Normally, I’ve been posting edited highlights from the ‘M:I’ behind the scenes book, this time, however, I’d thought I post the entry in full because of how funny I think the story is. Shooting in Arcadia, propman Bob Richards devised a little gag which inadvertently provoked a much bigger one. To break the monotony of location shooting, Richards recorded a silly little “Boom a laka” team song and played it for the crew, then forgot all about it. Later, director (Barry) Crane was setting a scene in which Morris and Lupus were in the woods, manning speakers and a tape recorder, ostensibly playing jungle drum music (to be dubbed later, of course). Just before the take, Richards realized that his nonsense chant was on the tape recorder, and turned the machine’s volume knob all the way down. As Bob relates, “It was the last shot of the day, we were behind schedule again, and working hard to beat the dark. During the take, Barry says to Lupus, ‘Reach over and turn some of the knobs on the recorder so it looks like you’re adjusting the volume.’ “Lupus, who hardly ever hit the right switch in his life, turns the knob way up, and there’s me yelling this team call! Greg’s trying to keep a straight face but can’t, because Lupus falls out of the shot laughing and the entire crew breaks up too. Barry screams, ‘If I told you once, I told you a thousand times, I want only clear tapes on those machines!’ He’s turning red, and the crew, many of whom were afraid of Barry, start disappearing into the dark until it’s just him and Greg Morris and me. Even Lupus walked away!” Crane apologized to Richards the next day but later had a chance to even the score. For the scene in which Hannah finds her hood Dall hanging in her room, only Dall’s feet were to be seen in the shot. To hold the actor, Richards rigged a parachute harness from the soundstage rafters. “How do I know that’s gonna hold the guy’s weight?” Crane asked Richards, who replied that the harness could hold five tons. Finally, to prove his point, Richards himself got into the harness and Crane seized the moment. The prop man was instantly hoisted thirty feet into the rafters and left hanging for almost half an hour while the crew went to lunch.