Greatest Movie
Entrances of All-Time


The Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
Movie Title/Year and Film Character with Scene Description

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

J. J. Hunsecker

Beetle-browed, thick-spectacled, pallor-faced, power-mongering columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) was first viewed at the famed "21" restaurant in New York City.

He sat at a table revealing a steely, menacing and hulking presence with a skull-like, masked look to his crew-cut face (due to his deepened eye sockets caused by shadows from his magnified lenses).

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Christine Vole/Helm

Christine Vole/Helm (Marlene Dietrich) made a dramatic entrance.

She suddenly appeared in the doorway as barrister Sir Wilfred (Charles Laughton) discussed her.

Touch of Evil (1958)

Hank Quinlan

Corrupt Texas cop Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles) was a fanatical, redneck, unshaven, obscene monstrous character with no redeeming value.

He was obese and whale-like at almost 300 lbs -- first viewed below eye level as he struggled to pull himself out of the back seat of a car that had pulled up.

He was there to conduct the investigation of the car bombing in his jurisdiction. Appearing with a vast paunch and slovenly dressed in a massive gray raincoat and wide-brimmed hat, he was chomping on a cigar as he began to speak.

Vertigo (1958)

Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton

The revelation scene of Madeleine (Kim Novak) in Ernie's restaurant in San Francisco was integral to the twisting plot -- Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore) was joined at a table with the lovely, elegant, and beautiful blonde Madeleine wearing a dark, nakedly-backless evening dress with green trim. While the camera moved toward their table, Madeleine's back was kept toward the camera.

As she left the restaurant, Scottie Ferguson (James Stewart), half in profile, had his nervous, "ghostly" first encounter with the woman.

His first view of the beautiful female was incredibly transcendental. She was half-seen in a close-up profile as she deliberately paused behind him, to display herself to him, and awaited Elster, with the radiant light reflecting off her hair.

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopaters, an all-girl jazz band, was traveling to Miami, Florida by train. Dressed in drag and joining the band were two hapless musicians Jerry/Daphne (Jack Lemmon) and Joe/Josephine (Tony Curtis), to escape execution by mobsters after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

The band's ukelele-playing, voluptuous singer, hip-swinging 24 year-old blonde Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) moving down the train platform, was squirted by hot steam.

Sugar's introductory appearance objectified her sexuality as the camera focused on her legs and swiveling rear - also filmed from behind when she passed.

Jerry marveled at Sugar's wiggly walk in a memorable line:

Look at that! Look how she moves. That's just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!

Greatest Movie Entrances of All-Time
(chronological, by film title)
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