Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mystery of the Toby Mug

Michael T Kennedy says on Amazon of Twelve O'Clock High: "I was disappointed when the DVD version of this film was released. I saw it in theaters in 1949 (probably 10 times) and still recall several missing scenes that are important to the plot. When the DVD came out I was excited thinking that surely they would have been restored in this format without the space constraints of VHS. I was wrong. The current cut, for example, does not explain the significance of the Toby mug that Dean Jagger finds in a London shop and replaces on the airbase officers' club mantelpiece. There are others, such as what happens to the young navigator and why. Obviously, I think this is one of the greatest war movies of all time. I just hope someday a director's cut is released with all the missing scenes restored. It's still worth buying but the film is incomplete without the missing scenes."
Bryce: In the original Vanishing Point Dean Jagger portrays a snake wrangler who sells the venomous creatures to Jesus freaks who are starting a megachurch in the California desert. It's really his best role besides Brigham Young. He has a wonderfully raspy voice and the face of an old prospector. San Francisco just had its annual Dodge Challenger Film Festival at at Thee Parkside Theater including Starsky & Hutch, Death Proof (which references Vanishing Point), Vanishing Point as well as the Viggo Mortensen Vanishing Point made for TV.


Salty Miss Jill said...

Thank you for the film recommendation. Now I know what I'll be sticking on my Netflix queue today.
And a happy porky new year to you!

Bryce Digdug said...

Hi Jill. Happy New Year to you. Loved the sausage ad on your site.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I think my DVD of "How Awful About Allan" is missing at least a couple of scenes. I distinctly recall hearing that it had a pivotal scene involving a four-door Maverick and a pixie demitasse cup.