In yesterday’s post, I wrote about Mr. B, a widower who generously opens up his home to show movies to small groups of friends in his basement movie theater. This is the second year in a row that Joe and I and our friends paid a visit to Mr. B and his holiday show. In the comments of that post, Kathy wondered if Mr. B was really Santa Claus.
I’m not too sure if he’s the actual Santa Claus, but I’m positive he’s one of Santa’s helpers.
Mr. B kept last night’s film choice a surprise. During the drive to his house, my mind considered which holiday movie we were going to see on his large screen. White Christmas? It’s A Wonderful Life? Holiday Inn? Christmas In Connecticut?
No, Mr. B had a different Christmas gift in mind, a film that his audience had never seen — The Lemon Drop Kid. This comedy not only starred Bob Hope as a good-natured con man, it also introduced “Silver Bells” to the world.
In this clip, Bob Hope and his co-star, Marilyn Maxwell, (with some harmonizing help from William Frawley of “I Love Lucy”) celebrate Christmastime in the city — sprinkling ite with some humor that’s politically incorrect by today’s standards.
Ladies and Gentlemen, “Silver Bells.”