#6 – What the Dentist Knows
Everything about the letter…
Inspiration for Photo #6 – The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), and that trip to the dentist.
This film is quite a delight – laughing at the strangest moments, and then gripping your seat in anticipation of diabolical doings.
For instance, the dentist scene. Slow paced and high on suspense. A classic that has influenced numerous scenes in films that followed, from “The Marathon Man” to “Minority Report”.
What kind of a dentist has a sign like this one? And what kind of dentist has a back room for other business?
This may have been the scene that started, or exacerbated, everyone’s fear of dentistry. At least the 2nd floor, back room kind.
Behind the Scenes:
Director: Lisa Stock
Assistant Photographer: JoAnn Sheppe
Cast: (L to R) Josh Henry, Rob Sheppe, Lisa Stock, Aaron Simmons
Again – the minute I saw this scene, I knew it was the one I wanted to create, it’s so iconic. Suspense abounds, as this is the picture before the picture that…. (well, you’ll just have to wait!) But let’s put everyone on edge, and no better place than a dentist office. NOT to knock dentists, most are wonderfully pleasant and nowadays with all the 21st century technology it’s not such a drag. Plus my mother was a dental assistant while I was growing up, so I was the one kid who actually didn’t mind the dentist chair. Regardless, those instruments are still so…impressive! And crazy!
Many Thanks to Dr. Keith Burlison for giving us access to his office and amenities and helping us make this photo everything we wanted it to be! And a nod to Josh for endurance, at first we thought it was going to be relaxing with him laying down, but we inverted him as far as the chair would go, and had to keep giving him blood rush breaks.
Up Next: The 39 Steps (1935) — my favorite Hitchcock film!