A Stock Phrase
for narrators describing an attractive female character
, and for Fan Fic
writers trying to make a female character inexplicably more attractive than she is in canon
. It probably describes an hourglass figure - that is to say, large breasts, round hips, and a small waist connecting the two - but exactly
what it means is kind of vague and highly subjective, since readers' ideas of what "all the right places" are, and how much
they should curve, will vary.
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Anime And Manga
- North by Northwest
Eve Kendall: I'm a big girl.
Roger Thornhill: Yeah, and in all the right places, too.
- Played with in Osmosis Jones.
Osmosis: [looking at a centerfold in DNA Monthly] Nice genes. You got the chromosomes in all the right places.
- Murder on Vine
Gina Babs: She was a swell girl, and swollen in all the right places.
- In Go West, Chico Marx asked Harpo what he had spent $60 on, and Harpo made an "hourglass" figure with his hands. Chico replied "Oh, you bought a snake." (The gag also appears in A Day at the Races, in which Harpo's attempts to tell Chico about The Vamp who plans to seduce and frame Groucho are interpreted as, "A snake! A big, big snake!" After Harpo's gestures and whistles get more and more exaggerated, "That's-a no snake.")
Live Action TV
- Torchwood episode "Day One"
Captain Jack Harkness: Now, first of all, she's no little girl. From where I'm standing, all the right curves in all the right places.
- Lola's song "A Little Brains—A Little Talent" in Damn Yankees:
You gotta stack those decks with a couple-a extra aces,
And this queen has her aces
In all the right places!
- "Honey Bun" from South Pacific:
Where she's narrow, she's narrow as an arrow
And she's broad where a broad should be broad!
- Survival of the Fittest characters Charlene Norris and Kallie Majors, from versions four and three respectively, are described this way.