (given the context) but the phrase meant nothing to me. They said it at least twice.
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:56 pm

drednm wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:02 am
s.w.a.c. wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:40 am
drednm wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times.
I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another Google search tells me it was a catch phrase for a fish & chip shop, which makes sense in context of the scene in CoS.
I kind of assumed it was a fish n chip thing (given the context) but the phrase meant nothing to me. They said it at least twice.
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:28 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:40 am
drednm wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times.
I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another Google search tells me it was a catch phrase for a fish & chip shop, which makes sense in context of the scene in CoS.
Yes, would agree there, although that is a reference which British audiences are more likely to get...

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Unread post by moviepas » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:53 pm

Frying Tonight was also used by record collectors for the background noise on old 78s.

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Unread post by brianwyn » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:54 pm

It's a chip shop reference, but it's also a look back to the food shortages during the war and the years afterwards that rationing continued. Frying tonight would in other times be a rather pointless slogan for a chip shop, a bit like McDonalds putting up a sign saying "Burgers available tonight", but during those times, the fish and chip shops couldn't get the raw supplies to open every night, so made sure to put up big signs when they were going to open. When CoS came out it was only twenty or so years after the war had ended, so most people who saw it would have got the reference.

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