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  • mistermuse 12:05 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: funny, , , laughter, , Marlene Dietrich, , , ,   

    LET’S CALL IT A DAY 

    Half the world doesn’t see how the other half can see anything funny in what it laughs at. –Evan Esar

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    As if there isn’t enough funny business going on in the world, today is INTERNATIONAL MOMENT OF LAUGHTER DAY. I don’t know who came up with this day (actually, I do…. but he’s not famous, so let’s let him rest in peace, even if he’s still with us). My point is, what is this world coming to if anyone and their Aunt Charlie can proclaim a DAY (an INTERNATIONAL day, no less) and expect it to be recognized? Well, I have half a mind to proclaim a DAY myself, which certainly makes me qualified. INTERNATIONAL HALF-WIT DAY, that’s what I’ll call it. I wonder if The Donald, if he hears of it, will deny it’s in his honor.

    Meanwhile, back at the wench, it’s time for those poems I promised last time:

    BUSYBODY BERATES BUSY BODY; BEELZEBUB BLASÉ

    “Say, have you been, sir, to Kathmandu?”
    “Nay, but I have sinned, sir, in Timbuktu.”
    “A tale of sin, sir? What did you do?”
    “Sailors would blush, sir, if I told you.”
    “My lips are hushed, sir — how ’bout a clue?”
    “Maidens of sin, sir, were none too few.”
    “May God rescind, sir, the sins you knew.”
    “I do not pray, sir, those sins to rue.”
    “Then may you pay, sir, the devil’s due!”
    “Satan would say, sir, c’est entre nous!”

    THE ORIENT EXCESS

    One fine night in old Hong Kong,
    White-skinned lady meet Mr. Wong.
    Mr. Wong say, “You fine missy.
    Let me favor you with kissy.”
    White-skinned lady say not to bother —
    Wong old enough to be her father.
    Mr. Wong say, “But I got money.”
    White-skinned lady say, “Kiss me, honey!”
    Well, one fine thing lead to another;
    Next time, Wong bring older brother.
    This time, lady draw line tight:
    “You know two Wongs don’t make a white.”

    And with that, ladies, what do you say….

     
    • America On Coffee 12:39 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha… !! So well scripted!!

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    • Carmen 8:11 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful voice Marlene Dietrich had! Now I’ve got to start my day! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:58 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, this song was ‘made’ for Marlene. For comparison, here’s another great singer of the time singing the same song, but….

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    • Don Frankel 9:59 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m thinking there should be a Writer’s Day. Guess what? There is. March 3. Looks like we missed it. Why didn’t anyone tell us? But next year, if I’m still around I will make a big deal about it.

      Sinning in the Far East brought this song to mind.

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      • mistermuse 10:48 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Good selection, Don — and rather fitting that this Far East song’s lyrics were written by Tim (are you ready for this?) RICE!

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    • Carmen 10:24 am on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great old pics! I think I like MD’s better! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 12:49 pm on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Great old pics to go along with a great old song, Carmen. The more I listen to Lee Wiley’s version, the better I like it — still, M.D. and this song were made for each other. Let’s call it a way to say they are both superb!

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    • arekhill1 12:35 pm on April 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Trump qualifies for Halfwit Day, Sr. Muse. There would have to be an International Unbelievably Slimy Scumfuck Day in order to celebrate the true nature of the man.

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    • pjlazos 12:46 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So great!

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! So, instead of just “LET’S CALL IT A DAY,” let’s call it a….

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    • America On Coffee 10:26 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You’re a romantic!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Babe Ruth, , , , , , magic, Marlene Dietrich, Mexico, , , , , Touch Of Evil   

    A “TOUCH OF EVIL” GENIUS 

    The word “genius” was whispered into my ear, the first thing I ever heard, while I was still mewing in my crib. So it never occurred to me that I wasn’t until middle age. –Orson Welles

    “Come on, read my future for me.”
    “You haven’t got any.”
    “What do you mean?”
    “Your future is all used up.”
    –Orson Welles (drunken sheriff) & Marlene Dietrich (fortune teller), in TOUCH OF EVIL

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    Tomorrow marks the birthday of Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 — the same day Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run). Welles, as you may well know, was “the ultimate auteur” director, co-writer, and star (at age 25) of CITIZEN KANE, considered by many film critics to be one of the greatest movies ever made — and it isn’t even my favorite Welles’ picture (but I will tell of two that are favorites).

    The life story of such a complex, larger-than-life legend is beyond the scope of this post, and could itself make as great a movie (CITIZEN WELLES?) as it made a great biography, aptly titled simply ORSON WELLES (another of my library book sale bargain buys) by Barbara Leaming….which leads me to this Welles quote from her book:

    “I see The Third Man every two or three years — it’s the only movie of mine I ever watch on television because I like it so much.”

    Great minds must indeed think alike, because he and I are of one mind regarding THE THIRD MAN — it is the one Welles’ movie I have watched many times over the years.

    Turning from that “non-auteur” film in which Welles acted but didn’t direct, to films Welles both directed and starred in, my favorite is TOUCH OF EVIL (1958). During the 1940s, the mercurial Welles increasingly didn’t see eye-to-eye with movie moguls and had become persona non grata in Hollywood. Leaving for Europe, he starred in the 1948 Italian film BLACK MAGIC (he, by the way, was a wizard of an amateur magician and member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians), followed by THE THIRD MAN (1949) and several other British and Italian films and radio series into the 1950s. TOUCH OF EVIL was his third film following his return to Hollywood in 1956.

    More Welles quotes:

    Even if the good old days never existed, the fact that we can conceive such a world is, in fact, an affirmation of the human spirit.

    Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature.

    I don’t pray because I don’t want to bore God.

    I started at the top and worked down.

    Again great minds think alike — I started this post at the top and worked down….and now nothing remains but to go into my disappearing act.

     

     

     
    • Don Frankel 7:56 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Rosebud.”
      I always wondered if all the genius talk had to do with that first film because it had to do with a larger than life subject Randolph Hearst. Then again maybe it had to do with the fact that he wrote and directed and starred in it. But then Jerry Lewis used to do that too and play a half a dozen parts as well. Oh wait Jerry Lewis is a genius too. At least in France or so they say.

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      • mistermuse 8:58 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Irrespective of his artistic genius, Welles would have been well served to be a financial genius, as he was constantly short of cash to finance his dreams. In the biography ORSON WELLES, he is quoted as follows re taking the part of Harry Lime in THE THIRD MAN: “I was given a choice between $100,000 or 20% of the picture, and I took the $100,000. Picture grossed something unbelievable. In America it was only a success, but in the rest of the world it was an absolute bombshell. There wasn’t such a hit in 25 years as there was in Europe. I could’ve retired on that!”

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    • arekhill1 10:20 am on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve tormented myself by watching “Citizen Kane” maybe twice, and was never led by that experience into any desire to view anything else the Wells made. I’m sure I’m missing something, but I am an insensitive bastard, at least according to the majority of my exes.

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      • mistermuse 2:06 pm on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You might want to give THE THIRD MAN a shot, Ricardo. If you don’t like it, I guarantee you wouldn’t like anything else Wells made (especially since Welles didn’t make that one — he was just one of the stars).

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 5:11 pm on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      More great quotes from that library mind of yours! I loved the clips, and am inspired to rejoin HULU only if I can watch these films again (no TV for decades now, so computer viewing on my oversized monitor is my only choice).

      My love of black and white films might eclipse even Wells – what a dramatic format (and, also like Wells, even the IDEA of colorizing these masterpieces of cinematography makes me physically ill!)

      Except for the war – lol – I think the 40’s would have been my era (tho’ the 30s appeal as well). You can have the 50s – and NOW, however – especially the politics and politicians. Interesting how cinema flounders when leadership is callow – middle-aged men without wisdom or humanity. (Public education goes belly up as well – duh!).

      But Wells said it best, “Even if the good old days never existed, the fact that we can conceive such a world is, in fact, an affirmation of the human spirit.” Here’s to spirit – and thanks for another great post!
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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      • mistermuse 6:04 pm on May 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I too love the clips — especially the one in which Bogdanovich talks about The Third Man and Orson Welles. He articulates what makes black and white filmmaking (in the hands of a great director) so compelling: “It’s the lack of distraction” compared with Technicolor films, the focus on the dramatic as opposed to the color of things (though I disagree that there have been no great Technicolor movies).

        “Here’s to spirit” indeed!

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 6:15 pm on May 5, 2017 Permalink

          Color is one more element to manage, and in a very different fashion, lighting-wise – but few color films can match the power and sheer cinematic drama of black and white, to my mind. I’m with you on disagreeing that there are no good color films, however.

          Bogdanovich understands good directing, so I found the clip interesting as well – like attending a great lecture back in my college days (which I always adored *almost* as much as participating in the following discussion – lol).
          xx,
          mgh

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    • restlessjo 3:40 am on May 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m no movie buff and not really familiar with his work but those are great quotes. Sorry I missed his birthday 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:13 am on May 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s another quote you may like from Welles, who became very obese in the 1950s:
      “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four….unless there are three other people.”

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    • wildsoundreview 1:32 am on May 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

    • mistermuse 11:40 am on May 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Many thanks. I checked out your blog and liked the first post I read. I’ll have to go back for more later.

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    • Christie 5:42 pm on May 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A couple of weeks ago I was in need of inspiration, and I was thinking who else to ask, other than Mr Muse 🙂 If it’s not too much to ask – and maybe an idea of a new post – could you put a list together with your most favourite movies? I will let you add the numbers, and don’t be shy with recommendations 🙂 Thank you in advance!!

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    • mistermuse 12:36 am on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Christie, I’m not sure what you mean by “add the numbers,” and it would take too much time to elaborate on why I recommend each movie I list, but I’ll be happy to make a list. It will be in alphabetical order rather than in order of preference (I’d only consider doing preference by genres, and even then, it wouldn’t be easy). Finally, the list will consist almost entirely of 20th century films, as I have seen very few new movies since the 1990s.

      Airplane! 1980
      The Apartment 1960
      Atlantic City 1981
      Babes in Toyland 1934
      Bad Day at Black Rock 1955
      The Band Wagon 1953
      Being There 1979
      Bells Are Ringing 1960
      The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
      Blazing Saddles 1974
      Body Heat 1981
      The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
      Brief Encounter 1946
      Broadway Danny Rose 1984
      Cabaret 1972
      Casablanca 1942
      City Lights 1931
      Dodsworth 1936
      Double Indemnity 1944
      Duck Soup 1933
      The General 1927
      The Graduate 1967
      The Grapes of Wrath 1940
      Great Expectations 1947
      I Know Where I’m Going 1947
      It’s a Gift 1935
      Judgment at Nuremberg 1961
      The Lady Eve 1941
      Lawrence of Arabia 1962
      Lion 2016
      A Little Romance 1979
      Local Hero 1983
      Love Me Tonight 1932
      Lust for Life 1956
      Major Barbara 1941
      Make Way for Tomorrow 1937
      The Maltese Falcon 1941
      Manhattan 1979
      Meet Me in St. Louis 1944
      Midnight in Paris 2011
      Modern Times 1936
      My Dinner with André 1981
      My Fair Lady 1964
      North by Northwest 1959
      North to Alaska 1960
      Notorious 1946
      Oklahoma! 1955
      Oliver! 1968
      One Hour With You 1932
      Paint Your Wagon 1969
      The Producers 1968
      The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985
      Ride the High Country 1962
      Roman Holiday 1953
      Ruggles of Red Gap 1935
      Schindler’s List 1993
      Shane 1953
      The Shop Around the Corner 1940
      Singin’ in the Rain 1952
      Sleeper 1973
      Some Like It Hot 1959
      State Fair 1945
      The Stranger’s Return 1933
      Sullivan’s Travels 1942
      Summertime 1955
      Sunset Boulevard 1950
      Swing Time 1936
      The Thief of Bagdad 1940
      The Third Man 1950
      The Thirty-Nine Steps 1935
      Top Hat 1935
      Touch of Evil 1958
      Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
      Vertigo 1958
      The Wizard of Oz 1939
      Young Frankenstein 1974

      I’m sure there’s a few more I’ve seen but can’t remember off the top of my head, as well as some I haven’t seen (such as the first two Godfather movies) that would probably be on the list if I saw them.

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      • Christie 10:21 am on May 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much!!! You made my day🙂 I have enough “numbers” now to keep me busy for the next year or so. You didn’t miss anything not watching new movies. I get upset, sometimes (or most of the time), for wasting my time when try to see a new one.
        Rubbing my hands now, I’m getting busy🙂 By for now, have a wonderful day!!

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        • mistermuse 2:18 pm on May 30, 2018 Permalink

          My pleasure. I just remembered one of those movies (“Bells Are Ringing” 1960) I couldn’t remember, and have added it to the list. Happy “busy getting”! 🙂

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        • Christie 3:47 pm on May 30, 2018 Permalink

          Awesome, thanks again!

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