Duck Soup | 1933

Clip Name: Failed Reconcilliation


  • Character
  • Unknown


  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Oh, I suppose you'll think me a sentimental old fluff, but...

    would you mind giving me a lock of your hair?

  • Mrs. Gloria Teasdale

    A lock of my hair?

    Oh, I had no idea...

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    I'm letting you off easy. I was gonna ask for the whole wig.

  • Unknown

    So you've come to ask for clemency?

  • Mrs. Gloria Teasdale

    Your Excellency, the Ambassador's here on a friendly visit. He's had a change of heart.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    A lot of good that'll do him. He's still got the same face.

  • Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania

    I'm sorry we lost our tempers. I'm willing to forget if you are.

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Forget? You ask me to forget?

    A Firefly never forgets.

    Why, my ancestors would rise from their graves and I'd only have to bury them again.

    Nothing doing! I'm going back and clean the crackers out of my bed. I'm expecting company.

  • Unknown

    Please wait.

    Let go of me, you bully!

    I'm willing to do anything to prevent this war.

    It's too late. I've already paid a month's rent on the battlefield.

    Oh, your Excellency, isn't there something I can do?

    Yes, but I'll talk to you about that later.

    Won't you reconsider? Please relent for my sake.

    Well, maybe I am a little headstrong,

    but I come by it honestly. My father was a little headstrong.

    My mother was a little armstrong.

    The headstrongs married the armstrongs and that's why darkies were born.

    It was silly of me to lose my temper...

    On account of that little thing you called me.

    Little thing I called you? What did I call you?

    Gosh, I don't even remember what it was.

    Well, do you mean "worm"?

    No, that wasn't it.

    I know, "swine. "


    No, it was a seven letter word.

    Oh yes, "upstart"!

    That's it. Upstart!

    Mrs. Teasdale, this man is impossible.

    This is an outrage. My course is clear. This means war!

    You runt!

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