Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Julie Andrews (no, she's not Jewish), has made a lot of movies, and The Sound of Music is probably the one she's most associated with. Thoroughly Modern Millie probably doesn't ring a bell for most of our readers. After all, it was released in 1967.
Millie is a small-town girl who comes to New York during the "roaring twenties" in search of a secretarial job and an unattached boss. Before you can say "23 skidoo," Millie befriends fellow single girl Mary Tyler Moore and comes across a white slavery plot run by a hysterically funny Beatrice Lillie. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen contributed to the tuneful score.
Netflix calls it a feel-good, goofy romantic comedy. So what's it doing in Jewish Humor Central?
It's all about seeing something familiar in unexpected surroundings.
Just yesterday we posted a video of Daniel Ahaviel, dressed like the Chasid he is, fiddling a lively medley of Irish tunes in a performance worthy of Riverdance. In today's post the roles are reversed. Millie is noteworthy to us for a segment that takes place at a wedding, where Andrews, as a guest, suddenly starts singing in Yiddish. We hope you'll laugh as much as we did. Enjoy!