Any scene about getting nick names?

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Any scene about getting nick names?

I am a teacher and I am starting a unit on names and where they come from. I have a lot of literature about how different people got names and how they feel about them. But I always like to start with a movie clip. I am no expert in this area. Can you think of any movie or TV show that is available on DVD that has a scene about someone getting a name or a nickname? OR someone talks about where their name comes from?

I would be eternally grateful

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  1. John

    Well, the obvious choice is National Lampoons Animal House. The scene where John Belushi assigns pledge names to the new members is a prime example of what you are talking about.

    I can imagine an Academy Awards montage of scenes. Morgan Freemans quick retort, answering how he got the nickname Red. Rhett Butler commenting on Bonnie Blue Butlers eyes, giving her name. Mary McConnell explaining in her halting English how she got her Sioux name, Stands with a Fist, in Dances with Wolves. Michael Corleone telling Kay the importance of his fathers title of godfather. Fred Ward indignantly not letting Life magazine refer to him by his characters real name, Virgil, in The Right Stuff (By the way, if you like this particular scene, it is right after the intermission point, maybe 95 minutes in or so).

    Then throw in a few quick shots of Gilda Radner saying, Rosanne Roseannadanna. Marty Feldman and Gene Wilder arguing about the pronunciation of Frederick Frankenstein and Igor in Young Frankenstein. And, maybe a couple of quick cuts of the horses reacting to Cloris Leachmans Frau Blucher name in the same film. Drop a cut of Harvey Korman forcing people to say HEADLEY Lamarr instead of Hedy Lamarr in Blazing Saddles.

    And, to wrap it up, there is a scene in My Favorite Year where Alan Swann (Peter O Toole) and Benjamin Stone (Mark Linn Baker) confess to changing their names to be successful in show business.

    Not trying to plan your class, of course, but that is what all flashed at me when I read your question.

    Let me know how it turns out! Sounds like an interesting class!

    Thanks, and hope I helped

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