Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 18

Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description

The Thin Man (1934)

The clever wisecracking, loving quips and bantering between the sophisticated, tippling and witty sleuthing couple Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) -- i.e. Nick: "Oh, I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune." Nora: "I read you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids"; also the scene of Nora's noisy and sprawling entrance into a restaurant laden with Christmas packages and dragged by their dog Asta; and the sequence in their bedroom in which Nick punches out his wife to protect her from a gunman's line of fire

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

The famous "These go to 11" scene in which legendary bogus heavy-metal British rock group singer and lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) brags about his very special Marshall amp to rockumentary, cinema verite film-maker Marty Di Bergi (Rob Reiner) - boasting that the amplifier can go "one louder" up to a volume setting of eleven ("These go to 11"); and his blank response to Di Bergi's query why they just don't make 10 louder; also, the scene of their arrival in America to endorse their new and controversial album/cover Smell the Glove (filled with vulgar songs such as "Big Bottom", "Sex Farm Woman", and "Lick My Love Pump" with offensive lyrics) - and attired in complete heavy metal regalia; also the scene of bass player Derek Small's (Harry Shearer) 'enhanced' embarrassment when caught at an airplane security check with a cucumber wrapped in aluminum foil stuffed in his pants; the scene at the gravesite of Elvis Presley in Memphis after their show was cancelled when they harmonize on "Heartbreak Hotel"; the airforce base concert where the straight audience is disgusted by their song "Sex Farm Woman"; and the scene backstage in North Carolina when Nigel is angered because the meat slices for sandwiches are larger than the bread slices; and the band's convoluted attempts to walk from their basement dressing room to the stage at their Cleveland concert ("Hello Cleveland!"); and the disastrous Stonehenge finale in which an undersized 18 inch miniature Stonehenge monolith monument (the specifications were doodled on a bar napkin for the designer -- "Forget this. F--k the napkin!") is lowered to the stage and dwarfed by a pair of midgets cavorting around it ("The problem may have been that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being crushed by a dwarf")

Three Amigos! (1986)

In this comedy western, the characters of The Three Amigos - three silent movie stars (Chevy Chase as Dusty Bottoms, Steve Martin as Lucky Day, and Martin Short as Ned Nederlander) singing their theme song, with their impossibly long-held note that lasted for over a minute, and later, their song/dance performance of "My Little Buttercup" in a dark and gritty Santo Poco saloon full of stunned Mexican banditos (who were told to expect vicious violent foreigners) and the cowboy lullaby "Blue Shadows on the Trail" (sung with a guitar by Dusty, accompanied vocally by their horses and desert animals!); the scene of Ned's regaling the peasant children with a story about silent film actress Dorothy Gish; also the scene with Ned drinking from a canteen full of dirt; and the funny exchange between bandit leader El Guapo (Alfonso Arau) and his right-hand Lieutenant Jefe (Tony Plana) about the meaning of the word "plethora" (El Guapo: "You told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and find out that that person has NO IDEA what it means to have a plethora!"); and the hysterical Singing Bush scene in which the Amigos attempted to summon The Invisible Swordsman to appear for mystical aid, though Dusty accidentally killed him by firing sideways (Lucky Day: "You're supposed to fire UP! WE both fired UP!"); also Lucky Day's speech to the townsfolk about conquering one's own individual "El Guapo"; and Dusty's bungling attempt to fit in with the grungy bandits while in disguise, telling a drunken El Guapo how they "raped the horses," "rode off on the women," and "pruned the hedges of many small villages" (El Guapo: "Who the hell are you?!"); also the conclusion in which Dusty was puzzled when a Playboy centerfold (Rebecca Ferratti, Miss June, 1986) kissed Ned goodbye

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

A WWII screwball comedy set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, among a troupe of Polish thespians led by egocentric ham actor Joseph Tura (Jack Benny), who delivered the famous "to be or not to be" Hamlet soliloquy, triggering the exit of Polish pilot Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack) from the front of the audience to innocently rendezvous backstage with his wife and glamorous leading lady actress Maria (Carole Lombard); and the scenes of Joseph impersonating both the Polish traitor/Nazi spy Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) and buffoonish Nazi officer Col. Ehrhardt (Sig Ruman): ("So they call me Concentration Camp Ehrhardt, eh?"); and one of the film's funniest lines about Tura's acting talent, spoken by Nazi officer Ehrhardt: "What he did to Shakespeare we are doing now to Poland"; and the lampooning of Hitler; remade by Mel Brooks as To Be or Not to Be (1983)

To Be or Not to Be (1983)

The musical number mocking Hitler called A Little Peace; also the scene of Sasha Kinski (James Haake) hiding in the chorus line during the number Ladies (revealing himself to Dr. Frederick Bronski's (Mel Brooks) surprise when he sings: "She's a princess, no, no, she's a queen!"), and the scene of Bronski entering a shocked English pub dressed as Hitler, where he asks: "Excuse me, is this England?"

Tom Jones (1963)

The famous seductive food-orgy, dining sequence - a multi-course dinner meal (of soup, drafts of ale, turkey, oysters, pears, and wine) with erotically sexual overtones: boyish rogue Tom Jones (Albert Finney) and a lusty Jenny Jones/Mrs. Waters (Joyce Redman) slurp, suck, and tear into their food with gleeful and pleasurable abandon; also the inventive and novel camera techniques (the pre-credits silent film opening, sped-up sequences, freeze-frames, screen wipes, actors making asides to the audience, etc.); the narrator's comically-mock solemnity (i.e., "Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us, and many of us much worse")

Tootsie (1982)

The first appearance of obnoxious and unemployed actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) as Dorothy Michaels after agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) insists no one will hire him, to get cast on the daytime soap opera Southwest General - and his continuing marvelous cross-dressing impersonation of the no-nonsense, alter-ego female hospital administrator - especially in the scene in a restaurant in which 'Dorothy' confounds and dismays his/her unsuspecting agent George; Dorothy's yelling with a man's voice at a cab: "TAXI!"; and his droll playwright roommate Jeff's (Bill Murray) many one-liners: (ie. "You slut!" - "That is one nutty hospital!"); also Michael's many ad-libbed edits to the soap opera script (like hitting leading man co-star John Van Horn (George Gaynes), dubbed "the tongue", over the head with folders to prevent him from landing a kiss); the scene of Michael when caught by insecure casual girlfriend Sandy Lester (Teri Garr) dressed in nothing but skimpy black briefs when he attempts to try on her clothes, and then pretends he wants to have sex with her, although she thinks he must be gay; the scene of soap actress April Page (Geena Davis) startling Dorothy by wearing nothing but skimpy underwear (later, in a classic moment, Dorothy makes a funny Freudian slip and tells her: "What kind of mother would I be if I didn't give my girls tits... tips?"); the scene of Dorothy coming onto his agent George Fields; and the character of Les (Charles Durning in an against-type role) - the widower father of beautiful co-worker and soap star Julie Nichols (Jessica Lange), who falls in love with Dorothy; and especially the final, live-taped TV episode when Michael reveals her/his "true identity"

Toy Story (1995)

The bedroom setting of a boy named Andy where classic toys come to life - including all the old favorites: Mr. Potato Head (voice of Don Rickles), Slinky Dog (voice of Jim Varney), Hamm the Pig (voice of John Ratzenberger) and Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts); also the scene of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), heartbroken and delirious over finding out that he's only a toy, drunkenly insists: "You see the hat? I am Mrs. Nesbit!" while wearing a flowered hat, laughing maniacally

Toy Story 2 (1999)

The parody scene spoofing The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in which a 'new' Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) is confronted in an elevator shaft and told by arch-enemy nemesis Emperor Zurg (voice of Andrew Stanton): "I am your father", followed by Buzz's anguished scream: "Nooooo!" - later, 'new' Buzz happily tells the 'real' Buzz he's going to play catch with "Dad"

Trading Places (1983)

The "fish-out-of-water" social experiment (a bet between two millionaires: Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche as the Duke Brothers) that switches the lives of wily, unemployed street con Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) with that of privileged, snobbish, uptight banker/investment broker Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd), including the hysterical train sequence in which Billy Ray and Louis, along with loyal butler Coleman (Denholm Elliott) and hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis) don disguises to steal the Duke Brothers' industrial spy Clarence Beeks' (Paul Gleason) valise containing the orange produce report (to help the two corner the stock market on frozen orange juice concentrate)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Grizzly prospector Howard's (a scene-stealing Walter Huston) famous gleeful jig upon finding gold "up there!"

True Stories (1986)

The wildly ostentatious clothes being modeled at a shopping mall's strange and outlandish fashion show ("A Bonanza of Beauty") in the fictional town of Virgil, Texas (one outfit was made from grass, others were patterned in wood-grain and brick - and one of the top-heavy costumes caused an elderly model to topple off the stage); and self-effacing lonely bachelor Louis Fyne's (John Goodman) desperate search via TV for a woman to marry - and his disastrous restaurant date with The Lying Woman (Jo Harvey Allen) (who claimed that she was the reason why JFK was assassinated, that she was the author of "Billie Jean," and that her psychic powers were due to being born with a tail, among other outrageous assertions)

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
(alphabetical order, by film title)
Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10
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