History Film / TheManWhoWasntThere

29th Jan '18 6:05:34 PM Luigifan
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There is a totally emotionless barber named Ed Crane. It's 1949 and a bald man, Creighton Tolliver, has some sales pitch about "Dry Cleaning". Ed's wife, Doris, is having an affair with her boss, "Big" Dave Brewster. Ed decides to blackmail the pair to pay for a silent partnership. When Mr. Tolliver asks Mr. Brewster for the same amount of money for which he was being blackmailed, Mr. Brewster finds Mr. Tolliver and beats the whole story out of him. From there, [[BlackmailBlackfire things spiral out of control]].

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There is a totally emotionless barber named Ed Crane. It's 1949 and a bald man, Creighton Tolliver, has some sales pitch about "Dry Cleaning". Ed's wife, Doris, is having an affair with her boss, "Big" Dave Brewster. Ed decides to blackmail the pair to pay for a silent partnership. When Mr. Tolliver asks Mr. Brewster for the same amount of money for which he was being blackmailed, Mr. Brewster finds Mr. Tolliver and beats the whole story out of him. From there, [[BlackmailBlackfire [[BlackmailBackfire things spiral out of control]].



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29th Jan '18 6:05:11 PM Luigifan
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There is a totally emotionless barber named Ed Crane. It's 1949 and a bald man, Creighton Tolliver, has some sales pitch about "Dry Cleaning". Ed's wife, Doris, is having an affair with her boss, "Big" Dave Brewster. Ed decides to blackmail the pair to pay for a silent partnership. When Mr. Tolliver asks Mr. Brewster for the same amount of money for which he was being blackmailed, Mr. Brewster finds Mr. Tolliver and beats the whole story out of him. From there, things spiral out of control.

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There is a totally emotionless barber named Ed Crane. It's 1949 and a bald man, Creighton Tolliver, has some sales pitch about "Dry Cleaning". Ed's wife, Doris, is having an affair with her boss, "Big" Dave Brewster. Ed decides to blackmail the pair to pay for a silent partnership. When Mr. Tolliver asks Mr. Brewster for the same amount of money for which he was being blackmailed, Mr. Brewster finds Mr. Tolliver and beats the whole story out of him. From there, [[BlackmailBlackfire things spiral out of control.
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29th Jan '18 5:53:03 PM Luigifan
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* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler: According to his wife Big Dave was abducted; she thinks he was killed by TheGovernment to cover it up]]

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* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler: According to his wife Big Dave was abducted; she thinks he was killed by TheGovernment to cover it up]]up.]]



* BigEater: Freddy Reidenschnieder

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* BigEater: Freddy ReidenschniederReidenschnieder.



* FlamboyantGay: Creator/JonPolito as Creighton Tolliver. He made a pass at Ed by sitting back on his bed, winking at him and loosening his necktie. Most people today would consider that "relaxing," but apparently in 1940s America it was a blatant come-on. You couldn't be ''too'' flamboyant without getting arrested.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Category 2, in a way. [[spoiler: While Ed, Doris, and Riedenschneider are brainstorming Doris's defense, Ed states that he killed Big Dave. Riedenschneider doesn't notice (or doesn't care) that he just confessed to the crime, and mulls over how well accusing Ed of murdering Big Dave in a jealous rage would hold up in court. He rules it out for being too implausible.]]

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* FlamboyantGay: Creator/JonPolito as Creighton Tolliver. He made a pass at Ed by sitting back on his bed, winking at him him, and loosening his necktie. Most people today would consider that "relaxing," but apparently in 1940s America it was a blatant come-on. You couldn't be ''too'' flamboyant without getting arrested.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Category 2, in a way. [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While Ed, Doris, and Riedenschneider are brainstorming Doris's defense, Ed states that he killed Big Dave. Riedenschneider doesn't notice (or doesn't care) that he just confessed to the crime, and mulls over how well accusing Ed of murdering Big Dave in a jealous rage would hold up in court. He rules it out for being too implausible.]]



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: [[spoiler: Just before his execution Ed writes his life story for publication in a pulp men's magazine. He apologizes to the audience for the unnecessary digressions in the story we have just heard narrated, explaining he was paid by the word.]]

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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: [[spoiler: Just [[spoiler:Just before his execution execution, Ed writes his life story for publication in a pulp men's magazine. He apologizes to the audience for the unnecessary digressions in the story we have just heard narrated, explaining he was paid by the word.]]
24th Aug '17 8:55:08 PM SofaKingAC
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* PhonyVeteran: "Big" Dave Brewster boast about his heroic exploits in the pacific theater of world war II while it turns out he in fact served throughout the war in a administrative capacity in the San Franciso naval yard.

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* PhonyVeteran: "Big" Dave Brewster boast boasts about his heroic exploits in the pacific Pacific theater of world war II WorldWarII while it turns out he in fact served throughout the war in a administrative capacity in the San Franciso Francisco naval yard.
28th Jul '17 12:32:18 PM CassandraLeo
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Taken from the poem "Antagonish" by William Hughes Mearns.
30th Dec '16 8:11:37 AM tromag
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-->"They called, they demanded money. Did Big Dave mention that it was something about his war service? I don't know, I wasn't there, ''you'll'' have to tell *us*. Maybe he specified, maybe he didn't; I'm not putting words in your mouth..."

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-->"They called, they demanded money. Did Big Dave mention that it was something about his war service? I don't know, I wasn't there, ''you'll'' have to tell *us*.''us''. Maybe he specified, maybe he didn't; I'm not putting words in your mouth..."
30th Dec '16 8:10:54 AM tromag
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* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Ridenschneider comes up with a theory about Big Dave being blackmailed to get Doris acquitted, but needs her to corroborate the story. Legally, he can't suborn perjury, so he insists that he's ''not'' telling her what to say.
-->"They called, they demanded money. Did Big Dave mention that it was something about his war service? I don't know, I wasn't there, ''you'll'' have to tell *us*. Maybe he specified, maybe he didn't; I'm not putting words in your mouth..."
15th Dec '16 11:14:57 AM KneadToKnow
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* SmokingIsCool:

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* SmokingIsCool:SmokingIsCool: Seriously, don't watch this movie if you've recently quit smoking.
2nd Dec '16 9:53:27 AM Anicomicgeek
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* FlamboyantGay: Jon Polito as Creighton Tolliver. He made a pass at Ed by sitting back on his bed, winking at him and loosening his necktie. Most people today would consider that "relaxing," but apparently in 1940s America it was a blatant come-on. You couldn't be ''too'' flamboyant without getting arrested.

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* FlamboyantGay: Jon Polito Creator/JonPolito as Creighton Tolliver. He made a pass at Ed by sitting back on his bed, winking at him and loosening his necktie. Most people today would consider that "relaxing," but apparently in 1940s America it was a blatant come-on. You couldn't be ''too'' flamboyant without getting arrested.
31st Aug '16 7:14:46 AM CorahsUncle
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* DVDCommentary: The only one Creator/TheCoenBrothers have done.
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