Guy De Maupassant's book 'Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel' I wondered if the movie 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' was inspired by that book.
And decided to try and find out by listening to podcasts about the movie, as well as renting the movie to watch.
Was It a Dream Guy De Maupassant?😴🛌👻
I found a podcast hosted by two English guys called 'The VHS Strikes Back' where they had uploaded an episode about this movie on Australia Day 2022, of all days where they were cracking themselves up about Michael Caine doing an Australian accent at one point in the movie, trying to con a guy into believing that he was some rich Aussie with land to sell, named Chips O'Toole.
These English guys with broad northern English accents also thought it was funny how they would often be confused as being Australians when they were on holidays abroad in Europe or America.
|Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) - The VHS Strikes Back
|The VHS Strikes Back
|Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Australian In-Store Promo Video
|Bedtime Story (1964)
A movie I haven't been able to track down on You Tube or any streaming services, even to rent, like I did with 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'.
I have seen clips of the movie though.
Apparently, the 1988 re-make was meant to star David Bowie and Mick Jagger as the scoundrels, after the success of singing together in a cover version of 'Dancing in the Street' originally.
That would have been funny ... NOT!
That was a hard movie for me to track down in 2023 to watch, too.
But as luck (bad?-) would have it, I stumbled across a DVD of it in an Op shop for $1 and have since watched it and will be passing it on this afternoon to a lending library with some other books and movies I no longer wish to have around the home anymore.
To be honest I'm not a fan of any of the versions I have watched, even though there are chuckles to be had in both.
|Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Bedtime Story (1964)
Sounds like they really liked it;-)
|Two Hands (1999) The VHS Strikes Back