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The quote that never died, “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” she said.
Who could forget the buxom Mae West, on stage or screen, speaking lines from her bed?
Another woman from the 20s, who will always be remembered, is still quoted today.
It was in Grand Hotel when Greta Garbo said, “I want to be alone,” in the movie and the play.
The movie greats of thirties and forties are still being viewed on the Turner movie replays.
Casablanca is an example, with a low budget movie set but a brilliance cast and still a-blaze.
“Play it again Sam” has survived generations, with Hoagy Carmichael ‘s song on the keys.
And Bergman asking Sam to “Just play it for old time’s sake, As Time Goes By, please.”
In the movie, To Have and to Hold, with Lauren Bacall, Bogie is still quoted as saying,
“Here’s looking at you kid.” He was 44 years old, and she only 19 at the time she was playing.
Bacall is also quoted for famous remarks. There is one I am sure that you’ll know,
“If you want me, just whistle, you know how. You just put your lips together and blow.”
Bogart and Bergman are still spellbinders in classic movie re-runs.
And we seniors can never forget Betty Davis, whose movies paid off by the tons,
Especially as Margo Channing, in All About Eve, showed her versatile talent side.
Do you remember her famous line, “fasten your seat belts, it going to be a bumpy ride.”
In the movie, Dinner at Eight, Jean Harlow, the blonde bombshell of 1933,
Jean said she “read a book that taught her about future machines destined to be,
That would take the place of every profession, in the future without a doubt.”
But Marie Dressler replied, “My dear, that is something your will never have to worry about.”
A movie in 1951 with Michael Renne, was called The Day the Earth Stood Still,
Where he said, he had “come to visit earth in peace and with good will.”
He was a visitor from space, a pioneer on earth for what was to be,
But just 17 years later we rocketed to the moon for real, and live on TV.
I am sure most everyone remembers Forrest Gump saying, “Stupid is as stupid does.” I’ll bet.
And his grandma said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you will get.”
Again in Apollo 13, Tom Hanks made a statement you will recognize for sure,
“Houston, we have a problem,” while we watched the perilous flight they had to endure.
I made him an offer he can’t refuse,” said the Godfather, for which he became quotable.
First it came from Brando the Godfather, then Al Pacino his son who also became notable.
As for the tough guys there was Robert DiNiro, who asked, “You talking to me?”
That made him quotable, in Taxi Driver, a movie that is a must see.
There are good days and there are bad days, but in Dirty Harry, to coin a cliché,
Clit Eastwood became famous when he said just three small words, “Make my day.”
Another tough guy is an icon for the movies, the Terminator extraordinaire,
“Hasta la vista baby, no problema,” and “I’ll be back,” Schwarzenegger did declare.
Dustin Hoffman said to his mother-in-law to be, “ Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”
Ali McGraw said in Love Story, “True love means never having to say you’re sorry,” you see.
I wonder if you remember three quotes from a political star, who got really big.
The first one is “Maverick”, second is “Hockey Mom”, and the third one is “lipstick on a pig”.
Clarke Gable and Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind are inimitable, and incomparably great.
They set the bar at a height too far, as a goal to be unequaled, it’s just simply too late.
Their quotes are already written in theatrical annals, from the silver screen’s greatest ham.
“Where will I go? What will I do?” Charlotte asked. Rhett said what we’ll never forget,
“FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN.”