Darlings, it’s time once again for our annual (now in its
SEVENTH EIGHTH year) T Lo Christmas tradition, the perennial “White Christmas,” done up T Lo-style, reposted once again for all our sisters out there. For there were never such devoted sisters. So many times over the years we wanted to edit this one because we kept thinking of new jokes or because we felt a line didn’t land the way we wanted to, but the more long-term and devoted of our Bitter Kittens would have our heads if we changed a word. Besides, we like that it’s getting so old now it stands as a sort of artifact of our earliest days of publishing together. Enjoy your holidays, kittens! And here’s to a fabulous 2014 2015 for one and all. Luvyameanit.
Our story starts with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as Wallace and Davis. entertaining duo and gay lovers. Okay, not lovers. Instead, they’re old foxhole buddies from the war who later teamed up to sing and dance their way to stardom and that doesn’t sound gay AT ALL.
Like a lot of former soldiers in the ’50s, they get their kicks by going to drag shows. Unfortunately, this one features real women, The Haynes Sisters, played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, in a casting salute to both bulimia and anorexia.
Feeling a tingle deep down inside, their inner urges take over and the boys find themselves fulfilling a lifetime longing. Badly. You just know Danny wanted desperately to try on the whole outfit.At any rate, there’s what passes for sexual tension in 1954 between the boys and the girls, and then things happen in the story after that but no one sings or dances, so it’s all a bit of a blur. The boys find themselves sitting up all night on a train to Vermont singing about, of all things, snow.
This was not Irving Berlin’s finest work. Maybe it was code for cocaine. It would explain a lot.
“To see a great big man entirely made of snow…”
Judging by her nipplitis, Vera’s been rubbing snow all over herself.
Hopped up on “snow,” and with no room to dance on the train, the fidgety quartet decides to make a diorama while singing at each other.
The girls try to mount a show but there just aren’t enough gay men in 1954 Vermont to come out and see their special form of drag. In typical musical fashion, the foursome decide to mount a huge Broadway-style show to bring in the crowds. Because huge Broadway-style shows solve EVERYTHING.
Then Vera comes out. Vera scares us a little. For one, she’s literally built like a Barbie doll and secondly, she appears to want to have sex with everything. All the time.
See? She wants to rip off that ugly green tuxedo and mount him right there on the stage!
Not that we can blame her. He’s hot. And that tux hurts the eyes.
Check it out. It’s the number that makes the picture. In fact, it’s such a fantastic number that it kind of sticks out in such a treacly, mediocre film.
Just a quaint New England Inn.
Hey General! Did you ever think you’re losing money because you apparently built a massive entertainment complex in the middle of the woods? The heating bills alone are probably what did him in. What did they used to keep in this barn, elephants?
Anyway, later that night, Bing and Rosemary meet in the bar to sing at each other about sheep and blessings while eating liverwurst sandwiches and buttermilk, which explains why she gained 300 pounds and why he beat his kids.
Sexually frustrated, Vera throws caution to the wind and has sex with Guido right on the stage in front of the whole company.
Bing runs off to New York in pursuit of Rosemary and finds her cavorting onstage with a gaggle of gay men right after she apparently took a roast out of the oven.
Fierce dress, girl. And yes, that’s George Chakiris.
He tries to apologize to her for making fun of her farts, but she won’t hear it.
Because she’s a bitch.
After Bing leaves, she has a sudden realization. “Shit. These skinny little New York queens I’ve been hanging out with are never gonna give me the long and hard like I know Bing can!”
So she high-tails it back to Vermont, where she and Vera dress like men to get the boys’ motors running.
Then, they all put on the gayest costumes ever designed.
And try to get a 3-way going right there on stage. Vera is hurt and breaks it up. Bing is pissed.
“Okay kids, I want you to hold those candles nice and straight, you hear me? Or I’ll beat the shit out of each and every one of you.”
All’s well that ends well and the whole company forces local children to appear onstage with them, all of whom clearly are dying of embarrassment. Except the little boy on the right, who grew up to open a leather bar on Fire Island.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, POODLES!
[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures – Stills: tomandlorenzo.com – Video Credit: YouTube]