A Forgotten Steve Martin Comedy Gave Us The Finest Cameo In Film Historical past

A Forgotten Steve Martin Comedy Gave Us The Finest Cameo In Film Historical past

– however there’s additionally rather a lot concerning the film that … doesn’t maintain up so properly. One might argue that the climax, by which Dr. Hfuhruhurr very practically resorts to homicide to be able to acquire a horny host physique for his lover’s mind, was meant as a criticism of misogyny and male superficiality – however contemplating that your complete film ends on a dumb fatphobic joke, it’s laborious to offer it the good thing about the doubt.

Regardless, The Man With Two Brains has – and we refuse to budge on this – the finest rattling movie star cameo in film historical past. 

On the danger of spoiling the movie (significantly, cease studying now should you haven’t seen this 39-year-old film and want to get pleasure from it fully untarnished), a lot of the motion takes place in Vienna throughout a medical convention. A random (though finally pivotal) B-story includes a mysterious stranger who murders ladies in elevators, which the locals have dubbed, considerably unimaginatively, the “Elevator Killer.” 

Once we witness the Elevator Killer take down his first sufferer, we pointedly by no means see his face – simply that he’s carrying a trenchcoat and ominously carrying a syringe. 

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When the killer corners his sufferer, she appears to know him and is seemingly pleasantly shocked to see him. In true whodunnit type, earlier than she is ready to additional reveal the identification of the thriller man to the viewers, he strikes!

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In the direction of the top of the movie, Kathleen Turner’s character additionally results in an elevator with the assassin, and he or she too appears to know him – who might it’s?? Properly, when Martin seems on the scene, it’s revealed that the Elevator Killer is none apart from … speak present host Merv Griffin, enjoying … Merv Griffin. Yup, the long-time TV persona bashfully admits that he’s the wrongdoer, revealing that: “I’ve at all times simply liked to kill. I actually get pleasure from it.” He goes on to say that his predilection for murder has been tough because of his fame. He can’t even “lurk” anymore with out somebody saying: “Who’s that lurking over there? Isn’t that Merv Griffin?” (Therefore why he’s now working in Vienna). 

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