There once was a gang called the Man-Eaters /
They rode on one- and two-seaters /
It's easy to tell, they liked to raise hell /
and in cutting off heads they're the leaders
Thats the Road Runner, fastest bird in the world they say. I figure hes at least the fastest in these parts. Hes got a speed so quick you cant really take its measure.
Whos that mangy feller chasin after him.
Thats The Coyote. Some people think hes tryin to eat the bird, but Ive always believed hes just chasin him on account of hes runnin. The Runner'll always run, so The Coyote'll always be chasin him.
Thats a nice thought.
I dont know if its nice, but its a thought.
I'm a Charteris neophyte but this feels much closer to The Saint as he appears in the original stories (the early ones, at least) than George Sanders' or Roger Moore's portrayals, Louis Hayward is a surprisingly hard-boiled hero, mercing one racketeer after another and crossing them off his list like Beatrix Kiddo. My one real complaint, other than the poor quality of the print on TCM, is that it's front-loaded with most of the coolest stuff, like Templar disguising himself as a nun (!!) to dispatch a would-be assassin.
Hums along watchably but maybe unavoidably soggy as Hackman's elderly Klansman is nestled comfortably in between wholly unrepentant and actually reformed (not to mention guilty and not guilty), saving the audience from having to make any potentially uncomfortable moral judgments about his legal situation. As a longtime Darkwing Duck fan, I think my favorite part is the "SUCK GAS EVILDOER" counterprotest sign.
When I was 17 or 18 I was eating lunch at this place called New York Subs (now closed) and I ordered my sandwich and sat down in front of this man (who I later learned was my parents' dentist, incidentally) who was by himself waiting on his food. When the waitress came by to bring him his order, I heard her ask him about the crossword puzzle he was doing. "Yeah, I find it's a lot easier to do…