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first F-word heard in early talkie

PostTue May 15, 2018 1:09 pm

High Voltage(1929) is a surviving but curious film directed by Howard Higgin with Carole Lombard, Bill Boyd(Hopalong), Owen Moore and silent vet Phillips Smalley. The scene is a stranded bus load of travelers are snowbound in an Inn or shack and have just gotten a dropoff of food from an airplane.

About 57:24 the dialogue can be "Food, Food...C'mon, fxxk open it up Popoff..."

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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostTue May 15, 2018 2:13 pm

I hear what sounds like "forget it," which makes no sense but is probably "mmf, get it."

A friend of mine had the Batman TV movie from 1966 recorded on Beta, early in the day, and we swore we heard Adam West say "you stupid f--k" to, I think, Riddler. When I got the DVD for my son, I checked it. With better fidelity, it was clearly "you stupid thug."

Something else may have slid by somewhere, but it's thought that the first star to say it in a major motion picture was none other than Academy Award Winner Elizabeth Taylor, in Boom (1968).
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F-word heard in early talkie

PostTue May 15, 2018 2:28 pm

In another, less-specialized, thread, I noted a possible F Bomb by Robert Williams

Near the film's end (1:11:43), Stew (Robert Williams) waves off the departing Grayson (Reginald Owen) with an audible "F.U."
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 17, 2018 12:18 am

I don't hear it in either clip.
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 17, 2018 6:10 am

Just seems so highly unlikely. I only hear "Laurel."
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 17, 2018 8:09 am

Tough to be positive, as the Youtube copy is bad -

- but I think I may hear that "F.U." in PLATINUM.
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 17, 2018 9:09 am

The Tom Tyler Monogram feature "Honor of the Mounted" (1932) contains a remark uttered about lawman William Dyer's character which must surely have been intended to have been heard as "the old buck," but there is a distinct tone of contempt in which it is uttered that goes beyond the term "old buck", and I don't hear the "b" as much as I do another consonant. Of course, it's not crystal clear. Can't find a link to share, alas.
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 17, 2018 2:39 pm

westegg wrote:Just seems so highly unlikely. I only hear "Laurel."


Funny, I only hear "Ollie".

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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostFri May 18, 2018 2:58 pm

sepiatone wrote:High Voltage(1929) is a surviving but curious film directed by Howard Higgin with Carole Lombard, Bill Boyd(Hopalong), Owen Moore and silent vet Phillips Smalley. The scene is a stranded bus load of travelers are snowbound in an Inn or shack and have just gotten a dropoff of food from an airplane.

About 57:24 the dialogue can be "Food, Food...C'mon, fxxk open it up Popoff..."

https://free-classic-movies.com/movies- ... /index.php" target="_blank


Can't recall this as watched it with my late partner Deirdre, who I seem to recall nodded off, then woke up, saying "What's this rubbish?" or words to that effect. Alas, I couldn't really come to Mr Higgin's defence on that one, although the print was none too clever...
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostWed May 30, 2018 1:27 pm

jcp7701 wrote:The Tom Tyler Monogram feature "Honor of the Mounted" (1932) contains a remark uttered about lawman William Dyer's character which must surely have been intended to have been heard as "the old buck," but there is a distinct tone of contempt in which it is uttered that goes beyond the term "old buck", and I don't hear the "b" as much as I do another consonant. Of course, it's not crystal clear. Can't find a link to share, alas.


I will have to watch that again, it's not as if I haven't seen "Honor of the Mounted" a dozen or more times now.

Will get back to you on it.
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostThu May 31, 2018 12:12 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:Something else may have slid by somewhere, but it's thought that the first star to say it in a major
motion picture was none other than Academy Award Winner Elizabeth Taylor, in Boom (1968).

I guess it depends on your definition of "major", but I thought Marianne Faithfull uttered it a year earlier in the 1967 Michael Winner comedy I'll Never Forget What's-'Isname with Oliver Reed and Orson Welles. I've read that in some instances the F-word was partially obscured by a car horn honking, but not sure if that was in the theatrical version, an overseas release or an edited-for-TV version.
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Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

PostFri Jun 01, 2018 1:00 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Mike Gebert wrote:Something else may have slid by somewhere, but it's thought that the first star to say it in a major
motion picture was none other than Academy Award Winner Elizabeth Taylor, in Boom (1968).

I guess it depends on your definition of "major", but I thought Marianne Faithfull uttered it a year earlier in the 1967 Michael Winner comedy I'll Never Forget What's-'Isname with Oliver Reed and Orson Welles. I've read that in some instances the F-word was partially obscured by a car horn honking, but not sure if that was in the theatrical version, an overseas release or an edited-for-TV version.


Have not seen this one for a long time, but I seem to recall the F-word almost being lost in a slew of others which were not terribly easy to make out....

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