Redneck Industrialists. Boy that sounds like a mouthful, but we are referring to our friendly redneck crane operators who usually operate their cranes in industrial locations, hence the term industrialist.
To my knowledge, you do not need a license to operate a crane, but they are devilishly difficult pieces of machinery to operate correctly. That thankfully results in many botched jobs by crane operators, which is to our advantage because many of the crane operator bloopers have been caught on film, and we get to howl at their mistakes here.
We begin with a scene from a movie that involves, what else, a crane.
If you have never seen a movie from 1988 entitled A Fish Called Wanda, run (don't walk) down to the neighborhood video store and rent it immediately! Do not wait on the chance that someone else in your neighborhood will see this post and beat you to the video store. You absolutely must see this movie right away because it is that funny!
The film features John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin and it is no exaggeration when I tell you it is absolutely hilarious. Rent it when you have some extra time because you will want to watch it twice.
Kevin Kline won an Oscar for best supporting actor, but John Cleese and Michael Palin should also have won Oscars. Maybe Jamie Lee should have won one too, but she played a sexy crook. Since she is naturally sexy, she really did not have to act as much as the others did.
I have had a thing for Jamie Lee since I was old enough to tell the difference between men and women, so I am a little biased here. Since we all know that gratuitous sex and violence sells in this day and age, I have added a photo of Jamie Lee back when she was a bit younger.
The photo fulfills our quota of gratuitous sex for this post, plus there is plenty of violence, so to speak, in the videos.
All of the other actors in the film, writers (John Cleese and Charles Crichton) and the director (also Charles Crichton) won other awards for the movie and deservedly so. It is the remarkable cast that makes this movie so funny.
If you intend to rent the movie, skip past the first video now to the second video so that we won't spoil any of the film for you.
The following video is a scene from the movie in which a criminal, Ken (Michael Palin), is trying to kill an elderly woman and make it look like an accident. He screwed up his first two attempts and killed two of the lady's dogs instead. Ken is an animal lover so it bothered him enormously when he killed the first two dogs. Killing people however comes second nature to him.
The scene begins as Ken is making his third attempt to kill the little old lady, and he is using a crane to do it. This scene is what prompted me to search for funny videos using cranes.
The following video is from the movie "A Fish Called Wanda:"
As you will see in the other vids, cranes naturally lend themselves to funny situations.
If you skipped ahead because you had not seen "A Fish Called Wanda," pick up the thread here.
Our next video involves a crane and a port-a-potty, or modern day outhouse. I, for one, cannot imagine what could possibly be funny about the combination of those two.
The Crane vs The Outhouse or Let's Embarrass the Boss:
Well, all I can say is Oh Crap! And I thought that I was having a bad day. Hopefully, for the crane operator's sake, it was his last day on the job. Because if it wasn't before it is now.
You noticed, I hope, that the occupant of our port-a-potty is a white collar type. What do you want to bet that the beneficiary (translation = victim) of our outhouse humor is the boss.
The crane operator saw the opportunity and he went for it. If you are going to get fired, this is the way to go out. Payback is so sweet, is it not? Haven't we all had at least one boss that we wish we could have done that to?
The happy ending here would be to convince the old man that it truly was an accident and to keep your job.
"Boss, I am so sorry. I don't know how that happened. The crane controls should be checked out. I didn't mean to do it! etc., etc."
If you were a good enough actor, you would get completely reinstated to your old position as crane operator. Then you could lie in wait to do it all over again.
You know, I have to admit that I really like that one. After watching it several times, I still laugh every time I see it.
Mechanical contractors often use cranes, but sometimes they use levers and fulcrums when using a crane just isn't feasible. Here are a couple of installation contractors that remind me very much of Laurel and Hardy.
Yep! Just like Laurel and Hardy. But as funny as that video is, there are several things that just aren't right about it. What contractor will move a spindle that large by manual labor anymore? Because of unions, contractors use heavy lifting equipment for any work that big.
Why didn't they take the cable off of the spindle and move it up via the elevator? And notice the black mat right where the spindle goes through the "window." That spot is clearly where a door would normally be.
Unfortunately, this one is fake, but it's a good fake and it's funny. So we will let it ride.
In the next one you have to notice the dog, which is a Pomeranian, I think. It is just like the dog in the clip from A Fish Called Wanda. And nope! That's no coincidence.
I knew someone with a Pomeranian when I was young, and that blasted dog would bark and bite constantly. I cannot count how many times that dog bit me. So any time a Pomeranian gets it, my heart dances an Irish jig.
That's another reason to like A Fish Called Wanda. Sorry animal lovers. Dogs? I love them, but Pomeranians? No Thanks.
The crane versus the Pomeranian:
Didn't you just love it when the crane operator ran away? Yes, he is in big trouble. If they ever try to enact a law requiring crane operators to be licensed, be sure to oppose it because we need the videos. That car was totally squashed, wasn't it? Thank you Mr. redneck industrialist crane operator.
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