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Don Draper
12-18-2008, 01:54 PM
How many instances can we come up with "the scene"? You've seen it a hundred times - a static long shot of a hallway with multiple doors facing each other. One or more folks are being chased by opponents. They chase each other through one door, to emerge through another, then another, then another. Popular in cartoons, but there are live action examples.

Here's an example of one such chase in this Snoopy (http://youtube.com/watch?v=kDBAbtyeH9c&feature=related) cartoon. It starts about at 5:58 minutes into the clip. (I couldn't find a shorter clip that just cut to the chase *Ba-dump bump!*)

This is such a standard trope, that I can't believe it doesn't have a name for it. Anybody know what this is called? How old is this gimmick? Was it originally a cartoon trope or did it originate in live-action movies (I wouldn't be surprised to know the Three Stooges or Oliver & Hardy did at one time or another.)

Bosstone
12-18-2008, 02:02 PM
Scooby Dooby Doors (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScoobyDoobyDoors). :D

garygnu
12-18-2008, 02:04 PM
Know often as Scooby Doo Doors (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ScoobyDoobyDoors), it's been around. The earliest use listed here is 1931 in a "Flip the Frog" cartoon. A search on Wikipedia comes up with a claim that the Three Stooges used it, with no cite.

beat

jayjay
12-18-2008, 02:25 PM
Exorcist II? (The night nurse big scissor scene)

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
12-18-2008, 02:40 PM
It's not a chase, but there's a scene like this in Yellow Submarine when Old Fred follows Ringo into a hallway lined with doors where they gather the other Beatles. Everytime they enter a door, the hallway fills with monsters and assorted surrealistic objects darting in and out of the doors.

cher3
12-18-2008, 02:49 PM
Isn't that pretty much the whole length of Noises Off?

DrFidelius
12-18-2008, 04:23 PM
I once heard a show described as a typical French farce: six actors, five doors and everyone ends up in their underwear.

Tom Tildrum
12-18-2008, 04:38 PM
This doors thing was a recurring trope in Benny Hill, I think. With comical clarinet music in the background.

SirRay
12-18-2008, 04:40 PM
A search on Wikipedia comes up with a claim that the Three Stooges used it, with no cite.
Heh, the Three Stooges used it a lot in their shorts (often using recycled footage) - one example was 'For Crimin' Out Loud', but there were many more.
A slightly different example (no criminal intent involved) was 'A Merry Mix-up', where three sets of 'identical' triplet Stooges (9 stooge 'brothers' all together) run in and out of the doors of a Nightclub hallway, confusing the heck of a frustrated waiter (well, he had a cleaver, so maybe some criminal intent was involved) :p .

Don Draper
12-18-2008, 05:16 PM
Exorcist II? (The night nurse big scissor scene)

I am never going to be able to see that scene the same way again.

Conversely, I will never be able to see a Scooby Doo cartoon using this bit without imagining Shaggy getting beheaded...

jayjay
12-18-2008, 05:25 PM
I am never going to be able to see that scene the same way again.

Conversely, I will never be able to see a Scooby Doo cartoon using this bit without imagining Shaggy getting beheaded...

My work here is done, then!

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
12-18-2008, 06:23 PM
It's still used, including in one episode of Teen Titans! GO!

Valgard
12-18-2008, 06:40 PM
Jackie Chan's "Mr. Nice Guy" had one. It takes place in a construction site so there's no roof (camera can follow the action from overhead) and it's high off the ground so eventually someone has to open a door and start to charge through before realizing they're about to leap into thin air.

Here you go, starting at ~3:30.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BDXUB-iJTwM

gotpasswords
12-18-2008, 07:16 PM
This doors thing was a recurring trope in Benny Hill, I think. With comical clarinet music in the background.
Saxophone, actually. The tune is called Yakkity Sax (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gpc5_3B5xdk&NR=1).

phouka
12-18-2008, 11:21 PM
I know for sure that Bugs Bunny did it with Elmer.

Was it Rabbit of Seville?

Alan Smithee
12-19-2008, 12:53 AM
Doctor Who (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zw_RHXEZEgE)

cochrane
12-19-2008, 01:34 AM
There was one in the South Park episode "Cartman Joins NAMBLA."

SunSandSuffering
12-19-2008, 04:40 AM
Exorcist II? (The night nurse big scissor scene)

Nitpick: Exorcist 3 Legion actually - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zH8ynu0jRvY

jayjay
12-19-2008, 07:59 AM
Nitpick: Exorcist 3 Legion actually - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zH8ynu0jRvY

Dammit. I KNEW I was going to cite the wrong sequel! Thank you.

Khadaji
12-19-2008, 08:10 AM
It has been (too) many years, but I would swear the Monkees did it in at least one episode.

Bumbershoot
12-19-2008, 08:44 AM
When the Three Stooges did it, at some point Curly would usually be seen nonchalantly strolling from one door to another, as if nothing unusual was happening.

WarmNPrickly
12-19-2008, 08:51 AM
Stangely, ever since Doctor Who did it, I had been thinking to ask where this originated.

FTR, my earliest example I can think of is The Monkees. I think they did it more than once.

Spoke
12-19-2008, 10:48 AM
This seems like it would have been a good silent film gag. I'll bet it's an old Keystone Cops (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Cops) bit.

Zebra
12-19-2008, 11:31 AM
Saxophone, actually. The tune is called Yakkity Sax (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gpc5_3B5xdk&NR=1).



He does use this other tune with a clarinet and and occasional trumpet with plunger mute. It's more a vamp than a tune.

Hunter Hawk
12-19-2008, 11:42 AM
Buster Keaton did something similar (albeit with a stage set rather than a hallway) in the short "The Playhouse" in 1921.

Shawn1767
12-19-2008, 02:36 PM
didn't they do this in an episode of Seinfeld with Jerry and Newman?

Annie-Xmas
12-19-2008, 02:43 PM
Fraiser had a marvelous scene set in a ski lodge, where everyone kept popping in and out of bedroom doors, looking for the person they wanted to sleep with and falsely thought said person wanted to sleep with them.

SirRay
12-19-2008, 03:36 PM
didn't they do this in an episode of Seinfeld with Jerry and Newman?'The Soul Mate' - I think they were only running down various hallways in the building, not popping in or out of doors. I seem to remember Jerry catching Newman by hiding behind a corner and grabbing a out-of-breath Newman, but I could be misremembering...

appleciders
12-19-2008, 04:00 PM
Isn't that pretty much the whole length of Noises Off?

Yes. Yes, it is. And it's amazing.

cochrane
12-20-2008, 01:21 AM
There is a scene in "Looney Tunes: Back In Action" in which Elmer Fudd chases Bugs and Daffy in and out of famous works of art in the Louvre, such as The Scream and The Persistence of Memory. While not precisely a chase through doorways in a corridor, it is basically a similar concept as the chase goes in and out of paintings on opposing walls and in various directions across the museum floor.

JpnDude
12-20-2008, 09:53 AM
Not a movie but a stage show at Tokyo DisneySea. There is a scene that has a chase through a "hallway" involving many doors.

From 2:40 on in this video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=gvl2EGBQv0w

Suburban Plankton
12-20-2008, 01:59 PM
Doctor Who (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zw_RHXEZEgE)

I'm certain that it was done in an 'original' Doctor Who episode as well. I'm seeing Tom Baker, which would seem to fit. But I can't for the life of me recall any more details in order to narrow it down to a particular story.

eleanorigby
12-20-2008, 09:20 PM
The cartoon (animated film?) Yellow Submarine has a scene like this.

kunilou
12-21-2008, 10:02 PM
Fraiser had a marvelous scene set in a ski lodge, where everyone kept popping in and out of bedroom doors, looking for the person they wanted to sleep with and falsely thought said person wanted to sleep with them.

Leading to Frasier's pithy denoument line:

Wait, wait, wait. Let me see if I've got this straight. All the lust coursing through this lodge tonight, all the hormones virtually ricocheting off the walls, and no one... was chasing me?... See you at breakfast.

Kizarvexius
12-22-2008, 11:20 AM
I seem to recall the gag being used in a somewhat forgettable 70's Disney flick called No Deposit No Return, starring David Niven and Don Knotts. I could be wrong since I haven't seen the movie since...oh....1981 or so.

Drain Bead
12-22-2008, 03:05 PM
It was used in the episode of Family Guy where Peter had a stroke from eating too many fast food burgers.

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