Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bear Found an Old Photograph of Him

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Although Judging Angels is finished - "it's over, but has it ended?" - there will always be a tweak here and there, at least for an obsessive Bear.  So, there may or may not be anything new here before October First: submission day. And the Bear's and Red Death's anniversary: 40 years. (Ginger Rogers wished she were Red Death.)

The Bear and Ginger Rogers both worked for RKO in the 1930s. He surprised her on the set one day (which is probably why she looks terrified, and appears to be pushing the Bear's paw away with her right hand). Later, though, we met again at one of Howard Hughes' parties, and the Bear introduced her to his style of dancing.

Ginger did not like Communists. (In fact, her mother Lela testified before HUAC.) We had that in common, which is ironic, since the Bear had been awarded the honor of Hero of the Bolshevik Revolution through an almost comic series of misunderstandings.

Ginger always said the Bear was a better dancer (in his own way) than Fred Astaire.

Hollywood  was a tremendously corrupting environment for an innocent B movie Bear. He does not know if any of his movies even survived. He certainly hopes not. He was never able to convince directors that Bears were not found in Africa.




Much later, Ginger was kind enough to provide the Bear with
the autograph he had failed to obtain earlier.

19 comments:

  1. Red Death does not look as fearsome and unreasonable as you always make her out to be. It appears she has baked you a cake; a small cake, true. But she seems like a good looking lass with a good heart.

    You, of course, miss all of her ample gifts and just have your nose in the air smelling her cake. Which I'm sure you downed with a single bite and never a "Thank You Very Much!".

    p.s. If that was not Red Death, but another woman, my apologies to you both.

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    1. You need to read the writing. Red Death wasn't born until decades later, so no apologies necessary. Except to me. I do not portray Red Death as unreasonable. She always has her reasons. I'm just sure what they are sometimes.

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    2. Bear, well due to my slow, 128 k dial up modem connection The text and the autographed picture didn't show up until just now. Just saw the first one. And stupid me, I had to hit the "Publish" button.

      My apologies. That comes across as the stupidest post I ever wrote. Congratulations! I give that to you, free, to your Commenter Hall of Shame. I'm sure I've got lots of material there by now.


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    3. No, Brian, it was hilariously loopy. I loved it. It does sort of look like a cake.

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    1. The Bear got lucky. And he does have an autographed picture of her, or didn't you know?

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  3. We like old movies too, and Ginger and Fred (Bear's better dancing notwithstanding).

    It's interesting to note movies from the very early thirties, before The Code are relentless in their sexual themes and especially the near-nakedness of women. Truly scandalous. Later when The Code came in things became more traditional. But very soon the old evils were introduced. Almost all the themes were divorce, re-marriage, and the 'fun' is portrayed in comedies featuring the heart throbs of the day. In dramas and film noir we have anti-heroes being allowed to do damned near anything they wanted because they had a grudge against the world.

    We swung back to tradition in the fifties and sixties but that did not last as the themes were still bad - just dressed up by Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart. Now? is there a movie that is watchable?

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    1. 1925 Ben Hur (silent) has topless 15-year-old girls scattering rose petals. In an ostensibly religion film.

      The Code was always voluntary on H-wood's part to avoid gov censorship. You're right, filmakers got quite a but under the radar, but even so the movies were cleaner and "No Country for Old Men" would not be made. (Of course, neither would "London Has Fallen.)

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    2. So, would possession of a copy of the 1925 Ben Hur today be considered possession of child pornography?

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    3. I certainly hope not. Seriously, under federal law, no, since there is no sexual intent. What I call the "bathing exception." Yet even there, I would be very careful. A bad divorce and an over-zealous prosecutor can put you in the old trick bag, depending. Since that was before records keeping requirements, you could argue age. There are some weird cases where courts have found nudity innocent. And the feds know the codes for all the most common files. They are watching for downloads. They could devote the entire FBI and fed courts to child pornography if they wanted to. But mostly not even close age-wise.

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    4. To be clear this was not a question of personal concern. I'm sure you've picked up by now that I often lead with a feint.

      My followup is a complaint about what I'd call the "Hollywood exception"--sometimes called the "art exception" or in America "free speech". I'm going to forgo the rest of the rant that would follow from that.

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    5. Well, in practice, there is little doubt, unfortunately, as the Bear can sadly attest from his cases. He's never seen a close case.

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  4. I know you're a Bear, and don't take advice from humans so well, but you should have played a part in "London has Fallen". I know it's been a long time since you've been in the movies, but it would have reinvigorated your career. If you aren't interested in the next film in the series, I suggest you contact Mel Gibson.

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    1. I left Hollywood once because I was typecast. As a Bear. I really want to direct.

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  5. Most folks don't realize bear was part of the Austin cosmic cowboy scene in the ''70s. You really get around bear.

    http://youtu.be/NoOb4nnkID4

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    1. In the 70s I had already completely immersed myself in my human persona, more or less.

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  6. October First: submission day.

    I can't believe Bear would ever have a "submission day". A Declaration Day, yes: "Here's the book. Now publish it!"

    BTW, a tip the Bear no doubt does not need. Make sure Red Death does not doubt you are celebrating the anniversary, and not the completion of the book. If nothing else, it ought be her day of triumph over that fictional red head that's been monopolizing so much of your attention.

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    1. Red Death will celebrating the submission more than anyone. But then there is "Revised Version Submission Day," and more work after that than you imagine, not to exclude the next one hard on its heels :-)

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