Pasadena, 11/11/13. Photo by M.
I’d never seen this before the other night. An abbreviated 45-minute version of the 1947 classic. Features Thomas Mitchell (forever known as Uncle Billy from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’) as Kris Kringle.
One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy.
The production is followed by a preview of scenes from the Fox feature film The Rains of Ranchipur, starring Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, and Michael Rennie. This behind-the-scenes portion was produced and directed by Joe Parker.
Director: Robert Stevenson
Writers: John Monks Jr. (teleplay), George Seaton
Stars: Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell
Notice the ‘The’ in the title.
Another Man’s Trash
by Jace Daniel (b. 1969)
EXT. STREET ALLEY – DAY
A garbage truck idles.
Full garbage cans line the alley. It’s trash day.
The GARBAGE MAN picks up a can of trash. Dumps it into the back of the truck. A couple stuffed trash bags follow. [click to continue…]
Mashable recently posted a list of 14 Google tools you didn’t know existed. Most of them are designed to view and filter data in different and hopefully useful ways.
We got lost for a few hours last night in the Ngram Viewer. It lets you search keywords in millions of books over the span of half a millennium, and displays the results in a graphic chart.
We created a game out of it. Try it with somebody. Taking turns, pick a word in the English language that you deem “trending” in recent years. Enter it. Observe the result. Then it’s your opponent’s turn. The person who achieves the most vertical spike in the graph wins the round. Results can be enlightening.
I had winning results with “internet”, “email”, “fuck”, “pitbull”, and “lesbian”.
Paul Walker has died. Car accident, ironically enough. He was 40. RIP
The first time I ever saw Paul was in 1986 on an episode of ‘Highway to Heaven’ with Michael Landon. He played a mentally handicapped little boy in the Special Olympics. After the boy is disowned by his biological parents, Jonathan orchestrates things with The Man Upstairs and connects the boy with a self-pitying quadriplegic lawyer and his barren wife. The threesome eventually learn how much they need each other, and they become a family. One of those sappy “count your blessings” tales that you hate to love.
The episode was a double banger, two hours long. Featured Josh Brolin as the older biological brother. It was a bit of a cult classic with me and my own brothers, inspiring countless adolescent impersonations.
It’s been quite a trip to see Paul blow up into the huge star that he became in the years that followed, and it’s rare to find somebody who remembers that classic Highway episode. Or even watched the show, for that matter.
The episode’s on YouTube in two parts. Enjoy.