Creator/BillyWilder and Charles Brackett originally envisioned this movie as a comedy, and while the final product turned out more dramatic than intended, it still works in a few humorous lines.

* Joe's narration for the scene of him paging through Norma's script:
--> Sometimes it's interesting to see just how bad bad writing can be. This promised to go the limit.
* Joe's expression of disbelief in astrology, when Norma claims the stars foretell Cecil B. [=DeMille=] greenlighting her return:
-->'''Norma:''' Here's the chart from my astrologer. She read [=DeMille=]'s horoscope. She read mine.\\
'''Joe:''' She read the script?
* Norma's Charlie Chaplin impression is actually amusing. At least until Max interrupts.