Friday, May 24

Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow

What is it about famous lines that made them famous? There are tons of them. "Kiss me, you fool." Why do those words stick in our minds? Of course, some of them got a little messed up over the years. For example, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca never said "Play it again, Sam," The actual line was, "Play it, Sam."

One of my favorites was Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not. "You know how to whistle don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." Then there are the more recent ones. "I'll have what she's having." from When Harry Met Sally.  

Some of these lines just catch on. I can't help but wonder why. Is it the delivery? Or is just a damn good line?      


  1. I don't know the answer to that for sure, but I'd guess to the side of it being the delivery. ("Go ahead--make my day...") Good post, Shawn.

  2. I think that movie quotes are born because they are universal. Like the "I'll have what she's having".

    One we use around our house is from the TV show, Sarah Connor Chronicles. They're all getting ready to go somewhere and John Connor says, "I call shotgun."

    And the cyborg/human says, "I call 9 millimeter."

    And from Silverado: "Geez, Paden, the body ain't even could yet."

    and: "That ain't right. And I've had enough of what ain't right."

    We do a lot of movie quotes around my house :)

  3. And from Top Gun: Take me to bed or lose me forever :)
    Another Meg Ryan gem