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Old 04-26-2019, 04:51 PM
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Post Office employees in film and TV


What movies and TV shows have mail men/postal clerks/etc in them?

There was the Night Court episode with the clerk who was a really really slow talker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A78DhtH544

And MIB II had all the people in the post office be aliens.

Also, Cliff Claven from Cheers.

What else?
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:00 PM
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The Postman, although the character is Italian, not USPS.

Not to be confused with The Postman released three years later, with Kevin Costner as the last person with any semblance of a link to the former government in a post-apocalyptic America.

The postal employees in Miracle on 34th Street end up being vital to the plot.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:11 PM
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:18 PM
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Also Mike Wobbles and David McFeely.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:25 PM
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George Wilson from Dennis the Menace is a retired mailman. (Okay, it's primarily a comic strip but it's been adapted for television and movies.)

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Choosing to stay out of jail, he gets a job at the post office working in their Dead Letter Office helping to sort Dead Letters (i.e. mail which, for whatever reason, can't be delivered). Some of the mail he recieves can't be delivered because it's addressed to God, and he accidentally answers (sending them money in the process).
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Jack Albertson (uncredited, but essential) in Miracle on 34th Street
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Three Days of the Condor shows the darker side of Mr Zip.
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Newman (first name unknown).

My favorite Newman quote: "I'll tell you a little secret about ZIP codes: they're meaningless."
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Who could forget Mr. McFeely, from Mr. Rogers, perhaps the most inappropriate name for a children’s show character in television history.
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Old 04-26-2019, 11:41 PM
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For about the last 20 years, none seem to technically be American letter carriers. USPS, like Amtrak and Scouting USA, seems to be fiercely protective of its trademarks, so the uniforms always have to be knockoffs or incomplete.
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Does an Adam Sandler film count?

"I now pronounce you Chuck and Larry"

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Mailman : I heard you mentioned to the gentleman that you thought I was a hottie.
Larry Valentine : Oh, yeah, you know, sorry if I came off a little weird.
Mailman : No, no, no, there's nothing to worry about, sir. I don't bite. Listen, just so you know, if you're ever home alone in the afternoons, I make drop-offs and I always deliver.
Larry Valentine : You know, I am pretty loyal to Chuck.
Mailman : Right, I understand, I'm just saying if you ever wanna explore other feelings, there's no extra postage, and it's always first class.
Larry Valentine : Alright, Anything else you feel you need to say there?
Mailman : I handle with care.
Larry Valentine : Ok Ron, thank you very much, I appreciate it.
Mailman : I'd be happy to come in through the back door.
Larry Valentine : I'm sure you would.
[Shuts door in Ron's face]
Mailman : I'm used to holding large packages.

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Extreme nitpick. Oooooh this is tricky - no he isn't a postman.

Because:
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Whilst a lengthy chunk of Jacob's life is portrayed, in which he is a postman, this life does not in fact occur. (The film uses the same device as Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce.
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Taylor Negron in Better off Dead.
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Who could forget Mr. McFeely, from Mr. Rogers, perhaps the most inappropriate name for a children’s show character in television history.
Remember the time Hannibal Lecter filled in for him? His version of "Speedy Delivery" involved fava beans and a nice Chianti.
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Old 05-05-2019, 04:15 PM
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Here is the same actor playing a mailman in How I Got Into College, by the same director as Better Off Dead.
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:45 PM
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Who could forget Mr. McFeely, from Mr. Rogers, perhaps the most inappropriate name for a children’s show character in television history.
"McFeely" was Fred Rogers' middle name and the last name of his maternal grandfather.
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Jack Albertson (uncredited, but essential) in Miracle on 34th Street
Came to post this. He's the one who decided to forward all the "Dear Santa" letters to Kris Kringle in the courtroom. Great scene when they bring in dozens of bags of mail and pile them on the judge's bench!

This is the original version -- haven't watched any of the others.
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I’ve got two. In “Hollywood Shuffle,” Robert Townsend is going quietly insane trying to make it in the movies. All the while, as he complains about not being able to get work, his grandmother always retorts with “There’s work at the Post Office!”

The final scene has him doing a commercial for the Post Office.

Next, on the children’s program “The Big Comfy Couch” the mail is delivered every day by a friendly fellow named Major Bedhead.
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:20 PM
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Stan Lee as Willie Lumpkin, mail carrier to the Baxter Building, headquarters of the Fantastic Four, 2005.
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Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure there are a couple of porn movies where a postman delivering a package is important to the story.
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A surprising omission from the thread so far - Postman Pat.
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Old 05-06-2019, 04:11 PM
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There is a current TV show called "The Inspectors" that is all about postal inspectors. I've seen it once. I think it is on CBS on their weekend morning edutainment programming. But it is a scripted show, like Law and Order for the USPS.
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Old 05-06-2019, 04:18 PM
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Ed Helms appeared as a postal inspector in a few episodes of Brooklyn Nine-nine
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Old 05-06-2019, 04:56 PM
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The Blues Brothers.
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:50 PM
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OP: What a completely bizarre question.
There's actually a reason for the question, but I have struck out...

I go to my local post office a lot - I have a side business selling books by mail - and have gotten to know most of the people working the front. One is a sweetheart and a good friend, one is a really nice person...

And one strikes me as a stereotypical "postal clerk". To the point that I feel like I've seen him as a type in some show or other.

The closest I could come to describing him right now, is Cliff Claven's personality minus the trivia buff aspect.
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The closest I could come to describing him right now, is Cliff Claven's personality minus the trivia buff aspect.
You mean, like in Firefox?
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Post Office Investigator (1949) - Dimbulb postman becomes involved in a theft of rare stamps.

Jour de fête (1949) - During a once-a-year fair, the inhabitants of a small French town make fun of the postman (Jacques Tati).

Side Street (1950) - Mailman (Farley Granger) shows exceptionally bad judgement and soon regrets it.

Mr. Sycamore (1975) - Postman (Jason Robards) wants to be a tree and is taken to the loony bin.

Postman Blues (1997) - A (Japanese) postman is mistaken for a dangerous criminal.


And of course...

Mail Dog (1947) - Disney short with Pluto in the title role. Hijinx ensue.
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At the start of Buddy, Buddy, the hit man (Walter Matthau) disguises himself as a mail carrier.
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According to Men In Black II, aside from the retired Agent K, pretty much all postal employees are aliens...
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