Archive for Grant Williams

The Sunday Intertitle: Carpet of Peril

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2010 by dcairns

Absolutely no silent movies watched this week, so here is my favourite quasi-intertitle from a  talking picture, HELP!

I like this one even better than the splendidly redundant “A strangled cry from the top of the stairs” in Bryan Forbes’ THE WRONG BOX, which is followed by the sound of a strangled cry from the top of the stairs, emitted by Peter Cook.

In the scene illustrated above, Sir Paul McCartney, injected with a shrink serum, is diminished to Grant Williams-like proportions, emerging naked from his own trouser leg, long before it was fashionable to do so. I suggest that any directorial career which could encompass a scene such as the one above as well as one where Sean Connery and Robert Shaw batter each other with maces, is a rich and fascinating one.

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