Tag Archives: Dandelion Dead

In Dandelion Dead (1994), a mustachioed Michael Kitchen plays the real-life figure, Major Herbert Rouse Armstrong, a country solicitor who was hanged in 1922 for the poisoning death of his wife. In the first part of this mini-series, Armstrong comes off as a sympathetic and somewhat humorous character, but then he starts to go off the rails and seals his own fate — a depressing development to watch.

Michael Kitchen is light on his feet in Dandelion Dead.

Enjoyed the escapist La La Land today. Fun watching modern-day actors break out into song and dance.

RIP Peter Vaughan

Portraying a proper pillar of the community and father of three children trapped in a loathsome marriage to an unstable, domineering wife (the curdling Sarah Miles), Kitchen deliciously reinvents the classic, henpecked husband.

The key to Kitchen’s underplayed achievement is in his eyes, so full of deference and the quick, limp smiles of a man who’s always a gentleman–even going to the gallows with his spats on.LA Times

Michael Kitchen’s tennis playing skills on display in Dandelion Dead.

He joins two of my other favorite tennis-playing actors in their enjoyment of the sport. 🙂

Unpleasant news from Martin dampens Armstrong’s celebratory mood.

The only way a smelly cigar can be appreciated, as far as I’m concerned, is to watch Michael Kitchen smoking one.

My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:

19. Major Herbert Armstrong in Dandelion Dead (1994)

Without MK’s comic touches, Armstrong’s slide into murder and depravity would have been unbearable for me to watch.


How lovely to see you “active” again! However much you do will be great!

Thank you, anon.  Yes, an unplanned spurt of blogging this week, even as KF takes a backseat now to other activities…

An entire month dedicated to my favorite meal of the day isn’t something I can just ignore, so I’m celebrating on this beautiful late-summer day with these and some other breakfast scenes with Michael Kitchen.

Remembering Peter O’Toole in Pied Piper, I am reminded of the equally tall David Thewlis towering over MK in Dandelion Dead.  In this scene the two make the most of their 7” difference in height.

In murdering his wife, Herbert Armstrong sadly destroys the closeness he enjoyed with his daughter, Eleanor. Much to his dismay, as this review from New York Magazine (Oct. 31, 1994) notes, she turns into his wife.