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Re: Hee-haw

Posted by ESC on November 06, 2003

In Reply to: Funny Papers posted by Pam.L. on November 06, 2003

: Re: the origin of "See ya in the funny papers!" from early Oct posting...

: I remember that line from the movie, It's a Wonderful Life! I think it was said by one of the guys -- was it a potential boyfriend for Donna Reed? -- each time he said goodbye, indicating his jocular, somewhat shallow nature, which constrasted with Jimmy Stewart's deeper, caring nature.

CLOSE SHOT -- George and Mary are talking to Sam Wainwright in front of the latter's car. Sam's wife, Jane, is now out of the car.

SAM: Still got the nose to the old grindstone, eh? Jane, I offered to let George in on the ground floor in plastics, and he turned me down cold.
GEORGE: Oh, now, don't rub it in.
SAM: I'm not rubbing it in. Well, I guess we better run along.
JANE: Awfully glad to have met you, Mary.
MARY: Nice meeting you.
GEORGE: Goodbye.
JANE: Goodbye, George.
SAM: So long, George. See you in the funny papers.
GEORGE: Goodbye, Sam.
MARY: Have fun.

What I never could understand is why they were always saying "hee haw." Was that a college thing?

HARRY (introducing George): You know my kid brother, George. I'm going to put him through college.
Sam Wainwright comes in behind Harry, waggles his hands at his ears as he talks.
SAM: Here comes George. Hello, hee-haw!
(And then later)
George and Sam wiggle their fingers at their ears, saluting each other.
GEORGE: Hee-haw!
SAM: Hee-haw!