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Old 10-17-2002, 02:14 PM
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Looking for quote ending 'in short, I have arrived'

Looking for a quote from an old movie or play which goes, roughly:

"I have survived the [comically big word (henceforth, "cbw")] [cbw] [cbw] [cbw] or our [cbw] [cbw] enemies; in short, I have arrived."

It seems to me that it came out of the mouth of W. C. Fields, but I probably have it all wrong. Does this ring a bell with anyone out there in computer monitor land? This has been bugging me all day, and google and bartleby's are no help.
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Old 10-17-2002, 03:08 PM
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It sounds kind of like a line from The Man Who Came to Dinner which is both a play and a film. There is a character named Beverly Carlton (Beverly being a man's name way back then) that was sort of loosely based on Noel Coward. He had lines that were very much like that.

eg/ "So tell me, without going into mountainous waves of self-pity, how are you?"

However, I could be wrong -- it's been a very long time since I've read or seen the play.
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Old 10-17-2002, 03:43 PM
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W.C. Fields is partly on the right track. It's a line uttered by him in his character of Mr Micawber in the 1948 film 'David Copperfield'.

The novel. by Charles Dickens has the original lines, but I don't have the book to hand. Basically, Micawber is giving a long rigmarole about his journey through London, saying something like...' my perilous perambulations have reached their destination...in short, I have arrived."
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Old 10-17-2002, 05:36 PM
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I don't have the book to hand.
Please allow me to introduce you to this cool new thing called the Internet.

Alas, my search of the full text of the book from Project Gutenberg turns up no use of the phrase "I have arrived." I also searched for "perilous" (no matches), "perambulations" (one match, not the given quote), and "destination" (several matches, none the given quote). I don't dispute that this quote may well be in the movie (IMDb has no quotes for this film), but I see no evidence that Dickens wrote it.

Also, the version of David Copperfield which starred W. C. Fields as Mr. Micawber came out in 1935, not 1948.
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Old 10-17-2002, 07:08 PM
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I found this in the Project Gutenberg text:
Quote:
'Under the impression,' said Mr. Micawber, 'that your
peregrinations in this metropolis have not as yet been extensive,
and that you might have some difficulty in penetrating the arcana
of the Modern Babylon in the direction of the City Road, - in
short,' said Mr. Micawber, in another burst of confidence, 'that
you might lose yourself - I shall be happy to call this evening,
and install you in the knowledge of the nearest way.'
Could that be the quote you were thinking of?
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Old 11-29-2016, 05:42 PM
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From the MGM film (NOT in the Dickens text):

Mr. Micawber: So relentlessly pursued over aerie and housetop, and vice versa, I have thwarted the malevolent machinations of our scurrilous enemies; in short, I have arrived.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:20 PM
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Aaaand ... 14 years, 6 weeks and 3 hours later we have the correct answer.

Bravo gsteven. No question is too obsure for us to let it die unanswered.

Welcome. You may enjoy hanging out here. Some of the folks in this thread way back then are still here. Others have wandered off probably never to return.

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:19 PM
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Others have wandered off probably never to return.
In short, they've departed.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:38 PM
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Spectacular way to join, a pyrotechnic revival of a zombie that had stumped the wisdom of the collective for 14 years.
In short, gsteven, you have arrived.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:46 PM
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Let's move this over to Cafe Society, a forum that didn't exist when this thread was started 14 years ago.

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:49 PM
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Let's move this over to Cafe Society, a forum that didn't exist when this thread was started 14 years ago.

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..and in short, you have arrived.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:02 PM
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Should we try him out on the 14 k of g in a f p d riddle? It's not as old, but it certainly stumped all of us.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:15 PM
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http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/3...-Arrived-.html

I'm guessing this wasn't available yet in 2002, but it's easily the first link if one were to Google trying to find it today.

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Old 12-03-2016, 06:42 AM
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Unfortunately the OP hasn't posted in 12 years.
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