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Minute 042: This Mother out of Here

September 27, 2016

Guest Host: Brett Stillo

Brett Stillo loves movies. He loves to watch them, discuss them, write about them, and work on them. His new short film, “Swing Shift,” was recently accepted for the 2016 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Brett has tumbled head-first into the world of minute-movie podcasts, joining forces with Josh Horowitz of the Wing Kong to bring you “5 Minutes of Trouble,” a weekly podcast that examines John Carpenter’s cult classic five minutes at a time.


Joe Patroni and Mel Bakersfeld drive away in the MelMobile to stuck Trans Global 45. As they leave, the three flight crew and four stewardesses of Trans Global Flight Two board the employee bus to get to their aircraft.  The stewardesses wear matching grey pantsuits and hooded coats, and carry identical silver luggage and gold tote bags.  Anson Harris looks up at the falling snow.

“We should be above this in about twenty minutes or so,” says Harris, climbing into the bus. Cy Jordan gets on the bus after him. Gwen, the last person in line for the bus, sees Vern hurrying along behind her.

“Did you forget something?” asks Gwen.

“No,” says Vern. “Just checking the Rome weather. It’s not too cold, and sunny.”

“As usual,” says Gwen, “I’ve brought the wrong clothes. I don’t have a thing to wear.”

Vern smiles. “Great!” says Vern, climbing on board the bus.

Meanwhile, back at stuck Trans Global 45, workers continue to dig out the snow-covered wheels of the aircraft.  Joe Patroni pulls his hood up.

“I’ll have this mother out of here by midnight!” says Joe, leaning into the window of the MelMobile. “So, stop worrying!”

Mel leans his head out of the window. “In that case,” says Mel, “the party starts at Twelve-Oh-One.”

“I’ll settle for a box of cigars,” says Joe. “See you later.”  Mel drives away as Mel returns to the maintenance men digging out the tires. He spots one napping worker using a shovel as a kickstand.

“If you keep leaning on that shovel, Jack,” says Joe, “you’re gonna freeze solid, like Lot’s wife!” Joe raps Jack in the back of the legs with a shovel handle. “We want to move this airplane before it becomes obsolete!” Joe notices a crowd of relaxing workers drinking coffee in a nearby bus.

“The way you guys keep heading for this bus, it looks like you’ve got a broad stashed in there!” Joe bangs on the side of the bus with his fist. “OUT!”


In this minute

Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Dean Martin as Vernon Jordan
Gary Collins as Cy Jordan
Jacqueline Bisset as Gwen Meighan
George Kennedy as Joe Patroni
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Patty Poulsen as Joan
Ena Harman as Ruth
Milila Saint Duval as Maria
Sharon Harvey as Sally
Unknown as Jack



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