The Skydivers (1963) (part 6 of 7)

Now begins the real cavalcade of moments that shall bring lifelong shame! And who better to get the ball rolling then founding Frandoza Freaks™ member and lifetime dictator, Coleman Francis? Coleman makes his very own director’s cameo as the head of a backwards, intensely Southern family. He calls Joe over and asks when the jumping will happen. Apparently, he and his family drove a long way from somewhere to watch it. I’m guessing Dogpatch.

Caption contributed by Amanda

Our auteur, ladies and gentlemen.

Really, what is the attraction here? What is the mass appeal? It’s a sport parachuting field that’s only open on weekends! It’s not Six Flags over Yucca Flats here! Yet, now they’re getting out-of-town sightseer traffic? This is California, right? Is this really all it has to offer?

Joe tells the “vacationers” they’ll be jumping soon. He points to the sky and tells them to keep looking up there. Yes, look directly at that bright flaming orb up there, and don’t look away until you see skydiving. Coleman asks, “How high do I look?” Joe answers, “Oh, about 3000 feet.” Ha! Get it? That was another joke. Whoa. Here’s a scary thought. That’s like the fifth or sixth lame joke in this movie. Was this movie actually Coleman’s attempt at a comedy?

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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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