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 cleverly 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.