Thursday, October 4, 2018


Did you ever wonder where Wolfman got his poetic repartee he uses with the phone operator, that's heard over the radio in American Graffiti, as she tries to tell him he has a collect call? You know the segment I’m referring to. Wolfman starts calling her Floyd and then waxes poetically, “Who made the eyes but I?  Floyd, reach out and touch my soul, Floyd!”   It’s profound and hilarious.  It didn’t come out of a vacuum.  Wolfman didn’t just improvise the whole poem.  No.  So, where did it come from? Well, your buddy Kip is here to answer that question that's always burned a hole in the back of your pretty little head. What is the poem Wolfman is reciting to the operator that has every teenager listening to his show on their car radio laughing? Wolfman is loosely reciting a religious poem from seventeenth century orator, poet and Anglican priest George Herbert in which the poem has been used to speak of secular love. The poem is called LOVE (III).

I will share the original poem with you but first let’s put it into the context of the film.  We’ll start with the beginning of the aired phone call.

WOLFMAN - Rock 'n' roll will stand, man!  Who is this on the Wolfman telephone?
OPERATOR - Hello, it's collect...
WOLFMAN - Your name is Collette?
OPERATOR - Yeah, collect call for Wolfman...
WOLFMAN - Your name is Collette Call?
OPERATOR - Sir, this is the operator,
WOLFMAN - Are you French operator?
OPERATOR -This is a collect call for Wolfman Jack.
WOLFMAN - I love you, operator,
OPERATOR - Is this Wolfman Jack?
WOLFMAN - Is Floyd there?
OPERATOR - It's for Wolfman Jack...

CAROL - I just love listening to Wolfman.  My mom won't let me at home because he's a Negro. I think he's terrific.  Do you know that he broadcasts from a plane...that flies around in circles all the time?  Do you believe that?

Next Wolfman begins to woo the operator on the other end of the phone with poetry and humor:

WOLFMAN - Floyd, I love you, Floyd, Floyd, is this you, Floyd?  Floyd, I cannot look on thee, Love took my hand and smiling did reply,,, "Who made the eyes but I?"  Floyd, reach out, touch my soul, Floyd!

OPERATOR - Your party's ready, sir,

WOLFMAN - Hello, Floyd!?

CALLER: It’s Matilda!


Wolfman Jack recites the original seventeenth century poem and mixes his own madness and mayhem to make it his own improvised bit of business as any great artist might do.

The following is the original poem, LOVE (III) from which Wolfman borrows and interjects into his conversation with the operator.  LOVE (III) is a spiritual poem that works to speak of secular love.  Readers have found the battle between the ego and its humbleness and how that’s acted out in the verbs to be intriguing.  There’s a fascinating transformation that happens towards the end of the poem as it moves from past tense into present tense.

George Herbert

George Herbert Poem: LOVE (III)

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.
“A guest," I answered, “worthy to be here”:
Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
“Who made the eyes but I?”
“Truth, Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not," says Love, “who bore the blame?”
“My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down," says Love, “and taste my meat.”
So I did sit and eat.

✌   FINE   ✌ 


George Herbert and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Poets  (W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1978)

Mylene Demongeot 1962

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Que pasa?  Today's post features promotional material for the sequel to American Graffiti; MORE American Graffiti.  The often-criticized sequel was first released in the U.S. on August 3, 1979 by Universal Pictures, six years after the premiere of the original film. The 110 minute movie was filmed with Panavision Panaflex (35mm) and Ariflex 16 (16mm) cameras with various aspect ratios.  For the follow up Lucas turned over the writing and directing duties to Bill Norton.  The Pressbook scans that follow are pages of promotional material created and distributed by the film's producers in order to advertise the film.  Often included are various ads to be cut and sent to the local newspaper.  For more on American Graffiti advertising check out your pal, Kip's other related posts:    



The Story (Click on documents to enlarge)

The Story cont.

Cast & Credits


Retrieved 9/22/2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018


Steve (Ron Howard) & his girlfriend, Laurie (Cindy Williams) slow dance at the hop.

For your reading pleasure your buddy, Kip is sharing with you a previously  lost written transcription (complete with typos) of an analysis of American Graffiti which was first presented by Peter Kramer on May 31, 2008 at Modesto’s Celebration of the 35th Anniversary of American Graffiti.  Kramer is not just anybody.  No sir-ee.  He has written several books on cinema and is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, at the University of East Anglia,  England.  Yes, indeed.  I  know you will be grateful for the opportunity to read this.  You can thank me later.  If you don't appreciate me soon you're gonna be hanging on for mercy once I get this sucker rollin'!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Click on waitress to go to Crusin' the Blvd. web page

Salute 2018, The 13th Anniversary CRUISN' THE BOULEVARD, Petaluma's California salute to American Graffiti

Volunteer nonprofit founded in 2005 by a group of classic car & American Graffiti enthusiasts to pay tribute to the film & benefit the community

May 17, 18, & 19th, 2018
Art work: Elise A. Durenberger


This year attending the 2018 event are 3 American Graffiti stars: 
Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins,& Lynn Stewart,

If you thought these actors were only featured in American Graffiti then you are completely wrong, my friend.  Check out the prolific filmography of these amazing stars as listed on the International Movie Database (IMDB)! Read this and you'll maybe have something to talk about with these talented actors besides the same old tired questions about American Graffiti...or worse asking them "So, uhh, have you been in any movies since your appearance in American Graffiti?"

For example, did you know Lynne Stewart who played "Bobbie" the girl with a crush on Kip Pullman in American Graffiti has starred in more than 50 movies, made more than 64 regular T.V. guests appearances (including M*A*S*H*, Lavern & Shirley, Pee Wee's Playhouse and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia & provided the voices for many, many cartoons characters?) It's true! Candy Clark's and Bo Hopkin's resumes are just as impressive.

Also, don't miss the best car team: American Graffiti Tribute Team as they bring back memories of the movie with a combination of original movie automobiles & precisely detailed replicas of the movie cars. 

Cruisin' The Boulevard, Inc.
P.O. Box 4412
Petaluma, CA 94955-4412
(707) 762-3394

~  FINE  ~

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Writing a script can be a lesson in brevity for all potential screen writers.  Before you ask someone to read your entire script, you may want to submit 10-15pp story treatment first. Then if the reader likes what they see they'll ask for more.  

American Graffiti script writers & husband & wife, Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz circa 1973. They, along with George Lucas,were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing a Story or Screenplay. (BTW:  I just love Gloria's Jew-Fro. A true 1970's fashion). According to the screenwriters, Graffiti was a 15pp story treatment submitted to various movie studios first before it was an entire script.

Below is a 3-page synopsis of the film, included in a press packet dated three months before the film's release. They managed to reduce a nearly 2 hour movie into a 3p outline.   (Click on all documents to enlarge. Or, don't do anything.  See if I care.)

A page from an international film program.  Candy Clark signed this for me in 2016.

Below is a cast list from the press book.  Although it's not comprehensive, it is descriptive of which actors were in a particular scene.

* FIN *

To enjoy more pictures and learn more about American Graffiti promotion and advertising see our Nov. 5, 2011 post by clicking on the link below: