artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson
Tue Jan 12 2010, 09:52pm | 11 comments
Weird-ass-est shit from the 1940s I’ve ever seen:
via Echidne of the Snakes
Yes, those old-time entertainers usually did their damnedest to earn their paychecks–unlike some modern celebrities I can mention.
And quite frankly, I’m surprised the Hays Code let them get away with that. Then again, I’ve probably watched too many pre-Code movies for my own damn good…
I’m not too sure which fetishes that song performance covers… I’m thinking anyone with a “MaryAnne from Gilligan’s Island” obsession, maybe…
and to think my grandparents said the lyrics to the songs i listened to were nonsensical!
Solid, as opposed to… liquid? Gas? Separated by ingredient?
Very entertaining! Best barn gymnastics ever.
Incredible…erm…muscle control, particularly at 3:00. Strange, though.
Wow…suddenly I’m thinking that scene from the Exorcist with the girl crab walking down the stairs could have been a whole lot scarier.
Yep, that’s one weird clip. I think I first saw it in one of those “That’s Entertainment!” movies.
And because I have nothing better to do than get totally distracted by weird web-videos-of-the-day and then google their possible meaning: the word “solid” was 40’s slang for cool, excellent, like that, so that may explain the whole ‘solid’ potato salad. Sort of. Maybe.
There’s a 1964 Grant Green album called “Solid” meaning “cool”, so the expression lived on for a while in jazz circles. Nonsense songs were a big thing in the 40s, by the way. This one reminded me of the Slim & Slam lingo, which they called “vout” for some reason.
First thought: Who put potato salad in my potato salad?
Second thought: I’m guessing that the Ross Sisters made three men very happy…
That is some impressive proto-Cirque du Soleil stuff right there. o.o
Here’s something weird: There are snippets of the classic tune “Manhattan Serenade” in here — a tune which I recognized from The Godfather, of all things; the one that’s playing as the plane touches down in Los Angeles. (In this video, it first appears around 1:00 and recurs a few times.)
On a somewhat related note: Is anyone else around here a fan of the Puppini Sisters? http://www.thepuppinisisters.com . . . they do classic and, er, more contemporary songs in that ’40s close-harmony style. They’re pretty awesome.
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