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on: November 12, 2018, 11:12
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One reviewer speculated that critics at the time didn’t like “The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle” because of its patriotic theme. My guess is that critics didn’t like it because those who go to a Fred-and-Ginger musical are expecting a good time, not the lead star to get killed in a plane crash at the end.

Near the end, Fred-and-Ginger did (briefly…during a medley) as good an accompaniment to “The Missouri Waltz” as is ever likely to be done, short though it is. Other than that, if I had wanted to watch “Battle of Britain” I would have rented it.

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on: November 12, 2018, 12:10
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I don’t think it showed anyone anything other than that Republicans continue to try to ingratiate themselves to their enemies. For all I can see, this guy could be morphing into another John McCain. Time will tell. But because Crenshaw intersected with the entertainment culture, the rabble love this. It makes him cool, hip, and relevant.

Amen brother! Most politicians will degrade themselves, twist the truth and debase the culture for a little "on-air" time. Republicans are no different and often worse as they, generally, appear to be too stupid to turn the "on-air" time to their advantage without letting the left score points.

Crenshaw gave the leftist scumbag from SNL a chance to look good and even things up. Crenshaw may be a hero, but he is an idiot.

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on: November 12, 2018, 12:17
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Well, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle came out in 1939 and they were involved in the Great War. It wasn't a successful movie, no doubt because of the sad ending. People expect to have a good time watching musicals. This is one reason Stephen Sondheim was rarely a big success. His musicals too often weren't the sort people wanted to watch. One exception was A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which coincidentally was also probably his biggest hit (though West Side Story worked out well over the long haul). Of course, Jesus Christ Superstar doesn't exactly have a happy ending, but Webber generally seems to have done well.

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on: November 12, 2018, 16:46
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Since Crenshaw spoke of forgiveness to those who apologize, not seeking to be outraged over everything, and giving appropriate recognition to veterans, he could hardly be degrading the culture. On the other hand, he probably won't be one of the rare Republicans willing to fight leftist villainy.

Speaking on FNC just now, Crenshaw talks of winning voters by explaining Republican values, such as limited government, reducing the deficit, and entitlement reform. However over-willing he is to trust Demagogues, especially his fellow veterans, those are nevertheless good goals, though far from complete.

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on: November 12, 2018, 17:19
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Whens yuze lie down with dogs, yuze tend to get up with fleas.

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on: November 12, 2018, 17:20
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Crenshaw may be a hero, but he is an idiot.

LOL. Well said. I quite agree, Mr. Kung.

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on: November 12, 2018, 17:30
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he could hardly be degrading the culture.

I wasn't referring specifically to Crenshaw, but generically. That being said, Crenshaw did debase the culture in getting on the same set with that leftist scumbag. He gave that prick the opportunity to disingenuously apologize. The whole episode was staged to give the leftist a sort of moral equivalence with the abused party by faking "I'm sorry." And, frankly, that is debasing the culture and this type of debasement has gained foothold throughout our politics and culture at large. Of course, we should not forget that Crenshaw debased himself by appearing on the program. Had he simply wanted to forgive and point out the need to avoid outrage, he could have communicated that on his Twitter account.

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Actually, he had done that already. Perhaps he should have just left it at that, and at whatever appearances he did on FNC or other news channels. He was probably seen by a lot more people there than on SNL anyway. But Crenshaw seems to be one of the nice Republicans, and went on SNL to showcase that.

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on: November 13, 2018, 09:09
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But Crenshaw seems to be one of the nice Republicans

No…no….no!!!! Not another Compassionate Conservative!!! 😀

On another topic, I watched about half of Ronald Colman and Greer Garson in Random Harvest from 1942. I’ve never seen Greer Garson look perkier. She’s a beauty.

Colman plays a British soldier in WWI who has succumbed to his wounds, possibly both physical and mental. He’s in a sanatorium with a complete loss of memory, looking somewhat shellshocked, but otherwise physically fit. He can barely talk.

An elder couple stops by hoping he is their lost son. He’s also hoping to find someone who knows him. He has no memory of who he is. But he is not their son and both parties must go on looking. In a fit of depression, he leaves the sanatorium and goes wandering around London where he wanders into a sympathetic Greer Garson who is a singer in some nightclub. She gets to him talking.

They get together from there (getting married, having a baby), living in a remote country house. One day Colman (a budding writer) receives an offer for a job, so he takes off to the big city. And with the big goodbyes to his family, you know something is going to happen. They do such a wonderful job of telegraphing it. Yes, he’s hit by a truck when crossing the street to enter the offices where his interview would be.

And that’s where I left it last night. It was a good place to leave it and I got disgusted at this really stupid plot point. But Colman is excellent in the role, as is Garson. Not a hell of a lot happens, but Colman plays a very sympathetic character and Garson plays his loyal friend, helping a stranger beyond all reason in a cold world that is in the midsts of destroying itself (although there is hope because the Americans have just joined the effort).

So, a man who has braved combat, braved the depressing confines of a sanitarium, and got back on his feet to win the love of a good woman suddenly can’t even cross the road safely. Eyeroll. But I’ll get over it.

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on: November 13, 2018, 09:20
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I checked on wikipedia, and it sounds like you made it about halfway through. Needless to say, the auto accident isn't fatal, but leads to a lot of complications that I won't explain because you can either finish the movie or look it up for yourself if you're curious. But they do eventually "live happily ever after".

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