Of all the premium channel “freeviews” that we received during the latter part of February and early March, I think the one from Epix was my favorite. There wasn’t too much on the regular schedule that attracted my interest (though the ‘rents enjoyed the multiple showings of the Indiana Jones movies) …but they have a nifty little section called “Vault” in their On Demand offerings, and you can find the occasional little cinematic nugget or two. (Sadly, more than a few of them are bad public domain prints, as I will discuss in blog posts later this week.) One of these was a 1969 feature entitled Thank You All Very Much, an adaptation of Margaret Drabble’s 1965 feminist novel The Millstone.
When I saw Sandy Dennis’ name in the cast of this film originally shown to U.K. audiences as A Touch of Love, I knew I had to sit down with it. I’ve always been a huge Dennis fan, even though I know for many movie mavens she’s an acquired taste (this wag over at TCM refers to her as “Our Lady of the Nervous Tics”). Dennis, an Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), was an accomplished stage actress (winning back-to-back Tony Awards for A Thousand Clowns  and Any Wednesday ) who made her feature film debut in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and after her Oscar win for Woolf was a leading lady in such movies as Up the Down Staircase (1967), The Fox (1967), Sweet November (1968), and The Out-of-Towners (1970).
|Eleanor Bron, Dennis, Sarah Whalley|
|Dennis, Ian McKellen|