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Famous Nonexistent Movie Quotes (PART 1)


Recently, I was talking about The Mandela Effect in movies and TV. It’s when you remember a scene or a moment in a particular way only to find out that you remembered it wrong. This applies most often to misquoted lines. It could be a title, a line of dialogue, a catchphrase. Any words that are falsely quoted by the public. I break this up into three categories: There’s the lines that become famous quotes but were never actually spoken in the movies or shows. These are the type of lines that the public made up. Then there’s the type of lines where they exist, but people are saying them wrong. Even if it’s ever so slightly wrong. And then at last, there’s the lines that may or may not exist. And even if they’re correct they’re so elusive that you wonder how did they become famous quotes in the first place? So there’s the nonexistent lines, misquoted lines, and elusive or unconfirmed lines. Let’s go! First in the completely wrong category we have the movie “Silence of the Lambs”. Remember when Hannibal Lecter said, “Hello, Clarice”? Well, isn’t that one of the most famous quotes? And uuh, yeah, guess what? He never says it. Crazy right? I was positive. Isn’t there a closeup when he’s in the prison cell? He says it right there right? No, he doesn’t. Oh wait. Isn’t it at the end when he calls her from The Bahamas? Nope, it’s not there either. With Dracula, anytime someone’s doing and impression, they say “I vant to suck your blood” and even “Bleh, bleh!” Now, there’s gotta be hundreds of Dracula movies out there so maybe he says it somewhere. But when people imitate Dracula, they’re imitating Bela Lugosi. They’re doing HIS accent. And it’s no wonder, he’s the first Dracula in film. Have you ever seen someone doing an impression of Dracula from the Bram Stoker novel? Not really. Anyway with “I vant to suck your blood”, I think it’s self-explanatory. I can see how that line would’ve come into existence. Somebody was doing an impression and they needed something for Dracula to say, so they said it. Then somebody else said it, and then it became a cliché. Now on the other hand, “Bleh, bleh” is just ridiculous. I think that came from people doing Lugosi’s accent. And when they said “blood”, they’d soften the D so it’d be “bluugh”. And then the quality of the impressions got worse and worse. And the worse it got, the funnier it got, so eventually they just started saying “Bleh, bleh!” There’s a Pink Panther short, “Pink Plasma”, that has a vampire who says nothing except “Bleh, bleh!” In Hotel Transylvania, they make fun of it. Dracula is actually annoyed by his own catchphrase. He says “I never say ‘Bleh, bleh!'” You could find plenty of examples, but where did it start? I really don’t know but I think something that largely helped give it traction was a 1963 song by Allan Sherman called “My Son the Vampire.” In the song, he comes right out and says “BLEH, BLEH!” No subtlety, no context, just BLEH! It’s the first thing he says in the song. What I think helped link this to Dracula was that the song was actually used in a Lugosi vampire comedy film. But the movie came before the song. Weird right? How does that work? Well, here’s what happened: In 1952, the movie first came out. It had two titles: “Mother Riley Meets The Vampire” and “Vampire Over London.” There was no song. Afterwards in 1964, it was re-released in America with the song added and given a new title naming the film after the song. “My Son The Vampire” Also, somewhere around this same time there was a comedian, Gabe Dell who always did a Dracula impression with the “bleh, bleh.” I don’t know when he first did the impression, but he was a regular performer on the Steve Allen TV show which ran from the late 50s to the early 60s. Supposedly, he did the impression on an episode that aired in 1957, and another in 1959, which would mean it happened earlier than the Allan Sherman song. Also, there was another comedian doing the “bleh, bleh” named Lenny Bruce who’s said to have done it around the same time. So it’s probably a bunch of people who popularized it and it’s possible, maybe Lugosi said it somewhere. But he definitely never said it in “Dracula.” Another famous line is “You dirty rat”, which is attributed to James Cagney. I first heard it in Ninja Turtles, the 1990 film, when Michelangelo’s doing a bunch of impressions. So if James Cagney never actually said “You dirty rat”, how did it get started? Well in the movie “Taxi!” he says So he kind of says it, but it’s spoken very rapid, it’s not at all like the way people imitate it, you know? Like, “Mmmmm you dirty rat.” Also there’s another scene in the same movie where he mumbles “You dirty [something]” but it’s under his breath and you can’t really tell what it is. In “Blonde Crazy”, he says In “Each Dawn I Die” he says So, this one is hard to categorize. Technically, he does say variations of it but impersonators picked it out and exaggerated it. Most famously in 1974 when the American Film Institute was presenting him with a Life Achievement Award, Frank Gorshin did a Cagney impression and said “Mmmmm you dirty rat.” And then when Cagney was accepting his award he said, “Oh Frankie, I never said ‘Mmmmm you dirty rat.'” So he did say it! At the award ceremony. Anyway, let’s follow up on this next week. I’ll talk more about lines that do exist but are misquoted.

100 Comments

  1. Ronald Zannini Author

    You know what I want to hear.
    No, I don't.
    You played it for her, you can play it for me!
    Well, I don't think I can remember…
    If she can stand it, I can! Play it!

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  2. Daliso Zulu Author

    (Misquoted)Borat: "My Wife"…He does say it in the movie but not in the way everyone says it, the closest thing he says to what sounds like how everybody says it is when he yells "High Five!"

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  3. Robert Tribble Author

    This dude is full of shit….
    An my friend actually has an opld video tape of Bernstein bears….with the name right Bernstein..not bernstain..

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  4. Urban Slaughter Author

    Its so super funny how this guy cant get Mandela's name right. Im from South Africa and had to pause i laughed and rewinded it so much.

    Man. Dila.

    After the laughing. Fun videos.

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  5. Chuzzwozzer Author

    For the record, the actual quote is “Hello Clarice, what if I told you I am your father? Now beam me up again Sam, you dirty rat!”

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  6. MAC VENA Author

    I was watching X-Men: Days of Future Past. I could have sworn the character Rogue makes an appearance towards the end of the film, but she wasn't in the film. I could have sworn she was in the film, and thought that I was losing it. Then I found out there are actually two different versions of the film in circulation with different lines and scenes. Grrrrrr

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  7. Elyssandariel Author

    A lot of people used to use AOL to connect to the internet back in the day. They had different celebrities make sound clips to go in their themes. They made a Hannibal Lector theme and the startup sound was "Well, Hello Clarice." So a lot of people may actually be remembering this sound bite.

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  8. Felix Author

    Its called the Mandela effect but starts out the video calling it "the mandala effect " you just mention down people say a certain phrase or word wrong ….and here you go ! Hence trying to turn the Mandela effect into the Mandala effect …. Im on to you .

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  9. terry brennan Author

    "Luke, I am your father" "mirror mirror on the wall" "carefully, hes a hero" "life is like a box of chocolates" "it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" "e.t. phone home" "Houston, we have a problem" (that one they do say in the movie, but not when it happened in real life) "do you feel lucky punk?" "If you build it, they will come" "we're gonna need a bigger boat" "toto, I dont think we're in Kansas anymore" "frankly scarlet I don't give a damn"

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  10. Hoop T. Coupe Author

    Alot of quotes get messed up since… The persons name is added to the line to give context to the quote. And then… Its repeated sooo many times… We think he says… Luke,inam you farther… Or… Play it again….. Sam

    The names get added in for context and repeated a lot.

    I love casablanca. Best movie… Watch it atleast every 3 months.

    He never says play it again sam.
    Hell say.. He hates that song.
    The girl asks him to play the song. But… Not in that way. Which… Initally pisses boggart off.

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  11. Chris From Scotland Author

    Ive watched field of dreams that many times i couldn't tell you how many and i know he said "if you build it they will come" but in the movie it now says "if you build it HE will come". And 1 of my favourite films of all time seen it hundreds of time's is the matrix i know morpheus said to neo "what if everything you knew was a lie". And now there is nothing even vaguely like that in the movie. Its mind boggling stuff

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  12. Barbara Kilman Author

    Bela Lugosi said it at a few nightclubs.
    AND his name is said Bell-a.
    My grandmother worked in nightclubs and my grandmother is related to him.
    He would be recognized and say as you thought blood blood but with his accent it came off wrong.
    The whole line is pretty much "blood blood all you remember me for! I've done better movies and plays before and after and blood blood is what you want?
    Usually because someone would ask him to write "I want to suck your blood "
    As part of an autograph

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  13. carlos vega Author

    Ok I literally just watched a clip from silence of the lambs on YouTube and he says “hello clarice” i watched less than one minute ago so that is not true

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  14. Wade Author

    Idk why, but this makes me think that ,Abraham Lincoln, wasn't a vampire hunter and that he was misquoted alot in that movie…I thought it was an accurate documentary!! Jokes on me, I guess!

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  15. Slashbash Author

    Here's one: Jesse Pinkman never said, "Science, bitch!" Although he has said bitch numerous times, the actual quote is "Yeah, Mr. White! Yeah, science!"

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  16. Craig Browning Author

    Basil Rathbone Does say "Elementary, my Dear Watson" in most of the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes movies (and probably the radio shows also), but the phrase does not appear in any of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels.

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  17. WideAwakeism Author

    I always think "Good evening" when I think of Dracula.
    To me, Bela Lugosi is THE only Dracula.. scared the hell out of me when I was a kid.
    Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster was another character that I often ran into in my nightmares.. lol

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  18. Johnny B. Naughty Author

    I love how you said Mandela, you said it like you have no idea who Nelson Mandela is. That would mean, if it’s true, that you don’t really know the origin of the Mandela effect

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  19. Gav Mungus Author

    I'd argue that one of the biggest sources of misquotes is impressionists. No, not the painters. The people who do impressions of people for laffs. They create 'perfect' lines all the time.

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  20. George Winterborn Author

    Sometimes I think lines people remember come from trailers, but the lines themselves never made it into the movie. Whoever edited the trailer just felt that version of whatever’s said quickly and effectively captures whatever tone they’re trying to create.

    But yeah, I think a lot of them come from parodies and impressions, which also try to boil phrasing and intonation down to the quickest, most effective version of things.

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  21. Andrew Horacek Author

    The Mandela effect isn't real.

    You just remember things wrong it impartial: much like the end of "truth is stranger than fiction… BECAUSE TRUTH DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE"

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  22. Jimmy De'Souza Author

    You're telling me not once in the entire film Hannibal just says "Hello Clarice." in greeting? I don't beleive that for some reason, wasn't feigned politeness one of Lecter's things?

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