Groucho Marx Quote?
April 17, 2012 4:20 PM   Subscribe

Does anyone know a Groucho Marx line to a woman about being slapped around? I'm mostly sure it was from one of the movies.

This has been driving me nuts and I really can't remember enough about the scene to effectively google it. I think he's seducing a woman on a balcony and she mentions her husband finding out and slapping her around and he says something about wanting to get slapped too? Maybe? I could be way off.

posted by Carlotta Bananas to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
from Duck Soup:

"Bob Roland: We've got to get rid of that man at once. Now I've got a plan. You say something to make him mad, and he'll strike you... and we'll force him to leave the country.
Rufus T. Firefly: That's a swell plan... why couldn't you arrange for me to strike him?
Bob Roland: Ambassador Trentino is a very sensitive man. Perhaps if you insult him. He's very easy to insult. Why, I said something to Vera Marcal in his presence once, and he slapped my face.
Rufus T. Firefly: Why didn't Vera slap your face?
Bob Roland: She did.
Rufus T. Firefly: What'd you say to her?
[Roland whispers it in his ear. Firefly slaps his face]
Rufus T. Firefly: You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Where'd you hear that story?
Bob Roland: Why, you told it to me.
Rufus T. Firefly: Oh yes, I remember. I should have slapped Mrs. Teasdale's face when she told it to me. "
posted by timsteil at 5:13 PM on April 17, 2012 [4 favorites]

Argh, I was just about to post that! Yes, I think that's the right answer, even though it's different from how you described it.
posted by John Cohen at 5:15 PM on April 17, 2012

If it isn't that, it's probably Monkey Business. He is trying to seduce a gangster's wife?
posted by gjc at 6:36 AM on April 18, 2012

YES! Monkey Business! Thank you!

Groucho and Lucille are necking on the balcony at a party

Lucille:"Oh, no no, don't! My husband might be inside and if finds me out here he'll wallop me."
Groucho:"Always thinking of your husband! Couldn't I wallop you just as well?"

Oh, the hilarity of domestic abuse...
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 4:40 PM on April 18, 2012

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