Friday, March 02, 2007

Errol Flynn Sings!

Just another reason why I wish someone would reissue Thank Your Lucky Stars, the weirdest and most enjoyable of the all-star wartime movies. The song, by Arthur Schwartz and Frank Loesser, is a pretty funny and cheeky application of an old stereotype -- the guy in the bar telling ridiculous tall tales about his supposed war experiences -- to the war that was going on at the time. It's like an amalgamation of a Victorian scene with '40s details. And it's kind of cool both that Schwartz and Loesser could get away with gentle ribbing of the home-front experience (in a movie that was all about how big a contribution we're making on the home-front) and that Flynn would lampoon his own non-serving status.

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