Originally Posted by Mule
I want a mechanically inclined engine room dwarf, midget, little person or what ever the most politically correct term of the week is.
Trivia of the week:
During WWII, Boeing hired midgets (not the same thing as a dwarf, by the way) to work inside the wings of B-17s and B-29s and other tight places inside the planes.
The famous scene in the movie Casablanca, at the end when the girl leave on the plane and Humphrey Bogart stays behind, was filmed on a tiny sound stage. Casablanca was never intended to become a hit movie. It was considered a B-movie by the studio, and Humphrey was ordered to be in it as punishment for getting too uppity with the studio bosses. So the movies was done on a very low budget.
According to the assistant director who explained this in a documentary I saw, the sound stage was so small that for the "airport" scenes they built a half-scale "plane" for the scenes that have the plane in the background. The plane looked like crap, of course, so to cover this they blew a bunch of fog across in front of it. Then to make the scene more believable to the audience, they made some small pieces of "freight" and had some midgets loading them into the "plane" during the scenes. So the whole thing, while it was only a fifteen or twenty feet behind the actors in the foreground, looked to be the correct size and distance away.