Just One More
Well, I think we have to finish this out with a finale.
Yesterday, I wrote about having written the lyrics for a song, "Just One of the Girls" that was used in the 1995 Showtime TV movie, The Wharf Rat. The article was a follow-up to my piece about in the indefensible laws being passed in Red states against drag performers reading books to school children and against drag shows where children were present. The song seemed to fit the spirit of it all, since it was performed in the movie by drag performers in a drag club.
(Actually, the singing used in the film was done by Lynn Mills and Shelly Goldstein, which is what I posted yesterday, and was lip-synced by the actors.)
I mention this because I have the receipts. Proof that, no, I was not lying about this all. I actually was able to track down the movie online and have edited out the two sequences where the song, with music by Andy Marx, is performed.
To be clear, it's not much. The first sequence only lasts 20 seconds at most, while the second time is just about eight seconds. But hey, that's the magic of movies.
The basic premise of the film -- written and directed by Jimmy Huston -- is that Lou Diamond Phillip's character, named Petey, works at the Los Angeles Harbor and is involved in low-level crime. His brother was a policeman who's killed by dirty cops, and he decides to go after them, and his efforts overlap with the work of an investigative reporter.
In the Big Scene (tm), one of Petey's ex-con partners go undercover as the maitre d' at a drag club. The bad cop (played by Judge Reinhold) arrives, as a performance is going on.
Don't get up to get any popcorn, it'll be over pretty quickly.
And this is the reprise. It comes near the very end of the film, as Petey's plan comes to fruition at the dockyards, and with the investigative reporter (played by Rachel Ticotin) on the scene, the bad guys are set up.
We then cut to the partner (that ex-con who had been undercover as the maitre' d), driving off into the sunset. There was supposed to be another scene after this, but Jimmy liked ending the movie here and going out on the song...
Okay, no, it's not much, all that writing a full song and it ends up about 28 seconds on film, but it was nice to go into the end credits with the song.
And as a bonus, for those interested in seeing the movie, I figured that I would embed the full thing. It's pretty enjoyable. As I said yesterday, Jimmy wrote the movie Running Scared that starred Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, and this film (while emphasizing the drama more than the comedy) has some of that combination of police drama and humor.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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