1968’s Oliver! was the last blast of all the big overproduced successful musicals of the 1960’s to win Best Picture. And, oh boy, it’s a humdinger. Great musical numbers galore like “Consider Yourself” and “I’d Do Anything” and, of course, Oscars in Orders favorite “Food, Glorious Food” come from this musical. And great performances, too. Oliver Reed is perfect as the threatening Bill Sikes; no one could do slyly evil villains like Oliver Reed. He’s the best part of the 1975 Ken Russell extravaganza of bizareness that is Tommy. Ron Moody ‘s portrayal of Fagin is a nice nod to Alec Guiness’s (1948’s Oliver Twist). But my favorite character, the one who makes this movie really sing, is Jack Wild as the Artful Dodger.
I saw this movie during it’s first run in theaters when I was about 7 or 8, I guess. And I completely flipped out over Jack Wild. While other girls had Tiger Beat posters of Bobby Sherman or Donny Osmond adorning their walls I had as many pictures that those teenybopper mags would print of Jack Wild scotched taped everywhere.
It somewhat disconcerting, and really, really sad to know that Jack Wild passed away in 2006. It makes you feel old, and the world becomes a little heavier, when your find out your childhood crush has died.
Here’s a great video from YouTube with Mark Lester (Oliver) & Jack talking about the film:
Food, Glorious food:
Food, glorious food!
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we’re in the mood —
Cold jelly and custard!
For a starter we had some Hot Sausage with mustard –slice and saute some Amy’s Apple Chicken & Gouda Sausage serve with honey mustard.
For dinner we had Jamie Oliver’s (how nicely apropos) Roast Guinea Fowl
I couldn’t find a Guinea Fowl, so I used a roasting chicken. The local Dominick’s was out of blood oranges, so I substituted tangerines.
For dessert we had a simple Chocolate Custard pudding, so easy:
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup chocolate, grated
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- Melt the chocolate with a little hot water.
- Add the milk, mix well, put on fire and bring to a boil.
- Mix eggs and sugar together.
- Add the chocolate and milk and mix well.
- Fill a pudding dish with the custard mixture.
- Set pudding dish in a baking pan partially filled with water.
- Bake in moderate oven for about 30 to 35 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.