Joseph Cotten snacks on a leftover leg from the icebox in “Since You Went Away” (1944). Claudette Colbert is about to get him a glass of milk. Today we acknowledge the post-Thanksgiving tradition of leftovers.
Being thankful for one’s blessings softens the otherwise somewhat obscene nature of a holiday where we do nothing but eat until we are sick. And then enjoy leftovers for days afterward. In a world where millions go hungry, we surely must also be thankful that we have leftovers that last for days.
Alexis Smith seems thankful to have that turkey leg here in “One More Tomorrow” (1946). That’s Dennis Morgan pouring her a cocktail. I, too, like to eat leftovers in evening clothes, wearing white opera gloves as I chow down on a turkey leg. A gentleman in white tie and tails pouring me champagne is one of the things I am most thankful for.
My word, but she’s enjoying that turkey leg. She gnaws on it all during the conversation like a junkyard dog.
We’ll visit with Alexis on Thursday when we celebrate the anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth in “The Adventures of Mark Twain” (1944), starring Fredric March. One hopes she’ll have done eating by then and we can get down to business.