Wednesday, January 20, 2021

LOVELY DAY LOVELY DAY LOVELY DAY

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

What a day it's been! No matter the weather, the sun came out at noon.

In spite of masks, in spite of social distancing, in spite of the necessity for a heavy National Guard presence, the inauguration was perfect. Joe! Kamala!! Jill!!! Doug!!!! Amanda Gormon!!!!! I'm in love with all of you. 

Can you believe a woman is the vice president? Can you believe a woman of color is the vice president? When Hillary wasn't elected, I was afraid a woman in the top spot wouldn't occur during my life. Joe introduced us to The Possible.

How nice to see three former presidents (Obama, George W., and Clinton) supporting the peaceful transfer of power. I'm sure Jimmy Carter shares their sentiments. 

I cried on and off all day, and every tear was shed in joy and gratitude. Fortunately, I've reached the point in my recovery that I can cry without experiencing pain.

No one can take my happiness away from me, but I'm glad to share it with every single one of you.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A BIG DAY TOMORROW

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

This afternoon Franklin and I watched the Bidens arrive for The Big Event. I cried a little because Joe is taking on such a burden for us. Franklin cried a little because he was disappointed that Champ and Major didn't get off the plane with the rest of the family.

Of course, I must keep my joy under control because we're giving up so much as 45 departs. Who can forget the way he's unified America? The crowd on Jan. 6th was the largest ever in the Capitol.

What a campaign 45 fought against Old Uncle Joe! Sleepy Uncle Joe!

Well, guess what, shit for brains? Old Uncle Joe kicked your ass! So did Sleepy Uncle Joe!

But as we prepare for the future, let's look back at the machinations of Joe Biden.

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

















Thursday, January 14, 2021

MOVIE WEEKEND: BORN YESTERDAY

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Last weekend I watched Born Yesterday (1950, recorded from Turner Classic Movies and available for $2.99 - $3.99 on some streaming services). It helped me feel a bit better after the mob attempted to sully our beautiful U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Judy Holliday won the Best Actress Academy Award for her first starring role in a movie. She had already originated the role of Billie Dawn on Broadway.

Billie has been junkyard tycoon Harry Brock's (Broderick Crawford) fiancĂ©e for seven years. They've traveled to Washington, D.C. so Harry can buy himself a congressman. 

Harry thinks Billie is an embarrassment when they socialize with the congressman and his wife, although Harry is crude and disgusting. Harry hires journalist Paul Verrall (William Holden) to educate Billie. 

Although Born Yesterday is considered a comedy––and it is funny––it also has dramatic moments. The cast is outstanding. George Cukor's direction is "superb."

Born Yesterday had me aglow when Billie and Paul visit the Capitol (it's not a set––they were on location). Billie marvels at the beautiful building as she absorbs Paul's teachings about U.S. history and democracy. It reminds me that the Capitol is a symbol of our democracy, a democracy that cannot be destroyed in spite of all the best efforts of any mob. The windows can be smashed and the speaker's podium stolen, but the building will be restored. Our democracy cannot be stolen from us.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Paul: A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ANSWERS FOR CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES QUIZ

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Here are the answers to the CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES QUIZ.

1. C--The Apartment  Character: C.C. Baxter, played by Jack Lemmon





At the 1960 Academy Awards, Billy Wilder received three Oscars for The Apartment: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It was the last black-and-white Best Picture winner until The Artist in 2011.

Fred MacMurray played nasty Mr. Sheldrake. He said a woman once hit him with her purse because she was angry with the character. He wasn't yet known for playing the nice-guy dad in Disney movies and on My Three Sons.






2. C--It's A Wonderful Life Character: Zuzu, played by Karolyn Grimes

Karolyn Grimes had a successful movie career as a child and also played Debby in another classic Christmas movie, The Bishop's Wife.  Her character was named after Zu Zu Ginger Snaps.

It's A Wonderful Life was not a box-office success. It was nominated for five Academy Awards but didn't win any. Director Frank Capra and actor Jimmy Stewart cited it as their favorite film from their long careers. It became well known during the 1980s when the copyright lapsed and TV stations could show it for free. It's now back under copyright protection.





3. A--Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Character: Selma Johnson, played by Margaret O'Brien


This story of a Norwegian farm family living in a Norwegian community makes me think of my family's history. My maternal grandmother came to the U.S. at the age of 12 with her Norwegian family. They lived in a Norwegian farming community. My mom said her grandfather never learned to speak English, but she thought he only pretended not to understand it.

Margaret O'Brien was known for her natural acting style and won a Juvenile Academy Award in 1944 for her performance in Meet Me In St. Louis. A maid took the award home to polish it and disappeared. It turned up almost 50 years later and was returned to O'Brien, who is now 83. Following her career in movies, she made a successful transition to TV roles and dinner theater parts.



4. D--A Christmas Carol Character: Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Reginald Owen


Charles Dickens' novella has been adapted for movie and TV screens numerous times. Many critics and scholars consider this, the 1938 version, to be the best. Lionel Barrymore, who played Ebenezer Scrooge on the radio every year, was set to play Scrooge in this film and had to drop out because of his arthritis. Reginald Owen replaced Barrymore.

Gene and Kathleen Lockhart play Bob and Mrs. Cratchit (Mrs. Cratchit doesn't have a name?). A Cratchit daughter, Belinda, is played by the Lockharts' daughter June, who speaks on film for the first time. You might remember June from Lassie, Lost In Space, Petticoat Junction, and numerous character roles. She is 95.




5. B--Christmas In Connecticut Character: Elizabeth Lane, played by Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck plays a magazine columnist who writes about Martha Stewart-type stuff, such as cooking, her home on a farm, pleasing her husband, and taking care of her baby. The problem is Elizabeth Lane knows nothing about cooking, lives in New York City, isn't married, and has no child. Antics ensue.

I love Barbara Stanwyck. She shone in comedies, dramas, and film noir––including her brilliant performance in Double Indemnity. In 1944, she was the highest-paid woman in the U.S. She was nominated four times for the Best Actress Academy Award, but never won. She received an honorary Academy Award in 1982. Stanwyck also won three Emmies for The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Big Valley, and The Thorn Birds.



I see from your comments that we don't have any classic Christmas movie savants, but some of you did pretty well, and some of you are too bawk bawk bawk 

to tell us what you claim to know. I hope I've piqued your curiosity about some great movies that you might check out when December rolls around again.

Everyone's sweetheart, Mistress Maddie, wins bragging rights with 60 big ones . . . uh, I mean points. Wish we could watch classic movies together, dear heart. 


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

Monday, January 11, 2021

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES QUIZ

 Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I was going to write this post immediately after Christmas and didn't have an opportunity to do so. But it's not too late to have a quiz about classic Christmas movies.

I watched a lot of Turner Classic Movies over the holidays. I'm still watching them now.  The movies I selected for the quiz don't necessarily revolve around Christmas, but they have something to do with the holiday.

I'll provide a quotation from a movie and give you four possible responses. Each correct response earns 10 points. If you can name the character who says these words, you get 10 more points. If you can name the actor who plays the character, you get another 10 points. 

NO FAIR GOOGLING TO GET THE ANSWER. You have to take the quiz based on your knowledge of movies. Some of these should be pretty easy. Others? Maybe not.

Any references to A Christmas Carol have to do with the 1938 version. I'll return on Wednesday with the correct answers.

1"That's the way it crumbles . . . cookie-wise."

      A.  A Christmas Carol

      B.  National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

      C.  The Apartment

      D.  Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

2. "Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."

     A. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

       B. The Apartment

       C. It's a Wonderful Life

       D. Miracle On 34th Street

3.  "Mother said Ingeborg Jensen isn't quite right."

       A. Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

       B. The Dark Knight Returns

       C. It's A Wonderful Life

       D. The Bishop's Wife

4. "Yes! Yes I do! I like Christmas! I LOVE Christmas!"

        A, Scrooged

        B. Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

        C.  Christmas In Connecticut

        D. A Christmas Carol

5. "Suppose you listen to me for a change? I said listen to me! I'm tired of being pushed around. Tired of being told what to do. Tired of writing your god-darned articles. Tired of dancing to everybody else's tune. Tired of being told whom to marry. In short, I'm tired!"

          A. The Bishop's Wife

          B. Christmas In Connecticut

          C. A Christmas Carol

          D. Meet John Doe


Thanks for visiting. The person with the most points gets bragging rights.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


      

     

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

PENELOPE SPEAKS: SANTA PAWS CAME TO OUR HOUSE

Hello. It is I, Penelope. I had to wait before sharing one of my presents from Santa Paws. I needed to regain my self-control.

However, Mom Mom took these photographs of me on Christmas. I am wearing a new sweater. Santa Paws' face is on my back. Perhaps Mom Mom will photograph me again so you can see Santa Paws better. 

I was quite tired on Christmas after all of the excitement of gifts and treats. When it grew dark, I got in my bed, which I share with Mom Mom because I am generous. I pushed down the covers to feel cozy. It was cold on Christmas Day.


I allowed Mom Mom to photograph me once, but the second time, I raised my head to tell her it was time to stop bothering me.


Santa Paws also brought me a beautiful, red hoodie. I might show it to you if you beg enough.

I have been thinking a lot about Santa Paws. Do you think he is real? I suspect that Mom Mom is Santa Paws.

 Mom Mom asked me to tell you she is sorry she hasn't been visiting your blogs. She was injured and has to take time to recover.

That is all. Goodbye.