Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bah humbug!

It has become something of a Christmas tradition for me to grouse about Christmas classics like The Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life. Well, this year I am striking out in a new direction. No Christmas fare on this blog, thank you very much. Instead, I am starting a series of excerpts from anti-Communist films. (All suggestions gratefully accepted.)

To start with, a nice easy one (believe me, they are not all like this): Peter Lorre, Jules Munshin and Joseph Buloff as the hapless commissars in Silk Stockings singing about their probable fate:

Merry Christmas!


  1. Belated wishes for a Merry Christmas and in time for a Happy New Year.

    The original Ninotchka isn't bad either. Billy Wilder had a hand in the screenplay of N, but why not go the whole way with One, Two, Three starring James Cagney?


    1. Oh I intend to. Don't worry. That is one of my favourite films.

  2. Parliamentarism didn't do too well today on the Continent, but then again when did it do well there?

    First we had this from the Greek PM:

    "It's not a question of what's good for me or New Democracy. It's best for the country that there are not snap elections." and "Greek people don't want elections" (Ever or just now? Enquiring minds...)

    And then we had Sweden where 6 of the main parties decided to cancel the extra elections in March and give the power to govern to the largest of the blocs, but still a minority, for the 3 years and 8 months that remain of the election period. All to hinder the Swedish Democrats to achieve another win in the all too rashly called for extra elections.

    They all sound like they were to the manor born. Could they have said it any better than Audrey fforbes-Hamilton:

    "Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people?"

    If that isn't a head-line for a blogpost, I don't know what else is. :-)


    1. Especially, as I frequently sympathize with the sentiment. I shall catch up with all that democracy pretty soon. But first, Russia. No-one can accuse that country of being a democracy