Jonathan Lynn’s adaptation of the classic board game into a near-perfect screwball comedy is the rare example of Hollywood alchemy that has only grown in popularity as it gets older. The movie had such a formative influence on my sense of humor that I wrote a whole story about how it was made. I’ve seen it so many times that I could basically recite it by heart, but instead, here are just a few of the best examples of the dialogue that always, always, always brings a smile to my face:
Mrs. Peacock: Uh, is there a little girl's room in the hall?
Yvette: Oui oui, Madame. (points)
Mrs. Peacock: No, I just wanna powder my nose.
Colonel Mustard: Well, there is still some confusion as to whether or not there is anybody else in this house!
Wadsworth: I told you, there isn't.
Colonel Mustard: There isn't any confusion, or there isn't anybody else?
Wadsworth: Either! Or both!
Colonel Mustard: Just give me a clear answer!
Wadsworth: Certainly! (clears throat) What was the question?
Colonel Mustard: Is there anybody else in this house?!
Mrs. White: I hated her SO much, it, it, it, the fl-, flames — flames, on the sides of my face, breathing, breathless, heaving breaths, heaving…
Wadsworth: You see? Like the Mounties, we always get our man.
Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?! —A.B.V.