Origin of a Quote

Where did the quote “Of course you realize (or know), this means war” originate? Is it from Warner Bros, the Marx Bros, or was it historical somehow?


As far as I’m concerned, it’s Bugs Bunny.

Same guy who said “those are fightin’ words.”

I believe it was Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) in “Duck Soup.” Bugs Bunny borrowed the line.

Groucho was parodying an earlier, silent film on the Civil War. But I can’t remember the name, dammit!

The phrase “silent movie about the civil war” brings to mind the movie “The Great Locomotive Chase” (Buster Keeton). I have no idea if anyone in this flic uttered the quote in question, however.

Hazel–the movie you’re thinking of is actually called “The General.”

Daniel–it’s possible that this is a line from “Birth of a Nation”, but I doubt it.

Buster Keaton’s The General is IMO the funniest movie ever made. But I don’t believe it is the source of this quote. The war is already well under way when the movie begins.

I have a copy and will review it. Thanks for the excuse to watch it again.

“non sunt multiplicanda entia praeter necessitatem”

p.s., If anybody cares, the movie is named after the locomotive, not a military officer.

“non sunt multiplicanda entia praeter necessitatem”