Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter J


The Humans own the movie I'm writing about today, one of the few that they actually see over and over. This is one of the Missus Lady's favorite musicals. Maybe top favorite. Every so often she breaks out singing "I've just been to the windy city" (usually while cooking or cleaning) and if Hero Man is nearby, he joins in. Happy sounds! 

Yeah, they like to sing along during the movie. 

The movie was made in 1953, the year that the Missus Lady was born. She said she first saw the movie when she was a teenager so all the Indian-and-Cowboy stuff was your regular movie rigmarole. She knows better today, she said. All in all, she likes this movie because of the songs and she loves how much fun Doris Day had singing and dancing as Calamity Jane.

Calamity Jane
Setting: The Dakota Territory in mid-1870s to 1880s.

I think without the musical stuff, the story would be considered a screwball comedy in the best way. Girl loves boy (not Wild Bill Hickcock) who loves the new girl in town who also loves the boy but she's loyal to Calamity Jane and doesn't want to hurt her. To add to that screwballiness, Wild Bill Hickcock, a very good friend of Calamity's, thinks he loves the new girl, too. Mewwww.

Will the new girl and the guy that Calamity Jane loves get to be together? Or, will the new girl end up with Wild Bill Hickcock? Or, will Wild Bill and Calamity realize they're annoyance with each other is actually love? 

Missus Lady wants you to know that the scene in which Calamity and Wild Bill (played by handsome Howard Keel) sing "I Can Do Without You" was done in one take. Purrrrrr!




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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter I


Emphasis on the word incredible, because this post is, after all, for the letter I for ABC Wednesday. The film I'm talking about today is incredible, no doubt about it.

You know what else is incredible? The changing weather patterns. Incredible Harvey. Incredible Irma. And, the incredible high temperatures we had over the weekend. Depending on who was talking, it was 106, 116, or 119 degrees last Saturday. It was so hot I didn't want to eat. Not move a tiny bit at all. I kinda wished the Missus Lady would've shaved me. And, now, tonight, it got so cool, I snuggled on the couch next to the Missus Lady, who was under her comforter. Sacré bleu!   Mewwwwwww.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)

Setting: Cefn Ffirest, Wales, a once-upon-a-time mining village

This is a documentary about a bunch of working class people who pooled their money to purchase a racehorse to breed and raise her foal into a winning racehorse. They called themselves the Syndicate and the foal, Dream Alliance. 

The horse grew up on an allotment, which I think is a small piece of land on which the villagers grow their vegetable gardens. Eventually, the Syndicate hired a trainer and Dream Alliance went to live with the trainer and other racehorses-in-training. 

Dream Alliance showed potential, but his wild streak kept him from being like the other polished racehorses. Good for him, the Missus Lady said. It was probably what made him a grand competitor, I think. Purrrrr. Here's a hint on how well Dream Alliance fared. One newspaper called him the "Slumnag Millionaire".

Dream Alliance was prone to injuries, unfortunately. Would he be able to run in the next race? Should he?

The movie is just more than a story about a no-nothing horse running well in some of the top races, including the Grand National. It's also a story about the Syndicate who are 23 strong-willed men and women eking out a living in a once-mining town.  Race horsing is a rich man's sport, but they didn't let that bother them. Nay. Not at all. 

But, will Dream Alliance's wins and fame go to the Syndicate's head? 




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