Blithe spirit dating
Rounding out the cast is the delightfully comic Edith (Susan Louise O’Connor), the hapless servant.
She steals nearly every scene as she rushes clumsy and incompetently in and out of the room.
In her tray she carries miniature figures representing the subjects covered by the publication: a ballerina for the theatre: a jockey for sport: a cupid for love stories: a soldier for current affairs and a devil who represents devilish satire.
A letter has been discovered preserved inside of one of these rare figures.
Madam Arcati is a role any actor would love and when an acting genius like Lansbury overtakes and dominates it, she takes the wacky medium character into flights of comedic brilliance.
Eventually, the spirits are sent back to wherever they were and Charles sneaks away just in time for the now invisible ghosts seeking revenge to destroy Simon Higlett‘s impressive, book-lined drawing room set.Charles is the only one who can see Elvira (Melissa Woodbridge), a mischievous, fun-loving apparition who is the antithesis of the proper, straight-laced Ruth and wears a white diaphanous gown and a sassy, white, boyish-bob wig.Even though they had a tempestuous marriage, Elvira concocts a scheme to have him join her in the spirit world by killing him in an accident.In the early years of the HN collection several advertising and publishing houses commissioned Doulton figures to advertise their products including The Perfect Pair HN581, which celebrates the amalgamation of Eve magazine and The Tatler from 1923 and another famous figure the Standing Beefeeter, which carries no official name or HN number, and who was made to advertise The Illustrated London News in 1924.The figure of Miss Sketch appeared on the front of the magazine and Doulton’s study is a very faithful copy of this peddler lady.