Romantic Hollywood movies in the 1930s and 40s often had to reach for pick-up lines in the funny movies. As Turner Classic Movies says, “They were vintage Hollywood, pure sass and vinegar delivered with the precision of an atomic clock.”Â
1) Two-Faced Woman
"I like older men. They’re so grateful,” Karin – in “Two-Faced Woman” with Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. MGM 1941, directed by George Cukor.
2) Go West
“Let’s go somewhere we can be alone. Ah, there doesn’t seem to be anyone on this couch,” S. Quentin Quale in “Go West” with Groucho Marx and June Maccloy. MGM 1940, directed by Edward N. Buzzell.
3) A Day at the Races
“Marry me, and I’ll never look at another horse,” Dr. Hackenbush – in “A Day at the Races,” with Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont. MGM 1937, directed by Sam Wood.
4) June Bride
“What’s the matter with me? I’m gay, I’m loveable, and I’ve got good teeth,” Carey in “June Bride” with Robert Montgomery and Bette Davis. Warner Bros. 1948, directed by Bretaigne Windust.
5) The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Give me a kiss ort I’ll sock you,” Frank in “The Postman Always Rings Twice” with John Garfield and Lana Turner. MGM 1946, directed by Tay Garnett.
6) They Drive by Night
“I always have liked redheads,” Joe. “You shouldn’t, red means stop,” Cassie. “I’m color blind,” Joe in “They Drive by Night” with George Raft and Ann Sheridan. Warner Bros. 1940, directed by Raoul Walsh
7) A Night at the Opera
“Let’s go in my room and talk the situation over,” Otis. “What situation?” Mrs. Claypool. “Well…what situations have you got?” Otis in “A Night at the Opera” with Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont. MGM 1935, directed by Sam Wood.
8) Cabin in the Cotton
“I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair,” Madge in “Cabin in the Cotton” with Bette Davis and Richard Barthelmess. Warner Bros. 1932, directed by Michael Curtiz.
9) The Girl From Missouri
“I bet you were an awful cute baby,” Edith in “The Girl From Missouri” with Jean Harlow and Franchot Tone. MGM 1934, directed by Jack Conway.
“It’s midnight. Look at the clock, one hand has met the other hand, they kiss, isn’t that wonderful,” Leon in “Ninotchka” with Melvin Douglas and Greta Garbo. MGM 1939, directed by Ernst Lubitsch.