4403Re: [aloha-donblanding] Blandings Poem in movie "Star Night at the Coconut Grove"
- Sep 19, 2008Bob,
I believe only the first four or five lines were spoken in the film...by
actor Leo Carillo.
On 9/18/08 12:19 PM, "Bob M" <goldfest@...> wrote:
> I just happened to be idly watching an old movie on TV a few days ago, and it
> turned out to be very good and entertaining. Then there was someone in the
> movie reciting this very good poem about Hollywood. And his reading was
> totally excellent. And it occured to me this sounds like a Don Blanding poem,
> but I thought well that is probably not the case. Then in the last day or
> two I was looking at Keith's timeline of Blanding which for some reason I had
> not seen before. And there was a line that said Don's poem Hollywood was used
> in the movie "Star Night at the Coconut Grove" I believe in 1937. So I had
> been right after all. A couple of comments/questions on this.
> Thanks Keith for that excellent and very detailed time line.
> Does anyone know if this movie is available as a download? Or available to
> order as a DVD? I recommend the movie, by the way, if you have not seen it.
> Did they change up the poem for the movie? That is one reason I want to get
> the movie to check that. A screenplay of the movie might reveal something
> here, although not conclusively.
> This is the way it reads in Vagabond's House:
> Hollywood . . . Hollywood . . .
> Fabulous Follywood . . .
> Celluloid Babylon, glorious, glamorous,
> City delirious,
> Frivolous, serious,
> Goal of ambitious and vicious and clamorous.
> Here are the infamous,
> Innocent, sinfamous,
> Striving, conniving to gain recognition,
> Faddists, fanatics
> And men who make batiks,
> Trying and crying in mad competiton.
> Milllionaire movie queens,
> Milliners, Magdalenes,
> Movie-bug bitten, a fatal affliction.
> Eager young sextra girls,
> Sinuous sextra girls,
> Fighting for fame in the flickering fiction.
> Beauties from Budapest,
> Bangor and Bucharest,
> Cuties from Cairo in lovely profusion.
> Scripts and scenarios,
> Leering Lotharios,
> Grease-paint and gossamer, dreams and illusion.
> Treachery, loyalty,
> Celluoid royalty,
> Pickfords and Chaplins, de Milles and the Gishes,
> Stars meteoric,
> Romantic, caloric,
> Peers in the kingdom of visions and wishes.
> Drama, a city full,
> Tragic and pitiful,
> Bunk, junk and genius amazingly blended.
> Tawdry, tremendous,
> Absurd and stupendous,
> Shoddy and cheap . . . and astoundingly splendid.
> Hollywood . . . Hollywood,
> Fabulous Follywood . . .
> Target for censor, reformer and deacon,
> They say you are a harlot,
> Your sins are as scarlet
> Perhaps you're a goddess that bears a bright beacon.
> Any comments from anyone on this poem. My thought is that well it sure fits
> today as it did some 70 years ago. And I hope they didn't change a word for
> the movie. It needed no change. And I hope my typing above got it right.
> The indentions I was not sure how to do, but hope they transmit OK. If not
> and you have "Vagabond's House" it is on pages 96 and 97. And I think the
> movie is running some now but I do not recall if it is Turner Classic Movies
> or some other network.
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