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Red Hot Riding Hood

Posted by on October 1, 2014

June 15, 1943. Stanley writes a shorter than normal letter to Dad from Geiger Field. The letter discusses some of the movies that he’s seen lately as well as some advice to his younger brother on how to handle a problem with a coworker. He also confirms to Dad that he, indeed, knew John Plisich at Ft. Logan Colorado and at Oxford, Mississippi.

Of the movies, Stanley says that he saw Cowboy in Manhattan starring Frances Langford. Of it he writes, “It was pretty good.” As for the star of the movie, “She sang one or two songs in it. I shall say she sounded pretty good in her songs. At times there she sure looked pretty when she was dressed up.”

Another movie that he saw was the cartoon short Red Hot Riding Hood, a retelling of the children’s story “only they streamlined the whole business. It sure was funny.” The short begins as a traditional telling of the children’s story until the characters rebel and insist that the studio spice up the script. The setting is moved from the forest to Hollywood, Red becomes a nightclub singer, Grandma lives in the penthouse of a high rise and the wolf is a sleazy high roller. Stanley reiterates “It sure was a funny picture”. You can follow this link for more information about the classic short and to see the cartoon.

As far as the problem that Dad is apparently having in the office, Stanley offers the brotherly advice, “When some fellows get a high rating it goes to their head and they don’t give a damn about anyone else but themselves. Well, I hope you don’t have to put up long with that Tech Sgt. Just do your work and whenever you get a chance to talk to your officer in charge spill some of the stuff to him that is in a manner that he may help you out or do something for you. Tell the officer you [could] stand another clerk…if you had one…you could train him. Tell the officer that you do not want to complain but to suggest something.” Stanley assures Dad that “If you don’t have anyone to complain to just write me and tell me your troubles.”

Stanley is keeping busy. He specifies, “I got all my payroll caught up but now I am getting more service records in and more men.” He also says, “I don’t have to worry about anyone taking my job over as I am the only one who knows how the payroll is run at present and I do it.”

He signs off, “your brother, Stanley.”

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