Monday, May 19, 2008


[Entertainment] The Organ Loft silent film series is always worth the price of admission (if you haven't been, the audience is treated to a pre-talkie Hollywood movie screened directly above the organist accompanist at the console of the loft's see-it-to-believe-it Wurlitzer--great fun).

The last movie of the season is scheduled for May 29-30, and it sounds like a doozy. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! features funnyman Harry Langdon and scarywoman Joan Crawford in her dewiest youth.

I had never heard of it before, but Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! is now my favorite title for a Joan Crawford movie, followed by this one. No wonder poor Joan went nuts with the wire hangers; producers were always making fun of her through her films' titles.

For your viewing pleasure, überbrat Veda says things to Joan Crawford we all wish we could, including that other word that ends in -mp: "You think just because you've made a little money, you can get a new hairdo and some expensive clothes and turn yourself into a lady. But you can't, because you'll never be anything but a common frump!"

Sure Veda, but Crawford's name lives even today. I don't remember Blue Öyster Cult rockin' a tune about how Ann Blyth Has Risen From the Grave, do you? (Bandon Burt)

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