Don’t know why I haven’t caught it before. “Mrs. Miniver” has a deceivingly simple title. It’s black and white and was released in 1942. But it stars the late Santa Fe arts patron Greer Garson and tells a story of the Battle of Dunkirk and Nazi bombing of England in the early days of World War II.
It’s a fine movie and a significant reminder of what the World War II generation went through.
Plus, there’s this line that might have applied to Garson herself, as well as the character of Mrs. Miniver: “You have this way of looking at people.”
I could easily see “Downton Abbey” flowing into the “Mrs. Miniver” script. There’s even a rose show theme with the same Lady Something-Or-Other always winning.