April 6, 1917 [Teddy at the Throttle]
The United States has formally declared war on Germany. Wilson's been blinded by the lightning of history. I listened to Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major. It would be presumptuous of me to mention how beautiful it is, so I won't. My children are sleeping, as is my wife. It's too late to write anything--although I did see some damned thing--Teddy at the Throttle, in which Bobby Vernon, Wallace Beery and Gloria Swanson--by auto, bicycle, train--attempt either to hoodwink, love, chase, or crush each other. In the end, the survivors, like so many before them--but how many from now on?--ride cozily on a cow-catcher, the wind and rain long forgotten, the villain thwarted, easy as drowning kittens. Once again, what fun the cinema provides!
Posted by Paul J. Marasa at 4/21/2008 01:11:00 PM