Sixty years ago on this date, the classic caper movie The Asphalt Jungle (1950) premiered in theatres—and since Edward Copeland is the go-to individual for cinematic birthdays of important films he asked me to contribute an essay on Jungle…which you can read. (But hurry back…)
Conan O’Brien scribe Guy Nicolucci has a rib-tickling take on Turner Classic Movies’ erudite host,
Bobby Osbo Robert Osborne over at The Huffington Post. “His employer, Turner Classic Movies, shows many great films but the most fun is when Robert has to intro a film he clearly dislikes. Robert clearly can't say, ‘Skip this dud, because you're better off catching a nap before going out to cash your Social Security check.’ He is the master of dancing lightly around the fact that he wouldn't watch a certain movie if you paid him.” So Nicolucci has dreamt up some intros for Osborne to use when introducing stinkers; my personal favorites are “John Wayne always said that his favorite director was John Ford…the director of this film often drove a Ford" and “Director John Huston once called this a great film…his exact quote was, ‘This is a great film if you like boring crap.’”
Kliph Nesteroff (where I have heard that name before?) has written an interesting essay on the subject of legendary Tonight Show host Jack Paar over at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog. No, it’s not an interview (he’d need a Ouija board for that) but an actual chapter from Paar’s 1961 book My Sabre is Bent in which the TDOY idol reveals he was not exactly tolerant with regards to homosexuality. (Well, after learning this week that Allan Melvin and Andy Griffith were scarcely enlightened when it came to race relations I guess nothing should come as a surprise anymore.) Entitled “Fairies and Communists: The Homophobia of Jack Paar,” Kliph’s piece is an essential read.