Cinema fans say it again, Sam
Friday 16 October 1998
A panel of experts and film critics brought together by the Guinness Book of Film voted the smooth spy's introduction the top of a list of 10 all-time great quotes. It was just ahead of Humphrey Bogart's lament in Casablanca: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." The mis-quote, "Play it again Sam," is probably more famous, but what Bogart actually said was: "Play it Sam."
Mae West, the walking aphorism, gets the number-three quote with her line from I'm No Angel: "It's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men." Famous, if not eloquent, is Arnold Schwarzenegger's promise from The Terminator: "I'll be back", which makes number four on the list. The most obscure quote on the list is from Jean Harlow, in her 1930 film Hell's Angels: "Would you be shocked if I changed into something more comfortable?"
The third femme fatale to make the list is Greta Garbo, who is the tenth most famous for her line from Anna Christie: "Gimme a visky with ginger ale on the side - and don't be stinchy, beby." Arguably more famous than its number eight position would suggest, is Clark Gable's rebuff to Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind: "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn." From the Seventies Robert De Niro's funny turn at the mirror in Taxi Driver is immortalised by "You talkin' to me?" which is number nine on the list.
Groucho Marx makes the number seven spot with: "I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thoughts, I'd rather dance with the cows until you come home."
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