HABITUAL CAR THIEVES AND
The situation with elation is always
like this - the prettiest girl gets the
worse guy, characters are mixed up,
someone always starts doing the
God-damned Fandango or Tango
and foolscap errands begin to clap
while the band refuses to stop.
When first this film was plotted, we
threw away the script and started
backwards; figuring the lion's share
of credit would go to a heroin anyway.
One gratuitous sex scene later, she's
wiping it all off her grand ballroom
dress. Boy, did we screw that scene up.
Out front, the gangster comes rushing
to the scene. We had to get two '36 Buicks,
exactly alike for that - to show different
angles of the scene, but we didn't have time
to do it twice so we did it all once. Same
action, but in two different angles with
different sets of dark-clad people. None
of the audience idiots ever notice.
We wanted to title the film 'Life Goes On.'
But then, at the end, we realized so many
people were dead that it really doesn't.
So that's where we got 'Habitual Car
Thieves and Highland Plotters.'