Over the years of reading, listening, viewing movies and TV, clever phrases or segments stand out from all of the others, where the writing and or performance is exceptional.
“Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it.”
“You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space — but any objections.”
“I took a course in art last winter. I learned the difference between a fine oil painting, and a mechanical thing, like a photograph. The photograph shows only the reality. The painting shows not only the reality, but the dream behind it. It’s our dreams, doctor, that carry us on.”
~ Harvey (Jimmy Stewart)
In the movie “Bringing Up Baby“, Cary Grant plays a disgruntled palaeontologist (David), and Katharine Hepburn, a troublesome heiress (Susan).
When Susan takes David’s clothes, he is forced to wear a negligee and answer the door. He meets Mrs. Random, the woman he was supposed to make a good impression, so she would give a sizeable donation to the museum. Arguably this is the first film where the word “gay” had been used to describe homosexuals. At the time homosexuals referred to themselves as that, but it hadn’t become mainstream in a film. This was an ad-libbed line that Cary threw into the scene.
There were always quick quips when Groucho Marx was around. This is one of many well known quotes.
“One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don’t know.”
~ Animal Crackers
The Thin Man series of movies began in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It was a comedic detective film, about Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they solve a murder case. They began based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. It was followed by five sequels which continue to amuse those who watch decades later.
Nora: I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids.
Nick: It’s not true. He didn’t come anywhere near my tabloids.
Nora: You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don’t you take it?
Nick: I haven’t time. I’m much too busy seeing that you don’t lose any of the money I married you for.
A modern version of Nick & Nora Charles are Richard Castle (writer) & Kate Beckett (NYPD detective). The current TV series portrays a crime novelist (Nathan Fillion), as a ride along with a savvy New York police detective (Stana Katic).
There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking how to kill people: Psychopaths, and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better. Who am I? I’m Rick Castle… Every writer needs inspiration, and I found mine.” [Det. Kate Beckett as Nikki Heat] “And thanks to my friendship with the mayor, I get to be on her case… And together, we catch killers.”
A film that appeals to multiple generations (4 generations in our family), Princess Bride. Who can forget the Dread Pirate Roberts / Wesley and the Princess / Butter Cup; the wonderful, over the top villains and heroes as well as Andre the Giant?
The line every woman wants to hear from their man . . As you wish . . .
“Trin Tragula — for that was his name — was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
~ (Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Pan Books, 1980)
A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect