MOVIES ARE EVERYWHERE
ONE OF VIVIEN LEIGH’S MOST UNUSUAL APPEARANCES
Movies are everywhere, including good books. In Graham Greene’s The Last Word, a collection of otherwise uncollected stories, he includes a piece called “Work Not in Progress.” It purports to be a sketch for a never-completed, never-performed musical comedy called My Girl in Gaiters. The story line concerns the kidnapping of a whole convocation of Anglican cardinals by a gang of London thugs. The motive is theft. The cardinals, in their underwear, are locked in a church building basement. “The twelve thugs are led by a woman who is the brains of the gang (and the only woman in the cast). When I have had an extra glass of champagne I dream that she is played by Vivien Leigh.”
The sketch even includes lyrics for some songs.
Graham Greene, The Last Word and other stories. Reinhardt Books, 1990.
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See you at the movies,