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37-03-16 Rush to Have Stranger as a Bed-mate

The Donahues are having loads of company.  There's not enough room for one of her visitors - the driver.  So Sade offers to put him up over at her house.  More specifically, Rush's bed.

When he finds out about it, Rush doesn't squawk.  But he does get upset that Sade wants him to go to bed before it's even dark so that he won't be making all kinds of noise when he would normally go to bed after 11 pm. This stranger has to get up at 5 am.

This makes Rush feel put out.


This is a funny script.  I really enjoyed the last few lines, which read like this:
VIC: Good night, Pete.
SADE: Good night.
VIC: I say good night, Pete. [To Sade] Guess he don't care to answer.
SADE: [negative] Uh-uh.
VIC: [Little chuckle]
SADE: [Little chuckle]
VIC: [Bigger chuckle]
SADE: [Bigger chuckle]
VIC: [Little laugh]
SADE: [Little laugh]
RUSH: [Through clenched teeth] That's O.K.
Even though they are just kidding, Vic and Sade laugh at Rush and mock him, making fun of the fact that it's him being put out, not them.

Before being called downstairs to be told the bad news by his mother, Rush said he was upstairs "tapin' a baseball."

I assume this to mean he was fixing a baseball that had it's hide torn off - something I've rarely come across in my life. The fact of the matter is, this probably could only happen to a baseball that had seen a lot of action.

Baseballs weren't cheap in 1937. I'm guessing a baseball might cost as much as fifty cents. As Sade might say, Fifty centses don't grow on trees, Mister Man.

1 comment:

  1. I think maybe Rush was working on his "indoor" baseball, which had to be softened a bit to be an acceptable indoor plaything.
    But I also remember using taped-up balls in our neighborhood games in the late 50's, early 60's. We were working-class kids, and our baseballs were not major league quality. We played a LOT of baseball, and we tended to rip them up really good. Taping them was a way to extend their lives. - Louie Johnson