Sunday, December 21, 2008

All I Want for Christmas is a Box of Penguins

I've had a thing for penguins since I saw The Man Who Came to Dinner a few years ago. In that film Sheridan Whiteside takes over the residence of a Midwestern family he is injured by falling on their icy front steps. During his recovery he gets phone calls from around the world and gifts of the strangest kind. One of those gifts is a box of penguins. They were so cute and funny. I just can't get them out of my mind.

Whiteside: Bring it over here. (Peering through slats.) Why, they're penguins. Two--three--four penguins. Hello, my pretties.

Expressman: Directions for feeding are right on the top. Two of those slats are loose.

John: (Reading.) "To be fed only whale blubber, eels, and cracked lobster."

Expressman: They got Coca-Cola this morning. And liked it.

If you haven't seen this wonderful film based on the play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Rent it. It's riotously funny and has a terrific cast as well: Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Jimmy Durante, Mary Wickes and Billie Burke.


Janet Spaeth said...

It was on television today. I didn't see the whole thing, but it sure seems like one I want to see from the beginning.

So what do you think about Wicked Lovely? It was my favorite book of the year--and I got to meet Melissa Marr this past summer. My brush with greatness!

(Found your blog by checking out GF blogs, by the way.)

Carm said...

I haven't actually started Wicked Lovely yet. How on earth did you meet Melissa Marr? What fun!

GF blogs? Where? On Google? I am all curious now as to the merry trail that leads to my door! :)

Thanks for visiting, Janet.


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