Tuesday, January 31, 2017
An American Scholar and Murderer
Indiana Jones is an adventurer, but that is only partially true. He is, first and foremost, a scholar, an archaeologist named Henry Jones who trained at the University of Chicago (presumably under James Henry Breasted at the Oriental Institute) and whose research is supported by Marshall College in Connecticut, where he is employed as a professor.
The above clip takes place in a medina in Dakar, Senegal, where, after causing a ruckus, Jones is confronted by a swordsman (though I suspect the swordsman is more than that, too). Jones's murder of this man received the biggest laugh amongst those in the audience for the film's premiere at Prince Rupert's Capitol Theatre in the summer of 1981, a year that few of us seem to remember.