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“Moby or Not Moby”

ISHMAEL: Call me Ishmael.
YAKKO: Call me Ishtar.
WAKKO: Call me irresponsible.

Ishtar (1987) is one of the most infamous box-office flops of all time; Call Me Irresponsible is a 1962 song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, originally written for either Judy Garland or Fred Astaire but first performed by Jackie Gleason in Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963), winning an Oscar for Best Original Song.

“Moby or Not Moby”

Three disaster-struck ships answer the Warners’ please for hep at the end:

  • RMS Titanic – British passenger liner which sunk, as you doubtless know, in the Atlantic in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg
  • SS Edmund Fitzgerald – American freighter that sank in a storm in Lake Superior in 1975 with the loss of all hands, commemorated in the 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • The S. S. Minnow – fictional charter boat carrying the cast of the sitcom Gilligan’s Island, shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle in 1963 (we hear the Skipper call out “Hey, little buddy!” as it approaches)

“The Good, the Boo and the Ugly”

OUTLAW: I got me a fistful of feathers!
WOMAN: Lookee here: a few feathers more!

This dialogue references the first two movies of the “Dollars Trilogy”, which The Good, the Bad and the Ugly comprises the third part of: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), which is the movie that actually jumpstarted the popularity of the Spaghetti Westerns, and For a Few Dollars More (1965).