The first episode of The Film Crew to be released features Hollywood After Dark (aka Walk the Angry Beach).

The Movie

Synopsis

A junk dealer finds himself caught up in a robbery scheme while becoming romantically involved with a stripper (Rue McClanahan).

Information

  • With the exception of Rue McClanahan and Tony Vorno, very few members of the cast have a significant amount of other acting credits. In many cases, this is one of only two or three on-screen appearances by these actors.

The Episode

Opener - The Film Crew introduce themselves for the first time and explain their mission of providing commentary tracks for films that lack them. Their employer Bob Honcho calls from a hot air balloon hovering over the Shout! Factory theme park in Switzerland. Mr. Honcho tells the guys that he shares a deep admiration of Rue McClanahan with his ballooning friends George Clooney and Richard Branson.

Lunch Break - Bill calls a lunch meeting focused on brainstorming and exploiting their core competencies. Mike and Kevin show zero competency for brainstorming, though Kevin displays a solid competency for making cartoons on the whiteboard.

Closer - Inspired by the death scene at the end of the movie Mike and Kevin prepare to kill Bill with various blunt objects, but change their mind after considering the movie's ambiguous conclusion.

Notes

  • The film's title card gives its copyright date as 1969. In the opening Host Segment, Kevin identifies the film as being from 1962. IMDB.com lists the film's release date as 1961 (UK).

Obscure References

  • "I think this is Barstow after Breakfast."
Barstow is a large town most notable for being directly between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
  • "He's auditioning for the role of Marlin Perkins."
Marlin Perkins was a zoologist and host of the wildlife TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985.
  • "Have you met Roger Daltrey?"
Roger Daltrey is the lead singer of The Who, a popular rock group. He is known for his curly blond hair.
  • "Schroeder, would you knock it off in there?"
Schroeder is a boy who plays the piano in the Peanuts comic strip. The early Peanuts animated TV specials featured jazz music of the type being heard in the film here. Schroeder was sometimes depicted playing jazz in these specials, though his tastes tended more towards classical music.
  • "It's one of those more aggressive African-ized strippers."
African-ized bees are more colloquially known as "killer bees".
  • "Ah, this is how Condi Rice got her power..."
Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an African-American diplomat and political scientist who served as National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State under U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • "After this humiliating acting experience a fully radicalized Angela Davis went on to challenge the establishment."
Angela Davis is an African-American author and political activist. Her attentions are generally focused on matters of equal right for women and racial minorities.
  • "No, not fun but an incredible simulation."
Referencing Beatlemania a 1977 Broadway musical advertised as "Not the Beatles, but an incredible simulation..."
  • "Just going to do a quick Ironman, be right back."
The Ironman is a triathlon consisting of 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of bicycle racing and 26.22 miles of running.
  • "Thank you for being a friend."
"Thank You For Being a Friend" is a song by Andrew Gold. An abridged cover of the song was used as the opening theme for the TV sitcom The Golden Girls, which starred Rue McClanahan.
  • "Yeah, just go ahead and throw your coat on my stuffed mom."
Fictional serial killer Norman Bates kept his mother's desiccated corpse in a secret room in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho. Bates was also an amateur taxidermist.
  • "Galadriel left her mirror there."
Galadriel is a powerful elf noblewoman in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novels. She possesses a mystical water basin known as Galadriel's mirror.
  • "Hey, look on the sand there, free range nori!"
Nori is a dried seaweed used for wrapping sushi.
  • "You guys see that yacht in the distance, bet that's Bebe Rebozo."
Charles "Bebe" Ribozo was a close friend of Richard Nixon. They first met when Rebozo took Nixon on a deep sea fishing trip.
  • "It's tough living right below Desi Arnaz."
Desi Arnaz was the on-screen and off-screen husband of Lucille Ball. On the show I Love Lucy he played Ricky Ricardo, a conga drummer and Latin band leader.
  • "Ey... yeah I'm supposed to meet a Mr. Tumnus at this lamp post here."
In the book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Mr. Tumnus, a satyr, meets Lucy at the exit of the magical wardrobe. This exit is marked by a dimensionally-displaced street lamp.
  • "You can dance if you want to... you can le...uuurrgh..."
Quoting "The Safety Dance", a 1983 song by Men Without Hats.
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