Entrances of All-Time
|Movie Title/Year and Film Character with Scene Description|
Introducing himself with a dramatic entrance, the handsome, but uninvited, devil-may-care Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn) unexpectedly burst through the gate to the great banquet hall.
With the body of a slain deer draped across his shoulders, knowing full well that killing one of the king's deer could bring execution, Robin daringly threw the deer on the table before host Prince John (Claude Rains). His saucy, antagonistic action foreshadowed his future fearlessness.
As Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) ascended the staircase of Twelve Oaks plantation during a pre-Civil War BBQ, she asked one of her girlfriends, Cathleen Calvert (Marcella Martin) to identify the "nasty dark one" [dark-haired and devilish-looking] that was standing alone at the foot of the staircase and looking at her.
Scarlett was told:
The dashing and charming Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), in his dramatic film entrance (a zooming-in camera shot), was dressed in an elegant black suit - the roguish character exchanged a cool, challenging stare with Scarlett, attracted by her stunning beauty.
She responded to his smirking, sexually-attractive gaze as he undressed her with his eyes:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback Quasimodo
During the Fool's Parade celebration in 15th century Paris, a call came for the selection of the King of Fools - "Applicants come forth. Men, women, the ugliest face wins the crown. Ugly faces!"
King Louis XI of France (Harry Davenport) intoned:
The first hideous view of deafened Quasimodo (Charles Laughton), the Hunchback bellringer of Notre Dame, was only part of his deformed face - one eye peering out to secretly watch pretty gypsy Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara) dance.
She shrunk back in horror: "That eye staring at me." Various onlookers commented: "It's an animal. It's a fiend."
Quasimodo was seized, led to the stage by a throng of people, and offered to be crowned and proclaimed the new King of Fools ("Make him the King," cried one audience member):
Along the way after the stagecoach rounded a turn, a rifle shot was heard. A tracking shot zoomed in (losing focus for a moment) for a large clear closeup of Ringo Kid (John Wayne) from the perspective of the moving coach.
The camera rapidly tracked in on his face. Ringo was twirling and re-cocking his rifle in one hand, shouting out: "Hold it!", while holding his saddle in the other hand.
He was standing in the middle of the desert by the trail, stranded without a horse.
Ringo was wearing a paneled, placket-front shirt with a neckerchief, and jeans with its pants legs rolled up outside of the boots.
Wicked Witch of the West
There were three memorable entrances or revelations:
(chronological, by film title)
Introduction | 1920s-1935 | 1936-1939 | 1940-1945 | 1946-1949 | 1950-1955 | 1956-1959 | 1960-1965 | 1966-1969
1970-1975 | 1976-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1989 | 1990-1995 | 1996-1999 | 2000-2005 | 2006-Present