The Oscars, 1945 Style
We enjoy the occasional award show, but Oscar night is our favorite because of the history and tradition associated with it. The Academy Awards debuted way back in 1927; 2015 marks the 87th presentation of these storied statuettes.
As we post this, the chances are pretty good that you are prepping your home prior to the arrival of guests for your Oscar party or perhaps making a batch of guacamole (hopefully, you’re using Boris Karloff’s recipe) to take to a friend’s Academy Awards gathering. If so, we’ve got the perfect hour’s worth of listening to accompany those chores.
The 17th Academy Awards ceremony, held on March 15, 1945, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, was the first to be broadcast nationally on the radio (on the Blue Network, the precursor to ABC) and also the first to feature clips from the various nominated pictures. And what pictures they were! Double Indemnity, Going My Way, Lifeboat, Gaslight and The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek are just a few of the classic pictures that were nominated for the top awards that year.
Host Bob Hope was in top form that night, and the proceedings came off in a mere 66 minutes. And you, dear reader, can experience that magical evening anew by clicking the link below.
More Automat fun!
We can’t personally vouch for this project—we’re not acquainted with anyone involved with it—but we’d sure love to see a documentary about the Automat. If you would, too, perhaps you’ll consider kicking in a few bucks?
Happy Birthday, Adolphe Menjou!
The suave and debonair Adolphe Menjou was born 125 years ago today. We encourage you to hoist a well-made cocktail in an elegant glass in his honor today.
Happy Birthday, Jimmy Durante!
The delightful Jimmy Durante was born 122 years ago today. If ever we find ourselves fretting over our age and perhaps wishing we were younger, we remind ourselves that, were we born later, we might not have shared time on God’s green earth with some of our favorite performers of years gone by, and the Schnozzola certainly deserves a spot on that roster. We weren’t around for his heyday, but he was still a busy performer when we were younger and we got to enjoy him as a frequent talk show and variety show guest.
Durante doesn’t immediately spring to mind when we’re asked to name some of our favorite stars of yore, but when we do think of him, a smile invariably forms on our lips, and that’s as strong an endorsement as any performer could hope for: to make people smile at the mere memory of you some 35 years after your passing.
Happy birthday, Mr. Durante, wherever you are. Give our best to Mrs. Calabash.
Remembering Lizabeth Scott
Come and cuddle by the fire in the evening.
We'll forget about the snow and rain.
While the skies are stormy, your arms will warm me.
It's winter again.
It's so thrilling when it's chilly in the winter
And the frost is on the window pane.
Hear the sleighbells ringing; my heart is singing.
It's winter again.
—It's Winter Again
Lyrics by Arthur Freed; music by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart, 1932