Fields was the best at inventing "new" swears. To wit:
"Mother of Pearl"
And he had some pretty good lines, too:
"Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times."
Secretary: "Someday you'll drown in a vat of whiskey."
Fields: "Drown in a vat of whiskey? Oh death, where is thy sting?"
Fields was the best.
I only wish more of his movies were available. There are so many memorable quotes, too, many of which were featured on an LP issued in the late '60s hosted by Gary Owens. An example: instead of asking, "how about breakfast?", the great man asks, "How'd you like to hide the egg and gurgitate a few saucers of Mocha Java?"
Here's a nice collection - it's not everything, tho:
It does have his best two, "It's a Gift" ("No, I don't know a Carl LaFong! Capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g, but if I did know him, I wouldn't admit it!"), and "The Bank Dick" ("I'm very fond of children. Girl children, around eighteen, twenty"), ("Accent grave over the e".)
I have the LP! Wonderful!
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."
Yeah - I think Fields is the funniest man who ever lived!
More on the bullet catch. http://mentalfloss.com/article...forming-bullet-catch
Neither could Mythbusters: http://www.discovery.com/tv-sh...tch-bullet-teeth.htm
Bumping up a very old thread to mention the story of Chung Ling Soo was featured on the excellent Travel Channel program Mysteries at the Museum. The real story took place a few years later than the date given in the book. Also, the "Ching" wasn't either a mistake or deliberate change only on Ray's part. "Ching Ling Soo" is also mentioned in the 1939 movie Miracles For Sale starring Robert Young. It just ended on TCM and the mention is made near the end.
Also, we totally need to find out where this thing is. I, uh, need it.
Also, bullet catch tricks. Kids, do not try at home. Or anywhere: http://www.dailytelegraph.com....f1c6e25f7b83db64c678
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