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Tag Archive: movies

Dec 11

Are you sure you ain’t Santa? (Christmas, Clark Griswold style—Last in a series)

Clark Griswold: “Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa’s sleigh on its way in from New York City.” (The kids sit up excitedly.)

Cousin Eddie (after a pause): “You serious, Clark?
—National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989.

 

Yes, Eddie.  Clark is indeed serious about something as important as Santa Claus.

In this Full Circle series about the movie Christmas Vacation, we are exploring favorite funny quotes as we follow Clark Griswold’s frantic attempts to create the perfect family Christmas.

Even though the Griswold home is beset by countless calamities, Clark never gives up on Santa.

One of my favorite scenes is when little Ruby Sue (cousin Eddie’s daughter who had a very bleak Christmas last year) catches Clark looking out the window and daydreaming. She thinks he might be Santa because he has been so good to them.

Ruby Sue asks, “Uncle Clark, are you sure you ain’t Santa Claus?”

Clark replies, “No, I ‘m not Santa Claus. Wish I was.”

Clark is about to have a bleak Christmas himself since he spent all his cash including his expected Christmas bonus on a new swimming pool. Worried his big bonus might not come at all, Clark laments, “I’m sure I am not Santa.  I can’t even afford to be an elf.”

In the dialogue that ensues, Clark Griswold promises Ruby Sue that Santa will come despite all their worries.

“I happen to know for a fact that Santa Claus is real,” he says.

He swears,  “In the next couple of days I’m gonna prove it to you. You know every year he comes to our house! I’ve seen him!”

Who could be more passionate about Santa and the season than Clark?

Most of us are more like Cousin Eddie, I fear.

When the holidays become a mess as they are want to do, when visiting families decide they have had just about enough fun for one year and try to leave early, and when we feel like giving up on Santa’s magic, perhaps we could follow Clark’s lead instead and press on waiting hopefully for Santa.

Clark: “Nobody’s leaving… Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas…we’re all in this together…we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Cosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye. And when Santa squeezes…down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch… this side of the nuthouse.”

“Hallelujah! Where’s the Tylenol?”

Clark, are you sure you ain’t Santa?

Dec 11

Are you sure you ain’t Santa? (Christmas, Clark Griswold style—Last in a series)

 

Clark Griswold: “Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa’s sleigh on its way in from New York City.” (The kids sit up excitedly.)
Cousin Eddie (after a pause): “You serious, Clark?
—National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989.

Yes, Eddie. Clark is indeed serious about something as important as Santa Claus.

In this Full Circle series about the movie Christmas Vacation, we are exploring favorite funny quotes as we follow Clark Griswold’s frantic attempts to create the perfect family Christmas.

Even though the Griswold home is beset by countless calamities, Clark never gives up on Santa.

One of my favorite scenes is when little Ruby Sue (cousin Eddie’s daughter who had a very bleak Christmas last year) catches Clark looking out the window and daydreaming. She thinks he might be Santa because he has been so good to them.

Ruby Sue asks, “Uncle Clark, are you sure you ain’t Santa Claus?”
Clark replies, “No, I ‘m not Santa Claus. Wish I was.”

Clark is about to have a bleak Christmas himself since he spent all his cash including his expected Christmas bonus on a new swimming pool. Worried his big bonus might not come at all, Clark laments, “I’m sure I am not Santa. I can’t even afford to be an elf.”

In the dialogue that ensues, Clark Griswold promises Ruby Sue that Santa will come despite all their worries.

“I happen to know for a fact that Santa Claus is real,” he says.

He swears, “In the next couple of days I’m gonna prove it to you. You know every year he comes to our house! I’ve seen him!”

Who could be more passionate about Santa and the season than Clark?

Most of us are more like Cousin Eddie, I fear.

When the holidays become a mess as they are want to do, when visiting families decide they have had just about enough fun for one year and try to leave early, and when we feel like giving up on Santa’s magic, perhaps we could follow Clark’s lead instead and press on waiting hopefully for Santa.

Clark: “Nobody’s leaving… Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas…we’re all in this together…we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Cosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye. And when Santa squeezes…down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch… this side of the nuthouse.”

“Hallelujah! Where’s the Tylenol?”

Clark, are you sure you ain’t Santa?

Mar 31

Butch and Sundance still have their swagger

Nothing is more sobering than the realization that time simply disappears and entire decades pass “quicker than a wink”.

What brought me to this latest revelation about time passing by so rapidly was a story I noticed a few months ago. It concerned Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

I saw the article last year while surfing the web, printed it out, and slipped it into a bright orange file folder marked “Ideas.” There it sat all this time until the other night when the two of them decided to appear in an otherwise uninteresting dream.

I had been talking to my brother before I went to bed that night, and I am quite sure they popped into my dream because we were discussing their famous western film and this article just before I went to sleep.

Well, there in my dream as youthful and strong as you please were these two legendary stars. They were confidently displaying their trademark, irresistible braggadocio and swagger. We fans adored them for it back then not to mention their striking blue eyes, all of which they still have by the way.

In my dream, they looked just like they did nearly four decades ago!

Since I happened to remember this particular dream, probably because of their drop-dead gorgeous good looks, I went searching for the aforementioned article post haste.

Sure enough, there it was long forgotten in the orange folder.

The story’s title caught my attention immediately, “Crutch Cassidy and the Sunset Kid!”

Clemmie Moodie was the web author on a site originating in the UK.

She wrote about the fact that Sundance (Robert Redford) now looks more like Sunset than Sundance. She assumed that the 80-something Paul Newman probably needed a crutch because he had to lean on Redford at the 25th anniversary (in 2006) of the Sundance Institute.

I must admit that the title of the article “Crutch Cassidy and the Sunset Kid” was indeed humorous.

Moodie argued “even Hollywood superstars, of course, are not immune to the ravages of time.”

Paul Newman says that is not so bad.

Moodie quoted him as saying, “I’m not vain and insecure like many of my fellow actors and actresses. Quite frankly, I like the way I look. I’m not jumping on the Hollywood bandwagon and turning the clock back with a facelift. So what if my face is falling apart? I don’t give a damn. Everyone thinks they can stay pretty for ever, but some come out of Beverly Hills surgeries looking scary to me. Everyone in Tinseltown is getting pinched, lifted and pulled. For many, it has become a sick obsession. They lose some of their soul when they go under the knife and end up looking body-snatched.”

See, “Crutch” still has his strut! And as for “Sunset”, he doesn’t admit in the web story to any facelifts either. He says he just splashes cold water on his face to tighten his facial muscles.

In my dream, 38 years after the movie’s unveiling, I could still see one memorable scene as though it was yesterday. Butch and Sundance were about to jump off a cliff into a raging mountain river in a desperate attempt to escape the relentless pursuit of a posse.

I called my brother the morning after the dream to help me reconstruct that scene since he had committed their parts to memory nearly 40 years earlier.

Just as I expected, he didn’t miss a line.

Butch Cassidy to Sundance when he refused to jump off the cliff: “What’s the matter with you?”

Sundance Kid: “I can’t swim.”

Butch Cassidy: “Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.”

And with that, they jumped from who knows how high, maybe 75 feet, and survived.

Crutch and Sunset? Phooey. On film or in my dreams, Butch and Sundance will never lose their swagger.

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