Monday, 16 February 2009

Monday Movie Meme



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MONDAY MOVIE MEME

This week Molly and Andy at the Bumbles Blog ask about memorable/entertaining movie cameos (it also seemed to concentrate on cameos by non-actors, so I'll try and stick to that as much as I can ). Anyway, here goes with my list:

Marshall McLuhan - Annie Hall (1977) - Have to admit that I have no real idea who Marshall McLuhan is, but it's a great scene.

Ethel Merman - Airplane! (1980) - She manages to capture the full tragedy of Lieutenant Hurwitz.

Merv Griffin - The Man With Two Brains (1983) - Being from the UK, he is, like McLuhan, someone else I've only ever vaguely heard of - indeed the only time I'm ever heard his name mentioned in conversation was as a result of his appearance in this movie - but again I like the actual idea, even if some of it's obviously lost on me.

Robby The Robot - Gremlins (1984) - Turns up, along with a disappearing Time Machine, at an inventors' convention.

Leonard Maltin - Gremlins 2 : The New Batch (1990) - Gets attacked while reviewing the video of the first Gremlins movie. Have to admit I've only heard of him because of his annual movie and video guides, where coincidentally he picks Ethel Merman's scene as his favourite from Airplane!

4 comments:

The Bumbles said...

Really? I can see not being familiar with his talk show - it was a little before my time so I don't much of it myself. But you don't have Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune in the UK? Those are Merv's babies! We will totally have to rent "The Man With Two Brains" again - totally don't remember it but know that I've seen it.

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Yes, The Bumbles, really. We don't get any US game shows over here in the UK; well we do, but they're remade for the UK audience (so we have things like Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, but local versions). As far as I'm aware the only time Merv ever appears on UK screens is when "The Man With Two Brains" is shown, so he's totally unknown over here. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend renting "The Man With Two Brains", it's one of Steve Martin's funniest movies, although I'm amazed that you don't remember it.

Malcolm said...

Because it had been awhile since I'd seen it and I was in a comedy mood, I watched my "Airplane" DVD last week. The Merman cameo was awesome. Not only was it unexpected, but it was creative too. Good call on McLuhan's cameo as well.

boliyou said...

Great movie picks. I didn't have any of those!