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05 March 2012

Pipe Sightings In Film
 Newsletter Introduction for Monday, March 5, 2012

I love seeing pipes in old movies, which is just one of the reasons many of my favorite films were made between 1930 and 1950. During this time, men smoked pipes and cigars wherever they pleased and looked stylish while doing it. William H. Powell is one of my favorite actors, and is perhaps best known for his role as Nick Charles in The Thin Man movies. Even my wife, who is not especially a fan of old films, enjoys watching Nick and Nora (played by Myrna Loy) travel around New York City in classic cars or simply kicking back with a martini - or five - in one of the many fine establishments they frequented. Nora always seemed to be wearing the finest clothes, as did the other women cast in various roles. During the first Thin Man movie, there’s a scene featuring a dinner party, and my wife pointed out that one female was wearing a dress by Hermes (the white "H" gave it away). And so I mentioned to her that the company also was a pipe brand.

In most of these old movies you’ll see a lot of pipe smoking, but that rarely happens in modern films. We watched one of The Lord of The Ring movies on Saturday night and noted a number of scenes of when an elf, dwarf, man, or hobbit was smoking a pipe. "Cutty!" my wife squealed when someone was sipping a clay. Times like this make me very proud; not only because she likes the pipe, but that she knows the shape name. Pipe sighting in cinema is fun past time for many a pipe man, but it's especially nice when my wife plays along. I suppose she's proud of me whenever I can point out Louis Vuitton bags in movies too. We're training each other for brand and design recognition, you could say. How fine would it be to take a trip back to the 1930s? Me with my pipe and my wife, as beautiful as always, decked out in Hermes with a Louis Vuitton bag just for kicking around.

Tonight we have some briars that were made during this era, which can be found in the estate section. You’ll also find new cigars from Perdomo, as well as new briars from Tsuge, Dunhill, Luciano, Chacom, Johs, Brigham, Savinelli, Peterson, and Vauen. A few really beautiful sterling silver tampers make their debut tonight, and they caught my eye as soon as they entered the building! I was going to talk with Eric about the tampers and pipe sightings I had over the weekend, but I'm shunning him. It is fun to push his buttons at work, but I'm finding much more amusement today by not telling him things. That cup of coffee he just slurped? It was made on Friday. That donut he just took a bite of? It's a little-known fact that it fell on the floor and someone picked it up to throw away and got distracted. He seems to be enjoying it, though, so I think I'll just keep quiet and let him fully enjoy is cream-filled delight.

Adam Davidson: Quality Control & Pipe Inspector

Posted by adam at 4:15 PM | Link | 2 comments

Re: Pipe Sightings In Film
great post & big ups to the wife! that's damn awesome y'all got mutual enthusiasm, so I can't jibe ya for the Looey-V thing!

TCM is Ted Turner's highest achievement & greatest gift. The other night I was watching The Naked City & was stoked on the Cap'n & his pipe, all along witha very stout straight Irish dialect --- in one scene he accomplished a wide range emotive display conveyed in the manner he was cleaning his pipe.

What about a top 10 pipemovie list?

Like Bullit is always tops in car-chase lists, what would top the pipe flix?

I'm too much of a noob to offer up suggs as a pipe sighting inna movie didn't stir enthusiast excitement, but a pipe as prop certainly adds an element to a character.

I am a typewriter-spotter & consider The Shining one of the best, not only for the t.w. (a nice beefy German Adler), but the scene is great!
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"
2nd best is Slacker (tossing a t.w. off a bridge!)
3rd is Royal Road Test by Ed Ruscha & even tho it ain't an actual movie, it is however sequential frames animating an action of event...

Now, someone who has the time, talent, skill & archival ability should come up with a pipesmoking equivalent to Marclay's "telephone" :

...start w/ char then big puffs & etc

Posted by MR. LOWERCASE on March 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Re: Pipe Sightings In Film
There's a great scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral where Andie McDowell meets Hugh Grant in a London cafe. The extra in the background is an old buffer thoroughly enjoying his pipe with a cup of tea and the newspaper.

I wonder if the director specifically wanted a pipe smoker in the background, of if this just happened by chance?

Sadly pipe smokers in London would have to sit outside in the cold and rain these days. Sad.

Posted by redstar on March 22, 2012 at 7:10 AM

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