Revolving Doors in Movies

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Revolving Doors in Movies

Unread post by Dave Pitts » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:19 am

I was in a store yesterday with an old-fashioned revolving door. Hadn't seen one in years. When I was a kid in the late 50s/early 60s you'd see them in most of the downtown dept. stores. Seeing this one made me wonder if the films of the studio era -- particularly the comedies -- didn't make use of revolving doors. Or if a gangster flick didn't have someone rubbed out while he was trying to exit through one. But I can't think of any specific films that did this. Any helpful memories, buffs?

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Unread post by oldposterho » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:35 am

The famous baptism murders scene in The Godfather has Carmine Cuneo getting whacked in one.

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Unread post by Brooksie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:38 am

There's the famous sequence from Chaplin's The Cure (1916):



Kevin Brownlow's Unknown Chaplin series contained outtakes from this sequence, which showed just how difficult it was to film (and dangerous, I would venture - easy to get a finger or limb trapped). Perhaps this is why it doesn't feature more often.

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Unread post by Rick Lanham » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:50 am

Not comedies:

The Last Laugh
Superman (clothes change?)

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Unread post by ClayKing » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:26 pm

Enchanted (2007). Prince Edward (James Marsden) is confounded by one.
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Unread post by Paul Penna » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:53 pm

One of the greatest real-life comedy film props ever, right up there with sleeping car berths, skyscraper girder frameworks and, dare I mention it, Murphy beds.

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:13 pm

I was in a store yesterday with an old-fashioned revolving door. Hadn't seen one in years.

Come to Oz, they are not an old-fashioned relic here? Modern buildings have them.
I saw a picture the other day with a revolting door in it, but I can't remember the name now. I'll put my thinking cap on and get back to you....
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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:21 pm

I'm surprised they're rare for him too... maybe their ubiquity in Chicago is because they let less cold air in than a standard door, and that's a major energy saving measure here.
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Unread post by Dean Thompson » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:25 pm

Though nobody gets rubbed out while it's in operation, the revolving door is an appropriately prominent motif in Grand Hotel.

Funny, I keep thinking someone does get rubbed out in (or near) a revolving door during a gangland ball in one of the Warner Brothers gangster flicks from the early '30's. Scarface, maybe? Little Caesar?

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Unread post by syd » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:31 pm

I am surprised the revolving door is not used more in movies.
It is a good prop for visual comedy. It could also be a moving philosophical
statement as in The Last Laugh. As the Door Man, played by Emil Jannings,
goes through the revolving door to the inside of the hotel, he eyes his
replacement coming out and time slows down during that moment.

Darkman (1990) has a brief moment in a revolving door as the villain sees
a double of himself in one.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) - Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers)
has a confusing moment in one (among other confusing moments).

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Unread post by brendangcarroll » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:48 am

A revolving door is used memorably during the opening credits of WONDER BAR (1934) to introduce the many stars arriving at the nightclub....
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:07 am

Mike Gebert wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:21 pm
I'm surprised they're rare for him too... maybe their ubiquity in Chicago is because they let less cold air in than a standard door, and that's a major energy saving measure here.
And vice versa in Australia, as Mr. Binks notes.

We have one here at work, but there's a standard door next to it for those in wheelchairs and so on, and those are inside a vestibule that you pass through automatic sliding doors to enter (think Star Trek or Get Smart). I tend to use the standard door, because my bum elbow doesn't care for the pressure required to operate the revolving door.
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Unread post by TerryC » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:11 am

They are a standard feature in many buildings new or old in the Toronto/Buffalo area. Usually not always found in suburban or mall areas, but most multi-storied hotels and stores still have them at street level. I certainly would never think of them as an old fashioned relic or rarity.

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Unread post by maliejandra » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:56 am

We have one on the courthouse where I work. It was built in the 70s.

The first film example I thought of was the very gruesome memorable scene in The Walking Dead involving Glenn.

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