Posted ByLL on February 12, 2004 at 14:29:58:
In Reply to: Re: The Blue Fairy posted byTEADJones on February 12, 2004 at 09:23:47:
: P.S.: Think of how Jack musta felt having Known her past form and her current situation.
I was quite struck by the parts played in "Intermezzo", with Jack being married to Mary Liv but in love with his accompanist, Mary Kelly. When Mary Kelly leaves Jack for another man, Jack is distraught until his wife comes and bolsters him.
In real life, Mary Kelly left Jack for another man (before Jack and Mary Liv were married, of course), and Jack ends up going back to Mary Liv eventually and marrying her. Not absolutely the same, but similar enough to make one go "hmm".
There's always been a lot of talk about perspectives that Rochester wasn't a racist character or stereotype, etc. Members of the IJBFC usually side with the perspective that Rochester was Jack's equal, not at all degrading, etc.
However, I've found many references in the 1930s shows that make me cringe with today's perspective. In the Yosemite shows, the gang is going to sleep in the car and Jack says, "Rochester, where are you?" Roch answers, "I'm right here next to you, Boss." Jack says, "Well, open your eyes or smile so I can see you!"
Jack is driving home on another show, and someone suggests that he park the Maxwell in the garage. Jack says that Rochester has three cousins living in the garage. Some discussion ensues about what to do, and Jack says something like, "If I can't get them out, I may as well plant cotton in the back yard."
Granted, these racial jokes tended to go out in 1943 when the writing staff changed. And yes, it was a different time. But it still makes you think.