double take

double take
  a comedic convention that refers to the way in which an actor first looks at an object (subject, event, scene, etc.), then looks away, and then snaps his head back to the situation for a second look - with surprise, disgust, sexual longing, etc.; a variation is termed a spit-take (the double-take causes the character to spit out whatever he is drinking)
  Example: W.C. Field's double-take at a black bank customer in a teller line in The Bank Dick (1940)

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  • Double Take — Filmdaten Deutscher Titel: Die doppelte Nummer Originaltitel: Double Take Produktionsland: USA Erscheinungsjahr: 2001 Länge: 88 Minuten Originalsprache: Englisch …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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