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DINNER AT EIGHT

 

Call me a square…  I just don’t care!  I love old movies!  Is it so surprising that one who wears vintage clothing and does not dig modern movies with profanity and other non-important additions should enjoy a flick from more innocent times?

Even though this movie was released nearly 30 years before I was born, my favorite old flick came out on this day in 1933 and is called “Dinner at Eight”.   I hear everyone rave on about how it’s such a great comedy – and maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see it as a comedy.  It’s more of a drama to be sure since some of the subject matter includes the dawn of the talkies, divorce, aging, fading careers, alcoholism, class conflict, economic pressures, infidelity, love, financial ruin and suicide.

Based on a very successful play, I’ve gone to more than one performance at live theatre here in Wichita, but there’s just something about the movie version that draws me in.  My favorite character is Kitty.

Jean Harlow, stylishly coiffured from her lovely gowns to her platinum blonde hair, plays the role of “Kitty” with absolute perfection.  Kitty is often propped up in bed, wearing a silky white negligée, eating chocolates that she spits out when finding one she doesn’t like (I never have that problem, do you?)  She resorts to both baby talk and brassy insults in the same sentence (how does she do that?) She and her husband, Packard are always bickering.  Maybe that’s why people think it’s a comedy – she is sort of funny.

My favorite part is when Packard lets her know he doesn’t want to go to the dinner and promptly tells her:

Aw…  GO LAY AN EGG!

That cracks me up!  Get it???  Egg…  crack…???  Aw…  never mind.  If I need to explain why it’s funny, something gets lost in the translation.

I’m enamored with this era and am convinced I was born too late!  Then I am quick to reconsider when I realize that 1933 was smack dab in the middle of the depression era.  God spared me from that.  My folks lived through it – but all I got were stories from them.  It didn’t sound like it was much fun – at all.  Then there was WWII – it just kept getting more fun, didn’t it?

Dinner at Eight is an old classic that should be on everyone’s DVD shelf.  It’s cute and quirky, but still a little edgy for its time.  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

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You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it.  The intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.  – Sidney A. Friedman

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line at the General Motors facility in Flint, Michigan.  The lucky worker to drive that first Vette was Tony Kleiber.

Earl Automobile Works designed custom auto bodies for Hollywood movie stars in the 1930’s.  They were about the only folks who could afford to buy cars since the rest of the country was experiencing the depression.

Harley J. Earl was hired to redesign the LaSalle, the mid-range car introduced between the Buick and the Cadillac.  He also designed the Buick LeSabre in 1950.  His great achievement was the ever popular Corvette in 1953.  The Corvette was labeled a “dream car” and was part of General Motors’s traveling Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Vette was a hit and 300 models were built in 1953.  All 1953 Corvettes were white convertibles with red interiors and black canvas tops.  Underneath its sleek exterior, however, the Corvette was outfitted with parts standard to other GM autos, including a “Blue Flame” six-cylinder engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and the drum brakes from Chevrolet’s regular car line.

It was a disappointment compared to the European competitors and sales were unimpressive.  GM kept refining the design, however, and the addition of its first V-8 engine in 1955 greatly improved the Corvette’s performance.

By 1961, the Corvette had cemented its reputation as America’s favorite sports car and today it continues to rank among the world’s elite sports cars in acceleration time, top speed and overall muscle.

Vroom…  Vroom…  wink!  😉