Friday, 2 June 2017

" I detest cheap sentiment!"

"What a story...Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end!" 
So wisecracked the dresser Birdie Coonan at Eve Harrington's sob story in All About Eve.

I adore sassy Hollywood, always have done.
I wish I could be as cool as Ida Corwin from Mildred Pierce who commentated about the odious Veda Pierce by puffing on her cigarette and throwing out the quip " Personally I think alligators have the right idea...they eat their young"  and I would kill to be able to roll my eyes like Bette Davis and spit out a "what a dump!" remark when the need arises.

This clip of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart talking about sex in The Big Sleep is a clever example of how the Hayes code was sideswiped by metaphor and innuendo


  1. "just put your lips together and blow"
    "it's even better when you help"

    some of my fave bogie & bacall lines

  2. George Sanders has some wonderful lines in All About Eve, but my favourite is Bette's "Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy night."

    Barbara Stanwyck, in Double Indemnity, is all-out great: (ice)cool, sassy.....rotten to the core.

  3. I'm not familiar with the film but I think I'll definitely be looking it up shortly. Thanks for the recommendation x

  4. I'm not familiar with the film but I think I'll definitely be looking it up shortly. Thanks for the recommendation x

  5. Oh man .... I grew up in a cinema :)
    My mom was very young, her sisters were too, so what did they do during the day ? go to the cinema.
    I came along .. small tragedies occurred ... I became part of the group who went to the cinema .. at a very young age, I learned how to be quiet.
    I think of all of them, Bette Davis was / is my favorite .. you could hate her and love her at the same time.
    There is nothing quite so perfect as sitting in a dark theater with or without that bucket of popcorn and getting lost in another time and place with people like them ..

  6. OMG I didn't know they had sex in those days!

  7. At the risk of another innuendo, what a magnificent entrance.


  8. Bogart is so cool. I may even take up smoking again.

  9. I HAVE used the "What a dump" line and rolled the eyes. I lost count.

    1. LOL, I think you are not alone in that :)

  10. Not to take anything away from Bette Davis, who I love, but she says that "what a dump" line kind of offhandedly in BEYOND THE FOREST. It's really Liz Taylor's imitation in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF that made it legendary.

  11. 1942, To Be Or Not To Be.

    Maria Tura: No, no, no. I think we've talked much too much about me. Tell me about yourself.

    Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski: Well, there isn't much to tell. I just fly a bomber.

    Maria Tura: Oh, how perfectly thrilling!

    Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski: I don't know about it being thrilling. But it's quite a bomber. You might not believe it, but I can drop three tons of dynamite in two minutes.

    Maria Tura: Really?

    Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski: Does that interest you?

    Maria Tura: It certainly does.

  12. And just for the heck of it, a quote from Groucho Marx:

    "Sex at my age is like trying to shoot pool with a rope."

  13. They don't make 'em like they used to!

  14. Lauren Bacall, without doubt the sexiest woman ever to walk upon this earth! X

  15. What inspired this post? Not your usual....

  16. And a happy happy belated birthday to you.


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