Indy takes a job as assistant to a Hollywood studio executive in an attempt to earn his college fees. His job is to get flamboyant and difficult director Erich Von Stroheim to complete his latest epic on time and with the budget, or else. Written by
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While serving as a stunt man on a Western film directed by John Ford (played by Stephen Caffrey), young Indy performs a stunt where he hangs onto the bottom of a speeding, runaway stagecoach. The real John Ford used this stunt in Stagecoach (1939) (performed by Yakima Canutt), and it became George Lucas and Steven Spielberg's inspiration for the stunt in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) where Indiana Jones hangs onto the bottom of a speeding truck. The joke then, is that Indy is "inspiring himself" by performing the stagecoach stunt in this episode. See more »
The story takes place in 1920. The song sung by the chorus at von Stroheim's pool, "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff, was not put to music until 1935, although the lyrics are about 750 years old. See more »
I have yet to see so many of these films and episodes of the TV Show. I thought I was going to be disappointed when I watched this film. I was wrong. It's not the same Indy as the Spielberg-directed films, but how could it be? Instead, this film was approached in a kind of documentary-style. Keeping in check with the other Indy films, there are, of course, recognisable elements. I particularly enjoyed the fictitious telling of the making of a John Ford film(I forget which one it was, if it was any of them). I don't think Indy is the main character in these films. He's like the missing link to tell us these stories that Mr. Lucas dreamed up. I don't think they explain certain questions that are constantly asked about older Indy, but I don't really care. That would be doing the series injustice. Each Indy adventure is approached with a James Bond-ish...approach. None of the adventures continue into the next one. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Now, if it was Star Wars, well...
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