Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Beloved Relic from Childhood 

BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

a novelty song featured in

NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER (1949)

Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban

Betty Garrett and Red Skelton



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4 comments:

  1. I can never look at Red Skelton without smiling. This song does suit him.

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  2. Hi, AOW. Yes, I too always liked Red Skelton -- and all the rest of the entertainers from that blessed era -- the 1940's.

    At age four and five I was a big Esther Williams fan, and though critics, film historians, and "revisionists," have made light of her talents, and dismissed her films as essentially worthless, I have remained a fan all these years.

    Though she was not attired in a swimsuit and there's not a drop of water in sight I think Esther showed herself to greatest advantage in this delightful set of parallel scenes, where she so charmingly tries to fend off the equally charming advances of Ricardo Montalban, while Red Skelton comically tries to fend off the advances of the perfect-girl-next-door Betty Garrett.

    The adults knew, even back in 1949, that both couples were sure to wind up in bed, but we kids did not. Light-hearted scenes like this provided wholesome -- and eminently suitable -- entertainment for the whole family.

    A celebration of silliness, perhaps, but artfully accomplished in a friendly, reassuring, kind-hearted, good humored fashion.

    What the "kids" born in-and-past the Sick-sties have to look back upon is frankly sickening.

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