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Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Postby Uncle Stevie » November 24th, 2013, 2:55 am

It seems that many commercial restaurants, supermarkets, and fast food stores do brine their chickens in order to make them tastier and juicier. I do not know which ones do and which do not but I am pretty sure COSTCO and Boston Markets do something to give it extra flavor.

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Postby Lomm » November 25th, 2013, 12:31 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to a great community! :) I may not post all that often (or have much to say that hasn't been said already), but I quite enjoy my time spent here.

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Postby Lzcutter » November 27th, 2013, 11:50 am

Happy Thanksgiving, Oasisians!

Hope everyone enjoys a wonderful holiday with family and friends!
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Postby moira finnie » November 28th, 2013, 10:36 am

Here's hoping everyone has a relaxed Thanksgiving with just the right touch of loving friends, family, and food. Below is a favorite film about the holiday's expectations and realities with child star Connie Marshall giving an exceptionally touching performance. I believe that this was the project that brought Ann Baxter and John Hodiak together in life too:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gdw7PH6zp4[/youtube]
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Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Postby CharlieT » November 28th, 2013, 8:23 pm

I would like to take this moment to wish everyone here a very happy Thanksgiving. I know we all have something to be thankful for and this is a special one for me. Twenty-nine years ago today, I became a father. It was one of the best days of my entire life and I am very thankful for the opportunity to guide someone into this chaotic world and witness her growth and success at reaching her potential as an adult. May all of your Thanksgivings be as blessed as mine.
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Postby moira finnie » November 26th, 2014, 9:30 pm

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I wish everyone reading this the warmth of friendship and family, the delight of good food, and a day filled with conviviality on Thanksgiving--and everyday, really. To give us some holiday cheer that is film-oriented, I have discovered some interesting advertisements aimed at theater owners preparing fare to get the crowds into their cinemas in holidays past in November. I was not able to reproduce it properly here, but my favorite discoveries were from motion picture industry magazines in which managers were encouraged "to avoid turkeys" on the screen but to drum into the staff to "use the holiday as a sales device!" There were suggested promotions featuring live turkey giveaways ("budget how many you can afford ahead of time") whose feathers could be "dyed various festive colors." (No advice was given about where the poultry might be kept in the theater). Other suggestions were similar to this one in Motion Picture Herald in 1940 in which a theater's staff was exhorted to dress in Halloween costume the month before and then to deck themselves out as Pilgrims and Indians as they served customers popcorn, took tickets, ushered guests to their seats. (Hope they were paid well, but I doubt it).

It was particularly interesting, since many of us see studio era films through an affectionate, glamorous lens, that there were some remarkably frank comments in manager's roundtables rating the business of films in their cinemas. For instance, a manager from a Hermine, PA theater commented that I Love You Again (1940) with William Powell & Myrna Loy, was a "...much heralded production fell flatter than a glass of beer left on the bar all night." I also found it amusing to see some rather grisly or non-family fare movies being promoted as holiday fare for the Thanksgiving crowd!


I hope these make you smile:

From 1911--nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" like a prison flick:

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In 1922, before his name became synonymous with creepiness, Tod Browning directed an adventure story that most of us remember from a later version with Ronald Colman and Claudette Colbert as "Cigarette." A copy of the '22 film is said to be archived in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, so there's still hope that someday we may see if the movie lives up to this dashing graphic touted Turkey Day treat here:

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In 1941--when you would think most people would want some escapism, I Wake Up Screaming (1941) is touted as warm, wholesome entertainment but hey, who knew if Laird Cregar might have been a festive fellow before he clapped eyes on Carole Landis? I love the suggestion in this ad that a girl be hired to sit in a trailer outside the theater where this was playing and scream into a microphone. The other businesses in the area must have loved that form of ballyhoo:

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This turkey-ridin' trio in the 1936 ad is just a little freaky for me--though it is great fun to see Frank McHugh center stage for once:

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This 1951 ad seems to be using Mitzi Gaynor as a pepper mill to season the "turkey" (I'm not sure if that was a subliminal reference to Golden Girl, which has its charms...yeah, like Dale Robertson!!)

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Whoever was making up titles at Pathe in 1931 must have been a bit out of touch with the spirit of the season (and the desperation of their economically pressed clientele).

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1937 saw another trip to prison (and the chair) presented as fine festive fare (and boy, it was some show!):

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Submarine Patrol (1938) was allegedly packin' 'em in around Thanksgiving, but this now rather obscure film may be of mostly of interest to us because it was John Ford at work just before he launched into a golden period beginning with Stagecoach (1939).

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Here's a compendium of odd if intriguing press agent ideas of tying in clients with holidays:

Silent and sound film actress Ruth Hiatt (seen in everything from Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood to The Three Stooges shorts was captured in this slightly undignified pose for Film Weekly in 1924 with the guest of honor:
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At the height of his popularity as a child actor, Jackie Coogan (1914-1984) was pictured in Exhibitors Trade Review in the mid-'20s addressing his turkey and an anonymous cook. The fawning caption for this image read "The king is to die--'Long Live the King.' But what turkey wouldn't be glad to give his life to grace the feast of a movie king like Jackie Coogan? This one is telling the world that he considers himself lucky. In fact everyone is lucky who has had anything to do with this young star. Showmen all over the country are giving thanks because they booked his latest Metro release. It is going to be a grand Thanksgiving."

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Colleen Moore (1899-1988) must have been pretty game for anything suggested by a publicity department in 1924 since she agreed to appear with this bird!

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Dorothy Jordan (1906-1988) is pictured in a Photoplay image for Thanksgiving in the late '20s...I wonder if Lillian Gish's name was sewn into those pilgrim duds?
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Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Postby Lucky Vassall » November 26th, 2014, 10:28 pm

Let me also thank you, Moira, for brightening the Holiday with humor suitable to the SSO.

It's jumping the gun a bit (rather like the department stores), but your comment on " rather grisly or non-family fare movies being promoted as holiday fare for the Thanksgiving crowd!" reminded me of the Christmas Show at the New York Roxie (loved the picture of the crowds outside) the year I was ushering there:

A little family-oriented bit of Holiday Cheer and Good Tidings of Joy from a very famous novel, both entitled Peyton Place.

And let me join in wishing all a Happy Bird Day!
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Postby Lzcutter » November 27th, 2014, 11:24 am

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Moira, thank you for sharing those wonderful advertisements! They provided my first chuckle of the day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and yummy food.

We are going non-traditional this year, I am fixing Ribs Adobado (they've been marinating in a wonderful sauce for almost two days now) with pineapple salsa and roasted potatoes.

But whatever your menu, here's hoping you have a wonderful time!
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Postby moira finnie » November 28th, 2014, 10:37 am

Thanks for the kind responses, buds.

Masha wrote: I may make mushrooms but I may again attempt candied yams. I completely and utterly destroyed that when I first attempted to make it. I will swear on my holy honor that I can still see the stain on the wall even although the kitchen has been painted since then.

Believe me, Masha, we have all been on that trail of mistakes on the road to Thanksgiving nirvana. I could regale you for some time with the holidays when the turkey was cooked upside down with the gizzards still inside or a particularly rushed holiday when a frozen turkey was placed on our enclosed back porch to thaw quickly on an unusually warm Thanksgiving, only to rush to the door in response to some hubbub that turned out to be a raccoon and a possum fighting over our now shredded turkey (that was a good time to become a vegetarian).

Masha, your slow roasted turkey sounds mouthwatering. I read a bit about that technique when contemplating approaches to the feast this year, and figured that I would have to have gotten up at 5am to have mine ready, so that wasn't happening (of course, I woke up at 5 anyway!).

Lucky Vassall wrote:It's jumping the gun a bit (rather like the department stores), but your comment on " rather grisly or non-family fare movies being promoted as holiday fare for the Thanksgiving crowd!" reminded me of the Christmas Show at the New York Roxie (loved the picture of the crowds outside) the year I was ushering there:

A little family-oriented bit of Holiday Cheer and Good Tidings of Joy from a very famous novel, both entitled Peyton Place.


Hey, Lucky, what's not to love about the entrancing Peyton Place on Turkey Day? It's set in New England just like the Pilgrims were, wasn't it? :wink:

Lzcutter wrote:We are going non-traditional this year, I am fixing Ribs Adobado (they've been marinating in a wonderful sauce for almost two days now) with pineapple salsa and roasted potatoes.

Oooh, those ribs and salsa sound great. This the first year we didn't have roasted potatoes but went with garlic mashed and scalloped with spinach. (I think we will be returning to roasted for Christmas).
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Re: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Postby Lucky Vassall » November 28th, 2014, 3:18 pm

Moira wrote "Hey, Lucky, what's not to love about the entrancing Peyton Place on Turkey Day? It's set in New England just like the Pilgrims were, wasn't it?"

Yup, Moira. And we were responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, too.

(At least we didn't eat the Indians for Thanksgiving dinner.)
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