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Old October 30 2013, 10:36 PM   #13
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Re: Understated Humor

^ Watch the scene again. Stewart's delivery, and the reactions, are definitely played as humor. The concept of course dates back to even earlier science fiction stories. Can't remember the story or author, but in a short story some guy is convinced someone is watching him. He looks outside the window and sees the sun shining. As he turns back toward the room, he hears someone say "Okay, he's gone. You can take it away now."
Moe: I'll take the blonde!
Larry: I'll take the brunette!
Curly: I'll take the Black and Tan!
--Wee Wee Monsieur (1938)
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