Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 02, 2005
In Reply to: Re: "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into" posted by Bruce Kahl on February 02, 2005
: : : : What is the meaning of the quote "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into" ?
: : : I just know this as spoken by Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel when Stan made some type of error or when the boys were in an impossible situation.
: : : It is an acknowledgement of being in a conflicted situation.
: : Do people use this in conversation?
: It is a perfectly good phrase but no, people do not generally use that in everyday conversation.
I almost posted a "correction" that it's really "fine mess" instead of "nice mess", but luckily I did some research first. "Fine mess" seems to be another one of those commonly misquoted film phrases. Here's what they have to say at http://www.patfullerton.com/lh/movies/finemess.html (Careful if you surf there at work. A .wav file of Ollie saying the line plays without warning!)
"ANOTHER FINE MESS is probably the phrase most closely associated with Stan and Ollie, but it's also one of the most inaccurate quotes in film history. Oliver Hardy never uttered the lines, "Well, Here's another fine mess you've gotten me into," in any film. He did, however, say many times: "Here's another NICE mess you've gotten me into." How this got started remains a mystery, although it probably originated from the duo's top notch 1930 short ANOTHER FINE MESS. Guess an English teacher got on Hal Roach's back about proper grammar. Below is a list of the films in which Oliver says those famous words: NICE MESS or variations of."