Sitting in the blazing Napa sun, listening to David Daniels and Danielle de Niese singing Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” just 20 feet away with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque behind them, brought Eugene Pallette to mind.

In René Clair’s 1935 “The Ghost Goes West,” Pallette played a well-meaning but clueless American millionaire who imports a Scottish castle to Florida, stone by stone.

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