Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ben Grimm, Cinema Enthusiast


What most folks don't know is that Ben had recently finished selling tickets to the William Bendix Film Festival and was planning on asking Yvonne De Carlo to be his date before Alicia walked in.

And considering William Bendix hadn't made a movie in about 8 years prior to that issue of FF being printed, this was one of the worst attempts at being hip I've ever seen. It's as if Ben was making a reference to Rick Moranis.

3 comments:

SallyP said...

I love Ben when he's being sarcastic. Which is most of the time.

Jon B. Knutson said...

William Bendix played Riley in the old radio show "The Life of Riley," where he was known for his pet phrase, "What a revoltin' development this is!", uttered at least once every episode. Since Ben "appropriated" that phrase (or, at least, Stan did), I'd imagine the whole line was put in there as sort of a sideways tribute to one of the sources of Ben's dialogue style!

Jon

Adam Barnett said...

Hey, Jon! Thanks for the trivia - I had no idea! I didn't know who William Bendix was, so I looked him up on the Internet Movie Database, which didn't tell me a lot. Thanks for sharing that bit of knowledge!