Monday, November 9, 2009

Murder at Midnight (circa 1975): The Home Movie


Courtesy of Sigmeyer, a.k.a. Eric Brown

While I'm away, the mice DO play.

My son Eric dug out an old family movie, re-edited it, and posted it on YouTube. In the film, he's the cute little four-year-old boy who plays Cuthbert, the hero. The curly hair was a wig, thank goodness. Probably saved me thousands in therapy bills. The kid actually had straight puddin' bowl hair, in the style of the 1970s.

Eric in 1978. He was eight years old. I don't know why he looks so sad.
Photograph by Richard Semple.


It's difficult to believe, but that film is nearly 35 years old, but I'm happy to report that all the actors are still around and doing well (The oldest actors were only in their 40's but made up to look older).

Jeff Brown, the director, was my husband then; we're still friends, but now we're both married to other people, I to Jerry and he to Casey, who must find this movie very strange. As they say, life goes on. We were two people who married too young.

I played the ditzy maid. The YouTube screen shot is of me. I don't know how YouTube chooses the screen shot (Eric says he had nothing to do with the selection), but I'm definitely not the "star" of the movie. I remember that silly dress; it was a real dress that I actually wore in public. What was I thinking when I bought it? Well, barcaloungers were also the rage back then.

It was kind of cool when Eric Skyped me today and told me he had downloaded the film to YouTube. Sometimes, I get a bit homesick here, and the internet helps keep me in touch. I can't help but feel a little nostalgic, for we had a lot of fun making that film--we were just so young and crazy, with lots of energy.

If you're interested in such things, the entire cast of the movie is here.

None of us are famous; we just did this movie for fun. My ex loved playing around with film.

And, yes, even then, we knew it was camp.

It's rain, rain, rain in Skopje.

Yesterday, I went out with Lile Ordev for Sahlab (another recipe here), which is quite good, especially on a wet, chilly night.


I tried to fix up the screen shot a bit, but it was so poor quality that all I could do was to create something slightly artistic.


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