Bright Lights Film Journal

The First Mimsy

In light of the recent release of The Last Mimzy, I thought it might be appropriate to pay tribute to the first Mimsy – Chicago-born Mimsy Farmer (above) – who began her career in American flicks like Riot On Sunset Strip and Hot Rods to Hell (both 1967), and concluded it in European films like More (Barbet Schroeder 1969), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Dario Argento 1971), and The Black Cat (Lucio Fulci 1981).

The Last Mimzy (note the difference in spelling) was based on the classic sf story “Mimsy were the Borogroves” (1943) written by the husband and wife team of Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore (using the pseudonym Lewis Padgett), which was in turn inspired by the poem “Jabberwocky” by Rev. Charles Dodgson (using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll). The story was previously adapted for French television as “Tout spliques étaient les Borogroves” (1970).

One wonders if Ms. Farmer’s first name was also inspired by the Carroll poem or, for that matter, whether she is related to sf writer Philip José Farmer.