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Horse Feathers (1932) Poster

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Professor Wagstaff: You know you've got the brain of a four-year old child, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.

Baravelli: [through speakeasy's door] Who are you?

Professor Wagstaff: I'm fine, thanks, who are you?

Baravelli: I'm fine too, but you can't come in unless you give the password.

Professor Wagstaff: Well, what is the password?

Baravelli: Aw, no. You gotta tell me. Hey, I tell what I do. I give you three guesses. It's the name of a fish.

Professor Wagstaff: Is it Mary?

Baravelli: Ha-ha. That's-a no fish.

Professor Wagstaff: She isn't? Well, she drinks like one. Let me see: Is it sturgeon?

Baravelli: Hey, you crazy. Sturgeon, he's a doctor cuts you open when-a you sick. Now I give you one more chance.

Professor Wagstaff: I got it. Haddock.

Baravelli: That's-a funny. I gotta haddock, too.

Professor Wagstaff: What do you take for a haddock?

Baravelli: Well-a, sometimes I take-a aspirin, sometimes I take-a Calamel.

Professor Wagstaff: Say, I'd walk a mile for a Calamel.

Baravelli: You mean chocolate calamel. I like that too, but you no guess it. Hey, what's-a matter, you no understand English? You can't come in here unless you say, "Swordfish." Now I'll give you one more guess.

Professor Wagstaff: ...swordfish, swordfish... I think I got it. Is it "swordfish"?

Baravelli: Hah. That's-a it. You guess it.

Professor Wagstaff: Pretty good, eh?

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Baravelli: You gotta brother?

Mullen: No.

Baravelli: You gotta sister?

Mullen: Yeah.

Baravelli: Well-a, you sister, she's a very sick man, you better come with us.

Mullen: Yeah? What happened to her?

Baravelli: She hadda accident in her automobile.

McCarthy: Ah, she has no automobile.

Baravelli: Well-a, maybe she's-a fall off-a horse. I don't-a look very close. Come on, we take you in our car.

Mullen: You will, eh? Well, I have no sister.

Baravelli: That's all right. We no gotta car. Come on.

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[Wagstaff's looking in a microscope]

Biology Professor: What do you think of that slide?

Professor Wagstaff: Well, I think he was safe at second, but it was very close.

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Connie: Oh, Professor, you're full of whimsy.

Professor Wagstaff: Can you notice it from there? I'm always that way after I eat radishes.

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Professor Wagstaff: Tomorrow we start tearing down the college.

The Professors: But, Professor, where will the students sleep?

Professor Wagstaff: Where they always sleep: in the classroom.

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Frank: Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son.

Professor Wagstaff: My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible.

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Professor Wagstaff: Who was that?

Connie: The ice man.

Professor Wagstaff: Is that so? Well, you can't pull the wool over my ice.

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Professor Wagstaff: I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived.

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Professor: The trustees have a few suggestions they would like to submit to you.

Professor Wagstaff: I think you know what the trustees can do with their suggestions.

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[in canoe]

Professor Wagstaff: I was gonna get a flat bottom but the girl at the boat house didn't have one.

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Professor Wagstaff: You know, this is the first time I've been out in a canoe since I saw "The American Tragedy."

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Biology Professor: Here is the liver.

Professor Wagstaff: What, no bacon? I'd send that back if I were you.

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Connie: If icky baby don't learn about the football signals, icky baby gonna cwy.

Professor Wagstaff: If icky girl keep on talking that way, big stwong man's gonna kick all of her teef wight down her fwoat.

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Professor Wagstaff: I think you've got something there, but I'll wait outside until you clean it up.

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Baravelli: You sing-a high.

Connie: Yes, I have a falsetto voice.

Baravelli: That's-a funny; my last pupil she had-a false set-a teeth.

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Jennings: If this is a singing lesson I'm a ring-tailed monkey!

Professor Wagstaff: This is a singing lesson, and keep your family out of it.

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Professor Wagstaff: [to lecturing anatomy professor] Is this stuff on the level or are you just making it up as you go along?

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Professor Wagstaff: [singing] I don't know what they have to say / It makes no difference anyway / Whatever it is, I'm against it. / No matter what it is or who commenced it, I'm against it! / Your proposition may be good / But let's have one thing understood: / Whatever it is, I'm against it. / And even when you've changed it or condensed it, I'm against it! / For months before my son was born / I used to yell from night till morn: / Whatever it is, I'm against it! / And I've kept yelling since I've first commenced it, I'm against it.

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Retiring President: Eh, by the way, professor, there is no smoking.

Professor Wagstaff: That's what you say.

Retiring President: It would please the faculty if you threw your cigar away.

Professor Wagstaff: The faculty members might as well keep their seats. There'll be no diving for this cigar.

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Baravelli: There's a man outside with a big black moustache.

Professor Wagstaff: Tell him I've got one!

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Jennings: I love good music.

Professor Wagstaff: So do I, let's get out of here.

Jennings: Sit down!

Professor Wagstaff: [to the audience] I've got to stay here, but there's no reason why you folks shouldn't go out into the lobby until this thing blows over.

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Professor Wagstaff: I'm Professor Wagstaff of Huxley College.

Baravelli: That means nothing to me.

Professor Wagstaff: Well, it doesn't mean anything to me either. I'll try it over again. I'm Professor Huxley of Wagstaff College.

Baravelli: Well, you didn't stay at the other college very long.

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Professor Wagstaff: In case I never see you again, which would add ten years to my life, what would you fellas want to play football?

Baravelli: Well, first we want a football.

Professor Wagstaff: Well, I don't know if we've got a football, but if I can find one, would you be interested? I don't want a hasty answer, just sleep on it.

Baravelli: I no think I can sleep on a football.

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Professor Wagstaff: You're heading for a breakdown, why don't you pull yourself to pieces?

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Professor Wagstaff: And I say to you gentlemen that this college is a failure. The trouble is we're neglecting football for education.

Professor in Wagstaff's StudyProfessor in Wagstaff's Study: Exactly. The professor is right.

Professor Wagstaff: Oh, I'm right, am I? Well, I'm not right, I'm wrong. I just said that to test you. Now I know where I'm at- I'm dealing with a couple of snakes. What I meant to say was that there's too much football and not enough education.

Professor in Wagstaff's StudyProfessor in Wagstaff's Study: That's what I think.

Professor Wagstaff: Oh, you do, do you? Well, you're wrong again! If there was a snake here, I'd apologize.

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Professor Wagstaff: [the retiring president has just made a speech] Well, I thought my razor was dull until I heard his speech. And that reminds me of a story that's so dirty I'm ashamed to think of it myself.

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[receptionist opens door to Wagstaff's office where he is conferring with two professors]

Wagstaff's Receptionist: Oh, Professor, the Dean of Science wants to know how soon you can see him. He says he's tired of cooling his heels out here.

Professor Wagstaff: Tell him I'm cooling a couple of heels in here.

[receptionist leaves and re-enters fifteen seconds later]

Wagstaff's Receptionist: The Dean is furious! He's waxing wroth!

Professor Wagstaff: Is Roth out there, too? Tell Roth to wax the Dean for awhile.

[nudges one professor]

Professor Wagstaff: Guess that's bad, huh?

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Jennings: What are you doing here?

Baravelli: Me? I'm the music teacher. I give her singing lessons.

Jennings: [to Connie] Since when are you taking singing lessons?

Baravelli: Since you came in.

Jennings: [to Wagstaff] What are you doing here?

Professor Wagstaff: I'm the plumber. I'm just hanging around in case something goes wrong with her pipes.

[to audience]

Professor Wagstaff: That's the first time I've used that joke in twenty years.

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Professor Wagstaff: Have you ever had any experience as a kidnapper?

Baravelli: You bet. You know what I do when I kidnap somebody? First I call 'em up on the telephone, then I send 'em my chauffer.

Professor Wagstaff: Oh, have you got a chauffer? What kind of a car have you got?

Baravelli: Oh, I no got a car, I just got a chauffer.

Professor Wagstaff: Well maybe I'm crazy, but when you have a chauffer, aren't you supposed to have a car?

Baravelli: Well I had one, but-a you see it cost too much money to keep a car and a chauffer so I sold the car.

Professor Wagstaff: Well that shows you how little I know. I would've kept the car and sold the chauffer.

Baravelli: That's a-no good. I gotta have a chauffer to take me to work in the morning.

Professor Wagstaff: Well if you've got no car, how can he take you to work?

Baravelli: He don't have to take me to work, I no got a job.

Professor Wagstaff: Baravelli, this is the finish: how much would you want to stand at the wrong end of a shooting gallery?

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Professor Wagstaff: [referring to the picture of the pin-up girl] Baravelli, is this your picture?

Baravelli: I don't think so. It no look-a like me.

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Professor Wagstaff: Young man, you'll find as you get older, you can't burn the candle at both ends.

[Harpo pulls out a candle burning at both ends]

Professor Wagstaff: Well, I knew you couldn't burn something at both ends. I thought it was a candle.

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Professor Wagstaff: Why, I'd horsewhip you if I had a horse!

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Professor Wagstaff: Why don't you go home to your wife? I'll tell you what, I'll go home to your wife, and outside of the improvement she'll never know the difference.

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Jennings: [at the College Widow's apartment] Pretty popular place, huh?

Professor Wagstaff: Yes, a hot dog stand would clean up here.

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Professor Wagstaff: Jumping anaconda!

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Frank: Dad, two of the greatest football players in the country hang out in a speakeasy downtown.

Professor Wagstaff: Are you suggesting that I, the president of Huxley College, go into a speakeasy without even giving me the address?

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Football Coach: [sees Wagstaff lying in the middle of the field with a cigar] What are you doing with that cigar in your mouth?

Professor Wagstaff: Why? Do you know another way to smoke it?

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Professor Wagstaff: [in a football huddle] Don't look now, boys, but I think I see the Chemistry Professor up in the stands with the Janitors' wife.

[the football players look up into the stands]

Professor Wagstaff: [hands Pinky a cigar] Here, have a cigar.

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Connie: [Professor Wagstaff and Connie are in a canoe- a duck is swimming nearby. Connie speaks in a baby voice] Is gweat big stwong man gonna tell icky baby all about the bad football signals?

Professor Wagstaff: Was that you or the duck? 'Cause if it was you, I'm going to finish this ride with the duck.

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