Funny / Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder 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.
  • A grim joke during the final scene, but the police are unable to use the phones because gossip columnist Hedda Hopper is calling in her report.