Theatre / Oscar

Connie: Your daughter's not your daughter, and the cash that used to be your jewels is now your underwear!
Snaps: Now you've got it!
Connie: I got it! (beat) I don't even know what I'm talkin' about!

A screwball farce written by Claude Magnier as a play about an industrialist trying to get back the money one of his employees stole and the resulting complications. It was made into a French film (starring the great Louis de Funčs, who also starred in the play countless times) in 1967 that he co-wrote. Then in 1991 he updated the play to be about a mobster trying to go straight, adding an extra complication to the plot. This was then made into an American film by director John Landis, starring Sylvester Stallone, Tim Curry and Kirk Douglas, among several character actors.

A traditional farce, it features loads of swapping of little black bags (which may contain jewels or underwear, as the plot requires) than any other film in memory. Contains the mook with a ridiculous armory in his jacket (blackjack, pistol, club, knife, switchblade, brass knuckles...): "It's like disarming Germany!"

Not to be confused with the nickname for the Academy Award (which it didn't win any anyway).

Oscar (the american movie) provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Arranged Marriage: Lisa is in one of these when the film starts, only to have it fall through when the husband falls for their maid.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Vendetti’s manicurist.
    Manicurist *flirtatious voice* I finished your nails. Is there anything else I can do, huh?
  • Alpha Bitch: A non high-school example. Nora.
  • Aside Glance: After receiving the last slap from his father, Angelo looks right into the – apparently missing – fourth wall.
    • He does so again after Connie suggests that the missing $50,000 turned into the underwear in the black bag as a miracle "like the loaves and the fishes."
  • Berserk Button: Snaps has a lot. One of the examples is that you shouldn’t even try waking him up before nine am.
    Aldo The Boss don’t get up before 9:00 a.m. Even the feds know that!
  • Blatant Lies: According to Five Spot, his job is an „Honourable Profession” Yeah, right! Listening to other people’s private conversation is definitely honourable.
  • Brick Joke: Expeditive
  • Call-Back: Unlike director John Landis, Snaps is not a fan of Cab Calloway's Minnie The Moocher.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Dr. Poole. He gets better though.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The fact Aldo doesn't make noise when he walks.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost everybody snarks, but mostly Snaps and Aldo
  • Death Glare: Snaps and her daughter share one, after the former taunts the latter to hit her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Spoofed when Snaps states of all the lowlifes he met in his life, the bankers are the really scary people.
    Kirkwood: I hate to say I told you so, but that's what we get for going into business with a crook!
    Snaps: I'm a crook? You come into my house with your fine print and addendums and try to con me out of my dough? Geez, I'm used to dealing with mobsters, bootleggers, and gunzles, but you bankers... are scary.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Anthony converts his petty cash to jewels, which he keeps in one of the bags that keep switching.
    • Later, it was deciding to give up the jewels, rather than lose Theresa, that proved he really loved her.
  • Extended Disarming: "It's like disarming Germany..."
  • Fake Pregnancy: Lisa lies to her father about being pregnant so he will allow her to marry her boyfriend.
  • Farce: The film is closer to 1930s farces than modern comedies.
  • Foreshadowing: When Snaps mentions that he knows about Lisa's "lover" she says she thought he left her for good. Since Anthony never mentioned anything about leaving, (and even if he did, he wouldn’t have been there in the beginning of the movie) this foreshadows, not only that Lisa’s lover is someone else, (namely Oscar) but also that he isn’t in the country anymore.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Connie, Snaps's right-hand man.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Watch it there, Connie. You've got a dangling participle."
  • Go Out with a Smile: Snaps's father after Angelo promises to go straight. But he gives Angelo another slap just so he won't forget.
  • Grammar Nazi: Dr. Thornton Poole, the speech therapist whom Snaps hires to improve his grammatical habits:
    Connie: Even in the old days, he was known as an honest crook.
    Dr. Poole: That's an oxymoron.
    Connie: Gee, you shouldn't oughta said that, Doc.
    Snaps: Yeah, leave Connie alone. He does the best he can.
    • Happens again when Dr. Poole meets Aldo:
    Aldo: Oh, Dr. Poole! Come on in. The boss been expecting you.
    Dr. Poole: Aldo, do you realize what you just did?
    Aldo: What?
    Dr. Poole: You used the past participle without a modifier.
    Aldo: I did? What's the rap on that?
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Oscar, up until the end, when he tries to stop Lisa's marriage and is turned out on his ear.
  • I Gave My Word: Snaps is insistent on fulfilling his father's dying wish in the face of the day's mounting insanity, only giving up after the bankers try and fail to rip him off.
  • I Know You Know I Know
  • Last Request: Snaps promises his dying father that he'll give up his life of crime at the beginning of the film, thus setting things in motion.
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
    Snaps: Damn! Son of a— (sees Father Clemente) gun, gosh almighty! Cheese and crackers!
  • Love at First Sight: The Arranged Marriage Angelo makes for Lisa falls through because the guy fell in love with the family's maid.
  • Luke, You Are My Father / Luke, I Am Your Father: Theresa said she was Angelo's daughter to make Anthony think she came from a well-to-do family. She later confesses this lie to Angelo himself. Neither she nor Angelo knew that Theresa really is Snaps' daughter from when he and her mother Roxanne worked for the same mob boss.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: Lisa tricks Snaps into thinking she's pregnant so he'll let her marry whom she thinks is her ex, Oscar.
  • Mistaken Identity: Snaps thinks Anthony wants to marry Lisa at first, while Lisa thinks Oscar came back to marry her when he tells her.
  • My Beloved Smother: Thornton identifies with Lisa wanting to get out of the house, since his mother "can be so possessive".
  • Mood Whiplash: Downplayed. The cheerful theme song turn into creepy when the camera zooms to Toomey’s hideout.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: See the page quote.
  • Off the Table: When the bankers showed they didn't trust Angelo, he ended up not doing business with them.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Snaps browbeats Anthony into marrying Lisa by convincing him that his tailors, the Finuccis are really hired killers. When they later brag about their success (a photo of a murdered gangster wearing one of their suits) and offer to make him a suit, Anthony thinks they're the ones who killed him and are threatening to do the same to him.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The presumably-Irish maid drops her accent as soon as she's out of the Provolone household, but turns it back on when she returns for her bag.
  • Overly Long Gag: The Extended Disarming example above.
  • Overprotective Dad: Snaps, who already has a marriage set up for Lisa whether she likes it or not, and resorts to deception, blackmail, threats, and bribery to get her a husband when he thinks that she's pregnant.
  • Pretty in Mink: Sofia wears a couple, and the maid wears a fur coat after she leaves to get married.
  • The Roaring '20s
  • Running Gag: Hoo boy.
  • Sherlock Scan: Dr. Poole does a version of this with Anthony by guessing where he's from based off how he speaks. Before he says a word. This was not the first time they had met though.
  • Satchel Switcheroo
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In the scene, where Angelo is looking for Anthony and asks his servants, Aldo tells him that Oscar fell in love with a girl but he couldn’t marry with her because his father is jerk. Snaps then asks „oh, is that so”, he fails to recognize he was only sarcastic and keeps explaining.
  • Screwball Comedy
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Connie’s Sensitive Guy to Snaps and Aldo’s Manly Man.
  • Shout-Out: "Damn, a double negative!"
  • Spoiled Brat: Lisa
  • A Simple Plan: Several, which makes this a simple plan pileup.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Sometimes Angelo seriously has this feeling. After finding out that Connie fails to guard the bag with the jewels he somewhat lampshades It.
    Snaps: Keep her (Theresa) on ice. I’m lookin’ for somethin’n
    Aldo: What?
    Snaps: A bag just like this one.
    Aldo: Ah, don’t worry about that. I gave It back to Underwood’s chauffeur.
    Snaps: You did what?
    Aldo: It was sittin in the library before, so I swtiched the bags for ya.
    Snaps: And where was Einstein?
    Aldo: Was Connie in here? Connie, was you in here? I didn’t see him.
    Snaps: Why don’t you stand over there next to your girlfriend?
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Connie's loads of weapons that he has in his clothes. Among many other things, his arsenal includes revolvers, knives, brass knuckles, a knife with a brass-knuckled handle, poison, a meathook, a flail, and a ticking bundle of dynamite.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Lisa's Fairytale Wedding Dress is a copy of the dress from It Happened One Night.