This is the most wonderful time of the year, and every year it seems to come earlier and earlier. But that’s another story for another time.
This story, is about a one of my all time favorite Christmas films.
Every December I take out my favorite holiday movies so I can watch them over and over. I got everything from the classics “White Christmas,” it’s a Wonderful Life,” to more recent favorites like “Elf” and “Love Actually.”
There are also the not so traditional Christmas movies like the original “Die Hard” and Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns.” Another not so traditional favorite of mine is the 1983 comedy. “Trading Places.”
Way back when I was a wee little nerd growing up in the Boston area, I discovered “Trading Places” one December on WSBK TV 38. Back then, the local channel had aired a variety of movies hosted by Dana Hersey. And one year, “Trading Places” made the holiday playlist.
I loved everything about “Trading Places”: The cast, the poor guy vs. the rich jerks, Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, and the Activia lady in their prime, it was all great. After seeing the movie just once, I had a new holiday favorite.
And because these were the dark days before dvds, my only chance to watch the movie was during the Christmas season. I think I tried renting the movie one time at Blockbuster, but because it was rated R, I ended up with a kids movie.
Anyways, several years later I finally bought the dvd, and I was shocked because there was one important scene cut from the film. When the movie aired on WSBK, there was a scene in which Clarence Beeks steals the USDA report on orange crop forecasts.
I remember the scene because Beeks sits down with a security guard and they talk about the 1950 film “Sunset Boulevard.” Beeks then knocks out the poor old security guard, and steals the crop report.
I know I didn’t dream this scene up, but it’s not any dvd copy that I know of, and its never shown on television either. Meanwhile, my wifey think I made up the whole thing, but I know there was a missing scene.