Take The A Train

Last year round this time, while mooning about on YouTube, I discovered that a Criminal had posted therein the film Holiday Affair, and in its entirety.

This is of course Against All Laws.

But this Criminal had managed for some months to choo-choo goingcleverly evade the hapless Clem Kadiddlehopper II, the sadsack in charge, such as it is, of YouTube security.

Naturally I was compelled to share this joyous theft with red readers.

Here we are nearly a year later, and the thing is still up there.

Let us not wonder at the reasons why. Just enjoy, then, instead.

As I mentioned last year, my daughter, the well-known award-winning deviant, and I, are both keen appreciators of Christmas movies. Particularly old black-and-white Christmas movies. And one of the more obscure black-and-white holiday films of which we are fond, is this one: Holiday Affair, a 1947 effort featuring Janet Leigh, Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey, and a toy train.

What I find most fascinating, in recent re-viewing, is the train. It opens the film, and also pretty much drives it. Towards the close of the thing, even some of the characters are beginning to notice, and then comment upon, how much this toy train is steering their lives. At film’s end the three principals unite, happy-ending time, on a full-size train, a New Year’s special, headed cross-country. Except the camera pulls back, and we learn that they are not on a full-size train at all. They are on that toy train, the one that opened and drove the story.

As they say: as above, so below. And vice versa.

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5 Responses to “Take The A Train”


  1. 1 possum December 13, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Very nice reminder of a time when movies were really entertaining and not so much fluff and violence. Thanks for good memories.

  2. 2 mieprowan December 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    How sad. But much appreciated, I enjoyed this a great deal. Thanks.

  3. 3 mieprowan December 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Also Blue, I just watched “My Left Foot” on netflix, a film about a parapalegic Irish artist. Wow.

    • 4 bluenred December 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Yes. That director, Jim Sheridan, has produced some amazing work. With Terry George, there is the “IRA trilogy”: In The Name Of The Father, Some Mother’s Son, and The Boxer. There is The Field, one of the grimmest films ever, and In America, one of the most uplifting. There’s even a magic-horse movie: Into The West. ; )

  4. 5 mieprowan December 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Correction: cerebral palsy.


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