Wednesday, December 15, 2010
In what may be a perfect storm of a sketch, Carol Burnett and Company tear Gone With the Wind a new one; one wonders what Margaret Mitchell would have made of it all. Guest star Dinah Shore is luminous as ever, but it's Harvey Korman's wicked impression of Clark Gable that steals the show. I'm showing it here in honour of the world premiere - on this date in 1939 - of the acclaimed film version of the famous book.
Containing such classic comedy moments as the curtain dress (complete with tassle hat, curtain rod shoulder pads, and its own picture-perfect punchline: 'I saw it in a window and I just couldn't resist'), an energetic performance by Vicki Lawrence as a high-strung white slave who learns to whup herself, and considerable mishegas on an impossibly long staircase (such as aping Scarlett's tumble in the original), it's almost enough to make you forget what an unfunny place the Old South actually was.
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