This is the famous Marian the Librarian from The Music Man.
And of course, it falls into the stereotypical librarian category with the buttoned up collar, the hair in a bun, the glasses, and of course, the straight-laced attitude combined with the no-nonsense “shhhh!” Of course, I wouldn’t mind looking like the lovely Shirley Jones. Anyway, this post is devoted to librarians in movies so here we go…
Our first stop (after Marian) is the equally lovely Donna Reed portraying the not so lovely spinster Mary from 1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life. This is what happens when you don’t marry the man of your dreams and end up a lonely spinster and become…egads! A librarian! Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie, I’m just amused by this :) After all, I’m a spinster and a librarian…hmmm…
In 1973’s The Wicker Man, Ingrid Pitt plays against stereotype as a librarian in a small village who practices witchcraft in the nude! However, note the Princess Leia hairstyle.
In 1978, Goldie Hawn plays Gloria Mundy in Foul Play (a movie that I have to admit to a deep abiding love), a librarian caught up in mystery and intrigue alongside Chevy Chase. She starts off as a spinster with a boring life but discovers murder, romance, and excitement throughout the movie. There’s a scene in the library that gave me quite a scare as a child involving an…albino…
There were two librarian’s in Ghostbusters:
The live one who was scared by the dead one
that then turned into the ugly one
Need I say more?
Rachel Weisz starts off as a klutzy librarian in The Mummy but transforms into a beautiful creature after meeting the right man and experiencing adventure and excitement (hmmm, sounds familiar…). Anyhow, she states, with great pride:
Evelyn: Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I… am a librarian!
Ooh! I’m excited, my last choice is a male librarian! And a cute one! There’s three in the series and it’s about a librarian in charge of a collection that I wouldn’t mind looking after, that goes on tremendous adventures. Methinks I don’t get out often enough! The first is called The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and the rest you can look up :) They’re great fun to watch and obviously not to be taken too seriously.
That’s it for now. I realise there are far more librarians in far more movies but that would take me a long time so consider this a work in progress…maybe…