CPR has been on screen countless times, but sometimes more memorable than others. One of the most memorable is the one in The Sandlot. Set in 1962, it is about a boy who is new to the neighborhood that makes friends with the kids at a local lot where they play baseball every day. It’s a modern classic, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s a very fun movie that takes you back in time and is entertaining for the whole family.
The scene featuring CPR is one that has become classic, and is one that isn’t really a life and death situation. The boys go to a pool whenever it gets too hot for baseball, where there is also a lifeguard that they all go to see. This time, however, Squints can’t take it anymore, and decides to carry out a plan he’s had for years. He can’t swim, and they all know it. He heads for the deep-end and goes off the diving board. To the rescue is the lifeguard, Wendy, and the CPR starts.
“Michael Squints Palledorous walked a little taller that day and we had to tip our hats to him. He was lucky she hadn’t beat the crap out of him. We wouldn’t have blamed her. What he did was sneaky, rotten, low and cool…”
What do you think of the CPR as seen in the film? Is it accurate to what it would have been in 1962?
What other films and TV shows do you recommend that we feature in this series? Are there any classic scenes that you remember for either comical or emotional effect?