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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 (Oscar-winning Tatum O'Neal in her film debut) who convinced her fly-by-night 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 Addie smoking in bed
  • the scenes of their conversations on the road and her manipulative swindling with Moses as they sold Bibles to recent widows - especially when she suggested upping the price for rich widows and giving Bibles away to poor clients
  • the entrance of gold-digging 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: ("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?")
  • 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

 







Pat and Mike (1952)

  • the scene of Spencer Tracy (as sports promoter Mike Conovan) telling Katharine Hepburn (as outdoorsy athlete and college phys-ed instructor Pat Pemberton): "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"
  • his commenting about her figure as she walked away across a golf course green: "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 man-child Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) character (tight and small gray 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 method in which he woke up and had breakfast made for him
  • the scene of Pee Wee's argument with his neighbor: ("I know you are but what am I?")
  • Pee-Wee's worship of his ridiculously over-gadgeted beloved bicycle (complete with plastic lion's head on the handle-bar)
  • his famous remark after tumbling when he attempted to perform tricks with it: "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 (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 his feverish inquisition of his friends)
  • 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 (non-existent, of course)
  • Pee-Wee's helping an escaped con Mickey (Judd Omen) escape the law by pretending to be his wife
  • 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 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!")
  • 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: ("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 ex-husband C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) grabbed and palmed heiress and 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
  • the film's witty dialogue: ("The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges")
  • the champagne drinking and moonlight poolside swimming rendezvous scene between tipsy heiress/bride-to-be Tracy and tabloid reporter-journalist Macaulay "Mike" Connor (Oscar-winning James Stewart) - 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"
  • Mike's drunk scene with Dexter
  • Mike's marriage proposal to Tracy
  • the surprise wedding finale 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) - and his additional pretense that he was gay in order to seduce her -- with the additional subtext of Hudson's real-life homosexuality
  • their famed bathtub scene implying that they were in the same bathroom and playing footsie with each other - across screens

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 flaw in a large pink diamond was dubbed "The Pink Panther" by a Sultan
  • the character of bumbling, heavy French-accented Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers)
  • the film's twisting plot regarding The Phantom jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) and Clouseau's unfaithful wife Simone (Capucine) conspiring behind Clouseau's back to steal the Pink Panther from its owner - the adult Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale)
  • the many hysterical slapstick scenes, including the first one in which 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 scene of his playing an expensive violin in bed after numerous attempts to have sex with Simone -- and afterwards stepping on it after getting sleeping pills for her, when he sighed: "It's no matter. When you've seen one Stradivarius, you've seen them all"
  • the classic hide-and-seek scene in which Simone had to divert Clouseau's attention from Lytton and his nephew George (Robert Wagner) who were hiding
  • the scene in which the bumbling detective wore a suit of armor at a fantasy-dress costume party and chastised the sergeant dressed in the zebra costume: "How dare you drink on duty! One more outburst like that and I'll have your stripes!"
  • his attempt to play pool with an upturned cue
  • the scene in which Clouseau became a national hero when he was believed to be The Phantom -- and he delightfully took credit!




The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

  • the various word and sight gags, including the innkeeper scene in which foolish Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) had a mangled French accent: ("Do you have a rhum?...")
  • the dog scene in which Clouseau asked the Bavarian innkeeper (Graham Stark): "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!"
  • the character of twitching Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) - Clouseau's boss and nemesis
  • also the scenes in which he displayed skill on the parallel bars in an English country home and dismounted by vaulting down a staircase
  • the scenes of numerous failed assassination attempts upon Clouseau's life
  • his many desperate and inventive attempts to cross a moat into Dreyfus' gothic German castle
  • and the scene of Clouseau (disguised as a dentist) administering too much laughing gas to Dreyfus - and himself
  • and his hunchbacked Quasimodo disguise that inflated and carried him over Paris into the Seine

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


Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

  • during a busy Thanksgiving travel season, the many scenes of uptight Chicago marketing ad executive Neal Page (Steve Martin) releasing vitriolic criticism and rage at his boorish and undesired traveling companion: buffoonish, shower curtain ring sales rep Del Griffith (John Candy)
  • their sharing a grungy, cramped Wichita hotel room and sleeping in the same bed (and waking up cuddled and snuggling together) with Neal angrily telling Del his "other hand" was not between two pillows: ("Those aren't pillows!")
  • the extended, confrontational, ill-fated Marathon rental car sequence with an incompetent rental car clerk -agent (Edie McClurg) ("Give me a f--king automobile") - a one-minute scene of the exasperated Page spouting off the "F" word over a dozen times (and ending with the clerk's two-word retort about his thrown-away rental agreement: "You're f--ked!")
  • the one-minute scene of Page raging at Del: ("...Didn't you notice on the plane when you started talking, eventually I started reading the vomit bag? Didn't that give you some sort of clue, like maybe this guy is not enjoying it?...")

 




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