Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I have a particular fondness for band concerts, and have semi-officially adopted your May holiday so I can enjoy the PBS presentation of the concert from Washington. It's a very well done program that never fails to leave me in tears with its presentations of loss and wonderful music. The host in recent years has been Joe Mantegna, and fine actor and gentleman that he is, my teenage daughter and I dearly miss the presence of the late Ossie Davis as host. This is where Janet first got to know him, as a passionate speaker, and later as an actor. Impressed though she was with young Sidney Poitier and with Richard Widmark when I showed her Joe Mankiewicz's "No Way Out" (1950), it was the sight of young Ossie that made her squeal at the television. I digress. To my American friends, be proud of your traditions and enjoy a well-deserved day off. I salute you.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Good ol' Porky. He's been around forever - well, at least since 1935. He made his debut in I Haven't Got a Hat, animated by Bob Clampett and directed by Friz Freleng with the idea of creating a cartoon character along the lines of Chubby from the Our Gang series. The name came from a couple of boyhood pals of Freleng's who were nicknamed Piggy and Porky. Such schoolyard appellations would not be countenanced in this day and age. Grown-ups are so touchy. Actor Joe Dougherty, who was a stutterer, provided the voice.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Favourite Christmas Special: The one where he sang "White Christmas". The one where Kathryn and Mary Frances wore green. The one when Harry played the guitar. The one where Nathaniel stopped wearing short pants.
Favourite ballad from a Black and White feature: It's a tie! "Moonlight Becomes You" from "Road to Morocco" and "Let's Take the Long Way Home" from "Here Come the Waves" (1944).
Favourite cheeky narration of a classic cheeky cartoon: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1949).
Favourite performance that shoulda won the Oscar, though Brando was fine too: Frank Elgin in "The Country Girl" (1954).
Favourite gag appearance in a Hope flick: "My Favourite Brunette" (1947).
Favourite record: "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (1945) with Les Paul.
Favourite books: It's a tie! Gary Giddens - "Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903 - 1940" and Kathryn Crosby - "My Life With Bing" (the autographed copy).
I'm a fan!
I was told that in olden days pirates wore earrings to indicate the number of shipwrecks they had survived.
I don't want you to think that in the last 35 years or so that I haven't become accustomed to the fellows wearing earrings. I certainly don't want you to think that the bus driver looked anything less than handsome in his gold hoops. However, it took every bit of my will power to keep from approaching him and saying "A seafaring gentleman, I presume?"