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December 26, 2007

Good Question of the Week



  1. Telepathy?

    Comment by Francois Tremblay — December 26, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

  2. It’s not that good a question. At least it’s not particularly original.

    The comic strip artist is acting as if this is an earth-shattering revelation, but in fact this is one of the more over-used bits of “movie trivia” ever. You can file it right alongside the fact that Bogie never actually said “Play it again, Sam.” Ho hum. Every movie trivia nut has heard this same theory dozens of times before.

    The facts of the matter are these: the source of the “rosebud” death quote is an employee at Xanadu, a rather sleazy butler who wants to exploit Kane’s legend for money. His story (unsubtantiated by anyone else) was that Kane said “rosebud” on two occasions, including on his deathbed. The butler might have been imagining that quote — or thought he heard “rosebud” since Kane had said the same word earlier. Kane isn’t as all alone as it originally appears, either. Notice that nurses come running as soon as that snowglobe hits the floor. There are people on the payroll hovering around him, even though his wife has left and he has no other family.

    And, no, Bogie doesn’t actually say “Play it again, Sam” either.

    Comment by Joe Blevins — December 26, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

  3. Well, duhhh, the camera was rolling. You all heard him, right?

    I’m pretty sure Bogie says “Play it again” and “Sam” in the same sentence, or at least adjacent sentences.

    Alas, poor Yorick…

    Comment by DPWally — December 26, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

  4. As for the Casablanca reference, Bergman says “Play it Sam,” and Bogie says “Play it again.”

    Comment by Robert Warden — December 26, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  5. Rick never even says “play it again.” He says “you played it for her, you can play it for me.” and then, after Sam protests, he says “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

    (nice reference DPwally – a common misquote – I know it well)

    Comment by Robverb — December 26, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

  6. Joe, I’ll gladly defer to you on this, since I only saw the movie once: more than thirty years ago, on a small tv, with a six-year-old climbing all over me.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 26, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

  7. Well, it may not be a particularly original question, but the two stunned people on the couch may have just heard it for the first time. I’m not sure why the question would be so stunning or not, regardless of whether it was a good one. . .

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — December 26, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

  8. Probably because they’re taking it at face value rather than as a continuity error. That is, “Wow, how DID they know? Freaky!”

    Comment by furrykef — December 27, 2007 @ 3:14 am

  9. For anyone who doesn’t understand what’s misquoted about Yorick, the actual line is “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio” (not “I knew him well”).

    Comment by Wendy — January 9, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

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