Speaking of “UNCLE”, there is a perverse little 1966 black comedy/thriller called “Let’s Kill Uncle”, directed by famed schlockmeister William Castle, starring Nigel Green and Mary Badham (“Scout” in “To Kill A Mockingbird”). Channel 2 showed it often in the early 1970s.
I looked for it online recently. It was not commercially available, even on eBay. The only place I found it was on one of those Pirate Bay-type sites. Years ago, I used Bittorrent to download episodes of “Survivor” my wife had missed taping. These days, I tend to steer clear of torrent sites, but this time I didn’t, because I really wanted to see that movie again.
It took about a day for Bittorrent to piece together all the files. They were evidently saved directly from a past UK DVD release. Therefore, I treated the folder as a DVD to be ripped, using MakeMKV. I saved the resulting MKV file into the proper file structure and naming scheme for Plex Media Server. Plex supplied poster and fan art for its menu system.
Now I was able to watch the movie on any of our TVs with a Roku box over the Plex Channel. It was also available to my Raspberry Pi, using a beta release add-on called PleXBMC. There was “Uncle” again, on the big screen TV! Very fun.
The other “money” line in the movie, besides the one serving as the title of this post, was this:
(Uncle to nephew) “You’re a charming child, Barnaby, but five million dollars charming, you are not!”
I was reminded of the line a week ago while watching “CBS This Morning” with Anthony Mason (who started his career on KJRH, Channel 2 in Tulsa). Frank Luntz, a GOP pollster/operative, was conducting an in-studio focus group on pessimism about the economy.
Luntz posed this question to the group: “I write you a check for ten million dollars, and here’s the catch: you cannot return back to America. You can take anyone with you, you can live in Canada, Mexico, wherever you want to live across the globe, check for ten million dollars, but you cannot return, who would take the money, raise your hands.” At least half the group did.
Later in the segment, Luntz claimed to Mason that he would not leave for “a billion, ten billion”, which I found dubious. My feeling is that more than a few of the highly-strung creatures parading across our screens would commit avunculicide, nepoticide, or familicide for that kind of dough.
Anyway, this paraphrase might fairly be put into the mouths of the focus group hand-raisers:
“You’re a charming country, America, but ten million dollars charming, you are not!”