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    .....1940s/early 50s vintage, perhaps British. Scene in a

    railroad compartment, in hazy memory European.



    Dapper gent whips up a classy cocktail for well dressed

    glamorous travel companion.



    Takes a couple of oranges, girdles them just thru the peel

    with a sharp penknife - Well, you couldn't do it on a plane

    these days! - and carefully rolls back the undamaged half

    of the peel to form a shallow cup with the orange as the

    base. From pocket flask - and all real gents had flasks

    (and still should), preferably silver, but nickel ed or

    stainless will do! - pours tots of brandy into shallow

    "cuplets" of, then ignites the brandy (with a lighter I'm

    sure, hardly the stuff of kitchen matches). The results,

    must have been sort of a "Sec" Cointreau, but the whole

    drill was impressive.



    Can any here help me recall the name of the movie, any

    details, stars, or whether or not the drink was ever

    recognized and given a name. I asked, because a friend just

    left a large bag of fancy navel oranges at my door, too

    much trouble to squeeze, and the results would not be up to

    Valencias or small ugly juice oranges, so I'd like to use

    them in a "showy" fashion, but don't entirely trust such

    ancient memories.

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    I'm not sure if this film is too early, but there is a 1936 movie called 'The Thin Man' which involves lots of cocktail making between a man and woman in various places.

    It starred William Powell and there was definitely an Orange/Brandy drink in the film. They later made a TV Series based on the film as well in the 50's.

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    Just looked 'The Thin Man' up and there is a further film called The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) which does mention a train (you mentioned a railraod carraige in your question).

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    name='Bates']Just looked 'The Thin Man' up and there is a further film called The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) which does mention a train (you mentioned a railraod carraige in your question).


    I'll have to check here in Leftpondia, since it certainly could be Wm Powell, making it a 'Merkin movie. Wm. and the "Thin Man" were both the sort of dapper gents who carried penknives, pocket flasks, and had the surgical skills to make stemware out of oranges.

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