Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Theme Thursday - Telephone
Let me take you back to 1952.
The theatre smells of buttery popcorn and the seats are deep red velvety plush. Sometimes the floor is pretty sticky so watch your feet. If you arrive a little late, an usher in a spiffy uniform with a tiny flashlight will seat you.
The huge red velvet and gold-tasseled curtain goes up. Feature begins. Today’s Black & White Feature: “Chicago Calling” starring Dan Duryea.
Here is one of the things IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043401/ ) has to say about this film:
Duryea is out of work, and his wife takes the kid and leaves him. They are involved in an auto accident, out of town, and Duryea must wait until they are out of surgery to receive a phone call informing him as to whether they will live or die. Because his phone bill is un-paid, his phone is disconnected, and he tries in vain to earn, borrow, and even contemplates stealing the money.To make matters worse, his little pooch is run down in traffic.When the Phone Company Rep comes to pick up the instrument (this was made long before we all owned our own phones!) Duryea cons the guy into hooking him up long enough to take the long distance call from Chicago concerning the condition of his wife and kid. This is where you will really need the Prozac!Although this is downbeat throughout, Duryea gives an acting "tour-de-force" and if they ever show it again, it is well worth watching, but you've been warned!
I was hoping I could find this at Netflix but, alas, they just don’t have it. If you have seen it, you know just how good it is. If you haven’t seen it, please do if you ever get the chance. It’s excellent.
Speaking of telephones…
The first phone I can remember my parents ever having looked something like this:
We had a “party” line and it was pretty funny. I was just a kid and I could pick up the phone and hear the old lady down the street talking to somebody. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff people talked about. Well… maybe you would.
Then my parents got a “private” line and one of these:
Pretty snazzy, huh?
When I was a teenager, I had one of these:
I was way cool! At least I thought I was way cool. There I was in an oversized men's white dress shirt and jeans. Legs in the air, butt in the chair, head nearly on the floor - just like the little "princess" I was. Eat your hearts out!
Now I have one telephone in the entire house – and I never answer it. It is hooked up to an answering machine so it won’t feel too neglected.
If anyone wants me, they had better call me on this one, instead:
Bye Bye now. Nice chattin’ with ya.
Ya’ll come back real soon now… ya hear?
Can you hear me now?