Traveling music courtesy of 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles' (on CW44 tonight at 8!)
A few months ago, I had the chance to interview Steve Martin, who was coming to St. Pete with his banjo gang. I was instructed to keep the chat focused on music, but at the very end, I snuck in a quick thank-you for 1987's Planes, Trains & Automobiles, the Thanksgiving road movie written and directed by the late, great John Hughes and co-starring the equally missed John Candy. It was THE bonding flick for my father and me; we'd quote it constantly ("What do you think the temperature is?" "One.")
Martin was quick in his you're-welcome comments, talking about what a special shoot it was, and how he's glad the movie has become so special for so many. (He failed to mention if he ever tires of random people shouting "Those aren't pillows!" at him this time of year.) Anyway, in a just world, a world in which there really is a Dooby's Taxiola, Planes, Trains... would be just as revered, as essential, a holiday classic as the Peanuts cartoons and A Christmas Story. Tune in to CW44 tonight (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. to celebrate Del Griffith, shower-curtain ring division, once again.