Tuesday, August 21, 2007


AMC (American Movie Classics) tends to forget that they are supposed to be showing ACTUAL classics on their channel. Now, as someone whose blog title is "TravelGretta", I understand the reality of a potential, periodic material shortage, specifically related to the purported topic.


They were showing "Raising Helen" the other night. You know. The movie where Kate Hudson plays a self-absorbed twenty-something who is awarded custody of her deceased sister's children, and supposed hilarity ensues, along with some supposedly tender, heartwarming moments? An "American Movie Classic"? Egads. I could only watch the first 10 minutes, and then had to turn to the Cartoon Network for some thoughtful, intelligent dialogue.

Last night AMC remembered who they were, and showed "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".

I will remember what the name of MY channel is, and explain how this is travel-related:

Two kooky showgirls, Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) take a steamer-ship from New York to France. (New York to France - that is traveling). Hilarity ensues. Notsomuch the tender, heartwarming moments, as a lot of flashy song-and-dance numbers.

Lorelei: Excuse me, but what is the way to Europe, France?

Dorothy: Honey, France is IN Europe.

Lorelei: Well who said it wasn't?

Dorothy: Well... you wouldn't say you wanted to go to North America, Mexico.

Lorelei: If that's where I wanted to go, I would.

And then there's the whole "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" musical number, which is both classic and American.

I love all the old Monroe movies, and this week AMC is featuring a whole mess of them. If they really love me, they'll show "Some Like It Hot".

And if they want to punish me, they'll show "Raising Helen" again.