As regular readers of this blog will know, we try to give you different reasons for having a fancy dress party based on history and we try and use some fancy dress ideas that you may not have thought about. In past years August 19th has seen the loss of great comedic talent. On this date in 1976, Scottish actor Alistair Sim, probably best known for the early St Trinian films but also involved in classics such as ‘Green for Danger’ and ‘The Green Man’ (often shown in the ‘afternoon film’ slot on telly) passed away. A year later, in 1977, possibly the best known of the Marx brothers, Groucho, died. The two actors had contrasting styles – Sim’s droll, lugubrious delivery against Groucho’s quick-fire wit – but their work has not dated as much as that of some other comedians and continues to entertain. As mentioned in a previous blog, Groucho is commemorated in one of the ‘O’s in the famous Hollywood sign, as his death coincided with the appeal for donors to renovate the iconic symbol. The rock star Alice Cooper ‘bought’ the letter in honour of the comedian, with whom he was good friends.
To broaden out the comedy costume theme, you could include the ‘Carry On’ films – which gives you a huge range of costumes to choose from. We are preparing an information page on all the cary on films – so watch this space!