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Fatal (or Not!) Attraction


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One theme: Aftermath of "the Great War". Before "post traumatic stress syndrome" Even prior to "battle fatigue". The "shell shock" era. One of the veterans, aristocrat, battlefield commander, "had a bad war" and confessed to memory loss of some of the things that he experienced and witnessed.

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Another veteran, less damaged by experiences in combat. A former sergeant, tall and athletic, trim and correct in bearing. Chauffeur for the Lady's family. Also owned some cars, ran a car-hire service. Active in the community -- boxing instructor for the lads in a local club.

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The chauffeur becomes a friend and supporter for his employer. Confiding in him, she begins to relax, and is less troubled. Part of this is the simple fact of learning to accept what she can not change. On his side, it progresses to the point of love. That never crosses her mind.

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The driver knows, as Her Ladyship does not, that his old unit commander is exploiting her, and her late husband's social contacts, for political purposes. A sporting-event evening where his boxing team is featured is roundly upstaged by the political crowd.

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Her Ladyship -- This actress is well cast. Her resume includes a number of roles with very serious impact.

 

Her driver / friend / confidant / servant -- Known mostly for dramatic and action roles. Military and espionage settings. Seafaring adventures also.

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Retiring the question.

 

1973's *The Hireling*. The one-sided cross-class-lines relationship of Sarah Miles (Lady Franklin) and Robert Shaw (the former Sgt Ledbetter), who worked for her. The closing scene shows him, drunk, driving around in her courtyard, crashing his fine, expensive car into anything in his way. A downer story, and probably did not gather much of an audience.

 

Open thread.

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Crime is not the answer in a deadly triangle. A desperate attempt at killing one of the players is not as it seems. Clues at the scene of the murder suggest the victim may have escaped. The scheme was hatched in a car scene. Film?

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