Interesting name, right! Well, it’s Saturday night, I’m single, and quite frankly, I think it’s high time for a movie date. Now, it’s a little bit different when you’re single in that it looks like a date, feels like a date, but so not a date kind of thing, but I digress…let’s talk about tonight’s pick. A classic film – B&W style.
1945’s The Valley of Decision was a huge hit earning over four times it’s budget at the box office. Based on Marcia Davenport’s popular, eponymic novel, this black and white starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck is a perfect choice for a movie night. It’s sort of 1945’s version of Atlas Shrugged (published 1957),except without all of that Objectivist philosophy mumbo jumbo – classic love story, interesting characters, the search to create a cheaper, more versatile steel…like they say, nothing new under the sun! Set in the late 1800s, the book follows three generations of the fictional Scott family, owners of Pittsburgh iron and steel works. The movie hones in on the taboo’d relationship developing between steel wunderkind Paul Scott (Peck) and the family servant Mary Rafferty (Garson). Ooh aah.
A little movie trivia for you! Garson’s work as Mary Rafferty earned her her fifth consecutive Oscar nomination, which was a record at that time (Bette Davis would later tie her record, but it’s a record that still stands today). The film features an all-star cast with Gregory Peck and Jessica Tandy in one of their earliest on screen rolls, Lionel Barrymore in one of his last film appearances and Greer Garson with yet another flawless performance. In summary, you have humble servant girl Mrs. Miniver driving a superior Miss Daisy mad crazy all in pursuit of gorgeous Gregory Peck. Miss Daisy might have money and class, but Mrs. Miniver’s got an Irish accent and she knows how to use it. How do you like them apples!
So make yourself a turkey pastrami sandwich, pour yourself a glass of wine and go on a “date” with Gregory Peck! Sure beats your online garden variety dating!
Prep Time: 5 minutes Serving Size: 1 sandwich
2 slices of your favorite bread (I’m using a rosemary sourdough)
1-2 slices of Provolone cheese
1/4 pound turkey pastrami
1 serving Sweet Onion Slaw
Toast your bread, assemble your sandwich and enjoy!