Watching Downton Abbey brought to mind its predecessor in the 1970s, Upstairs Downstairs. Recently Fred and I watched the whole series in order. Then we decided to watch the 2010-2012 revival. This series only lasted for two years because it was up against Downton Abbey.
During the second episode a maid is having an asthma attack. She is in her room trying to clear her head by sitting next to a steaming kettle. She shares the bedroom with a younger maid who likes to put magazine clippings on her wall.
Much to my surprise, there was Robert Taylor on the wall. It reminded me of a famous quotation: “1936 will go on record as the year of Edward VIII, the Spanish Civil War and Robert Taylor.” London Observer. The photo nails the date of the episode as 1936.
This is an autographed version of the actual picture.
I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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I loved the original “Upstairs Downstairs” & watched the brief revival. Am completely addicted to “Downton Abbey” but wish the new “Upstairs Downstairs” could have survived as well. I remember reading that quote somewhere & did happen to notice the RT photo on the wall. Also love “Mr. Selfridge.” There is so little I enjoy on TV these days other than PBS & TCM. But of course I’m a useless (to most advertisers anyway), retired senior so what can I expect? Speaking of the 1930s & servants, I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching my DVD of “Personal Property” a couple of weeks ago. If Harlow had only lived longer, I’m sure she & RT would have been teamed again. Both were really great in that, & they were only about 25 when they filmed it. Only objection was the excessive makeup they made RT wear. His features certainly did not require it.
I know what you mean about advertisers, we older women are invisible to them. “Personal Property” is one of my favorites–Mr. Taylor and Ms. Harlow were a terrific combination. The makeup was awful but it was the style of the day. I don’t like him in lipstick. Good to hear from you.