Superman III Movie Minute #10 – It’s Fun To Work at The Wheat King

SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE #10 - It's Fun To Work at The Wheat King

Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly are back with SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the Man of Steel's third big screen adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Annette O'Toole, and Robert Vaughn, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 45:00-50:00, Gus gets Brad drunk, and kicks off his nefarious plan.

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5 responses to “Superman III Movie Minute #10 – It’s Fun To Work at The Wheat King

  1. I made this joke on one of my podcasts recently, but if the Planet Krypton restaraunt that existed in Kingdom Come was real I would want one of the dishes to be the Philly Flash Cheesesteak. I think that would be popular.

    The older I get the more I both dislike Brad while having level of pity on what a crappy life he must lead. Younger Mike was all, “He’s a jerk and gave Clark a hard time and was just a terrible human being,” and older Mike is all, “He was a jerk, he’s still a jerk, but what a sad life he leads. His best days were in high school. He’s a night watchmen and a drunk.” Like, I still dislike the guy but it’s more of a mature disliking with the knowledge that Brad’s worst enemy is Brad.

    This scene is still kind of funny, but after the fantastic scene with Clark and Lana and Superman saving Ricky this scene definitely makes for a rollar coaster ride. It’s so odd. Like, I know this is all on purpose and I kind of understand the thinking, but it is just so odd.

  2. Well, this episode I learned that Chris & Rob are much better men than I.

    1. I feel no sympathy for Brad’s failings post-high school.
    2. I love Foster Brooks & think his drunk act is still funny despite being politically incorrect.
    3. I’d probably keep the money from the malfunctioning ATM. It’s no different than that extra vending machine candy bar (I try to convince myself).

    I guess I’ve learned nothing from all these decades reading Superman!

  3. So, on liquor cabinets at farm implement dealers.

    Well, it depends on the particular owner or manager, or the cultural/religious make-up of the particular area where one does business, but oh, yes, alcohol is indeed a “lubricant” of trade in the agricultural supply industry. In Alberta, that is really prevalent in the oil patch but it goes on in the equipment dealers as well. As someone who grew up or worked on both sides of the counter, I saw many a deal sealed over a bottle of fine Canadian Club or Crown Royal. On the farm, we were visited often by salesmen of some very expensive machinery, and the “dealing” would often go into the wee hours of the evening, with the sales person, sometimes a banker, would stay over for supper, and then the hard bargaining went on at the kitchen table even after the dishes were cleared. On the other side, I worked for a supplier of irrigation systems for a few summers, and one winter I was left on to help build an addition to the dealer’s building. After the concrete, roof and rough framing were done, I went back to my regular duties off-site building and delivering systems, as the main shell of the building was completed by finishing contractors. Once I walked down a hall, located all of my bosses offices and other pertinent rooms in the layout, there was one locked door that none of the workers, even myself despite being a foreman, was ever allowed into. One day, I caught the salesmen, bosses and some well-heeled farmers heading in that door and quickened my step before the door closed. It was a typical “Ross Webster” style bar set up, right there in the industrial park of the town. The door slammed and I never saw it again — but I can guess a lot of machinery deals were made in that room – Mad Men style, right in the 1980s and ’90s.

    I also found it odd when the film came out that Webster’s “Wheat King” business cornered all markets in the Smallville community — they seemed to be growing the grain, harvesting it, selling it in those big wooden grain elevators, – and selling himself and other farmers the equipment in that dealership where Brad and Gus consumed their “Rye” sandwiches. In the 1980s, that kind of business monopoly was unheard of in the grain business. The farms were family owned, the grain elevators were marketing cooperatives, and the dealerships were usually hometown guys that were also mayors, councillors, and community supporters. Sadly, as I write this in 2021, a lot of “Ross Websers” have made large farms larger, and the grain business is in the hands of such consortiums and vulture capitalists.

  4. I have finally caught up to the current episode to comment “in real time”!

    The computer Gus is using is just a dumb terminal to access the entire network of Websco. I think they mention earlier that he could do the same thing at the corporate headquarters but it would be harder to get in unnoticed.

    I guess that level of access in the branch office sort of explains the security measures. Or maybe it’s to protect against the fact that the boss maybe drinks a bit too much.

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