Very well written article, Mr. Scherstuhl. What I remember is Indy's (that we'd buy a hero named after one the most "meh" states in the country is a testiment to the writing) relationship with Sallah, (too much to ask that they cast an Arab or even a Saphard?) and Sallah's family who save him. That and the African ship captain. The movie went off the rails for me after that.