Thursday, June 3, 2010

Contest Answers

Happy to report that three loyal readers correctly identified the films and characters saying the lines. I think the last one may have stymied a few people (the word "hairdresser" was the clue). SloaneView Editors thank each of you for participating. The prize is a comp ticket to any future performance of mine in or near your city. Here are the correct answers:

A: Casablanca
Ilsa to Rick at LaBelle Aurore.

B: The Women
Spoken by Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen to Norma Shearer as Mary Haines in the dressing room of fashion salon.

C: It's A Wonderful Life
Town floozy Violet Bick played by Gloria Grahame when complimented on her dress.

D: Close Encounters/Third Kind
Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary to his children after he has seen a UFO.

E: Educating Rita
Marie Conmee as a customer of Rita the hairdresser played by Julie Walters.

We now return you to our regularly-scheduled program.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Who said that?

There are hundreds of famous movie quotes, i.e.,

"Fasten your seat belt: it's going to be a bumpy night."

"I coulda been somebody ... I coulda been a contender."

"Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

"What a dump."

Herein, a contest begins and a prize for correctly identifying each of the following movies and actors will be awarded by a panel of impartial judges.

In which movies do the following not so familiar quotes appear and who speaks the lines?


"Where were you say ten years ago?"
"Ten years ago ...let's see. Yes, I was having a brace put on my teeth. Where were you?
"Looking for a job."

Hint: 1942 B&W, One-word title.


"If I'm wearing something Stephen doesn't like, I take it off."

Hint: 1939 B&W, Two-word title; unique cast


"What? This old thing? I only wear this when I don't care how I look."

Hint: 1946, B&W, Four-word title


"C'mon kids! This is better than goofy golf."

Hint: 1977 Color, Six-Word title


Client to hairdresser:
"Is that a book you're reading?"
"My husband's got a lot of books like that".
"What? Somerset Maugham books?"
"No. Bondage books".

Hint: 1983 Color, Two-word title.

Submit answers by clicking THE TIME OF THE POSTING, and good luck to all. As you can tell, this is just stuff and nonsense, but might be a bit of fun. You can also easily discern that I am a b&w movie fan, preferring films of the late 1930's and 1940's. I'll keep this going until I can acknowledge a winner.

Have a great weekend and GO CELTICS! GO SOX!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The World's Greatest Invention

I'm lucky. I have one of those new-fangled gadgets called a television remote control. I'm sure you've seen them? Had it for a long time, actually. Long ago, I mastered the art of "mute" control and can successfully "zap" commercials filled with acidic clanging guitars and images of a band whose members appear not to have seen the inside of a shower stall for months as they all vaporize into silent grotesque mad men gyrating in an asylum. How sweet it is.

The high decibel count of most movie sound tracks also seems to reflect a significant erosion of the audio-intake capacity of today's sound engineers who most probably spent their idylic youth and entertainment dollars standing as close as possible to the Greyhound Bus-sized speakers de rigueur for any rock concert.

I was in the Mets' dugout for a Rolling Stones' Concert at New York's Shea Stadium. (That's a nice but long story I will happily relate at some other time.) I only mention it as a reference to the near-fatal assault on my fragile sense of hearing by quoting this insane statistic from The New York Daily News:

" .... the band almost erased the sound of the jets from nearby LaGuardia Airport, thanks to their 2.4 million watts of amplification." [Emphasis added] I'm sure some Staten Island residents and a few unfortunate New Jerseyites also heard the band from the comfort of their own front yards.

But why, I hear you plaintively ask, choose this as a focus for today's Blog? Good question. I was thinking about one of Mel Brooks' most famous characters, The 2,000 Year-Old Man. During his historic interview with Carl Reiner, he was asked if he would name mankind's greatest discovery. Quickly came the reply: "Saran Wrap! You can make a sandwich and it clings ... you can look right through it. The greatest thing that mankind ever devised. Saran Wrap." I dispute this claim. The greatest thing that mankind ever devised is The Mute Button!

Tomorrow, a Blog reprint of a famous meeting with Mel in my Greenwich Village apartment. You'll love it. I did.