March 17th, 2005

Froud - kissed by pixies

Leprechaun day

I can hardly think of a better day to mention this. One of the dorkiest crushes I've ever had was for Tommy Steele as the leprechaun in the film version of Finian's Rainbow.

Totally bizarre plot, even for a musical; but the songs are rather lovely, it's well acted (dude, Fred Astaire's in it), and what girl does not want to look like Petula Clark? Tommy's leprechaun is obnoxious and silly and meddling and melodramatic, but when you're 8 that's exactly what's appealing; and since he's a member of the fairy folk he really is supposed to be obnoxious. (Come to think of it, he's like a benevolent version of the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.) I think I still carry that soft spot for the little man in green.

Who's with me? Can I get a shout-out? *stands alone with arm raised, looking around*

Well, anyway. Happy St. Patrick's Day.