Forgotten Film Gems: Carol Burnett in Annie (1982)
Even though the movie is called Annie, this film without question belongs to Carol Burnett's Ms. Hannigan, the mean, vindictive, bullying head mistress of a girl orphanage in New York during the early 1930's. She's just an awful, tacky woman who spends most of her time forcing the girls to clean and scrub and to do all sorts of manual labor that she doesn't want to do in the old, dirty orphanage that she isn't even close to capable of being in charge of. But Ms. Hannigan does more than just boss the cheerful little girls around -- she's also a 24/7 drunk who chases down her bathwater gin like there's no tomorrow and stumbling around in her bathrobe and slip making sure that there's no sign of happiness around her ("Do I hear...happiness in here?"). Also during her miserably free time (which is all the time) she also looks for a little hanky panky with any man, like the unfortunate laundry man Mr. Bundles, the snitching cop, and a little old geezer called "Little Ceasar" -- although according to Ms. Hannigan, he's "an uncle" -- yeah sure, an incestuous uncle perhaps.