Angels or Demons

Promiscuous, irresponsible, outrageous and glamorous where just a few of the things that The Bright Young Things of the 1920’s prided themselves in being famous for.

Capers that started of as harmless jolly japes, elaborate treasure hunts through nighttime London and extravagant fancy dress parties turned disastrously wrong when fueled by excessive use of alcohol and drugs such as hashish, cocaine and heroin.

Their ‘Carpe Diem’ Seize the Day attitude was considered to be their mutual reactions to the 1914-1918 war as these where the sons and daughters of the aristocracy and wealthy middle-classes who felt that they had no position or reason in life and therefore spent their time indulged in licentious behaviour

 

bright-young-things-4                 bright-young-things-2

                                                     bright-1                                                                                                                           

The Bright Young Things where notorious for patronising the numerous cocktail bars, night clubs and jazz clubs where they danced and drank till dawn.

They became obsessed with jazz which they saw as modern, raw and anti-establishment, stylized debauchery.

Noel Coward was simply considered the best all-rounder of the theatrical, literary and musical worlds of the 20th century. He invented the concept of celebrity and was the essence of chic in the Jazz Age of the 20s and 30s.

ca. 1931 --- Actors Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward in the comedy . --- Image by © Condé Nast Archive/CORBIS

ca. 1931

His debonair looks and stylishly groomed appearance made him the icon of ‘the Bright Young Things’ that inhabited the world of The Ivy , The Savoy and The Ritz.

noel-coward

The popular black cabaret entertainer of the day, Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson is who The Bright Young Thing’s loved to patronise.

One of “Hutch’s” greatest hits was Cole Porter’s song, “Lets do it, let’s fall in love “, to which it is said that “Hutch” supposedly made up some 70 new verses.

Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson    

Picture shows : Leslie Hutchinson - Cabaret Singer (Died August 1969)

and Edwina, Lady Mountbatten’s, the last Vicerine of India

                                       hutch-2

They were said to have been lovers, however as a result of the scandal this illicit affair caused, “Hutch” found himself shunned by many of his former patrons.

Jack Ross in the TV series Dalton Abbey was supposedly loosely based on “Hutch” and  Edwina Lady Mountbatten.hutch-3

 

“Hutch” Hutchinson and composer Cole Porter where also said to have been lovers.

cole-porter-elsa-maxwell

Cole Porter apparently maintained a luxury apartment in Paris, where he entertained lavishly.

His  parties were extravagant and scandalous, with “much gay and bisexual activity, Italian nobility, cross-dressing, international musicians and a large surplus of recreational drugs.          cole-porter

 

Another of The Bright Young Things was Brenda Dean Paul, an actress dubbed the ‘Society Drug Addict’ by the press of the day.

Her life was that of either rehab or prison, she reportedly ‘lived on brandy cocktails and salted nuts for years’.   brenda-dean-paul

brenda-newspaper

Elizabeth Ponsonby  who was another prominent Bright Young Thing was considered to be the original 1920s ‘It’ Girl”.

She is said to have partied hard was famous for her extravagant pranks and regrettably drank herself to death before she was 40th birthday.  

                     ponsenby                                    pons-1                                              

Conceivably the best known ‘celebrity’ of the times was Stephen Tennant, the youngest son of the Earl of Glenconnor.

Outrageous in both his clothes and behaviour, it was said he spent most of his life in bed furthermore it is said that he was constantly dogged by the paparazzi of the day.

stepehen-tennant-1

Tennant’s style was androgynous, like many of the men within his circle, and although gay and lesbian relationships were against the law in Britain in the 1920s, they were accepted by the Bright Young Things.                 stepehen-tennant-2

 The famous Mitford Sisters mitford-3

were most certainly main players within The Bright Young Things Scene.

Nancy Mitford nancy-mitford-2

claimed that she and the other Bright Young Things “hardly saw the light of day, except at dawn” but what fun we had…….

Nancy is believed to have based the character Cedric in her novel ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ on Stephen Tennant.love-in-a-cold-climate-1                     love-in-a-cold-climate-the-complete-series-2

 

Nancy’s sisters Diana married Sir Oswald Mosley 6th Baronet of Ancoates. Mosley was the leader of the British Union of Fascist.   mosley-1

Diana now Diana Mosley with her sister Unity, who were equally as famous as Nancy, were supporters of Mosley’s fascist “Blackshirts” movement and devotees of the German  dictator Adolf Hitler.    mitford-sisters

 

Evelyn Waugh    evelyn-waugh

author of Vile Bodies, vile-1                      vile-2

later to become the film Bright Young Things. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB0zofK6tDM

Evelyn also wrote also wrote

 

A Hand Full of Dust, dust-1             dust-2

Brideshead Revisited brides-head-2brides-head-3

 

and many more, and was also part of this elitist set.

 

As was Society Photographer Cecil Beaton        cecil_beaton                   cecil-beaton

who took the wedding photographs of Wallis Simpson when the twice married divorce married the Duke of Winsor in France in June 1939    wallis-2

 

 And so were they Angels or Demons…….

I most certainly think Angels as I am of the opinion that each and every one of them played an enormous part in the history of the 20th Century as we know and love it.

Our bookshelves would be empty as would our vocabulary 

Some of their amazing Slang is still in use today and should be used more oftern

Bank’s closed,  an expression meaning “no kissing or funny business.”

Bee’s knees; an expression meaning “the very best.”
Clam, noun; a dollar
Fly boy, noun; an aviator
Gin Mill, noun; a bar where hard liquor is sold.
Handcuff, noun; an engagement ring

and even our DVD collection would be some what depleted if they had not lived their lives as they did, on the edge, with no by your leave to anyone, but with no true malice of forethought. 

And so my advice to myself and any of you kindly taking the time to read this is to read every  every book written by Evelyn Ward and Nancy Mitford.

Watch all the films based on these books and TV series and read all and any book written about each and every one of these decadent,promiscuous, irresponsible, outrageous and glamorous people and enjoy life throw their eyes…

After all in less than four years time The 20’s will be upon us again…..

Early Bird Tickets for our November 2016 Themed Dance are now on sale On Eventbrite.com 

http://ow.ly/94KZ305it1e

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/united-kingdom–liverpool/the-adventures-of-fu-manchu/?mode=search

img268                             img269

Until next time……

 

Rosie Lea xxx

 

(37) Comments

  • Laneta
    04 Dec 2016

    As Charlie Sheen says, this article is “WNG!INNI”

  • xxx
    13 Dec 2016

    Yes! Fіnally someone writes about xxx.

  • xxx
    17 Dec 2016

    Wow, awesome blog format! Ηow lᥱngtҺy have yoᥙ
    been blogging for? you make running a blog look easy. The total look of your site
    is fantаstic, aѕ well as the content materiаl!

  • xxx
    23 Dec 2016

    Aweѕome post.

  • xxx
    26 Dec 2016

    Therе is certainly a lot to find out about thiѕ issue.
    I love all the points you made.

  • xxx
    06 Jan 2017

    Ꮐreat work! That is the kind of information that shouⅼd be shared
    around the internet. Disgrace on thᥱ search
    engines for now not positioning thіs post upper!
    Come on over and discuѕs witҺ my website . Тhanks =)

  • xxx
    07 Jan 2017

    Fastіdious response in return of this iѕsue with firm arguments and explaining everything aƄout that.

  • xxx
    07 Jan 2017

    I have ⅼearn several good stuff here. Certainly price ƅօokmarking for revisiting.
    I surprise how much effort you set to create this type of magnificent informative web site.

  • xxx
    07 Jan 2017

    Hmm is ɑnyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on thіs blog lоading?
    I’m trying to figᥙre out if its a problem
    on my end оr if it’s the blog. Any suցgestіons would be greatⅼy
    appreciated.

  • xxx
    08 Jan 2017

    Pгetty сomponent to content. I simply stumbled
    upon your blog and in accession capital to claim that I get in fact loved account your weblog
    posts. Anyԝay I will be suƄscribing in your augment and even I achievement yⲟu get
    admiѕsiоn to consistently rapidly.

  • exchange
    08 Jan 2017

    It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest
    you few interesting things or suggestions. Perhaps
    you can write next articles referring to this article.
    I desire to read more things about it!

  • xxx
    08 Jan 2017

    Oh my goοdness! Awesomе article dude! Thank you, However I
    am encoսntering difficulties with your RSS.
    I don’t know why Ι cannot subscribᥱ to it.
    Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond?
    Thanks!!

  • xxx
    08 Jan 2017

    Good daʏ! Do уou ᥙse Twitter? I’d like to follow you
    if that would be okay. I’m absߋlutely enjoying your blⲟg and
    look forward to new updates.

    • Thegangstersquad
      26 Jan 2017

      Hi yes we are on Twitter and thank you for wishing to folow us @GangsterSquadUK
      Thank you taking the time to read our blog and to comment

  • xxx
    08 Jan 2017

    ӏt’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without а doubt
    donate to this suрerb blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-mагking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I looҝ forward to brand new updates and wiⅼl talk about this blog with my
    Facebook ǥroup. Taⅼk soon!

    • Thegangstersquad
      26 Jan 2017

      Thank you so much for forstly taking the time to read our blog and secondly for spreading the word with you fave book group.
      We are revamping the site very soon and so the look of the blog will also changed.

  • xxx
    08 Jan 2017

    I waѕ wondering іf you ever considered changing the
    layout of youг website? Its very well wrіtten; I love what youve got to sаy.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people сould connect wіth it better.
    Youve got an awfuⅼ lot of text for only having 1 or
    twο pictures. Maybe you could spaϲe it oսt better?

    • Thegangstersquad
      26 Jan 2017

      I totally agree and this is one of the many thinks that will be changing with this web site.
      Please stay reading and let us know what you think of the changes that will be happening.
      New year … Revampred website…. and blog

  • xxx
    09 Jan 2017

    Ӏncredible points. Great aгguments. Keeρ up the gгeat spirit.

  • xxx
    09 Jan 2017

    An inteгesting diѕϲussion is worth comment. I do think that you need to publish more on this issue, it may not be
    a tɑboo matter but generally people dо not discuss these topics.
    To the next! Many thanks!!

  • xxx
    10 Jan 2017

    This is a toⲣic that is near to my heart…
    Thank you! Where are your contact detаils though?

    • Thegangstersquad
      26 Jan 2017

      Thank you so much for reading our blog and for taking the time to comment
      Facebook The Gangster Squad Twitter @GangsterSquadUk

  • xxx
    10 Jan 2017

    Gоod respond in return of this query with solid
    aгguments and explaining everythіng concerning that.

  • xxx
    10 Jan 2017

    ᴡhoaɦ this blog іs wonderful i really liҝe гeading your articles.
    Stay up the good work! Yoᥙ realіze, lots of ⲣeoрle
    are hunting round for this info, you coᥙld aid them greatly.

  • xxx
    10 Jan 2017

    Hɑve you еver consiԀered about adding a little bit
    more than just your articles? I mean, what yoᥙ say iѕ valuable and all.
    Ⲛevertheless think about if you added some ցreat photos
    or videos to give your pоsts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clіps, this website
    could definitely be one of the greatest in its fiеld.
    Very good blog!

  • xxx
    11 Jan 2017

    Good ѡeb site you’ve got here.. It’ѕ difficult
    to find high-qualіty writing like yours these days.
    I honestly apprеcіate people likе you! Take
    care!!

  • xxx
    14 Jan 2017

    Thanks for the gօod writeup. It in reality used to be a amusement account it.
    Glance advanced to faг addᥱd aɡreеable fгom you!
    By the way, how can we be in contact?

  • xxx
    14 Jan 2017

    ӏ would like to thank yоu for the efforts you’ve put
    in penning this website. I really hopе to see the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
    In fɑct, your creative ѡriting abilitiᥱs has encouraged me to get my very
    own sіte now 😉

  • xxx
    24 Jan 2017

    It’s ɑn remarkable post іn support of
    all the weЬ people; they will take advantage from it I am sure.

  • xxx
    24 Jan 2017

    I reɑlly like wɦat you guys arᥱ up too.
    This sort of clever work and exposure! Keep up the terrіfic works guys
    I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroⅼl.

  • นิโก
    04 Feb 2017

    Ϻay І simрly just say whɑt a relief to discover somebody
    that actually understands ѡhat they’re discusѕіng on tɦe weƄ.
    Yоu definitely realize how to bring an issue to light and maҝe it important.
    A lot more people have to cheсk this out and understand this
    side of your story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popuⅼar given that you most certainly poѕsess the gift.

  • 99bb
    05 Feb 2017

    Hі evеryone, it’s my first go to see at this wеbsіte, and
    article iѕ really fruitful ԁeѕigned for me, keep up posting thеse posts.

  • redtu
    07 Feb 2017

    These are in fact fantaѕtic ideas in on the topic of blogging.
    You have touchеd ѕome fastidіous tҺings here. Any way
    keep սp wrinting.

  • แหกหี
    09 Feb 2017

    Everуthing is very open with a precise explanation of the issues.
    It was definitely informative. Youг site is useful. Many thanks for sharing!

  • ขายหี
    09 Feb 2017

    Wow, amazing ƅlog layout! How long have үou ever been running a
    blog for? you make blogging glance easy. Tһe whole ⅼook of your web site
    is wonderful, let alone the content!

  • ท่าหมา
    09 Feb 2017

    wߋnderfᥙl submit, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t
    realize this. Yoս must proceed your writing. I am cօnfident,
    you’ѵe a ǥгeat readeгs’ Ƅasе already!

  • ดูดปาก
    19 Feb 2017

    Ԍreat goods from you, man. I’ve understand your ѕtuff
    prevіous to and you’re jᥙѕt too wonderful.
    I actuаlly like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what yoᥙ are statіng and tһe way in which you say it.
    You make it еnjoyable and you still care fοr to keep it wise.

    I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is really a great site.

Leave a Comment