Association of ideas: the title of my recent post on the most desirable temperature for buttered toast, reminded me of a conversation I was having with Ian the other evening about memorable moments in movies, such as the closing seconds of Billy Wilder’s enduringly brilliant comedy --- ‘Some Like it Hot’.
In fact, I’d unhesitatingly vote Joe E Brown’s “Well, nobody’s perfect!” as the Number One of my ‘Top Ten Last Lines from the Movies’.
Of course, you really have to see the film to understand the context and I’m not into ‘spoilers’!
My other nine candidates, for what they’re worth, are:
“You finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
“Oh, no! It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.”
“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.”
“Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home.”
“I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!”
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
“All right, Mr De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up.”
“Hello, everybody. This is Mrs Norman Maine.”
“Goodbye, Mary Poppins. Don't stay away too long.”
And in ‘First Reserve’ position:
"Emily, I have a little confession to make. I really am a horse doctor, but marry me and I'll never look at any other horse."
[Images: Joe E Brown/Jack Lemmon, GoneMovies; Marx Brothers posters available from barewalls]