The Terry-Thomas Grin Gallery
From the moment I saw Terry in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World I fell for his humor and shady characters. What a delight it is to have him visit my movie room on occasion. Just recently I saw him turn up in an episode of The Persuaders series opposite Roger Moore and Tony Curtis. And yes, he stole every scene.
Enjoy the gallery sprinkled with quotes from his role as J. Algernon Hawthorne in It’s A Mad……….World.
” Look at yourself, and the way your wife and her strumpet of a mother push you through the hoop! As far as I can see, American men have been totally emasculated. They’re like slaves! They die like flies from coronary thrombosis, while their women sit under hairdryers, eating chocolates and arranging for every second Tuesday to be some sort of Mother’s Day! And this positively infantile preoccupation with bosoms. In all my time in this wretched Godforsaken country, the one thing that has appalled me most of all is this this preposterous preoccupation with bosoms. Don’t you realize they have become the dominant theme in American culture: in literature, advertising and all fields of entertainment and everything. I’ll wager you anything you like that if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight.”
“I must say, if I had the grievous misfortune to be a citizen of this benighted country, I should be the most hesitant at offering any criticism whatever of any other”
“I say: *Good show*!”
“You know, even for a policeman, your behavior was ruddy outrageous. ”
“Harvard? Rather not. I’m English.”
“Have a care, that chap’s run absolutely amok!”
“Whatever the outcome of the day I shall never forget that you hit me when I wasn’t even looking!”
Thank you Terry for that wonderful grin that has brought me so many tears of laughter over the years.