"Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot. I implore you, send him back to his father and brothers who are waiting for him with open arms in the penitentiary. I suggest that we give him 10 years in Leavenworth, or 11 years in Twelveworth."
Description: A clever inulst delivered by Groucho Marx to his borhter Chico in the motion picture Duck Soup (1933). The comedy troupe of the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo anbd Zeppo) appeared in a number of zany films in the 1920s - 1940s.
Among the brothers, Groucho had the most biting wit. The following are samples of some of his wickeder one-line zingers:
- "Say, the next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you, will you?"—The Cocoanuts (1929)
- "You're the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, which doesn't say much for you."—Animal Crackers (1930)
- "Why don't you bore a hole in yourself and let the sap run out.' —Horse Feathers (1932)
- "I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived."—Horse Feathers (1932)
- "I've got a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it"”—Duck Soup (1933)
- "Marry me, and I’ll never look at another horse!" – A Day at the Races (1937)
- "Why don't you trade in your head for a bowling ball?"—At the Circus (1939)
- "I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork." —At the Circus (1939).