Tag: Gone with the Wind

“Churchill’s Bodyguard” Mini-series: Walter H. Thompson

“Churchill’s Bodyguard” Mini-series: Walter H. Thompson

The suc­cess of the movie Dark­est Hour has prompt­ed many to look up oth­er film and video pre­sen­ta­tions of the Churchill saga. One of these is the 2005 series on Wal­ter Thomp­son, Churchill’s Body­guard, which a col­league tells me is a use­ful doc­u­men­tary. It is. All thir­teen episodes are on YouTube. I watched sev­er­al with­out complaint—rare for me.

Walter Henry Thompson 

…was Win­ston Churchill’s pro­tec­tion offi­cer and detec­tive, on and off between 1921 and 1945. They had many adven­tures togeth­er, and Thomp­son wrote four books about his expe­ri­ences. The first, Guard from the Yard (1938, now very rare) involved Churchill and oth­ers whom Thomp­son pro­tect­ed.…

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Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Non-Churchill Quotes: A Porny Issue

Anoth­er gold­en oldie Churchill “quote” which Churchill nev­er uttered will soon be mak­ing the Twit­ter rounds, and this one is a bit off-col­or. Colum­nist Jon­ah Gold­berg uses it to reflect on “A Thorny Porn-y Issue for the New York Pub­lic Library.” No prob­lem with his point about the NY Pub­lic, but this quote is not Churchill’s in any way.

For col­lec­tors of Churchillian red her­rings, here’s the alleged exchange: Churchill report­ed­ly says to a woman at a par­ty, “Madam, would you sleep with me for 5 mil­lion pounds?” The woman stam­mers: “My good­ness, Mr. Churchill. Well, yes, I sup­pose …” Churchill inter­rupts: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” The woman responds imme­di­ate­ly: “What?…

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Churchill and “Gone With The Wind”

Churchill and “Gone With The Wind”

I am a long­time Gone With The Wind col­lec­tor and researcher, and give pre­sen­ta­tions at GWTW events. I’ve also been the GWTW Answer Lady on sev­er­al web­sites. I was recent­ly asked whether Churchill and Roo­sevelt had read Gone With The Wind. I found that FDR read quite a bit of the nov­el, but I couldn’t come up with any­thing about Churchill. I hope you don’t mind me toss­ing you this ques­tion. Maybe you’ve run across a men­tion of it. I assume that Churchill did see the film as FDR did on 26 Decem­ber 1939, after the movie opened in Wash­ing­ton. GWTW opened in Lon­don on 18 April 1940.…

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