Sunday, May 9, 2010

“Holy mackerel! What a show!”

I don’t care how many times people care to remake King Kong (1933)—the original is still the best, and as far as I’m concerned no one can improve upon it…the Empire State Building finale being Exhibit A.

I say this because Turner Classic Movies ran the “big monkey” picture yesterday afternoon…and naturally, my mother and I sat down to see it. It’s one of her favorite movies—one that she will watch at the drop of a hat. She even defended the movie when I cracked yesterday that Kong has some of the most awkward dialogue in a motion picture classic (it’s true—my favorite is when Bruce Cabot realizes Fay Wray is the girl for him by blurting out: “Say…I guess I love you…”)

Before Kong started, however, she made a Dairy Queen run—those Mother’s Day commercials touting their ice cream cake finally got to her and she announced that she simply must have one. We’re supposed to go over to sister Kat’s—or the “Double K Ranch,” as my father has nicknamed it—later for dinner and she thought it would be nice to bring a little dessert along.

The problem is…my sister doesn’t like ice cream cake. I couldn’t believe this when I found out, by the way—who doesn’t like ice cream cake? Kat shuns the dessert because the ice cream and cake are “touching.” (All the more reason to keep calling her “Monk.”) So we may either have to have an intervention…or have her committed.

Mom and I also watched The Lady from Shanghai (1947) yesterday morning—I managed to drag my lazy carcass out of bed in the nick of time before it started at 9:00am. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen Shanghai but it’s still one of my favorite Orson Welles films—I love the unusual locales and especially the famed Hall-of-Mirrors sequence. (And that memorable dialogue: “When I start out to make a fool of myself, there's very little can stop me. If I'd known where it would end, I'd never let anything start... if I'd been in my right mind, that is. But once I'd seen her, I was not in my right mind for some time.”)

After that, it was time for my weekly visit with Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and the rest of the Bowery Boys gang in Jinx Money (1948). Leonard Maltin awards this a pair of stars in his Classic Movie Guide but to be honest, I think it’s one of better Bowery outings—particularly since it features a cast of great character performers like Sheldon Leonard (I’d tell you he plays a gangster but you probably wouldn’t believe me), Donald MacBride, John Eldredge, Ben Welden, Lucien Littlefield and Tom Kennedy. (Again, many kudos to The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ for scheduling these wonderful movies every Saturday.)

All in all, it was time well spent. Until the next post—see you at the movies!

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Linda said...

Well, it depends on the FLAVOR of the ice cream cake. If it's vanilla--well, I wouldn't eat it either.

jimkitt said...

Thanks Ivan for the much, much coveted (does that mean I like it or not?) Kreativ Blogger award.

jim kitt