Christina Hendricks in Mad Men
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A note to an ex-colleague: I forgive you. In 2008, during tea break, you rolled your eyes at me when I asked "What's Madman?" to catch up with the general flurry of a conversation that was going on all around me. I forgive the eye rolling. I still resent having to go and google it later that day because you didn't answer verbally...
Doris Day in Lover Come Back (1961)
Image via Daily MailBut memory is a funny creature, wriggling imperceptibly like a kitten to squeeze events and their meaning into every nook and cranny of the imagination and make them fit. If only we knew what the '60s ad machinery looked like from a closer perspective, say, the '60s... I had hankered after an alternative perspective for, oh, probably days when I came across Lover Come Back, a comedy starring Rock Hudson (woo hoo!) and Doris Day, first shown on a big screen near you in 1961. The plot is as simple as it is (I would soon discover) annoying: Rock Hudson's Jerry Webster is an ad man who lives the life (yes, indeed) we know from Mad Men: smokes, drinks, kissies and more. On his way to work on a rainy NYC day he splashes Doris Day's Carol Templeton, and out-of-work computer operator [note: the movie is worth seeing for its technicolor take on ginormous machines and the girls who work them]. Jerry sends one of his minions to apologise, mix-ups happen, and in an annoyingly "that's what we all wanted" sort of way, eventually, boy gets girl (and girl gets idiot). Twee fun for the whole family, perhaps. But read on.
Mad chemists in Lover Come Back
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