Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday suits your needs)! Once again, it's that time, kids!
|We'll gather at the Roadhouse with our Next of Kin...|
This week's episode is a Jimmy Durante flick from 1950, originally called The Great Rupert. Some time later, it was retitled and packaged as A Christmas Wish. Either way, it's the story of the Amendola family, who are Vaudeville circus performers, specializing in "The Human Pyramid". That is, at least, until their daughter, Rosalinda (played by Terry Moore), grew up and Mom (Queenie Smith) wasn't able to let Rosalinda sit on her head anymore...Or something like that.
|Say, little lady...You can sit on my head anytime!|
|Oh, I'll dance, all right...I'll dance on your grave, old man!|
Pete's father is all about money, and when a letter arrives telling him that a gold mine he invested in years before was finally paying out, he starts receiving checks for $1500 every week. Choosing not to trust banks, he makes a hole in the bedroom wall and stuffs it all in there, where Rupert happens to be staying.
|I'm rich, bitch!|
Pete and Rosalinda hit it off and want to do all sorts of naughty things, including the perform the piece of music Pete wrote for the two of them, but there are other guys who want a crack at her, too, including Joe's old agent. Rosalinda uses this situation as an opportunity to get Pete's music heard my people who might give him gobs of money for it, because if you can't get rich playing music written for tuba and harp, then why even try.
The Amendolas and the Dingles get together and have a little party, since Frank now believes that he is rich, and the Amendolas know that they are rich, and everybody's all happy and crap, at least until Mr. Amendola sits down and starts singing and telling horrible jokes.
|You can't read my poker faaaaace...|
When word about Amendola's money gets around, people start asking questions, and those questions get to the ears of the local police, the IRS, and the FBI, who all appear to question the family about this sudden influx of money they have. When they attempt to demonstrate their magical hotline to God's checking account, nothing happens, and everyone wants to arrest Jimmy Durante. (A perfectly reasonable reaction, really.)
|You'll never take me alive, coppers! Ah-cha-cha-cha!|
Derek has no shame in admitting how much he enjoys this film. it's goofy and corny, but he likes it. So shut up about it, will ya?
Larry is passionate about the polar bearskin rug (with built-in radio!) that Amendola buys. It's really neat!
Jake has a very upsetting theory about how Rupert was animated. It's icky. Really.
There's also lots of news in The Lobby, new movies Coming Soon, a new Hollywood Purgatory, Larry's List, a surprisingly serious edition of Inside My Head, and throughout, the gang has a lot of mean things to say about Pete, but never explains why.
So put on your ugliest tie and jacket, and tune in! And have a super-awesome holiday!