It's Only A Paper Moon
Oh, dear. June is just around the corner. I'm kicking into a state of high whimsy. What can I say? It's how I survive the summer.
Last week, the girls and I (briefly) attended the annual ice cream social at the historical museum. And look! They had a paper moon photo booth! It was a wet and rainy day, so I didn't even have my good camera with me. Big Sis and I took photos of each other, though, which I processed to a pulp via a couple of apps. But they're still cool, right? I want to make a big "paper" moon for parties. I found a spiffy DIY. I may try to talk Mr. B into the project sometime.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite VHS tapes to rent over and over was Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 film Paper Moon. (Must have been a Ryan O'Neal thing. My other go-to movie was Irreconcilable Differences.) A lot of the adult stuff went over our heads, and we knew better than to smoke or cuss like Addie. What I loved were Madeline Kahn as Trixie DeLight ("This baby's got to go winky tinky!"), and the fact it took place in Kansas. [The novel on which the movie was based, Addie Pray, takes place in Alabama.]
Of course, it opened with the song. "It's Only A Paper Moon" was written in 1933 by Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose, for a failed Broadway show. It went on to be featured in a 1933 Warner Bros. film called Take A Chance, where it's performed by June Knight and Buddy Rogers. The first big hit record was recorded by Paul Whitman and His Orchestra, with vocals by Peggy Healy. This is the version heard at the beginning of Paper Moon.
My favorite recording? That would be the 1933 record by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards. Best known today as the voice of Jiminy Cricket, Edwards was also in Take A Chance. He also introduced the song "Singin' in the Rain" in the movie Hollywood Revue of 1929.
Earlier today, I assembled a Pinterest board called "It's Only A Paper Moon." This may be my favorite pinboard ever. I had a wonderful time hunting for vintage paper moon postcards and photographs. Some were from the turn of the last century, when Tin Pan Alley songs like "Shine On, Harvest Moon" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" were hits. Some are from the Dust Bowl-era. Until the 1930s or '40s, the paper moon photograph was quite common.
There's a wonderful collection of paper moon photos, both vintage and modern, in the "It's Only a Paper Moon" Flickr pool.
More goodies from my Pinboard:
Hope you found something to "moon" over this May evening!
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