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This past weekend I watched In the Heat of the Night, 1967, for maybe the fifth time over the years. There's something that catches me with this flick. There's not an actor I don't like, not a scene that doesn't work, and not a line out of place. I don't know, call me nostalgic, this movie is just a good watch for me.

One thing I noticed this time in the movie was a particular song played in one scene



I thought this sounded a lot like Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (no, I didn't see them in concert, either) but here is the trivia from IMDb:

"According to Norman Jewison and Haskell Wexler on the DVD commentary, they originally wanted to use "Lil' Red Ridin' Hood" by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs in the movie, and this is the song Ralph Henshaw (Anthony James) was dancing to during filming. Unable to license Sam the Sham's song, "Foul Owl on the Prowl" was substituted, composed by Quincy Jones and performed by Boomer & Travis (better known as Owens Boomer Castleman and Michael Martin Murphey)."

The things you can find online.

Another thing I noticed, in a different light this last time, was the very obvious nod to White Supremacy in the form of the now infamous Dylann Roof Confederate Flag symbolism. I'm sure this wasn't lost on me in the past, but since the Charleston shooting the flag has gone from Dukes of Hazzard good ol' boys rebel yell to, well, yeah. Different times.



That's a 1960 Plymouth Fury, btw, and I just rediscovered there is a an Internet Movie Cars Database to look up your favorite rides as seen on film!



I also noticed an odd steering wheel in one of the scenes of the car and sure enough it was rectangular.


(different site used for this pic)

Love the internet!
 

This movie is currently available (unitl May 4) on tcm.com if you subscribe to a provider that includes the TCM channel in its line up.
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