In a nod to Valentine's Day tomorrow, we pay tribute to that most romantic location...the drugstore.
Oh, my, how we've seen time and again that first flush of passion amid the nostrums and patent medicine, and comic books, and tuna melt sandwiches at the lunch counter.
Only recently we were witness to the lusty scene of forbidden love over the costmetics counter in Richard Basehart's drugstore in "Tension" (1949). Here, in that sexy white coat, he woos Cyd Charisse with acne cream. Or something.
Dana Andrews, again in that sexy white coat, which is bona fide chick magnet, seduces Teresa Wright in the drugstore with perfume in "The Best Years of our Lives" (1946).
Even the very young are not immune to the romance of the drugstore. Puberty strikes young George Bailey and young Mary Hatch pretty hard in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946).
She whispers into his deaf ear as he prepares a sundae for her, "I"ll love you 'til the day I die." Garbo never uttered more sultry words.
The drugstore is a place not only for romance, but for romantic rivalries. No nightclub was ever so rife with players in the game of love.
Makes you want to slip out for some Vick's Vap-O-Rub or disposable razors, doesn't it? Better doll up a little. You never know what chance meeting may occur in the prostetics aisle to change your life.
Happy Valentine's Day.