Friday, January 25, 2008

Okay, Smartypants

Match each statement below with the person who said it. Answers will be in comments.

A. Play it again, Sam

B. You dirty rat!

C. Beam me up, Scotty

D. I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and tears

E. Let them eat cake

F. I only regret that I have but one life to give to my country

G. Give me liberty or give me death

H. The British are coming

I. Any man who hates children and dogs can't be all bad

J. I rob banks because that's where the money is

K. We don't need no stinkin' badges

L. Elementary, my dear Watson

M. Me Tarzan, you Jane


1. Winston Churchill

2. Captain Kirk

3. Nathan Hale

4. Mexican federales in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

5. Tarzan

6. W.C. Fields

7. Marie Antoinette

8. James Cagney

9. Patrick Henry

10. Willie Sutton

11. Rick (Bogart) in "Casablanca"

12. Sherlock Holmes

13. Paul Revere

14. Nobody


Jess Wundrun said...

The answer to all the questions is 14-Nobody.

These are all statements that have been misattributed, never said or somewhat altered.

A. Bogart said "If she can stand it, I can stand it. Play it!"

B. Cagney simply never said "you dirty rat."

C. Captain Kirk said "Enterprise, beam us up," or "Beam us up, Mr. Scott". The closest he came was the fourth episode: "Scotty, beam me up".

D. The actual quote by Churchill was "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat". There is a version that gets broadcast as though it were Churchill, but that was a recreation by an actor after Churchill's words were edited slightly.

E. Marie Antoinette simply didn't say it. Rousseau wrote it in 1766 and attributed it to an unnamed princess in 1740, which was well before Marie was born.

F. Nathan Hale's last words were never recorded. Witnesses say Hale "behaved with composure and resolution, saying he thought it the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.

G. There is no record of Henry's speech to the second Virginia Convention in March of 1775. Jefferson and Washington, present for the speech, never even mentioned it.

H. Paul Revere said "the regulars are out" which wouldn't have had the same resonance in Longfellows poem as "the British are coming"

I. Someone else used the line "any man who hates children and dogs..." to describe WC Fields. But Fields himself didn't say it.

J. Willie Sutton didn't say he robbed banks because that's where the money is. He did, however say "The credit belongs to some enterprising reporter who apparently felt a need to fill out his copy. I can't even remember when I first read it. It just seemd to appear one day and then it was everywhere."

K. The "we don't need no stinkin' badges' line was used in Blazing Saddles, true. In "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" the line is "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges".

L. To clarify, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote the words "Elementary, my dear Watson". However I would give you back a point if you argued strenuously enough that it was frequently said in the movies.

M. The actual dialogue in the Tarzan movie is "Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan." You get the picture.

dguzman said...

I Delia. I fooled by most of these.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

You got us, are you happy now smart ass?

Zoey & Me said...

No. I'm sure Tarzan had to have said, at one point in time, "me Tarzan, you Jane." It just makes sense to say that. So the answer is "Tarzan".

Jess Wundrun said...

zoey or me, whoever I'm speaking to here see, this is why Regis Philbin was such a sucky game show host and Alex Trebek rocks. Alex would say you are wrong and Regis would say 'I've got no fuckin' idea, I just read what's on the monitor.'

I'm somewhere between Regis and Alex.

1/2 point for you.

Sorghum Crow said...

Bologna, next you'll be telling us that Lassie never said that Timmy in in the well....