Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Desecration

C’mon! You don’t see me putting ketchup on escargot, do you?

H/T: Mrs. Paco

Completely unrelated item: In my list of favorite movies, I meant to draw special attention to Murder, He Says. I first saw it years ago (I think on AMC), and it recently premiered on TCM. It is an absolutely delightful screwball comedy/murder mystery starring Fred MacMurray, Helen Walker, Marjorie Main, and Peter Whitney (who plays the twin brothers, Mert and Bert). It ought to recycle on TCM eventually, so don't miss it!

Also, I left out another favorite from my list: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Terrific cast (Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas), hilarious situation, fine performances all around. And while I'm remembering, I'll add The Uninvited, a superb ghost story released in 1944 featuring Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell and Donald Crisp. The scene in the music room where a recently picked rose wilts before your eyes because of the presence of an evil spirit still has the power to chill the blood.

19 comments:

Yojimbo said...

The problem is there are just too many good movies. Mr. "If you ain't eating Wham.." Blandings is one of my favorites as well. Hard to dislike anything he did but some of my top picks would be To Catch a Thief, Operation Petticoat and Father Goose.

Christmas in Connecticut(old version) is great.
Dial M for Murder
The entire Powell/Loy Thin Man series.
Anything with James Stewart.
Stagecoach, Red River, They Were Expendable
Run Silent, Run Deep
Vera Cruz

Yojimbo said...

Oops
Forgot Command Decision

JorgXMcKie said...

Did you see the 60s movie "The Innocents"? It's based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" and was filmed in black and white and was about the scariest thing I ever saw in a theater. It's great. I doubt if it would come across on anything but a very large tv screen.

A very good old political movie (1930s) is "Meet John Doe". It stars Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. I showed it once to a class in Politics and the Media, and the uniform response from the female students was, "Wow!! That Cooper guy is hot!!" ;->=

Yojimbo is right. Too many good movies, especially a lot of the 30s/40s stuff. A lot of it got "cranked out" but by professionals and some of it was quite good anyway.

richard mcenroe said...

I don't care what they tell you paté au fois gras is liverwurst.

Anonymous said...

Yojimbo
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

Is this the one where he gets a refund from the well drilling guy?

Good movie it was.
If it's the one I'm thinking of?

Paco said...

Anon: That's the one.

Yojimbo said...

Not to mention being able to acquire a Zuz-Zuz water softener and answering questions like:"You want the lollies or the lallies?"
:)

Minicapt said...

"Confessions of a Window Washer", anyone?

Cheers

Anonymous said...

The Haunting is good.

Otherwise, I see we have absolutely nothing in common except Benny Goodman.

But I'd still like to be considered a friend of Paco.

sjff

prairiecat55kc said...

More than 6 bucks for a burger? I don't think so. And a LIVER burger at that? Not just no, but HELL now.

C'mon, Richard, let's go find us an In And Out (on your coast) or a 5Guys (on this coast).

BTW, I know someone who ate ketchup on bananas.

Paco said...

sjff: BFF!

richard mcenroe said...

Minicapt -- Not a patch on Alvin Purple, or Confessions of a Plumber's Mate, or Confessions of a Private Detective, or Under the Doctor....

Um, somebody told me about those.

Minicapt said...

Really?
Then you missed out on the classics of "Emmanuelle" each Sat night with "Bleu Nuit".

Cheers

El Cid said...

Have a 5 Guys (IF that is what you type of) that opened in Pigeon Forge, lady. Haven't been in yet, one assumes from what you intimated, that they do good work.

Will have to stop in.

Ketchup on bananas?? What ever blows their skirt up, I guess.

Paco said...

El Cid: It's great stuff. Be sure to order fries (but get the regular-size; the first time I ate at a Five Guys, I ordered the large size, and it was the only time in my life that I was unable to finish an order of fries).

richard mcenroe said...

MiniCAPTI -- thought the series peaked with Carry On,Emmanuelle -- altho face it, Emmanuelle in Bangkok was pretty spicy...

Minicapt said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuelle_in_Space

Cheers

richard mcenroe said...

Minicapt ... Just got the remastered dvd of Naughty Nymphs. I don't want to say this German comedy is spicy, but Sybil Danning plays the virgin.

El Cid said...

Holy Fries Paco Man..

5 Guys will be visited quite soon.

Heck, I'll even endure the traffic between G'burg and P.F. with that recommend. Thanks.