What are the best Thanksgiving videos on the Web?

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When thinking about film and Thanksgiving, one's thoughts inevitably turn to the Little Tramp.

There is no greater portrayal of Turkey Day than the legendary scene in Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" (1925).

In the scene, Chaplin and his fellow prospector Big Jim find themselves nearing starvation while huddled in a remote Alaskan cabin on Thanksgiving. The Tramp improvises a meal by cooking his shoe - a perfect representation of just how little Chaplin needed to conjure a little magic.

That clip is one of the many old Chaplin scenes you can find on YouTube. In its spirit, here are a handful of other memorable Thanksgiving videos that can be found online:

- 2008's most famous Turkey Day video, like "The Gold Rush," comes by way of Alaska. After Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pardoned a turkey at a farm outside Wasilla last Thursday, she had the misfortune of speaking to reporters in front of a man slaughtering turkeys - an irony captured by cameras from the Anchorage Daily News and others. The video has been more ubiquitous than even her postelection media blitz. If you haven't seen it by now, be warned of its graphic nature.

- What's more Thanksgiving than football? NFL games on Turkey Day are as much a part of the day as the feast - and one of the most memorable post-game press conferences happened on Thanksgiving weekend in 2001. Jim Mora, then coach of the Indianapolis Colts, had just lost to the San Francisco 49ers when he responded incredulously to a question about his team's playoffs chances. Repeating "Playoffs?" over and over, he created a YouTube moment before the site existed. It's there now.

- For some, it's Thanksgiving tradition to listen to Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," the singer's comic and poignant 19-minute-long song and monologue. Guthrie's story begins on a Thanksgiving Day in 1965 and is perhaps best heard on the live recording from his 1967 album of the same name. But if you can't find it on the radio on Thanksgiving, there's a good enough 2005 rendition on YouTube.

- Another Thanksgiving song is, well, "The Thanksgiving Song." Back when he was on "Saturday Night Live," Sandler memorialized the holiday with an ode to it. Finding the video of his performance is a little tricky, but the song can be purchased for download on Amazon and iTunes. (More recent "SNL" Thanksgiving-themed sketches - like Vincent Price's Thanksgiving Special - can be watched on Hulu.com.)


EDITOR'S NOTE - What's your Thanksgiving experience online? E-mail AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle at jcoyle(at)ap.org

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