Kenneth Williams’ Carry On gag "Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!" has been voted the funniest film one-liner.
Williams uttered the words as Julius Caesar in the 1964 romp Carry On Cleo. It was named the best one-liner in a poll of 1,000 comedians, industry figures and film fans by Sky Movies Comedy.
Second in the survey was from the Life of Brian: "He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy." Third was the Airplane! classic in which Leslie Nielson is told: "Surely you can’t be serious," and replies: "I am serious – and don’t call me Shirley."
All of the top 10 one-liners were delivered by men. Bob McCabe, film critic and author of The Rough Guide To Comedy, said: "It’s great to see two British movies in the top three and well-established classics with great lasting power. I thought Kenneth Williams would win, as it is a great stand-alone joke."
THE TOP TEN
1) "Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!"
Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar - Carry On Cleo (1964)
2) "He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy."
Terry Jones as Brian’s mum - Life Of Brian (1979)
3) "Surely you can’t be serious?"
"I am serious - and don’t call me Shirley."
Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack - Airplane! (1980)
4) "Remember you’re fighting for this woman’s honour, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx as Rufus T Firefly - Duck Soup (1933)
5) "Don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love."
Woody Allen as Alvy Singer - Annie Hall (1977)
6) "Do you have a licence for your minkey?"
Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau - The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
7) "Is that... is that hair gel?"
Cameron Diaz as Mary Jensen - There’s Something About Mary (1998)
8) Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room."
Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley - Dr Strangelove (1963)
9) "Nice beaver!"
"Thank you. I just had it stuffed."
Leslie Nielsen as Lt Frank Drebin and Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer - The Naked Gun (1988)
10) "When I met Mary I got that old-fashioned romantic feeling where I’d do anything to bone her."
Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
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