I was watching "The Sting" about a week ago, and having seen it quite a few times, I still waited for my favorite line in the movie.
The crew of con-men are discussing their 'mark', a ruthless Irish-American gangster, played by Robert Shaw. They say of him:
"He came out of Five Points, but he's been telling everybody he was born in Forest Hills."
Now having grown up in the latter, I always smile, but the line doesn't make much sense. Firstly, the character is very much concerned with showing how tough he is. As anyone who has seen "Gangs of New York", or knows a little New York history, Five Points, was pretty much the toughest neighborhood that perhaps ever existed in the United States, if not the planet. It made a place like Tombstone, Arizona, seem, like, well, Forest Hills.
A place that every time I go back to, I feel blessed to have grown up in.
Secondly, the move takes place during what appears to be the early part of the Great Depression, and Forest Hills Gardens didn't come into being until 1914 or so. So Doyle Lonnegan couldn't have grown up there.
Also, the 'ragtime' music that served as the leitmotif throughout the film, was popular not during when the the movie is set, but 25 years before.