Gone with the Wind:
No, we don't normally associate the 1939 classic with a good laugh, but screening the movie for the first time in several years brought forth a steady stream of chuckles.
Yes, some of it was over cheese, beginning with the credits: "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has the honor of presenting in Technicolor, Margaret Mitchell's story of the old South . . . " Oh, puh-leeze.
But some of it also was due to witty writing by a panel of scribes including Ben Hecht, portrayed penning the script in Actors Guild of Lexington's recent production of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias.
Many of those great lines went to history maker Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award, as Mammy, drama queen Scarlett O'Hara's wise attendant:
~ "You know what trouble I's talkin' 'bout. Mr. Ashley be comin' to Atlanta when he gets his leave, and you sittin' there waitin' for him, just like a spider."
~ "You can always tell a lady by the way she eats in front of folks like a bird and I ain't aimin' for you to go to Mr. John Wilkes' and eat like a field hand and gobble like a hog!"
Of course, there was also Scarlett's contentious love, Rhett Butler:
~ "No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."
~ (After nearly getting hit in the head by Scarlett's thrown vase) "Has the war started?"
~ "Tell me, Scarlett, do you never shrink from marrying men you don't love?"
The beautiful thing about Mammy and Rhett was that they both had queen bee Scarlett's number and weren't afraid to let her know. It was fun and somewhat beautiful. Of course, Scarlett had her lines too.
Fiddle-dee-dee indeed. Catch GWTW at the Kentucky Theatre Classics series at 1:30 and 7:15 p.m. today. Enjoy the drama, the romance, and don't forget to laugh.
The quotes in this post were found at the Internet Movie Database.