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FWIW, this page thinks they were Spanish:
That page can be edited by anyone. I'll grant you that the smoking one seems like it could be intended as "bad Spanish", but the seatbelt one and the sit down one is almost certainly meant to mock the mode of speech common among blue-collar Italian-Americans (not Italian as in the language spoken in Italy itself), the "translation" being similar in spirit to the African-Americans needing a translator for "jive."
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That page can be edited by anyone. I'll grant you that the smoking one seems like it could be intended as "bad Spanish", but the seatbelt one and the sit down one is almost certainly meant to mock the mode of speech common among blue-collar Italian-Americans (not Italian as in the language spoken in Italy itself), the "translation" being similar in spirit to the African-Americans needing a translator for "jive."
I concur.
New York/New Jersey Italian/ perhaps even Boston
(Immigrant broken English, not modern day Guido speak)
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:29 AM
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"Have you ever seen a grown man naked? ... Do you like movies about gladiators? ... Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?"

That series of jokes would never fly (no pun intended) today.

I wonder if the young actor playing the little boy in that scene was given any context as to what those jokes were about?

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"Have you ever seen a grown man naked? ... Do you like movies about gladiators? ... Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?"

That series of jokes would never fly (no pun intended) today.
Family Guy's still on TV, right? Do they still run episodes with this guy?
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New York/New Jersey Italian/ perhaps even Boston
(Immigrant broken English, not modern day Guido speak)
Fair enough. I"m obviously not that well-traveled.

But I'll just say that most, and probably all, bilingual signs that I've seen in an airport or in an airplane in the USA were English and Spanish.
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Of course, because in real life, Americans who speak English with a regional or ethnic accent need no translation. That's why it's funny to have subtitles/translations for those.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:59 PM
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Marginally thread related but I thought I'd share.

It's been at least 15 years since I watch Airplane! and this thread got me thinking of it. The quickest way for me to view it would be to buy it from iTunes so I check it out. $4.99 in HD, damn skippy I'll bite. I've spent $5 on dumber things since breakfast. I notice they also offer Airplane! II so I check out the price and it was $14.99. Three times the price for a grotesquely inferior movie that almost gave me cancer of the perineum. Granted the movie guest stars Shatner's toupee so that's got to be worth a couple of bucks just by itself. But still, somebody needs to reexamine their pricing.
Both are free on Amazon Prime, not sure what type of offers they have if you’re not a member.

I watched Airplane II as well, it’s good but not great.
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...I wonder if the young actor playing the little boy in that scene was given any context as to what those jokes were about?
Nope. Here's a nice 2010 interview with him: https://www.villagevoice.com/2010/03...own-man-naked/

And here's our earlier thread about the movie: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=570360
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I was thinking of the topless shot. But now I remember the jiggling jello joke.
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I don't think so. IIRC, wasn't the quote "Gimme Ham on five and hold the Mayo"? Also IIRC, in old timey diner lingo if a waitress told the cook "Gimme ham on five" it meant "A ham sandwich for table five" or something along those lines.
Hmmmmm...okay. Hadn't considered that. I was stuck on "white" as in the bread, but I guess that works.

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That was when I developed my drinking problem. *dumps a glass of water himself*
I've been waiting for someone to up the ante with a similar gag on "eating disorder."
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Am I right that this scene is only tv edits of the movie? My wife and I watched this on disc a few years ago and I think this moment is not in the version we saw.
You have it backward. The quoted scene is the original theatrical version. The TV version nixed it, for obvious reasons. It was replaced by a longer scene between the same two young actors. However, instead of the one *bang* joke, there was a whole conversation played out like they were both adults. I forget the particulars, but the "joke" was that the little boy was a businessman or something and the girl was likewise "adulting." But not sexual.

It was pretty lame and went on far too long. The one-liner original version just kills it, though.
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Both are free on Amazon Prime, not sure what type of offers they have if you’re not a member.

I watched Airplane II as well, it’s good but not great.
I believe the courtroom scene from the sequel are some of the best moments of the entire franchise.
First they revisit some of the most popular bits from the first movie, and then they have some very clever word play with the guy who flew with Stryker during the war:
“Buddy couldn’t handle the pressure!”
“Andy went to pieces?”
“Howie came unglued?” All followed by by:
“Then . . . Howie survived?” “No, we lost Howie the next day.” “Over Macho Grande?” (Capped by the brilliant reply):
“Nooo. I don’t think I’ll ever be over Macho Grande. Those wounds …… run pretty deep.”
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“Buddy couldn’t handle the pressure!”
“Andy went to pieces?”
“Howie came unglued?” All followed by by:
“Then . . . Howie survived?” “No, we lost Howie the next day.” “Over Macho Grande?” (Capped by the brilliant reply):
“Nooo. I don’t think I’ll ever be over Macho Grande. Those wounds …… run pretty deep.”
That dialogue is reminiscent of the Police Squad! TV show, where they interview a teller at a bank after a robbery:

Drebin: "We think we know how he did it"
teller: "Oh, Howie couldn't have done it...he hasn't been in for weeks"
<a few seconds later, while departing>
Drebin: "Weeks?"
Captain: "Saul Weeks...the comptroller"
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Sight gags really REALLY need to come back into vogue in the movies.
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Sight gags really REALLY need to come back into vogue in the movies.
Of course sight gags only work if the audience is actually paying attention to the screen the entire time. That works with a movie like Airplane! because you have a captive audience in the theater. But part of why Police Squad wasn't a success was because it relied so heavily on sight gags, and if people had it on in the background while they were washing dishes or whatever they'd miss half the jokes.
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The Ethel Merman cameo gag was classic and her last movie appearance. Nice but odd way to finish up a legendary career.
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Thanks to this thread I've requested a Zero Hour/Airplane! double feature at my local Alamo Drafthouse. I'll let you guys know if they are able to set it up. It would be a riot!
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Side by side on one screen (for comparison). "Airplane!" audio in right earphone, "Zero Hour" audio in left earphone. Sick of one? Yank appropriate earphone. Yeah, I don't know if they could rig the technology.
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Well, if Mike was an Air Traffic Controller in the early 1980s, you know what happened to all of them a few years later...
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