Is this the Potato farm?

I was watching “Good News” on Turner Classic Movies – the college setting, plot and characters are unbearably cheesy, but the music is great, and Joan McCracken, with whom I was unfamiliar until I saw parts of this movie a few months ago, is absolutely terrific.

Anyway, Mel Tormé sings “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” which reminded me of the scene in “Top Secret!” in which Val Kilmer’s Elvis-like character, Nick Rivers, is approached by young fans in a German restaurant, and denies being Nick Rivers. Instead, he tells them his name is Mel Tormé, leaving the girls disappointed. Later, some of the French Resistance characters, questioning whether Nick has betrayed them, point out that they know little about his background. “How do we know you’re not Mel Tormé?” the leader of the resistance asks Nick.

It then occurred to me that the Venn diagram of “people who are watching ‘Good News’ on TCM right now” and “people who can quote a million lines from “Top Secret!” must have very little overlap.

I told Harriett Stewart today that I have eclectic tastes in music. I guess that applies to movies too.


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