The Celluloid Pantry: Dry White Toast, Four Whole Fried Chickens and a Coke, and The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Celluloid Pantry: Dry White Toast, Four Whole Fried Chickens and a Coke, and The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Nora Maynard
Sep 26, 2006

Restaurant orders can be as distinctive as fingerprints. A one-of-a-kind friend of ours would always line up "a white wine, a coffee, a glass of water—and something to drink," as soon as he sat down.

Same holds true for Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) of The Blues Brothers (1980). Recently sprung from Joliet Prison, Jake, along with his brother, Elwood, is on a mission to come up with the cash to save the Catholic home where they were both raised. But first they have to get the old band together. One of their key stops is The Soul Food Café, where Matt "Guitar" Murphy now works. Matt is back in the kitchen, cooking, when his wife (Aretha Franklin) reports some unusual customers out on the floor.

"What do they want to eat?" Matt asks.
"The tall one wants white toast, dry, with nothin' on it."
Matt smiles in recognition, "Elwood!"
"And the short one wants four whole fried chickens and a Coke."
"And Jake!" Matt races out to the floor, "The Blues Brothers!"

- Nora

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