In the dim recesses of my mind somewhere is the memory of a very strange short film I saw once. I’m wondering if anybody else can place it.
Most of the film featured various odd sequences involving watermelons rolling around and getting smashed, with a soundtrack that chanted “watermelon … watermelon …”. This was long before Gallagher and his “sledge-a-matic” routine, BTW. An image that sticks in my mind is that at one point a machete cuts a watermelon in half, and some hands start removing animal entrails from inside it.
There was a film in the 1970s starring Charles Bronson called Mr. Majestik (sp?) where he played a watermelon farmer being pressured by the mob and a lot of watermelons got smashed, but I don’t remember the chanting. It may or may not be the film you are thinking about.
I cringe to think exactly how dorky this is going to make me sound.
In the mid-70s, there was a variety show featuring The Captain and Tenille. I remember watching (my parents made me, dammit) and they had a short every couple of weeks or so called The Bionic Watermelon. It involved a watermelon falling off the back of a truck and being put back together, a la The Bionic Man. Each week, the watermelon would be featured foiling some madcap crime in some boffo manner.
TV time - a five minute short, not a full length movie. They ran it ahead of the main feature in a campus theatre in the 70’s.
Watermelon Man - Oh, yes, you were. You looked just like Godfrey Cambridge. (pretty good movie, actually).
Tommy the Cat - I wonder if Captain & Tenille’s writers saw the damned short feature. This was some screwy “art film” short, I’m sure, and C&T would never have done the bit with “gutting” the watermelon - it was gross enough to make many of the people in the theatre go “ewwww”. Still, the short might have “inspired” their standard bit.
12 years later, I see your query. Watermelon, watermelon. I know exactly the piece you’re referring to. It was wonderful. Did you ever find out how to view it again? I saw it in '67, as part of a Janus after-hours show in DC. I still smile when I recall it and wish I could see it again and show my children