Saturday, May 02, 2009

Come to the get-together!

Today is the big shindig at Mark's Pub in Wilkes-Barre! Check out these scenes from last year's gathering. Come on out and become ONE OF US!

Actually, this is from one of my favorite films: Tod Browning's Freaks. Those are all real people, not special effects creations, and most of them lived longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives as traveling performers than they would have locked up in some institution, out of sight and out of mind.

If some of these people don't seem familiar - well, shame on you!
Johnny Eck, the legless wonder who jumps on the table at the 30 second mark, has a fascinating biography - and with the aid of his (full-sized) identical twin brother and a dwarf, performed one of the greatest "sawed in half" stunts ever! And the fellow who proposes the toast, and carries around the goblet? That's Angelo Rossitto - though you may know him as the smarter (and shorter) half of Master Blaster from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

If you've never seen this movie, you're missing out on an amazing classic!

1 comment:

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I haven't seen it in years ... Thanks for reminding me about it!