Greatest Funniest Movie

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Animal Crackers (1930)

  • disreputable African explorer Captain Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho Marx) - Groucho's most celebrated character - leading the rousing "Hooray for Captain Spaulding!" (Groucho's familiar theme song) and his entrance - borne on a litter by African natives
  • his great monologue about his African exploits: ("One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don't know")
  • the leg-holding scene
  • the unbelievable boxing/wrestling match between the Professor (Harpo Marx) and society matron Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont)
  • the lunatic bridge game
  • the business letter dictation scene with his secretary (Zeppo) (he omitted a 'Hungerdunger')
  • Groucho's discussion with patron Roscoe W. Chandler (Louis Sorin) about art
  • the verbal non-sensical duel of wits between Spaulding and musician Ravelli (Chico Marx)
  • the Professor's famous silverware-dropping routine

Annie Hall (1977)

  • the scene in the line at The New Yorker theatre for Ophul's The Sorrow and the Pity (1969) when real-life Marshall McLuhan (Himself) was pulled out from behind a lobby standee to 'tell off' a pseudo-intellectual blowhard-critic (Russell Horton) who was pontificating about director Fellini and Samuel Beckett - followed by neurotic stand-up comic and writer Alvy Singer's (Woody Allen) rebuttal to the camera: ("Boy, if life were only like this")
  • the first insecure meeting of ditzy aspiring singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) and Alvy at a tennis club
  • the flirtatious apartment porch scene in which they had a nervous and fumbling chit-chatty discussion while subtitles appeared with their unspoken real feelings
  • the scene of Alvy and Annie spontaneously laughing at crawling crustaceans on the kitchen floor as they clumsily prepared a lobster dinner at a beach house in the Hamptons
  • Alvy's struggle against a spider "the size of a Buick"
  • the sight gag of Alvy snorting coke - and sneezing, and blowing about $2,000/ounce worth of cocaine into the room!
  • and the scene in which a So. California party guest (Jeff Goldblum) told his guru on the phone: "I forgot my mantra!"
  • Alvy's famous quote: "Don't knock masturbation - it's sex with someone I love"
  • the character of Annie's psychotic brother Duane (Christopher Walken)
  • fantasy elements (including Annie and Alvy as cartoon characters, Alvy talking directly to the audience or to his younger self and Jewish relatives, and the split-screen family dinner scene)
  • the many jokes emphasizing the difference between New York and LA
  • Alvy's questioning of strangers on the street to find the secrets to their happiness for sexual and romantic compatibility
  • the flashbacked philosophical ending and chicken joke

The Apartment (1960)

  • the growing relationship between Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon), a lowly insurance worker (one of "31,259 drones" working in an insurance company) and elevator girl Miss Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine)
  • the dilemma of Baxter (getting sick in the cold) when he allowed higher-ups to use his apartment for after-hours affairs
  • the scene of Bud straining spaghetti through a tennis racket
  • the curtain-closing scene during a card game when Bud professed his love ("I absolutely adore you") to elevator operator and discarded mistress Miss Fran Kubelik and she responded by handing him a pack of cards and bluntly speaking the film's last line: "Shut up and deal"

Army of Darkness (1993)

  • the witty wisecracks by stranded-in-time, unbalanced hardware store S-Mart clerk Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell)
  • Ash's cutting off of his own possessed left hand with his chainsaw, followed by his time-warp transport to medieval 14th century England
  • the scene of chainsaw-handed hero Ash Williams constructing a mechanical metal hand for himself (to take the place of his lopped-off right hand) in medieval times, and his statement to himself: "Groovy"
  • the deadite pit scene (Ash saved himself with his retrieved chainsaw), followed by his intimidating speech about his "boomstick": ("This is my boomstick!...S-Mart's top of the line")
  • Ash's defeat of another old-hag "she-bitch" deadite with an over-the-shoulder shot
  • the scene of his struggle against tiny, mischievous versions of himself in a funny Gulliver's Travels-like segment set in a windmill
  • his fall on a hotstove when he had to lever his face off with a spatula
  • his fight with his own full-sized doppelganger evil clone (which had sprouted a head from his own shoulder after he swallowed one of the shard pieces) - ending when he shot his evil double and declared: "Good, bad. I'm the guy with the gun", then chained the clone to a table and dissected it with his chainsaw before burying the pieces
  • as he threw the chopped up remains of himself in an open grave, his decapitated head spoke: "You shall never retrieve the Necronomicon. You'll die in the graveyard before you'll get it."
  • in the graveyard scene, he faced a dilemma regarding three look-alike books - and chose the wrong Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) -- the erroneous book, with a turning, 'black-hole'-like center, vacuumed him into itself, until he literally had to pull himself out with an elongated face
  • the scene of his recitation of the wrong magical incantation words before opening the correct book (forgetting the words: "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto" from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and substituting "necktie," "nectar," and "nickel" etc. for the real third 'n' word ("It's definitely an 'N' word"))
  • the inadvertent unleashing and emergence of skeletal Deadite 'army of the dead' (similar to Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures in Jason and the Argonauts (1963)) from the ground, led by Ash's resurrected, zombie-doppelganger self, that grabbed his face repeatedly
  • after vanquishing the deadites and returning to the present time, the scene of Ash defeating one more She-Demon (Patricia Tallman) in the Housewares Department of S-Mart
  • afterwards, an impressed co-worker (Angela Featherstone) embraced him, as Ash mused in voiceover: "Sure, I could have stayed in the past. I could have even been king. But in my own way, I am king." He then told the girl before he passionately kissed her: "Hail to the king, baby!"

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

  • drama critic Mortimer Brewster's (Cary Grant) two loveable aunts Martha and Abby (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) who revealed their secret poisoning of male callers with elderberry wine, assisted by eccentric uncle Theodore 'Teddy' Brewster (John Alexander) for burial in the cellar
  • the scene of Mortimer opening up a window seat where he stumbled upon and discovered the results of his two spinster aunts' latest charity act of poisoning lonely old gentlemen - a dead body - a flabbergasted Mortimer did multiple double-takes and eyeball rolls, before realizing a dead body was in there and wrongly believing that he was to blame
  • and Teddy's delivering a yell of "CHAAAARGGGE" and then proceeding up the staircase at every opportunity while blowing his bugle, believing it was San Juan Hill all over again in the Spanish-American War
  • the entrance of Mortimer's long-lost homicidal brother Jonathan (Raymond Massey) - a tall, insane, murderous, cold-blooded, sadistic killer, and his assistant "Doctor" Herman Einstein (Peter Lorre) - a short, demented, round-eye-balled and disreputable plastic surgeon

Arthur (1981)

  • alcoholic, spoiled millionaire playboy womanizer Arthur Bach's (Dudley Moore) sudden realization in the Plaza why his successful advances toward Gloria (Anne De Salvo) were so successful - ("You're a hooker? Jesus, I forgot! I just thought I was doing great with you")
  • Arthur's announcement: "I'm gonna take a bath" - with faithful, wise, and loyal but sarcastic valet Hobson's (Oscar-winning John Gielgud) response: "I'll alert the media"; when Arthur added: "Do you want to run my bath for me?" Hobson said: "That's what I live for" - and then quipped: "Perhaps you'd like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little s--t?"
  • the image of Arthur in a bubble bath sipping a martini, with Hobson at his side, who noted: "Bathing is a lonely business"
  • Arthur's strained dinner with lovestruck fiancee Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry) - the daughter of a tycoon, and his saving of lower-class shoplifter and Queens waitress Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli) - whom he later fell in love with; Hobson joked with Linda: "Thank you for a memorable afternoon. Usually, one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature"
  • Arthur's care for his dying butler - with Hobson reassuring him that death wasn't frightening, and his final words: "Arthur, you're a good son"
  • the finale with Arthur's request to his limousine driver Bitterman: ("Bitterman! Do you want to double your salary?...Then, open that door!")

Auntie Mame (1958)

  • the elegantly flamboyant, wisecracking, free-spirited Mame Dennis (Rosalind Russell) reminding everyone that "Life is a banquet - and most poor suckers are starving to death"
  • the scene of Mame struggling to walk in wrong-sized boots
  • her cry of "Jackpot!" during the climactic engagement party scene

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

  • in this third chapter of the series, the hilariously vulgar shadow-play or puppetry scene in the Sick Bay of Dr. Evil's (Mike Myers) submarine lair, beginning with the sight of swinging agent Austin Powers (Mike Myers) unsteadily on the shoulders of Mini-Me (Verne Troyer)
  • the method they improvised to provide a urine sample for the doctor (spitting out Apple juice)
  • the incredulous views of the two of them silhouetted behind a curtain casting very funny shadows ("Mini-Me. Our shadows!") that was watched by an astonished sailor - ending with Myers giving a stand-up birth to Mini-Me!

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

  • the first in a PG-rated series of James Bond spoofs - a fast-paced comedy filled with gags (both verbal and visual) featuring Mike Myers as a cryogenically-frozen 60s, James Bondian British spy (defrosted in the 90s) named Austin Powers who battled his villainous arch-enemy Dr. Evil (Myers also) 30 years later
  • planning to hold the world hostage, his proposal of a blackmail scheme to the UN (that wanted to prevent his Project Vulcan scheme for a nuclear warhead) for an initial inflation-challenged ransom of "One... MEEE-llion dollars!" - not realizing that this amount of ransom wasn't as threatening in the 1990s as it was in the 1960s; his henchman Number 2 (Robert Wagner) suggested: "Don't you think we should ask for more than a million dollars? A million dollars isn't exactly a lot of money these days"; Dr. Evil upwardly revised his ransom to $100 billion dollars!
  • Evil's bizarre relationship with resentful cloned son Scott Evil (Seth Green), and after first meeting him asking repeatedly: "Can I have a hug?", including the scene in which he kept shushing Scott: ("Let me tell you a little story about a man named Sh!")
  • the inappropriate Family Counseling speech by Evil to his therapy group: ("The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin?...At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking - I highly suggest you try it")
  • during a cataloguing of Austin Powers' possessions and embarrassed by the presence of Vanessa Kensington, his denial that a Swedish-made penis enlarger pump was his: ("That's not mine...I don't even know what this is. This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby"), even though a book authored by him on the subject was revealed
  • Dr. Evil's go-go-girl "fem-bots" with guns in the tops of their bikinis who attempted to seduce Austin Powers; he was able to outwit and defeat the seductive android females by performing a sexy, gyrating strip-tease "Dance of Death" (down to Union Jack red underwear and hairy chest) to the tune of "I Touch Myself" - causing them to short-circuit with sexual electricity as their heads twitched violently and then exploded
  • in the final classic honeymoon scene, Austin Powers cavorted naked with glamorous "shagadelic" Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley) with their private parts teasingly hidden by strategically-placed objects
  • catchphrases such as: "Bee-have," "Sake it to me baby!", "Yeah, baby, yeah," "Do I make you horny, baby?" and "Shall we shag now or shall we shag later?"

The Awful Truth (1937)

  • the scene in which the divorcing couple of Lucy (Irene Dunne) and Jerry Warriner (Cary Grant) accidentally turned up with dates at the same nightclub
  • the disruption scene of Jerry barging in on Lucy's vocal recital and accidentally tipping back in his chair and noisily falling to the floor
  • also the 'two men in the same bedroom' scene in which Mr. Smith (Asta the dog) played hide-and-seek with an incriminating derby hat by repeatedly dragging it out from where it was hidden by Lucy, and then mixing the two hats up
  • and the scene of Lucy pretending to be Jerry's heavy-drinking, flamboyant and vulgar Southern sister "Lola" when she appeared at his new fiancee's house with stuffy in-laws - and her rowdy rendition (with uplifted skirt) of a vulgar nightclub routine and song, My Dreams Are Gone With the Wind
  • the image of the two of them riding motorcycles in evening dress
  • and the final connecting-bedrooms scene and the metaphoric image of reunited, male and female cuckoo-clock figurines entering the same opening

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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