Friday, April 17, 2020

Movie Quote of the Day (‘What’s Up, Doc?’, In Which ‘Havoc and Chaos’ Appear)

[Nerdy musicologist Dr. Howard Bannister—played by Ryan O’Neal—returns to his room after  dinner and starts changing into his pajamas, relieved to be done with his recent confusing, embarrassing encounter with a young woman who insists on calling him “Steve.”]

Judy Maxwell [played by Barbra Streisand] [calling from the bathroom] “Hello out there.”

Howard [responding automatically]: “Hello.”

[mutters to himself]

Judy [calling from the bathroom]: “What?”

[With a horrified sense of realization, Howard runs to the bathroom. Judy's taking a big bubble bath.  Shocked at the confirmation of his living nightmare, Howard drops his pajama trousers.]

Judy [nonchalantly]: “I believe you dropped something.”

Howard [sputtering]: “What do you think you are doing?”

Judy: “I think I'm taking a bath, aren't I?”

Howard: “If you're not out of here in two minutes, I'm calling the police.”

Judy: “Who do you think they'll arrest? The girl in the tub or the guy with his pants down?”

Howard: “I am not joking now. I do not like to act rashly, but you are the last straw that breaks my camel's back, you are the plague, you bring havoc and chaos to everyone, but why to me? Why me? Why?”

Judy: “Because you look cute in your pajamas, Steve.”

Howard: “GET OUT!”

Judy: “Right now?”

Howard: “YES!”

[Judy starts to get out of the bath]

Howard: “No! Wait a minute!”-- What's Up, Doc? (1972), screenplay by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich

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