Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Never mind Coke and popcorn: I’ll have English Breakfast and a crumpet.

This is for all the movie lovers out there. I never realized how many of my favorite movies involve tea. (One of the many reasons I lurve research.)

So today is Tea Trivia Time: Name four movies involving tea. Ready… GO.

[puts on the kettle while everyone opens a Google window]

[Admit it: you did!]

[plays the Jeopardy “wait” music]

Pencils down, all!

I’ll give you the easy one first: The Mad Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland.

(c) Walt Disney Productions

Next the one I always forget: Tea with Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins. The song “I Love to Laugh” is so much fun.

(c) Walt Disney Productions

Third, Arsenic and Old Lace. About 25 years ago, I played Abby Brewster on stage. Now I wouldn’t need anywhere near as much makeup to play a sweet, murdering old lady. 

Technically, they old ladies put the poison in their homemade wine, but tea gets an honorable mention because they specifically say tea doesn’t hide the taste of the poison. Eek!

(c) Warner Brothers

Last, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The REAL Willy Wonka: Gene Wilder. The wonderful first scene in the candy garden where even the teacups are edible.

(c) Warner Brothers

Bonus points if anyone also remembered Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation ordering “Tea. Earl Grey.Hot.” from the Enterprise’s food conveyer.

(c) Paramount Television

There must be others. Please add the names of other movies or TV shows in the comments!

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