Okay, possibly not the “funniest movie line ever,” as it’s billed on YouTube — but pretty funny… Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in the 1940 movie, The Ghost Breakers

11 Responses to Hilarious…

  1. Jeff says:

    A hilarious line in any form. But in the hands of the great Bob Hope, it certainly is one of the funniest lines of all time. As I watch his face as he hears the “horrible” description of the zombies, there isn’t a hint of the line to come. His timing was genius, true genius. Bob was a Comedian first, at the expense of any party. My cousin, Gene Casey was a musical director and good friends with Dorothy Lamour and her husband and they dined with Bob 2 or 3 times a year. True to his on screen Republican personna, he never once offered to pick up a dinner check in the 15 or 20 evenings my cousin spent time with him. However, he was certainly bi-partisan in the laughs he sought:

    “It gave dirty politics a bad name.” –On the Watergate affair

    “I always like to go to Washington D.C. It gives me a chance to visit my money.” –On touring the U.S. Treasury

    “I need money. I have a staff of 30, and four houses, never mind the government, to support.”

    “It’s so cold here in Washington, D.C., that politicians have their hands in their own pockets.”

    “The Democrats have an answer to the unemployment problem. They’re all running for the presidency.” –On the many Democrats running for president in 1988

    “I don’t know if the presidential candidates are running for the White House or Animal House.” –On Gary’s Hart’s campaign for president

    “Clinton loves to make long speeches. In fact, this will be the first inaugural address with an intermission.”

    “(Dan) Quayle thinks Roe vs. Wade are two ways to cross the Potomac.”

    “Ronald Reagan is not a typical politician because he doesn’t know how to lie, cheat, and steal. He’s always had an agent do that.”

    “Ronnie’s hero is Calvin Coolidge and Nancy’s is Calvin Klein.” –On the Reagans

    “I don’t know what people have against Jimmy Carter. He’s done nothing.” –Campaigning for Ronald Reagan against Carter

    “Everything Reagan does, Gorbachev does him one better. Reagan wears the flag of his country on his lapel. Gorby wears the map of his country on his forehead.”

    • Thank you for getting it perfectly — and for supplying so much additional hilarity. The punchline could have been “Republicans,” and it would have been equally hilarious. But this was 1940, when Democrats controlled everything, almost including the Supreme Court with FDR’s infamous court-packing plan, so at the time, the punchline really had to be “Democrats.” And you’re right, the comic timing, and hintlessness of the line to come, was stupendous. And of course, Democrats and Republicans were very different animals in 1940 than they are in 2011 — but it’s still damn funny.

  2. Jeff says:

    Remember Walter Brennan in “Meet John Doe”? I watched that a dozen times or more at Nostalgia. Brennan’s character was the first Tea Party / OWS cross-over. He warned constantly of the “Healots” and tried to get Gary Cooper to just go back to living life as a hobo. Lot of relevancy in some of those old classics to today.

  3. Larry Beck says:

    With Roosevelt fixing to win his 3rd election as president I can see where many would find this funny. I did when I first saw it. Hope was always a gentleman though. Today some would take his sense of humor and dehumanize others with it.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    Hil-ar-ious!!! Can’t stop laughing xD

    Thank you! Here’s a token of my gratitude. Watch the whole thing. It’s TOO FUNNY!


    • Yeah, I actually just finished watching the episode in real time. Very funny, though I’ve seen better Stewart episodes. Very talented and smart comedian.

      • Jacqueline says:

        “It’s gotta be hard to love America so much, yet hate 75% of the people living in it.” -Jon Stewart, 10/18/11
        Btw, re your OWS anti-Semitism post- please read the Anti-Defamation League’s response to your allegation. They think you’re being paranoid. Here’s an article from the Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Features/Inthespotlight/article.aspx?id=242354

        • J — like I said, funny episode, just not the funniest from a very funny and smart man. On the OWS anti-Semitism post (with apologies to readers, since I intended this “Hilarious…” post as light-hearted and fun), no, “they don’t think I’m being paranoid,” because, again, my point in that post was to decry a double standard. Some anti-Semitic people in OCW doesn’t make the entire movement anti-Semitic — just as some racist people in the Tea People doesn’t make the entire movement racist. The virulence with which some liberals have reacted to that post kind of precisely makes my point. I struggled in several much earlier posts to argue that the Tea Party was not racist, even though that appeared to be not only the narrative that liberals were determined to believe, but that a few liberals were determined to make up with Saul Alinsky-style tactics. So you can imagine my personal satisfaction in discovering an analogy, with the roles reversed, that could unite us in stopping precisely this kind of argument. Alas, following the logic of your comment, it appears some liberals are content with the cognitive dissonance of insisting that the Tea Party is racist but the OWS anti-Semites are just weird outliers with no credibility (notwithstanding the resurgence of anti-Semitism on the left globally). I don’t believe that’s necessarily true of you or other liberals I know, but it would help if liberals simply recognized the possibility of a double-standard here and forthrightly resolved not to be party to it.

          • Jacqueline says:

            I didn’t even read your “OWS & Anti-Semitism” post, because I figured you had written a piece accusing me of being an anti-Semite. Perhaps you can edit the title to “OWS, the Tea Party, and Double Standards”? So as not to piss off liberal friends such as myself? Also, I have a request- I’d love to know your views on new voting laws which require IDs from voters. Would you be so kind as to write a post on said topic?

  5. Jacqueline says:

    If you don’t have time to watch the whole 21 minutes, just watch the first 9. You’re welcome, in advance.

  6. Hahaha! Boooooo! 😛

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