Furs in Film – Night Shift

The 80’s, decade of mega foxes and power furs. Decade that, at the moment, it’s not really easy to find a whole bunch of people broadcasting content from. There are a few gems that appear, for whatever reason, from time to time. Like our next pick, which is notable primarily for the pure length of time the showcase fur appears on screen.

Night Shift – The Film

Henry Winkler spent a lot of time on TV as the Fonze, but like a lot of famous television personalities, was never able to completely translate that small screen success into the big screen. One of the more memorable attempts was Night Shift. At least, memorable to me, but perhaps not for the reason Henry Winkler wants.

Winlker stars as the standard troubled loser Chuck Lumley who, through circumstances that would never occur outside of an 80’s comedy, achieves self esteem and gets the girl. He accomplishes this via his new night shift co-worker Bill Blazejowski’s (young Michael Keaton) wacky plan of running a prostitution ring from the morgue in which they work.

Ah, 80’s hookers. If television and films taught me anything about them, they all wore really great furs.

Night Shift- The Furs

There are a variety of furs in the film Night Shift, though only one receives the kind of screen time it deserves. After their initial success in the world of pimping, Chuck buys his working girl’s a stake in a fast foot restaurant. They arrive rather bundled up in a variety of furs.

Also desperately searching for a springboard to film stardom from a popular television series, Shelly Long is Belinda Keaton, the hooker with a heart of gold, and a small silver fox jacket. Shelly’s fur wardrobe ramps up quickly with the success of their prostitution ring. This is her second fur, not a bad little jacket, but the main event is not far off.

This would that main event, a full length fox coat I believe is referred to as “indigo” or possibly bluefrost. Somewhere between crystal and silver, the fox plays for entire scenes in the film.

Not that I question Belinda’s financial acumen, but the reason this entire scene is played in that wonderful fox coat is the heat in her apartment doesn’t work. One would think with all her newfound “full length fox coat” money that would be simple to correct.

Not that I care, as this circumstance leads to Belinda and Chuck’s first kiss, and a rather drawn out scene in which they try to pull each other’s coats off but fail. If only it were that way in all films.

The tub shot, ’nuff said.

Naturally complications arise and Chuck is arrested. The girls come to bail him out on a cold winter’s night.

Love wins the day, as Chuck rescues Belinda from a life of prostitution and, presumably, gets some blood tests shortly after skipping off into the neon sunset.

Night Shift is a good example of a “long scene fur”.  Certainly unheard of in recent memory, the idea that entire scenes would play out with an actress in a full length fox coat was rare even in the 80’s.  Miss Long was not a particularly great beauty, but she manages to fill out the coat well enough.  A 1982 Morgan Fairchild would have done the coat justice, but then Morgan really didn’t play to the “heart of gold” type required for the film.

Here’s the full gallery: The Furs of Night Shift

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