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The Naked City (1948)

In director Jules Dassin's hard-boiled urban docu-drama crime/noir film - this was the first studio feature shot on location in New York City - and the film that inspired the 50's ABC-TV series - with its famed ending quote delivered by Hellinger as an epitaph for the murdered woman: "There Are EIGHT MILLION Stories In The Naked City - This Has Been ONE Of Them":

  • the opening scene with aerial views of New York City - accompanied by narration from the film's producer, journalist Mark Hellinger (who conducted six months of interviews with the NYPD to gather accurate details and characterizations): "Ladies and gentlemen - the motion picture you are about to see is called The Naked City. My name is Mark Hellinger. I was in charge of its production. And I may as well tell you frankly that it's a bit different from most films you've ever seen. It was written by Albert Maltz and Malvin Wald, photographed by William Daniels and directed by Jules Dassin. As you see, we're flying over an island. A city. A particular city. And this is a story of a number of people - and a story also of the city itself. It was not photographed in a studio. Quite the contrary. Barry Fitzgerald, our star Howard Duff, Dorothy Hart, Don Taylor, Ted de Corsia and the other actors played out their roles on the streets, in the apartment houses, in the skyscrapers of New York itself. And along with them, a great many thousand New Yorkers played out their roles also. This is the city as it is. Hot summer pavements, the children at play, the buildings in their naked stone, the people, without makeup. Well, let's begin our story this way. It's 1:00 in the morning on a hot summer night..."
  • on a hot summer NYC night, the brutal murder scene (seen briefly in shadows) - a knock-out by chloroform and then a bathtub drowning; the narrator casually noted: "And while some people work, others are rounding off an evening of relaxation. And still another is at the close of her life" - the victim was attractive and promiscuous 26 year-old, unmarried blonde fashion model Jean Dexter; it was determined by homicide investigators that it was "No accident. No suicide. Bruises on her throat, shoulders and arms. Those slight burns around her mouth and nose were caused by chloroform. She was anesthetized, after a struggle, then dumped into the tub alive... the white foam around her mouth. It's proof she drowned"
  • the manhunt for the killer(s), led by veteran cop Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon (Barry Fitzgerald), and conducted by Donahue (Frank Conroy) and newbie partner Det. Jimmy Halloran (Don Taylor)
  • the emotional sequence at the City Morgue when Jean's estranged Polish parents - the Batorys (Adelaide Klein and Grover Burgess) - identified her body, and then later mourned her death: ("Oh, what a heartache. You nurse a child, you raise it, pet it, you love it, and it ends like this") - the narrator intoned (voice-over): "Another day, another ball of fire rising in the summer sky. The city is quiet now, but it will soon be pounding with activity. This time yesterday, Jean Dexter was just another pretty girl, but now she's the marmalade on 10,000 pieces of toast"
  • the tense interrogation scene when Muldoon confronted deceitful Frank Niles (Howard Duff), the victim's ex-boyfriend, to reveal that the deceased's current boyfriend was Dr. Lawrence Stoneman (House Jameson) (aka "Mr. Henderson"), who was blackmailed into robbery schemes
  • the confrontation between Halloran and the killer - murder suspect Willie Garzah (an ex-wrestler aka Willie the Harmonica) (Ted de Corsia); Garzah held Halloran at gunpoint before 'rabbit-punching' him and fleeing ("All I need to do is put you to sleep. Then I'm off. Try and find me. This is a great big, beautiful city. Just try and find me. That was a rabbit punch, copper. And it's strictly illegal")
  • and the film's memorable, thrilling, and heart-pounding climax in which Garzah ran through a graveyard and the Lower East Side tenements, into a market, and then on a pedestrian walk when he bumped into a blind man's guide dog, he and shot and killed the attacking animal - and his location was revealed; he raced onto the Williamsburg Bridge where he was cornered; now wounded in the left arm by gunfire, he climbed to the very top of the bridge tower - and fell to his death after being hit by more police bullets
Ending: Death of Cornered and Wounded
Murder Suspect Willie Garzah on Williamsburg Bridge
  • the ending epilogue, similar to the opening prologue: "It's 1:00 in the morning again. And this is the city. And these are the lights that a child, born to the name of Batory, hungered for. Her passion has been played out now. Her name, her face, her history were worth five cents a day for six days. Tomorrow a new case will hit the headlines. Yet some will remember Jean Dexter. She won't be entirely forgotten. Not entirely. Not altogether. There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them"

Shadowy Murder of Jean Dexter in Her Apartment

The Discovery of the Murder Victim in a Bathtub by the Shocked Housekeeper Martha Swenson (Virginia Mullen)

Medical Examination Results Given to Muldoon (on right): "No accident. No suicide"

Two Detectives (l to r): Rookie Halloran and Donahue

The Victim's Grieving Parents

One of the Suspects Questioned by Muldoon: The Murder Victim's Ex-Boyfriend Frank Niles

Detective Halloran's Confrontation with Killer Willie Garzah

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

In co-directors Zucker, Abrahams, and Proft's gag-filled slapstick comedy - the first in a trilogy of films, with many insanely silly scenes and dead-panned jokes:

  • the opening pre-credits sequence - all the most-feared enemies of the US were seated at one conference table and plotting to destroy America -- Muammar al-Qaddafi, Yasser Arafat, Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin, and Russian leader Gorbachev; Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), disguised as a tea-server, single-handedly fought off all of them, and then introduced himself: "I'm Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Police Squad. And don't ever let me catch you guys in America!"
Opening Pre-Credits Scene: Introduction of Lt. Frank Drebin
All US Terrorist Enemies at Same Table
Drebin Disguised as Tea-Server Fighting Off Terrorists
Introducing Himself
  • during the title credits, the view of a speeding LA cop car (shot behind the revolving cherry-top) down nighttime streets, into a carwash, and then barreling into a house - and a shower with naked women - and then down a rollercoaster before coming to a stop in front of a donut shop
  • the scene of Detective Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) - on the receiving end of very bad luck while attempting to bust a heroin drug operation at the docks led by shipping magnate Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban): Nordberg was shot multiple times, bumped his head, burned his hand on a hot stove, stumbled into a door with 'wet paint', smashed his hand in a closing window, dove face-first into a frosted cake, stepped into a bear trap, and fell overboard
  • the hospital scene of Drebin's visit to see badly-wounded partner Detective Nordberg in his hospital room - and causing his bed to fold up on him by sitting on the bed controls, and making insensitive and blunt comments to his wife Wilma (Susan Beaublan): ("And I wouldn't wait until the last minute to fill out those organ donor cards. What I'm trying to say is, as soon as Nordberg is better, he's welcome back at Police Squad. Unless he's a drooling vegetable, but that's only common sense")
  • the press conference scene in Los Angeles of Lt. Frank Drebin of the Police Squad being honored for taking care of security for the visiting Queen Elizabeth II of England on a goodwill tour - but when he stepped away from the microphone, he forget to disconnect his remote mike, and was overheard taking a long pee in the men's room - to the shock and disgust of the Mayor
  • the scene of hapless LA crimefighter and detective-lawman Lt. Frank Drebin's commandeering of a driving-school vehicle with an unflappable and calm Teen Driving School Instructor (John Houseman): ("It's okay. Normally you would not be going 65 down the wrong way of a one-way street. Apply the brakes. Now, put it in reverse..")
  • the first encounter of Drebin with Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley), Ludwig's ex-girlfriend and assistant - and his comments about her after she descended (and fell down) a flight of stairs: "Her hair was the color of gold in old paintings. She had a full set of curves and the kind of legs you'd like to suck on for a day. She was giving me a look I could feel in my hip pocket"; when she climbed up a ladder, he delivered the famous double-entendre one-liner "Nice beaver" as he looked up her dress - to which a stuffed beaver was produced and her response: "Thank you...I just had it stuffed"
  • the scene of Drebin on his first date with Jane, when he found her in the kitchen, asking: "I'm boiling a roast. How hot and wet do you like it?" - he responded: "Very hot and awfully wet"; during a romantic dinner in front of a fireplace, he described the dating scene with an earlier lost love: (Frank: "It's the same old story. Boy finds girl. Boy loses girl. Girl finds boy. Boy forgets girl. Boy remembers girl. Girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day" Jane: "Goodyear?" Frank: "No, the worst" ) - she kissed him out of sympathy, and then they had "safe sex" together - both wore complete body condoms
Classic Scenes
"Nice beaver"
"How hot and wet do you like it?"
"Safe Sex"
  • the destructive scene of Drebin's complete trashing of business tycoon Ludwig's office-apartment of priceless art objects and treasures
  • also the slapstick scene in which Drebin slid across the table and landed, embarrassingly, on the visiting look-alike Queen Elizabeth II of England
  • the scenes at the ballgame with Drebin's awkward singing of the national anthem (butchered) while impersonating opera tenor-singer Enrico Pallazzo: ("Oh say can you see / By the dawn's early light / What so proudly we hail / In the twilight's last gleaming? / Whose bright stripes and broad stars / In the perilous night / For the ramparts we watched / uh, da-da-da-da-da-daaaa. / And the rocket's red glare / Lots of bombs in the air / Gave proof to the night / That we still had our flag. / Oh say does that flag banner wave / Over a-a-all that's free / And the home of the land / And the land of the - FREE!")
  • and Drebin -- wearing a live police wire while going to the bathroom -- was overheard over the stadium loudspeakers at a speech given by flustered Mayor Barkley (Nancy Marchand)
  • and Drebin's undercover role as the home plate umpire: "Steeerikkke!" and his dance around the plate with funky moves, in an attempt to circumvent a 'programmed' Reggie Jackson from assassinating the Queen
Anaheim Stadium Ball Game:
Seattle Mariners vs. California Angels
Drebin Singing National Anthem
Impersonating Home Plate Umpire
Drebin's "Power of Love" Speech to a Hypnotized Jane (with Gun)
Nordberg Sent Flying Down Stadium Steps
  • Drebin's smaltzy "Power of Love" speech to a hypnotized Jane (as she held a gun on him); his words were broadcast on the Jumbotron as he professed his love to her, asked for her engagement, and attempted to break her homicidal spell: "Jane, it's me, Funny-face. You love Frank Drebin. And Frank Drebin loves you. Jane, listen to me. If you don't love me, you might as well pull that trigger, because without you, l wouldn't want to live anyway. l've finally found someone l can love - a good, clean love - without's a topsy-turvy world, Jane, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans, but this is our hill and these are our beans. Jane, since l met you, l've noticed things l never knew where there - birds singing, dew glistening on a newly-formed leaf, stop lights...Jane, this morning... l bought something for you. lt's not very much, but pretty good for an honest policeman's salary. lt's an engagement ring. I would have given it to you earlier, but l wanted to wait until we were alone....l love you, Jane" - she melted at his words, dropped her gun, and embraced him for a kiss
  • and in the conclusion, the visual joke at the top of the stadium when wheel-chaired, recuperating partner Nordberg was slapped on the back by Frank and was sent helplessly down the aisle of the stadium steps and flipped 360 degrees to the ballfield below as Jane gushed to Frank: "Everyone should have a friend like you!"

Title Credits: LA Cop Car Busting into House and Shower

Injury-Prone Det. Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) During Heroin Drug Bust

Nordberg's Hospital Scene

Insensitive Comments to Nordberg's Wife

Press Conference During Drebin's Long Pee

Lt. Drebin's Pursuit in Driving School Car

First View of Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley)

Trashing of Ludwig's Apt.

Landing On the Queen of England

The Naked Kiss (1964)

In writer/director Sam Fuller's unorthodox, bold and raw, feminist B-film and sordid, film-noirish melodrama - a treatise about the abuse and exploitation of women by perverse, misogynistic men and women, and the hypocrisy of middle-class morality:

  • the violent, fierce and striking pre-titles opening scene (with a jazzy score and great alternating POV shots) of call-girl Kelly (Constance Towers) beating her abusive, drunk pimp Farlunde (Monte Mansfield) with her handbag, when he suddenly pulled at her hair - and revealed her bald and shaved scalp [Note: cheating Farlunde had cut off her hair in retaliation for her urging of six prostitutes to walk out on him and leave his "stable"]; after he fell to the floor, she sprayed him with seltzer water, took only $75 cash that belonged to her (of the $800 dollars in his wallet, emphasizing her morals: "I'm taking only what's coming to me") and called him out: "You parasite!", stuffed it in her bra, adjusted her wig and makeup, ripped up her clientele photo, and then strode away, as he struggled to get up - and there was a view of a calendar marking July 4th, 1961 (Kelly's 'independence day')!
  • about two years later, Kelly arrived by Greyhound bus in the seemingly wholesome and idyllic suburban community of Grantville; the marquee of the town's theatre advertised the showing of the director's previous film Shock Corridor (1963) - about madness in a mental hospital; at the station, she spoke to future love interest - low-life town Police Captain Griff (Anthony Eisley) - who remarked about her appearance: "That's enough to make a bulldog bust his chain"; she was posing as a traveling saleslady for "Angel Foam" (champagne); Griff responded with sexual innuendo: "I'm pretty good at popping the cork if the vintage is right"
  • after an interlude of sleeping together (he was her first customer - for $20), he already had suspected that she was a call-girl, and firmly suggested that she find a job "across the river" in the wide-open town of Delmar Falls across the state line, at a "salon" run by his personal friend, Madam Candy Allacarte (Virginia Grey), named Candy a La Carte (a front for prostitution selling "bon-bons" that looked like it was populated by Playboy Bunnies); he suggested he could become a frequent 'sex' customer there: "I'll buy a bottle from ya now and then...You'll be my Ichiban" (meaning "number one"), since it advertised "Indescribable Pleasure"
  • Kelly's decision to completely reform herself - with a "do-gooder" job as a pediatric nurse at the Grantville Orthopaedic Medical Center specializing in helping handicapped and crippled children; Head Nurse Mac (Patsy Kelly) recalled hiring her to Griff: "She came out of the clouds one night without a single reference. I hired her on the spot... Some people are born to write books, symphonies, paint pictures, build bridges. But Kelly - she was born to handle children with crutches and babies in braces...she's tough! Runs her ward like a pirate ship! She makes Captain Bligh look like a sissy"; she resolutely told Griff about her turnabout and complete transformation from her old way of life: "I saw a broken down piece of machinery. Nothing but the buck, the bed and the bottle for the rest of my life. That's what I saw"; she was angry at his insinuations: "You were the only buyer I had in this town, and my last one!" - and emphasized she had really changed and would no longer use her body for her livelihood
  • the fantasy sequence of Kelly's work with the children - when she exhorted them to pretend that they were healthy and could run without physical impediments
  • Kelly's romance with Griff's war hero-partner - the most respected, charitable and wealthy citizen of the community - philanthropist bachelor J. L. Grant (Michael Dante) who had single-handedly built and sponsored the Medical Center; the gondola fantasy sequence of Kelly joyfully imagining herself with Grant lying back on cushions on a canal boat in the fabled city (after viewing 16 mm footage of his recent trip to Italy), with a gondolier singing in the background: Grant: "If you pretend hard enough, and if you listen hard enough, you'll hear his fine Italian voice"
  • Kelly's puritanical advice to young nurse friend Buff (Marie Devereux) - after she slapped her, she vehemently urged her not to accept a position at Candy's club for $300/week: "All right, go ahead. You know what's different about the first night? Nothing. Nothing, except it lasts forever, that's all. You'll be sleeping on the skin of a nightmare for the rest of your life. Oh, you're a beautiful girl, Buff. Young. Oh, they'll outbid each other for you. You'll get compliments, clothes, cash. And you'll meet men you live on, and men who live on you. And those are the only men you'll meet. And, after a steady grind of making every john feel at home, you'll become a block of ice. And if you do happen to melt a little, you'll get slipped a tip behind Candy's back. You'll be every man's wife-in-law, and no man's wife. Why, your world with Candy will become so warped that you'll hate all men. And you'll hate yourself! Because you'll become a social problem, a medical problem, a mental problem! And a despicable failure as a woman!"
  • the retaliatory sequence in Candy's club office when Kelly repeatedly bitch-slapped Candy with her handbag, then stuffed Buff's first night's cash earnings of $25 into her mouth, and warned her to "stay away from Buff"
  • the sequence after Kelly had revealed her sordid and secret past to Grant, when he didn't flinch and immediately proposed marriage to her, but she hesitatingly responded: "I've got to think it out"; one night while drinking, she commiserated about her dilemma with a dress-making mannequin in her bedroom named "Charlie" (her landlady seamstress Josephine (Betty Bronson) had created the substitute for her lover who died in WWII); Kelly asked the dummy the question: "What should I do?"
  • the sappy musical number when various disabled children sang: "Bluebird Of Happiness" (replayed later during the climactic revelation scene)
  • the scene of Kelly's visit to Grant's home to show him her wedding dress and veil, and her discovery of Grant's perversion as a predatory pedophile (with a tape of "Bluebird of Happiness" playing) - she saw Grant's young niece Bunny skipping out the front door from his place (after threatened with molestation (off-screen) during a "special game"); Grant was prompted to again propose marriage, claiming that he had forgiven Kelly for her past, and that his problems should also be overlooked: "Now you know why I could never marry a normal woman. That's why I love you. You understand my sickness. You've been conditioned to people like me. You live in my world, and it will be an exciting world! (He sank to his knees) My darling, our marriage will be a paradise because we're, we're both abnormal"
The Moment that Kelly Discovered Grant Was a Pervert and Pedophile
Grant Proposing Marriage to Kelly Again
Kelly Accidentally Murdering Grant
  • the subsequent stunning scene of the accidental killing of Grant when Kelly in anger picked up a phone receiver and bashed him in the head; the following day's headlines were superimposed - in bold white letters: "GRANT IS DEAD; SLAIN BY PROSTITUTE"; Kelly was arrested by Griff and explained her motive for killing the sexual deviant: "Once before, a man's kiss tasted like that. He was put away in a psycho ward. Oh, I got the same taste the first time Grant kissed me. It was, what we call a naked kiss. It's the sign of a pervert"; without proof of the little girl's identity, Kelly would be charged with murder; Griff suspected Kelly killed Grant to silence him about her sordid call-girl past; Kelly argued that the murder was justifiable homicide
  • the scenes of character witnesses (including Farlunde, Candy and Buff) who were called to testify against Kelly by Griff, to refute her claims and defame her, and to accuse her of blackmailing and extorting money from Grant; Candy even spitefully shouted: "Nobody shoves dirty money in my mouth!"
  • the sequence of Kelly's identification of Grant's young molested niece outside her jail cell, that helped to prove her case to Griff, although she at first forcibly coerced a confession from the young girl while shaking her: "Do you remember me?...Of course you remember me. You were at Uncle Grant's house. You remember Uncle Grant, don't you? Don't you remember Uncle Grant? 'Course you certainly remember Uncle Grant. You know him. You were at his house. Don't you remember that? Look at me! Don't you remember me? You know me!"
  • after Kelly urged the girl to admit to her presence in Grant's home, the case against Kelly was dismissed and she was vindicated ("The judge and the DA gave ya a clean bill of health. The whole town's got you on a pedestal for what you did for the children"); triumphant, she thanked Griff with a kiss and departed from the town; she walked through a crowd of silent onlookers from town - presumably forever, as Griff noted: "She still owes me $10 bucks" Cop: "Then you'll be seeing her again" Griff: "She never makes change"; as she walked down the sidewalk, she admired a baby in a carriage
Kelly Vindicated
Jailed Kelly Cleared of Crime
A Thankful Kiss for Griff
Kelly Walking Through Crowd of Silent Town Onlookers

Kelly's Wig Pulled Off While Beating Her Pimp

Call-Girl Kelly
(Constance Towers)

With Police Captain Griff in Grantville

Kelly as Pediatric Nurse

Kelly's Work with Children

Kelly's Romance with Bachelor J.L. Grant - Fantasy Gondola Sequence

Kelly's Slap of Buff

Kelly's Confrontation with Madam Candy

In Candy's Club Office - Kelly Stuffed Buff's Earnings in Candy's Mouth

Grant's Proposal of Marriage to Kelly

Kelly Commiserating with a Mannequin ("Charlie")

Kelly's Identification of Grant's Molested Niece: "Don't You Remember Me?!"

The Naked Prey (1966, South Africa/US)

In this adventure/chase film set in 19th century Africa co-directed by Cornel Wilde and Sven Persson:

  • the excruciating scene of the torture and execution of arrogant members of an ivory hunting expedition by African tribesmen (the safari leader was staked to the ground in front of a cobra, while another was coated in pottery clay and slowly cooked over a rotisserie) - led by a warrior (Ken Gampu) after the white men refused to pay tribute to the tribal king (Morrison Gampu)
  • the amazing race-for-his-life chase scene by the Man (a naked and unarmed safari tour leader/guide) (Cornel Wilde) as six tribe warriors gave him a head start of 100 yards into the bush

Torture: Staked to the Ground

"Naked Prey" Race for Life Chase

The Naked Spur (1953)

In Anthony Mann's beautifully-filmed, stylistic, and moralistic 'adult' western - in the third of James Stewart's five western collaborations with director Mann (also Winchester ’73 (1950), Bend of the River (1952), The Far Country (1954) and The Man From Laramie (1955)):

  • the portrayal of vengeful, tormented and embittered bounty hunter Howard Kemp (James Stewart) in pursuit of wanted murderer in the Colorado Rockies - a cunning Ben Vandergroat (Robert Ryan) for the $5,000 reward money; his intent was to bring him back to Abilene, Kansas for the advertised bounty, and use the money to repurchase Vandergroat's land and settle down there; Vandergroat had murdered a marshal in Abilene, Kansas
  • the interplay between the three principals all vying for the bounty money: dishonorably discharged, amoral, playboyish and disreputable Union Army officer Lt. Roy Anderson (Ralph Meeker), grizzled old prospector Jesse Tate (Millard Mitchell), and Kemp [Note: it was revealed later that Anderson was being pursued by a Blackfoot Indian war party for defiling one of the chief's daughters)
  • during the entire film after Vandergroat's capture, the love triangle that developed between Kemp, Vandergroat, and his blonde, short-haired, tomboyish 'traveling companion' Lina Patch (Janet Leigh) (she was the daughter of one of Ben's deceased friends, Frank Patch, who was killed while robbing a bank in Abilene)
  • and scoundrel Vandergroat's persuasive tactics of psychological warfare (greed, discord, suspicion, mistrust, and jealousy) to create conflict among his three captors; in two escape attempts - Lina distracted Kemp so he could escape one night from the back of a cave, and Vandergroat also unbuckled Kemp's saddle-strap so that he might topple the bounty-hunter off a steep ridge - but neither ploy fully worked; one bluff that did work was to convince Jesse to desert the group at night to visit a nearby goldmine
  • the sequence of a violent Blackfoot native Indian attack from twelve riders that ended up in a massacre (only Kemp was wounded in the leg)
  • the exciting climax came at a roaring and raging riverside after Vandergroat had ruthlessly killed Jesse; Vandergroat positioned himself high up on a rock face, poised as a sniper with a rifle to also ambush Kemp and Anderson; as he fired at Kemp, Lina pushed Vandergroat's rifle up, preventing him from firing accurately; Kemp climbed the face of the rocky cliff behind Vandergroat and flung his "naked spur" (used to scale the cliff-face as a axe/piton) into his lower cheek or neck - after which he reeled around and Anderson shot him from a distance and finished him off; Vandergroat's corpse fell into the roaring river below; Anderson was able to string a line across the rough water and retrieve the body - so that they could claim the reward; however, while swimming in the rapidly-flowing river, Anderson was lethally struck by a gigantic log stump, drowned and was carried downstream; Kemp hauled Vandergroat's body back to the shore by a rope, and became insanely single-minded and heartless - determined to claim the reward all for himself as he strapped the corpse on his horse: "I'm takin' him back. This is what I came after and now I've got him...He's gonna pay for my land... The money - That's all I care about. That's all I've ever cared about"
Howard Kemp Hauling in Ben Vandergroat's Body - Lina's Protest
  • the startling sequence of Kemp's abrupt turn-about as he gripped Lina's arms, after her pleadings to leave the ordeal behind them and marry him - he decided to give up his potential blood-money bounty, buried Vandergroat's body in the ground, and then rode off with her to start a new life in California together

Kemp (James Stewart) with Lina (Janet Leigh)

The Decision: Either To Collect the Bounty, or Bury the Body and Move to California with Lina

Napoleon (1927, Fr.) - the 3-part (triptych) wide screen in the conclusion of this landmark epic silent film, by director Abel Gance


The Narrow Margin (1952)

In director Richard Fleischer's fast-moving noirish crime-drama (with the tagline: "A Fortune If They Seal Her Lips... A Bullet If They Fail!"), followed by director Peter Hyams' inferior remake Narrow Margin (1990) starring Gene Hackman and Anne Archer - it told about a number of mobster assassins who were targeting a widowed gun moll and grand jury witness, who was being transported on a confining, cross-country Golden West Limited train from Chicago to Los Angeles, with a claustrophobic, tense atmosphere - there were surprise character twists and secret identities:

  • the plotline: the escort of widowed gun moll and grand jury witness Mrs. Frankie Neall (Marie Windsor) by incorruptible, hard-boiled Detective Sgt. Walter Brown (Charles McGraw); the witness had information - a purported list of payoffs - that she was going to divulge at an LA hearing
  • in the opening scene - Det. Brown and Sergeant Gus Forbes (Don Beddoe) took a taxi from the train station to pick up the dislikeable female at her apartment hideout to take her to the train; they discussed what the woman Mrs. Frankie Neall might be like (Brown: "Sixty-cent special. Cheap, flashy. Strictly poison under the gravy"); as they were coming down the stairs into the apartment's foyer, Forbes was gunned down by mobster assassin Densel (Peter Virgo), identified by a fur-collared coat
Sgt. Gus Forbes (Don Beddoe) Just Before Being Murdered
Detective Sgt. Walter Brown (Charles McGraw)
Mrs. Frankie Neall
(Marie Windsor)
  • on the moving train, where Detective Brown was attempting to hide Mrs. Neall in an adjoining sleeper cabin/compartment, two other assassins were circling around trying to locate and kill his subpoened grand jury witness: Joseph Kemp (David Clarke) and Vincent Yost (Peter Brocco)
Mobster Assassins

Joseph Kemp
(David Clarke)

Vincent Yost
(Peter Brocco)
  • the interactions between Detective Brown and ill-tempered Mrs. Neall, both of whom took an instant disliking to each other: (Brown: "You make me sick to my stomach." Neall: "Well, use your own sink. And let me know when the target practice starts!")
  • the vicious fight scene in a cramped men's room between assassin Joseph Kemp and Detective Brown
  • further complications when Detective Brown became acquainted with another woman on the train - a golden-haired, sweet-natured mother named Ann Sinclair (Jacqueline White) with a precocious, overly observant son Tommy (Gordon Gebert) in tow and an older nanny, Mrs. Troll (Queenie Leonard); Brown worried that the mobsters might mistake her for his witness and kill her; Brown's loyalties were also tested by the DA via the decoy Mrs. Neall and assassin Vincent Yost to see if he would accept bribes of $25-30K to give up his protected witness: "You have her, we want her, how much?...Point her out and turn the other way. You go through the motions of guarding her until the accident occurs." Brown responded: "I'm not interested...not at any price"; the detective was warned: "We'll get her whether you give her to us or not, so don't take too long. It would be a shame if you missed your opportunity"
  • Brown was aided by rotund railroad detective/agent Sam Jennings (Paul Maxey) (originally thought to be one of the assassins), who handcuffed gangster Kemp and detained him after Brown beat him up; however, at a train stop in La Junta, Colorado, assassin Densel surreptitiously boarded the coach, traded places with Yost, freed Kemp, and knocked Jennings unconscious; the two mobsters discovered Mrs. Neall in Brown's attached cabin, and in a dramatic scene, as she reached for a gun in her purse, Densel shot her in the back
  • the twist revelation that Mrs. Frankie Neall was actually a decoy -- a policewoman from Internal Affairs named Sarah Maggs - who was shockingly killed; Brown's love interest - Ann Sinclair - was revealed to be the real Mrs. Frankie Neill; Ann described how she had found her divorced mobster husband's payoff list, and already mailed it to the DA; Brown reacted vehemently: "I've been played for a sucker!"
  • the climactic scene in which Ann Sinclair was seized and held hostage by a mob hitman Densel; Brown used the reflection of another train's window to gun down the hitman without compromising her safety; Kemp fled and departed from the back of the train, but a few minutes later was arrested as he was about to be picked up by a getaway vehicle that had been trailing the train for many miles; in the brief conclusion, Brown safely escorted Mrs. Sinclair off the train

The Pay-Off List

On the Train (l to r): Gangster Kemp, Det. Brown, and Railroad Agent Sam Jennings

Mrs. Neill Seized - Reaching for Her Gun and Then Shot In the Back

Mrs. Ann Sinclair (Jacqueline White) - Ultimately Revealed to Be The Real Grand Jury Witness

Protecting Mrs. Sinclair by Shooting Densel, Using A Window Reflection

Nashville (1975)

In maverick director/producer Robert Altman's country-western character study - a classic, multi-level, original, two and a half-hour epic study of American culture, show-business, leadership and politics - one of the great American films of the 1970s:

  • the miraculous interweaving and criss-crossing of the lives and destinies of 24 different characters in a free-flowing tapestry or kaleidoscope - especially in the opening sequences, during a five day (long weekend) period in Nashville, Tennessee (the "Athens of the South")
  • the scene of folk singer Tom (Keith Carradine) seductively singing "I'm Easy" to a crowd - with the camera slowly showing the face of aroused audience member and married gospel singer Linnea (Lily Tomlin) in the back
  • the humiliating bump-and-grind strip scene involving a desperate wannabe Sueleen Gay (Gwen Welles) - a dim-witted, red-haired, tone-deaf, lower-class waitress who aspired to be a singer; she embarrassingly performed "about a girl who never gets enough" and a second song titled "When I Love You" before an all-male political, fund-raising smoker (that she thought was a singing engagement, but instead was a stag party); she was encouraged to strip by the misogynistic crowd - her bump-and-grind striptease - a clumsy, inept, asexual un-dressing in front of the crowd, included removing the socks-padding from her bra and tossing them into the hooting group of spectators before going topless to satiate the crowd (and finally bottomless after removing her yellow panties and also tossing them way)
  • the scene of vulnerable star singer Barbara Jean (Oscar-nominated Ronee Blakley) during a Opry Belle public concert sequence, appearing in a white, bridal-type gown with her brown flowing hair arranged with pink ribbons; she first performed "Tapedeck in His Tractor" (The Cowboy Song) with great energy, followed by her second impassioned song, "Dues" that told of hurt in an embattled marriage; between songs and a few false starts, she began to unravel as she reminisced about a phone-in radio show, and then remembered her grandmother and her childhood - the band behind her impatiently waited for her to finish her lunatic, nostalgic ramblings about the burdens of her life and how her mother pushed her into a singing career when she was very young, before she was hustled off the stage
  • the appearances in black limousines of unseen presidential political party candidate Hal Phillip Walker (Thomas Hal Phillips) (for the Replacement Party) and his entourage
  • the concluding tragic and shocking sequence at a country music festival/political rally for Walker at the Parthenon (with a billowing American flag serving as the mammoth backdrop for the concert), where Barbara Jean sang a duet on stage with host Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson), titled "One, I Love You"
  • Barbara Jean also performed "My Idaho Home" (a wistful song about her mother and father); when she was finished, Haven circled around her with his arms in a Victory position (with one hand grasping a bouquet of white carnations for her) and nodded toward the appreciative applause for her song, and then presented the beloved, pure-spirited singer with the flowers
  • two gunshots rang out - Barbara Jean fell backwards mortally wounded (seen only at a distance), and Haven, who had selflessly tried to shield her, sprawled on top of her with a bloody gunshot wound in his upper right arm; after the arbitrary killing and panic broke out, Kenny (David Hayward) - the demented assassin in the crowd - was subdued by shocked onlookers, wrestled to the ground, and soon hauled off by state police
The Assassination of Barbara Jean On-Stage
  • Haven grabbed the microphone after the unexpected disaster and rallied the crowd to be calm by singing: "You all take it easy now. This isn't Dallas. It's Nashville. This is Nashville. You show 'em what we're made of. They can't do this here to us in Nashville. OK everybody, sing. Come on somebody, sing. You sing"
  • the dying Barbara Jean was quickly replaced with unknown performer Albuquerque (Barbara Harris) who calmed the crowd with "It Don't Worry Me"; the new star rose to the occasion and rallied the crowd with her stirring, healing anthem of passivity

Folk Singer Tom: "I'm Easy"

Sueleen Strip-Tease

Concert Performance of Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley): "Dues" - Before Suffering A Breakdown

Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) with Country Singer Barbara Jean (Ronee Blakley): "One, I Love You"

Barbara Jean: "My Idaho Home"

Albuquerque (Barbara Harris): "It Don't Worry Me"

(National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978)

In John Landis' classic, low-budget frat house comedy about fictional Faber College in 1962 and the misfit Delta Tau Chi fraternity house - known for debauchery, drinking, and other misadventures that pitted the fraternity in a madcap war against administrators and some ROTC members:

  • the character of Faber College's animalistic, misfit, beer-bellied, Delta fraternity member John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) - with numerous gross-out belches and slobbish behavior (such as crushing beer cans on his head), or in the cafeteria lunch line - first munching on a hard-boiled egg with the shell (from the discarded food area), and his progress along the counter piling up and overloading food on his tray (and taking bites of a few items and putting back the half-eaten remains), stuffing his pockets, sucking (or slurping) down a plate of bright green Jell-O in one gulp, and filling his mouth with an entire hamburger
  • at the cafeteria table, Bluto was asked by frat boy Greg Marmalard (James Daughton): "Don't you have any respect for yourself?" and one of the preppy sorority girls Babs Jansen (Martha Smith) was also disgusted by him: "It is absolutely gross. That boy is a P-I-G, pig", he followed up with a guess-what-I-am-impersonation: ("See if you can guess what I am now"), then punched his cheeks with his fists to send a cream puff in all directions: ("I'm a zit. Geddit?")
Bluto's Slobbish Behavior
  • the cafeteria's food fight scene and Bluto's instigating battle cry ("Food fight!")
  • the wild "Toga, Toga" party scene in Delta House at Faber College (chanted by Bluto and others), after Dean Wormer (John Vernon) told the frat that they were on "double secret probation" - and during the Toga Party, Bluto's smashing of the guitar of a folk singer (Stephen Bishop) on the stairway
  • Bluto's famous factually-inaccurate, motivational challenge to his fellow frat brothers to join him to seek revenge on Dean Wormer and the clean-cut Omegas, after the Delta House Fraternity had been closed and they had all been kicked out of school: ("Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!...It ain't over now. Cause when the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'. Who's with me? Let's go. Come on!"); after he ran to the front door but no one followed him, he returned to chastize everyone: "What the f--k happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. 'Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, Bluto, we might get in trouble.' (shouting) Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer..."; Otter (Tim Matheson) agreed with Bluto: "Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now, we could fight 'em with conventional weapons. That could take years and cost millions of lives. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part"; Bluto shouted: "We're just the guys to do it...LET'S DO IT!"
  • the voyeuristic and winking Peeping Tom scene of Bluto on a ladder outside the window of a sorority house, watching the half-dressed frat girls having a pillow fight; he glanced backwards to share a conspiratorial glance with the voyeuristic film audience behind him; and then he was amazed to see self-pleasuring, half-naked Mandy Pepperidge (Mary Louise Weller) by herself - causing his ladder to fall backwards
  • the make-out scene of new recruit Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) debating with a devil and angel figure (his conscience) on his shoulders about whether to take advantage of passed-out coed Clorette dePasto (Sarah Holcomb) - not knowing that she was the mayor's 13 year-old daughter: Devil: "F--k her. F--k her brains out. Suck her tits. Squeeze her buns. You know she wants it." Angel: "For shame! Lawrence, I'm surprised at you!" Devil: "Aw, don't listen to that jack-off. Look at those gazongas. You'll never get a better chance." Angel: "If you lay one finger on that poor sweet helpless girl, you'll despise yourself forever... I'm proud of you, Lawrence." Devil: "You homo")
  • the scene of a Playboy-reading young kid thanking God for a cheerleader from a float catapulted into his room during the sabotaged and ruinous homecoming parade

"Toga, Toga"

"Peeping Tom" Scene of
Sorority Coed Mandy Pepperidge (Mary Louise Weller)

Clorette dePasto
(Sarah Holcomb)

"Pinto's" Dilemma

Playboy-Reading Kid

(National Lampoon's) Christmas Vacation (1989)

In director Jeremiah S. Chechik's slapstick-filled comedy with outrageous sight gags:

  • the trek to the country on a Saturday to find the most perfect X-mas tree, the Griswold Family Christmas Tree, by family head Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) ("We're kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols") - he was accompanied by his reluctant family members: wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), daughter Audrey (Juliette Lewis), and son Russ "Rusty" (Johnny Galecki) - during the drive, they played chicken with a small redneck-driven truck, and then with a gigantic 18-wheeler logging vehicle (Ellen: "Clark! We're stuck under a truck!" - she began to recite a modified version of the Lord's Prayer)
  • in knee-deep snow after trudging into a snowy forest to cut down an oversized Christmas tree for their living room, Clark informed his family: ("The most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the thpirit of the Griswold family Chrithmath"); the excitement diminished when Rusty asked: "Dad, did you bring a saw?"
Sighting X-Mas Tree:
"There it is!"
Trek to Cut Down
Gigantic Christmas Tree
  • back home, Clark appeared in his garage, looking like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre killer, with a chain-saw used to resize the tree; after his neighbor Todd Chester (Nicholas Guest), with his wife Margo (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) looked over and asked: "Hey, Griswold! Where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big?" - he rebuked them: "Bend over and I'll show ya" - inferring that he was speaking to Margo
  • the invitation to many in-laws to join them (Ellen's parents, Clark's own parents Nora (Diane Ladd) and Clark Sr. (John Randolph), and his Uncle Lewis (William Hickey) and senile Aunt Bethany (Mae Questel)), including crazy Kansas redneck Cousin Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid)
  • the sequence of sex-crazed Clark's visit to the mall, where he nervously ogled busty lingerie clerk Mary (Nicolette Scorsese) at the display counter, who asked: "Can I show you something?" - with his reply about how cold it was: "Yes, yes it is, it's a bit nipply out. I mean nippy out, ha, ha, ha. What did I say, nipple? Huh, there is a nip in the air, though"; she also demonstrated how her high-cut thong underwear didn't leave a line, as Clark bent over to inspect her more closely: "These are cut really high on the hip. Look, I'm wearing something similar. See? You can't see the line"
  • the over-the-top Christmas lights display on the exterior of the house (Clark described earlier how excessive his light display had become: "250 strands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand, for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights"); the first attempt to light everything was a total disaster
  • and the moment the lights were finally turned on, requiring auxiliary power from the utility company, and the electrocution of the cat
The Failed Christmas Tree Lighting
  • the sequence of cousin Eddie explaining how his Rottweiler dog named Snots had a sinus condition, and was also sex-crazed: "You pet him on the belly and he'll love you till the day you die...He's cute, ain't he? Only problem is, he's got a little bit of Mississippi leg hound in him. If the mood catches him right, he'll grab your leg and just go to town. You don't want him around if you're wearing short pants, if you know what I mean. A word of warning, though. If he does lay into ya, it's best to just let him finish"
  • the scene in which Clark had waxed his round silver sled with a revolutionary grease (Clark: "A new non-caloric, silicon-based kitchen lubricant my company's been working on. It creates a surface 500 times more slippery than cooking oil. We'll fly down the hill with this stuff"), although Eddie had encouraged him not to: ("Don't go puttin' none of that stuff on my sled, Clark. You know that metal plate in my head?... I had to have it replaced, because every time Catherine revved up the microwave, I'd piss in my pants and forget who I was for a half hour or so. So over at the VA, they had to replace it with a plastic one. It ain't as strong, so, I don't know if I oughta go sailin' down no hill with nothin' between the ground and my brain but a piece of government plastic") - and Clark's unexpected streak of fire in the snow after announcing: "Nothin' to worry about, Eddie. Going for a new amateur recreational saucer sled land speed record. Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Remember, don't try this at home, kids. I am a professional" - he careened down a hillside and into oncoming traffic before crashing in front of a Wal-Mart store
  • the scene of Eddie (in his bathrobe) dumping his RV trailer sewage into the street's storm drain (Eddie: "The shitter was full!") - a disaster waiting to happen (Clark: "He oughta know it's illegal. It's a storm sewer. If it fills with gas, I pity the person who lights a match within ten yards of it")
  • the traditional Christmas Eve turkey meal dinner preceded by 80 year-old Aunt Bethany's (Mae Questel) "Grace" (actually, the Pledge of Allegiance) and the cutting into the bone-dry bird: (Clark: "If this turkey tastes half as good as it looks, I think we're all in for a very big treat!" Eddie: "Save the neck for me, Clark")
  • Clark's angry rant about his Scrooge-like boss, Mr. Shirley (Brian Doyle-Murray): ("I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-assed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s--t he is! Hallelujah! Holy S--t! Where's the Tylenol?")
  • a terrifying squirrel incident when the wild animal was set loose in the Griswold house, causing massive destruction, and ending up jumping onto the chest of neighbor Margo followed by Snots
  • Clark's determination to have a good old-fashioned Christmas celebration, after all the disasters: "Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no! We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f--kin' Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse"
  • Eddie's kidnapping of Mr. Shirley - (Clark had suggested it as a "last-minute gift-idea" and Eddie took him seriously); he was tied up with a big red bow on his chest; it was retaliation for Clark not receiving a cash bonus, but a one year membership in the Jelly-of-the-Month Club ("the gift that keeps on giving the whole year"); a SWAT team was summoned and they stormed the Griswold house, although Mr. Shirley changed his mind and reinstated Clark's bonus
  • two of the children saw a real shooting star and ran outside, and everyone followed them; it was interpreted as the 'Christmas Star' by a soppy and sentimental Clark: ("It's the Christmas star. And that's all that matters tonight. Not bonuses or gifts or turkeys or trees. See, kids, it means something different to everybody. Now I know what it means to me"); Uncle Lewis retorted: "That ain't the frigging Christmas star, Griz. It's the light on the sewage treatment plant"; a final disaster occurred when Uncle Lewis threw his lit match for his cigar down a storm drain, and the entire sewage system destructively exploded (after Eddie had dumped raw sewage down the drain)
  • the blast sent Clark's flaming Santa-sleigh and reindeer decoration across the sky in front of a full moon; as explosions rocked the neighborhood, Aunt Bethany led a sing along of the National Anthem ("And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air") as the film ended

18 Wheel Logging Truck

Clark as Chain-Saw Killer

Clark to Lingerie Clerk: "It's a bit nipply out"

Lingerie Clerk Showing Off 'No Underwear' Line

Eddie's Warning About His Dog Snots: "Just let him finish"

Waxed Sledding

Eddie Dumping RV Sewage Into Storm Drain

Grace Preceding Bone-Dry Turkey Meal

Clark's Rant About Boss Mr. Shirley

Squirrel Jumping Onto Neighbor's Chest

After Many Disasters, Clark's Statement: "...we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas..."

SWAT Team Attack

Clark's Sentimental Interpretation of Christmas Star

Clark's Santa Decorations Sent Sky-High

(National Lampoon's) Vacation (1983)

  • the post-card opening sequence introduction, with the song: "Holiday Road" sung by Lindsay Buckingham
  • the early car-dealership mix-up sequence, in which family head Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) was expecting to pick up a new "Antarctic Blue Super Sports Wagon with CB and optional family fun pack," but instead was forced to drive a gigantic pea-green "Wagon Queen Family Truckster" station wagon with a broken-down engine for the cross-country trek to Walley World in Southern California with his reluctant family: wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron)
  • the always-clumsy and dim-brained, half-crazed Clark Griswold's deranged, foul-mouthed, colorfully R-rated exhortation and rant to his beleaguered family to press on, on their journey from Chicago westward: "I think you're all f--ked in the head. We're ten hours from the f--kin' fun park and you want to bail out! Well, I'll tell you somethin'. This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun. I'm gonna have fun and you're gonna have fun. We're all gonna have so much f--kin' fun we'll need plastic surgery to remove our god-damn smiles. You'll be whistling 'Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah' out of your assholes! Ha, ha, ha. I gotta be crazy! I'm on a pilgrimage to see a moose. Praise Marty Moose! Holy S--t!"
  • all of their arduous misadventures on the way to Walley World, including getting lost in East St. Louis where the clueless, out-of-place Clark asked for directions from a black pimp: "Pardon me, I wonder if you could tell me how to get back on the expressway?" (who responded: "F--k yo Mama!") - and as they drove off, their hubcaps were stolen; Rusty also asked: "Wonder if these guys know the Commodores?"
  • a parody of the motel shower scene in Psycho (1960) when Clark pretended to attack his long-suffering wife Ellen - using a stabbing motion with a banana, and she rejected his offers to "do" her back and front: ("Go do your own front!"); and afterwards, they had to abort love-making when their vibrating massager bed malfunctioned and they were forced to move to the floor, where they were embarrassingly discovered by their two kids
  • the visit with Ellen's cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn) and her beer-swilling, hayseed husband Eddie (Randy Quaid) in Coolidge, Kansas, who ate Hamburger Helper without the meat ("I don't know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than Tuna Helper myself, don't you, Clark?"); including their often funny lines of dialogue: Eddie: "How do you like yours, Clark?" Clark: "Oh, medium rare, a little pink inside." Eddie: "No, I mean your bun"; Eddie described his disability: "I got laid off when they closed that asbestos factory, and now, wouldn’t you know it, the Army cuts my disability pension because they said that the plate in my head wasn’t big enough" - and then he asked Clark for a loan of $52,000 dollars
"How do you like yours, Clark?"
Vicki Stirring Kool-Aid with Her Hand
A Box of Weed:
"How cool is this?"
  • Eddie's young daughter Vicki (Jane Krakowski) bragging about French kissing: "I'm goin' steady, and I French kiss...Yeah, but Daddy says I'm the best at it" and also showing off a shoebox full of weed to Audrey ("How cool is this?"), while Eddie's son Dale (John Nevin) bragged: "I've got a stack of nudie books this high"; Vicki also stirred a jar of red Kool-Aid by sticking her hand inside and swishing it around (Clark asked: "Vicki, can I help you with that Kool-Aid, please?")
  • Clark's encounter with a forgiving and grief-stricken motorcycle cop after he had accidentally dragged Dinky tied by a dog leash to the bumper: "Explain this, you son-of-a-bitch...Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?...Well, it's probably pretty stiff...Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for a mile or so. Tough little mutt. Yeah....Here's the leash, sir. I'm going back to get the rest of the carcass off the road...."
  • Clark's man-to-man talks with his son Rusty including sharing a beer with him in the desert
  • Clark's sexy encounters with a flirtatious and tempting vixen (supermodel Christie Brinkley) in a passing red 1983 Ferrari 308; at a picnic stop to the sound of June Pointer's "Little Boy Sweet", Clark flirted back while performing an awkward dance with his sandwich, when Ellen exclaimed: "They're all wet. Oh God, the dog wet on the picnic basket"; Clark began unglamorously spitting out his mouthful, although Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) shrugged her shoulders and took another bite
  • at a motel, she temptingly flirted with him, and he vowed he was single: (Vixen: "It's too bad you're married. I'm in the mood for some fun" Clark: "Married? Oh, you mean those people I'm with? That's my brother's family. My brother's ring. You know, I usually borrow them on these little inspection tours of mine. It sorta helps to complete the disguise. It's fun for them...In order to be convincing, you have to look and act like an ordinary jerk. You know, stop at all the stupid sites and, uh, look like a fool"); later as they walked to the swimming pool, Clark kept rambling: "My credo is, if you have to have a credo, you know, 'Go for it,' pretty much. You only go around this crazy merry-go-round once! You know?...Yeah. (she began stripping down to go skinny-dipping, and tossing her underwear at him) That's my credo! You don't have to have a credo, but 'If the shoe fits, wear it.' 'A penny saved... ' 'Pennies from heaven...' My favorite credo, you know, uhm, 'A penny saved, and... '"; when she dove in completely naked, she urged him to join her ("Are you gonna go for it?"); after he jumped in naked, he was caught by Ellen in an embarrassing situation
Flirtatious Blonde
  • the death of Aunt Edna who was wrapped in a tarp and tied to the top of the station wagon: (Clark: "You want me to strap her to the hood? She'll be fine. It's not as if it's going to rain or something"); after Aunt Edna's death, Clark (during a thunder and rain storm) attempted to offer a prayer to God on her behalf: "Oh, God. Ease our suffering in this, our moment of great despair! Yeah! Admit this good and decent woman into Thine arms and the flock in Thine heavenly area up there. And Moab, he laideth down behind the land of the Canaanites. And, yeah, though the Hindus speak of karma...I implore you, give her a break....Honey, I'm not an ordained minister! I'm doing my best, okay?"
Walley World - An Empty Parking Lot
Slo-Mo Run Toward Walley World Entrance
Holding Walley World Guard Hostage
  • the arrival at Walley World, where Clark spoke: "First ones here!"; they ran in slow-motion (to the sounds of Chariots of Fire's theme) to the entrance, but to their dismay, it was closed for two weeks for maintenance; at the front gate, they were notified by a happy, animatronic moose holding a sign - with a recording: "Sorry Folks! We're closed for two weeks - to clean and repair 'America's Favorite' Family Fun Park"; completely disheartened, Clark punched the moose in the nose
  • the sequence of holding the Walley World security guard Russ Lasky (John Candy) hostage at gunpoint (with a realistic looking BB-gun): "Now you listen to me, fat ass. You do what I say and there won't be any problem, okay? OK. We just drove 2,460 miles, just for a little Roy Walley entertainment. The Moose says you're closed. I say you're open"

Mix-up at the Car Dealership

Clark's Rant: "This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun"

East St. Louis Pimp to Clark: "F--k yo Mama!"

Psycho Shower Parody

Vicki: "Daddy says I'm the best at it"

Dale: "I've got a stack of nudie books this high!"

Clark Dancing With His Urine-Soaked Sandwich

Clark with Motorcycle Cop

Clark Sharing Beer with son Rusty

National Velvet (1944)

In director Clarence Brown's Technicolored, animal-related, tearjerker children's and exciting sports film, based upon Enid Bagnold's novel: [Note: a sequel remake was titled International Velvet (1978) starring Tatum O'Neal[:

  • the youthful glow of a violet-eyed, 12-year-old Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor in her first starring role as an 11 year old), a horse-crazy young girl who lived in Sussex, England in the small coastal town of Sewels
  • the summer arrival of unreliable drifter Michael (or "Mi") Taylor (Mickey Rooney), who shared in Velvet's first view of a feisty, wild, unpredictable, and 'unbreakable' gelding with "the devil in him"; she was wowed and her heart skipped a beat: "Isn't he beautiful?"; Michael revealed his knowledge of horses by describing the animal: "He's got lots of vinegar, I'll grant ya. About 15.2 more nearer 16 hands, I'd say. He's got speed. Short back, well ribbed up. He's a nice mover, all right"; she ran after the horse, exclaiming: "What a lovely boy he is?"; when Velvet asked owner Mr. Ede the horse's name, he replied: "Name? He's a murderous pirate, not deserving of a name!"; Velvet proposed a nickname: "Oh, no, not Pirate. He's a gentle one. I'll just call him Pie. Oh, you're a pretty one, Pie. You didn't mean to run away"
First View of Gelding, Nicknamed "Pie"
  • when Mi was invited for dinner at the Brown's home, Velvet's mother Mrs. Araminty Brown (Oscar-winning Anne Revere) kept secret from Mi her past relationship with his father; Mrs. Brown confided in Velvet about how she had known Mi's father: "Way back. You know how I came to swim the Channel and have my pictures in the paper? It was Mi Taylor's father showed me how....He was my trainer. It was he told me what to do. Worked with me for months. Followed me in a boat. Leaned over and fed me. Breathed the spirit into me. Made me do it when I was ready to give up"; Velvet was excited when Mi was offered work and would live with the Brown family
  • Mi told Velvet that he knew a lot about horses but that he "hated horses" - "That's when you really hate something when you know too much about it"; he was reticent to talk about how he was an ex-jockey whose career ended with the death of another rider
  • the scene of the drawing during the raffle for Mr. Ede's gelding, "Pie"; Velvet was expectant, but then closed her eyes when hers was not the winning ticket (# 113)
The Raffle When Velvet Thought She Had Lost
  • soon after, Velvet had a premonition: "Sometimes it frightens me. I see things. I see things as big as life and think they're real. At this moment, I can see plain as day, the whole village coming here, bringing me The Pie. I suppose it's 'cause I want him so much"; and then she fainted when Pie was brought to her house; it was explained to her by her father why she was the winner: "Mr. Hallam drew a number that hadn't been sold, so we had to start all over again. Hallam's hand went into the bowl and out it came with 62, your number!"
  • the scene of Velvet's discussion with her supportive mother about entering the Grand National Steeplechase horse-race at Aintree (with an entry fee of 100 pounds), to prove that Pie was really a champion: "It's for The Pie. It's for the glory of it for him. With half a chance, he'll prove he belongs in the history books, not in the knacker's yard"; her mother claimed it was a "large dream for a little girl" but remained encouraging; Mi was asked his opinion and he was not interested: "It'd just be folly for nothin'"; Mrs. Brown replied: "What's wrong with folly?"; Velvet was supported financially (to enter the Grand National) by the prize money Mrs. Brown had won - and saved - for swimming the English Channel when she was younger and trained by Dan Taylor: (Mrs. Brown to Velvet: "We're alike. I too believe that everyone should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly, once in his life. I was 20 when they said a woman couldn't swim the Channel. You're 12. You think a horse of yours can win the Grand National. Your dream has come early. But remember, Velvet, it'll have to last you all the rest of your life")
  • the sequences of Mi's teaching of Velvet, through rigorous training, on how to ride the lightning-fast Pie and navigate the challenging course; and on the eve of the race, Velvet strongly urged Mi to ride The Pie, but he tearfully refused; he explained his past bad luck - during a race in Manchester, he had pushed his horse too hard and caused a collision that resulted in the death of another jockey
  • then, just before the race, Mi changed his mind and decided to ride The Pie, but Velvet had already determined that she would ride - wearing a bright yellow and pink jockey suit; shocked that she would compete, Mi tried to dissuade her: "The Grand National is no game for a little girl....And you'll get your stupid, silly little neck exactly broken...and 40 horses ready to trample you over! I'll not let you ride, Velvet! I won't let you do it"; but Velvet was sure she could do it: "The Pie will take care of me. Mi, please don't be angry. You know The Pie would burst his heart for me...He'll be enchanted, with invisible wings to go over every jump, if I ride him!"; Mi concluded that he would let her ride: "So now it's the glory of winnin' you want for yourself, is that it? You want to ride your race, take your risks and win. You want to win over them all, in sight of the world, Velvet Brown before the King and Queen, is that it? Yeah, perhaps you're right...All right, you ride!"
  • to aid her disguise, Mi cut her hair, at Velvet's urging: "The Pie won't mind you using his scissors on my mane. Go ahead, cut it quite short at the back"; as he clipped away, he warned of her future disqualification and the dangers: "You'll be disqualified at the end when they find out you're a girl. You'll have to forfeit the prize money. And even send you to prison for fraud. But if there's any trouble, you tell them that it was me who did it. You understand? It was me who put you up to it. It was my idea! I made you do it" - and then he offered a few extra tips: "If you're gonna ride, there's a lot of tricks of the race you have to learn. Don't worry about the start. Get off as fast as you can, and jump sure and clean....And you go twice around the course, that's thirty jumps in all..."
The Grand National Steeplechase
Velvet's Disguise:
Cropped Short Hair
The Start of the Race
Velvet the Victor
  • the exciting climactic Grand National Steeplechase horse racing sequence (with 32 entrants racing the 4.5 mile course with 30 jumps), in which Velvet was the one to ride The Pie; although she had the "longest odds" - 100-to-1, she eventually won the race, but there was a "rules infraction" when she fell to the ground before reaching the enclosure; an objection flag went up and the incident was investigated, and Velvet was predictably disqualified because she was a girl: (Newspaper Headlines: "WINNER AT AINTREE DECLARED FEMININE...MASQUERADE AS JOCKEY IS REVEALED"); however, her 'winning' horse soon became famous and was renamed 'National Velvet'
  • in the conclusion, after Mi had left without saying goodbye, Velvet rushed after him (riding on Pie) to tell him the film's central secret - before she left, she described her intentions to her parents - to tell Mi of his history and connections with their family: (Velvet: "Now shouldn't he know, Mother?... Let me tell him, Mother. He can't be far up the road. The Pie could find him") - Mi's now-deceased father was Mrs. Brown's inspiring trainer-coach when as a former swimmer at the age of 20, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel; the film's last words were Velvet's calls of: "Mi! Mi!"

Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor)

Michael ("Mi") Taylor (Mickey Rooney)

After Losing, Velvet's Premonition That She Would Still Win Pie in the Raffle

Velvet Speaking with Her Mother (Anne Revere) About Entering the Grand National Steeplechase

Training for the Grand National Track Obstacles

Headlines Describing Velvet's Disqualification After Winning

The Ending: Mi's Departure - and Velvet's Intentions to Ride After Him - To Tell Him of His Father's History

The Natural (1984)

In Barry Levinson's allegorical and mythical fairy tale baseball film based on Bernard Malamud's 1952 story (and the Camelot legend) - and with Randy Newman's soaring score:

  • the opening sequence set on a farm in Nebraska - a young and sports-gifted Roy Hobbs (Paul Sullivan Jr. as boy) was playing 'catch' with his elderly father Ed Hobbs (Alan Fudge); shortly later (during a dialogue-free sequence) while chopping wood outdoors, Mr. Hobbs suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack at the foot of the farm's large oak tree; when the tree was struck by lightning that evening during a storm, the tree trunk was split, and from the wood splinters, young Roy crafted a baseball bat, nicknamed and inscribed with the name "Wonderboy" (and a lightning flash symbol) - Roy's magical "Wonderboy" bat was reminiscent of Arthurian legend with a lightning bolt inscribed on it and carved out of a tree struck by lightning
Opening Sequence
Young Roy Pitching to His Father
At the Foot of Oak Tree, Roy's Father Died
Roy's Handcrafted "Wonderboy" Bat
  • years later, pitcher Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) received news of a try-out with the Chicago Cubs (Roy was overjoyed: "I gotta reach for the best in me" he told his neighborhood's childhood sweetheart girlfriend and prospective fiancee Iris Gaines (Glenn Close)); presumably, they slept together that evening, and he - unknowingly - impregnated her before leaving
  • while on a train trip to Chicago, he stopped at a county fair-carnival during a beautiful sun-set, and impressively delivered three strike-out pitches thrown as a wager to a Babe Ruth-like big league slugger named "The Whammer" (Joe Don Baker)
Roy's Pitching Wager Against "The Whammer"
"The Whammer"
(Joe Don Baker)
Pitcher Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford)
Bystander Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey)
  • shortly later, the shocking and unexplained scene of Roy's shooting (with a silver bullet) by a mysterious, deranged, black funeral-clad, veiled Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey), who had lured him to her Chicago hotel room; he was confused and asked: "What's goin' on?" - she responded with a question: "Roy, will you be the best there ever was in the game?"; when he answered: "That's right", Roy was shot in the abdomen - it sidetracked his career for many years
  • 16 years later (in the year 1939), middle-aged, 35 year-old 'rookie' Roy joined the last-place New York Knights, managed by Coach Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley), who believed he was too old to play; during his first batting practice, he repeatedly knocked balls into the stands with his "very special bat" - the "Wonderboy"
  • the scene of Roy's first time major-league at bat when pinch-hitting for star outfielder Bartholomew "Bump" Bailey (Michael Madsen) against the Phillies in the bottom of the 7th inning; after striking the baseball, its cover came off and was picked up by the shortstop, while the ball sailed into the field - as lightning dramatically struck - to give Roy a triple and put the Knights into the lead - it was a miraculous comeback
Roy's First Major-League at Bat
First Time at Bat in Major Leagues
The Baseball Cover
  • the sequence of the end of Roy's long slump in Chicago with the appearance of the pure and angelic "lady in the white dress" in the stands - Roy's ex-girlfriend Iris Gaines stood up just before he slugged a tremendous blast of a home-run that shattered the giant clock on the scoreboard in Wrigley Field (it ended the game although the Chicago Cubs should still have had a turn to bat the bottom of the inning); after Roy rounded the bases, he attempted to look up into the stands, but was blinded by popping flashbulbs
  • Iris' visit to Roy who was recuperating in the maternity ward of the hospital after an attempted poisoning; at first he told her: "Some mistakes we never stop payin' for"; he admitted that he didn't expect the earlier assassination attempt: "I didn't see it coming"; they had a discussion about having two lives, and how we learn from our mistakes: (Iris: "You know, I believe we have two lives....The life we learn with and the life we live with after that"); she reminded him about his impressive legacy: "With or without the records, they'll remember you. Think of all those young boys you've influenced. There are so many of them"; he asked: "That day in Chicago, why did you stand up?" - she answered: "I didn't want to see you fail"
  • the feel-good Hollywood ending -- the scene of the last game of the playoffs between the Knights and the Pittsburgh Pirates [Note: Roy had been under pressure through bribery to 'throw' the game, and had just learned that Iris' son Ted was his!] - when in the bottom of the ninth with two men on and two outs, Roy (without his "Wonderboy" bat - after he shattered it hitting a foul ball) requested of Bobby Savoy (George Wilkosz), the batboy: "Go pick me out a winner, Bobby" - the Savoy Special)
  • although bleeding from his abdomen (his past injury), Roy (who was inspired by a note written by Iris, again in the stands, about fathering an out-of-wedlock child years earlier with her) struck the ball with a mighty whack, and hit the giant set of stadium lights - to win the series for his team and advance to the World Series; there was a cascade of exploding floodlights and showering electrical sparks, as the announcer delivered the film's final line as he rounded the bases: "And it's spinning way, way back up, high into the right field! That ball is still going. It's way back, high up in there. He did it. Hobbs did it!"
Roy's Splintered "Wonderboy" Bat
Roy: "Go pick me out a winner, Bobby"
"Savoy Special"
  • the final (tacked-on) concluding scene (a book-end to the film's opening) of a redeemed Roy with Iris and their 16 year old son Ted (a blonde carbon-copy of young Roy); she watched affectionately as he played catch on the Nebraska farm

Hobbs' Shooting by Deranged Harriet Bird

Roy's Impressive Batting Practice (Slugging with his "Wonderboy" bat) For the Last Place New York Knights

Coach Pop Fisher With Roy's "Wonderboy" Bat

Angelic "Lady in White Dress" (Iris) in Stands

The End of Roy's Slump - His Home-Run Ball Struck the Scoreboard's Clock

The Hospital Room Discussion - Roy & Iris

Concluding Scene - Roy with Iris Watching, Playing Catch With His Own Son

Natural Born Killers (1994)

In Oliver Stone's visually-riveting (MTV-style and color-switching), controversial and brutal film about two serial killer-lovers, obsession and media sensationalism (from a Quentin Tarantino original script) - it was portrayed with an eclectic style mix of film styles (of 35mm, Super-8, animation, and back projection), including a fast MTV-style with color-switching, skewed camera angles, quick-cut editing, a loud rock soundtrack, some animation, and various special effects:

  • the film's introductory pre-title credits sequence set in a New Mexico diner that introduced two white-trash, serial killers-outlaws-lovers: Mallory Knox (Juliette Lewis), who was dancing sexily to jukebox music, while Mickey (Woody Harrelson) was eating pie at the counter and reading an Albuquerque newspaper about their recent murders: (MICKEY AND MALLORY KILL SIX TEENS DURING SLUMBER PARTY); when Mallory was sexually-harrassed by one of the redneck customers, and she taunted him: "Are you flirting with me?...You want a piece of me?" - she punched him until he was senseless and then danced on his body ("You made my s--t list") before breaking his neck; at the counter, the man's buddy was also sliced up by Mickey with a large bowie knife; even the cook and waitress were murdered as well as a third man outside, but the killers let one customer survive to tell their story: "When they ask you who did this, you tell them 'Mickey and Mallory Knox did it'"
  • the two then fled into the desert - it was the start of their violent, cross-country (Route 666) Southwestern states random killing spree
The New Mexico Diner Massacre
  • the disturbing flashback of the abusive family life of Mallory Knox - portrayed as a situation-comedy (with a canned laughter track), and fantasy parody called "I Love Mallory" about a dysfunctional family, similar to All in the Family or Married With Children, featuring comic Rodney Dangerfield as Mallory's perverted, sexually-abusive, unemployed beer-drinking dad Ed; he often threatened molestation, called her a "stupid bitch," and grabbed her butt ("If your ass is in this house, it's my ass, so you move it upstairs and take a shower. Make sure it's a good shower because l'm comin' up after to see how clean ya are"); her neglectful "old bag" mother (Edie McClurg) was also constantly threatened and intimidated by Ed, who called her "a f--kin' idiot"
Mallory's Abusive Family Life - and Love at First Sight

"I Love Mallory"
Mallory: "Who are you?"
"Mickey. Who are you?"
  • Mallory instantly fell in love at first sight with meat delivery-man Mickey after he came to the Knox family door, hauling in his arms a bloody 50-lb package ("It's beef, lady. 50 pounds of beef") - he complimented Mallory: "You ought to change your name to Beautiful"; they went on a joy-ride after stealing Ed's car and leaving a note for Ed: "Out with the meat man. Back before dawn. Love, Mallory"
  • after being charged with auto-theft and escaping prison, Mickey returned to rescue Mallory, and there was a dual death scene of them both murdering Mallory's parents; Mickey struck Ed in the face with a crowbar, dunked his head into a fish-tank to drown him, and struck him with a meat cleaver; then they gagged and bound Mallory's mother in her bed, and burned her alive after dousing her with charcoal lighter fluid and setting her on fire with a flame starter
  • during their flight, they 'married' atop the Rio Grande Gorge bridge by clasping their bloodied hands together as blood dripped down into the river (Mickey: "Put them together." Mallory: "lt's very romantic, baby. We'll be livin' in all the oceans now." Mickey: "God - before you and this river and this mountain and everything we don't know about, Mickey, do you take Mallory to be your lawful wedded wife to have and hold and treat right until you die?...")
  • the pursuit of the two killers through New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada by slimy, psychopathic Detective Jack Scagnetti (Tom Sizemore)
  • the accidental murder of kindly Navajo Indian Warren Red Cloud (Russell Means) in his New Mexico hut, who perceived that there was a demon in Mickey and attempted to expel it through chanting; the crazed and raging Mickey awoke from nightmares of his abusive childhood and shot and killed the Navajo in the chest (as he died, he spoke: "Twenty years ago, I saw the demon in my dreams. I was waiting for you")
  • the Drug Zone arrest scene shot almost entirely in flourescent green, after Mickey assaulted the pharmacist for snake-bite antidote
  • the character of self-serving TV tabloid show host/reporter Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.) who made them famous crime celebrities for his sensationalist "American Maniacs" show; during a post-Super Bowl Batonga Penitentiary interview between Mickey and Gale, Mickey admitted to his one true calling in life: "S--t man, I'm a natural born killer"
  • the plan was to move the two imprisoned killers from jail to a mental hospital (so they could be murdered by Scagnetti), they incited an incredibly violent riot, and in the midst of a chaotic and full-scale bloody massacre and Mexican stand-off, Scagnetti's throat was slashed and he was shot dead point-blank by Mallory using Scagnetti's own gun - as she asked him: "Do you still like me now, Jack?"; there was a controversial see-through view of the bullet hole in Gale's right hand
Bloody Violence
Scagnetti's Murder
Gale's Right Hand with Bullet Hole
  • the twosome made a getaway-escape with Gale to a rural setting; there, Mallory filmed him for an interview - as he narrated (subtitled): "This is Wayne Gale, unfortunately no longer live. l am wounded. All my crew is dead. l have left my wife, and my girlfriend has left me"; although Gale was able to interview them for a few minutes with his own camera, Mickey confiscated the camera and threatened what they were planning to do: "You'll be starin' down the barrels of our shotguns, and we're gonna be blowin' your brains all over that tree back there" - and soon after, they brutally executed him as promised, with the camera on the ground (still recording the scene as the sole witness); Gale died as he extended his arms in a crucifix posture
The Ending: Demise of Gale
  • the ending revealed that the broadcast had been transmitted via Gale's in-ear microphone to a news-show, where the horrified Channel 6 female news anchor Antonia Chavez (Melinda Renna) cried out: "Oh, my God!" - the film's conclusion consisted of rapidly-spliced together excerpts of recent real-life crime media circuses: the Menendez Brothers' trial for murdering their parents, the Los Angeles Rodney King beating trial, the Tonya Harding ice-skating scandal, the Waco, Texas conflagration, O.J. Simpson's trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole, and rapid-fire images of bloody, demonic faces; the last excerpt before the ending credits was a quick shot of a pregnant Mallory in an RV watching their two children play, as Mickey was driving

The Murders of Mallory's Parents

'Marriage' Vows Atop Bridge

Death of Navajo Indian

Drug Zone Scene

Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.)

Chaos in Prison During Interview

Horrified On-Air News Anchor Antonia Chavez During Prison Riot and Gale's Death: "Oh, my God!"

Before Ending Credits: Mickey and Pregnant Mallory in RV with Two Children

The Navigator (1924)

In Buster Keaton's classic comedy, reportedly Keaton's favorite film - a fish-out-of-water tale with many inventive sight gags:

  • the introduction provided by prologue title cards: "Our story deals with one of those queer tricks that Fate sometimes plays. Nobody would believe, for instance, that the entire lives of a peaceful American boy and girl could be changed by a funny little war between two small countries far across the sea. And yet it came to pass. The spies of the two little nations were at a Pacific seaport, each trying to prevent the other getting ships and supplies."
  • the story of well-to-do Rollo Treadway (Buster Keaton) and equally-naive flapper girlfriend and across-the-street neighbor Betsy O'Brien (Kathryn McGuire), who had rejected his simple proposal to get married ("Will you marry me?") with her simple response ("Certainly not"); he was forced to rip up a ticket he had purchased for her to join him as his bride on a Honolulu honeymoon cruise
  • due to rival factions of international spies from two small nations at war, the sale of a cruise ship (Betsy's father John O'Brien (Frederick Vroom) had sold the steamship the S.S. Navigator to one of the small countries at war, after which spies from the opposing country set it loose), and a mixup of pier numbers (12 vs. 2), Rollo and Betsy mistakenly found themselves deserted and adrift on a foggy night on the S.S. Navigator - Rollo thought he had boarded an ocean cruise to Honolulu, while she boarded the same ship to look for her father
  • sailing aimlessly on the Pacific Ocean on their first morning, Rollo and Betsy did not know of each other's presence as they roamed the deck - often just missing each other, until they accidentally bumped into each other
  • the numerous and elaborate sight gags first involved the two spoiled rich kids' inept efforts to make breakfast: to brew a few coffee beans in a pot using sea water, to open a can by whacking it with a machete, to boil eggs in a large pot and remove them, to open a can of tinned milk with a drill, and to use oversized cooking implements as personal utensils
  • the failed efforts of Rollo and Betsy to signal a naval rescue ship (their hoisted yellow flag was interpreted as "quarantined"), and to fearlessly drop a small rowboat from the deck into the water in order to absurdly pursue the naval ship by pulling The Navigator (before sinking the rowboat)
Dropping a Rowboat Into the Water
to Tug The Navigator
  • the classic sequence of Rollo attempting to set up an uncooperative folding deck chair and put Betsy in it
  • the first evening, the gag of a swinging-portrait on a nail, seen through Rollo's porthole next to his bed, and thinking it was a ghost
  • in the dark, Rollo's mistaking a large box of "GIANT FIRECRACKERS" and "ROMAN CANDLES" for regular candles
  • Rollo's failed efforts to shuffle a wet deck of playing cards
  • still drifting after weeks at sea, Rollo's many Rube Goldberg-like inventions to make life easier in the kitchen
  • their sighting of cannibals - and to avoid drifting ashore and being captured, the scene of Rollo's underwater deep sea diving (in an elaborate diving outfit with helmet) to patch a leak in the ship, including his duel with a swordfish (by using another swordfish!) and an encounter with an octopus, while a tribe of island cannibals in an outrigger canoe kidnapped Betsy from the deck
Heavy Deep Sea Diving Outfit
Patching a Leaky Hole Underwater
Fighting a Swordfish
  • the scene of Rollo's routing of the natives by scaring them when he emerged on shore in his deep-sea diving outfit; after returning to the Navigator, they circumvented the cannibals' entry onto the ship by cutting away the gang-plank, throwing water down on them, and exploding firecrackers at them
Betsy's Rescue From Cannibals
  • the classic scene of Rollo's encounter with a toy cannon that was accidentally tied to his leg (he stepped into a rope loop) that was continually aimed at him, while he was trying to point it at the attacking cannibals
The Toy Cannon
  • as the Navigator's decks were completely overrun by cannibals, Rollo and Betsy escaped to the outrigger canoe vacated by the natives; but then they were again pursued and appeared about to meet their demise via drowning, when they were miraculously rescued by an emerging naval submarine underneath them; they entered the hatch, closed it, and escaped as the submarine descended
A Kiss - and Tossed Around Inside Rescue Submarine
  • inside the submarine, Rollo was kissed by a grateful Betsy, but then accidentally fell backwards onto an orientational lever control, sending the galley's interior cabin slowly rotating 360 degrees around and tossing them about like they were within a dryer, as the film ended

One Country's Plot to Set The Navigator Steamship Adrift

Betsy Rejecting Neighbor Rollo's Marriage Proposal

Searching For Each Other On The Navigator and Eventually Bumping Into Each Other

Failing to Set Up a Folding Deck Chair

"Ghost" Seen Through Rollo's Bunk Porthole

Firecrackers, Not Candles

Shuffling Wet Playing Cards

Sighting Cannibals on a Nearby Island

Betsy's Kidnapping

Doomed to Drown, But Saved By a Submarine Emerging Underneath

Near Dark (1987)

In Kathryn Bigelow's directorial debut, low-budget vampire-western horror film (one of the best US vampire-horror films of all-time) - the story of a nomadic, tightly-knit band of vampires in the American Southwest, with the tagline: Blood is Our Life. Darkness, Our Feeding Ground. And Sunlight, Our Eternal Damnation:

  • the opening scene of small-town Oklahoma farm boy Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) meeting the alluring yet mysterious young blonde drifter Mae (Jenny Wright) at an ice cream parlor; their first conversation was very telling: (Caleb: "Have a bite?" Mae: "Bite?" Caleb: "I’m just dyin' for a cone" Mae: "Dyin'?"); soon after romance developed, she bit him in the neck just before dawn as they kissed goodbye in his pickup truck, and he remarked to himself: "Sure was some kiss"; he soon found himself weakened, and as he staggered home, he was kidnapped by Mae's makeshift vampire family, and was slowly transforming into a vampire; he was reluctant to be persuaded to kill, so Mae would feed him her blood from her wrist to keep him alive
Caleb with Mae:
"Just dyin' for a cone"
Romance Before Her Bite
  • the characters of wise-cracking, swaggering, vicious desperado-like, cowboy-outlaw 'rebel' vampire Severen (Bill Paxton) (dressed like rock singer Jim Morrison) - a sociopathic, undead vampire, who was part of a vampire family led by menacing Southern, Civil War veteran and patriarch Jesse Hooker (Lance Henriksen); also, Jesse's girlfriend Diamondback (Jenette Goldstein) and their teenaged "son" Homer (Joshua John Miller) who felt inadequate: ("Do you have any idea what it's like to be a big man on the inside and have a small body on the outside?"); the family traveled the countryside in a blacked-out Winnebago van and conducted raids on motorbikes
Severen's Instigation of a Blood-Lusting, Drawn-Out
Roadhouse Bar-Diner Fight with Hicks
Severen (Bill Paxton)
Jesse Terrorizing Bar Waitress
Long-Haired Patron's Neck Broken
"Finger-Lickin' Good!"
Taunting Bar Tender
Bar-Tender Struggling to Load Shotgun Before Being Killed
  • in the memorable roadhouse bar, a violent massacre sequence and a famous set-piece, the clan entered a redneck bar late one night, where Severen called out: "Well, I'll be god-damned. S--t-kicker heaven!"; he sat down at the bar, and taunted both a customer (Robert Winley) and the bartender (Thomas Wagner), and as a bar waitress (Jan King) served drinks to the family, she was terrorized by Jesse, and then her throat was promptly slit by Diamondback; this was followed by the horror of Jesse using the blood to fill a beer mug
  • further, Severen insulted one of the long-haired hillbilly patrons and then broke the neck of a long-haired hillbilly bar patron after biting into the man's hairy neck ("I hate 'em when they ain't been shaved"); he hissed: "It's finger-lickin' good"; Severen threatened the bartender who was struggling to reload his shotgun: "Are you havin' a little trouble with your hog-leg there?"; after striding down the length of the bar and crushing beverage glasses, he slit the bartender's throat with two swings of his boot's spurs
  • the spectacular, choreographed daytime shoot-out scene at a cheap bungalow-motel in which dreaded shafts of light caused by bullets exposed the vampires to deadly rays of sunlight, but the clan was rescued by Caleb (although shot by local Kansas State deputies and on fire from the rays of the sun, he shielded himself with a blanket as he raced toward a black Ford panel van, plowed into the motel, and picked up the other vampires)
  • the death challenge (a metaphoric "western shootout") between now-cured Caleb (steering and commandeering a massive tractor-trailer after Severen shot the driver and exclaimed: "Bullseye!") and Severen (standing in the middle of the road); Severen was run over, but bloodily survived, crawled up onto the hood ("Fasten your f--kin' seat belt!) and proceeded to rip out the engine's wiring; Caleb jumped out just before he deliberately jack-knifed the truck, causing an explosion that killed Severen
  • the concluding (as the sun came up) sequence when both Mae and Homer broke through the back window of the vampires' station-wagon, during a pursuit of Caleb's sister Sarah (Marcie Leeds) (she was running toward the rescuing arms of her brother Caleb); Homer's skin began to burn when exposed to the sun, and he blew up; also, the vampires' station-wagon exploded after Caleb exclaimed: "Roast"
Sarah Running to Escape
Homer's Lethal Pursuit of Sarah in Sunlight Before Exploding
Sarah Saved in Caleb's Arms
Vampires' Vehicle Blowing Up: (Caleb: "Roast!")
Ending: Caleb Assuring Now-Human, Transfused Mae: "It's just the sun"
  • in the brief 'happy ending' scene, Caleb had just tranfused Mae back to human at his family's farm - she asked: "Caleb, what's happening?...I'm afraid"; he hugged and assured her: "Don't be, it's just the sun"

Mae's Bloody Goodbye Kiss on Caleb's Neck in Pickup Truck

Caleb Infected and Kidnapped by Mae's Vampire Family

The Daylight Police Raid at a Motel

Blanket-Covered Caleb's Escape to Van to Rescue Everyone From Motel

"Western Shootout" -- Severen vs. Caleb (Driving Tractor-Trailer)

Ned Kelly (1970, UK/Australia)

In director/co-writer Tony Richardson's negatively-reviewed biopic about a legendary and notorious Australian outlaw horse rustler ("bushranger") in the outback during the late 1870s (Australia's version of the US' Jesse James) - with linking, explanatory 'western' folk-ballads sung by country star Waylon Jennings, and accompaniment by Kris Kristofferson (song lyrics by Shel Silverstein), and with visually-stunning outdoor cinematography:

[Note: The world's first feature-length movie (a silent film of which only fragments exist) was The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906, Australia). A later talkie effort was writer/director Rupert Kathner's The Glenrowan Affair (1951, Australia). The 1970 film was not to be confused with Ned Kelly (2003) starring Heath Ledger. A similar, superior biopic about another Australian outlaw was titled Mad Dog Morgan (1976), starring Dennis Hopper in the title role.]

  • the brief opening prologue with the words "THE END" - a black and white flash-forward to an interlinked view of Edward "Ned" Kelly's (Rolling Stones' lead singer Mick Jagger in his debut film performance) marriage AND execution in Melbourne, when his mother Mrs. Kelly (Clarissa Kaye) urged her son: "Mind you die like a Kelly, son"; he offered final thoughts as a hood was pulled over his head and the trap door beneath him was opened: "Such is life!"
  • the subsequent Technicolored flashback to Kelly's earlier life (titled: "THE BEGINNING"), including a lively homecoming dance (with a wild Irish reel) that welcomed ex-convict and Irish thief Ned Kelly back to the Kelly home in Australia, after serving three years in prison in England for horse stealing; he told his sister: "They're never ever going to get me in there again"; another vignette was the Greta Championship - Sunday afternoon boxing exhibition at the country fair between bare-knuckled Kelly and an opponent, and the time-out from horse-thieving for a long-jumping contest
  • the role of the bearded, law-less, anti-hero rebel - who stood against unjust, oppressive and corrupt British colonialism in Australia, and sought justice for poor Irish Catholic farmers and settlers by "Robin-Hood" styled robberies of the Kelly gang, the burning of postal outlets in banks, and killing of constables and soldiers
  • the sequence of renegade Ned Kelly manufacturing and arming his gang with home-made, metal-plated masks and shields of armor made of farmers' rusty plows: "The Bible says, 'Turn your armor into plowshares.' But I say unto you, turn your plowshares into armor"; although the shields were heavy and weighted them down, and his gang objected at first, Ned defended his idea: "Listen, for months now, we've had to run because the traps have had all the power and all the steel. Now we can attack. With these, we can become invincible....All we've got to do is find the right situation. Draw them on. Dig ourselves in. Protected by the iron in our armor, we can shoot them all down. All the traps of Victoria -- To kill one, you're a murderer. To kill a hundred, you're a hero!"
  • the final climactic shoot-out between renegade Ned Kelly (wearing his homemade, metal-plated mask and breastplate shield of armor) and the local Australian constables during a train robbery (and ambush), when the weighted-down outlaw was surrounded, felled on train tracks, and captured
Ned Kelly's Trial Before Judge
Kelly to Judge: "For myself, I do not fear death. I fear it as little as to drink a cup of tea"
"Death, I will meet you. There!"
  • the sequence of Kelly's trial when he defiantly told Judge Barry (Frank Thring) before being sentenced to death by hanging: "I do not wish to win a word of pity from anyone. All I ask is that my story be considered. If my lips can teach the public that men are made mad by bad treatment, then my life will not be entirely thrown away. For myself, I do not fear death. I fear it as little as to drink a cup of tea"
  • to the Judge's surprise, after being sentenced, Kelly spoke again: "Death, I will meet you. There!" - the frame froze as the credits began to roll

Edward "Ned" Kelly (Mick Jagger): Marriage AND Execution

Ned Kelly's Mother: "Mind you die like a Kelly, son"

Kelly's Hood, Gallows, and Rope

Ned Arming Gang with Metal-Plated Helmets/Masks

Ambushed: Ned's Collapse and Capture on Train Tracks During Train Robbery

(alphabetical by film title)

Intro | Quiz | A1 | A2 | A3 | A4 | B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5 | B6 | B7 | C1 | C2 | C3 | C4 | C5 | D1 | D2 | D3 | D4 | E
F1 | F2 | F3 | F4 | G1 | G2 | G3 | G4 | H1 | H2 | H3 | I1 | I2 | I3 | J | K | L1 | L2 | L3 | L4 | M1 | M2 | M3
| M5 | M6 | N1 | N2 | N3 | O1 | O2 | P1 | P2 | P3 | P4 | P5Q | R1 | R2 | R3 | R4
S1 | S2 | S3 | S4 | S5 | S6 | S7 | S8 | S9 | T1 | T2 | T3 | T4 | T5 | U | V | W1 | W2 | W3 | W4 | YZ

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