Take The A Train

Forgot this bit, when I composed the previous post. So it gets a post of its own.

My daughter, the well-known award-winning deviant, and I, we are both keen appreciators of Christmas movies. Particularly old black-and-white Christmas movies. In fact, we are such keen appreciators of these movies, we have been known to watch them year-round. Which can drive some people mad. But never mind that now.

One of the more obscure black-and-white holiday films of which we are fond is Holiday Affair, a 1947 effort featuring Janet Leigh, Robert Mitchum, Wendell Corey, and a toy train.

While mooning about on YouTube recently, I discovered that a Criminal had slyly posted there Holiday Affair in its entirety. This is of course Against All Laws. But this Criminal has managed for some months now to cleverly evade the hapless Clem Kadiddlehopper II, who is in charge, such as it is, of YouTube security. Naturally I am compelled to share this joyous theft, below, with you red readers.

What I found most fascinating, in this most recent re-viewing, was 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 January 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

    My parents always said what goes around comes around. The train proves their point. 🙂

  2. 3 Julia Rain (the deviant daughter) January 2, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I think it’s wonderful that the entire film can be found on YouTube, and that they haven’t managed to take it down yet. And Christmas movies are to be enjoyed at any time.

  3. 4 Plink Piano January 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t think I’ve seen this one, but my favorite black and white Christmasy film is Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Probably not very obscure, but I like it anyway!

  4. 5 Julia Rain (the deviant daughter) January 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Holiday Inn is my favorite black & white Christmas movie too.


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