The Rocketeer,

Minute 008: Sorry Lenny

May 03, 2017


Wilmer closes the lid on the Hoover vacuum cleaner that he’s put in the “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” case.

Meanwhile, Cliff continues to struggle with the crippled Gee Bee, as he makes his way back to the runway.

Wilmer puts the case with the vacuum cleaner in the rumble seat, on top of Lenny’s body. “Sorry, Lenny!” says Wilmer.

Outside, police sirens wail. The FBI car draws closer to the hangar. Wilmer jumps back into the getaway car.

Cliff is on final approach.

Wilmer  pulls out of the Bigelow hangar, with the FBI car close behind. The FBI car is belching smoke and slows to a halt.

Cliff, fighting with the controls, his face covered in engine oil, banks the plane sharply to line up with the runway.  Through the broken canopy, he spots the two vehicles right in his path on the runway. He’s sinking too fast to gain lift, and the engine is near idle.

Fitch pulls out his revolver and adopts a shooting stance next to his car. “He’s getting away!” shouts Wooly. Fitch fires at the fleeing Wilmer.

Wilmer takes a bullet in the right shoulder. He winces, then notices the Gee Bee coming straight at him.

Cliff sees the car, but it’s too late to avoid a collision.

Wilmer leaps from the moving car and rolls into the grass next to the runway. The getaway car keeps rolling shearing off the Gee Bee’s right wheel assembly.  Cliff sets the plane down on its left wheel, then lowers the right wing, smashing the propeller into the dirt. There’s a sea of sparks and flame as the Gee Bee skids along the clay surface of the runway.

Meanwhile, the driverless getaway car heads straight for a Ford truck with the word GAS written on a tank.

The Gee Bee, now a smoking wreck, continues its slide along the runway.

The getaway car smashes into the gas truck in a huge fireball.

Flames shoot out of the Gee Bee’s engine cowling as the craft comes to a halt in front of the control tower. Cliff fights to unlock the canopy. “Get off!” he shouts.

Goose, Skeets, Malcolm, and Peevy run toward the Gee Bee. Goose sprays the cockpit with a fire extinguisher.

“Get him out! Hit the latch!” shouts Peevy. The canopy opens, and Cliff struggles to get out.

“Get the hell out of there, Cliff!” shouts Malcolm. Cliff runs away from the Gee Bee, but then turns around to retrieve Jenny’s picture from the dashboard. “Where are you going?” asks Peevy as Cliff runs back. “Cliff!” shouts Peevy.

After saving the picture, Cliff steps away and looks at the ruins of the Gee Bee.

“Are you alright?” asks Peevy.

In This Minute

William Sanderson as Skeets
Don Pugsley as Goose
Eddie Jones as Malcolm
Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
Tommy J. Huff as Lenny
Max Grodénchik as Wilmer
Ed Lauter as Fitch
James Handy as Wooly



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