A Cuppa Tea

Today’s post is sponsored by my morning cup of coffee. Old movie stars with teacups! Or coffee cups, as the case may be.

Formula for guaranteed chuckles: put a rough-edged guy in a situation where he has to hold a teacup. It’s audience-proof.

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Charlton Heston vs. The World’s Tiniest Teacup in The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962).
(It was coffee, and it wasn’t even the real stuff. Poor guy.)

Lillian Gish in Way Down East (1920). The classy, lace-and-pearls way to drink tea:

 

Not the lace-and-pearls type? There’s room for you, too, in the classic movie canon:

Source: 1000 Frames of Hitchcock

Truck drivers downing hearty breakfasts and coffee in Young and Innocent (1937).
Source: 1000 Frames of Hitchcock

 

Charlie Chaplin with a Blue Willow cup in Modern Times (1936). And a Pug.

 

“Veronica Lake, lovely star of Paramount’s hit, ‘The Hour Before the Dawn,’ relaxes with a cup of brisk Liptons’ Tea.”

Source

Veronica Lake in ad for Lipton tea, 1944. Source

 

And last but certainly not least: those cricket-loving gentlemen, Charters & Caldicott!

Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne in The Lady Vanishes (1938).  Source: 1000 Frames of Hitchcock

Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne in The Lady Vanishes (1938). Source: 1000 Frames of Hitchcock

 

 

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