The Lady and the Dale (HBO)

Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Lady and the Dale:

A three-wheeled car looks no less ridiculous than those three-wheel motorcycles.

Quick synopsis:

The story of Elizabeth Carmichael and her three-wheeled car, the Dale.

Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:

Liz Carmichael was born Jerry Dean Michael in 1927 in Indiana. Well, allegedly as she had no birth certificate.

Fun Fact for History Nerds:

The Dale was on the Price is Right!

My Take on The Lady and the Dale:

Say what you will, Elizabeth Carmichael was a very good saleswoman.

The problem with the rest of the show is that is tries to paint Carmichael as good at a lot of other things which do not hold up. Things like being a mother, not being a con-woman, etc.

While her children talk about her being an amazing mom, they also talk about having to move in the middle of the night when people caught up to Elizabeth. It seems most of them have had very unhappy lives. Yes, Elizabeth fed them, loved them, but she also seemed to horribly scar them at the same time.

As per the intro, Elizabeth was also a trans woman. The show tries to intersperse her struggles with most trans people but only ever gives minor lip service to the fact she was a criminal in multiple ways and treated many people terribly.

The actual portion which focuses on the Dale and the events around Elizabeth’s rise are interesting, but all of the other plot-lines take it completely off track (pun intended!).


This one is good but gets ruined by some misplaced hero worship. Watch it here!

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The Lady and the Dale (HBO)