The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Harpo, and Chico, in A Night at the Opera, pulling off probably their most famous and greatest gag in the Stateroom Scene.
My recent post about Times Square, set me thinking about the film Midnight Cowboy. When it first came out, all the talk was of Dustin Hoffman whose turn as Ratso Rizzo was, of course, a classic characterization. After Hoffman’s scrubbed suburban college grad in The Graduate, it was a treat to see him do something diametrically opposed in Midnight Cowboy. But I think because of Hoffman’s flashy performance as Ratso, Jon Voight’s achievement in the film was somewhat overlooked. Voight looked like they had picked someone off the street from Texas and that was that. But how many knew that Voight was born and raised in Westchester County, NY? His transformation was just as impressive as Hoffman’s, only nobody realized it.
Above, you can see the devastating last scene in the movie, fading out with John Barry’s haunting theme written for the film.
Thanks to YouTuber Ofer3331
Because you were so much older then, Monday morning brings the second half of a Dylan one-two punch.
In this great live version, Dylan’s joined by George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty, G.E. Smith, and Roger McGuinn.
This is the kind of great profound over-produced song that as a teen-ager I put on the record player, turned off the lights, locked the door to my room, blasted the volume, and played ten times in a row.
Thanks to YouTuber DimitriadisTasos
The great Danny Kaye was a master of the patter song, but this wonderful scene of tongue-twisting word play gets laughs even without music. I somehow missed this one in my own childhood, but was happy to catch up with it during my son’s growing up.
Click on the video of this clip from Danny Kaye’s whimsical The Court Jester to find out if the Vessel With The Pestle has The Brew That Is True.
Thanks to YouTuber sirstrongbad
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Times Square in New York City used to be known as the headquarters of vice and con men. A few days ago, I took the above picture on 42nd Street, capturing a very interesting scam. Can you guess what it is? It will probably help to enlarge the photo.
If you think you know, post the answer in the comments section (however, if you already knew before seeing this, please don’t spoil it for others). If there are no answers by Friday, I’ll post the answer myself in the comments section.