Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 9

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

I'm No Angel (1933)

With Mae West as carnival queen, lion tamer and dazzling international small-time, vamp circus star performer Tira who delivers innumerable risque one-liners and memorable quips; in the scene of her self-defense in the courtroom scene when she sues Jack Clayton (Cary Grant) for breach of promise and acts as her own lawyer (wearing a floor-length black gown and fur wrap), she strides past the jury and quips: "How am I doin'?" - followed by her classic line after the trial is over: "Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men!"

The In-Laws (1979)

A light-hearted, odd-couple comedy with the funny and unpredictable teaming of the title's in-laws: Alan Arkin (as respected, mildly neurotic NYC dentist Sheldon Kornpett) and Peter Falk (as lunatic but wily CIA agent Vince Ricardo); all of Vince's wild tales such as the one about tse-tse flies the size of eagles that carry off native children: "The enormous flies flapping slowly away into the sunset, small brown babies clutched in their beaks"; the wild adventure taken by them from Manhattan to a Central American dictatorship (the Latin American republic of Tijada) led by a counterfeiter General Garcia with the scene of the song repertoire of the firing squad, and the "Serpentine! Serpentine" scene; and the lines of dialogue, such as: "There's no reason to shoot at me, I'm a dentist"

It Happened One Night (1934)

The famous hitchhiking scene during their cross-country trek between recently-fired and cocky newspaperman Peter Warne (Clark Gable) and spoiled runaway heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) about the best thumbing techniques - he demonstrates his technique which fails miserably, then she tries by provocatively hiking up her skirt above the knee, and exposing a shapely, stockinged leg and garter - an immediately-effective technique that causes the next car to screech to a halt; also the classic "Walls of Jericho" sequence separating the beds of Ellie and Peter in an autocamp

It's a Gift (1934)

The classic scene of blind, hard-of-hearing Mr. Muckle's (Charles Sellon) visit to small-town Harold Bissonette's (W.C. Fields) grocery store and inevitably wrecking it, while another pompous, impatient customer Jasper Fitchmueller (Morgan Wallace) insists on ten pounds of cumquats as quickly as possible; the scene of Harold's inability to take a nap on his back porch due to 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) with grapes, a noisy 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); also the disastrous picnic area littering scene in an expensive estate

Jackass: The Movie (2002)

The scene of the prank called "golf course airhorn" - the sounding of a loud airhorn just as an unsuspecting golfer swings his/her club, to deliberately aggravate the player

Jaws (1975)

Hooper's (Richard Dreyfuss) wordless mockery of Quint (Robert Shaw) by sarcastically crushing a styrofoam cup after Quint crushes a beer can with one hand

The Jerk (1979)

The many dim-witted bumblings of the 'jerk' Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin): "I was born a poor black child" - such as when he is a weight-guesser at a carnival: "For one dollar, I'll guess your weight, your height or your sex"; the hilarious "That's All I Need" scene in which he describes to Marie Kimble Johnson (Bernadette Peters) the only things he needs to take - all trivial possessions: ("Well, I'm gonna go then. And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff and I don't need you. I don't need anything -- except this, this ash tray, and that's the only thing I need is this! I don't need nothin' but this - just this ash tray, and this paddle game. The ash tray and the paddle game - and that's all I need, and this - the remote control. The ash tray, the paddle game and the remote control, that's all I need. And these matches. The ash tray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball. And this lamp. That's right. This paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too! I don't need one other thing. Not one - I need this - the paddle game and the chair and the remote control and the matches, for sure. Well, what are you looking at? What do you think I am, some kind of a jerk or something? And this. That's all I need. The ash tray, the remote control, and this paddle game, and this magazine and the chair...I don't need one other thing, except my dog (The dog growls at him) I don't need my dog"); also the scene of Navin's discovery of his "special purpose", the cat-juggling scene, Navin's "sophisticated" mansion, the "He hates these cans" scene at the gas station, and the calling of Navin's dog (named 'Shithead')

Jurassic Park (1993)

The many off-handed remarks by hipster mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), including the classic line: "That's a big pile of s--t!" on seeing a five foot pile of dinosaur dung, and the wisecrack after being chased in a jeep by a rampaging T-Rex: "Do you think they'll have that on the tour?"

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

The 1976 out-take footage during the end credits - of Dustin Hoffman doing an unscripted, impromptu impersonation of Robert Evans giving a 1996 President-Elect acceptance speech on the set of Marathon Man (1976)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

The scene in which six-year-old Billy Kramer (Justin Henry), son of separated-divorced parents, surprises a very naked Phyllis Bernard (JoBeth Williams) en route to the bathroom, as she stutters while introducing herself: "I'm a friend, uh, business associate of your father's"; the boy asks the embarrassed and flustered woman: "Do you like fried chicken?"; afterwards, she tells the boy's father Ted (Dustin Hoffman) in the bedroom: "Kramer, I just met your son"

The Lady Eve (1941)

Writer/director Preston Sturges' greatest comedy with offbeat characters and great dialogue, including the scene of predatory and deceitful con artist and cardsharp Jean Harrington (Barbara Stanwyck) inviting gullible, snake-loving ale heir Charles "Hopsie" Pike (Henry Fonda) to sit next to her on a divan on board a ship -- when he falls to the floor, she reclines on the chaise, leaning over and wrapping her arms around his neck and caressing his hair, face and earlobe - while his eyes close; as they talk, she cradles his head with her right arm, and nuzzles close to his cheek - tantalizing him and driving him wild; and later the scenes of Jean's elaborate scam to pose as her own virtuous sister - the bewitching Lady Eve Sidwich to seduce Hopsie - a second time - aboard a train on their wedding night when she tells him (to his dismay) about all her past lovers (Angus, Herman, Vernon, Cecil, Hubert, Herbert, and John); also -- all of the painful pratfalls that Hopsie endures in the film

The Ladykillers (1955, UK)

This "Ealing comedy" plot line was about a motly group of bumbling mobsters under assumed names (Claude (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green)), who are planning on a robbery caper of 60,000 pounds from security vehicles, led by devious, eccentric, pasty-faced and buck-toothed criminal mastermind Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness); they rent an upstairs room (and pretend to be musicians in a 'string quartet' in an ongoing gag in which they camouflage their activities by playing a gramophone) in the London house of seemingly harmless and gullible, but prim and proper landlady Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) -- dubbed "Mrs. Lopsided" -- who proceeds to outwit and foil their plan at every step; the scene of the reluctant drawing of straws to decide who will be the 'ladykiller' - and Marcus' assertion: "Mrs. Wilberforce, I don't think you understand the intricacies of the situation"

Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes
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