Classic Comedies:

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The Palm Beach Story (1942)

  • the frenzied opening credit montage of confusing, mystifying marital vignettes without dialogue (unexplained until film's end)
  • the two unzipping of gown romantic scenes between Gerry and poor struggling inventor husband Tom (Joel McCrea)
  • the character of the hard-of-hearing "Wienie King" (Robert Dudley)
  • the madcap scenes on the southbound train to Florida when scatter-brained, fortune-hunting, runaway wife Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) experienced the Ale & Quail Club - an unruly group of aging sportsmen and millionaires
  • the wacky character of crackpot billionaire J.D. Hackensacker III (Rudy Vallee) and his yacht, with pithy, funny one liners: "Chivalry is not only dead, it's decomposed!" and "That's one of the tragedies of this life - that the men who are most in need of a beating up are always enormous!"
  • Hackensacker's oversexed, oddball heiress sister Princess Centimillia (known as "Maude") (Mary Astor)
  • the "Goodnight Sweetheart" serenade scene




Paper Moon (1973)

  • the character of young and precocious, orphaned 9 year-old Addie Loggins (Oscar-winning Tatum O'Neal in her film debut) who convinced her fly-by-night Bible-selling con-man 'father' Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal) in a diner (while eating a Coney dog and drinking a Nehi) to let her accompany him on the road: ("We got the SAME jaw!" and "I want my $200")
  • the image of the young Addie smoking in bed (Moses: "You're too young to smoke, you're gonna set this whole place on fire"), and her frequent cussing
  • the scenes of their conversations on the road and her manipulative and unethical swindling with Moses as they sold Bibles to recent widows - especially when she suggested doubling the price for rich widows ("24 dollars"), such as widow Edna Huff (Dorothy Forster), and conversely giving Bibles away to poor clients
  • the scene of Addie's con of an unsuspecting salesgirl (Dejah Moore), claiming that she had given the clerk a $20 bill rather than a $5
  • the entrance of gold-digging, good-time girl and carnival dancer Miss Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn) walking to Moses' car - and when she tried to cajole Addie on a hillside to come down to the car and sit in the back seat, with a very funny monologue: ("You don't have to worry. One of these days, you're gonna be just as pretty as "Mademoiselle," maybe prettier. You already got bone structure. When I was your age, I didn't have no bone structure. Took me years to get bone structure. And don't think bone structure's not important. Nobody started to call me "Mademoiselle" until I was seventeen and gettin' a little bone structure. When I was your age, I was skinnier than a pole. I never thought I'd have nothin' up here. You're gonna have 'em up there, too. Look, I'll tell you what. Want me to show you how to use cosmetics? Look, I'll let you put on my earrings, you're gonna see how pretty you're gonna be. And I'll show you how to make up your eyes. And your lips. And I'll see to it you get a little bra or somethin'. But right now, you're gonna pick your little ass up and you're gonna drop it in the back seat and you're gonna cut out the crap - you understand? You're gonna ruin it, ain't ya? Look, I don't wanna wipe you out. And I don't want you wipin' me out, you know. So, I'm gonna level with you, okay. Now, you see with me, it's just a matter of time. I don't know why, but, somehow I just don't manage to hold on real long. So, if you wait it out a little, it'll be over, you know. And even if I want a fella, somehow I manage to get it screwed up. Maybe I'll get a new pair of shoes, a nice dress, a few laughs. Times are hard. Now if you fool around on the hill up here, then you don't get nothin'. I don't get nothin'. You don't get nothin'. So how 'bout it, honey? Just for a little while. Let ol' Trixie sit up front with her big tits")
  • and later, the scene of Addie ingeniously devising a way to separate Trixie from Moses by having her bed the hotel clerk
  • the final tearjerking scene in which Addie left Moze a picture of herself in his car after they parted - of her sitting on a paper moon at a carnival - so that she could be reunited again with him on the road by film's end







The Party (1968)

  • in Blake Edwards' slapstick-improvisational comedy, Peter Sellers portrayed Hrundi V. Bakshi, an unknown Indian actor (in a big-budget production of Son of Gunga Din about a dark-skinned bugler who refused to die) who was the cause of a massive premature explosion that ruined the set (before filming commenced) when he went to adjust his sandal strap and stepped on the dynamite plunger
  • the film's premise: because of a clerical mistake, Bakshi was inadvertently placed on a list of invitees to a lavish Hollywood dinner party at the home of studio head Fred "General" R. Clutterbuck (J. Edward McKinley), rather than being blacklisted
  • the many sabotaging mishaps experienced by the bumbling, polite, but accident-prone Bakshi at the lavish party, including rinsing mud from the flower bed off his shoe that was quickly lost in a flowing indoor water canal in the home and ended up on the hors d'oeuvres platter ("Well, I'm on a diet but the hell with it")
  • further mishaps: while mingling with other guests, listening to a story told by a congressman about a robbery and mistaking it as a joke: ("They took the gold watch that your father left you? I'm sorry. It is utterly fantastic. What a wonderful thing for anyone to do. Take everything, including the father's watch. It's wonderful, wonderful. I tell you, tonight is one big round of laughter. All fun and laughter"); his meeting up with cowboy screen-star "Wyoming Bill" Kelso (Denny Miller) during a game of pool and later accidentally shooting him in the forehead with a toy gun (with harmless rubber-suction cup projectiles); Hrundi's awkward waltz-dance with one of the hip guests who wasn't pleased with his old fashioned moves and quickly quit when the music stopped ("That was a short dance...And they don't go on for long, do they? Yes, we just started, and well, anyway, thank you very much...Perhaps we can dance again later... if your carnet du bal is not full up"); the feeding of a demanding caged macaw bird with "Birdie Num Num" and dropping the pellets on the floor, the accidental activation of a lighted control panel (for the intercom PA system which broadcast his chicken impersonation, the pool's fountain (a urinating cherub), and a retractable moving bar), the stinky caviar hand-shaking sequence
  • Hrundi's very low seat at the dinner table, and the sailing through the air of his plate of cornish-game hen (that became impaled on the tiara of a female guest who was revealed to be wearing a wig), the knocking of the drunken waiter-servant into a plate glass window, the setting off of lawn sprinklers, the clogging-flooding of the upstairs toilet and bathroom (with a toilet paper roll that never stopped unwinding), the appearance of a retractable pool that many guests (including Bakshi) fell into, the soapy washing of a baby elephant (led by teenagers from a love-in, and painted with psychedelic colors and various 60s slogans such as Chicken Little Was Right) that caused the AC system to blow mountains of soap-suds bubbles throughout the mansion
  • Bakshi's infatuation with Michele Monet (Claudine Longet), producer C.S. Divot's (Gavin MacLeod) latest aspiring French actress-starlet









Pass the Gravy (1928) (short)

  • the slapstick engagement party-dinner scene with next-door neighbor Schultz (Bert Sprotte) (who raised chickens) as the guest of honor, in which hapless, freckle-faced son Ignatz (Spec O'Donnell) - instead of using the $2 dollars given to him by his cantankerous father Max (Max Davidson) to purchase chicken for the meal, pocketed the money, killed the neighbor's prize-winning cock-rooster named Brigham, and it was roasted for dinner
  • during the meal in a hilarious and tense sequence, the boy attempted to signal and communicate the error he had made to his father (the rooster's "First Prize" metal identification ring was visible on the drumstick leg on Schultz's plate), without alerting Schultz himself; only Ignatz, his sister (Martha Sleeper) and her fiancee (Gene Morgan) were aware of the problem, and they frantically tried to pantomime to Max, and chaotically ended up playing 'football' with the drumstick


Pat and Mike (1952)

  • the scene of outdoorsy athlete and college phys-ed instructor Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn) being criticized for her lack of coordination on the golf course (and advised to tense up her gluteal muscles in order to help her golf-stance) by screechy Mrs. Beminger (Phyllis Povah), and her retort after twice pushing her into a chair before hitting nine teed-up golf balls in a row: ("If you could possibly lift the needle from that long-playing phonograph you keep in your face....Watch this. Will you excuse me? (She struck nine golf balls) (To Mrs. Berninger) You know what you can do with your gluteal muscle? Give it away for Christmas")
  • the scene of sports promoter Mike Conovan (Spencer Tracy) telling Pat: "A lady athlete properly handled - always a market...I don't think you've ever been properly handled" and her retort: "That's right, not even by myself"; and then as she walked away across the golf course green, he commented on her figure: "Nicely packed that kid...There's not much meat on 'er, but what's there is cherce"
  • their concluding decision to get married: "Together, we can lick 'em all"




Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

  • the normal outfit of the quirky and nerdy man-child Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) character (tight and small gray flannel suit, white shoes, a large red bow tie, with lipstick, etc.)
  • the cartoon-like toy/contraption-filled environment of Pee Wee's home and the Rube-Goldberg breakfast routine he had created - in which he woke up and had breakfast completely made for him (pancakes, two eggs and bacon shaped like a happy face), topped off with Mr. T cereal
  • Pee-Wee's worship of his ridiculously over-gadgeted beloved bicycle (customized and complete with plastic lion's head on the handle-bar)
  • the scene of Pee Wee's argument with his neighbor Francis Buxton (Mark Holton): ("I know you are but what am I?"), and "PeeWee!" ("That's my name, don't wear it out!")
  • his famous remark after tumbling when he attempted to perform too many tricks on his bike, and told a group of young male onlookers: "I meant to do that!"
  • his Rebel Without a Cause (1955)-inspired warning to love interest Dottie (Elizabeth Daily): "There's things about me you don't know, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand...You don't want to get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel"
  • his delighted perusal of Mario's Magic Shop (trying on X-Ray Spex, and at one point putting on an oversized ear and yelling, "WHAT? WHAT?")
  • his anguished realization that his overly-chained red bike had been stolen - and collapsing in a bike store - causing a row of bikes to topple over
  • his feverish questioning of Francis in an oversized bathtub - and PeeWee's offer of gum - that turned out to be "trick gum,"
  • the long basement meeting with Pee Wee's friends to discuss the loss of his bike, including a large detailed map and scaled model, and exhibits to look at; the crazed Pee Wee began by presenting evidence: "This box contains over 217 bits and pieces of information, evidence. Exhibit A: A photograph of the victims, my bike and me. Exhibit B: Another photograph. What's missing from this picture? It's just me -- WITHOUT MY BIKE!...Exhibit C: The horn I was picking up at Chuck's Bikeorama when my bike was actually stolen! (He honked the horn loudly) Exhibit D: (He asked Jimmy) Jimmy what is this? Too late! (Then he asked Chip) Chip!...(Chip identified a pen) Exactly! I bought this pen exactly one hour before my bike was stolen. Why? What's the significance? I DON'T KNOW!"; finally after over three hours and only now discussing Exhibit S, Pee Wee was reminded that they were wasting valuable time and maybe he didn't know what all of it was supposed to mean; Pee Wee was incensed: "Supposed to mean?! I think everyone here knows what this is supposed to mean. When you've gone over something again and again and again and again like I have, certain questions get answered. Others spring up! The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting!"
  • Pee Wee's search for his bicycle during a tour of America after a sham fortune-telling gypsy named Madam Ruby (Erica Yohn) told him it was in the Alamo's basement
  • while hitchhiking, Pee-Wee's helping of a fugitive con Mickey (Judd Omen) to escape the law by pretending to be his wife, and telling an officer when asked to step out of the car: ("Why don't you take a picture? It will last longer")
  • his crashing the car and strolling around in total darkness (cartoonishly, only his eyes were seen)
  • Pee-Wee's startling and hysterical encounter with the ghost of deceased trucker Large Marge (Alice Nunn)
  • Pee-Wee's nightmares about the fate of his bike (e.g., eaten by a T-Rex, destroyed by clown surgeons)
  • Pee-Wee proving over the phone that he was in Texas (he shouted "The stars at night are big and bright...", and a crowd sang back: "...deep in the heart of Texas!")
  • Pee-Wee's visit to the Alamo in San Antonio, the tour, and his question: "Where's the basement?...Aren't we gonna see the basement?" and his astonishment when informed: "There's no basement at the Alamo"
  • spoiled child actor Kevin Morton (Jason Hervey) growling at his director: ("Doesn't it look like I'm ready? I am always ready! I have been ready since first call! I am ready! ROLL!")
  • the cameo appearance of heavy metal rock group Twisted Sister
  • Pee-Wee's escape from the Warner Bros. studio lot where his bike was eventually located as a prop for a film - ensnaring Santa Claus, Godzilla, and swinging across a ravine on a bike and yodeling like Tarzan
  • Pee-Wee's hilariously deep-voiced cameo in a Hollywood movie about his own story, when he took the role of a red-uniformed bell-hop and delivered a PA announcement: ("Paging Mr. Herman, Mr. Herman, you have a telephone call")
  • the evocative closing shot as the silhouettes of Pee-Wee and Dottie bicycled sedately in front of the kissing Hollywood versions of themselves











The Philadelphia Story (1940)

  • the very funny, extended opening argument prologue scene (without dialogue) in which alcohol-abusing ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) grabbed and palmed heiress and rich socialite Tracy Lord's (Katharine Hepburn) face and forcefully pushed her backwards into the doorway of a grand estate and to the floor (out of the frame), after she had broken one of his golf clubs into two pieces, and tossed him out of their home
  • the film's witty dialogue: ("The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges")
  • Dexter's continuing antagonism toward his male rival George Kittredge (John Howard), who was about to marry Tracy: "You don't look as well as when I last saw you, Kittredge. Oh, you poor fellow. I know just how you feel...Why, you don't look old enough to get married. Not even the first time. And then you never did"; when Tracy insulted him, Dexter replied: "That's the old redhead, no bitterness, no recrimination, just a good swift left in the jaw"
  • tabloid reporter-journalist Macaulay "Mike" Connor's (Oscar-winning James Stewart) drunk scene with Dexter, when Mike asserted: "Are you still in love with her?...I don't know, I-I can't understand how you can have been married to her and still know so little about her?...But when a girl is like Tracy, she's one in a million"
  • the champagne drinking and moonlight poolside swimming rendezvous scene between tipsy heiress/bride-to-be Tracy and Mike when he made a marriage proposal to her: "There's a magnificence in you, Tracy...A magnificence that comes out of your eyes and your voice and the way you stand there and the way you walk. You're lit from within, Tracy. You've got fires banked down in you. Hearth fires and holocausts...No, you're made out of flesh and blood. That's the blank, unholy surprise of it. Why, you're the golden girl, Tracy, full of life and warmth and delight. Well, what goes on? You've got tears in your eyes") - and then after some unexpected and melodramatic kissing, she exclaimed softly: "Golly", then took a breath and kissed him a second time - she stood in his arms, her cheek against his chest, overwhelmed and amazed at herself and starting to shake: "Golly Moses"
  • the surprise wedding finale when Tracy married former husband Dexter at the last minute - and the freeze-framed last image





Pillow Talk (1959)

  • the many shared party-line phone scenes, filmed with vertical and other split-screens, between carefree, philandering, bachelor playboyish neighbor and songwriter Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) (who pretended to be drawling Texan Rex Stetson to hide his real identity) and virginal interior designer career girl Jan Morrow (Oscar-nominated Doris Day)
  • their famed bathtub scene implying that they were in the same bathroom and playing footsie with each other - across screens; during one phone encounter, Jan extended her foot and flirted: "You'll find that most people are willing to meet you halfway - if you let them"
  • and his additional pretense, when he (as Brad) told Jan on the phone that he suspected that Rex was gay: ("Must I spell it out?...There are some men who just, uh, they're very devoted to their mothers, you know, the type that likes to collect cooking recipes or exchange bits of gossip") -- with the additional subtext of Hudson's real-life homosexuality -- but then she urged Rex to prove his manhood during their next date: ("Rex, don't you find me attractive?...Well, then, why haven't you ever?...All the times that we've been going out together, you've been a perfect gentleman...You have. And I appreciate it, really I do...But ...well, being such a perfect gentleman and all, it's not very flattering"); when he called their relationship a "friendship," she had to prove him wrong with a kiss: ("Is that all it is with us, a friendship?"); he responded: ("Ma'am, that's a direct question. l think it deserves a direct answer")


The Pink Panther (1963)

  • the introductory opening credits Pink Panther feline cartoon (debuting the famous animated feline with his various funny antics) accompanied by Henry Mancini's classic jazzy-bluesy music
  • the opening scene in which a discolored flaw in a large pink diamond was dubbed "The Pink Panther" by a Maharajah
  • the character of bumbling, heavy French-accented Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers)
  • the many hysterical slapstick scenes, including when Clouseau spun a globe, glanced out the window, and confidently stated: "We must find that woman," placed his hand back on the globe - and was immediately thrown to the floor
  • the film's twisting plot regarding the suave, playboyish jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) aka The Phantom, and Clouseau's unfaithful wife Simone (Capucine) conspiring behind Clouseau's back (as Lytton's lover) to steal the Pink Panther jewel from its owner - the adult Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale)
  • the classic hide-and-seek scene in which Simone juggled suitors in her bedroom: she had to divert Clouseau's attention from both Lytton and his Lytton's American nephew George (Robert Wagner) who were hiding - George was under the bubbles in her bathtub in her bathroom, and Lytton was under her bed; when he came into the room angrily asserting: "That phone call was a ruse", he stumbled onto the floor - as she asked: "Are you hurt, my darling?"
  • the scene of Clouseau playing his expensive Stradivarius violin (repaired after he had stepped on it and quipped: "It's no matter. When you've seen one Stradivarius, you've seen them all") after numerous attempts to have sex with the very deceptive Simone (who was continuing to hide her suitors from him), although he told her: "I doubt if we shall need it tonight, my love" - and then he popped the cork on a bottle of champagne in bed and drenched both of them
  • the costume-party scene in which the bumbling detective wore a suit of armor and chastised the sergeant dressed in the zebra costume for wearing stripes: "How dare you drink on duty! One more outburst like that and I'll have your stripes!"
  • the scene of both Sir Charles and George robbing a safe in similar gorilla costumes
  • the jail scene in which Clouseau was speaking to the incarcerated Lyttons, and put both of his fists into pots of porridge
  • the concluding trial scene in which Clouseau became a national hero (for swarms of women) when he was believed to be The Phantom -- he had pulled out his handkerchief and attached to it was a jewel - and he delightfully took credit, and on the way to prison admitted: "Well, you know, it wasn't easy"







The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

  • the many destructive duels between foolish Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and his manservant Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk)
  • the character of twitching and increasingly insane Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) - Clouseau's boss and nemesis - who was obsessed with killing him
  • the scenes of numerous failed assassination attempts upon Clouseau's life
  • the scene of Clouseau's hunchbacked Quasimodo disguise that inflated him and carried him over Paris and dropped him into the Seine River
  • also the scenes in which he displayed his prowess and skill on parallel bars in an English country home's gymnasium and dismounted by vaulting down a staircase, and then as he conducted an investigation ("There is much more going on here than meets the ear"), completely destroyed an expensive Steinway piano when swatting a bug ("What is the price of one piano compared to the terrible crime that's been committed here?"), burned his hand in the fireplace ("My hand is on fire") and almost shot Superintendent Quinlan (Leonard Rossiter) when he saluted him (with a vase on his hand), knocked himself backwards, and fell into a gun rack
  • the bedroom scene when Clouseau was surprised by Russian operative Olga Bariosova (Lesley-Anne Down) in his bed, and a corpse in his bathtub ("There is a beautiful woman in my bed, and a dead man in my bath")
  • the various word and sight gags, including the innkeeper scene in which Clouseau had a mangled French accent with the elderly Bavarian innkeeper-hotel clerk (Graham Stark): ("Tell me, do you have a rheum?...Zimmer...That is what I have been saying, you idiot. Reum. Zimmer")
  • and the dog scene in which Clouseau asked the innkeeper: "Does your dog bite?" - when told no, he petted the "nice doggie" dachshund that snarled and bit him - and retorted back: "I thought you said your dewg did not bite!" - with the innkeeper's reply: "Zat... is not my dog!"
  • his many desperate and inventive attempts to cross a drawbridge and moat into Dreyfus' gothic Bavarian castle
  • and the scene of Clouseau (posing as a dentist) attempting to administer a dose of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to Dreyfus to extract a bad tooth - and poking him in the eye ("I don't normally make castle-calls in the middle of the night") - and then intoxicating both of them with an overdose, marked by uncontrollable laughter
  • and the dissolving castle scene in which the bumbling Clouseau zapped Dreyfus with his own malfunctioning "doomsday machine" - and the lower half of Dreyfus' body vanished when it was 'erased' as well as much of his castle








Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

  • the memorable introduction of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Oscar-nominated Johnny Depp) as he sailed into Port Royal, Jamaica while standing and balancing himself on the crow's nest of a ship in a seemingly dramatic, heroic entrance to a swelling score, but quickly revealed to be in a sinking dinghy - when he reached the wooden pier, only the very tip of the mast was showing above water, and then, in a perfectly-timed move, he stepped onto dry land from the submerged boat


Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

  • the howlingly bad dialogue and acting, especially by Eros (Dudley Manlove): ("Because all you of Earth... are idiots!", "Your stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!")
  • the pathetic attempts to exhibit 'The Ghoul Man' character (Bela Lugosi, who passed away during filming, portrayed by chiropractor Tom Mason) by covering the lower part of his face with a cape throughout the film
  • the shooting death ray at 'The Ghoul Man' (a reanimated corpse) and then when his cape was removed, his rapidly-decomposed skeletal remains were revealed
  • the laughable special effects and cheap sets (i.e., the shoddy cockpit of the plane), and the bad continuity (day and night alternated within scenes)



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