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Dumb Dicks (1931) is a terrible movie with a fantastic title, in fact the title is so insightful and applicable that it could probably be used for around half of all movies. Currently, in addition to the 1931 Benny Rubin/Harry Gribbon masterwork, there appears to be only two other Dumb Dicks available; Dumb Dicks (2011, you tube only?) and; Dumb Dicks (1985, aka Detective School Dropouts - boring retitling!), but shouldn't there be even more? 

Truthfully, for serious fans of film Dumb Dicks isn't really all bad. It's an instructive example of low budget short film making from the early days, it showcases two notable practitioners of very broad ethnic humor, it's rough and weird and fearlessly lo-fi. But if you aren't up for a film anthropology experience just roll your eyes, cringe and scream insults at it, that can be fun too!

For more detail and a plot summery of Dumb Dicks take a look at this imdb review.



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We at NYD of course think graffiti is both "neat" and "sneaky" or, in an answer to this amazing film's questioning title — "Graffiti, Fun or Dumb?" — we think it's both FUN and DUMB. This educational film from 1976 not only addresses the classic questions of whether or not graffiti is "valid" and why youth feel a need to rebel but it also has a nice little history recap at the beginning. Everything is wrapped up in awesome 70s fashion package with a theme song so amazing that it is now the official anthem of New York Dumb. Best lyric excerpts -

- Make trouble everywhere, and never seem to care...
- But baby if it's costing money…who's gonna pay?
- Are they big heroes or are they just zeros?

Hear the theme song and take a look at the best educational film on the cultural aspects of graffiti of the 20th century — "Graffiti, Fun or Dumb."

The dialog and voice over in the film is unbelievably campy and funny but also weirdly accurate, like a relevant argument being made in an absurdly unpersuasive style. Most of the comments make a sort of corny sense and oddly the basic discussion points haven't changed in 36 years.

Let us leave you with one of the quiet truths declared in the film, "For a time there was a certain romance attached to graffiti, it was something one did to declare oneself against authority, like funky old clothes, long hair and hip talk." Thankfully, even after almost four decades there is still a certain romance involved, and thank frickkin' god that we still have the hip talk!

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Song lyrics for the theme song of Graffiti Fun or Dumb

Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes either fun or just dumb
You know there are kids at school
some of them break the rules
Hey is it fun or just dumb?

Why does it have…(unsure of this line)
Some of us do… (also not sure what this line is)
Make trouble everywhere
and never seem to care
Hey is it fun or just dumb?

Maybe what their doing's funny
maybe it might look that way
But baby if it's costing money
I wonder what it will cost - who's gonna pay?

Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes either fun or just dumb
Are they big heroes or are they big zeros?
Cause either it's fun or just dumb
Either it's fun or just dumb


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Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, writers and stars of the original British TV-series "The Office" have given us a glimpse into the British mind coming of age in their movie Cemetery Junction. And why else would that glimpse be interesting except that it is also a glimpse of a big red penis (or "knob" as our friends across the water so delightfully put it), drawn on a real estate billboard's typically ernest salesman, and some scribbled in smutty talk from the children of this typical family, and some knockers drawn on the typical wife for good measure (spot on!) The Brits really seem to understand the worldview of New York Dick, although in this case we're seeing an example of nasty red Cemetery Junction dick.

Released straight to dvd this summer Cemetery Junction hasn't received as much notice as it should, but it's a fine film and it absolutely has the best advertising defacement by penis drawing scene in years. It has Johnson (™) contender written all over it (the Johnson being the coveted NYD award for best penis graphic, penis drawing or dick-ish visual in pop culture).

Click here to get all the details at Imdb (unfortunately the trailer does not feature the fabulous knob scene, bollocks!)