"Make like a tree and leave" (1954)

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Sat Feb 28 13:47:35 UTC 2004

Barry sez:

> "Make like a tree and get outta here."  Reminds me of a moment in
> Back to the Future (either I or II), in which a dumb tough guy who
> gets everything wrong orders someone (Marty McFly [Michael J. Fox] or
> his father, no doubt--this is when Marty is back in 1955) to "Make
> like a tree and take off" and is then corrected--"It's 'Make like a
> tree and leave', you moron".  Nice to know that it wasn't an
> anachronism, given the above date.

My recollection of the movie has the big, dumb leader of the gang of
bullies saying it, and I think then his followers react, but
non-verbally. This is part of a running gag: he also gives a list as
(more or less) "Number one... B... fourth..."

-- Mark A. Mandel

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