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(Wikipedia)   40 years ago today one of the funniest comedies ever made was released. A comedy, you say what is it? A play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending. But that's not important right now. Enjoy your lasagna   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line
    More: Amusing, Airplane!, American parody film, Ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker, Jerry Zucker, parody of the disaster film genre, Paramount film Zero Hour, flight attendant, slapstick comedy  
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2020-07-02 10:06:40 AM  
23 votes:

Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.


It's an entirely different film altogether.
 
2020-07-02 12:36:41 PM  
18 votes:

gunga galunga: HighOnCraic: gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.

The basketball titan of the time was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played the co-pilot role. It was meant to be a nod to a similar role that was played by football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch in the original muse film, "Zero Hour!" At first, ZAZ (short for Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker) wanted to get Pete Rose to play the minor role.

https://www.historybyday.com/pop-cultu​re/40-facts-for-the-40th-anniversary-o​f-airplane/11.html?br_t=ch

/I bet Pete Rose is kicking himself for turning down that part.

As did Harriet Nelson for turning down the Jive Lady part.


June Cleaver farking nailed it though.
 
2020-07-02 10:37:07 AM  
17 votes:
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-07-02 9:32:07 AM  
10 votes:
I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.
 
2020-07-02 1:25:16 PM  
7 votes:

Marcos P: The hell I don't.
LISTEN KID.
I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night.
Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.


Fun fact. That scene was ad-libbed and the kid had no idea that Kareem was going to go off like that. The look of terror on the kid's face is genuine.
 
2020-07-02 11:38:04 AM  
6 votes:
"What was for dinner tonight?"
"Well, we had a choice of steak or fish."
"Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna"


"I know but this guy has no flying experience at all. He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air... yes, birds too "


I watched this again a couple weeks ago on cable... it's still funny no matter how many times I've seen it
 
2020-07-02 10:43:05 AM  
5 votes:
Kentucky Fried Movie
Youtube Qb2FiKyjojA

Also, remember the before times.
 
2020-07-02 10:28:42 AM  
5 votes:
Here's an oral history of Airplane! from the film's 30th anniversary.

Is this the year for the anal history?

As far as the pacing of comedy films go, Airplane changed the standard.
 
2020-07-02 3:44:11 PM  
4 votes:

NINEv2: gunga galunga: HighOnCraic: gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.

The basketball titan of the time was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played the co-pilot role. It was meant to be a nod to a similar role that was played by football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch in the original muse film, "Zero Hour!" At first, ZAZ (short for Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker) wanted to get Pete Rose to play the minor role.

https://www.historybyday.com/pop-cultu​re/40-facts-for-the-40th-anniversary-o​f-airplane/11.html?br_t=ch

/I bet Pete Rose is kicking himself for turning down that part.

As did Harriet Nelson for turning down the Jive Lady part.

June Cleaver farking nailed it though.


Saw an interview with her about that scene before she passed away and even decades later people still wanted to hear about that over Leave it to Beaver.
 
2020-07-02 12:17:48 PM  
4 votes:

gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.


I would also like to state that my ten year old self was at least able to comprehend that the questions that Captain Oveur was asking Joey were very, very wrong.
 
2020-07-02 12:10:00 PM  
4 votes:

Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.


My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.
 
2020-07-02 10:07:12 AM  
4 votes:

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.

It's an entirely different film altogether.


It's an entirely different film
 
2020-07-02 2:51:43 PM  
3 votes:

Englebert Slaptyback: One of my favorite sight gags ever:

[Fark user image 648x381] [View Full Size image _x_]



"I don't get it.  What are those booths?"
 
2020-07-02 1:07:15 PM  
3 votes:

Ishkur: HighOnCraic: /I bet Pete Rose is kicking himself for turning down that part.

I wouldn't bet on it.


Pete would.
 
2020-07-02 12:52:55 PM  
3 votes:
....The important question is whether or not Lt. Hurwitz ever got better.
 
2020-07-02 11:34:13 AM  
3 votes:

BullBearMS: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qb2FiKyj​ojA?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3​A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsap​i=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&​widgetid=1]
Also, remember the before times.


I love that movie!
 
2020-07-02 11:11:22 AM  
3 votes:

Rattrap007: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/L8oAQOvO​EXY]


The actor who played Johnny, Stephen Stucker, was a friend of Zucker/Abrahams' back in their sketch comedy days, and believe their troupe was called Kentucky Fried Theatre.
Because Stucker was so good at improv, almost none of his lines were scripted; the other actor in the scene would have a scripted, straight setup line and Stucker would make something up.
 
2020-07-02 10:50:44 AM  
3 votes:
It's been years since I have seen this, so let's go old school.....AIRPLANE! THREAD!!!!
 
2020-07-02 10:13:29 AM  
3 votes:
40 years? Surely you can't be serious??!!
 
2020-07-02 1:44:34 PM  
2 votes:

AtlanticCoast63: ....The important question is whether or not Lt. Hurwitz ever got better.


Well, he thinks he's Ethel Merman, so not sure if that's actually an improvement or not.
 
2020-07-02 12:32:15 PM  
2 votes:

HighOnCraic: gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.

The basketball titan of the time was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played the co-pilot role. It was meant to be a nod to a similar role that was played by football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch in the original muse film, "Zero Hour!" At first, ZAZ (short for Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker) wanted to get Pete Rose to play the minor role.

https://www.historybyday.com/pop-cultu​re/40-facts-for-the-40th-anniversary-o​f-airplane/11.html?br_t=ch

/I bet Pete Rose is kicking himself for turning down that part.


As did Harriet Nelson for turning down the Jive Lady part.
 
2020-07-02 12:24:55 PM  
2 votes:

gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.


The basketball titan of the time was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played the co-pilot role. It was meant to be a nod to a similar role that was played by football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch in the original muse film, "Zero Hour!" At first, ZAZ (short for Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker) wanted to get Pete Rose to play the minor role.

https://www.historybyday.com/pop-cult​u​re/40-facts-for-the-40th-anniversary-o​f-airplane/11.html?br_t=ch

/I bet Pete Rose is kicking himself for turning down that part.
 
2020-07-02 10:46:30 AM  
2 votes:
Airplane The Movie - A Hat, A Broach, A Pterodactyl
Youtube L8oAQOvOEXY
 
2020-07-02 10:27:55 AM  
2 votes:

cocozilla: 40 years? Surely you can't be serious??!!


Yes Subby is. And stop calling him Shirley.
 
2020-07-02 10:10:07 AM  
2 votes:
I speak jive.
 
2020-07-02 8:09:32 PM  
1 vote:

Galileo's Daughter: AtlanticCoast63: ....The important question is whether or not Lt. Hurwitz ever got better.

Well, he thinks he's Ethel Merman, so not sure if that's actually an improvement or not.


I'm sure everything came up roses in the end.
 
2020-07-02 4:34:24 PM  
1 vote:
Over Macho Grande?
 
2020-07-02 3:55:08 PM  
1 vote:
I would like to have nailed June Cleaver back in the day
 
2020-07-02 3:08:35 PM  
1 vote:

Englebert Slaptyback: One of my favorite sight gags ever:


[Fark user image 648x381] [View Full Size image _x_]


Okay, boys. Let's get some pictures - Airplane! (1980)
Youtube itETgMTpTag
 
2020-07-02 2:42:33 PM  
1 vote:
One of my favorite sight gags ever:


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-07-02 2:14:17 PM  
1 vote:

UberNeuman: Airplane?  What is it?


Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol.

/ But that's not important right now
 
2020-07-02 2:12:53 PM  
1 vote:

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.

It's an entirely different film altogether.


It's an entirely different film.
 
2020-07-02 12:53:36 PM  
1 vote:

Duck_of_Doom: momojoboo: It's been years since I have seen this, so let's go old school.....AIRPLANE! THREAD!!!!

AIRPLANE! THREAD? I gotta get out of here! I've gotta get out of here!!!


Calm down, Duck_of_Doom!!!!   *grabbing him by the shoulders and shaking him violently*
 
2020-07-02 12:30:11 PM  
1 vote:

gunga galunga: gunga galunga: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

My ten year old self thought the joke was that Kareem Abdul Jabar was secretly moonlighting as a pilot and was annoyed that the kid was calling him out. I was not able to comprehend the meta-humor, fourth wall-breaking angle back then and that the joke was about the stunt casting of sports figures in disaster movies.

I would also like to state that my ten year old self was at least able to comprehend that the questions that Captain Oveur was asking Joey were very, very wrong.


Tell that to George Zip.
 
2020-07-02 12:12:14 PM  
1 vote:

NINEv2: Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.

First time?


No I've been stressed out lots of times.
 
2020-07-02 12:02:07 PM  
1 vote:

Ishkur: I've seen that movie so many times I can recount it line by line, and it was only recently (within the last year or so), that I realized the running gag of Ted tossing drinks in his own face was because he had a "drinking problem". That is, he had physical difficulty literally putting the liquid in his mouth.

All this time I thought it meant he was just stressed out.


First time?
 
2020-07-02 11:53:48 AM  
1 vote:

Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.


I just want to say, "Good luck!  We're all counting on you."
 
2020-07-02 11:52:21 AM  
1 vote:
I have never watched The Kentucky Fried Movie the whole way through, but I do know at least the point/counterpoint segment was used from the earlier film.
 
2020-07-02 11:49:32 AM  
1 vote:

Raug the Dwarf: This film gave me a drinking problem.


You'll get over it.
 
2020-07-02 11:37:05 AM  
1 vote:
Airplane?  What is it?
 
2020-07-02 11:28:28 AM  
1 vote:

Hawk24: The fog is getting thicker.


and Leon is getting laaaaaaarger.
 
2020-07-02 11:28:13 AM  
1 vote:

Hawk24: The fog is getting thicker.


And Leon's getting LLLLAARRRRGGGGEERRR!
 
2020-07-02 11:04:32 AM  
1 vote:
This film gave me a drinking problem.
 
2020-07-02 10:57:48 AM  
1 vote:

momojoboo: It's been years since I have seen this, so let's go old school.....AIRPLANE! THREAD!!!!


No.  That's just what they'll be expecting us to do.
 
2020-07-02 10:57:22 AM  
1 vote:

markie_farkie: [Fark user image 480x270] [View Full Size image _x_]


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2020-07-02 10:51:18 AM  
1 vote:
The hell I don't.
LISTEN KID.
I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night.
Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
 
2020-07-02 10:29:18 AM  
1 vote:
What a pisser.
 
2020-07-02 10:25:34 AM  
1 vote:

goatleggedfellow: Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.

It's an entirely different film altogether.

It's an entirely different film.


It's an entirely different film.
 
2020-07-02 10:18:11 AM  
1 vote:

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.

It's an entirely different film altogether.


It's an entirely different film.
 
2020-07-02 10:09:53 AM  
1 vote:

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: Myrdinn: I thought Blazing Saddles came out in 1974, two years before I was born.
Man, I picked a bad day to quit something something something.

It's an entirely different film altogether.


It's an entirely different film
 
2020-07-02 9:47:00 AM  
1 vote:
Hey subby, my momma didn't raise no dummies! I dug your rap!
 
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