Cockers in the work of Michael Powell

My family had a golden cocker (1973-78) before he bit everybody (I still bear the scar) and had to be ‘destroyed’. So we were especially responsive to cockers like Powell’s. (Never noticed before that he has the same surname as Enoch…)

The Edge Of The World (1937)

The Powell Cockers are spottable on the boat on which MP and Frankie arrive at the start.

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)

The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in when the cocker spaniels (Erik and Spangle, who belonged to Powell in real life) run up the stairs in the newlyweds’ house and one of them lifts its leg to take a pee on the landing. (Thanks to SB)

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

Have to mention the wolfhounds that Pamela Brown has with her on her first appearance.

NB re: Pamela Brown vs Wendy Hiller. You can tell which one Powell slept with (it’s in his autobiography). And who Roger Livesey’s looking at. The only problem with the film (still *****) is because MP HOPES we’ll find WH more attractive. As if!


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I had a stroke on July 26th, 2013. I was a screenwriter. Don’t do that anymore. But have found another way to write.

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