Nov 15, 2014
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.
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?