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Of Dreams and Glory (2008)

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Meet Homer J. Doyle, a pathetic old man whose meaningless life has slipped away. He's the night clerk, at a hotel for women from days gone by. Enter Edward Lambert, a likable young man, ... See full summary »

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James Heffron ...
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Meet Homer J. Doyle, a pathetic old man whose meaningless life has slipped away. He's the night clerk, at a hotel for women from days gone by. Enter Edward Lambert, a likable young man, whose innocent search for his sister turns into a dubious mission. "Of Dreams and Glory" is a short film, suspense thriller that will make you think, "Be careful what you wish for". Written by Joe Buscaglia

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23 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What are the two things that are guaranteed to give you fame and fortune without having to have any appreciable and marketable skills in normal society? The answer is be an assassin of someone famous or murder people on a large scale. James Heffron has decided on the latter and his role model seems to be Richard Speck that famous mass killer of nurses from Chicago in the late Sixties.

So the would be Speck with the ruse of looking for his sister at the Mayflower apartments gains the trust of the night clerk one Gerry Maher, a rather poor old soul whom the residents as typified by a couple of yuppie women treat like a piece of the furniture. His life is one meaningless bit of existence.

Heffron appears guileless and charming, but we find out soon enough he's not after he slugs Maher and ties him up in the lobby. Then he goes about the business of getting famous the easy way.

He doesn't do a very good job with his knots and Maher is free to alert the inhabitants of the Mayflower Hotel for women as to their danger. But will he.

Are there many of you who can identify who the people are named Clinton Hill and Rufus Youngblood? For people with a working knowledge of the Kennedy assassination those folks are two of the Secret Service agents on the presidential and vice presidential details in Dallas. They and many others have gotten famous in some quarters with their connection to a famous event. Will Maher who really doesn't care about the women in his care opt for a certain fame in connection to a mass murder?

Of Dreams And Glory is a nice no frills short subject about two men, one of whom wants fame without doing anything good to earn it and the other who might just decide a little peripheral notice in an act of unspeakable horror is better than the nothing he is. Even if it costs him his life. Both Heffron and Maher fill their characters out well.

Note that this is set in Fifties, note the button down look complete with fedora that Heffron has and the fact he slugs Maher with the receiver of an old rotary dial type phone. Of Dreams And Glory couldn't sell today with modern dress, hotels exclusively for one gender are quite passé.

This is a nicely done little gem.


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