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Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:57 pm

I've mentioned before that we all have our favorite movies. And of our favorite movies, we all have our favorite dialogue that enters our daily lives. But sometimes you just randomly think of funny or intriguing stuff. A lot of my favorite dialogue is unprintable on this Web site, but I'll provide a few examples of some enduring words that stay in my head. Some are one-liners, some are conversations - and not all of them profoundly funny - but for some reason they stick in my head.

Like this very endearing scene from Blazing Saddles when Sheriff Bart meets the Waco Kid for the first time in the jail cell:

Bart: Are we awake?

Kid: I don't know. Are we black?

Bart: Yes, we are.

Kid: Then we're awake, but we're very puzzled.

Shirley MacLaine's character in 'Steel Magnolias' had the lion's share of good lines (along with Olympia Dukakis' character) but I love this one:

Ouisa Boudreaux: I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!

From 'The Big Lebowski' (most of the best stuff in this movie is not appropriate) - a conversation between the two Lebowskis:

Big Lebowski: Are you employed, sir?

The Dude: Employed?

Big Lebowski: You don't go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday?

The Dude: Is this a... what day is this?

Big Lebowski: Well, I do work sir, so if you don't mind...

The Dude: I do mind, the Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.

From 'Men In Black' - After Agent J witness an unbelievable scene in a pawn shop in which an alien's head gets blown off and grows back:

Agent K: Searching for a handle on the moment? I can't help you.

From 'Fargo' - Marge Gunderson interviews two hookers at a bar:

Marge: Where you girls from?

Hooker #1: Chaska.

Hooker #2: LeSeure.  But I went to high school in White Bear Lake (Go Bears!).

Marge: Okay, I want you to tell me what these fellas looked like.

Hooker #1: Well, the little guy, he was kinda funny-looking.

Marge: In what way? 

Hooker #1: I dunno.  Just funny-looking.

Marge: Can you be any more specific?

Hooker #1: I couldn't really say.  He wasn't circumcised.

Marge: Was he funny-looking apart from that?

Hooker #1: Yah.

Marge: So you were having sex with the little fella, then? 

Hooker #1: Uh-huh.

Marge: Is there anything else you can tell me about him?

Hooker #1: No.  Like I say, he was funny-looking. More'n most people even.

I use that phrase a lot, and seldom do people get the connection. But I know its origin and it makes me happy.

A couple from 'Arthur' in which Dudley Moore had many of the best lines, but John Gielgud as Hobson had quite a few also:

Arthur: Isn't this fun? Isn't fun the best thing to have? Don't you wish you were me? I know I do.

When Hobson meets a prostitute in Arthur's bed in the morning:

Hobson: Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.

Gloria: Hi.

Hobson: Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.

Who can forget this enlightening line from 'The Usual Suspects'?

Kaiser Soze: The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. And like that - he's gone.

And finally - from 'Tombstone', where Doc Holliday gets all the best lines:

When he meets Johnny Ringo for the first time, speaking to his girlfriend Kate:

Doc: You must be Ringo. [to Big Nose Kate]

Doc: Look, darlin', it's Johnny Ringo. Deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darlin', should I hate him?

Again, Doc: It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.

And before I sign off, I'll leave you with one of my favorite lines of all time:

I'm your Huckleberry.

Good to know.