Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bud & Shelly, sittin' in a tree

I think another Fitzgerald-related entry is in order today.

"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" was published by the Saturday Evening Post in 1920, when Fitzgerald was just twenty-three. It's about an ugly duckling who learns to be socially confident, to the point that her cousin, who had schooled her in the ways of social success, grows jealous and cuts her down. But revenge is had. It's a good story, and has a sentence that ends "...not!" some seventy-odd years before "Wayne's World."

In 1976 it was made into a TV movie, with Shelly Duvall as the ugly duckling and But Cort as the cousin's suitor who finds himself more and more taken with Bernice. The two of them had worked before, in Brewster McCloud; here, they're less odd eggs and really quite charming together.

Kinda weird to see Harold with curls, isn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But Cort. Snort!