Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sam plans to eat a whole apple pie on Thanksgiving with a can of Redi Whip. I get to watch.

It’s 10:45 Saturday morning here at Howdygram headquarters. With heavy rain and severe thunderstorms still several hours away — the latest forecast is pushing this to 5 p.m. — Sam is outside raking up leaves in the front yard, after which he’ll be heading out on a Costco adventure to pick up our favorite provisions. These include: 1) six cans of canned chicken; 2) a great big box of grapefruit cups; 3) breakfast burritos; 4) chicken flautas; and 5) two twin-packs of teeny chicken tacos. Sam has decided to skip the giant muffins this week as he plans to eat a whole apple pie on Thanksgiving with a can of Redi Whip. AND I GET TO WATCH!

Before I forget I’d like to recommend a few terrific films worth watching this weekend on TCM, which I’ll list right now for your possible interest.

The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo
The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) starring Myrna Loy and Max Baer

Citizen Kane (1941) starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland
Kiss Me Kate (1953) starring Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller and Howard Keel
The Big Sleep (1946) starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Northwest Passage (1940) starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Young
All of these movies are surprisingly awesome, but the best of the bunch are The Kid from Brooklyn because I love Danny Kaye, The Adventures of Robin Hood because nobody looked better in tights than Errol Flynn, Northwest Passage for its breathtaking portrayal of a real event from the French and Indian War, and The Prizefighter and the Lady because it’s so damn peculiar. Myrna Loy is a nightclub singer with a bizarre (dubbed) voice and there’s a lot of really excellent and genuine footage of Max Baer in the ring fighting the heavyweight greats of his era. Wonderful Walter Huston is Baer’s inebriated manager.
Have a happy Saturday, people, and thank you for reading this.

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