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For Hicksflicks.com, March 21, 2014

Back in the day, I tried for a time to collect miscellaneous movie memorabilia, but it was difficult, not only because I was never quite flush enough to spend the required dough for the kinds of things I'd like (as in old, antique stuff), but also because I was never quite sure if it was a good investment or just a frivolous desire.

Back when I was the Deseret News movie critic, I often received various tchotkes from movie studios, ranging from hats and T-shirts to toys and novelty items, intended to get critics around the country excited about specific films.

It never worked, of course, but it did provide booty for what we called the Shrine to Public Relations — a collection of silly items that I shared with the TV critic, whose cubicle was next to mine. And sometimes we'd auction them off or donate some things to charity or, if we if we took a liking to it, we'd keep it. Hey, we're only human.

I don't have much left over from those days — in fact, as I look around my office at home, I don't think I have any.

But there have been purchases over the years, a few movie posters here and lobby cards there — mostly for Utah and Mormon-centric films.

And a few items I've received as gifts from my kids or found at yard sales: a Black Knight doll from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," rubber characters from "Yellow Submarine," a Mickey Mouse figurine, a booklet of Danny Kaye 78rpm records, yadda, yadda, yadda. Nothing anyone else would want but they look nice on the shelves in my office.

And the one that I really prize, a replica of the title statue from "The Maltese Falcon."

I found it at an estate sale a year or two ago for $15 and I have no idea if has any real value, but I love having it on the windowsill above my desk.

It reminds me of one of my favorite movies, and how great it is to have so many wonderful films at our fingertips. And it looks just like the one held by Bogie at the end of the film, when he describes it as "The stuff that dreams are made of."

Yeah, I like that. Good movies are the stuff that dreams are made of. And that's my thing, after all.