Kathryn Beaumont Before Alice

Walt Disney first saw Miss Beaumont in a 1948 Esther Williams vehicle called On an Island with You, which led to her being cast as Alice and later, Wendy. Her elocution, accent, voice, and appeal are unmistakable here, even when she’s imitating Jimmy Durante! You can rent the movie on Amazon Prime or You Tube, but please be warned that although there are some nice dance sequences and musical numbers, in this #MeToo era, the central romance comes off as way more creepy than charming. Better perhaps just to see the excerpts in which Kathryn appears.

“But, Grandmother, how can one possibly be too British?”