Wednesday, January 21, 2004


Terry Teachout taunts me with a clue to the source of his favorite film scene in the update to this posting. The scene in question is indeed a doozy. It is definitely noir. I thought at first Chandler, but then thought possibly James M. Cain, maybe the The Postman Always Rings Twice, but after a little sleuthing on my part (with a bit of help from Terry's cryptic clue) found out I wasn't far off.

Double Indemnity.

And here is the scene in question...

There's a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff, 45 miles an hour.

How fast was I going, Officer?

I'd say around 90.

Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.

Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.

Suppose it doesn't take.

Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.

Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.

Suppose you try putting it on my husband's shoulder.

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