Dear readers, for this week's Alphabe-Thursday *L* IS FOR *L*AST WORDS, FAMOUS *L*AST WORDS - OFMOVIES!
Everyone has personal favourites. Maybe it’s "Don't let's ask for the moon! We have the stars!" – the famous last
lines of Now, Voyager (1942) spoken by Bette Davis. Now, while it is true there have been movies that have not ended well, it is also true there have been movies that have not started well. However, I don’t believe this is the case with any of the following. Any here your favourites?
1. Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939)
“I’ll go home and I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day!” The optimistic reaction of the determined southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh, above) when a terminally exasperated Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) gives up with: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”.
2. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
“Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” (To Jack Nicholson character)
3. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that – poof – he’s gone!” (Kevin Spacey about criminal character)
4. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Said by nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to collaborationist police chief Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains)
5. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
“Well, nobody’s perfect!” (Much married millionaire Osgood Fielding III (Joe E Brown, left) after “Daphne’s” (Jack Lemmon) confession “I’m a man!”
6. King Kong (Ernest Schoedsack, 1933)
“Oh no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.” The epitaph on the giant ape Kong, shot dead by fighter planes after carrying Fay Wray to the top of the Empire State Building.
7. The Front Page (Lewis Milestone, 1931)
“The son of a bitch stole my watch!” The final line of the 1928 newspaper comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, delivered by the cynical yellow-press editor Walter Burns over the telephone as a message to the police, his ultimate dirty trick to prevent ace reporter Hildy Johnson escaping from his services.
8. Little Caesar (Mervyn LeRoy, 1931)
“Mother of mercy! Is this the end of Rico?” The last words of the dying gangster in the Warner Bros film that made a star of Edward G Robinson 9. Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
“Mein Führer, I can walk!” Dr Strangelove (Peter Sellers), the German-born wheelchair-bound US presidential adviser’s shocking final line that suggests an ultimate triumph of the will 10. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
“The stuff that dreams are made of.” PI Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to San Francisco cop (Ward Bond) who holds up the fake version of the priceless Maltese Falcon and asks: “It’s heavy, what is it?” ANY OTHER LAST LINES OF MOVIES/ BOOKS/PLAYS SPRING TO MIND?
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