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1936 Film

  • Jane and Amy Faulkner testify at Deeds's sanity hearing.
    Mr. Cedar: Do you know the defendant, Mr. Longfellow Deeds?
    Jane: (long pause) Oh yes, yes, of course we know him.
    Mr. Cedar: How long have you known him?
    Jane: (Jane whispers to Amy, Amy whispers back) Since he was born.
    Amy: Yes, Elsie Taggart was the midwife.
    Jane: He was a seven months' baby.
    Mr. Cedar: Thank you, that's, that's fine. Do you see him very often?
    Jane: (Jane whispers to Amy; Amy whispers back) Most every day.
    Amy: Sometimes twice.
    Judge: Must we have the echo?
    Mr. Cedar: Suppose you just answer, Miss Jane. Now, will you tell the court what everybody at home thinks of Longfellow Deeds?
    Jane: (pause; then Jane whispers to Amy; Amy whispers back) They think he's pixilated.
    Amy: Oh, yes, pixilated.
    Judge: He's what?
    Mr. Cedar: What was that you said he was?
    Jane: Pixilated.
    Amy: Mm-hmm.
    Mr. Cedar: Now that's rather a strange word to us, Miss Jane. Can you tell the court exactly what it means?
    Board Member: Perhaps I can explain, Your Honor. The word "pixilated" is an early American expression derived from the word "pixies," meaning elves. They would say the pixies had got him. As we nowadays would say, a man is "barmy."
    Judge: Oh. Is that correct?
    Jane: Mm-hmm.
    Amy: Mm-hmm.
    • Later Mr. Deeds's cross-examination of the sisters:
      Deeds: "Now, who else in Mandrake Falls is pixilated?"
      Jane: "Why, everybody in Mandrake Falls is pixilated, except us."
      Amy: "Mm-hmm."
      (laughter)
      Deeds: "Now just one more question. You see the judge here? He's a nice man, isn't he?"
      Jane: "Mm-hmm."
      Amy: "Mm-hmm."
      Deeds: "Do you think he's pixilated?"
      Jane: "Oh, yes!"
      Amy: "Yes, indeed!"
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  • Early on, Macwade is berating his reporters for failing to get a story on Deeds. As they troop out, one of them mutters something:
    Macwade: "What was that?"
    Reporter: "I said, uh, you've got dirty plaster."
  • The bar fight scene. What makes it more funny and awesome is that when the Adam Sandler version remade the movie they copied it word for word replacing bop with knock.
    Deeds: If it weren't for Miss Dawson being here I'd probably bop your heads in.
    Babe: I don't mind.
  • Morrow, the drunk poet throughout his brief role:
    Morrow: "Oh, Tempora! Oh Mores! Oh, Bacchus!"
    Passing Woman: "Oh, you're drunk!"
    Morrow: "Oh, you're right!"
  • When Deeds wakes up after his bender:
    Deeds: "Hand me my pants: I wrote her phone number on a piece of paper..."
    Walter: "You have no pants, sir. You came home last night without them."
    Deeds: "I did what?"
    Walter: "As a matter of fact, you came home without any clothes on at all. You were in your shorts. Yes, sir."
    Deeds: "Don't be silly, Walter. I couldn't walk around the streets without any clothes; I'd be arrested!"
    Walter: "That's what the two policemen said, sir."
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  • During Mr. Deeds's testimony, he points out that everyone does strange things while thinking. After citing examples of doodling, filling in 'o's, cracking knuckles and so on we see various people around the court room self-consciously refraining from their own unconscious habits, including one of the judges trying very hard not to drum his fingers.
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