The Old-Fashioned Way

Two giants slugging it out.

The fat man and the tiny tyke square off in one of the great comedy scenes of all time, the highlight of an otherwise mostly-forgotten film.

W.C. Fields, doing double-takes and exasperated reactions like no one else could, stares down Baby LeRoy, a two-year-old titan of terror capable of stealing most scenes out from under his co-stars.

Locked in battle at the dinner table, they one-up each other until Fields delivers the coup de grâce with arguably the best kick ever captured on the silver screen.

A chef’s kiss to everyone involved.


The Music Man

Trouble, oh we got trouble, right here in River City!

My nephews have never seen this zippy ’60s musical, and yet, they kind of have, thanks to a love of The Simpsons fueled by Disney+.

The episode Marge vs. the Monorail, with Phil Hartman filling in for Robert Preston as a tuneful con artist, remains a high point for the series, and shows just how much The Music Man became ingrained in our national consciousness.

The original remains a fun time, with Preston in peak form.

“How far you going, friend?”

“Wherever the people are as green as the money … friend.”