Running Lines: Mixing Quotes into Your Lingo

If you’re a classic film fan, it’s almost a given that many people you greet in your daily life won’t know what you’re talking about. Topics like the cool pre-code you watched last night or how you’re still angry that Gloria Swanson didn’t win the Academy Award for “Sunset Boulevard” are most likely met with a blank stare.

Even still, classic films are so immersed into our daily life and thoughts, that it’s hard not to casually quote a film in your daily speak. I don’t mean outrageous and obvious quotes that would get you called into Human Resources. (See: Standing on your desk and shouting “Look at me, Ma! Top of the world!” or ending a meeting with “Frankly, my dear I don’t give a damn.”)

For me, there are simple, catchy film quotes that I slip into my conversations on the sly; fully knowing that no one around me will understand that I’m referring to a film.

Here are six examples of a few of the movies I quote regularly:

Battleground (1949)

Plot: The 101st Airborne Division is fighting in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

"That's for sure, that's for dang sure" —Battleground (1949) (Comet Over Hollywood/Jessica P screen cap)

“That’s for sure, that’s for dang sure” —Battleground (1949)
(Comet Over Hollywood/Jessica P screen cap)

The division is made up of various personalities from all over the United States. One of the soldiers, Abner Spudler (Jerome Courtland) is supposed to be a little more country than the rest and repeatedly says “That’s for sure, that’s for dang sure,” when he agrees with someone.

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Upcoming Comet blogathon: Child Stars

Hello folks,

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke.  Comet Over Hollywood is hosting it’s second blogathon.

It’s been nearly a year since I held my first blogathon: “Gone Too Soon” honoring actors who passed away before the age of 50.

Child stars in "Our Gang"

Child stars in “Our Gang”

My sophomore blogathon effort will be recognizing child stars.

This includes any child actor or actress who performed in films or on television. Topics can vary from a specific individual, non-profits who help young actors or to general treatment of children in the Golden Era.

This post is to gauge interest, but if you would like to go ahead and reserve your topic, feel free to leave a comment doing so.

I’m scheduling the blogathon Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26, 2013.

I look forward to hearing your post ideas and will post blog banners in mid-April. Thank you all for reading Comet Over Hollywood.



Those interested so far:

Comet Over Hollywood– Review of Dickie Moore’s book “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (And Don’t Have Sex or Take the Car) and review of Annette Funicello’s book “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

My Love of Old Hollywood- Freddie Bartholomew

Journeys in Classic Films-Natalie Wood or Sandra Dee

Hollywood Revue Blog – Baby Peggy

A Person in the Dark– Hayley Mills

The Motion Pictures– Skippy Homeier

The Filmelist 

Portraits by Jenni – Jane Withers

Girls Do Film– Jackie Coogan

Critica Retro– Dean Stockwell and Roddy MacDowall

Aurora’s Gin Joint– George Winslow

Silver Screenings– Billy Chaplin

The Lady Eve– Tommy Kirk

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