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19th Aug '17 11:14:28 PM mlsmithca
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* Humorously played in ''Film/TheFlintstonesInVivaRockVegas''. {{Jerkass}} Chip Rockefeller engineers a plan to get Fred, his main rival for Wilma's affections, out of the way so [[GoldDigger he can marry her and steal her money instead]]. First, he makes Fred win huge sums at his casino after giving him a line of credit; then he rigs the games so Fred loses and ends up in massive debt to him. He then plants Wilma's pearl necklace (a gift from her beloved father) in Fred's pocket, and announces that a crime has taken place in the casino. Chip makes a speech to the assembled guests and offers the "crook" a chance to step forward and confess...but he doesn't specify what the crime ''is.'' Cue a woman screaming "I STOLE ALL THE TOWELS FROM MY ROOM!", a man admitting he's [[{{Squick}} wearing someone else's underwear]], and another man announcing that he's been poisoning the water supply of every dinosaur, which will wipe out the species (his confession, and [[ItWillNeverCatchon the crowd refusing to believe it]], becomes a RunningGag). When Chip finally does reveal that the pearls were stolen, Fred stands up and demands that the crook come forward, giving Chip the opportunity to "discover" them, tell the whole crowd about Fred's huge debt, and have him arrested.

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* Humorously played in ''Film/TheFlintstonesInVivaRockVegas''. {{Jerkass}} Chip Rockefeller engineers a plan to get Fred, his main rival for Wilma's affections, out of the way so [[GoldDigger he can marry her and steal her money instead]]. First, he makes Fred win huge sums at his casino after giving him a line of credit; then he rigs the games so Fred loses and ends up in massive debt to him. He then plants Wilma's pearl necklace (a gift from her beloved father) in Fred's pocket, and announces that a crime has taken place in the casino. Chip makes a speech to the assembled guests and offers the "crook" a chance to step forward and confess...but he doesn't specify what the crime ''is.'' Cue a woman screaming "I STOLE ALL THE TOWELS FROM MY ROOM!", a man admitting he's [[{{Squick}} wearing someone else's underwear]], and another man announcing that he's been poisoning the water supply of every dinosaur, which will wipe out the species (his confession, and [[ItWillNeverCatchon [[ItWillNeverCatchOn the crowd refusing to believe it]], becomes a RunningGag). When Chip finally does reveal that the pearls were stolen, Fred stands up and demands that the crook come forward, giving Chip the opportunity to "discover" them, tell the whole crowd about Fred's huge debt, and have him arrested.


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* In the 1970 Rod Taylor comedy ''The Man Who Had Power Over Women'', Peter Reaney (Taylor) is a talent agent whose clients include a successful rock band whose amoral lead singer, Barry Black, has managed to impregnate a groupie named Mary Gray. A back-alley abortion is arranged, but Mary later dies from post-surgical complications. In the film's final scene, Peter, who had to attend the inquest into Mary's death, confronts Barry as the singer exits his house to welcome a crowd of screaming, adoring fans before he goes on tour. Just as the crowd noise dies down, Barry bellows, "I can't feel sorry for every scrubber I pick up! And there are plenty more where she came from!" An enraged Peter punches Barry in the jaw, and the crowd of fans, still reeling with shock at seeing what a scumbag their idol really is, follow him as he leaves across the grounds of Barry's house.
17th Aug '17 12:34:58 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/TheSaint'': used in reverse. Simon Templar convinces the Russian president to confess to a fraudulent cold fusion project. After the president confesses in response to Ivan Tretiak’s accusations, the cold fusion machine works and destroy’s Tretiak’s credibility. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saint_(film)]]

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* ''Film/TheSaint'': ''Film/TheSaint1997'': used in reverse. Simon Templar convinces the Russian president to confess to a fraudulent cold fusion project. After the president confesses in response to Ivan Tretiak’s accusations, the cold fusion machine works and destroy’s Tretiak’s credibility. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Saint_(film)]]
6th Aug '17 4:44:50 PM Dibol
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* In Creator/JetLi's ''VideoGame/RiseToHonor,'' Li's character Kit Yun had a suspicion that his Hong Kong Police Force supervising officer, Victor, was responsible for the death of his childhood friend's father, and was in league with the game's villain, Kwan. Kit's suspicions have been risen when Victor shoots Kwan after Kit has defeated the latter in hand-to-hand combat . While paying respects to the childhood friend's father's grave, his suspicions were proven correct, but Kit was smart enough to have Victor's confession recorded on an audio tape before arresting him.
3rd Aug '17 3:30:45 AM SirPellucidar
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* ''WesternAnimation/Doug'' Roger accidentally does this to himself in one episode, telling Doug how he stole Mr. Bone's yodeling trophy and blamed it on him, without realizing that his foot was on the intercom switch, so the whole school could hear him.
28th Jul '17 9:52:30 PM Dravencour
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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had Batman pull one of these on a VillainWithGoodPublicity, the Penguin (''I played this stinkin' city like a harp from Hell!'').

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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had Batman pull one of these on a VillainWithGoodPublicity, the Penguin (''I Penguin, whose taunts to him during the wild ride he inflicted on him after hijacking the Batmobile (which includes such gems as "I played this stinkin' stinking city like a harp from Hell!'').hell!") were broadcast over the loudspeakers during Penguin's speech. Penguin's good reputation goes bye-bye, and [[ProducePelting the eggs and tomatoes are broken out]].
22nd Jul '17 3:12:20 AM Korodzik
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* In the DonaldDuck comic "Outlanders" Donald, Scrooge, Huey-Dewey-Louie are teleported to a steampunk world, where Beagle Boys got the Money Bin, and sent alternate Scrooge to work in coal mine. He then takes his revenge by tricking them to confess how they did it, which was in fact broadcasted on a giant sheet.

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* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
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In the DonaldDuck comic "Outlanders" Donald, Scrooge, Scrooge and Huey-Dewey-Louie are teleported to a steampunk {{steampunk}} world, where Beagle Boys got took over the Money Bin, and sent alternate Scrooge to work in coal mine. He then takes his revenge by tricking them to confess how they did it, which was in fact broadcasted using Gyro's inventions to project their confession on a giant sheet.sheet in the street, and broadcast their words at full volume.
** In a comic story featuring a young Scrooge, he visits the bad guy and convinces him to speak about his crime, while recording his words on a hidden gramophone. Justified, as the comic is set in an era where gramophones are still new-fangled inventions, and the villain doesn't consider the possibility that his words can be recorded.
18th Jun '17 6:47:18 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommad'' episode "War and Peace and War" had Buzz do this to Guzelian, who revealed that he tricked everyone into making peace with each other so that they'd be defenseless against his people's invasion. Buzz made Guzelian's confession public by activating the villain's hologram projector while he was talking, allowing everyone he deceived to hear him admit the truth behind his agenda.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommad'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' episode "War and Peace and War" had Buzz do this to Guzelian, who revealed that he tricked everyone into making peace with each other so that they'd be defenseless against his people's invasion. Buzz made Guzelian's confession public by activating the villain's hologram projector while he was talking, allowing everyone he deceived to hear him admit the truth behind his agenda.
18th Jun '17 6:46:12 AM CaptainTedium
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* WesternAnimation/{{Buzz Lightyear|OfStarCommand}} does this to Guzelian, who revealed that he tricked everyone into making peace with each other so that he could attack them both.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Buzz Lightyear|OfStarCommand}} does The ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommad'' episode "War and Peace and War" had Buzz do this to Guzelian, who revealed that he tricked everyone into making peace with each other so that they'd be defenseless against his people's invasion. Buzz made Guzelian's confession public by activating the villain's hologram projector while he could attack them both.was talking, allowing everyone he deceived to hear him admit the truth behind his agenda.
11th Jun '17 5:42:28 PM Geoduck
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* Another more comedic version occurs ''Film/MisterRoberts,'' where, via the ship's intercom, the petty-tyrant navel captain is goaded into revealing the secret deal he struck with his subordinate Roberts.
9th Jun '17 9:49:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' (1998), after the protagonists (WillSmith, Gene Hackman) have lost the original video record of a congressman's assassination ordered and overseen by the corrupt politician named Thomas Reynolds, senior advisor to the National Security Agency, they decide to bluff and try to trick him into incriminating himself during a meeting. Unfortunately, their plan of catching it on tape via a hidden mic fails, and they are captured by his goons. However, thinking he has won Reynolds then launches into a villain speech, confessing to the murder. Unbeknownst to Reynolds, one of his own [=NSA=] technical people gets cold feet and records the whole speech in their surveillance van, which is later used by the [=FBI=] as proof for the conspiracy to murder the congressman. Not that Reynolds cares anymore, because he's already dead at that point.

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* In ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' (1998), after the protagonists (WillSmith, (Creator/WillSmith, Gene Hackman) have lost the original video record of a congressman's assassination ordered and overseen by the corrupt politician named Thomas Reynolds, senior advisor to the National Security Agency, they decide to bluff and try to trick him into incriminating himself during a meeting. Unfortunately, their plan of catching it on tape via a hidden mic fails, and they are captured by his goons. However, thinking he has won Reynolds then launches into a villain speech, confessing to the murder. Unbeknownst to Reynolds, one of his own [=NSA=] technical people gets cold feet and records the whole speech in their surveillance van, which is later used by the [=FBI=] as proof for the conspiracy to murder the congressman. Not that Reynolds cares anymore, because he's already dead at that point.
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