29 Dec 2016

Bad Day at Black Rock (USA, 1955)

Bad Day at Black Rock (USA, 1955). Director: John Sturges. Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis...

This one is thanks to my friend Mark Loeser, creator of the pinball supercut video that is projected in a loop at the North Star pinball bar in Montreal, Canada. Even though this blog is more about me stumbling upon pinball appearances in movies, sometimes I can’t resist dipping into sources like this.

Anyway, it’s just after World War II ended, and good ol’ Spencer tracy arrives in a one-horse town, looking for some answers. Everyone in town makes it clear that he is most unwelcome.

At one point Ernest Borgnine disrupts his meal, pushing for a fight. In the background, Robert Ryan plays a Follies of 1940 (Genco, 1939). The whole scene lasts several minutes, and the machine is visible a lot of the time...


The fight happens... and hey, that’s Lee Marvin sitting there...

So nice to see an old machine like this in color...



Robert Ryan was previously featured playing pinball in my post about the 1949 movie Caught.

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