It will also be shown on Christmas Day at 1 p.m.
I offer a special "Thank You" to the intelligent management at PIX for keeping this film alive for so many years now!
Thanksgiving reminds me of my dearly departed Aunt Mary from Brooklyn. Money was so tight that my Aunt could not afford a turkey and so she served-up a large roasted chicken to her four children every Thanksgiving. The best part of this is that she told them it was a turkey - and they did not really know the truth till years later because they never ate turkey before!
March of the Wooden Soldiers was regularly referred to as an ingenious classic back in the 1960's when I was growing up - and now fifty years later it stands alone as one of the few really worthwhile films to see every year. It has definitely stood the test of time.
There are so many great moments. If I had to pick just one I would say I just love the appearances of that mouse that looks like Mickey. Of course, it was really a Capuchin monkey - indeed a quite intelligent animal. Just hope the trainers were kind back in those days - though I doubt animal rights were a consideration then.
And are as old as I,
You'll often ponder on the years
That roll so swiftly by, my dears,
That roll so swiftly by.
And of the many lands,
You will have journeyed through,
You'll oft recall
The best of all,
The land your childhood knew!
Your childhood knew.
2. When you've grown up, my dears,
There comes a dreary day.
When 'mid the locks of black appears
The first pale gleam of gray, my dears,
The first pale gleam of gray.
Then of the past you'll dream
As gray-haired grown-ups do,
And seek once more
Its phantom shore,
The land your childhood knew!
Your childhood knew. *Chorus
Little girl and boy land.
While you dwell within it,
You are ever happy then.
Mystic merry Toyland,
Once you pass it’s borders,
You can never return again.
The 1933 film King Kong, with that monstrous-sized beast, always seemed to get all the attention because it was an early 1930's film classic. I still love that film's sound effects and superb Max Steiner score. However, you will have to ignore the film's racist depiction of all natives as stereotypical crazed savages as that era's bias. See it for what it is; namely, the limitations of that period of American/European culture.
The later Mighty Joe Young uses the same creators - director Ernest B. Schoedsack and producer Merian C. Cooper, with the addition of John Ford as executive producer. Robert Armstrong appears in a prominent role again.
I chose this film as my after-dinner film today because I love the more detailed movements and expressions of the lovable Joe Young. Especially notable is the wonderful orphanage rescue scene. This film lends a credibility and sympathy to the character - which King Kong lacks. Of course, special thanks to many - but mostly to the late Ray Harryhausen for his superb stop-motion animation. In some ways this makes Mighty Joe Young substantially better than King Kong.
I especially enjoyed seeing young actress Terry Moore in another film (besides playing the boarder in Shirley Booth's famed Come Back, Little Sheba). Interestingly, 85-year old actress Moore is still making appearances and signing autographs. I would also enjoy interviewing her as well.
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG is not scheduled for broadcast or cable-TV as far as I can determine, but it is available on DVD. That disc features a commentary with Harryhausen and Moore, besides two featurettes with Harryhausen on the making of the film.
For too long Native Americans ("savage Indians" as we were taught) have been deprived of their fundamental rights and respect as human beings. Hollywood perpetuated the distortions we were taught in schools. Not only were they dehumanized and their history distorted, but sadly so much of their culture has been decimated in the name of Manifest Destiny and American progress.
We have chosen to enjoy the myths associated with this day - such as Pilgrims and Indians eating together in unity. The reality is starkly disturbing.
I cannot celebrate this day without acknowledging the suffering of Native Americans, and hope that someday we can fully learn to respect other cultures and peoples throughout this world.
We need to stop getting too involved in the affairs of other countries. If only our leaders would study and learn from our first President. Although he was a product of an era that offered no rights to many people, Washington did offer much wisdom regarding the dangers of political party power struggles, as well as the destructiveness of involving ourselves in the unrest of foreign countries. (See George Washington's Farewell Address from 1796).
So please respectfully appreciate that it is a day that all people give thanks, as well as A National Day of Mourning for some.
Producer/screenwriter Robert Youngson:
(November 27, 1917 - April 8, 1974)
Youngson's compilation films:
The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)
Shirley gave Sally Edwards credit for these tarts.
1/4 c. butter or margarine
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup snipped, pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped California walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream
slivers of preserved orange peel
slivers of preserved citron
green seedless grapes
Christmas and The Hopes:
May 27, 1909 - September 19, 2011
Rest in Peace
In memory of Dolores Hope, I dedicate this post. I offer my condolences to her family and friends throughout the world.
Dolores reached her 102nd birthday, and husband Bob Hope died two months after his 100th birthday eight years ago.
In addition, the song displayed Bob with the 17 various female guest stars who sung this song with him over his years on television. The segment ends with idyllic footage of their horse-drawn sleigh being pulled across a snowy landscape. This "music video" captures a beautiful energy in those three minutes. It's somehow transcends the mundane reality that it depicts - and provides a timeless piece of Christmas nostalgia!
Here's Dolores Hope as heard on radio's Duffy's Tavern from April 25, 1944. Archie the manager is played by Shirley Booth's ex-husband Ed Gardner. Shirley and Ed were divorced the year earlier. GO TO:
Yes, we will always have those programs and so many wonderful memories.
Dolores & Bob, WE THANK YOU! You both will be always missed and remembered!
THANKS FOR VISITING!
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