Saturday, August 16, 2008

Vines Grapes Something Something Tender


[This post guest written by Moe Szyslak, owner of Moe's Tavern in Springfield, USA]





So yeah ya got your movie about farmers in Wisconsin. Naturally ya gotta have da kids in there. There's Margaret O'Brien, ah what a cutie she is. And of course as a down home Dutch farmer ya gotta have Edward G. Robinson cause he's the perfect... Whaaaaaaa?!!!??!!?

Jonathan here now. Thanks Moe, I couldn't have said it better myself. I mean really, what's next, Robinson as the rabble rouser among the Israelites in The Ten Commandments?

Oh, wait a minute.

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Scanned from The MGM Story, 1976. Still from Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, 1945.

19 comments:

bill said...

"Now where was I? Two...three. Three radishes. Three big radishes."

Also, "couldn't of"??

Jonathan Lapper said...

Well I changed it but I was trying to colloquial like Moe and "couldn't've" just DOES NOT look right so I went with "couldn't of" but since you commented on it it must look wrong.

Anyway, you're probably the only person who got the Moe joke. Consider this post just for you Bill.

bill said...

I didn't catch that you were still being colloquial. I've honestly seen "couldn't of" or "would of", etc., used frequently in dialogue in novels by people like Richard Price. So you're good.

Fox said...

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Was that the sequel to The Grapes of Wrath?

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ARBOGAST said...

"Colloquial" is a verb now?

bill said...

Yeah, it's like "office" now, in the phrase "a new way to office." Where have you been?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Okay collection of smartasses, it should have read "I was trying to BE colloquial" - It was a goddamn typo. Oh Haloscan, I'm remembering the good times now, like when I could edit a comment after making it.

Fox said...

Back to Edward G... it is rather fascinating how a not-so-tall Romanian-American ended up as one of Hollywood's widest ranging actors.

Thinking about him right now, he's a great example of how an older actor's career lends itself to study more than say a modern actor. I don't know if we have the equivalent of an actor that started in the 1920's and ended in the 1970's. Think of the cultural changes that guy absorbed and how he fit them into his work.

The movie of his that I've always wanted to see, but haven't yet, is The Red House. I don't even know what it's about, I just remembering seeing it on that Scorcese journey through film documentary and was captivated by the clip.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I haven't seen that either but I've never NOT liked Robinson in a role even if the movie didn't do it for me (All My Sons, The Stranger). He was a great, great actor. Of all his famous roles I think my favorite may be Double Indemnity. He just keeps moving forward, relentlessly, much to the dismay of poor old Walter.

the dame said...

I don't know what it says about me that I could "hear" that entire paragraph in Moe's voice. :)

Fox said...

I think Double Indemnity was my first time seeing him. It may also be my favorite, as well.

The cool thing about that performance is that he was already an old pro in Hollywood, and that comes through in his performance of being one step ahead of the younger and hipper Fred McMurray. It's like the tortoise and the hare.

Many of the video stores in my town have Director's sections. I think it would be equally respectful, and fun for the customer, if they did actor's sections as well.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Dame - It says you're a genius, that's what it says. And thanks for stopping by, you've been missed. I keep stopping by but no updates.:( Time to check again.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Fox - Well, I don't go to video stores because I hate them so much but I agree, their should definitely be an actor's section. Netflix is searchable by title, director, actor, etc. So you can just peruse Edward G. Robinson movies if you want.

ARBOGAST said...

Okay collection of smartasses

Actually, we're a confederacy.

The Red House is worth seeing. The story is kind of predictable but the cinematography gives you a real sense of the deep woods and the kind of human isolation that drives heretofore decent folk to murder.

Jonathan Lapper said...

You know Netflix seems like they really suck lately. They don't have The Body Snatcher and now I find they don't have The Red House or Queen of Spades, at least not the one with Anton Walbrook. So I went ahead and shelled out a few bucks to buy the damn things just now.

ARBOGAST said...

I was surprised to find that Netflix didn't carry the Anchor Bay Dead of Night/Queen of Spades DVD twofer, given that the first film is an undeniable classic and that the disc wasn't pressed all that long ago. I'm equally aghast that they don't have The Body Snatcher... if it were Best Buy, they'd say "Would you like to try The Bone Collector instead?

Fox said...

Is it that The Body Snatcher is only available in the Letwon Box Set maybe?

And thanks for making me laugh with that Bone Collector line, Arbo.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I was surprised to find that Netflix didn't carry the Anchor Bay Dead of Night/Queen of Spades DVD twofer

That's the one I just bought along with The Red House. But The Body Snatcher - it's hard to believe they don't have that. Netflix needs to get their act together.

As for Best Buy, they're about par with Blockbuster for actually having DVDs you might want. Besides, when you order online it's like getting a present when it finally shows up.