"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Santa's Revenge

I must still be on the 'good' list, as I didn't receive one of these for Christmas.

For my readers on dial-up, it's a Snuggie made out of a ginormous ShamWow. Because it's so absorbent, you'll never have to leave your couch again. Eww!

PS: In attempting to be clever, I lost some stuff while updating my blog. It will probably be a few days before I track everything down again so I can replace it.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Christmas Day

For Christmas Day I have selected A Christmas Carol. Pick whichever version is your favorite as there are quite a few good versions of Dickens' story. As for me, I think I'll watch The Muppet Christmas Carol today.

Here's some of the songs from the movie:

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La...Christmas Eve

Today's movie is It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, and Beulah Bondi.

Before we watch that trailer, here is a short message from the same year as the movie:

Jimmy Stewart has put off following his own ambitions his entire life to the betterment of his family and town. He is now contemplating suicide as the solution to a pressing financial problem, and believes that everyone would be better off if he had never been born. An angel, Henry Travers, is dispatched to show Jimmy Stewart the shocking reality of what his family and town would be like without his presence.

Christmas Songs and Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my friend Joe of the 70s-child blog!

If you have ever searched for O Holy Night on YouTube, you have likely come across this earsplitting version. Can you say contrast?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 23

Today's movie is White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes, John Brascia, and Anne Whitfield.

Bing and Danny are successful entertainers who meet and decide to follow Rosemary and Vera-Ellen to a Vermont resort where the ladies are booked as the singing act. The resort is owned by Dean Jagger who was Bing and Danny's beloved commanding officer when they were in the Army. The resort is struggling since Vermont is having a warm and snow-less season, so Bing comes up with a plan to help Dean Jagger.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 22

Today's movie is The Bishop's Wife starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Haden, and Karolyn Grimes.

This is another film where the trailer doesn't tell you anything about the movie.

Here's another clip from the movie.

Plot: David Niven desperately wants a new cathedral to be built, but the wealthy benefactress funding the cathedral, has her own ideas about the project. He is so focused on getting the cathedral built, that he is ignoring everything else in his life including his family. Cary Grant is the angel who is dispatched to help David Niven, in answer to his prayer for guidance.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 21

Today's movie is The Bells of St. Mary's starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Martha Sleeper, Rhys Williams, Richard Tyler, and Una O'Connor.


Plot: In this sequel to Going My Way, Bing Crosby has been assigned to a parochial school that has seen better days. Ingrid Bergman is the principal, and she and the other Sisters have been praying for a new building to house the school. Bing Crosby thinks it would be best to shut down the old school and send the children elsewhere. Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman are continually butting heads with one another, but both of them help others in their own unique way.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lunch With Snads!

In honor of the holiday season, I generously invited Snads to come over and have lunch with me. Here's some video from our lunch.

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 20

Today's movie is Going My Way starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eily Malyon, and The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir.

Plot: Bing Crosby is a young priest assigned to a new parish. Barry Fitzgerald is an older priest at the same parish who doesn't understand the ways of this young priest. Can Bing Crosby win over the old priest, and the neighborhood?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 19

Today's movie is The Thin Man starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, and Cesar Romero.

Now some of you may be scratching your heads at this choice. This movie does take place at Christmas time, and that's a a good enough reason to spend some time with Nick and Nora Charles!

Nick Charles: I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune.
Nora Charles: I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids.
Nick Charles: It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.

Plot: A friend of William Powell's has gone missing and is suspected of murder. His daughter, Maureen O'Sullivan, comes to William Powell and asks him to clear her father's name. Plenty of witty banter and cocktails will be served up before the murderer is revealed.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 18

Today's movie is We're No Angels starring Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll, John Baer, and Gloria Talbott.

I can't find a trailer, but here is a scene from the movie:

Plot: Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, and Peter Ustinov are three criminals who break out of prison right before Christmas. They plan to steal from a local storekeeper, but then take pity on him and his family after learning more about them. The prisoners hatch a a plan to help the family which involves the use of Peter Ustinov's pet.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 17

Today's movie is The Christmas Box starring Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Kelsey Mulrooney, Robert Curtis Brown, Michael Ensign, and Greg Brouwer.

I'm sorry, but I'm unable to find a trailer for this movie.

Plot: Richard Thomas, Annette O'Toole, and Kelsey Mulrooney move into Maureen O'Hara's home to provide light housekeeping and yard-work in exchange for room and board. Richard Thomas has dreams of financial success and works crazy hours at his store with his eyes on his future goal. Kelsey and Annette are gradually able to befriend Maureen, but Richard doesn't like her, especially when she keeps asking him the same question - "What was the first gift of Christmas?" Curious about some odd events that happen in the house, Richard finds a box in the attic which helps him better understand Maureen and how the events of her life have shaped her.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 16

Today's feature is The Christmas Card starring Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Lois Nettleton, Ben Weber, Peter Jason, Andrew Sanford, Kate Hamon, Glorinda Marie, and Charlie Holliday.

Plot: Alice Evans is a young woman who participates in a local church activity of sending Christmas cards to troops stationed outside the US. John Newton is a soldier who receives her card. John's friend is killed and he is asked to deliver his deceased friend's dog tags to his fiancee, who just happens to live in the same town as Alice. After visiting with his late friend's fiancee, he accidentally bumps into Alice and eventually ends up saving her father's life. Alice's family invites him to Christmas dinner and he soon grows very attached to Alice and her family. Did I mention that Alice already has a steady boyfriend??

Feedjit Foolishness part 7645

As many of you know already, Feedjit can be highly entertaining. Let's take a look at one of the search terms that brought a visitor to my blog:


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special!!

Today on super crappy holiday themed theatre, we have The Star Wars Holiday Special starring... oh just follow the link and see for yourself. Somebody must have had pictures of these folks naked and cavorting with goats to force them to appear in this nightmare.

Plot: Uh, kids will watch complete and utter crap if you tie it in with a popular movie? Chewbacca's father is named Itchy and his son is named Lumpy, Carrie Fisher sings, there's some red Snuggies, and all manners of weirdness. It's a freakin' trainwreck. Enjoy!

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 15

Today's movie is A Christmas Story starring Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Tedde Moore, Yano Anaya, and Zack Ward.

Plot: Peter Billingsley has his heart set on getting a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas even though every adult including Santa, tells him that "You'll shoot your eye out!" Will Santa relent and give Peter his treasured BB gun?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 14

Today we have Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Roberts Blossom, Catherine O'Hara, Angela Goethals, Devin Ratray, Gerry Bamman, Hillary Wolf, and John Candy.

Macaulay Culkin is accidentally left behind as his family rushes to catch a plane to Paris. He enjoys being on his own until two burglars show up on Christmas Eve. It's up to eight year old Macaulay Culkin to hilariously defend the family homestead until the adults return.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 13

Today we have Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas which stars the voices of Jerry Nelson, Melissa Rabbit, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Eren Ozker, and Jim Henson.

The program as originally aired no longer exists due to various edits made over the years. The video below is from a fan who laments these changes. For reference purposes, here's a list of the changes that have been made.

Plot: What do you do if you are poor otter with a great singing voice who wants to buy a gift for a loved one at Christmas?  You enter a singing contest with hopes of winning the $50 prize!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 12

Today we have The Year Without a Santa Claus and The Little Drummer Boy.

'Santa Claus' stars the voices of Shirley Booth, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, George S. Irving, Bob McFadden, Rhoda Mann, Bradley Bolke, Ron Marshall, Colin Duffy, and Christine Winter.

Santa Claus has a cold and decides to stay home in bed this year.  Mrs. Claus and two of his elves decide to show Santa that the Christmas spirit is alive and well and how much he means to the world.

'Drummer Boy' stars the voices of José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray, Ted Eccles, Greer Garson, and The Vienna Boys Choir.

Aaron is an orphan whose only friends are a lamb, a camel, and a donkey. An unscrupulous man persuades Aaron to join his troupe of traveling performers and then sells his beloved camel without Aaron's permission. Aaron leaves the troupe and tracks down his camel, but in the process his lamb is badly injured. Aaron needs a miracle to save his friend.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 11

Today we have How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town.

The 'Grinch' stars the voices of Boris Karloff, June Foray, and Thurl Ravenscroft.

The Grinch hates everything associated with Christmas. He comes up with a plan to stop the celebration of Christmas in a nearby village and makes his dog an unwilling accomplice.

'Santa Claus' stars the voices of Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner, and Robie Lester.


Plot: This is the story of Santa's early years from being found as an infant on a doorstep, up to the time of meeting the future Mrs. Claus. Along the way, Santa teaches us that sometimes within a gruff exterior lurks a heart that will respond to an act of kindness.

Gagstastic emails part XV

Here's a portion of a gagtastic email I recently received:

I have the right 'NOT' to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

So what exactly do you propose be done with those who annoy you? Have you thought about the fact that you are annoying to others? Is it okay for them to strike back at you?

It's really sad that being exposed to anyone different than yourself is so threatening to you.  The quickest way to turn your mind to mush is to surround yourself only with those who think exactly like you do.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 10

Today we have Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Rudolph stars the voices of Burl Ives, Billie Mae Richards, Paul Soles, Larry D. Mann, Stan Francis, Paul Kligman, Janet Orenstein, Alfie Scopp, Carl Banas, Corinne Conley, and Peg Dixon.

Rudolph is the story of a young reindeer who is ostracized because he is different from the other reindeer. He and his "misfit" friends, learn that it's always best to be true to yourself even if others don't understand or appreciate your differences. One day those differences just might save the day!

Twas the Night Before Christmas stars the voices of George Gobel, Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, Patricia Bright, Scott Firestone, Bob McFadden, John McGiver, Allen Swift, and Christine Winter.

I can't find a trailer, but here's the entire program.

An entire town receives their letters to Santa returned unopened. Someone in their town has deeply offended Santa by writing a letter to the editor in the town paper denouncing his existence. Joshua Trundle decides to do something big in order to persuade Santa to change his mind about their town. Is it too late??

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 9

Today we have Frosty the Snowman and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The starring voices from Frosty are Jimmy Durante, Billy De Wolfe, Jackie Vernon, Paul Frees, and June Foray.

Here's a clip from Frosty.

Hinkle, a stage magician, throws away his top hat and when a group of kids use it as a hat for their snowman, he magically comes to life. Hinkle then sees the value of the hat and decides to get it back. Frosty knows that he can't stay for long as the temperature is rising and he will soon melt. Karen, one of the kids who helped build Frosty, decides to stow away with Frosty on a refrigerated rail car headed for the North Pole. Frosty needs freezing temps to survive, Karen needs warmth and Hinkle is bound and determined to reclaim his hat. What a dilemma!

A Charlie Brown Christmas stars the voices of Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Chris Doran, Bill Melendez, Tracy Stratford, Kathy Steinberg, Ann Altieri, Sally Dryer, Mimi Gibson, Karen Mendelson, and Geoffrey Ornstein

Here's a clip from the part about the play:

Charlie Brown is a kid who is depressed by the commercialization and materialism of modern-day Christmas. He becomes the director of the school Christmas play which is an exercise in frustration. He decides that a real Christmas tree would help the play, and so he buys the last tree he can find which is very small and quite sparse. The other kids make fun of his tree and Charlie Brown sadly wonders if perhaps he is the one who doesn't really understand the true meaning of Christmas...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 8

Today's movie is Come to the Stable starring Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe, and Elsa Lanchester.

I can't find a trailer, but the entire film is currently available at Hulu.

Loretta Young and Celeste Holm are two nuns from France who arrive in the small New England town of Bethlehem with the dream of building a hospital for sick children. The Sisters discover the perfect spot for the hospital and the owner agrees to give them the land for free if they will agree to install a stained glass window honoring his late son in the completed hospital. The Sisters then acquire a three month option on an old bottling plant to use until the hospital can be built. Unfortunately, the sisters misunderstood the terms of the contract on the bottling plant, and it will take a miracle to save their dream.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 7

Today's movie is The Shop Around the Corner starring Margaret Sullavan, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut , Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, and Inez Courtney.

Jimmy Stewart is a young man who works in a gift shop who is in love with a female pen pal that he has never met. Margaret Sullavan is his coworker at the gift shop, and these two coworkers can't stand one another! Jimmy Stewart then discovers that Margaret Sullavan and his pen pal are one and the same. Can you say awkward?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 6

The movie for today is Holiday Affair starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Gordon Gebert, Griff Barnett, and Esther Dale.

Sorry, I can't find a trailer for you to watch.

Janet Leigh is a young widow working as a "comparison shopper" to support herself and her young son. Robert Mitchum is the clerk who waits on her and figures out that she is not a regular customer when she buys an expensive train set and doesn't ask any questions about it. She returns again with the train the next day, and Robert Mitchum takes pity on her after she explains that she is a war widow and allows her to return the train. He also decides not to turn her into his boss for being a spy, which leads to him being fired. Robert then invites Janet to lunch where he tells he about his plans to leave NYC and go build sailboats with a friend in California. Janet Leigh has a steady boyfriend who wants to marry her, and now this intriguing drifter is turning her head. What is a girl to do?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 5

Today's movie is The Lemon Drop Kid starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell, Andrea King, and Fred Clark.

I can't find a trailer for this film, but here is a clip from the movie where they introduce the world to the now famous Christmas song, Silver Bells.

Bob Hope is a hustler who manages to get himself in deep with gangster Fred Clark. He comes up with a surefire scheme at Christmastime to raise the $10,000 he owes to Fred.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 4

Today's movie is I'll Be Seeing You starring Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington and Tom Tully.

I've been unable to find a trailer for this film.

Ginger Rogers has a secret. She meets and falls for Joseph Cotton while traveling by train to spend Christmas with her relatives. Joseph Cotton has his own secret to keep. Can these two overcome the secrets of the past and find happiness together?

PS: It's snowing this morning in Hairballville which is quite rare.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 3

Today's movie is Remember the Night starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, and Willard Robertson.

I can't find a version of the trailer that I can embed, but here's a link to it at Turner Classic Movies.

Barbara Stanwyck is a thief who has been caught shoplifting for the third time. Fred MacMurry is the prosecuting attorney who fears that the jury might let her off easy because it's Christmastime, so he asks for a continuance until after Christmas. Fred MacMurry then feels guilty about Barbara Stanwyck staying in jail over Christmas, so he bails her out. He intends to drop her off to spend Christmas with her own family, but ends up taking her with him to visit his family. What will happen when they return to NYC for the trial?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 2

The movie for today is Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn, John Payne, and Natalie Wood.

I'll warn you know that the trailer doesn't tell you much about the storyline! Believe it or not, the film was released in May of 1947 and they decided to try and find a way to draw people in while keeping it a secret that the film is a Christmas movie.

Here' s the plot:
Maureen O'Hara is in charge of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, and it is brought to her attention by Edmund Gwenn that the man she hired to play Santa Claus is hopelessly drunk.Luckily, Edmund Gwenn agrees to take over the role for the parade. He is such a success that he is asked to stay on as the department store Santa at Macy's. There's just one problem. Edmund Gwenn actually believes that he is Santa Claus. Maureen O'Hara and her young daughter Natalie Wood are both skeptics who don't believe in legends or fairy tales, while John Payne, who would like nothing more than to be Maureen's husband and Natalie's stepfather, believes that Edmund Gwenn really is Santa Claus. Could it be true? Could there actually be a Santa Claus?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fa-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La... Day 1

Well, December 1st is here, so let's get in the mood with a Christmas movie. The selection for today is Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, and S.Z. Sakall.

For those of you unable to watch the trailer, the plot goes like this:

Barbara Stanwyck writes a popular column in a ladies magazine where she paints a picture of domestic bliss on a farm with her adoring husband and infant son. She writes of home-cooked gourmet meals and a beautiful home filled with antiques. The truth is she is an unmarried "career girl" living in a NYC apartment who doesn't know anything about cooking.

Her boss, Sydney Greenstreet, who is unaware of Barbara's deception, decides it would be wonderful advertising for the magazine if Barbara and her husband would invite Dennis Morgan to spend an idyllic Christmas at their farm. Dennis Morgan is a sailor who has just been released from the hospital after returning from the war. Sydney Greenstreet also invites himself to spend Christmas at the farm much to Barbara's dismay.

So Barbara needs to learn how to cook gourmet meals, as well as come up with a farm, husband, and a baby or she's going to be out of a job!

Ellery Queen!

I just found out that the 1975 television series Ellery Queen, will be released on DVD in 2010!

Ellery Queen

Michael K. | MySpace Video

If you are not familiar with this series, here is a website devoted to the show.

Does anybody know if Santa takes advance orders??