Thursday, January 10, 2013

Svengali Gee Whiz

She's his Trilby, he's Laura's Svengali
Though he builds her, adoring her's folly
He instructs her on poise
But constructs only toys    
And he thrills choosing drawers for this dolly.

Clifton Webb's Waldo is a perverse Pygmalion to Gene Tierney's Laura (Otto Preminger; 1944). Title by whiz-banger David Cairns.

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