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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 1 Feb 1996 17:31:08 -0600
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On   Wed, 31 Jan 1996 22:41 Liz Weis wrote:
>I would very much appreciate references to scenes, lines of dialogue,
>characters that refer to insurance.  I would guess that most of them
>would refer to insurance salespeople.  Most useful would be comic references.
> But just minor
>characters are equally helpful for my purposes.  Thanks.  liz Weis, the
>Stern Professor of Humor (no kidding!), Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Preceding the main body of MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE is a musical
short caled "The Crimson Permanent Assurance"--"assurance" being the
British term for "insurance"--in which insurance company buildings begin
moving around like pirate ships and the employees in them begin acting like
buccaneers in old pirate movies.
In TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, at one point Woddy Allen's inept criminal is
sentenced to spend something like a week in a root cellar with an insurance
Then there was the recent comic X-FILES episode in which Peter Boyle played
an insurance salesman with the ability to see how and when someone was
going to die--lots of good quips thoughout.
--Richard J. Leskosky
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois
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