Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Saturday Seven: Classic Movie Lines

If you read Friday night's post, you may know that last night a group of us ended up at Melvyn's, enjoying a few cocktails in the lounge. As I was sipping my martini, I was participating in multiple conversations, depending on how I positioned myself and turned my head. This gave me an interesting perspective, almost like changing channels while watching TV. There were several completely different conversations going on and I would tune in on one for a few minutes and then turn my head and jump into another. Aside from having plenty of laughs, there were two conversations where different individuals referenced a line from a film as part of their conversation. Without warning, this movie line was used, with no mention of the film title, but the participants in the conversation understood the reference and laughed along. I realized how "powerful" the silver screen can be. I started thinking about how many memorable movie lines I could remember, which brings me to another edition of: The Saturday Seven: Classic Movie Lines:

#1. "All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my closeup" Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard (1950)

#2. "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Margo Channing, All About Eve (1950)

#3. "Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men." Tira, I'm No Angel (1933)

#4. "I want to be alone" Grusinskaya, Grand Hotel (1932)

#5. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" Rhett Butler: Gone With the Wind (1939)

#6. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", Dorothy, Wizard of Oz, (1939)

#7. "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" Mel Brooks, Blazing Saddles (1974). update: thanks to a few readers who reminded me that this is of course based on the film "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."

Bonus entry: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." Rick, Casablanca (1942)
Post Script: OK, I admit- this is somewhat of a rehash of a prior Saturday Seven Post, but its such a great topic, and after all I have renovated the site this weekend. Also because I was a little buzzed from the martinis last night, so it was hard to think! Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable,Judy Garland, Mel Brooks, Joan Crawford, Hollywood.

13 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hey, there, PSS! Thanks for stopping by West of Mars; hope you'll come back more often. My fictional character of Trevor often spouts lines that Mae West would be proud of.

Nice of you to let me know you were visiting! Seriously. Come by more often.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Ahhhh Yes! I am familiar with almost all of them...Not the Blazing Saddles one though...That was not a favorite film of mine...All the rest---Yes!
I must put you on my Blogroll---that way I will come over more frequently...I need the quick reminder! (lol) Hope you are doing well...!

Missy said...

Movie quotes are a major part of pop culture. Great post.

Anonymous said...

so true, that is one of those things that we all just do in normal conversations. i like your list. what about this one:
"Go Ahead, make my day"

Lewis said...

So, should I confess that I've only seen The Wizard of Oz? So sheltered and living in the dark, I know. Your celebrating and parties look amazing and like a ton of fun!

Red7Eric said...

Lewis, you must rent All About Eve immediately or risk having your pink card revoked irrecovably!

For my money, all seven lines could have come from that film alone.

1) "That cynicism you refer to I acquired the day I discovered I was different from little boys."

2) "I admit I've seen better days, but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail ... like a salted peanut."

3) "Bill is thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, and he'll look it five years from now. I hate men."

4) "Is it possible, is it even conceivable, that you've confused me with that gang of backward children you play tricks on?"

5) "You'd better sit down; you look a little wobbly."

6) "You're maudlin and full of self-pity. You're magnificent!"

7) "Funny business, a woman's career, the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. It's one career all females have in common - being a woman. Sooner or later we've got to work at it no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing is any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed and there he is. Without that, you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end."

And plenty more where that came from.

Morgen said...

Great movies!
Mae West was a peach, wasn't she?!?

Albert said...

thanks for stopping by my little blog!

But you are Blanche!!! You are in a wheelchair!!! Gotta love Bette!

Anonymous said...

Rick- Albert is right, you left off one of my favorite Joan Crawford lines from The Women:

"And by the way, there's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society...outside of a kennel."

oultimocarioca said...

great, great movies!!

boliyou said...

Great lines from great movies. "We don't need no stinkin badges!" was also from "Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Great list!

James said...

Hey There, Thanks for the comment on my site, I love your weblog. If your site was amovie it would probably be Stage Door with Ginger Rogers, Ann Miller, KateHepburn, Lucille Ball mashed into The Women, mashed into Palm Springsweekend with Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens! Good stuff!

FlipFlopsBoy said...

Hey PSS! Great blog! Thanks for checking mine out!

And, Lewis, my friend, you need to take a trip to Blockbuster and do some catching up!! ;-)

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