Saturday, January 10, 2009

DVD Adventures

I really enjoy bringing home DVDs from the public library and also having them shipped from my Netflix account. I've been having fun particularly in the public library finding DVDs of movies made about the time I was born! One I viewed last night is a great example. It is The Miracle of Morgan Creek, starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken. I've never before seen either of these actors. Not to give away too much of the plot, Hutton plays a young woman who becomes pregnant on the night of a "joke marriage." She can't remember who she married because, while dancing earlier in the evening of this event, she was lifted up and hit her head on a chandelier.

A bit strange? Well, the movie on its face was both funny and interesting, but the special features revealed a lot. One special feature on this DVD concerned the censorship in place at the time this movie was made. This entire movie is a spoof to the censors. But the character Hutton plays had to have a marriage because at that time sex among unmarried characteris couldn't even be hinted, and she had to hit her head on a chandelier to explain her memory loss, because drinking alcohol and being drunk couldn't be shown.

And if you want to spend a fine time with a fairly new production that bridges the time from the 1940s to the present, get The Last of the Blonde Bombshells starring Judi Dench.

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