Late night TV: caught some “Moral Orel,” an old offering from the Cartoon Network. I can imagine the pitch: “It’s just like that Davey and Goliath stop-motion Jesus-freak cartoon no one saw but we all remember from a Simpsons parody, except its about Islam! Dad’s a flaming imam, and the kid’s a wanna-be suicide bomber, sort of like how Bobby Hill wants to be a prop-comic. They see every aspect of life through the narrowest of theological prisms, and every show ends with the hint of pedophilia.”

Execs shift in their seats, stare into their coffee -

“Oh, just kidding, it’s about Christians.”

It’s a fascinating show, because it has little to do with actual Christianity. It’s all about what some people need Christianity to be so they can feel superior to its practitioners. I doubt Christians would be offended, any more than an American would be offended by a Soviet cartoon that shows Mickey Mouse in a top hat arranging a lynching in Times Square. Whatever, friend.

Hah: just checked the wiki.

Rod Putty is the minister for the local church and wears a very obvious toupee. He is a very lonely and bitter individual who is held in both high esteem and disdain by the citizens (case in point: his house is egged on Halloween). His disdain for God often finds its way into his sermons, and he has a coffee cup in his office stating “I hate my boss,” though sometimes it says “…and then you die.” His resentment stems from being a prematurely balding virgin. Putty has also displayed some racist tendencies . .

Ohhhkaladokalee, then.

Worked at home all day, wrote a ton, scanned much – although I have to keep reminding myself, scanning is not working. Scanning is gathering the materials for working. If they remade Metropolis they wouldn’t have a sweaty damned prole lashed to the settings panels of the scanner, desperately adjusting them as the program demanded.


If you’ve seen Metropolis – and I recommend only the recent version, which will soon be replaced by another version with more lost footage, until someday the entire movie, all six non-stop years of it, will be released in the form of 30 TB hard-drives, complete with director commentary (he’s dead, but they laid a mike on his tomb and recorded ambient noise for two hours) and an alternate ending version where the Robot Girl runs away with Rosie the Maid. Well, it was the Weimar era.

There will be more today, but not for now. Busy and behind. One of the reasons I redid the Bleat as a blog, incidentally, was to give me more freedom, save me from turning out a giant block of copy at night when I had other things to do. Today I spent a lot of time on the novel, and it’s going to be that way for a while.  If you just pop in once a day, there are things below you may have missed. For that matter, let’s have an open thread on a subject broached below in the Teeth & Gams entry. Here’s an ad I got from the paper. Guess the date.


It’s from 1939, which is why I copied it off. She looks quite un-thirties. Granted, she’s emerging from the shower, and hence has the unstudied hair so favored by later generations, but it’s rather fetching. Perhaps it’s me.  Standards of beauty change, though – the heroine of Metropolis seems plain by current glamour standards:


At the same time, though, in the same country, they had the startlingly modern Louise Brooks, who I suspect would be catnip in any era:



I can’t think of anyone from the silent era who seems so alive, even over the distance of  eight decades. (Yes, that’s a menorah behind Miss Brooks. It’s from “Pandora’s Box.” She’s a woman of loose morals, and perhaps the menorah is intended to tell us why. Oh those crrrazy Germans.)

So: name someone considered Smokin’ in the past whose appeal seems mysterious today. Or, if you like, someone whose appeal is undiminished. No need to confine this to female pulchritude.

One more thing: Lance Lawson Thursday over at See you ASAP.


160 Responses to Thursday, March 26

  1. Singe says:

    Ada Lovelace

  2. MissPiggy's Ugly Sister says:

    Only one mention of Sophia Loren? Look at her in Grumpier Old Men in the bar in the red dress and then realize she is 60 years old in that movie. I never looked that good in my twenties. However, I prefer to look at guys, so my votes are for Christopher Judge (SG1) and for Sean Connery (young and old) and Adrian Paul as Duncan McLeod (sigh…).

  3. ChristaC says:

    I am glad to see so many people appreciate Christopher Plummer. I always wanted to see him cast as a leading man more than he was.

    Also, I cannot believe there is someone else in this world who saw and loved Henry Wilcoxon as Richard the Lionhearted in “The Crusades!”

    Cary Grant, Sean Connery (older version), Errol Flynn are also on my list.

  4. curtsnide says:

    From my time going to movies at the Campus and The Uptown, Laura Antonelli and Sonia Braga. From a long time ago, and a Disney movie about chimps, Yvette Mimieux (sp?)

    Rita Hayworth is the best part of the very good Shawshank Redemption.

  5. Gi says:

    Always late to the party…has anyone mentioned Robert Mitchum? He still carried that air of danger into his golden years…Also Howard Keel (I know, I know..) I seem to have a preference for men who resemble slabs of meat. Never understood Kirk Douglas – his eyes! his cheekbones! his dimple! -blech – like an all-icing cake, it’s too damn much. As far as the ladies, think Claudette Colbert might transfer to “modern times” – just give her some plastic barettes, cat eye glasses and she could be the clerk at Starbucks.

  6. sam says:

    I just discovered Margaret Sullavan in “The Good Fairy,” and googled her out of curiosity. Henry Fonda’s first wife. Suicide (tho could’ve been accidental overdose) at the age of 49. Anyhow, she was absolutely adorable and very sexy in the movie.

  7. curtsnide says:

    Kitty Carlisle is a revelation in Night at the Opera. Stunning in a very elegant way.

  8. Tiffany Z. says:

    I read a HUGE book about Louise Brooks. I didn’t know who she was but I love HUGE books from the library. She was quite beautiful. I need to find some of her silents and actually watch a pic of hers, though.

    Speaking of HUGE books, Dilbert 2.0 is too huge a book. Nearly broke my back lugging that baby home.

  9. bigmissfrenchie says:

    i would just like to say that I love you all for even knowing who these people are. My days at work are spent with 20-somethings (and 30-somethings) who say brilliant things like “I don’t like black and white movies”. It breaks my heart! So to hear a discussion that mentions everyone from Theda Bara to Katharine Ross does my soul good.

  10. Ross says:

    Glad to oblige!(I suspect that’s why many of love this site, as well.)

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