Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Persistence of Memory

A post over at BDR's got me thinking about memories I've carried for over 40 years.

 In the early 70s, it was a cool Fall day, a Saturday or a Sunday, and I was outside playing. I went inside to use the bathroom, and my brother Bill was watching TV, a movie on channel 38 or 56, a Chiller Thriller, or maybe a Creature Double Feature. The film was in black and white and it had a certain grainy quality. A man was being chased, a close up of his face, he was trying to flee some sort of castle or compound. There was a hedge. He tried scaling a wall by climbing up a rope, and in classic Mr Burns fashion, his enemy released the hounds! He got part way up the rope before the dogs got him, and the final shot was a close up of his hands sliding back down the rope, followed by THE END.

 I have no idea what the name of the movie is, what it was about, who was in it. I only saw maybe a minute or two of the final scene, but I would periodically wonder about it for years. The graininess was stamped in my brain. Flash forward 20 years to the early 1990s, and I was visiting a buddy in Chicago. After a hard night of partying, we were hanging out in his living room watching TV. I was clicking through the channels with the remote, and there it was again, the exact same scene! I recognized it immediately and excitedly announced how the guy was going to try scaling the wall but the dogs were going to pull him back down the rope. When the minute or two was up and THE END flashed on the screen, Freddie asked me what the name of the movie was, and I had to explain how I had no idea, and I'd only seen that exact scene 20 years earlier. It's been about 20 years or so since I last saw that tidbit of film, so I guess I'm due to chance upon it again. Does the description of the scene ring a bell for anybody? I'm really curious about the name of the movie.

9 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I never saw it, but I too, have memory fragments that are stuck in the recycle bin forever.
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zencomix said...

It's funny how they sometimes float to the top of the mind for no apparent reason.

Randal Graves said...

I'm going to assume that, post-credits, there wasn't a robotic Richard Simmons.

zencomix said...

Thanks Randal, now I'll have the image of a robotic Richard Simmons stuck somewhere in my head for the next 40 years.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Time to ask the experts, old chum.

The problem is, the movie probably isn't as good as your memory of the scene would suggest.

zencomix said...

I suspect you are correct regarding the quality of the movie vs my memory of the scene. I also suspect when I least expect it, the same scene will turn up on the tube again, so I'll wait patiently for it to come to me.

Unknown said...

Funny, I don't remember that night or the movie. Is it a mystery or a puzzle?

zencomix said...

It's a mystery.

zencomix said...

It was after a hard night of partying at Twiggs, or maybe the Tally Ho.