K&F Show #31: Smokey and the Bandit!






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Episode 31

Welcome to Episode #31 of the Kibbe and Finnegan show! If you’re new to the show, Mike Finnegan and I have taken our Dukes of Hazzard fandom and turned it into a full fledged automotive podcast Gong Show of sorts, completed with a full episode review from The Dukes of Hazzard. It’s every 40-year-old’s dream, right?






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-Rob Kibbe


For the money, for the glory, and for the fun. Mostly for the money. Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Smokey and the Bandit!

K&F Show Summary:

In this episode of K&F we’re taking a quick break from the Dukes of Hazzard to focus on the movie that is arguably the very best car comedy of all time; Smokey and the Bandit! 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the movie so we chose to break it down in just the way you think we would: focusing on Gleason’s most inappropriate yet fantastic swear-laced-liners and talking about flying Trans Am’s. Quite frankly, without Smokey and the Bandit the Dukes of Hazzard would never have been a reality. As a total bonus, there are THREE future Dukes of Hazzard stars in this movie as well.

This movie is a perfect 10 our of 10 corndogs!


Rob’s Broadcast Hero Played the Bandit:

On a somewhat related to this podcast, I spent last weekend with my local broadcasting hero recreating the 4th wall scene of Smokey and the Bandit as a lead in to their popular Sunday Night TV sports show titled SoundOff. His name is Keith Murphy of WHO-TV and KXNO Radio, and I’ve patterned a lot of our show after their radio show.

Keith played the Bandit as well as Burt did – maybe better! We used my friends 34,000 mile all original 1977 Trans Am, 400ci, 4-speed, non A/C, little Hurst T-Tops, original paint car. It drove remarkably well, and the seats were so comfortable! Keith had not driven a manual transmission since his high school days buy had it figured out pretty quickly. The scene is below.


Legit Movie Info:

Directed by: Hal Needham

Written by:
Hal Needham … (story) &
Robert L. Levy … (story)

James Lee Barrett … (screenplay) and
Charles Shyer … (screenplay) &
Alan Mandel … (screenplay)

Starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Fields, and Jerry Reed

-Smokey and the Bandit was the #3 Box office movie of 1977:

1. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
Votes: 979,846 | Gross: $460.94M

2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr,Melinda Dillon
Votes: 147,460 | Gross: $128.30M

3. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry
Votes: 34,292 | Gross: $126.74M



Trans Am Background:

-The Black and Gold Theme of the Trans Am came from a combination of wanting to do something special for the 50th anniversary of Pontiac…and John Player’s black-and-gold trimmed F1 race car!



Random Yet Awesome Movie Facts:

-Hal Needham came up with the idea for this movie while filming another one. They had Coors beer and it had been bootlegged in to where they were filming.

-Three Dukes of Hazzard stars were in this, and two spoke – Ben Jones (Cooter) and Sonny Shroyer (Enos). John Schneider is in there somewhere as well and was an extra. He claims to have faked his way on set saying he was late for makeup, got it, spent the day, and had lunch.

-Paul Williams (Little Enos) is a famous song writer…and wrote we’ve Only Just begun and a number of other hits. He also wrote Rainbow Connection And the lyrics to the show theme from the Love Boat!

-Junior was played by Mike Henry – who played real football for the Steelers in the late 50’s, starred as Tarzan in 3 movies, was in the Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, and was Donald Pinopscott on MASH!

-This movie was Hal Needham’s directorial debut. Universal only went for it because his best fiend Burt Reynolds said he would star in it.

-Burt Reynolds wanted Sally Fields – who was not wanted by the studio execs. She was known as the Flying Nun, not as a sex symbol. He said she was smart and smart is sexy. It worked.

-Fred the dog was actually Burt’s dog. They did a major dog search competition and gave up trying to use any of the entrants.

-The Trans Am’s were 1976’s dressed up to look like 77’s. Sources claim that anywhere between 4 and 10 were used, but all sources confirm that no car survived. By the second movie Pontiac supplied all of the cars and Burt was offered a free Trans Am every year for the rest of his life. The new Pontiac president killed that deal after 1980. Rick Schmidt of NPD owns the first one given to him – it was a 1978.

-Alan Gibbs was the Stuntman that doubled the Bandit, did the driving, and did the jump. In the biker bar scene with Jerry Reed he’s the guy in the yellow shirt that punches him out.

-Alan Gibbs doubled the Bandit, and Stunt Woman Janey Brady doubled Sally Fields. The two were married to each other during the filming of movie!

-The scene in the “choke and puke” was added in at the end to give Burt and Jackie a chance to share the screen together – and it was the only scene in the movie that did that. It was almost entirely improvised.

-Jackie Gleason improvised about 90% of his lines.

-Jerry Reed improvised “honey hush” and a number of other famous lines.

-The movie editors were nominated for an OSCAR, but lost to the editors of Star Wars

-Henry Corden – the second voice of Fred Flintstone – dubbed in all of Jackie Gleason’s lines without swears (SCUM BUM). Interestingly enough, Fred Flinstone was actually patterned off of Jackie Gleason in the Honey Mooners!




TRAXXAS winner announced…and we actually have an e-mail list now!

Didn’t win the truck? No worries – you can still get one for a great deal!

Special congrats go to KF Show Listener Ian Hart on winning the TRAXXAS giveaway truck! Per Ian he listens to every show, and spent all day ripping donuts and flying around. Ian said, “The LIPO is SO FREAKING FAST!!! I definitely had to knock it down to 50% for the kids to even have a chance driving it… WOW!” Congrats, dude! If you didn’t win, TRAXXAS has a great deal going right now. Just click the picture above and you’re good to go!

Also, as a result of this contest we have finally set up an e-mail list so that we can e-mail out info when shows are ready to go. We also send out funny stuff and take polls for the show too, and I’m sure we’ll give away something in the future again too. Just visit http://www.kfshowgiveaway.com to sign up. You’ll get a follow up e-mail that confirms you’re not a robot, and once you’ve clicked the acceptance link you’re done. That’s it!


Dream Board Update: Goals to Accomplish Before Episode 200

Coca Cola Corporation take note. This is how awesome sponsoring our show would be. Even when driving Ferrari F-430 race prepped track cars Kibbe can only think about how refreshing a Diet Coke would be.

1. Get Diet Coke to Sponsor us….or just Kibbe.

2. Be characters in the Disney/Pixar movie, Cars 3. Finnegan is the General. Kibbe…is wishing he was the General.

3. Syndicate the show onto TV and radio, having awesome guests in studio, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on regularly to be our best friend.

4. Get John Schneider himself on the show with us. Pray to God he actually likes us and isn’t freaked out.

5. Blow up the podcast so that it becomes a regular weekly show, interviewing celebrities, and actually providing a living for us capable of allowing us to race cars anytime we want plus let our wives get the shoes they like.

6. Get our own studio.

7. We each get a General Lee (real car – not a toy).

8. Get a Voiceover Guy to announce the segments.

9. Jump a car together. Kibbe wants to go 30-feet vertical.

10. Make a Dream GL that is based off of a 1973 NASCAR Charger (like the 1/16th scale AMT model)

11. Kibbe needs a new wallet to replace his “George Costanza”.

12. Mike to get a new truck for legit towing. DONE!


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