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Nominations for Best Pipe Movie?

I'm nominating "The Quiet Man" with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.  Must be a pipe in almost every scene.  Half the cast smokes pipes at one time or another through the movie!


  • Your right, even the IRA man smokes a pipe in that, that movie was so good it affected a good part of my adult life.
  • PhilipPhilip Enthusiast
    Can't think of anything that could top The Quiet Man so I won't even try. 

    For best supporting role by a pipe in a movie; I'll go with the Agatha Christie movie Evil Under the Sun in which the diamond was hidden in the pipe. Note to would-be-thieves. If you want to hide something in your pipe like a diamond, go ahead and light up so it doesn't look suspicious, the diamond will be fine although it will probably effect the draw. 

    For Leading Lady smoking a pipe I'll nominate Eva Green in Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children.
  • Ole' John Thornton!!
  • CACooperCACooper Enthusiast
    My vote is for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Cary Grant and Melvyn Douglas are puffing their pipes virtually from first frame to last, especially Douglas. Even the architect Simms and the house painter sport pipes. Great stars, great story, great era. Very funny film and highly recommended.

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  • Good choice Mr Blandings is one of my favroites !
  • I'm a horror movie fanatic with a special love for the old Universal Monster Classics, so I'd list my favorite pipe movie as "The Wolf Man" with Lon Chaney Jr. Just like the @mfresa pick "The Quiet Man" it seems like ever cast member - except the Wolf Man - can be seen smoking a pipe a sometime throughout the movie. I think I counted five of the main characters - as well as a few extras in the Gypsy camp. 
  • There's a few good ones out there...
  • Any Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movie, or any Italian spaghetti western with Lee Van Cleef.
  • Dunno what this is about, but here it is:

    <<Father the Flame will be a feature-length documentary about slowing down, embracing life, and learning something in the process. It's also about tobacco pipes.

    We will delve into the modern world of the pipe culture, explore the historical journey of the tobacco pipe and show the making of a pipe from harvesting briar in Italy to a finished pipe made by a craftsman in a remote corner of upper Michigan. Through interviews, narration, and cinematic imagery we will explore the timeless and transcendant nature of pipes.

    We have currently over half way through production and into post-production. We still need your support so,  visit our Donate/Merchandise page. To see what we've done so far, check out our Trailers.>>

  • It's not a "pipe" movie per se, but one of the funniest comedies (dramady?) ever made and there was at least one scene when a character was smoking a pipe.  The movie is "This is Spinal Tap" and the scene is the bass player Derek Smalls being interviewed by Rob Reiner (Marty Di Bergi) about his role in the band.  I vote for Spinal Tap in the category "best comedy movie with a scene where a lead smokes a pipe". 

  • @motie2 - They have been "producing" that documentary for at least two years and asking for donations. It was supposed to be finished last year. 
  • Oh well. I thought it kind of interesting. Thanks for the heads up.
  • hloakeshloakes Newcomer
    I agree with Mr Blanding Builds His Dream House. 
  • Totally agree with Mr Blandings and The Quiet Man. Just finished a scond watch of Hatfields and McCoys on Netflix. Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield really makes me "need" a Devil Anse pipe.
  • @motie2, PappyJoe is correct. If I remember correctly, I first read about the documentary featuring Lee von Erck, back in the fall of 2012. I believe they had a page on Facebook promoting it, with a link to their page where they were raising money for the project. I was really looking forward to seeing the finished product. Hopefully they have not thrown in the towel yet.
  • The Enemy Below has quite a few sailors smoking pipes. I don't think Robert Mitchums character did but his medical officer did and think Master Chief did as well. 
  • As a film school graduate, I'd honestly suggest giving Father of the Flame the benefit of the doubt. From what I understand, this is a side passion project for the crew. Film making has many pitfalls for finances, with lots of spinning plates to keep going. If they're having a hard time, and are short on cash, I can't say I'm surprised or blame them.
  • @cacooper I just recently moved and found out that across the street is one of Mr. Blanding's Dream Houses. I guess as part of a promotion to the movie they built 73 of the Blandings houses across the U.S. The one in my neighborhood is in pretty sad shape but it looks as if they are starting the renovation of it this week. 



  • CACooperCACooper Enthusiast
    Very cool! Do the owners know what they've got? It's a piece of movie history! From what I can see, the front door is in a different location, it's lacking dormers, and it's missing a chimney, but other than that it looks about the same. A lot of the homes were customized at the buyers request. Hope they restore it to it's former glory. The original movie house still in existence. It is located in what is now Malibu Creek State Park in California and serves as the park's headquarters. Here's a photo circa 2014:


    And here it is, in "Connecticut", brand spankin' new in 1947:

  • @cacooper  When one of the neighbors saw me smoking my pipe they told me about the house. The neighborhood is aware of the houses history so I would assume the owners do as well. I would love to purchase the place if the opportunity comes my way.
  • Here is an article about some of the replica houses. I'm in California, but I guess quite a few were built across the country.
  • Smokingpipes.com announces a new C&D blend with a movie tie-in (We've mentioned the film before in this thread)

    <<.... this isn't just another Small Batch run. It's actually a special tribute to Father the Flame, the first feature-length documentary of its kind, focused entirely on pipes and pipe tobacco. With the film now in post-production, C&D decided to show their support for the venture by producing another run of Straight Up English — this time with unique Father the Flame tin art, and complete with a special note from the sponsors about the film. What's more, a portion of the proceeds from each tin will go directly to the Father the Flame team fund, helping to support this unique pipe smoking dream as it nears the finish line.>>

  • I heard they're planning a screening of Father the Flame at Chicago Pipe Show this year
  • NicoleSTGLaneLtd


  • I've been laser-focused on the appearance of pipe smokers in movies while I watch films and started jotting them down in a notebook. And as is my normal viewing habits I'm a regular horror flick aficionado. So the bulk of my viewing are films of that ilk. And one can't help but take note of the evolution of violence in movies ... horror films in particular. And for someone like me it doesn't matter. I've become so desensitized by disemboweling, decapitation, and cannibalism I can eat a plate of spaghetti while watching without a single wretch. And since I'm retired, with a lot of free time on my hands thought I'd see what movie reviewers had to say about movie violence back in the 40s', 50s' and 60s' and discovered this interesting - and now, somewhat comical critics reaction to the movies of his time. It was written by prominent film critic Herbert Kretzmer pertaining to the state of horror films as he saw it back in 1957, making a public appeal to censors, demanding that they crack down on horror films.

    "Film studios within screaming distance of London are echoing every day with the tortured cries of bosomy girls as they flee from demented one-eyed creatures and dame crazed monsters. They are cheap and nasty pictures, made on a shoe-string. Made for morons. The formula is unalterable. Crude sadism laced with leering sex. Sin and sensation lope hand in hand down the horror trail in "Man Without A Body", "Half Human", "The Giant Claw", "Blood Of The Vampire", and "The Woman Eater"

    This poor fellow would have an Honest God conniption fit if he were around to see that category of films we now refer to as 'torture porn' with films like the "Saw" and "Hostel" franchise, "Turista", "Wolf Creek", "Inside", "Frontier(s)", the Friday The 13th, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers movies ... and Heaven forbid those "Human Centipede" flicks that I can't even stomach.

    But come on, films like "The Giant Claw" with it's silly looking flying bird puppet that makes the Japanese Godzilla films look like cinematic special effects masterpieces. Or the ridiculous looking plant-like Triffid wanabe in "The Woman Eater". And "Half Human" ... a movie about the abominable snowman? You gotta be kidding me. He wrote his plea to censors even before Hammer Studios was began remaking the Universal Horror classics like their Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy series but with a dash of Hammer panache ... blood, sex, and graphic violence (at least graphic for the 60s'.)

    Times sure have changed. And the movies that once outranged society are now looked upon as nostalgic poppycock. And maybe in 30 years we'll view the graphic 'torture porn' films of today as we do the Roger Corman/Vincent Price  A.I.P. Edgar Allen Poe movies made in the 60s'.



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  • jfreedyjfreedy Master
    edited November 2018
    Okay... time to wake up an old thread. I just watched Journey's End which is all about WWI (appropriate for this week). Excellent movie but didn't know going into it that pipe smoking would be so significant for one of the main characters, Lieutenant Osborne (played by Paul Bettany). He'll make you proud to be a pipe smoker. It's free on Amazon Prime Video. 

  • Pipes from beginning to end?... For me it's Mr. Blanding's hands down...
  • It is hard to think of a modern film where a pipe was front and center. I would like to go with Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life, and Bing Crosby in White Christmas. I think these are two movies that remind me of a time when a pipe was accepted as something a gentleman was intimately comfortable with and was free to enjoy in public.
  • Journey’s End was released THIS YEAR!! It’s rare nowadays to have a pipe in a movie at all let alone be a significant prop for one of the main characters. The last time you see him with his pipe is the most significant too! You guys gotta watch it!
  • edited November 2018
    I can never remember for sure, whether White Christmas or Holiday Inn came first, but one of them was a re-make of the other one, that had only been out about 2 years, and with quite a bit of the same cast.
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