|"I took my troubles down to Madame Ruth...."|
|Stephen's thrilled to be free to |
eat tasty cake again!
Stephen: “You know, it’s interesting to watch the last minutes crawl by, after so many of them.”
Dr. Norton: “I always meant to speed it up.”
Stephen (wryly yet ruefully): “Fine time to think of it.”
Although the good doctor urges Stephen to make his fresh start in a quiet town far from the madding crowd of Blitz-plagued World War Two London, Stephen says thanks, but no thanks: “I’m gonna spend the first month being pushed and jammed by the biggest crowds I can find. I want to hear people talk and laugh…seeing faces will be a good tonic.” We finally see the name of the place Stephen’s leaving: Lembridge Asylum! Dr. Norton kindly but firmly advises Stephen not to get involved with the police: “A second charge wouldn’t be easy.” Um, we’re not talking about a ticket for jaywalking here, are we, Stephen?
Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window, not to mention Duryea’s funny/menacing henchman in Howard Hawks’ Ball of Fire). No wonder Cost and Mrs. Bellane look pretty darn peeved when Stephen leaves with the cake.
As our friend and fellow blogger Yvette of …in so many words put it so well in her own 2010 MoF post:
|That's the second-biggest scissors I've ever seen!|
|Figuring out the tasty treat's weight|
is a piece of cake!
|“Jai Guru Deva. Ommm…|
nothing’s gonna change my séance…”
|War is hell, but at least |
they have slumber parties!
|I hope Miss Penteel's pad won't be hard to find!|
If, like me, you love fast-moving, complicated, convoluted plots, chases, and eccentric touches, I think you’ll find MoF worth celebrating anytime!
For more MoF fun and info, check out these links:
* From the TCM Web site* From Yvette’s 2010 …in so many words blog post about Ministry of Fear
|Even in life during wartime, there's always time for romance, by George!|
|Stephen takes a shot at making Mrs. Bellane v.2 confess!|
|One of my birthdays during high school.|
Note the movie motif, including a plastic film reel!