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Second Best Quip By A Movie Mexican Bandit

February 7, 2012

“You can’t chase success.” — Old English proverb

My thanks to all who liked yesterday’s “Enter Stage Right.” I take courage from your comprehension of what might horrify conformists as somehow being too controversial or perhaps yawn even racist.

Today, bypassing touchy truth-telling for the simply silly, let’s go from Black and White actors to Mexican ones — not, say, great old John Ford stock-company regulars like Pedro Amandariz, pere et fils, but everybody ever lensed playing a cliche old-west bandit. What’s at stake here is nothing less than a Blue Ribbon.

Pop culture pop quiz

The single most famous line ever spoken on-screen by a Mexican bandit is from John Houston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.  

“We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

Question: What is the second best?

Answer: From Richard Brook’s still-splendid The Professionals

“Do I have to kill you to prove I like you?”

Bonus Quote: This movie’s famous last two lines of dialogue are between bad-guy Ralph Bellamy and, in ripost, uber-cool hero Lee Marvin.

“You bastard!”

“In my case, an accident of birth, but you, sir, are a self-made man.”

My apologies to deep-dish film buffs for not having the time today to Google up the names of the two fine Mexican actors cited.


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