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

"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 (mentioned in the comic title) and Vivien Leigh. The phrase is spoken by Gable's character Rhett Butler as his last line in answer to Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara's question "Where shall I go? What shall I do?". The response indicates that Butler he is no longer interested in O'Hara. This disinterest, 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 move line of all time in 1995’s American Film Institute ranking.

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

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

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Discussion

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


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