|JB the Actor.|
So, for me, were two men known by the same initials, born on the same day in 1933: Jeremy Brett and John Barry.
|JB the Composer.|
Next time you watch The Master Blackmailer (Granada 1992) watch out for the Art Gallery Owner. The actor is David Scase. His wife is also in the cast: she is Rosalie Williams, Brett's Mrs Hudson. Rewind to 1954.
We are at The Library Theatre, Manchester. Jeremy Brett is playing Cassio to Rosalie Williams' Desdemona. The man she married, David Scase, is the director.
|JB & Rosalie on Granada TV.|
I think JB was well loved. Here's Rosalie Williams (quote via IMDb): "I used to call it embroidery. Jeremy used to embroider things for me in my part. There's very little in the actual writing for Mrs. Hudson, and he used to come up with lovely little inventions, like pieces, like when he gave me a flower in one episode. There were lots of moments like that, where Holmes revealed that Mrs. Hudson was so very close to him - which isn't in the stories, but is something that developed because it was Jeremy and me. I miss Mrs. Hudson very, very much. I got to love her very much. Once, I was on the set, I was her and it was my room and everything had to be just so. I flooded into her with great ease and great pleasure."
Sometimes words fail me. Thank God for music. Here in 2013, remembering two lovely, talented men I dip into that Good Old Youtube Index to find three pieces of music that express the inexpressible. Two were hit songs in 1933, the other is forever 1969.
Happy Birthday, Gentle Men.
1. Stormy Weather sung by Ethel Waters (1933).
2. 42nd Street sung by Ruby Keeler (1933).