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"Baby, you're the greatest!" - Heartfelt expression of affection
heard at end of each episode of THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56 uttered by
Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason), a loudmouth Gotham City bus driver with a
heart of gold. The object of his affection was his droll wife Alice,
(Audrey Meadows) who put up with all of Ralph's crazy ways, because she
simply loved the big lug. Before the end of each episode Ralph would have
said: "Oh, you're a regular riot, Alice!"; or "Har-de-har-har!" (his
sarcastic laugh); "Homina, Homina, Homina" (his stammering when he was
caught in the act); "Will you cut that out!" (usually exasperated at his
friend, Norton); and "I got a b-i-i-i-g mouth! (when he was humbled). See
also "One of these days, Alice..."
"Bam!" - Explosive comment spoken by cable TV chef Emeril Lagasse
when he puts the magic touch to his food preparations on his series EMERIL
LIVE and THE ESSENCE OF EMERIL on the Food Network. Emeril carried his act
to NBC in the fall of 2001 when he starred on the short-lived series
EMERIL, a fictionalized sitcom of Emeril's life as he starred on his own
cable culinary series and interacted with the staff of the program. TRIVIA
NOTE: Bamm Bamm is the name of Barney Rubbles powerful adopted young son
on the animated cartoon THE FLINTSTONES/ABC/1960-66. Bamm Bamm carried a
large club. When he hit something with it, he cried "Bam!"
"Be careful, Matt" - Often repeated warning given by Miss Kitty
Russell (Amanda Blake), the owner of the Long Branch Saloon to the
towering Dodge City Marshal, Matt Dillon (James Arness) on the 1880s
western adventure GUNSMOKE/CBS/1955-75. The town's deputy Chester Goode
(Dennis Weaver) was often heard piping "Mister Dillon!"
"Beam me up, Scotty" - Popular bumper sticker phrase ("Beam Me Up
Scotty, No Signs of Intelligent Life Down Here.") inspired by the sci-fi
series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69. The "Beam Me Up" phrase referred to a
futuristic molecular scrambler/descrambler device onboard the starship USS
Enterprise. When Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and other
Federation personnel wanted to be transported off the surface of a planet
or other object, they instructed transport control to "beam" them to and
from their destinations. Scotty, of course, referred to Montgomery Scott
(James Doohan), the chief engineer who controlled the ship's matter
transporter device. The crew of the USS Enterprise Kirk never actually
spoke the line "Beam me up, Scotty" in the original series but "Beam us up
Scotty" was used on the 1970s cartoon series version of STAR TREK. TRIVIA
NOTE: In the sci-fi film Armageddon (1998) when an oil rig driller is
asked to volunteer for a space flight to plant a nuclear device on an
approaching asteroid, he accepts the assignment saying "Beam me up,
"Beep! Beep!" - The enthusiastic (and only) expression of the Road
Runner (voice of Mel Blanc), a desert bird constantly pursued by a hungry
Wile E. Coyote on a variety of cartoons produced by Warner Brothers.
"Bless your pea-pickin' hearts" - The signature signoff of singer
comedian Ernie Ford who hosted the musical variety THE FORD
SHOW/NBC/1956-61. He was fond of ending his program with traditional
religious songs which he called the "finest love songs of all". Born
Ernest Jennings Ford in 1919 in the town of Bristol, Tennessee,
"Tennessee" Ernie Ford was the first country singer to appear at the
Paladium in London in 1953. His homespun humor and corny country ways were
evident in such phrases like "Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full
of rocking chairs" and "Feels like I've been rode hard and put away wet".
Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990, Ernie Ford died of
complications due to liver ailments on October 17, 1991. His most popular
song was "Sixteen Tons" written by Merle Travis in 1947.
"Book 'em, Danno! (...Murder One...Two Counts)" - Steve
McGarrett's (Jack Lord) favorite saying to his top assistant detective
Danny "Danno" Williams (James MacArthur) when he caught a criminal on the
conclusion of each episode of the police drama HAWAII FIVE-O/CBS/1968-80.
DANGER THEATRE/FOX/1993 spoofed McGarrett's signature catchphrase on a
segment called TROPICAL PUNCH by having the bumbling Captain Mike Morgan
(Adam West) say "Tom, cuff 'em, book 'em!" to dwarfish Detective Tom
McCormick (Bill Morrissette).
"By George, one of these days I gotta straighten out that closet!"
- Popular catchphrase of Fibber McGee (Bob Sweeney) on the sitcom FIBBER
MCGEE AND MOLLY/NBC/1959-60. The series which ran on radio from 1935-57
featured a gimmick where Fibber opened up his overcrowded hall closet with
the expected result: an avalanche of clutter falling to the floor.
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