Feb 23, 2016
The Skydivers (1963) (part 2 of 7)
The next scene begins with yet another character driving up to the airfield. I just realized, we’ll also meet every single subsequent main character as they drive up in a vehicle. So, evidently, Coleman couldn’t think of just one other way to introduce a character. Well, actually, there is one exception coming up later, which we’ll see is even dumber.
The new arrival is Pete, a skydiving student. He’s driving a beat-up old car that Griffin, Landis and Cook wouldn’t have been caught dead in. In fact, as he stops, the front passenger door flies open on its own. You just know that to be in this movie, this car must be someone’s actual car—in fact, it’s one of the better cars out of the various jalopies in this film. “Which car should we have Pete drive up in?” “Let’s use Bob’s. His passenger door stays closed. Well, most of the time.”
Pete gets out and is given a quick close-up. Pete is played by Paul Francis, who I’d like to think is Coleman’s cool younger brother or nephew. He’s the coolest Francis appearing in this movie, anyway. Which I think is up there somewhere with “the hippest Osmond” or “the baddest Brady”. Or “the funniest Wayans” or “the most sane Jackson“. Stop me when this gets old.