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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Very well written and acted.

10/10
Author: Gordon Cheatham (cheathamg) from California
22 August 2006

This is sort of a film about a television show. At least a television show was the starting point for the trilogy of stories that comprise the body of the narrative. It was a television show that was originally a radio show that had very extremely popular. The producers felt it could make the transition, and it did, pretty well. The American public loved the format. Ordinary people wrote to the show asking for something that would make their lives a little easier. Usually it was a housewife asking for a new washing machine. It was something with which the audience could identify. As justification for being selected as the recipient of their heart's desire, they would describe their lives and try to show that they were worthy. In a sense, the show was a precursor for reality shows like Jerry Springer's, although not nearly as crass and tacky. But to get back to the film, the stories were written by three of the top American writers working at the time: Dorothy Parker, John Ashworth and Faith Baldwin. The stories were all excellent snapshots of contemporary American life. Dorothy Parker's pen was always dipped in acid and she was never happier that when she was ridiculing the class of people into which she was born. Parker's story was the one entitled, "Horsie". It concerned a nurse hired as a nanny for a newborn child. The child was born to a husband and wife who were too rich and stylish to ever attend to the mundane details of taking care of the child themselves, although I was surprised they had actually gone through a pregnancy. They seemed like the sort that would have hired that out as well. They do go on with their upper crust friends about how the experience has enriched them spiritually. Of course they do have a good deal of malicious fun at the expense of their sweet, innocent, unsuspecting nanny, simply because she is unattractive and unsophisticated. She doesn't realize she is the butt of their jokes and thinks they are wonderful. To her, they must be wonderful people because they are rich and smart (in the fashion sense). And the child, whom she loves so well, is being given such a wonderful life. The film, and Ms. Parker, is not making fun of poor Horsie. They are pointing up the cruelty and thoughtlessness of the people she works for. It is not Horsie who is depicted as being pathetic.

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