In "The Princess Bride", Peter Falk is seen holding an HBC mug with the distinctive green/red/yellow/indigo stripes of the Hudson's Bay Company: enter image description here

Was this prop a deliberate insertion, or did this "only in Canada" item simply appear by chance?

  • All I can find on this topic is two sources which say the same thing as you do, that this is an HBC mug, but don't say why... anybody-want-a-peanut.blogspot.com/2011/06/… pl.pinterest.com/pin/340444053059867102/?lp=true
    – TK-421
    Oct 9, 2019 at 6:02
  • Its rare thats props in movies are there by pure chance alone. Especially ones with company names. I expect this to be something for eagle eye viewers to notice Oct 9, 2019 at 8:20
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    What would be the significance if it were deliberate?
    – OrangeDog
    Oct 9, 2019 at 9:54
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    @RayButterworth an insignificant production detail would be trivia, which is off-topic
    – OrangeDog
    Oct 9, 2019 at 13:40
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    @RayButterworth that doesn't make it on topic. We cannot have a separate question for every single prop in every single production asking if the choice was deliberate.
    – OrangeDog
    Oct 9, 2019 at 14:34

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The only thing resembling any sort of a connection is this:

There is a book "The Princess Story" which has one of the HBC's ships in it, which has a similar title to "The Princess Bride". No other relations between the movie and the HBC company can be found online, so it is safe to assume, that this is either meaningless and accidental or some inside joke between director/producer/Peter Falk or someone else. In either of these cases, there is no way any sources confirming such case can be found.

  • Apart from having a similar title, is there any actual connection between this book and The Princess Bride? (either the movie or the original book.) If not, this "connection" doesn't seem like much of a connection at all, and thus the answer only serve to confuse matters. (If yes, however, I would welcome being shown that I'm mistaken.)
    – Steve-O
    Oct 10, 2019 at 13:17
  • @Steve-O that is why I wrote, "resembling any sort of a connection" to prove that there is no real connection, not to confuse
    – TK-421
    Oct 13, 2019 at 8:31

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