The “pizza-guy gangster scare” scene in Home Alone is a staple of Christmastime cinema. For those too young (or old) to remember:
Gangster ‘Johnny’: Who is it?
Pizza Boy: It’s Little Nero, sir. I have your pizza.
Gangster ‘Johnny’: Leave it at the doorstep and get the hell ‘outta here.
Pizza Boy: Okay, but what about the money?
Gangster ‘Johnny’: What money?
Pizza Boy: Well, you’ll have to pay for your pizza, sir.
Gangster ‘Johnny’: How much do I owe you?
Pizza Boy: That’ll be $11.80, sir.
[Kevin drops the money from the door hatch]
Gangster ‘Johnny’: Keep the change, you filthy animal.
Pizza Boy: Cheapskate.
Gangster ‘Johnny’: Hey, I’m going to give you to the count of ten, to get your ugly, yellow, no-good kiester off my property, before I pump your guts full of lead! 1, 2, 10!
Watching Home Alone today, I naturally wondered whether the video that Kevin played to freak out the pizza guy was an actual film. It’s not–the entire thing was made up just for Home Alone. The clip was based on a real movie though…1938’s Angels with Dirty Faces.
The infamous “Gangster Johnny” was played by Ralph Foody in both Home Alone 1 and 2. Good ol’ Ralph was born in Chicago, but settled in none other than Lexington, Kentucky! As a (mildly) famous Hollywood Lexingtonian, he joins the ranks of Steve Zahn, Jim Varney, Ashley Judd, and a very small number of others.
Happy holidays, and stay tuned for more MGW chemistry in 2009!