The elder statesman of the Douglas dynasty suffered a stroke in 1996 that effected his speech. He, like a certain Old Mrs. Vernon we know, was not content to lay on his back for the rest of his life. He underwent a second bar mitzvah, continued to act and is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) celebrity bloggers.
I also chose this movie because, in the end, the hero rides into the sunset and leaves the girl to no doubt take a three-month correspondence course in shorthand/typing...but he'll be back soon.
An Old-Fashioned Girl has a pretty hairy episode where Patience is snowed in with inadequate resources but Alive is R-rated and I haven't seen it (Also, it is about eating people which tends to suck the romance right out of a situation) so I chose:
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
I know it's a stretch. It helps if you think of rural Norfolk as the ice-planet Hoth, the rambling house as the soon-to-be-surrendered rebel base, Julius as Han Solo, Patience as Luke, and Miss Murch as the frozen Tauntaun that gets sacrificed to keep the characters alive.