June 17, 2016

"What a gorgeous day! What effulgent sunshine!"

13 comments:

Marc Puckett said...

'What fiendish trick will he resort to next?' Ha. W.C. Fields, that Trump fellow....

mockturtle said...

Is that the film where W.C. says [to Hudson, his daughter], 'Never give a sucker an even break'?

HoodlumDoodlum said...

mockturtle said...
Is that the film where W.C. says [to Hudson, his daughter], 'Never give a sucker an even break'?


YouTube: Mark Knopfler - Sucker Row


Youtube: Never Give a Sucker An Even Break (1941) full movie

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Phrase origin discussion: never give a sucker an even break

Thinking more about the phrase Knopfler used in his lyrics, our friend Ben became convinced that that other famous showman, W.C. Fields, had something to do with it. Sure enough, Wikipedia revealed that Fields had written and starred in a 1941 film called “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.” He had used the phrase several times before, first in a 1936 film called “Poppy,” and then in 1939’s “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man.”

David said...

Yes it is. Wisconsin weather at its best today. So glad to be here.

coupe said...
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Wilbur said...

A marvelous 9 minutes of genius.

tim in vermont said...

I stole "pulchritude" from Fields.

The Cracker Emcee said...

Fun to think of the guys and gals in some 1930's Universal City bungalow recording the Poppy number. Wonder what the '40's had in store for them. It was a very, very different world, physically still manifested in so many buildings, public works, and family heirlooms, but psychologically, absolutely vanished.

mockturtle said...

My favorite Fields film was It's a Gift. Great scenes with the bowling ball bumping down the stairs and the blind man in the store. Kumquats! Fields had the best sense of comic timing in all of show biz, IMO.

bagoh20 said...

The American poor used to be better dressed than the modern wealthy, at least in the movies.

coupe said...

I like International House when Peggy says "I'm sitting on something" and WC Fields says "I lost mine in the Stock Market".

They find out she is sitting on "a pussy"...

meow...

ganderson said...

" I remember the time we were lost in the wilds of Afghanistan; we lost our corkscrew and had to survive on food and water for more than three days." or

"I like children; girl children 18-21 years of age."