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.”

Caption contributed by Amanda

“This car is all Yucca Flats money, baby!”

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.

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Amanda Wells

If I was a bad movie, I'd find it much easier to write about myself than I do at present. My main interests outside of really bad movies is playing music. I've played guitar for 15 years, performed before far more people than I'm really comfortable with and am currently having fun listening to my 5 year old son bang away on his new starter drum set. Yes, drummers are so hard to find, I had to resort to making my own. When not playing music, I also like to work in my yard and many gardens, try new recipes (never would have thought that would happen), research my genealogy (I get to be related to the beheaded king and queen of France!) and read history books primarily about natural disasters and personal tales. And when I'm not doing any of that, then I'm spending time with my great family. The first movie I remember going to the theater to see was The Black Stallion which we were late to the beginning of and as we were waiting for it to begin again and rewatch it (is that even legal?) we got dragged away by my dad and sister who insisted we come watch Airplane! with them in the other theater. Oh, and I cried so hard at the end of Oh, Heavenly Dog! that my sister had to call my mom to come pick me up. As a kid, I never had a Big Wheel. I still want one.

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