February 8, 2012


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 F├╝hrer, 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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Mike said...

Came across your novels here too. Downloaded them onto my iPad and found them really thought-provoking – especially the twists in Soul Stealer and ending of The de Clerambault Code. Real treat for a psychological suspense/thriller bookworm like me!
PS Re the post, don’t seem to make memorable movie endings like they used to!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Hah! I need to put all of those great movies on my Netflix Que and watch them again!!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Happy L Day!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Lola and Nora,

Great post, I enjoyed this and thinking of the famous lines in movies.
Gone with the wind, is such a great movie, and I love the line... frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Must watch the movie again.
Hope that you are enjoying your week.

Sending hugs

Lavender Cottage said...

Fun post, brought back memories of some good movies.

Pondside said...

My sister and I have a running joke - always using that last line from Gone With the Wind.

Judie said...

Hahaha! I batted 1000 with these! What a fun post! Brava!

anitamombanita said...

great post! I'm lousy at remembering ANY lines from movies, no matter if they are the first, the last or horribly lost somewhere in the middle!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What fun! I haven't heard some of these before. I love number 4.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What fun! I haven't heard some of these before. I love number 4.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Some of those movies I've never seen, but I always remember the line from Gone With The Wind. It's a classic.

Riet said...

This is a great post. I remember several of them.

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I am terrible for knowing lines from movies. I need to start watching more of the oldies but goodies. Thanks for a tour of some great ones.

Jo said...

What a great take on the L ... this was such an interesting post!

Karen S. said...

Oh yeah, I know some of these...great L post!

Jenny said...

I NEVER remember the last lines of movies! I usually fall asleep before the ending, sadly.

I'm going to remember some of these, though, and give my husband a quiz. He'll be amazed that I actually know some of them!

Thanks for a deLightful link for the letter "L" this week.


Sue said...

These were fun to remember!


Nezzy said...

Oh how fun this was. The last word always leaves the last impression on a body.

God bless ya sweetie and have an extraordinary day!!!

Annesphamily said...

These are some great lines! I loved visiting you today! You are quite clever! Come visit soon. Hugs Anne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was so much fun to read --so many of these movies bring back memories and their last lines are iconic! I'm a big Humphrey Bogart fan and loved the Maltese Falcon and Casablnca so i'm glad you included them.

cassandrasminicorner said...

Nice..Thank's for sharing;)

Visiting for RT 2- hope you can stop by:)


City Share said...

These are all great. I don't know which one I like the best. Makes me feel like watching a good movie this weekend.

Happy L Day.

wifetoalineman02 said...

I am not familiar with those lines but looks like they are great actors/actress :-) Visiting from Ruby Tuesdays 2, hope that you can return the visit too.


Esther Joy said...

I agree with the comment above, last lines do leave lasting impressions! What an interesting post for the letter L!

Splendid Little Stars said...

just talking a bout Gone With the Wind last night! Scarlett was certainly an optimist and repeated this line often throughout the book.

Recently saw Some Like It Hot. That was such a funny scene!

bichonpawz said...

I do believe I like the first one about the moon and the stars the best!!! Hope all's well with you both! xoxo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

anney said...

I've seen Gone With The Wind and King kong while the others I've yet to see.
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Kim, USA said...

I have several favorite lines but I forgot it, lol! Think of being oldie hahaha. Happy Valentines day!

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Tasty Red Happy Valentine's Day!


I must say...this is one of the best blog posts I've ever come across. I so love movies. What a special treat for the day!!!

My link today is HEARTS & SHADOWS Do come by for a visit if you can find time. I'd love your company. Happy Valentine's Day!!

Robin said...

Ahh, Casablanca. Definitely a favorite of mine.

Thanks for the heads up about your other book - I'll check it out :).

Liza said...

Great post. Happy RT!

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Duchess of Tea said...

Hello my darlings

I popped in to wish you a day filled with love.

Love & Hugs

~~Carol~~ said...

Fun post! The only movies I remember the last lines to are Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Other than those two, I can't think of any others!
Happy REDnesday,

Marie Antionette said...

Love it Lola,
And Happy Valentine's Day to you Dear!!!
Love the old classics.
My Mothers famous last words...Can't win for losing...
So true...
XXOO Marie Antionette

Jenny said...

I loved seeing your puppy picture on Judie's blog. You are as adorable today as you were then! You haven't aged a bit, darling.

S said...

Of course, GWTW is my all-time fave; but I may have to check out some of those others. Thanks for sharing.