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Feb 14, 2012 12:51 AM

Strange Food Scene In Movie

Last Saturday I saw one of the oddest food scenes in a movie. In the 1986 film The Longshot Tim Conway is grilling steaks in the back of a station wagon. The car fills up with smoke and he and the three other passengers open the doors after almost being asphyxiated. Who has ever done this in the history of automobiles? The only expanation for this behavior is that it was raining. Actually the scene was sort of funny in an odd way, (as was the movie.)

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  1. Has Tim Conway ever done anything on camera that was not hysterical?

    1. Rolls-Royces in the first part of the last century had an option for the driver of the 'staff' car to have a flat plate on the engine to allow cooking on the engine surface for outdoor picnics and the like. Was lucky enough to be served a cooked item from the engine compartment once, and was cooked perfectly.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        There is a book "Manifold Destiny" is about cooking with a car engine.

        1. re: syrup09

          The brothers Magliozzi, AKA Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, discussed it on an episode of Car Talk on which Martha Stewart was a guest.

        2. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Hey Delucacheesemonger, This is fascinating. Do you know what years exactly Rolls-Royce offered this feature, or where I can learn more about it? Thanks.

        3. Doesn't have to happen in real life for it to be in a film.

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          1. re: Withnail42

            "Eddie, hmm, yes, that's a rather 'tender' subject..."

            cooking on the engine block is SOP for the support crew during harvest season on the big spreads out West in the US. it can take a good hour or more to locate the combine crews, so may as well finish it up along the way.

            1. re: hill food

              Hill food, Do you have any idea how long this has been a practice?

              1. re: ninrn

                I'd imagine well after WWII (1960's and 70's) when people were moving to the cities and large parcels had to be harvested with combines, but that's just a guess.

          2. Tim Conway >> comedic actor >> appears in comedic films >> premise of comedy: unexpected behavior and/or exaggerated reactions.

            If this scene appeared in a documentary or a dramatic film then it would need broader explanation of context. It's a comedy (possibly not a very good one) so it needs no further explanation.