Sunday, August 02, 2020

Tip#1207: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

This is Day 140 of the COVID-19 quarantine/social distancing here in Toronto, Canada.

It’s no secret that my passion for foods and films is what re-energizes and re-vitalizes my spirit anytime and anywhere! I recently enjoyed a day at St. Lawrence Market with a fellow foodie friend and lunched on their world famous Peameal Bacon on a Bun with five layers of bacon slathered in honey mustard. We also had another famous and enormous Veal Parmigiana with Eggplant sandwich called The Godfather.

We then indulged in other favourites like spinach pie pastries and fresh, crispy Portuguese custard tarts in Berczy Park with the famous dog fountain. My friend and I enthusiastically talked foods and films while soaking up the fresh air and summer sunshine. I was feeling so grateful for this chance to get out of isolation and hang out with a close buddy and share some delicious comfort foods for the soul.

These feel-good feelings reminded me of two classic oldie films I recently discovered that made me smile and laugh out loud. They both came out in the 1940’s and were fun and perfect movie medicine for the isolation of quarantine.

Hail the Conquering Hero (1941)

The satirical comedy, drama film, Hail the Conquering Hero, is about Woodrow Truesmith (Eddie Bracken), a discharged soldier, returning to his hometown and pretending to be a hero. He was encouraged by six Marines and led by Sergeant Heffelfinger (William Demarest). This entertaining, goofy and heartfelt story also stars Ella Raines, Georgia Caine, Raymond Walburn, Franklin Pangborn, Bill Edwards and Freddie Steele.
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This film was written and directed by ‎Preston Sturges who also did the magnificent Sullivan’s Travels and features the same wonderful balance of silly fun and heart. The story shows how lies and misunderstandings can get out of hand in a massive, hilarious way while showing the courage it must take for the hero to do the right thing. The film is also a heartfelt dedication to loving mothers everywhere!

The Lady Eve (1941)

The screwball comedy film, The Lady Eve, is about a socially awkward and wealthy heir, Charles Pike (Henry Fonda) targeted by card sharks until one of them, Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) falls in love with him. This hilarious movie features many memorable pratfalls and performances by the cast that also includes Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette and William Demarest.
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This film, also written and directed by ‎Preston Sturges, was so much fun and I laughed out loud at Charles’s “accidents” during the dinner party scene. And I was mesmerized by one of the sexiest/funny moments I’ve ever seen on screen between Charles and Jean in her cabin room aboard the cruise ship they meet on. Both Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda are truly delightful with an on-screen chemistry that made this movie one of my favourite new recent discoveries for feeling happy and re-energized!

Many old classic comedies were designed to lift the spirits of the audiences during challenging times of WWII. And they can now become resources for resilience in our current era. Add to that the important reminder to allow ourselves to indulge, in moderation, in our favourite foods as feel-good comfort foods. Find a food or film or even a friend to rejuvenate your positivity today!

Related Tips:
Tip#1202: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 8 – Paris Can Wait
Tip#1203: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 9 – The Client 
Tip#1204: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 10 – The Old Guard
Tip#1205: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter

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