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  1. Goose September 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm Permalink

    Whenever I was back in WNY on breaks from college, I’d go over to my buddy’s apartment and we’d walk to our favorite watering hole, plop down in the table by the corner window and play gin rummy (we just called it gin) and down pitchers of beer all night long. Those were consistently my favorite nights out at the bars, just two guys playing cards for no stakes.

    We usually played Hollywood scoring but I don’t know how to score it (especially when drinking), so I always had him score the games. Funny how I usually lost…

    1. Brian September 29, 2010 at 8:18 am Permalink

      Beer & Gin Rummy sounds like a fun night.

  2. Jon Wagner October 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm Permalink

    You guys wondered aloud about Gin Rummy in any movies. “Born Yesterday” has a famous game where the dumb blonde (Judy Holliday) beats her gangster boyfriend (Broderick Crawford). “Born Yesterday” was a hit play on Broadway and the film is very close to the stage version.

    Another Broadway play was filmed twice for television. “The Gin Game”, first made in 1981 was a recreation of the 1977 play, which won the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. In the film, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn reprise their Broadway roles as residents of a retirement home who battle over the game of cards. It all takes place on the front porch and is filled with a great amount of humor and some bittersweet moments as these two get to know one another. The dialogue is quick and intricate it has been said that Cronyn had some of his lines written on the card table. Tandy and Cronyn were married in real life and it’s not hard to believe that some of the verbal daggers written into the play could have hit very close to home.

    In 2003 it was remade starring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke. The story was opened up so that not all of the story took place on the porch. It wasn’t improved in doing so and is a far less satisfying experience.

    Game Night is great show!

    1. Brian October 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm Permalink

      Jon,

      I think I remember seeing 81 version of “The Gin Game.”

      Thanks!

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