The Changeling part 5 of 11
Scott stars as Dr. John Russell, a composer living in New York City, who moves cross-country to Washington state following the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter in a traffic accident while on a winter vacation in upstate New York. In suburban Seattle, Russell rents a large, old, and eerie-looking Victorian-era mansion and begins piecing his life back together.
However, Dr. Russell soon discovers that he has unexpected company in his new home when a poltergeist, the ghost of a murdered child, haunts the house. It shatters windows, abruptly opens and shuts doors, and manifests itself during a seance. Russell investigates and finds that the mystery is linked to a powerful local family, the heir of whom is a wealthy United States Senator.
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My vote for the quickest reel librarian EVER? The Microfilm Clerk in The Changeling (1980). Behold:
Starting the timer...
.. and 4 seconds later!
If this library clerk (played by David Peevers) had set up this microfilm in 4 minutes, I would have been impressed! But this scene demands suspension of disbelief, as the young clerk is able to take the microfilm box out of the drawer (top screenshot), roll the microfilm out of its box, thread it through the microfilm reader in the next room, AND spin it through to the requested article - all in 4 seconds (!!!!). WOW. He personifies the concept of "efficiency" for all librarians ever after.
Not sure what microfilm is? Read more about it here. The microfilm reader - kind of looks like a computer, right? - can be seen in the 2nd screenshot above.
Where were we? Oh yes, the fastest reel librarian ever. The library clerk is a young, white male with short brown hair and mustache, and he wears a fairly conservative brown sweater and dark collared shirt. He begins the reference interview with "1909? I'll set it up for you" and leaves them with "It's all ready to go, and the scanner's on the right." They thank him for his help (yay!).
Ok, a little context. In this atmospheric thriller, George C. Scott plays John Russell, whose wife and daughter are killed in a freak road accident. He rents a house with a mysterious - and murderous - past and goes about researching the tragedy he believes the house is trying to communicate to him. John first goes to the local Historical Preservation Society and meets Claire (played by then-wife in real life, Trish Van Devere), who joins him on his research quest. Their next step is the local library, to look up newspaper articles from 1909.
Note: This is in a time period before full-text articles become available through electronic library databases - but some newspaper archives are still only available through microfilm or microfiche. Not sure what an electronic library database is? Read all about ‘em here.
The label on the microfilm box? It reads "Seattle Daily Times, Jan. 13, 1909 thru Feb. 22, 1909," which fits John's inquiry. However, this drawer of microfilm is not organized very well, as one box of the Seattle Daily Times sits next to Farm Electrical Studies in the Pacific Northwest. But hey, with the fastest librarian in the West on your staff, who needs organization?!
John gets more help when he goes to the Hall of Records. The Archives Clerk (Robert Monroe), an older white male with glasses, thinning hair, and white beard and mustache, is quite tall and wears a dark shirt and grey blazer. He shows John property atlases of Seattle and helps explain the system of maps and legends.
Although the two male librarians in this film combine for very little screen time, they are helpful and efficient Information Providers - supplying information vital to John's discovery of the film's central mystery. It is also refreshing how the film showcases an effective research strategy. Remember, ask a librarian!