Those of you that know me, know I split my time between the water and the city. When I am out on the island, the only thing on my screen on news, news and Cspan(s). Chuck Dolan, that tiny little man - owner of Long Island Cablevision - doesn't carry great old movie channels. Dolan singlehadnedly undermined the building of a sports stadium here in Manhattan (would have hurt his Madison Square Garden, but that for another day.) Oedipus at the Garden, as if a bloody battle with the mayor wasn’t bad enough, Cablevision scion James Dolan (Chuckie's son) is now locked in a wrenching power struggle with his father. Whatever.
Anyway I got in late after doing an interview with Mike and Aaron over at PaPundits (Santorum country, lucky for them), for a podcast to be uploaded shortly. Excellent men both and it was a wildy interesting blogchat, I'll let you know when they post it. I shall say little else and let the interview speak for itself.
Anyway when I hit Gotham, imagine my delight when I tuned into TMC - Turner (how ironic that that mad left wing small screen mogul would own the best of the golden age in Hollywood) - Turner Movie Classics was showing "Let Freedom Ring" - 1939
Lionel Barrymore, Edward, Arnold, Charles Butterworth - classic. What a hoot!
"Let Freedom Ring is an undeservedly little-known "patriotic western" with comedy and, of course, music, written by veteran screenwriter Ben Hecht and featuring practically every character actor in Hollywood at the time (Victor McLaglen in a hilarious performance, Charles Butterworth ditto, the wonderful Edward Arnold, Lionel Barrymore, Raymond Walburn, Guy Kibbee, Gabby Hayes, H. B. Warner, Louis Jean Heydt) and the lovely and gentle Virginia Bruce as leading lady.
I came in on the closing speeches -- it was the opposite of everything being espoused today. Fighting for freedom, don't tread on me, the greatness of America....the whole nine yards. So great. It seems impossible that that Hollywood spawned modern day Hollywood where Vanessa Redgrave is negotiating to play Cindy Sheehan. The mind reels.