Monday, September 21, 2009

RIP Larry Gelbart

Damn --

I was sorry to read of his death. I only stumbled across this during a quick afternoon troll of the blogs.

I'll direct you to She Blogged By Night, a thoughtful and fun blog on [film and pop culture] some stuff we pay attention to here. She's got a short piece of her own, and links to some thoughts by others.

I thought Gelbart was a very funny writer, a smart man whose interviews always captured my attention, and a "puncher-upper" of Tootsie.

I have to think we owe Bill Murray, in part, to him

{I appreciate your doing this,
but it's for the money, isn't it?

It's not so you can wear
these little outfits?

. . . .

Ken Levene, who was head writer on MASH after Gelbart's departure (before he got a two-year gig as Orioles colour man on radio), writes moving words on his blog. But I learned there that Gelbart has been preserved on You Tube.

Smart guy.


mister muleboy said...

Another likely "Gelbart-ism" from Tootsie:

I know there's pain in every
relationship. I just want my pain now.

Otherwise, I'll wait by the phone...

...and then I'll have pain
and wait by the phone.

It's a waste of time.

Okay, it's a hit or miss business. . . .

Mythical Monkey said...

Watch it, Henry -- this is how they got Czar.

But to cut off a man's legs and steal his drawers!

And rockets! I want plenty of rockets!
That's for the red glare.

Wait, you sent all the way to Chicago for ribs and you didn't get any cole slaw?
Forgive us, we're draftees.

painless pole said...



I don't believe in atheism. Let's make him a druid.


They worship trees.

A tree surgeon.

Druid, Reformed ... they're allowed to pray to bushes.

Mythical Monkey said...

Is that the signal?

Either that or Marlene Dietrich's back in town.

mister muleboy said...

Col. Flagg: Who's in charge?

Officer of the Day Hawkeye Pierce, pointing to his "O.D" armband:

Don't you know who I am? Olivia DeHavilland.


on Jesus:

Father Mulcahy: Oh, yes, yes, very definitely. You see, it was after he returned to the garden that he discovered that three of his apostles were missing.

[all look at Hawkeye]

Hawkeye: Well, don't look at me, I didn't take 'em.