A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 26, 2022
“Never run a fruit stand in an action movie”

An action movie cliché is the car chase, and a car always seems to drive into a fruit stand on the sidewalk.

“Apart from the above, my major gripe is with the pointless car chase, in which every car chase cliche is rehearsed ( ‘Fruit Stand!’ )” was posted on the newsgroup rec.arts.movies.current-films on June 8, 1996. “The two action visual cliches I can’t stand are: a) the obligatory car-chase-into-the-fruit-stand; and b) the obligatory slow-motion-leap-out-of-the-burning-building” was posted on the newsgroup rec.arts.movies.current-films on December 31, 1997.

“RT @markhoppus: If you own a fruit stand in an action movie, I hope you have insurance for when the car chase barrels through it” was posted on Twitter by abang gimbot on July 22, 2010. “Definitely never want to own a small fruit stand in an action movie” was posted on Twitter by funny things on February 9, 2014.

“One of the worst jobs in the world has to be a fruit stand vendor in an action movie. (via @SamuelHLowe)” was posted on Twitter by Akshay A Pande on June 24, 2015. “One of the worst jobs in the world is to be a fruit stand vendor in action movie” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on July 7, 2015.

“Never own a small fruit stand in an action movie” was posted on Twitter by The LazyLad on February 9, 2014. “NEVER RUN A FRUIT STAND IN AN ACTION MOVIE” was posted on Twitter by Em on January 24, 2021. “Never run a fruit stand if you’re in an action movie” was posted on Twitter by Bob Golen on January 25, 2022.


Google Groups: rec.arts.movies.current-films
5 trailers and The Rock (Spoiler)
Kevin L Gilbert
Jun 8, 1996, 3:00:00 AM
(...)
Apart from the above, my major gripe is with the pointless car chase, in which every car chase cliche is rehearsed ("Fruit Stand!” Siskel and Ebert could cry; “Parking Meters!” I’d add.)

Google Groups: rec.arts.movies.current-films
Action visual cliche
Jill Cozzi
Dec 31, 1997, 3:00:00 AM
The two action visual cliches I can’t stand are: a) the obligatory car-chase-into-the-fruit-stand; and b) the obligatory slow-motion-leap-out-of-the-burning-building.

Twitter
Neil Kramer
@Neilochka
@looneytunes—I’ve seen that music gimmick at least 10 times.  It’s like the knocking over the fruit stand in the action movie.
12:47 AM · Aug 11, 2008·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
K.A Lanna
@Sti11idk4real
Lol RT @DaMilliMan: Y do u have to crash into a fruit stand in EVERY action movie?
11:52 PM · Dec 19, 2009·Twitter Web Client

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abang gimbot
@5Gimbot
RT @markhoppus: If you own a fruit stand in an action movie, I hope you have insurance for when the car chase barrels through it.
2:14 PM · Jul 22, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Funny Things
@FunnyPictures14
Definitely never want to own a small fruit stand in an action movie.
11:26 AM · Feb 9, 2014·twitterfeed

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The LazyLad
@Njabz__
Never own a small fruit stand in an action movie.
1:37 PM · Feb 9, 2014·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
DaReaKsweezyLowbudgit
@KSWEEZY203
If I was ever in an action movie, I would NEVER own a fruit stand.
6:41 AM · Jun 25, 2014·Facebook

Twitter
Akshay A Pande
@akshaay_pande
This!!!!!
One of the worst jobs in the world has to be a fruit stand vendor in an action movie. (via @SamuelHLowe)
5:52 AM · Jun 24, 2015·Tweetbot for iΟS

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/kingstonabood July 7, 2015
One of the worst jobs in the world is to be a fruit stand vendor in action movie.

Twitter
Helping Nonprofits & Business Succeed Since 2010
@BizHelpServices
Never own a small fruit stand in an action movie.
8:54 AM · Apr 21, 2017·Facebook

Twitter
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@modeleight
Definitely never want to own a small fruit stand in an action movie.
11:09 AM · May 25, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/cdre43 August 14, 2018
Fruit stand operators must really hate high speed pursuits
I kind of wonder what happens to these miserable individuals in action movies, don’t you?

Twitter
Em
@EmAsInMoney
NEVER RUN A FRUIT STAND IN AN ACTION MOVIE
12:26 PM · Jan 24, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Bob Golen
@BobGolen
Never run a fruit stand if you’re in an action movie.
9:49 AM · Jan 25, 2022·Twitter Web App

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