Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Hollywood Freudian Slip?

Okay, maybe it's not a textbook Freudian slip, but I couldn't think of any other way to get across my meaning in the following post. Irony, maybe?

In 1942, a delicious little movie called "The Male Animal" was released. It starred Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland and Jack Carson. It's pretty funny, but one line really grabbed me this morning and gave me a chuckle.

If you follow politics these days, the frequently-repeated charge is that the far right has taken over the Republican Party in recent years . . . at least since 1980. While you might hear some liberal Republicans making the charge, most of the disdain comes from the Democrats and other leftists.

In "The Male Animal," Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland are a married couple. Jack Carson is the third person in a triangle of sorts. Toward the end, when both Fonda and Carson are nursing hangovers, Ms. de Havilland (in an effort to crack both their heads together) mentions to Carson that they could leave for his town and live together (despite her being married to Fonda). Both Fonda and Carson are horrified, and Carson points out that it wouldn't work, because -- among other things -- his town is a Republican town.

Isn't that rich? In other words, Democrats don't get hung up on silly little things like adultery as much as Republicans do.

I had to howl at that one. If that was a punch line back in 1942, it's interesting that some are trying to argue that the GOP only recently discovered sexual mores. Regardless, it does fascinate me that the far left always seems to want to defend the indefensible. The more libertine, the more hotly they will defend it and make excuses.

We haven't seen anything yet.


Palm boy said...

Still enjoying your Film Noir, I see. :D

Solameanie said...

Actually, this one was a comedy, not a film noir.

This explains film noir. A good starter for you would be "Out of the Past" with Robert Mitchum, or "The Big Sleep" with Humphrey Bogart.