Oh man, today’s one of those “suck-it-up” days. Running on four hours of sleep is no bueno and trying to watch the Robert Aldrich directed Kiss Me Deadly was not gonna happen. Don’t get me wrong, I can immerse myself in the seedy, pulpy underworld of Mike Hammer and Mickey Spillane, but only on a full night’s rest. So with that in mind, I had to go with the shortest movie I could find – Lady and the Tramp.
Clocking in at 76 minutes, it is by far the shortest movie of the year. Other classics flirt with the two hour mark: Man With The Golden Arm (120 min), East of Eden (115 min), Rebel Without A Cause (111 min) and Diabolique (114 min). And while I would be tempted to showcase Grace Kelly at her most radiant, I never really liked the ending of To Catch a Thief, so a pass on that.
Which leaves me with Robert Mitchum’s The Night of the Hunter, but, then, again, we’re venturing into noir territory. So Lady and the Tramp it is, with it’s sugary sweet romance and classic hand-drawn animation. And those damn Siamese cats. I hated them as a kid and I hate them even more now. I wish a cartoon anvil would fall on them and we could move on with the story. And with that, time to whack myself with a wooden cartoon mallet and drift off into dreamland… hopefully sans Siamese cats.
* For those who don’t know who Domo-kun is, click here. (Basically, he’s a Japanese cartoon monster that eats cats.)