Saturday, November 28, 2015

The password is odd

Happened across a thread on Game Show Paradise about game shows in movies. One poster mentioned that a glimpse of Press Your Luck turns up in Jim Carrey's 1996 dark comedy The Cable Guy. As it happens, extensive clips from this flick are freely - and legally, I guess - available on YouTube. I ran through them in a hurry but couldn't find that bit of PYL.

I did find this scene from the movie, though, which features Carrey and a put-upon Matthew Broderick playing an off-color version of Password. The passwords, whispered by Carrey in his creepiest manner, are "vagina" and "nipple." Fortunately, no animals were harmed in the making of the scene, and no really naughty words were spoken. The picture got a PG-13 rating, after all.

The clip, brief as it is, gives a good sense of the oddity of the movie, which abruptly split critical opinion. It's not really that funny, but it's edgy in an uncomfortably intriguing way. Anyhoo, Carrey's name was enough to propel The Cable Guy to a respectable box office gross, despite many critics' misgivings.

One other note. Diane Baker is one of the "contestants" in the game. I always remember her as the gorgeous and jealous brunette in Marnie (1964). Time has moved on by 1996, though she's still quite attractive.

RELATED UPDATE: A commenter points out that the glimpse of Press Your Luck is in the opening credits of The Cable Guy. He's right, as this video proves. PYL happens at 8:16 into the video.

UNRELATED UPDATE: I've made a tiny tweak to the blogroll in the sidebar. BuzzerBlog no longer posts much on their main site. So I've switched the link to their Facebook page, which they update much more often.


  1. hannibal letter asked diane baker if she'd breast fed
    her daughter & if it toughened up her nipples.

    1. Yeah, she was in Silence of the Lambs. She's been in a zillion movies and TV shows.

  2. The Press Your Luck clip is in the opening credits sequence, when Matthew Broderick's character is surfing through cable channels.

    1. Well, darned if you're not right. I'll add a note to the entry with a link to a opening credits video I found on YouTube.