Thursday Quotes: Movie Quotes 1960’s Part II

Sound of MusicScene from Sound of Music

The Sound of Music (1965):

“I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children, and definitely not for me. It would be too humiliating.”

BatmanScene from Batman

Batman (1965):

“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumScene from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966):

“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times. Do not fan the girls when they’re wet! But you’ll never learn, you’ll be a eunuch all your life.”

The Good, the Bad & the UglyScene from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966):

“When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.

Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfScene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966):

“Now that we’re through with Humiliate the Host…and we don’t want to play Hump the Hostess yet…how about a little round of Get the Guests?”

Bonnie & ClydeScene from Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde (1967):

“We rob banks.”

Cool Hand LukeScene from Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke (1967):

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

The GraduateScene from The Graduate

The Graduate (1967):

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?”

Night of the Living DeadScene from Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead (1968):

“Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up.”

The Odd CoupleScene from The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple (1968):

“I can’t take it anymore, Felix. I’m crackin’ up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. I told you 158 times – I cannot stand little notes on my pillow. ‘We are all out of Corn Flakes. F.U.’ It took me three hours to figure out that ‘F.U.’ was Felix Unger. It’s not your fault, Felix. It’s a rotten combination, that’s all.”

OliverScene from Oliver

Oliver (1968):

“Please, sir. I want some more.”

Planet Of The ApesScene from Planet Of The Apes

Planet of the Apes (1968):

“Take your stinkin’ paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

The ProducersScene from The Producers

The Producers (1968):

“I’m wet. I’m wet. I’m hysterical and I’m wet. I’m in pain and I’m wet, and I’m still hysterical.”

The Producers 2Scene from The Producers

The Producers (1968):

“Hitler was better looking than Churchill, he was a better dresser than Churchill, he had more hair, he told funnier jokes, and he could dance the pants off of Churchill.”

2001: A Space OdysseyScene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):

“Look, Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidScene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969):

“Kid – the next time I say, ‘Let’s go someplace like Bolivia,’ let’s go someplace like Bolivia.”

The Italian JobScene from The Italian Job

The Italian Job (1969):

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.”

Midnight CowboyScene from Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy (1969):

“(Hey!) I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieScene from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969):

“Little girls, I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”

The Wild BunchScene from The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch (1969):

“If they move, kill ’em.”

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Nenagh Silent Film Festival Update

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Nenagh Silent Film Festival is now cancelled for the prearranged dates during February and will be deferred to a later date during the year. A post announcing the new date will appear HERE when that decision is made, so keep following our posts. I will still continue to post on the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Blog Website!

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Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee


A Basketball Diary

Matthieu Kassowitz cut himself a niche in world cinema with the explosive urban drama L’Haine in 1998. Eight years before, he had explored some of the same racial issues in this charming silent short called Fierrot Le Pou. The influence of Godard is apparent in the title, but the lightness of touch is the director’s own.

A youthful Kassowitz takes the lead. Add some grit and a decade or so and you will recognise him from The Fifth Element and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, which was partly shot in Ireland. It seems his amiable co-star, Solange Labonne, never made another film.

Why North Tipperary: The Baronies

Map of the baronies of County Tipperary in Ire...

Map of the baronies of County Tipperary in Ireland; taken from Atlas and cyclopedia of Ireland, p.267 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As has being mentioned many a time on this Blogsite, North Tipperary is a very historic region of the island of Ireland. As well there being the North and South Riding’s, there are also the baronies of either part of the county, but I’m gonna focus on the baronies of North Tipperary.Over all there are six baronies in North Tipperary, but what are baronies? Well a barony is a subdivision of a county, with North Tipperary being subdivided in the baronies of Eliogarty, Ikerrin, Ormond Upper, Ormond Lower, Owney and Arra, plus Slieverdagh, after the Norman conquest. So lets take a closer look at each of these baronies (as is described in Wilkepedia):

Surviving west gable of the 12th-century Roman...

Surviving west gable of the 12th-century Romanesque church in Roscrea. This church was in use until 1812 when most of it was demolished with the exception of this gable. It serves now as gate to the Church of Ireland parish church. (See entry 1843 in Jean Farrelly and Caimin O’Brien: Archaeological Inventory of County Tipperary: Vol. I – North Tipperary, ISBN 0-7557-1264-1.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The chief town is Thurles and the baroney lies between Ikerrin to the north, where the chief town is Roscrea, Kilnamanagh Upper to the west, where the chief town is Borrisoleigh and Middle Third to the south, where the chief town is Cashel. The ancient territory of Éile obtained its name from pre-historic inhabitants called the Eli, about whom little is known beyond what may be gathered from legends and traditions. The extent of Éile varied throughout the centuries with the rise and fall of the tribes in occupation. Before the 5th century A.D. the details of its history which can be gleaned from surviving records and literature are exceedingly meagre, obscure and confusing. During this century however Éile appears to have reached its greatest extent, stretching from Croghan Bri Eli (Croghan Hill in Offaly) to just south of Cashel (in Corca Eathrach Eli). The southern part of this territory embraced the baronies of Eliogarty and Ikerrin, a great part of the modern barony of Middlethird, the territory of Ileagh, and portion of the present barony of Kilnamanagh Upper.

English: Coat of arms of County Tipperary, Ireland

English: Coat of arms of County Tipperary, Ireland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the 8th century, the territory of Ancient Éile had broken up into a number of petty kingdoms: the O’Carrolls occupied the northern portion, the O’Spillanes held Ileagh (Ileigh) while the Eóganacht Chaisil had annexed Middlethird. The O’Fogartys held what is now the barony of Eliogarty, while to the north of them, at least some time later, were O’Meaghers of Ikerrin. The River Nore, at its position between Roscrea and Templemore, although just a small stream at this point, is usually taken as the southern limit of Ely O’Carroll territory.


The cheif town of Ikerrin is Roscrea, while the baroney lies between Eliogarty to the south and Ormond Upper to the west, whose chief town is Toomevara. As a county ‘peninsula’, it is surrounded on three sides by counties Offaly and Laois.

When County Tipperary was split into North and South Ridings in 1836, Ikerrin was allocated to the north riding. However, the neighbouring barony of Kilnamanagh was split into Upper and Lower half-baronies, being allocated to the north and south ridings respectively.

Tipperary shown in Herman Moll's New Map of Ir...

Tipperary shown in Herman Moll’s New Map of Ireland (1714) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ormond Upper

The chief townland of Ormond Upper is Toomevara and this barony lies between Ormond Lower to the north, where the chief town is Nenagh, Kilnamanagh Upper to the south, Owney and Arra to the west, where the chief town is Newport and also Ikerrin to the east. The O’Meara’s had an entensive territory in the barony; the name of their chief residence, Tuaim-ui-Meara, is still retained in the village of Toomavara.

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Gramscis cousin 11:14, 12 July 2006 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ormond Lower

The chief town of Ormond Lower is Nenagh and this barony lies between Ormond Upper to the south-east and Owney and Arra to the south-west. As a ‘peninsula’, it is surrounded on three sides by counties Galway and Offaly.

Owney and Arra

This barony, whose chief town is Newport, lies between Ormond Lower to the north, Kilnamanagh Upper to the south and Ormond Upper to the east. To the west lies the River Shannon, which separates it from County Limerick.

Kilnamanagh Upper

The chief town of Kilnamanagh Upper is Borrisoleigh, while the baroney lies between Ormond Upper, Kilnamanagh Lower of South Tipperary, whose chief town is Dundrum and Eliogarty to the east.

Nave, looking east.

Nave, looking east. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And so they are the baronies of North Tipperary. Filled with mountains of ancient history, of legendary heroes, betrayal, murder, beautiful scenery, mystic trails; this and much, much more, but you won’t know for sure until you pay us a visit and taste North Tipperary for yourself. See you soon and bye for now!

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Friday Facts: The Monstrous Movies

The Monstrous MoviesWelcome back to the article The Monstrous Movies by Charles Hanson Towne, which was originally published in Vanity Fair in September, 1921. Today I’m re-publishing Part II of a III part look at this wonderful piece of writing, which gives us a taste of life during the golden silent era of the very early 1920’s. Last week this article looked at the ever-growing popularity of becoming an actor on the silver screen, because it was noticeable as a good path to quick riches and wealth. Of course in reality most actors, or wanna be movie-stars, were left looking on with envy as a select few fellow thespians did make it to the top, if even momentarily. Do enjoy this weeks installment:


A Critical Close-up


Theatre Gallery“It is the movies themselves which have invented and invited the close-up. They must not complain, then, if we tear down all obstructing barriers, and seek to view them as they are, through a microscope; revealing every wrinkle as a crevasse, every shadow as a mountain, every least gesture as a tempestous orgy of emotion.”


“Yet I repeat that this phenomenon of the movies must be taken seriously. When one goes, as I did recently, to a city like Chicago and finds on the South Side, a district equivalent to New York’s Harlem, a two-million-dollar building of a magnificence housing nothing but photoplays, and sees over four thousand people packed in, watching and listening and obviously amused and thrilled, he asks what all this means, and admits, unless he is a Dumbkopf, the coming in of a new order. Particularly is he amazed and bewildered when, in the same city, he witnesses a brilliant spoken farce-comedy, deftly played by distinguished actors, given before half-empty benches – yet in the very heart of the town. What is one to say in the light of such over-whelming evidence? Simply that something has entered the world, suddenly, which grips the people, appeals to them, rivets their attention, and drives them out of the old established theatres. The galleries went long ago. Perhaps the balconies and orchestras will leave next. Then what?”


Old Theatre“One explanation comes, of course, instantly to the observer’s rescue. That farce-comedy cost $3.30 to see; the movie house asked only fifty-five cents for the best seat in a gorgeous auditorium. And not only was a good picture revealed, but operatic music was charmingly sung, and an orchestra of over sixty pieces, led by a trained director, rendered excellent music. The seats, I may add, were the last word in comfort, better than those in the ‘legitimate’ house, and the sense of charm and barbaric glory was all about – too much of the latter to suit my taste, but there, nevertheless, for the multitude that drinks in such surroundings and takes home the memory of a palace hitherto undreamed of.”


Actress Lillian Gish

Actress Lillian Gish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“It is disillusioning and sometimes disheartening to see a picture in the process of making; to hear hammers sounding in some great studio while an actress behind a pasteboard set registers all the deeper emotions and permits her beautiful face – yes, beautiful at even eight in the morning! – to be daubed with glycerine tears, and, to the plaintive tune of a cheap violin, falls back on her couch of pain, while the camera inexorably turns, and men from the wings and ceiling pour merciless rays of light on her lovely head. I should think t would be anything but fun to “emote” like this, with no applause at the end of the scene. Wasn’t it Whitman who said that if we are to have great poets, we must have great audiences, too? How much more applies to actors!”


And that’s all for this week, but not to worry, I’ll be back next week with the third and final installment of The Monstrous Movies. Okay, so you want to be in the movies!


Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee




A Quote on Thursday: 1960’s Part 1

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis and Joan Cra...

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford from the film Category:Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome back down memory lane – this week I’m gonna take a look at some of the quotes from films of the first half of the 1960’s. Now how many of these classics can you recall:


English: Screenshot of Jack Lemmon and Shirley...

English: Screenshot of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in the trailer of the film The Apartment (1960) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Apartment (1960):
“Did you hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.”
Shut up and deal!”

Elmer Gantry

Elmer Gantry (Photo credit: Père Ubu)

Elmer Gantry (1960):
“I’ve heard many a powerful Bible-walloper, but you not only put the fear of God into them, you scared the hell out of ’em.”

A scene from The Little Shop of Horrors.

A scene from The Little Shop of Horrors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Little Shop of Horrors (1960):
“I didn’t mean it.”

The Magnificent Seven, 1960

The Magnificent Seven, 1960 (Photo credit: thefoxling)

The Magnificent Seven (1960):
“The old man was right, only the farmers won. We lost. We’ll always lose.”

PsychoNorman says HELLO!

Psycho (1960):
“Well, a boy’s best friend is his mother.”

Psycho 2Home Sweet Home

Psycho (1960):
“Mother, my mother, uh, what is the phrase? – She isn’t qu-quite herself today.”

Cover of "Spartacus"

Cover of Spartacus

Spartacus (1960):
“I am Spartacus.”


Cover of "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Cover of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961):
“Listen, you know those days when you get the mean reds…No, the blues are because you’re getting fat or maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Did you ever get that feeling?…When I get it, the only thing that does any good is to jump into a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away.”

The Birdman of AlcatrazScene from The Birdman of Alcatraz

The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962):
“That man has been a thorn in my side for over 40 years. But one thing about him – he never lied to me.”

Cover of "Dr. No (Two-Disc Ultimate Editi...

Cover of Dr. No (Two-Disc Ultimate Edition)

 Dr. No (1962):
“…Bond. James Bond.”


Cropped screenshot of Joan Crawford from the f...

Cropped screenshot of Joan Crawford from the film Category:Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962):
“You wouldn’t be able to do these awful things to me if I weren’t still in this [wheel] chair.”
But ya are, Blanche! Ya are in that chair!”

Cover of "Hud"

Cover of Hud

Hud (1963):
“The only question I ever ask any woman is: ‘What time is your husband coming home?'”

Carry On (film series)

Carry On (film series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carry on Cleo (1964):
“Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me.”

English: Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muf...

English: Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Strangelove (1964):
“Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed, but I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops, that is, depending on the breaks.”

English: The War Room with the Big Board from ...

English: The War Room with the Big Board from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film, Dr. Strangelove. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Strangelove (1964):
“Gentlemen. You can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”

James Bond 007: Goldfinger

James Bond 007: Goldfinger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goldfinger (1964):
“My name is Pussy Galore.”
I must be dreaming.”

English: Screenshot of Julie Andrews from the ...

English: Screenshot of Julie Andrews from the trailer for the film Mary Poppins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Poppins (1964):

My Fair LadyScene from My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady (1964):
“Come on. Dover! Come on, Dover! Move yer bloomin’ arse!”

theatrical poster

theatrical poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Night of the Iguana (1964):
“There are worse things than chastity, Mr. Shannon.”
Yeah, lunacy and death.”

Psycho 1960 film (Madame Tussauds London).

Psycho 1960 film (Madame Tussauds London). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And so that’s that for this week’s quotes. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have putting it together and I’ll be back next week with the second part of quotations from some of the classic movies of the 1960’s. Till next week then, Slán Leat!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Come the Revolution

One of the largest ever audiences for a silent film assembled in London on September 12th 2004. It is estimated that 25,000 people attended to see Eisenstein’s Communist masterpiece The Battleship Potemkin. The attraction? A new score by the Pet Shop Boys. 

“Writing a silent film soundtrack is great because you’ve got 73 minutes of clear space,” said front-man Neil Tennant. “It’s not like writing a soundtrack to a talkie, where you have to fit the music around the dialogue. You have a completely clean slate.”

How they filled that slate you can judge for yourself. The film is now available here with the full Pet Shop Boys score. You’ll want to turn your speakers up.