Thursday, July 22, 2010

The movie they should have made

Would you believe I have never actually seen Tammy and the Bachelor? It's airing tonight at 10:00 PM ET as part of TCM's look at "teen" movies -- although I think Debbie Reynolds would have been about 24 at the time the movie was made.

Mammy and the Bachelor (1939)The movie Hollywood should have made, however would be the more interesting version of Gone With the Wind in which Clark Gable chases after Hattie McDaniel while breaking Vivien Leigh's heart: Mammy and the Bachelor. At the very least, the interracial dating storyline would be far more daring than the actual Gone With the Wind, and probably would have been made more interesting than Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And it's not as if there were never any sexual relations between the races in the old South; I've already recommended Pinky and Imitation of Life before. One of these days, I'll have to write about Within Our Gates, a race film by Oscar Micheaux which covered some of the same ground from the opposite angle back in the 1920s.

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