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Don’t try to stop me..

…on my rocket-like rise to fame, which as of today includes a decisive victory in a Turner Classic Movies mall tour trivia contest.

Oh, yeah.

Had to buy some school shirts at Sears, so we stopped by the display of this touring promotion – a few costumes from Gone With the Wind, A Star is Born, Cool Hand Luke, etc., and ongoing trivia. I stepped forward for a "identify the movie" from sound clips. Insultingly simple "Fiddle-dee-dee!" and "Of all the gin joints…." are the two I can recall right now. I trounced my bewildered opponent, and won a book.

But the family juggernaut wasn’t over. As we came back around from Sears, it was still going on, and by that time, Katie had screwed her courage to the sticking point and went up to do an unscramble-the-movie-star name contest, made rather easy because they were given a list of possible names. Still, she sort of amazed the crowd with the ease with which she identified and pronounced "Lauren Bacall."  She won a hat, which she hasn’t taken off yet. "I earned this hat!" she snapped at Joseph, who, of course, wanted it, despite his winnings – a little stuffed King Kong.

And now she’s watching Bringing Up Baby, on an old VHS we had, one which is unfortunately colorized. The worst idea anyone’s ever had, but still can’t completely ruin one of the best movies ever made.

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posted August 14, 2005 at 6:49 pm

It is one of the best movies ever made (Bringing Up Baby, that is) . Colorization , bah! Thank goodness that even Turner has seen the error of his ways on that issue and doesn’t do it anymore. Just turn down the hue/color control on your TV until there’s no color in the picture to get it back to glorious B&W .
The DVD of Bringing Up Baby is very good quality , with lots of extras. CAUTION : one of the extras is an otherwise perfectly delightful biographical piece on Cary Grant that has one of Cary’s ex-wives suddenly dropping the “F-bomb” out of nowhere . They couldn’t have edited that out ?

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posted August 15, 2005 at 6:51 am

I would like to congratulate you and your daughter on your wonderful victories.

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posted August 15, 2005 at 8:15 am

Talk about coincidences. This past weekend we saw Bringing Up Baby on DVD. Gets better with every single viewing. Subtitles are mandatory, to catch Howard Hawks’ rapid-fire dialogue.

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