Monday, January 25, 2016


I gave in to weakness yesterday and watched old movies.  TCM is very seductive to a buff like me.  Musicals are not my favorite genre, but I remembered "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court" (1949, Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix) from when I was a kid.  It's still a good flick, if you like musicals.  That was followed by "Mame," a remake of "Auntie Mame" (1958, Rosalind Russell).  "Mame" (1974, Lucille Ball, Bea Arthur), in my opinion, should never have been made:  stilted acting, terrible directing and worse editing.  It was painful to watch, but I kept hoping for some redeeming feature that never came.  Fortunately, "His Girl Friday" (1940, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy), with quick, smart dialogue and wonderful characters, took the taste of "Mame" out of my mind.

Having spent most of the day at the movies, it was time to take care of some piddly chores, just enough to assuage my guilt.  I won't even look at the guide for TCM today.

1 comment:

Kathryn Williams said...

With all you have to go through to survive the winter, I would say a free day at the movies is something you deserve for SURE! And why do they remake movies that were great in the first place?? (Well of course I from a new crowd of viewers...but still...)