On Friday I was watching a film on Channel 5, THE DAMBUSTERS starring Richard Todd as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, (educated in Oxford) for those of you who remember this spectacular film he had a black Labrador named "Nigger" who followed him every where and who was killed on the morning of the raid and is buried at RAF Scampton.
So why was I shouting at that big box in the corner of the room? well they showed the dog in the film but dubbed all references to his name either replacing it with "boy" or leaving a space in the dialogue,
As a bit of a film buff for the older movies (I dislike modern films and remakes of old films and tv series like Dads Army and Porridge) I am disappointed that television companies feel the need to do this as these films were made sometime ago long before the current controversy around race, colour etc.
This action probably means that films like The Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again, To Kill A Mockingbird etc are likely to never be shown again on the small screen. We have already seen the television series
like Love Thy Neighbour, The Black and White Minstrels, Alf Garnett etc removed because they are deemed to be racist, but were they really or was it just the different times that I grew up in?
It was sad to see that one of my favourite stars from that bygone era Dame Olivia De Havilland (Gone With the Wind ) died at her Paris home yesterday at the age of 104,.maybe the last of the great Hollywood era.
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