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Good parts of a bad movie

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Last night I watched To the Shores of Tripoli, released in March, 1942, so one of the first US movies after Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941). It was, as expected, full of war fervor, showing happy scenes at US Marine Boot Camp in San Diego where one man, inexplicably, wants a desk job in Washington instead of service as a Marine enlisted man. It’s true that the protagonist, played by John Payne, seems borderline crazy—at least extremely neurotic. He’s the sort of man that any woman with a lick of sense would drop like a scalded squirrel, but somehow Maureen O’Hara, despite full knowledge of his talent for deceit and his enormous sense of entitlement and his tendency toward date rape, falls in love with him.

Still, the film has its moments. One was in seeing Pepi, of The Shop Around the Corner, (Wiliam Macy) as a hapless recruit. Another was watching in astonishment as the character played by Payne gets an X-ray: no shielding, people standing around the X-ray machine as it works, chatting casually as they are blasted with radiation. And of course, the scene where the squad (including Harry Morgan and Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom as recruits and Randolph Scott as Sergeant) finishes training in San Diego, goes to New York to march in a parade to the disembarking station as news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor comes through, and Payne joins them as they march on board the ship, bound for the Pacific…

Still: not recommended.

Written by LeisureGuy

29 July 2008 at 9:54 am

Posted in Daily life, Movies & TV

Dieting doesn’t work?

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Bad news, reported by Steve of Kafeneio: losing weight through dieting doesn’t work. Unfortunately, of course, gaining weight through diet choices works all too well. The key factor that distinguishes those successful at losing weight is exercise (and, of course, good diet choices in addition). Read other findings at the link, or read the (lengthy) full report (PDF—link in the Kafeneio post).

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29 July 2008 at 9:45 am

Posted in Daily life, Health

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TOBS St. Andrews

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Once again I went with Taylor of Old Bond Street St. Andrews, though this time with the shaving cream and not the shave stick. The Rooney Style 2 did me fine for lather, and I picked the Hoffritz Slant Bar, which carried an Astra Superior Platinum Blade. Extremely smooth and effortless shave, typical of Slant Bars, and then Gessato for the oil pass. The aftershave was, of course, St. Andrews.

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29 July 2008 at 9:39 am

Posted in Shaving

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