110: Clark Gable

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Clark Gable
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a BITCH ASS SHIT FUCK DAMN
Title text: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a BITCH ASS SHIT FUCK DAMN

Explanation[edit]

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn", is the signature catchphrase from the 1939 movie Gone With The Wind, which starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The phrase is spoken by Gable's character Rhett Butler as his last line, in answer to Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh) asking "Where shall I go? What shall I do?". The response indicates that Butler is no longer interested in O'Hara. This lack of interest, and the mention of the word "damn", which was considered profanity at the time of releasing the film, led to the line being voted the #1 movie line of all time in 1995's American Film Institute ranking.

Randall suggests that the line as written was not supposed to contain profanity, but the actor, Gable, inserted it, due to having Tourette's Syndrome, which is a neurological condition that is stereotypically characterized by bouts of random uncontrollable cursing.

The title text contains a more stereotypical Tourette's Syndrome outburst of several profanities in a row shouted mid-sentence.

Transcript[edit]

[Famous image of Gone with the Wind with Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) kissing Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh).]
The line was actually supposed to be "Frankly, my dear, I couldn't care less." It's just that Clark Gable had Tourette's.


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Rikthoff (talk) The issue date is definately off, as the file doesn't have an issue date. Can anyone fix?