Which Films Were They? (the answers from Friday’s Film Fun)

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Last Friday, as you know, I posted a fun list of movie quotes from a few of my favorite movies. In case there were a few you couldn’t name, here is the list again, with the movie’s title, and the actor/character who is quoted.


1. “Never assume.” Spencer Tracy as Richard Sumner in Desk Set.

2. “To convince an audience that an illusion is real, the magician creates a plausible diversion.” Robert Preston as Toddy in Victor Victoria.

3. “We have the chair lift, which will be much easier for you.” “What do I do when I get to the top? Ski down?” The second line was Maggie Smith as Jean in Quartet.

4. “Mrs. Prentice says that like her husband I’m a burned-out old shell of a man who cannot even remember what it’s like to love a woman the way her son loves my daughter.” Spencer Tracy as Matt Drayton in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

5. “I’ll have what she’s having.” Estelle Reiner as the lady at the next table in When Harry Met Sally.

6. “There is a leopard on your roof and it’s my leopard and I have to get it and to get it I have to sing.” Katherine Hepburn as Susan in Bringing Up Baby.

7. “Hey, how about… oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie… for as long as we both shall live?” Tom Hanks as Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail.

8. “I’m not interested in myself.” “Not interested in yourself, Red? You’re fascinated! You’re far and away your favorite person in the world.” Katherine Hepburn as Susan Lord and James Stewart as Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story.

9. “I was singing out there today, without permission.” Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music.

10. “Sometimes angels rush in where fools fear to tread.” Cary Grant as Dudley, the Angel in The Bishop’s Wife.

11. “If you’re ever under a falling building and somebody runs up and offers to pick you up and carry you to safety, don’t think, don’t pause, don’t hesitate for a moment, just spit in his eye.” Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace in White Christmas.

12. “You have concerns?” “Yes. Not many. A few. One. I have one concern.” “This wouldn’t have to do with the fact that one of us is president?” Annette Bening as Sydney Ellen Wade and Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd in The American President.

13. “As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth.” Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.

14. “The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.” Danny Kaye as the Jester in The Court Jester.

15. “There are two Girl Guides in the shrubbery.” Colin Firth as Peter in Relative Values.

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I wish I knew how many times I’d watched each of these. The totals would be astonishing, I can tell you that much!

How many of these movies have you seen?


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4 thoughts on “Which Films Were They? (the answers from Friday’s Film Fun)”

  1. I don’t know how I missed your original post last Friday but I’m so glad you posted a follow-up!

    This was such fun, Beth! I read Friday’s post first to test myself (no cheating!) and I knew a few of the lines but not all. 🙂

  2. The ones I already mentioned were accurate. Was on the edge with Court Jester, but got it. Can’t believe I missed Victor/Victoria, The Bishop’s Wife and Miracle on 34th St. Even though I’ve watched White Christmas many times, that meme really through me.

    Here’s one for you: “To despair is to turn your back on God.”

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