Sunday, August 31, 2008

A new ode to Greer!

I've replaced my old "ode" to Greer by another one, one that I believe is much improved in metre and style.

I've reproduced it below so that you'll be forced to read it. Remember to leave a comment.

An Ode to Greer Garson

While Rhett and Scarlett fought the Civil War
and Mister Smith held up the Senate floor,
a lonely teacher climbed a mountain height
and on a rock he saw a startling sight.

A woman sat upon that stony chair
enjoying lunchtime in the alpine air.
He'd heard her shouting and became alarmed
but thinning air and her compassionate charm
took his breath away and set his heart ablaze,
and they fell in love within the next few days.
He'd scaled a peak to save this woman's life
and she made him whole when she became his wife.

She helped that teacher win the golden prize,
the Oscar statue catching Gable's eyes.
With forty minutes in the role she played,
Eileen Greer Garson's movie name was made.

Jane Austen is well-known to one and all;
her famous book still holds the world enthralled.
When filming started for this great romance,
the role of Lizzy wasn't left to chance.
For Austen mentioned on her book's first page
the Michaelmas feast-day in that far-off age.
Now Greer's own birthday in the year '04
was that very date that Austen's first page bore.
With such a birthday Greer was truly blest;
how Austen knew it we can only guess.
I have a feeling it was Jane's decree
that Greer was destined to play Lizzy B.

Louis B. Mayer became the studio's sage.
He brought Greer often to the Oscar stage.
For noble pairings he had quite the nose,
so Walter Pidgeon kept her on her toes.
He soon became a loyal movie pal
and helped her boost the nation's war morale.

Throughout the war she kept a rugged pace;
she helped the troops survive that fierce embrace.
She charmed the public and the movie gods
and brought her costars many Oscar nods.
She righted the hands of a stairway clock;
she found candescence in an ancient rock.
She helped her Major in a social rout;
she ate Joan Crawford and then spat her out.
She stopped a Nazi with a well-earned smack;
with gentle love she brought her Smithy back.

So many actors look and sound the same.
A meagre few deserve their great acclaim.
But Miss Greer Garson wasn't one of those.
Her glory shone just like a red, red rose.
This dulcet goddess that we miss so much,
who left a mark upon the lives she touched,
will spur the gods to light a brilliant flame
and midst the stars inscribe Miss Garson's name.

(c) 2008 Ed's Jaff

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More Stars Than There Are In Heaven

Here is the big picture of MGM's greatest stars in 1943, on the occasion of MGM's 20th anniversary.

Greer is seated to Louis B. Mayer's left.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Greer's cute crossover

As Greer begins her dance in "Random Harvest," she raises her baton over her head and quickly crosses and uncrosses her legs.

Very cute.

Assorted cool Greer-moments

In case you haven't seen these items that are mentioned on my web site:

a) Greer scratches her nose.

b) Walter punches Greer.

c) Greer imitates a sea lion.

d) Richard Ney has just kissed his movie-girlfriend Teresa Wright, and he looks back at his real-life-girlfriend Greer to see how she reacts.

e) Back and forth in "Madame Curie."

f) Back and forth again.

g) Greer brushes a feather away.

More left forefinger action

In addition to her unorthodox left forefinger deployment in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," We see Greer doing the same thing in "Mrs. Miniver" when she hugs Toby after the German pilot has been taken away.

And here as well.

(Not all posts are this trivial.)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Color pictures from "Pride and Prejudice"

I am told that these color pictures are from the Italian version of "P&P."

Saturday, August 16, 2008


This blog celebrates the life and work of Greer Garson.

It is a companion to my archival site, on which you will find my personal ramblings about Greer and her movies and her life. There you'll find information, pictures, stories, an unusual sort of biography, and many other ruminations.

I'll be using this blog to announce updates to the main site, many of them quite trivial but of great interest to those who like to think about Greer and watch for special moments in her movies and learn unusual facts about her life and enjoy her little quirks and oddities.

Feel free to post comments here. Tell us how you feel about Greer, what your favorite movie is, your favorite scenes, how you first discovered her. Post pictures, questions, thoughts.