June 1, 2015

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
Orson Wells

"You believe that somehow I'm responsible for my wife's death. Oh, don't deny it, Lieutenant! You're like a little shaggy-haired terrier who's got a grip on my trousers, you won't let go. I can't turn around without you staring up at me with that blank, innocent expression on your face!"
— Paul Galesko (Dick Van Dyke), "Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974) "

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
John F Kennedy

In the Heat of the Night (1967) (part 3 of 5)
  • The scene that took place at the sheriff's house featured dialog that came out of improvisations between Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
  • According to Norman Jewison and Haskell Wexler on the DVD commentary, they originally wanted to use "Lil' Red Ridin' Hood" by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs in the movie, and this is the song Ralph Henshaw (Anthony James) was dancing to during filming. Unable to license Sam the Sham's song, "Foul Owl on the Prowl" was substituted, composed by Quincy Jones and performed by Boomer & Travis (better known as Owens Boomer Castleman and Michael Martin Murphey).
  • Frequently cited as Sidney Poitier's favorite of all the films he's done.
  • Rod Steiger spoke in the southern dialect consistently for the duration of filming.
  • Due to the assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King (April 4, 1968), the presentation of the Best Picture Oscar for this film was postponed for two days from Monday April 8th to Wednesday April 10, 1968. (see also - The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and Raging Bull (1980)).
  • The slapping scene between Det. Tibbs and Endicott was shot in just two takes, and the slaps the characters made to each other's faces were real, according to a detailed account Norman Jewison, provided in 2011. Jewison let Larry Gates rehearse by slapping him because Jewison wanted to be sure that Gates could slap hard enough.

  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
    Herman Melville

  • A group of toads is called a knot.
  • At any given time, there are at least 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over the earth’s atmosphere.
  • The top butterfly flight speed is 12 miles per hour. Some moths can fly 25 miles per hour!
  • More than 30% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

  • I live above a star, but do not burn.
    I have 11 friends that do not turn.
    My initials are PRS.
    What am I?

    Yogi Berra
    The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.
    Yogi Berra

    “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

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