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HOLLYWOOD FOLLIES

Directed by Michael Schultz (1999, Lucasfilm)
Starring Sean Patrick Flannery (guest cast)

Indy goes to Hollywood to enforce the closure of an over-budget film, but has to work for a western movie to earn his ticket back.

 

 

B+

March 25th, 2000 on Video  
   

Sort of a non-thinking episode, where young Indy discovers, once again, that he doesn't know much about the phenomenon he is thrust into.  The first part was a little frustrating, as Indy should have been able to pull the plug at any time.  The second part was more fun, and kind of neat, but ultimately showed more "completed" footage than it should have.

After being depressed because of what happened in the last episode, where he dated three women at the same time, and was, of course, found out, Indy finds work for a film studio.  They want him to deliver a message to an over-budget director, and give him ten days to complete the picture, or pull the plug.  Indy thinks this is a cake-walk, but of course, it isn't. 

Indy delivers the message, and is immediately intimidated by the tyrant-like director.  He meets the lovely writer, Claire, and the studio exec, who try to help him reduce the amount of script that remains to be shot, and to give him ways to stop the picture when the director wants to add new scenes that he has thought up. 

Indy tries all these things, using marbles to try and make the man fall over (and die on screen), kidnapping cast members, and giving the guy sleeping pills.  The last one finally works, but the arrogant director, the artiste, is never satisfied.  That's what makes this part frustrating.  Indy comes up with all these ideas, but they are all simplistic, and don't really add up to much.  Dramatically, they are also bland. 

It turns out that the director has just feigned defeat, and has gone off to Mexico to keep filming.  Indy is fired, and stranded in Hollywood. 

But his romance with Claire is what keeps him going.  All throughout, he pines away for her, and seems to be getting closer, but he discovers that she is seeing him and another guy, Tony.  Indy can't accept that, but they agree to give their relationship a couple of weeks, anyway, until he has to go back to school in Chicago.

The relationship is kind of bland, as well, although the two actors have pretty good chemistry together.  But their pact dies a heroic death when John Ford, director of Westerns, hires him as an assistant, then goes on location for a week out in the middle of nowhere. 

This part gets going pretty quickly.  It shows how ad-hoc movie making was in those days (depending how accurate this is, of course).  Ford sees a beautiful sunset, and decides to shoot the final scene first.  Through Indy, the house where they are shooting catches fire, and the director uses that to create more drama, adjusting the script as needed.  A snake appears, and that just adds more drama. 

When the snake kills the leading actor, Ford makes Indy take his place.  Indy even gets to do some stunts, though he ends up with a leg cast after all that. 

They take on Wyatt Earp as an advisor on the gunfights, and the script gets adjusted even more.  The script was originally horrific, so they rewrote it, making it up, and just keeping the title. 

Indy uses some lines from the movie to try and win Claire back, and she drives up to the set to tell him that those were the worst pick-up lines she has ever heard.  She stays with him until the end, but she loves writing for the movies, and he decides that the movies are not for him, so he leaves back for Chicago. 

Mostly a sleeper episode, Indy gets to react to various situations.  He uses his imagination, but we learn that he is way out of his element here.  It is really an episode on Hollywood, and less on Indy.

A last note, again about a full moon (similar to Angela's Ashes).  Somebody should have figured out that there can be no full moon during sunset.  It's just impossible!  Secondly, perhaps they were trying to be old-style Hollywood, but two weeks after the full moon, they are filming on location, and there it is again, another full moon!  Wow, that moon must have traveled fast back at the beginning of the century!

 

  Guest Cast: Dana Gladston as Erich von Stroheim
Stephen Caffrey as John Ford
Leo Gordon as Wyatt Earp
 
   

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