Morrie Ryskind

(1895-1985 / New York City, New York)

Morrie Ryskind Quotes

  • ''We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed ... but we're going back again in a couple of weeks.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, detailing the highlights of his African exploration (1929). Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''You know, you two girls have everything. You're tall and short, slim and stout, and blonde and brunette, and that's just the kind of girl I crave.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, attempting to seduce both Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) and Mrs. Whitehead (Margaret Irving) (1929). Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''Pardon me, I was using the subjunctive instead of the past tense. Yes, we're away past tents. We're living in bungalows now.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, explaining English grammar to Mrs. Whitehead (Margaret Irving) (1929). Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''You know, I could rent you out as a decoy for duck hunters.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, to Signor Emanuel Ravelli (Chico Marx) after Ravelli makes a rather loopy statement (1929). Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, to Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) and Mrs. Whitehead (Margaret Irving) (1929). This wry wisecrack is a reference to the stream-of-conscious stage work of playwright Eugene O'Neill and his play Strange Interlude. Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''Ever since I've met you, I've swept you off my feet.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, attempting to romance Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) (1929). Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.
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  • ''Why a duck? Why-a no chicken?''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Chico (Chico Marx), The Cocoanuts, a question posed when hotel owner Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx) points out a "viaduct" on a blueprint (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.
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  • ''Your eyes, your eyes, they shine like the pants of a blue serge suit. That's not a reflection on you—it's on the pants.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, trying to make love to the wealthy Mrs. Potter (Margaret Dumont) (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.
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  • ''On this site we're going to build an Eye and Ear Hospital. This is going to be a sight for sore eyes.''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, pointing out portions of a blueprint to Chico (Chico Marx) (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.
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  • ''Say, the next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you, will you?''
    Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, as he grows frustrated with Chico (Chico Marx) explaining a simple concept to him (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.
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