Sometimes words are not on the page but spoken by others in performances. We think of the plays of Shakespeare or Ibsen or maybe the songs of the Beatles whose words transport us to places never imagined or considered. Words that move us also appear in movies. The following clips from Them illustrate not only strong writing but depict an even stronger woman, Pat(ricia) Medford, a PhD in biology. She, Joan Weldon, is the love interest to Robert Graham (James Arness), the FBI agent assigned to the case, in this movie.
She demonstrates her no-nonsense and take-charge attitude in the first two clips. When I first watched this movie, I was very surprised to see a beautiful woman not only have a science doctorate and only screams once, but also orders the male stars around. They don’t argue with her; they just do as they are told.
There are many other instances of strong writing by Ted Sherdeman, who wrote the screenplay, and Russell S. Hughes, who adapted the original story by George Worthing Yates, in this movie. Before you ever see Them, they are constantly referred to as ‘them.’ Read more
“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”
“No, grand-dad. That’s not the story I want. You know the one. The one with the leopard, the ships in the night, the monsters on holiday, the lykens and all those other creatures.”
The slightly balding man pulled his grand-daughter higher up on his lap and smiled. Holding her close, he said, “You must mean the one that occurred that spring of 2010.”
“Yes, yes, that one.” The red-haired girl settled herself in his lap staring into his brown eyes. “I like that one.”
He looked through the window to their left and remembered that wonderful period when he was a young man. The group had come together, almost by chance. The two leaders had announced an opportunity for exploring their minds, for challenging their abilities and for shaping their future. He had joined, not really knowing what benefits he would enjoy. Read more
Dear Ms Wray,
I really enjoyed our night on the town last week. You were so kind to allow me to show you the sights of New York City. The view from atop the Empire State Building was spectacular. I’d never see the skyline before. And the planes; that was exciting! Especially when I grabbed the one and dropped it over the side. I bet you found that breathtaking!
Living on Skull Island was really a drag. Having to break the jaws of all those dinosaurs and then watching the blood dribble out was not a lot of fun. You brought real joy to my life. I never had any fun there. Meeting you changed my life.
That get’s me to my point. I realize I may not have all the social graces you are used to, especially having been to big cities in America. But I can change; I can learn. I want to take you out again. I’ll be less of a cad this time. I won’t pull your clothes off or tickle your ribs, I promise. I’ll even shower first. And, I’ll only whisper in your ear rather than roaring at everybody I meet. It was those bright lights and sirens that bothered me. We didn’t have them where I came from. Read more