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Before you paws for a nap, try one of these stimulating "turkey" treats!


10.) Pieces of April / Peter Hedges (2003) Katie Holmes plays a rebellious daughter who throws together a Thanksgiving dinner for her dying mother and the rest of her family. If you’re strapped and there’s only 5 minutes left before the video store closes, you could do worse.


9.) Low-Cal Munster / Norman Abbott (1964) Lily won’t allow Herman to attend a reunion of his war buddies unless he loses enough weight to fit into his old uniform. Canned laughter ensues when Herman goes on a starvation diet that ends Thanksgiving Day. Be on the lookout for Paul Lynde as “Dr. Dudley.”


8.) Holiday Inn / Mark Sandrich (1942) Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds, and Virginia Dale star in a film for all holiday seasons! Christmas, New Year’s, The 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, you name it, and there’s a corresponding musical number to thrill and delight, although unless you like the smell of burnt cork, you may want to skip Lincoln’s birthday. This is much better than its remake, White Christmas, which downgrades from Astaire to Danny Kaye.


7.) Jerky Turkey / Tex Avery (1945) Tex Avery’s take on Plymouth Rock pits a turkey with a Jimmy Durante schnozzola against a hapless pilgrim who sound a lot like Droopy. To no surprise, it’s one hilarious topical spot-gag after another.

6.) Holiday for Drumsticks / Arthur Davis (1949) Daffy Duck watches as his hillbilly handlers wine and wine the resident turkey for their festival meal. Wanting all of the food for himself, Daffy convinces the turkey to go on a diet in order to avoid the chopping block. Daffy pigs out while Tom starves himself to the point of being mistaken for Kate Bosworth. Guess which bird the backwoods Beauregards decide to dine on for Thanksgiving?

5.) Hannah and Her Sisters / Woody Allen (1986) Woody Allen’s first audience-acknowleded film after Annie Hall (1977) is a near-perfect blend of comedy and drama. Set between two Thanksgiving celebrations, the serious stuff details the romantic lives of three sisters, while the comedy stems from Woody as a neurotic TV director facing an incurable disease.

4.) Cold Turkey / Norman Lear (1971) A tobacco company offers the entire town of Little Rock, Iowa $25,000,000 if all the locals agree to give up smoking for one month. A very funny satire made by Norman Lear and his All in the Family producing partner Bud Yorkin at the peak of their power. Dick Van Dyke leads a superb cast of supporting players including Jean Stapleton, Bob & Ray, Vincent Gardenia, Barnard Hughes, Edward Everett Horton, and the incomparable Judith Lowry as the red-baiting, bullshit-detecting Odie.


3.) Crash Goes the Hash / Jules White (1944) The Three Stooges, mistaken for newspaper reporters by Vernon Dent, pose as domestics to get a candid picture of Mrs. Van Bustle and Prince Shaam of Ubedarn. Most people remember Curly’s unique recipe for stuffing a turkey that calls for a can ‘o peas.Sadly, the real turkey gold was not to be found on YouTube. In the kitchen, Larry (who loves turkey) bends to scrape some gum off his shoe. Mistaking him for a kitchen table, Moe places a scalding, fresh from the oven bird on Larry’s back. Study Moe’s dubbed-in admonitions that caution Larry to never “do or say anything to a turkey again!”

2.) The Last Waltz / Martin Scorsese (1978) Do you think that I was going to pass up a chance to give thanks to Him during this most festive time of year, especially with Hugo, a Paramount Pictures release of a GK Films Production personally directed by Martin Scorsese, opening today in theatres across America? The ultimate concert movie was filmed on Thanksgiving, 1976.


1.) Johnny Guitar / Nicholas Ray (1954) If you like your turkey blacklisted and/or crucified, Johnny Guitar is the film for you! Ben Cooper plays “Turkey,” the young, effeminate member of a band of outlaws who goes full-Judas by ratting out his friends. Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden and Mercedes McCambridge lead an all-star cast in the weirdest, and most beautiful western ever filmed.

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MattDW Nov. 23, 2011 @ noon

Bonus points for leaving Planes, Trains, and Automobiles the hell off the list!


Scott Marks Nov. 23, 2011 @ 1:13 p.m.

I'd sooner reference "Plymouth Adventure."


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 23, 2011 @ 3:20 p.m.

Thayt first clip has Patricia Clarkson in it, with Oliver Platt (Big Guy) and Katie Holmes.

I always thought Patricia was a hottie after seeing her in that Dirty Harry movie "The Dead Pool" (??) I thinkthat was the one she was in.........


Scott Marks Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:09 p.m.

I first took notice when I saw her in the trailer for "The Untouchables!"


Colonna Nov. 24, 2011 @ 2:56 a.m.

"Davis Rules" was a short-lived TV show from the early 1990s that starred Randy Quaid and Patricia Clarkson (g-r-r-r-r-r!) who was the love interest for one season.

Best in the cast was Jonathan Winters as Gunny Davis. The writers respected Winters so much that the scripts read:

QUAID: Gunny, why is the table covered in maple syrup? WINTERS: Well, that's because...

Jonathan would ad-lib the rest and the director usually gave him four to six takes - would LOVE to see all of the outtakes from that show.

BTW, Winters won an Emmy for that role.


Scott Marks Nov. 24, 2011 @ 9:27 a.m.

Never heard of it, but being a Winters completest, I had best track this down.


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Nov. 23, 2011 @ 3:24 p.m.

Speak no ill of PT&A.

I'm going to have to run down to Kensington to get Johnny Guitar.


Scott Marks Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:10 p.m.

VHS only! I don't thinks it's been released on DVD.


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:42 p.m.

I've got VHS. When you have as many kids as I do, you have to have both.


Ghost_of_dolores_hope Nov. 23, 2011 @ 7:09 p.m.

Plymouth Adventure was just on TCM recently followed by Moby Dick.

Johnny Guitar was also on TCM, and I'm pretty sure they have a great copy of it.

Caught Reap the Wild Wind on TCM, and the print was phenomenal. The colors popped. Great looking film.

I did see The Exterminating Angel for the first time last night. Too bad Buñuel had sheep instead of turkey.


Scott Marks Nov. 23, 2011 @ 7:38 p.m.

I'm one of those packet rats aboard the Nellie Bee who owns "Reap the Wild Wind" on DVD and it's gorgeous. With the exception of "Greatest Show" and "10 Commandments," I don't think I've seen a dye-transfer print of a DeMille film. Paramount didn't strike 16mm Technicolor prints and during the revival heyday of the '60's and '70's, DeMille was a bit of a pariah. They had to free up their screens for Bergman and Fellini. I'll take Doc Wassell (especially in IB) over both those bums.

Didn't Bob visit Turkey and entertain Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the gang during the Balkan wars?


Colonna Nov. 24, 2011 @ 3:05 a.m.

Hey, this is Bob "Young Turk" Hope and we're here in the Ottoman Empire... and I thought the Ottoman was only something you put your feet on!

= CANNED LAUGHTER = Shot of soldiers smoking hashish on the hillside

Man, I love this country - it's nice to take a ride across this beautiful land on camel back. I love getting a choice of one lump or two!

= CANNED LAUGHTER = Shot of Turk mercenaries sharpening their swords

And I'm not talking about camels, either!

= CANNED LAUGHTER = Shot of women wrapped in robes in the far back


Colonna Nov. 24, 2011 @ 3:09 a.m.

Around the 2:15 mark, you'll see Larry step in gum as Moe scalds him with the turkey:


Happy Thanksgiving to all...

Colonna proud member of the Christopher Mott Society


Scott Marks Nov. 24, 2011 @ 9:29 a.m.

Why couldn't I find Part 2 on YouTube? You have the magic touch, JC. Ask Florence!


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 24, 2011 @ 11:27 a.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nGiuXDjMzg .

OMG, such a riot.

Being a big Stooges fan I have seen all 194 of the shorts so many times I should have a PhD in Stoogology.

The bird in hte turkey rountine has been used so many times I lost track, ofcourse it is not always a turkey-sometimes a skull or something similar!


Ghost_of_dolores_hope Nov. 24, 2011 @ 10:40 a.m.

Just saw 'Potiche' last night and was delighted to see a scene where Catherine Deneuve is preparing a turkey in the kitchen by first chopping off its head, and then sticking her fist up its rump! I noticed in these PC times most people are preparing the stuffing on the side.

Anyway, talk about about turkey necks... look at mine!

Near the end of Bob's life every Thanksgiving he would try to stick me in the oven...

One day they need to release the Bob Hope Bible: a collection of every joke that was ever uttered from that man's hole of a mouth.


Scott Marks Nov. 28, 2011 @ 10:32 a.m.

You're on fire, sweetie. I always knew it was you providing Bob with his A-material. Too bad he never put out when it came to you, honey. He was off in Nam "saluting" the Gold Diggers, ya' dig?


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