Reading about the forthcoming Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple set reminded me, again, of how much I want to see The V.I.P.s. It's one of those situations where I consider a VHS purchase. Wise Blood is another. Many of us recall Helen Hayes portrayal of Ada Quonsett in Airport (1970) but if you want to know where that character came from, go back to The V.I.P.s and watch Margaret Rutherford as The Dutchess of Brighton. In the early 1960s Liz Taylor & Richard Burton were making films with pop stars like Fabian, Tommy Sands, Eddie Fisher, Sal Mineo and Paul Anka. There are other people in those films too but I’m having fun distorting the record. Then Queenie & Dick made Cleopatra (1963) and that began a series of films they did as a duo. The V.I.P.s. (1963), The Sandpiper (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?(1966) and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). I know I missed the laser disc opportunity, but could it really have been released as late as 1999 like the IMDB claims? That seems too late for an LD issue. Anyway, I know many consider this film overwrought soap opera but among many other reasons to love it, it was the first time I saw Maggie Smith. At 29 she was pretty hot.