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  1. Wayne

    Now, that's the way to die!

    I think it takes a lot of guts to kill off your comic relief. Probably the most shocking and brutal death scene I remember from childhood is Frank McHugh's lifeless body being thrown from a gangster's car in The Roaring Twenties (1939). McHugh plays James Cagney's best pal, a lighthearted bootlegger whom everyone loves. When Cagney runs afoul of rival gangster Paul Kelly, Kelly's boys murder McHugh (offscreen) to send a message to Cagney. The sight of McHugh's face and eyes frozen in terror as he lay on the sidewalk says it all --- he was brutally beaten to death, not shot quickly. It's almost like seeing the body of an innocent little child who's just been savagely murdered. It didn't exactly traumatize me as kid, but 40 years later, I still remember the shock I felt when I first saw this movie. It's almost as disturbing as a death scene I saw much later --- comic relief Slim Pickens being slaughtered (by an 18-wheeler) by a nasty gang of hookers and thugs in 1975's White Line Fever. Another instance from the Golden Age of the comedy relief being murdered is Charles Winninger, the town drunk/sheriff, in Destry Rides Again (1939).
  2. Ray Liotta as Sacha? "When they found Ugarte in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy."
  3. I agree. It takes only a glance at the first 10 recipients to see how far (in the wrong direction) the Kennedy Center Honors have come: 1978 – Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers, and Arthur Rubinstein 1979 – Aaron Copland, Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Martha Graham, and Tennessee Williams I like Cher, LOVE Reba (but she's not old enough for this honor), have never heard of the saxophonist, and only know Philip Glass for his horrible score for 1931's Dracula. And the creators of the musical Hamilton? They wrote one play that hasn't even had time . . . to stand the test of time. I think the Kennedy Center is running out of living artistic giants to honor.
  4. Wayne

    Classic film senior quote ideas

    From 1941's The Wolf Man: "All astronomers are amateurs. When it comes to the heavens, there's only one professional."
  5. Wayne

    Classic film senior quote ideas

    From It's a Wonderful Life (1946): "Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"
  6. Wayne

    Need some Classic Movie Experts to Identify An Actress

    The "marcelled pompadour effect." Is that what that hairstyle was called? I think it's early-mid '40s, WWII-era.
  7. The first one --- comic relief. Unlike Mammy and Big Sam, Prissy is shallow, featherbrained, and self-absorbed.
  8. "Coming up on TMZ, Justin Bieber gets engaged to Scott Baio's daughter, Bruce Jenner poses topless for Ladies' Golf Digest, and why Wikipedia hates Jock Mahoney."
  9. British comedy legend Terry-Thomas in April 1989. He would pass in January 1990, after a lengthy bout with Parkinson's.
  10. June 1977, less than 2 months before all those peanut butter-n-'nanner sammiches took their toll...
  11. Wayne

    Anti-Bullying Themes in Films

    Stanley Kramer's Bless the Beasts and the Children (1971) centers on a group of misfit boys who are bullied at summer camp.
  12. A little bird (a very RELIABLE little bird) told me that after George Clooney, the next AFI recipient is going to be Tyler Perry.
  13. Wayne

    Extra Credit Credits Question

    A cute, simple joke from the 1996 mockumentary Waiting For Guffman --- Paul Benedict portrays a character named Roy Loomis, who everyone assumes is THE Mr. Guffman. The end credits list Benedict as having played "Not Guffman." In the Coen Brothers' 1996 dark comedy Fargo, one of the dead bodies ("Victim in Field") is credited to the symbol for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince. (The symbol is lying horizontally!) This victim was actually played by the film's storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson.
  14. Wayne

    "Obscure" reference?

    In 1949's High Diving Hare (Warner Bros./Looney Tunes), Bugs Bunny tries to hide from Yosemite Sam behind a door. Knocking loudly, Sam shouts, "Open up that door!!" Then, breaking character and in a normal voice, he looks into the camera and says to the audience, "You notice I didn't say 'Richard'?" As a kid, my buddies and I loved that line but had no idea what it meant. It wasn't until YEARS later that I learned that it was a reference to a popular song Open the Door, Richard, which was released 5 times (!) between 1946-47 --- different cover versions --- by R&B artists such as Louis Jordan, Jack McVea, Dusty Fletcher, and Count Basie. The song itself is based on an old vaudeville routine.
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    MIA Movies

    The Way of All Flesh (1940) Paramount Where's Charley? (1952) Warner Bros. The Biscuit Eater (1940) Paramount Walking My Baby Back Home (1953) Universal Meet Me at the Fair (1953) Universal Journey's End (1930) Tiffany Pictures The Road Back (1937) Universal With the exception of Where's Charley?, each of these films is available on bootleg DVD.

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