"It's quiet." "Yeah, a little TOO quiet." - origin

This was used more than a few times in MST3K.

Does it come from an actual movie?

I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s gotta be old. It was already a cliche back when they were using it in gags for Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Probably originates way back in antiquity.
Abel: It’s quiet.

Cain: Yeah, a little TOO quiet! [Whack!]

Pharaoh at Red Sea: It’s Quiet.

Some other Egyptian: Yeah, a little Too quiet. [drown]

Jesus: It’s quiet.

Satan: Yeah, A little TOO quiet! [tempt]
ymmv, maybe some other ancient “events”?

Michael: It’s quiet.

God: Yeah, a little TOO quiet! (creates universe)

It comes from parents with young children in the house.


I always thought it was from “The Untouchables” TV show.

Or am I confusing it with “that’s just what they’re EXPECTING us to do…”

Just so’s we’re all clear on this:

The point of the line “Yeah, too quiet!” is that the normal sounds of the night (these scenes usually seem to be at night) that you’d exect to hear – birds, crickets, etc. – aren’t present. The reason they’re not present is because something is sneaking around out there in the bushes, and that’s spooking them. So the second guy is saying that the absence of ambient noise suggests lurkers. The absence of something you expect is itself a clue. Kinda like in the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze”.
That said, I’ve never heard this line spoken seriously – only as the lead-in to a joke. I’m sure it was used for real somewhere, and it was clever before it got overused. But damned if I know where.

And don’t call me Shirley.

Japanese guy: It’s quite.

Mayor of Hiroshima: Yeah, a little TOO quiet! [boooom!]

That’s damned funny!

Signed. :smiley:

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”
“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Donatello: Hey, it’s Raph!
Michaelangelo: Yeah, a little TOO Raph.

I remember it from The Big Chill, William Hurt and who? Jeff Goldblum?

Somehow I formed the impression that it was a cliche used in old silent films and early talkies, the ones where the Intrepid Explorer or Big Game Hunter is creeping through the jungles of Deepest Darkest Africa with his Faithful Sidekick, and suddenly the drums stop.

Faithful Sidekick: It’s quiet.
Intrepid Explorer: Yes. Too quiet. (ambushed by a Horde of Stereotypical Early Hollywood African Natives who hoot loudly and dance around with spears while they drag our heros to the cooking pot to parboil.)

I have no idea where this idea came from.

I’m guessing it comes from an old western.

Cowboys sitting around the campfire at night. Things get “too quiet” just before the Indians attack.

Anyhow, that’s the scene that always comes to mind whenever I hear the exchange.

(Is it from The Searchers, maybe?)

(with thick Romanian accent): “Children of the night… shut up!”

Moviegoer 1: 'It’s quiet."

Moviegoer 2: “A little TOO quiet.”

Al Jolson: “Maaaaammmmmmyy…”

I always thought it was from Fort Apache, but it’s not in the “Memorable quotes” section on the IMDB. But Fort Apache is the origin of

I looked at Stagecoah and all of the other usual suspect John Ford westerns, to no avail. I also did a google search, to no avail.

It’s quiet out there on the interweb…