TV Influenced Me Too Much!

It is possible to be brainwashed. It doesn’t take an evil force or captivity as a prisoner of war. It’s possible to be brainwashed by Million Dollar Movie. Sadly, I am living proof.

I remember the first time I went to a movie theater to see the classic Gone With the Wind. As the projector began to roll, “Tara’s Theme,” the iconic title music for GWTW started to play.

It was so familiar, though I’d never seen the movie.

“Holy crap,” I muttered to myself, “that’s the theme from Million Dollar Movie!”

How sad. One of the world’s most beloved movies was on the big screen and all I could think of was how they were ripping off the nightly movie on Channel 9.

Damn you WOR-TV – look how you’ve ruined me!

I watched Million Dollar Movie much too often in the 50s and 60s. Whereas kids today own a DVD and play it a hundred times, back then we depended on Million Dollar Movie, which would play the same flick day-after-day-after-day for an entire week.

I can still deliver lines from “Yankee Doodle Dandy&#185” right along with Cagney, though I probably haven’t seen the film is 40 years (until just now – bless you youtube)!

There’s a downside to all this. There are times I’ll have an experience or hear a phrase or see a name and all of a sudden I’m pulled back to Million Dollar Movie. I can’t help myself. It’s embarrassing.

It happened last week. I was in Dunkin’ Donuts getting some coffee. The woman who helped me wore a two line name tag: Aurora, manager.

A movie flashed before me. Then the syrupy harmony of a 1940’s sister act. It was Patty, Maxine and Laverne in tight harmony.

You’re a sweet heart in a million

Ha ha ha ha Aurora

With your manner so Brazilian

Ha ha ha ha Aurora

When you smile and call me honey

Ha ha ha ha Aurora

Is it me or just my money?

Ha ha ha ha Aurora

Yeah, right there at Dunkin’ Donuts I broke into an Andrews Sister song from 1941’s “Hold That Ghost,” an acting tour de force for Abbott and Costello! If I’ve seen that movie once, I’ve seen it a hundred times.

It is possible to be brainwashed. It doesn’t take a KGB agent or captivity as a prisoner-of-war. It’s possible to be brainwashed by Million Dollar Movie. Sadly, I am living proof.

How can I ever buy coffee again?

&#185 – Not a lot of dialog in that clip, but you’ve got to see Cagney dance down a flight of stairs.

2 thoughts on “TV Influenced Me Too Much!”

  1. Geoff, I like the new layout except for one thing and that’s the comments link being at the top of the post. Annoying to have to go back up to see if there are any comments. It belongs at the bottom. There, I’ve had my say.

  2. I have made the change Mike wanted. I hope it makes this site easier to use.

    This blog, all blogs, are based on a series of templates which ‘marry’ the content with the style. I added a few lines of computer code in a language specifically designed for Movable Type, the blogging software I use.

    I am what’s commonly referred to as a ‘script kiddie’. I don’t know enough to write the programs myself, but I do have enough skill to modify someone else’s work.

    Script kiddie is the term, because this method of programming was often used by young kids modifying computer viruses!

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