Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Movie Promotes Stamp Collecting

Saturday Night Live comedian turned serious actor Bill Murray has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical."

Murray portrays Franklin Roosevelt in the new film Hyde Park on Hudson.  While Murray does not collect stamps as far as we know, Franklin Roosevelt certainly did and the film uses stamp collecting as part of the the story line.

The film takes place during the summer of 1939 at Hyde Park in New York during a weekend visit of  the King and Queen of England.

In one of the opening scenes, Roosevelt asks his cousin, Daisy, if she would like to see his "some of his stamps." As she looks through one of the albums filled with pictures of world leaders on stamps, she comments, "You must have met them all." Roosevelt replies, "Not all of them," as the camera cuts to a close up of a stamp with Hitler on it.

Later in the film he asks the visiting King George VI if he collected stamps.  He responds, "I used to." Roosevelt then advises King George to find a past time where he will not be disturbed. "People know not to disturb me when I'm working on my stamps, " Roosevelt says.

Shown above, 1945 stamp picturing Roosevelt and his Hyde Park home.

Click here for more about Hyde Park on Hudson.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM