2019-12-05 19:08:53 UTC
In the 1949 film "Kind Hearts and Coronets",the protagonist murders multiple
relatives in order to accede to the title of Duke of Chalfont.
In 1964 retired military man Alun Gwynne Jones was named a life peer by the
new Labour government.For whatever reason,he chose the title Baron Chalfont.
Despite the endangered lives of the family of the fictional Chalfont peerage,
the real Lord Chalfont turns 100 today.
(I note parenthetically that while the film's opening titles say "based on
the novel by Roy Horniman,the title of Horniman's novel was not "Kind
Hearts and Coronets"--a phrase quoted from the poem "Lady Clara Vere de
Vere" by Tennyson--but "Israel Rank",and the title Mr. Rank murders his
way to "Earl D'Ascoyne".Officially the name change was to avoid anti-Semitism
(Israel Rank,son of aristocratic lady and Jewish man,became Louis
D'Ascoyne Mazzini,son of aristocratic lady and Italian man) but I
wonder if not offending J. Arthur Rank,who ran a studio and a
cinema chain,played a part).
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.