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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Harold and Maude (1971)

  • troubled and morbid 20 year-old introverted rich kid Harold's (Bud Cort) many stagings of very realistic, elaborately-faked suicides (hanging by a noose, cut wrists and throat, immolation, shooting, stabbing, drowning, etc.) for his desperate, widowed, socialite domineering mother Mrs. Chasen's (Vivian Pickles) (Vivian Pickles) 'benefit' (and her typical reaction: "I suppose you think that's very funny") - often in front of dates arranged by her
  • his pretending to chop off his own left hand at the wrist with a meat cleaver during a dry, boring brunch with her and Edith Phern (Shari Summers), and his later, deadly and precisely-asked question: "Do you.. like ...knives?"
  • the funny scene in which Harold's over-bearing, match-making mother filled out his computer dating service questionnaire for him: ("Did you enjoy life when you were a child?" -- "Oh yes, you were a wonderful baby, Harold"), while he calmly loaded a revolver to commit fake suicide, and her continual efforts to set up Harold on blind dates after "bride interviews"
  • Harold's unlikely love affair with 79 year old funeral-loving, free-spirited Maude (Ruth Gordon) - a concentration-camp survivor that he first met at a stranger's funeral service -- Harold drove a hearse
  • Harold's response to his ineffectual and detached psychiatrist's query about what he did for fun and enjoyment: "I go to funerals" - with eccentric and free-spirited 79 year-old soulmate Maude
  • the scenes of Maude stealing a car and evading a motorcycle cop
  • Harold's talk with hawkish, crazed, one-armed Uncle Victor (Charles Tyner), "General MacArthur's right-hand man," who recommended that he sign up for Army boot camp immediately, to "take on a man's job": "Now, that's what this country needs - more Nathan Hales"
  • the incredible scene when Harold performed harakiri in front of his drama student date Sunshine Doré (Ellen Geer) who also unwittingly acted out the tragic scene from Romeo and Juliet with her dagger finding its sheath in her chest
  • Harold's growing admiration for Maude: (Harold: "You sure have a way with people." Maude: "Well, they're my species!")
  • the scene of a priest's (Eric Christmas) impassioned warning to Harold about having sex with an elderly person: ("I would be remiss in my duty if I did not tell you that the idea of intercourse: and the fact of your firm, young body co-mingling with the withered flesh, sagging breasts and flabby buttocks, makes me want to vomit")

Harvey (1950)

  • the film's entire premise: eccentric and cheerful dipsomaniac Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) had an invisible friend - a giant 6 foot one-and-a-half-inch rabbit named Harvey - who accompanied him everywhere
  • Elwood's pronouncement about his condition: "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it" - he was oblivious that he was an embarrassment to his family and that others couldn't see his furry white friend

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

  • an updated version of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  • a story about Los Angeles Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty) who returned to earth (after a premature death due to an error by heavenly escort (Buck Henry)) in the body of a recently-murdered and eccentric billionaire Leo Farnsworth
  • his dilemma: faced with his chief assistant Tony (Charles Grodin) and Leo's scheming wife Julia (Dyan Cannon) - lovers who were plotting to murder him!

His Girl Friday (1940)

  • a classic comedy - and one of the most fast-paced ever made, with numerous quips and wisecracks
  • the frantic, overlapping whirlwind nature of the sophisticated, fast-talking battle of the sexes dialogue (and duel of wits) in the opening scene (and throughout the entire film) between big-city newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) and his ex-reporter/ex-wife Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell)
  • classic one-liners such as Hildy's description of Walter's charm to her fiancee Bruce (Ralph Bellamy): "Well, he comes by it naturally. His grandfather was a snake"
  • the hilarious restaurant-luncheon scene with Walter and Hildy's fiancee - the staid, dull, but devoted insurance salesman Bruce, when Walter deliberately sat between the two of them, and his unending conniving to find a way to dislodge Hildy from her imminent marriage and stop the couple's impending move to Albany to live in Bruce's mother's house; his words dripped in irony as he amusedly commented: (Walter (sarcastically): "Oh, you're gonna live with your mother?...Oh, that will be nice! Yes, yes, a home with mother - in Albany too!"

Home Alone (1990)

  • the scene of 8 year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) slapping too much after-shave to his cheeks - and screaming

Horse Feathers (1932)

  • the opening scene of Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff's (Groucho Marx) address to Huxley College faculty members and students: ("... As I look over your eager faces, I can readily understand why this college is flat on its back. The last college I presided over, things were slightly different. I was flat on my back. Things kept going from bad to worse but we all put our shoulders to the wheel and it wasn't long before I was flat on my back again")
  • Wagstaff's opening musical number: "I'm Against It"
  • the sequence at a speakeasy where Wagstaff attempted to guess doorman Baravelli's (Chico Marx) secret password ("swordfish")
  • Pinky (Harpo Marx) providing a hot cup of coffee from the inside of his coat for a bum on the street
  • Pinky's scene with his horse blocking traffic and a cop who wrote him a ticket
  • the classic Biology classroom scene that degenerated into a peashooter fight between Wagstaff and two unruly students
  • Wagstaff's romancing and serenading of flirtatious "college widow" Connie Bailey (Thelma Todd) with "Everyone Says I Love You" - and their scene in a canoe on a duck pond - and his response to her baby talk: "If icky girl keep on talking that way, big stwong man's gonna kick all her teef wight down her thwoat"
  • the scene of the attempted kidnap of the two star Darwin College athletes
  • the climactic zany Huxley-Darwin football game (partly inspired by the silent Harold Lloyd classic The Freshman (1925)) involving audible football signals, banana peels, an elastic band, and a chariot


Howard the Duck (1986)

  • the clever opening credits sequence set in Howard T. Duck's Marshington DC apartment (3636 Lakeside Dr.) located on a "duck" version of Earth (Duckworld), with duck-versions of everything ("Rolling Egg" Magazine, a film poster for "Breeders of the Lost Stork" with Indiana Drake, Mae Nest and W.C. Fowls in a My Little Chickadee film poster, Playduck Magazine, etc.)
  • the sudden expulsion of Howard in his armchair into outer space (and his landing in Cleveland)
  • the scene of the interstellar duck Howard saving the life of Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), a musician in a struggling punk rock band known as Cherry Bomb, by declaring: ("That's it, no more Mr. Nice Duck"), and fighting off mean street thugs with strange martial arts: ("Let the female creature go! Every duck's got his limit, and you scum have pushed me over the line...No one laughs at a master of quack-fu")
  • the sequence of Howard the Duck having a "brewski" at Beverly's apartment, and admitting that he was having an identity crisis: ("What I don't know is what the hell I'm doing here! It's like a bad trip. I mean, talk about an identity crisis"), and then when he fell asleep, Beverly's peek into his wallet, where she found his ID, photos, credit cards (MallardCard and Bloomingducks), cash bills with a duck President, and a condom!
  • the hilarious scene in the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services where Howard was advised about finding a job by a large and outspoken counselor named Cora Mae (Virginia Capers) - warning that she didn't like dealing with a "slacker" or "misfit" like him: ("They think that by trapsing in here and looking outlandish, they are not gonna be able to find work....Do you think that by looking controversial, you is never gonna find a job and just go on coIlecting unemployment and living happy on the public dole. Well, dude, you've got another thing coming! Because Cora Mae always places her interviewee. I'm gonna find your ass a job that'll wipe that snarl right off your face, little - whatever you is. In fact, I think I got just the position for you! I got a feeling you're gonna take to this job like a duck to water")
  • the strange seduction scene in Beverly's apartment when Howard complimented her figure: ("I have developed a greater appreciation for the female version of the human anatomy"); he joined her in bed to watch David Letterman on television, as he suggestively remarked: ("Maybe it's not a man you should be looking for"); she wondered: ("Do you think I might find happiness in the animal kingdom, duckie?") and he proposed: ("Like they say, doll, love's strange. We could always give it a try. Hmm?"); she called his bluff and began unbuttoning the front of Howard's shirt - as the feathers in the middle of his head flared up: ("OK, let's go for it, Mr. Macho...It's just that you're so incredibly soft and cuddly...I just can't resist your intense animal magnetism"); he expressed his worry: ("Anyway, where will it all lead? Marriage? Kids? A house in the suburbs?"), and as she began to remove her blouse: ("Let's just face it, it's fate"), he shied away from intimacy - but they shared a few short kisses, seen in silhouette
  • the long extended scenes (about getting Howard back home with a reversed cosmic ray) involving multiple chase scenes and lots of explosions, including Howard and scientist/janitor Phil's (Tim Robbins) ride in an ultralight aircraft
  • the character of researcher Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) becoming possessed while driving: ("Listen, an evil has landed. The world is in great danger...It feels like something inside me gnawing at my guts! What's wrong with me?..The pain. It's like I'm transforming inside. I'm afraid I'm about to become something else...Something's growing inside me...It's replicating and superceding all my internal organs!...That monster's shape I saw...It's inside my body...The end of the world is coming, and I will be the cause of it...I'm not Jenning any more. The transformation is complete. I am now someone else")
  • the scene in Joe Roma's Cajun Sushi restaurant, when the waitress asked the possessed Dr. Jenning about his food order: ("What do you think he'd like to eat?"), with his reply: ("I no longer need human food...You are about to witness the end of the old world and the birth of the new"); then he explained his transformation into the Dark Overlord: ("I told you, bird brain, I am not Jenning any more! I am now one of the Dark Overlords of the universe... Tonight the laser beam hit the Nexus of Sominus...It lies beyond the planets. It is a region of demons to which we Dark Overlords were exiled eons ago...Just as you were brought down here accidentally. Tonight, the laser beam released me from that region of demons and pulled me down into that lab...During the explosion, I entered Jenning's body. So, I have disguised my true form which would be considered hideous and revoIting here...This will mean the extinction of all existing life forms...My powers are growing"); he then showed them the code-key - that he would soon use that night to activate the laser spectra scope to bring down the other Dark Overlords; he ended with the threat: ("Soon the Dark Overlords will engulf the Earth - Nothing human will remain here") - and he soon destroyed much of the diner: ("If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen")
  • and the scene of the possessed Dr. Jenning driving a truck with Beverly as his hostage - and at one point - using his extended tongue to extract power from the vehicle's dashboard cigarette lighter; he then entered an Exhaust Emissions Testing area, where he used a laser-beam blast from his eyes to obliterate other cars - and then joked: "Smog inspection!"
  • the sequence of the Dark Overlord of the Universe (created by George Lucas' special effects division) transforming into a monstrous scorpion-like creature
  • Howard's coming to the saving rescue and defeating the monstrous creature by blowing it to smithereens with an experimental "neutron disintegrator" laser
  • the film's conclusion with Howard (strumming a red electric guitar) and Beverly on-stage and singing together: "Howard the Duck"


I'm No Angel (1933)

  • Mae West's innumerable risque one-liners and memorable quips ("Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men")
  • one-ring circus and sideshow carnival barker's (Russell Hopton) tempting a crowded audience and introducing carnival queen, lion tamer and dazzling international small-time, vamp circus star performer Tira (Mae West): ("Over there, Tira, the beautiful Tira, dancing, singing, marvel of the age, supreme flower of feminine pulchritude, the girl who discovered you don't have to have feet to be a dancer")
  • Tira's sauntering entrance on the catwalk and her purring to spectators: ("A penny for your thoughts. Got the idea, boys. You follow me?")
  • her self-defense in the final courtroom scene where she sashayed in front of the jury, sued Jack Clayton (Cary Grant) for breach of promise and acted as her own lawyer (wearing a floor-length black gown and fur wrap), and at one point quipped: ("How'm I doin'?")

The In-Laws (1979)

  • a light-hearted, odd-couple comedy with the funny and unpredictable teaming of the title's in-laws: respected, mildly neurotic NYC dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) and lunatic but wily CIA agent Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk)
  • all of Vince's wild tales, especially his one about being in the Guatemalan jungle bush for nine months in the mid-1950s on a consulting trip - with tse-tse flies the size of eagles that carried off native children: "They have tsetse flies down there the size of eagles....Really. In the evening, I would stand in front of my hut and watch in horror as these giant flies would pick children off the ground and carry them away....Oh, it was an incredible sight. Peasants screaming, chasing these flies down the road, waving brooms. You can imagine the pathetic quality of this. Waving these crudely fashioned brooms at these enormous flies as they carried their children off to almost certain death...Flies - natives had a name for 'em. Jos Grecos de Muertos. 'Flamenco dancers of death.'...The enormous flies flapping slowly away into the sunset. Small brown babies clutched in their beaks...A sight I'll never forget. I was stunned. Appalled...Sadly, there is very little you can do because of the tremendous red tape in the bush....Enormous red tape, Sheldon. These flies, for example. They're protected against pilferage under the provisions of the Guacamole Act of 1917"
  • the wild adventure taken by them from Manhattan to a Central American dictatorship (the fictional Latin American republic of Tijada) where they were greeted by Senator Jesus Braunschweiger (Eduardo Noriega), as Vince noted: ("They're all crooks down here. At least this one don't make any bones about it"); suddenly the Senator was shot dead by snipers, and Sheldon asked: "Is he dead?" Vince replied: "If he's alive, he's puttin' on a hell of an act, ain't he?"; as they fled from the random gunfire to escape, Vince yelled out that they should not run in a straight line, but use a serpentine weaving pattern, while retrieving the car keys from the dead man's pocket: "Serpentine Shelly. Serpentine!"
  • Tijada's leader: counterfeiter General Garcia's (Richard Libertini) who proposed a new national flag - a portrait of himself alongside a topless local native village prostitute, with his complaint: "If it was not for the church, this flag would already today be flying at the U.N. But no, they stand in the way, THEY STAND IN THE WAY!"
  • the firing squad scene (with a chorus of sharpshooting executioners), when Vince and Shelly demanded blindfolds and cigarettes, and Shelly's dismay: "Oh, oh, am I shot, am I shot?" - when gunfire was heard from a rescue team of CIA agents
  • the concluding scene at the wedding, when the two in-laws were confronted by Vince's fellow CIA agent Barry Lutz (Ed Begley, Jr.), who hadn't been formally invited; Shelly apologized: "It's simple. We counted wrong, Bar...We just made a mistake....In the counting of the invitations." And then Barry said that he was only "ribbing" them, and presented them with a $50 savings bond from the agency, as the ceremony began - and a bi-plane trailing a "HAPPY WEDDING" sign dropped balloons

It Happened One Night (1934)

  • the "Walls of Jericho" scene when recently-fired and cocky newspaperman Peter Warne (Clark Gable) separated the shared twin bedroom in an autocamp with spoiled runaway heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) - using a clothesline and a blanket: ("Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I'm very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me. Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, but a lot safer. You see, uh, I have no trumpet"); she fled to her side when he later warned: (" got nothin' to worry about. The walls of Jericho will protect you from the big bad wolf")
  • and later, Peter's breakfast lesson on how to dunk donuts and how real folks eat: ("Dunking's an art. Don't let it soak so long. A dip and (he stuffed the donut in his mouth) plop, in your mouth. Let it hang there too long, it'll get soft and fall off. It's all a matter of timing. Aw, I oughta write a book about it")
  • the scene of their deception of two nosy private investigators by impersonating a make-believe, quarreling married couple - he berated her for flirting with a "big Swede" on the Elks' dance floor and then insulted her: ("You're just like your old man. Once a plumber's daughter, always a plumber's daughter. There's not an ounce of brains in your whole family"); when the flabbergasted detectives left, the auto-camp manager commented: "I told you they were a perfectly nice married couple"
  • the thumb vs. show-some-leg hitchhiking technique scene at the side of the road; Peter condescendingly lectured Ellie: ("It's all in that ol' thumb, see?...that ol' thumb never fails. It's all a matter of how you do it, though"); after a detailed lecture on the three proper and correct ways that common people hail passing cars while thumb hitchhiking, he failed miserably and she suggested her method: ("Oh, you're such a smart alec. Nobody knows anything but you. I'll stop a car and I won't use my thumb...It's a system all my own") - she provocatively raised her skirt above the knee, exposing a shapely, stockinged leg and garter - an immediately effective technique - the next car screeched to a halt; she joked: ("Well, I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb"); he quipped back: ("Why didn't you take off all your clothes? You could have stopped forty cars")

It's a Gift (1934)

  • the hilarious, small-town grocery store sequences with Harold Bissonette's (W. C. Fields) customers - the patrons included pompous, impatient customer Jasper Fitchmueller (Morgan Wallace) who insisted on ten pounds of cumquats as quickly as possibles, a blind/deaf and destructive Mr. Muckle (Charles Sellon), and Baby Ellwood Dunk (Baby LeRoy) spreading molasses all over the floor
  • the tour-de-force episode: the hilarious sequence of Harold's humorous attempts to peacefully sleep on his back porch swing while bothered by constant interruptions: (i.e., a faulty porch swing, a milkman with rattling bottles, a toppling coconut, an encounter with a insistent salesman (T. Roy Barnes) looking for a gentleman named Carl LaFong, Baby Dunk (Baby LeRoy) dropping grapes on him, a noisy chattering conversation between young Miss Abby Dunk (Diana Lewis) and her mother about whether she should buy ipecac or syrup of squill for Baby Dunk, a squeaky clothesline, and a noisy vegetable/fruit vendor (Jerry Mandy) selling his wares)
  • the entire California trip sequence including their disastrous family picnic scene - littering the area within the expensive estate

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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