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Movie Review: Go For Broke! (1951)

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Go For Broke! is a movie about the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. The film stars Van Johnson as Lt. Grayson, the commanding officer of a platoon of Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans, who have volunteered to fight for the United States.  Grayson is displeased with his assignment because of his distrust and dislike for the men he’s commanding.  The movie follows the unit as they fight through Italy and France.

Van Johnson & Henry Nakamura

I’ve watched Go For Broke! twice now and love it.  The movie was made only eight years after the events it portrays, and a six of the main characters are actual veterans.  The variety of personalities and backgrounds is wonderful and avoids stereotypes very well.  Grayson’s attitude toward the Nisei is gradually transformed by his mens’ competence and integrity.

I give this movie a thumbs up (and say it’s Tiggerty-Boo*).  It is in the public domain and you can find it on Youtube or Archive.org

(If you want to watch another great Van Johnson war movie, try Thirty Seconds over Tokyo)

*Name that song!

Images from Dave’s World of War Movies

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1950s Peanut Butter Cookies

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Cooking from old recipes is really neat because, for the most part, you get to share an experience from history.  Sadly, I don’t get that experience with this recipe; a peanut sensitivity prevents me.  So if you try these cookies please leave a comment to tell me how they turned out.

Peanut Butter Cookies from Needlework News

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten lightly

1/3 cup milk

2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter; add the peanut butter and cream again; gradually beat in the sugar; add the egg, milk, flour sifted with baking powder and salt; mix to a dough.  Knead slightly, roll into thin sheet and cut into rounds or as desired; place on buttered pan, sprinkle with granulated sugar, and bake in quick oven (400 F).

My best guess for the date of this recipe is around 1952, but it doesn’t say exactly.  Happy baking!

Peanut Butter Cookies

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Sundry Wonders Reactivated

Well, after an approximately 3 year hiatus, I’ve decided to start blogging here again.

Lately I have been sucked into the allure of VINTAGE STUFF.  And while I have yet to actually sew or knit a vintage item, I’m full of ideas and plans.  The time period that particularly interests me is World War 2.  It may have have something to do with the BBC show Wartime Farm.

The awesome thing about 1930s-40s style is that (unlike Civil War style) it is not so far out that I wouldn’t wear it for my “normal” wardrobe.

I invite you to come along as I figure out the kinks of blogging and vintage stuff (with some non-vintage stuff too).

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