History Main / SmokyGentlemensClub

9th Jun '16 6:40:00 PM SantosLHalper
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* The craze for establishing social clubs, in England at least, really caught on during the Regency. Due to the Napoleonic War the English upper class were prevented from participating in fashionable European society and therefore had to look to each other for amusement. The original clubs were exclusive to aristocrats, but later clubs extended membership towards the middle-classes. By the Edwardian Era, there was a club for everyone: soldiers, civil servants, colonial service members, doctors, reform politicians, artists, sportsmen, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Scotsmen]] etc. Each club generally provided a place for political discussion, gambling, fine dining, and a healthy amount of nepotism and insider dealing. Every reputable man of a good trade or living was expected to participate in at least one club, and those who do not are seen as dangerously anti-social.

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* The craze for establishing social clubs, in England at least, really caught on during the Regency. Due to the Napoleonic War the English upper class were prevented from participating in fashionable European society and therefore had to look to each other for amusement. The original clubs were exclusive to aristocrats, but later clubs extended membership towards the middle-classes. By the Edwardian Era, there was a club for everyone: soldiers, civil servants, colonial service members, doctors, reform politicians, artists, sportsmen, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Scotsmen]] etc. Each club generally provided a place for political discussion, gambling, fine dining, and a healthy amount of nepotism and insider dealing. Every reputable man of a good trade or living was expected to participate in at least one club, and those who do not are seen as [[LonersAreFreaks dangerously anti-social.]]
9th Jun '16 6:38:25 PM SantosLHalper
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* The Drones Club in Creator/PGWodehouse is another heroic version; membership includes [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]], [[Literature/{{Psmith}} Rupert Psmith]], [[Literature/BlandingsCastle Freddie Threepwood]], and most of their friends. [[TheJeeves Jeeves]] meanwhile mingles with his fellow valets at the Junior Ganymede.

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* The Drones Club in Creator/PGWodehouse is another heroic version; version (insofar as {{Upper Class Twit}}s can be considered heroic); membership includes [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]], [[Literature/{{Psmith}} Rupert Psmith]], [[Literature/BlandingsCastle Freddie Threepwood]], and most of their friends. [[TheJeeves Jeeves]] meanwhile mingles with his fellow valets at the Junior Ganymede.
18th Dec '15 3:30:38 PM eroock
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->''Politics and poker,\\

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->''Politics ->''"Politics and poker,\\



A heavy smoker.''

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A heavy smoker.''"''
24th Nov '15 12:54:44 AM foxley
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* In ''Film/CarryOn Regardless'' one character is requested to work at one with a rule of "silence". Unfortunately all of the old gentlemen keep doing things that make him laugh and he [[{{Corpsing}} has a hard time keeping a straight face]].

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* In ''Film/CarryOn Regardless'' ''Film/CarryOnRegardless'' one character is requested to work at one with a rule of "silence". Unfortunately all of the old gentlemen keep doing things that make him laugh and he [[{{Corpsing}} has a hard time keeping a straight face]].
25th Oct '15 6:19:44 PM nombretomado
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* The ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' have the Pennacook Club, HQ's only private bar. Nobody gets in without an invitation from someone already a member, and even then there's no guarantees, a formal dress code is enforced, and the décor is full of antique leather and the like.

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* The ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'' have the Pennacook Club, HQ's only private bar. Nobody gets in without an invitation from someone already a member, and even then there's no guarantees, a formal dress code is enforced, and the décor is full of antique leather and the like.
17th Aug '15 12:57:07 PM Kitchen90
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* In ''Film/CarryOn Helping Hands'' one character is requested to work at one with a rule of "silence". Unfortunately all of the old gentlemen keep doing things that make him laugh and he [[{{Corpsing}} has a hard time keeping a straight face]].

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* In ''Film/CarryOn Helping Hands'' Regardless'' one character is requested to work at one with a rule of "silence". Unfortunately all of the old gentlemen keep doing things that make him laugh and he [[{{Corpsing}} has a hard time keeping a straight face]].
6th Jul '15 10:00:16 AM nombretomado
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* A subplot in the ''LoisAndClark'' episode "Chi of Steel" revolves around Perry White's membership in one of these; Lois manages to sneak in [[SweetPollyOliver in disguise]].

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* A subplot in the ''LoisAndClark'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Chi of Steel" revolves around Perry White's membership in one of these; Lois manages to sneak in [[SweetPollyOliver in disguise]].



* One episode of ''{{Frasier}}'' sees Frasier and Niles competing for a recent membership opening in one of these.

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* One episode of ''{{Frasier}}'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' sees Frasier and Niles competing for a recent membership opening in one of these.
23rd Jun '15 10:37:40 PM foxley
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* "The World of [=Commander McBragg=]" on ''WesternAnimation/TennesseeTuxedoAndHisTales'' always started with [=McBragg=] in his gentlemen's club, telling a Talltale to his fellow members.
10th Jun '15 2:43:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ThankYouForSmoking'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive - the MOD Squad's lunches.]]

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* ''ThankYouForSmoking'' ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive - the MOD Squad's lunches.]]



* The beginning of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.

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* The beginning of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.



* Louis, all his friends and coworkers, and the Duke brothers are all members of the same one in ''TradingPlaces''.

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* Louis, all his friends and coworkers, and the Duke brothers are all members of the same one in ''TradingPlaces''.''Film/TradingPlaces''.
5th Jun '15 8:11:10 AM Rjinswand
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Clubs like this generally seem to be named according to similar rules to a MadLibsThrillerTitle; "The [esoteric noun or name] Club".

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Clubs like this generally seem to be named according to similar rules to a MadLibsThrillerTitle; MadLibThrillerTitle; "The [esoteric noun or name] Club".
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