He was drunk because he was an alcoholic. He and Drefuss nearly went to blows several times, and Drefuss hated working with Shaw whom he considered a drunk and very unprofessional. Drefuss had just come off The Goodbye Girl and was quite full of himself.One of my favorite movies of all time, and such a great scene. I agree that no one could really deliver that scene Shaw did. He was actually drunk on the set when they filmed the scene, for the sake of realism.
I have to watch that movie EVERY TIME IT SHOWS ON TV. LOLYes, she was very sexy. Yvonne DeCarlo.
Fred Gwynne (also the Judge in formerly mentioned My Cousin Vinny) was Herman Munster.
And speaking of hot, sexy and Vinny -- Marisa Tomei as Ms. Monalisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny.