The Rocketeer,

Minute 069: Taxi!

July 27, 2017

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.


“Night and Day” continues to play in the South Seas Club, as Neville reads the message from Cliff that was left in Jenny’s soup. Neville scans the crowd for Jenny, but doesn’t see her.

Meanwhile, under the Big Fish fountain, Cliff is talking to Jenny.

“Now, go on, scram, get out of here,” he tells Jenny. “And don’t let them see you!” Jenny parts the palm fronds and steps out onto the dance floor.

As Jenny leaves, Cliff spies Neville directing Spanish Johnny and Mike to hunt down Jenny.

Outside, Lothar, wearing a porkpie hat, steps out of a cab at the entrance to the South Seas Club. He’s growling as he marches through the doorway.  Not noticing Jenny, who is retrieving her wrap from the hat check room, Lothar hangs his hat on a nearby seahorse statue.  “Thank you,” says Jenny to the hat check girl. The band finishes playing “Night and Day.”

Outside the South Seas Club, Jenny strides across the green carpet to the cab stand.  A man in a tuxedo beats her to the nearest cab, as a doorman shuts the door to the taxi. Jenny spots another taxi at the opposite cab stand and moves toward that vehicle. “Taxi!” she yells as the cab drives off.

Meanwhile, inside the South Seas Club, Cliff keeps his eye on Neville as Cliff climbs out from behind the Big Fish fountain. As Cliff climbs the stairs, he unwittingly bumps into Lothar, who he left behind at 1635 Palm Terrace. Lothar lunges at Cliff as Cliff runs down the stairs to the dance floor.  Cliff dodges dancers as he tries to get lost in the crowd.

Neville spots the commotion and grabs Mike and Spanish Johnny by their suit jackets. “That’s him!” whispers Neville.

Cliff dodges more dances. “Easy!” says one of the dancers.

In This Minute
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
Jennifer Connelly as Jenny Blake
Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair
Tiny Ron as Lothar
Robert Miranda as Spanish Johnny
Daniel O’Shea as Mike



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