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Don’t Mess With Mister Booze (Robin And The 7 Hoods)

Robin And The 7 Hoods isn’t a complete success as a musical or a movie, but I’ve always liked it.
It lacks a certain lightness that some attribute to real world tragedies that were taking place during its filming. (Notably the assassination of John F Kennedy)
It was either the last or pretty close to the last musical movie that Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, or Dean Martin starred in, so it certainly represents something of a transition in Hollywood history from that regard, as well.
All the songs are sung by males, Barbara Harris, the only female member of the cast with a proper role doesn’t sign at all. But don’t feel bad for her.
Everyone gets a song or two to demonstrate their signature styles, which is very satisfying. Sammy Davis Jr’s number probably has the most energy.

Mr Booze takes place when a gambling speakeasy transforms into a revival meeting (led by Bing Crosby) in order to avoid detection during a police raid.

Style is style transformation of Bing Crosby’s verbose but dowdy character in number that includes Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. (and perhaps evokes Sinatra and Crosby’s duet of Did You Evah from High Society.)


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Suspect Relationship Advice From Gilda

For those who are following the movie marathon: in the movie The Shawshank Redemption, while Red and the prisoners are watching the movie Gilda, Andy requests that Red acquire a poster of Rita Hayworth, the star of Gilda. Andy has to wait before asking because Red doesn’t want to miss an impending scene featuring a famous hair flip. Andy eventually gets the poster; the reason for which he desires it becomes apparent later in the movie.

So, on the strength of that I watched Gilda.
Someone described it a dark reflection of Casablanca, which is pretty accurate.

Anyway, I promised you suspect relationship advice from Hayworth’s character Gilda.
It’s not much of a spoiler, just don’t put it into practice.

“Isn’t it wonderful? Nobody has to apologize, because we were both stinkers, weren’t we? Isn’t it wonderful?”


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Parenting Advice From Professor Harold Hill

Mothers of River City!

Heed that warning before it’s too late!

Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!

The minute your son leaves the house,

Does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee?

Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?

A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?

Is he starting to memorize jokes from Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang?

Are certain words creeping into his conversation?

Words like, like ‘swell?”

And ‘so’s your old man?”

Well, if so my friends,

Ya got trouble,

Right here in River city! With a capital “T”

And that rhymes with “P” And that stands for Pool.


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Spirit (Keep On) by Jeremy Casella

Jeremy Casella is releasing a new album titled Spirit at the end of November.
Kickstarter backers have already received a download copy.
This is the lyric video of the first released track Spirit (Keep On).


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Proceed With The Execution

By the authority vested in me by Kaiser William II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.


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That’s Institutionalised

“…these walls are funny. First you hate ’em. Then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on ’em. That’s institutionalised.”