"Thanks! I Needed That!"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 22 18:23:05 UTC 2010

The Mennen Skin Bracer ad came long before _Airplane_.  And presumably after
the gopher cartoon.

Is the phrase just a "folk version" of the movie dialogue?

If it isn't really in the movie, anything becomes possible.
On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> At 8/22/2010 10:49 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> >A few years later, in 1957, another plane crash movie was released --
> >"Zero Hour!", which served as the basis for "Airplane!" The makers of
> >"Airplane!" bought the rights to "Zero Hour!", so they were able to
> >crib dialogue verbatim. This video has a side-by-side comparison of
> >scenes from the two movies:
> >
> >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-e01zQ4
> >
> >About 2 minutes in there's a scene with a woman screaming, "I've got
> >to get out of here!" In "Zero Hour!" a man just shakes here, but in
> >the "Airplane!" version, she's shaken, slapped, and otherwise abused
> >by a series of passengers. Anyway, no "thanks" here either, so that
> >doesn't really help us.
> Is there different scene in "Airplane" which does have a slap and
> "Thanks! I Needed That!", perhaps in the cockpit?  Or am I
> half-remembering such an incident from some other of Leslie Nielson's
> spoof movies?
> "Airplane" is 1980.  Has anyone searched Gann's 1953 "The High and
> the Mighty" yet?
> Joel
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