Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A Kraut by any other name...

The 'Trix wonders why they don't just reproduce the entire script in the IMDb's memorable quotes section of His Girl Friday. She has a point*.

After watching Dr. Strangelove over the weekend, I'm thinking that it deserves the same treatment. There are just too many favorite quotes/moments: Ripper's reasons for launching an unauthorized nuclear attack (bodily fluids), the President's conversation with Dmitri (the Russian PM), any/everything involving the good Dr. Strangelove. But perhaps my most favoritest of favorites is the back-and-forth between General Turgdison and his secretary, Miss Scott. You know, it goes a little something like this:

Miss Scott: Freddie, the thing is, the General is in the powder room right now. Could you tell me what it's about? Just a second... [shouting] Apparently they monitored a transmission about eight minutes ago from Burpleson Air Force Base. [to phone] Right. [shouting] It was directed to the 843'rd bomb wing on airborne alert. [to phone] Yeah. [shouting] It decoded as Wing Attack, Plan R.

Turgidson: Um ah, tell him to call uh what's his name. Base commander. Ripper. I have to think of everything?

Miss Scott: [to phone] The General suggests you call General Ripper, the 843rd base commander. Oh. [shouting] All communications are dead.

Turgidson: Bull! Tell him to do it himself.

Miss Scott: Freddie, the General asks if you could possibly try again yourself. I see. [shouting] He says he's tried personally several times, but everything is dead. Even the normal phone lines are shut down.

Damn. It doesn't read nearly as well. You'll have to take my word for it: hi-lar-ious. If it's not your favorite... well, fine. I don't blame you. Hell, upon next viewing, it probably won't be mine either.

Humor me: your vote for favorite Strangelove moment in the comment section.

*This is the perfect time to point out that the His Girl Friday script was 180 pages long. In any other universe, that would equal a roughly three hour running time. But in Hawksville, where people talk, uh, faster, that translates to ninety minutes. Go figure.


At 6:28 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

There's no fighting in here, this is the war room!

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?... Can you imagine how I feel about it, Dmitri?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... Of course I like to speak to you!... Of course I like to say hello!.

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

At 7:53 AM, Blogger Tommy said...

Not a quote but General "Buck" Turgidson's faces in the war room. He kills me.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Dmitri Karamazov said...

"Children's ice cream, Mandrake!"

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