Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 7 16:36:50 UTC 2010

I didn't name the movie because I was testing you.  You pass.

This time.


On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> <font size=3>At 2/7/2010 10:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:<br>
> <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite="">When I was ten or eleven I saw
> an old movie on TV that contained the<br>
> following bit of dialogue. It always stuck in my mind, which shows that
> by<br>
> that age your kid's fate is sealed.<br>
> I'm posting it because I just saw the movie again for the first time
> since<br>
> and it confirmed my recollection. Till now I had no idea what movie it
> was<br>
> because this was the only part I remembered:</font></blockquote><br>
> Of course, you don't tell us what movie it is.  "Foreign
> Correspondent" (1940), one of Hitchcock's classics.  (ffolliott
> is a bit two much, doubling all of the consonants in his surname. 
> But what do you expect of a character played by George Sanders.)<br><br>
> Joel<br><br>
> <br>
> <blockquote type=cite class=cite cite=""><font size=3>Johnny Jones: This
> is Scott ffolliott, newspaperman same as you....Mr.<br>
> Haverstock, Mr. ffolliott.<br>
> Scott ffolliott: With a double 'F'.<br>
> Johnny Jones: How do you do?<br>
> Scott ffolliott: How do you do?<br>
> Johnny Jones: I don't get the double 'F'.<br>
> Scott ffolliott: They're at the beginning. Both small 'F's<br>
> Johnny Jones: They can't be at the beginning.<br>
> Scott ffolliott: One of my ancestors was beheaded by Henry VIII. His
> wife<br>
> dropped the capital letter to commemorate it. There it is.<br>
> Johnny Jones: How do you say it, like a stutter?<br>
> Scott ffolliott: Just a straight 'fuh'.<br><br>
> There was, of course, the noted English historian "Charles
> ffoulkes" [sic].<br>
> His surname derives from the same source as that of Guy Fawkes, so
> perhaps<br>
> Mr. ffolliott's practice reflects that of Mr. ffoulkes's
> ffamily.</font></blockquote></body>
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