Well, I hope everyone caught TCM's showing of "Gone with the Wind." I can't believe they went head to head with the Charlie Brown Christmas, though. The ONLY children's/family oriented holiday- (no- I mean ANY holiday) special worth sitting down for- OK- Rudolph and the frightening buzzing red nose is a must see.
Anyway, I was actually googlining around trying to find out why Laura hope Crews last film role was uncredited- she played "A Fan" of Sheridan Whiteside in the 1942 film version of "The Man who Came to Dinner" WHAT a Christmas movie THAT is! --and I happened upon a blog that I'm linking
so you can see what a Northerner posts when he sits down and watches GWTW for the first time. I wholeheartedly agree with him on Max Steiner's score; but as most of us know, David Selznick repeatedly exhorted him to sex it up (in language too indelicate for me to repeat); I believe to the point Steiner almost walked off the picture.
I shared with the blogger that I have a hard time watching the last part of the picture myself; I keep waiting to see Grandma Fontaine and Old Miss; am hurt when every part of Scarlett's dialog has been cut by Fleming to exclude Scarlett's thought's that she must save Tara, not JUST because it's a piece of land, but because there are 6 or 10 other family members existing there that she won't have turned out in the cold.
If one has read Mitchell's 1936 American classic, huge, unsightly, unhealthy warts and all, the movie is sort of like what would happen if you took a smart boy with a grudge, put him on pharmaceutical grade speed for a year, shook him up and - oh wait-
Here's to a sober, useful Christmas, and may you have more on your table than the last chicken in Atlanta-although the point in the book, was, shared with friends, a loving heart makes a tough bird tender-
Merry Christmas, southsiders!
And if you know what was up with Laura Hope Crews, please comment !