On the Edge: Just like in the movies?

Is not it humorous how life will be like within the films? However not everybody has blissful endings.

Names are modified right here to guard the harmless.

Within the 70s, there have been Jack and Jill (names modified for safety).

Jack and I met at Columbia Studios’ Comedy Workshop and determined to be a well-known comedy workforce like Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis in “Some Prefer it Scorching”.

However his Jill did not discover it humorous working for change, so she left him for a wealthy producer. Based mostly on a real story.

So Jack remarried and swallowed his dream, and now (I am advised) he is a rich, sad lawyer who cracks jokes on women in bars and drinks an excessive amount of, like Dean Martin on nearly all the pieces.


Considered one of our gang was Billy Gleason. His girlfriend Joyce thought she can be the spouse of a strong tv producer like Billy’s father, and have an enormous home in Beverly Hills and have the Kardashians over for dinner.

However a 12 months after they had been married, Billy modified his thoughts. He wished to boost chickens, like Fred MacMurray in “The Egg and Me”, who went into the egg enterprise, raised a household and chickens, like within the films.

“See, there’s good cash in eggs,” Billy advised Joyce.

“Do they permit chickens in Beverly Hills backyards?” requested Joyce.

“After all not. We’ll get a farm within the nation, and you may assist me accumulate the eggs. It’s going to be enjoyable,” he stated.

Joyce left tire tracks within the driveway.


Then there’s my film.

After a lifetime of warfare films, I joined the Air Drive, which despatched me to school in South Carolina, the place I fell in love with Betty Jo, a lady whose father was “The Rice King” of the South. Betty Jo regarded like Elizabeth Taylor and drove a pink convertible, like in “A Place within the Solar”. I used to be in love.

Like all Nineteen Fifties Southern women who fall in love with cute, mendacity Yankees in blue uniforms, she began selecting out bridesmaids from her sorority.

“And then you definately will be the ‘Rice King’ of the South, like Dad. You want rice, do not you JP?”

“After all,” I stated, inhaling her White Shoulders fragrance within the moonlight. “Who would not like rice?”

Rice to me meant what was within the white bowl at Chinese language eating places, Rice Krispies, and the issues they throw at weddings, like in “4 Weddings and a Funeral.”


“Have you learnt I will probably be an actor once I get again from Korea?”

She grabbed her pearls. “You imply like within the films?”

“No, an actual actor, like on stage in New York.”

Betty Jo drove away in her Caddy and married a Cadillac salesman. Actual story.

I believe Betty dreamed that we might be like Paul Newman and Liz Taylor in “Cat On a Scorching Tin Roof.” I appreciated the film, however I hate grits.

I wrote a unique script. I married a very good trying dancer/actor who occurred to be the daughter of a New England decide who stated I might do no matter she wished. Think about.


“Can I be a film star?”


“A painter?”


“Elevating chickens or planting rice?”

“Positive, no matter.”


“I believe I’ll be a author,” I whispered.

So right here we’re, in an enormous white home on a hill in New England, like in “On Golden Pond”.

To see? Completely satisfied ending.

JP Devine is a Waterville author.

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