Poster for an Imaginary Film

Did I ever tell you the story of Snow On My Feet?

We were all sitting around the dinner table and, as always, Karen asked Nate to talk to us. He could ask his brothers how their day went, tell us about his day, or spout anything of interest. He chose to spout.

“Did you know about the 1965 movie Snow On My Feet?” We did not and told him so.

“It’s a musical starring Ethel Merman and Buddy Hackett and it takes place in a ski lodge.”

I know a lot about movies. Not every title ever made, but enough that a 1965 film with Buddy Hackett would be on my radar. I suspected he was making it up, though Karen gave him the benefit of the doubt. He is quite encyclopedic on many things, but I smelled a rat and strolled to the computer and IMDB. Busted! There’s no such movie.

So how do you explain this? (click to see)

Snow On My Feet

As our two computers die a slow death, I’ve been doing much backing up and came across this Powerpoint slide. Nate created a pretty nice poster for his imaginary film. I particularly like the font and use of colors. His placement of Merman on top shows his knowledge of who deserved top billing.

My guess is that Nate, who loves It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, was taken by the performances of Merman and Hackett and wanted to team them up again in a buddy picture. He’d make a good Hollywood executive: he likes tried and true actors and age-old themes and is happy to repeat the pattern to death.

Don’t believe me? Nate could have come up with remakes and reissues like The Lion King 3D, The Thing, and Footloose, all presently at a theater near you.


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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