All accepted registrations through November 16 at 7:00a ET have been activated. Thank you! -M.W.

Please note: Terms of Use have been amended effective October 6, 2019. Make sure you are aware of the new rules! Please visit this thread for details: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=48619

All user accounts that have been inactive since January 1, 2017 have been expunged. If you are one of these users and wish to submit a new post, please re-register. Thank you.

Old TV and Movie Cliches

Here's your place to reminisce about classic radio and television. Want to share memories of The Big 8? How about J.P. McCarthy? Do it here!
User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:36 pm

Remember some of the old cliches from TV and the movies?

Like when there was an outdoors scene at night, there was always the sound of crickets.


Some of the more memorable tricks were how they showed the passage of time. Sometimes, it was a clock on the wall with the hands spinning around rapidly. Or pages flying off a calendar. Or there was the view from a window showing the successive changing of the seasons.

Any others come to mind?



sfpcc
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:05 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by sfpcc » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:10 pm

A car chase that ends with a fruit cart being demolished.

When someone is watching TV a western is on, (you can hear bugles and war whoops.)

During the last scene of a TV series that last shot is one of people walking out a door.

The killer who you think is really dead makes one final attack.

Nearly every Lifetime Movie ends with someone waving a gun / knife around, and or someone tied to a chair.

A flashback scene that is cued by harp music.



User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:24 pm

A flashback scene that is cued by harp music.
Dreams too.

Also, on the family TV shows. Father and Mother always slept in the same room together, but never in the same bed and never with the lights out. They would each get into their twin beds, sit up for awhile and talk about the days events. Then they would pull blindfolds down over their eyes, lay down and go to sleep.



User avatar
Vic Doucette
Posts: 575
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2004 9:06 am
Location: Metro Detroit

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Vic Doucette » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:20 am

Whenever the monster appears, a beautiful woman will attempt to run away, but she'll fall down and be the next victim.


Support The Miracle League of Michigan -- because EVERY child deserves the chance to play baseball!
Visit www.michiganmiracle.org

User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:57 am

When chronicling the life or career of some famous or notorious person, they would often show newspapers flying out of the press with headlines showing the persons latest exploits or achievements.



User avatar
SolarMax
Posts: 480
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 5:59 pm
Location: 313

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by SolarMax » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:02 pm

•When someone on foot is being chased down a road by a car, they always run in the same direction ahead of the chaser, rather than veering off the road, to just get the hell out of the way.

•Any scene in a jungle will include the sound of a kookaburra bird (which is Australian, and does not live in jungles, anywhere)

•There will be a woman on a safari or a hike, wearing high heels. She will eventually twist her ankle and have to be carried, especially when they need, again, to just get the hell out of there.



User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:00 pm

Sleeping overnight in a spooky house, there was always the wind scratching a tree branch against the window.



sfpcc
Posts: 796
Joined: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:05 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by sfpcc » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:26 pm

A minor detail introduced in the early part of the movie will turn into a crucial part of the end of it. Here's an example. Early in the film we find out the Villain has a peanut allergy. At the end of the movie the trapped heroine gets away by excusing herself to put on some sexy, finding some Planters in the kitchen, coming back and giving the him a poisonous kiss. (I saw this on a Lifetime movie last month.)



User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:55 pm

Graveyards after dark were always foggy.



kc8yqq
Posts: 76
Joined: Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:15 am

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by kc8yqq » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:52 am

A spinning wheel on a car always squealed, even on a dirt road.



learn to fly
Posts: 32
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 6:28 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by learn to fly » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:33 am

WW II submarines could be identified as the enemy with the following riff.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_riff



User avatar
moldyoldie
Posts: 431
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 1:04 am
Location: On that thar' interweb jobber

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by moldyoldie » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:21 am

"Follow that cab!"


"The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure."
- Sydney J. Harris

User avatar
SolarMax
Posts: 480
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 5:59 pm
Location: 313

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by SolarMax » Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:07 pm

Landing airplanes' tires all make the same identical screech on contact with the runway.



User avatar
Turkeytop
Posts: 3470
Joined: Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:27 pm

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:11 pm

This isn't an old cliche, it has come into use over the past few years.

When a scene in a movie depicts something that happened a long time ago, like 1950s, they film that scene in black and white. It's like the world didn't exist in colour before 1960.



User avatar
Radio Chili
Posts: 65
Joined: Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:28 am
Location: Way down in the sunny South.

Re: Old TV and Movie Cliches

Post by Radio Chili » Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:40 am

Who remembers the old 'Western' where the bad guys tell the Sheriff whom they had captured; "We're gonna fk 'ya at sundown, Sheriff,........but we're gonna fk 'ya R-E-A-L S-L-O-W!"



Post Reply Previous topicNext topic