Myra Breckinridge (1970) (part 2 of 12)

With that hilarity under its belt, we now get our first exposure to the movie’s major gimmick, which will also prove to be a major source of irritation. I’m referring to how clips from older movies in the 20th Century Fox library will be arbitrarily spliced into the movie. Occasionally, these clips will actually relate to what’s happening in the story, but more often than not, they’ll be chosen completely at random.

Like right here, for instance, where we get a clip from the Shirley Temple film Stowaway. A white guy made up to look Asian asks Shirley if she knows an “Amelican song”. This prompts Shirley to break out into “You Gotta S-M-I-L-E to be H-A-Double-P-Y”. The song continues in the background as a pair of white loafers stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I was having seriously unwelcome flashbacks to Moment by Moment, until I realized there’s no sign of Perry Como’s star. Instead, the feet stop when they get to Ann Miller’s star.

Mae West’s credit appears as an animated signature, and the white loafers do a little soft shoe over Ann Miller’s star and continue on. John Huston’s signature appears over Veronica Lake’s star, and the pair of loafers angrily kick a cigarette butt off Ms. Lake’s star.

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Multi-Part Article: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

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