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April 05, 2007

Perhaps it was the spun gold hair they admired?

Kenneth Williams continues to make 'em laugh getting on for 20 years since his untimely passing.

The latest competition he has won - the funniest movie one-liner of all time. And it's also one he used a couple of times on JAM.

Yes it's his line in Carry On Cleo, playing Julius Caesar - "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!!"

It won a poll of more than 1000 comedy writers, comedians and comedy club owners as the best movie one-liner of all time.

Film critic Bob McCabe said "I thought that Kenneth Williams would win as it is a great stand-alone joke, the joke is simple and no build-up to the line is needed. Kenneth Williams’ delivery of the line is extremely dramatic, ending in a camp style."

The other members of the top 10 were - some great lines here...

2. “He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.” – Terry Jones (Brian’s Mum) Life Of Brian (1979)

3. Robert Hays (Ted Striker): "Surely you can't be serious. Leslie Nielsen (Rumack): I am serious….and don't call me Shirley. - Airplane (1980)

4. “Remember you’re fighting for this woman’s honour, which is probably more than she ever did” – Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly) Duck Soup (1933)

5. “Don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love” – Woody Allen, (Alvy Singer) Annie Hall (1977)

6. Peter Sellers (Inspector Clouseau): "Do you have a licence for your minkey"? - The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

7. "Mary, Is that... is that hair gel?" – Cameron Diaz (Mary Jensen) There's Something About Mary (1998)

8. “Gentlemen you can't fight in here. This is the War Room” – Peter Sellers (President Merkin) – Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)

9. (Leslie Nielsen) Frank: “Nice beaver!” (Priscilla Presley) Jane: [producing a stuffed beaver] “Thank you. I just had it stuffed.” - The Naked Gun(1988)

10. When I met Mary I got that old fashioned romantic feeling where I'd do anything to bone her" - Jim Carrey (Lloyd Christmas) Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Proof yet again - if further proof were needed - that man is a cult! An enormous cult! The bigest cult we've got around here! And before uttering this line, he'd walked all the way from Great Portland Street....


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