Mitchieville’s Mad Manic MesmErizing Mystery Movie
Each mystery movie week goes by and it never fails to amaze The Mayor how many souls continue to recognize the given mystery movie. Last week it was Ryan and Godless Commie who were all over A Bridge Too Far.
It never fails to amaze The Mayor because The Mayor has a terrible time with face, name and title recognition. The Mayor only recognizes faces by insultive names he has given them. For instance, although it’s hard for him to recognize the name and face of this person, he knows him by the nickname given of “the Commie Manchurian candidate that is hell-bent on destroying America.” You may have figured out who The Mayor is talking about, or not.
So good on the Godless Commie (not the Manchurian commie, the other one) and Ryan for figuring out last week’s mystery movie.
This week’s mystery movie was shot in 1973 and was the winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay. It starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and can best be described this way:
Set in 1936, the movie’s about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It’s an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain.
Yes, the movie is indeed filled with panache. As is The Mayor. Hopefully, after he drinks his English breakfast tea and visits the little boys room, he will successfully unload his bowel full of panache.
Do you have any idea what this movie is? Do you have any idea how terrific The Mayor looks in his new shirt? Here’s a hint – VERY good looking.