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So, I’ve been doing this Movies for Grownups radio show for eight years, and every week I prowl the web looking for audio clips that’ll make it sound, you know, interesting. The thing is, I never, ever throw any of this stuff out. So now I have hours and hours of the most random sound samples you can imagine.

Last week here at the office they changed out my computer, and for some reason that forced to the front of my desktop the file into which I have been dumping these audio files for upwards of a decade. Some are interview fragments, some are movie clips, some are music snippets. This morning, rather than my usual musical background, I clicked onto the first of the sound clips and just let the whole collection roll.

What resulted was a strangely fascinating stream-of-consciousness cavalcade of unexpected sound bites.

Here are some of my favorites:

The last moments of the Wicked Witch of the West

 

 

 

 

Excedrin Commercial, 1964: Grumpy Hubby

Fred Flintstone Hawking Winston Cigarettes, The Flintstones, 1961

 

 

 

 

Larry Bud Melman Introduces the first episode of Late Night With David Letterman, 1982

 

 

 

Soupy Sales Performs The Mouse on Ed Sullivan, Feb. 9, 1964, warming up the audience for The Beatles

 

 

 

The Greatest Movie Soliloquy of All Time: Robert Shaw, The Indianapolis, Jaws

 

 

 

Director David Lynch (Eraserhead) explains to me how meditation changed his life, and why it should be taught in schools,  2007

James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson: Two of Hollywood’s original tough guys

 

 

 

 

Johnny Carson Introduces First-Time Tonight Show stand-up by Rita Rudner, Drew Carey, David Brenner, Roseanne Barr, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld, plus Rodney Dangerfield. From the terrific DVD set The Best of the Tonight Show: Stand-Up Comics.