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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

  • a classic horror-comedy hybrid film about two Florida train station baggage handling clerks: Chick Young (Bud Abbott) and Wilbur Grey (Lou Costello) - unsuspecting delivery men who unknowingly delivered monsters in crates to McDougals' House of Horror wax museum
  • the great casting of a multitude of Universal's horror characters, including Frankenstein (Glenn Strange), Dracula (Bela Lugosi), and Lawrence Talbot/Wolfman (Lon Chaney, Jr.)
  • the slapstick scene of Wilbur removing one piece of luggage from a cart, and sending the whole load of cargo onto his head
  • the scene of Wilbur's phone call with Larry Talbot/the Wolf Man, mistaking the Monster's transformation (and his noisy growls and snarls) as bad manners: "Mr. McDougal, will you stop gargling your throat? Hey, you'll have to get your dog away from the phone, I can't hear a word you're sayin'. You're awful silly to call me all the way from London just to have your dog talk to me"
  • after almost crashing the large crate containing Dracula's sarcophagus, Wilbur's joke to McDougal (Frank Ferguson) about working for two unions: "Well, that's gonna cost ya overtime because I'm a union man and I work only sixteen hours a day"; when corrected: "A union man only works eight hours a day", Wilbur noted: "I belong to two unions"
  • the many scenes of Wilbur foolishly in love with diabolical mad lady scientist Dr. Sandra Mornay (Lenore Aubert), who only wanted to operate on him in a laboratory to acquire his ideal and simple "brain"
  • Wilbur's hysterically beserk reactions to terror and fright - when he saw a hand draped out of Dracula's coffin, but then when he claimed he saw Dracula or that a candlestick moved on its own, partner Chick was disbelieving because the coffin was empty
  • the funny revolving door sequence with the monsters on one side of the turning wall
  • the hilarious response by Wilbur to Larry Talbot's admission of lycanthropy (turning into a beast in the light of a full moon): "You and 20 million other guys"
  • the masquerade costume ball sequence in which the monsters were unnoticed among the guests in Dracula's castle
  • Wilbur's chastisement of the Wolf Man, thinking it was Chick with a mask-disguise: "Didn't Mr. Talbot tell you not to put that mask on anymore? Now, what'd you put it on for? Take the mask off! Come on!"
  • the curtain-closing appearance of The Invisible Man (voice of Vincent Price) in a rowboat ("Oh, that's too bad, I was hoping to get in on the excitement.... Allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Invisible Man") after Chick assured Wilbur that there would no more excitement: "Now that we've seen the last of Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Monster, there's nobody to frighten us anymore"








About Last Night... (1986)

  • from a screenplay by David Mamet titled "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"
  • the lengthy opening sequence (with the characters appearing on-screen and then alternating with voice-over dialogue over blue-on-black title credits) in which slobbish, sexist, vulgar, loud-mouthed and self-assured pal Bernie Litko (James Belushi) and co-worker pal Danny Martin (Rob Lowe) were walking around various locales in Chicago as Bernie told his enthralled friend about his previous night's outrageous and wild sexual adventure, involving, among other things:
    - a 20 (or 19) year-old "broad" at a pancake house for whom he bought a pack of Viceroy cigarettes - who may or may not be a 'pro' -
    - who decided they should both go to her room so she could pay him back
    - she invites him to take a shower with her (and then "f--k") - enthralled by her tits, ass, and legs - he delivered a welcomed towel flick on her ass (producing a red mark and a squeal) and she proceeded to put on a World War II flak suit (from a suitcase under the bed)
    - as they were making love on her bed, while he cried out "Boom" every 30 seconds and a tape recorder played "airplane noises" (rat-a-tat-tat), she then set herself on fire with a Zippo lighter after dousing herself with gasoline during an aerial bomber reenactment, screaming: "Give it to me now, for the love of Christ!" -
    - the arrival of firemen from the Chicago Fire Department

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

  • the character of manic, rubber-faced "pet dick" Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), with dozens of animals in his apartment
  • his screaming out of "It's Alive!" as he started his dilapidated 1970s Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • the infamous butt talking scene ("Excuse me, I'd like to 'ass' you a few questions")
  • the montage of Ace searching for a 1984 AFC Championship ring (with a missing cut amber stone) on athletes' fingers, although every ring he looked at was intact
  • the bathroom scene of Ace accidentally feeding a shark in a tank rather than the dolphin
  • Ace's dressing in a tutu and pretending to be a traumatized ex-footballer living out his last game (complete with slow-mos and instant replays), in order to get into the Shady Acre mental hospital (where Finkle had been committed), and to enter the storage room of patients' belongings
  • the plot-twist solution - when Ace was on the trail of a missing and abducted bottlenose dolphin (named Snowflake - the mascot of the Miami Dolphins); he realized, to his dismay, that a potential suspect, ex-Miami Dolphin's disgraced field goal kicker Ray Finkle, was actually transgendered female Miami Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn! (Sean Young): "That's it! Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man. Oh, my God! Einhorn is a man!"
  • in the finale at a yacht storage facility, the revelation that Finkle was indeed Einhorn (with his penis tucked between his legs), and that he/she had the ring missing the stone
  • at the climactic 1994 Super Bowl game, the confrontation and fight between Ace and the Philadelphia Eagles' green-feathered mascot Swoop










Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

  • the scene of Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) hiding in an animatronic rhinoceros ("I'm just a curious little rhino") in order to spy on one of his suspects in the theft of an albino bat - and then discovering the cooling system has failed ("Kinda hot in these rhinos...Warm"), forcing him to strip completely and squeeze himself out of the rhino's birth canal in order to get out - in full view of a group of shocked safari tourists
  • the scene of Ace making shadow puppets on the screen in the projection room

Adam's Rib (1949)

  • the opening scene of 'dumb blonde' defendant Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) trailing her philandering, two-timing husband Warren (Tom Ewell) - and fumbling within her purse to take out her deadly pistol and also remove an instruction manual to learn how to release the safety catch
  • the scenes of happily-married lawyers, now dueling lawyers: chauvinistic District Attorney Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and his savvy wife/defense lawyer Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn) on opposing sides of a murder case squaring off against each other in their personal lives at home; (i.e.,
  • Adam's first learning of his wife's role as defense attorney against him: "I'm going to defend her" - (he toppled a tray of drinks); he later complained: "The one case I don't want is the case I get"
  • during a massage session: Adam: "What are you - sore about a little slap?" and her reply: "I know a slap from a slug"
  • the scene in the defendant's jail cell with her attorney Amanda when Doris delivered her entire rendition of the events of the day of the shooting -- punctuated with eating episodes (two rare hamburgers and lemon meringue pie, for instance)
  • the scene of Doris' speech in court to defend herself, and Amanda's impassioned closing argument to the jury: "Every living being is capable of attack if sufficiently provoked. Assault lies dormant within us all. It requires only circumstance to set it in violent motion. I ask you for a verdict of not guilty. There was no murder attempt here - only a pathetic attempt to save a home"
  • in the final classic lines of the film, the Bonners reached a mutual understanding and finally admitted that there was really only one fundamental difference between the sexes (Adam: "Vive la difference")





Airplane! (1980)

  • the film's many effective puns, sight gags, parodies, wordplays, and other jokes, beginning with the opening credits sequence set to the familiar music of Jaws with the plane's fin appearing through the clouds
  • the Airport '75 (1974) spoof scene of the singing of River of Jordan by air stewardess Randy (Lorna Patterson) while continually knocking out the I-V drip for transplant patient (Jill Whelan) - on the way to the Mayo Clinic who desperately struggled during the song
  • also the deadpanned, sexually-prurient and provocative lines by Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves) to a young boy, among others: "Ya ever been in the cockpit before...Ya ever seen a grown man naked?" and "Joey, do you ever hang around a gymnasium? Do you like movies about gladiators?" and "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?"
  • the plentiful puns: ("Surely, you can't be serious!" "I am serious , and don't call me 'Shirley'!")
  • the continuing confusion of the pilot's "Roger" with his own navigator Roger (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) while talking to ground control
  • stewardess Elaine Dickinson's (Julie Hagerty) question over the PA: ("By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?")
  • the airplane cockpit talk: "We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our Vector, Victor?"
  • the infamous hysterical passenger (Lee Bryant) joke (the passengers were in line to slap her with various implements)
  • the infamous "fellatio" scene in which Elaine was given directions by air-traffic control to reinflate Otto the Autopilot doll (an inflatable man in a pilot suit, humorously credited as HIMSELF) by blowing air into a nozzle in his belt buckle: ("On the belt line of the automatic pilot there's a tube. Now that is the manual inflation nozzle. Take it out and blow on it") -- Otto suddenly sported a huge satisfied grin and later both Otto and Elaine smoked cigarettes
  • the "Oh stewardess, I speak jive" scene between elderly passenger Jive Lady (Barbara Billingsley) who offered to translate the jive talk of two black passengers: ("Cut me some slack, Jack!... Chump don't want no help, chump don't GET da' help!")
  • drug-addicted air traffic worker McCroskey's (Lloyd Bridges) running gag: "it looks like I picked the wrong day/week to quit smoking / drinking / amphetamines / sniffing glue"
  • ex-flier Ted Striker's (Robert Hays) flashback of dancing madly while the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" played - a send-up of Saturday Night Fever - they were in the place where they first met - a Casablanca-style bar in Drambuie off the Barbary Coast
  • Ted's passionate kiss with Elaine on the beach while covered in kelp - a spoof of From Here to Eternity
  • the post-credits comment by a long-suffering cabbie (Howard Jarvis) still waiting for Striker: ("Well, I'll give him another 15 minutes, but that's it")








Alice Adams (1935)

  • the classic, tragically funny, disastrous dinner-party scene, in which aspiring, pretentious Alice (Katharine Hepburn) hopelessly wished to rise up above the low-social prominence of her vulgar, poor family to impress her rich new suitor Arthur Russell (Fred MacMurray) by inviting him to a "stylish" dinner party at her own home - in the wilting humidity and heat - served by the part-time hired black servant/cook Malena (Hattie McDaniel)

All of Me (1984)

  • the clever role-reversal comedy with physical slapstick comedy performed by its comedy stars Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin as two parts or personalities of the same person (a left male side and right female side)
  • one was unhappy lawyer and jazz musician Roger Cobb (Martin) and the other was his wealthy, dying invalid client/spinster Edwina Cutwater (Tomlin) - whose soul transmigrated into Roger's body through the misguided efforts of befuddled, incomprehensible but beatific Tibetan shaman/mystic Prahka Lasa (Richard Libertini) - and who could only be seen in mirrors
  • the hilarious scenes in which Roger fought with his female half whenever he did anything (such as drive, walk down the street, or make love)
  • the scene in which he had to go to the bathroom at a urinal, and he tried to teach his half-female body what to do (Edwina was instructed to "tap" afterwards)
  • the tug-of-war as they attempted to walk down the street together ("First me, then you, me, you, me, you...")
  • the courtroom scene during divorce proceedings for his boss in which Edwina eventually took control and won the case for the wife - while representing the husband/boss!
  • also, the crazy and crowd-pleasing song-and-dance number to "All of Me" in the end credits when the two of them danced together in a mirror's reflection ("Okay, try it with your own feet") -- culminating with them toppling over each other




American Pie (1999)

  • a humorous sex farce and gross-out teen comedy (with the slogan: "You never forget your first slice!"); the film's title was derived from high-school Jim Levinstein's (Jason Biggs) question: "What exactly does third base feel like?" He was told: "Like warm apple pie"
  • the opening scene of Jim masturbating himself with a long athletic tube sock while watching scrambled porn on pay-TV, but was caught by both of his parents, who were shocked by the dialogue they were hearing from the TV: "Baby! Ride me like a pony!" and "Oh, spank my hairy ass!"
  • another scene in which an acutely embarrassed and experimental Jim was caught by his stunned and well-meaning father (Eugene Levy) while making out and pumping himself on top of a warm, freshly-baked apple pie on the kitchen counter ("It's not what it looks like") - he was advised to cover up the damage: "Well, we'll just tell your mother that uh, that uh, we ate it all"
  • Jim's online voyeuristic experience (and encounter) with frisky, busty foreign Czech exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), who was using his bedroom, while she was spied upon while undressing and masturbating through a hidden video-camera; one of the voyeurs Paul Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) commented: "God bless the Internet"; a web-cam was broadcasting everything to the entire school, and although she was prepared to have sex with Jim, he prematurely ejaculated twice and became completely humiliated
  • the scene of Vicky Lathum (Tara Reid) being given oral sex in her bedroom by her boyfriend Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas), as she loudly yelled out: "I'm coming!" while her clueless father stood outside her door, shrugged his shoulders, and then continued downstairs







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