Round these parts, no sooner did spring officially arrive then so did the snow.
I do not mind winter. If we pay for four seasons, we should take them. But five inches on March 24th is just mean.
So with spring fever raging, the only prescription is a movie to transport us to somewhere that’s green. What better movie to ring in the season than Disney’s Bambi? All the seasons put in an appearance here, but spring steals the show as the young prince and his friends, Thumper the rabbit and even Flower the skunk fall victim to spring’s first blush and get romantically “twitterpated.”
Spring is a time of rebirth, promise and hope, and that, in a nutshell, is spring training, when all losses are meaningless and all wins are sure signs that your team is embarking on a championship season. No sport has inspired so many great movies as baseball, but if I’m going to field one here, I’ll opt for the original 1951 Angels in the Outfield. Annie Savoy in Bull Durham talks about “the church of baseball,” but in “Angels in the Outfield,” faith transforms the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates, who receive heavenly assistance if profane manager Paul Douglas can reign in his unsportsmanlike conduct.
We need a spring break movie, of course, in which frozen college students let it go and head to where the party is: Florida. We’re shotgunning with two films: “Where the Boys Are,” a coming of age classic in which buttoned-up Midwesterners Dolores Hart, Yvette Mimeaux and Paul Prentiss, later joined by Connie Francis, loosen up in Ft. Lauderdale. Next up: “Girl Happy,” in which Elvis Presley is hired by a Chicago gangster to follow his daughter to—where else—Ft. Lauderdale and act as her secret chaperone. It’s got some great songs. It also has “Do the Clam.”
Speaking of great songs, “Easter Parade” has a basket of them, all written by Irving Berlin. It’s the “Vertigo” of musicals in which a jilted Fred Astaire tries to transform Judy Garland into a copy of his former partner.
For high schoolers, Spring Fever can be especially contagious. If left untreated, it can grow into "senioritis." The only cure: a ditch day. As Ferris Bueller observes in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you might miss it.”
The musical “State Fair” is disqualified from this list as it takes place in summer, but it contains one sing to which we can all relate: “It Might as Well be Spring.”
Your turn: Share your favorite spring movies to help shake off these winter blahs.