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Beetle Bailey, 10/12/05

Yeah! You’ll love it! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be scared, you’ll be … um … angry. So very, very angry. Angry at the filmmakers? Angry at all the chortling, weeping, and shrieking that went on in the theater? Angry at the creators of this strip, who can apparently only draw four emotions? It’s hard to say.

44 responses to “Mad movies”

  1. CHA5NCE
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:23 pm [Reply]

    They forgot confused, which is how most of us look viewing this strip.

  2. BigJoe
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    Are there really that many women that wear tight, slinky, sexy dresses to a movie theater? Well, I guess in Mort’s world they do. Do women ever wear pants in his world?

  3. Sourbelly
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:28 pm [Reply]

    Is Beetle getting it on with Miss Buxley? Way to go, soldier!

  4. Sourbelly
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    Actually, I’ll bet the movie was “Fahrenheit 9/11″. Think about it. You might laugh at Michael Moore’s satire, cry at the state of U.S. government, freak out at the scariness of Bush’s policies, and, well, the anger speaks for itself.

  5. Cottontail
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:31 pm [Reply]

    BigJoe… those women are just doing their part to support the troops.

  6. WoodrowFan
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:38 pm [Reply]

    I think the only women who wear pants in Mort’s world are ugly lesbians, which I think in his world are the same thing.

  7. BigJoe
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:43 pm [Reply]

    Cottontail – but who’s (what’s) supporting the women? Looks like they’ve all got oranges glued onto their chests. Does everyone dating a soldier have a bad boob job?

  8. Audient
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:52 pm [Reply]

    I think the second couple were set up as a blind date — and their displeasure has nothing to do with the movie whatsoever.

    If you don’t understand what I mean, you’ve probably never been on a blind date.

  9. Kaliflower
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:56 pm [Reply]

    The second couple’s male counterpart tried the ol’ popcorn trick and the woman was, understandably, petrified for the rest of the show. The guy’s not angry, he’s just disappointed.

  10. BigJoe
    October 13th, 2005 at 2:57 pm [Reply]

    Based on the rightmost woman’s expression, and the hidden arm of the angry soldier, I’d assume she’s the unwelcome recipent of the shocker? (To continue a theme brought up in the previous thread.)

  11. Molly
    October 13th, 2005 at 3:31 pm [Reply]

    I think the woman on the right is actually making that face because she’s freezing after sitting in a movie theater for two hours in that outfit.

  12. Islamorada Girl
    October 13th, 2005 at 3:54 pm [Reply]

    Do soldiers still wear forage caps? I thought everyone had a trendy beret now.

  13. Beasley
    October 13th, 2005 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    Beetle Baily is supposed to be set in the Army…so why are they always wearing Marine uniforms?

  14. Sheila
    October 13th, 2005 at 4:28 pm [Reply]

    As far as Beetle getting it on with Miss Buxley, whatever happened to his girlfriend Bunny? She looked just like Miss Buxley except she was a brunette. Haven’t seen her in years. Did she elope with an MP or what?

  15. Skj
    October 13th, 2005 at 4:34 pm [Reply]

    Miss Buxley is like school in summertime….no class.

  16. Marc
    October 13th, 2005 at 5:22 pm [Reply]

    I love how you have a woman that looks era 1950s next to a 2000 style person.

    Who the f*** still uses a handkercheif in public and is younger than 25?

  17. Sheila
    October 13th, 2005 at 5:25 pm [Reply]

    Huh? Who’s the 2000 style person?

  18. Nada
    October 13th, 2005 at 6:33 pm [Reply]

    Did you see Mike’s crazed zombie I HAVEN’T SLEPT IN WEEKS face in FBOFW today? Now that was frightening!

  19. Marc
    October 13th, 2005 at 6:45 pm [Reply]

    2000′s style person: Black dress and modern hair

  20. Beasley
    October 13th, 2005 at 7:34 pm [Reply]

    I still want to know why these Army guys are wearing Marine uniforms! Hmph!

  21. Zack
    October 13th, 2005 at 8:31 pm [Reply]

    Wait, you mean there are more than four emotions?

  22. cjcasa
    October 13th, 2005 at 8:53 pm [Reply]

    Those aren’t Marine uniforms! Not US Marines, anyway.

  23. Marc
    October 13th, 2005 at 9:14 pm [Reply]

    I love how the ticket woman is uniboobed, while the others have two each. Can’t be perspective, because it’s at the same angle.

  24. K
    October 13th, 2005 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    Actually, I’ll bet the movie was “Fahrenheit 9/11″. Think about it. You might laugh at the ridiculousness of the movie, cry at the sheer stupidity of people that actually took it seriously, freak out at Michael Moore’s scary visage, and, well, be angry for having paid money to see it. (Unless he snuck in and got caught, maybe that’s why he’s angry.)

  25. Beasley
    October 13th, 2005 at 10:37 pm [Reply]

    re: #22

    Yes, they are. The uniforms in BB are circa WWII Army. But nowadays they are closer to Marine uniforms…I mean, look at the “tucked in” neckties! Of course, I’m no longer up on current Marines garb….but even when I was in the U.S. Army (circa early 80′s) the difference in garb was significantly changed from how Walker continues to make it. Walker is so behind the times and doesn’t give a poop. Much like Sally and Ted.

  26. Braniff
    October 13th, 2005 at 10:59 pm [Reply]

    Slightly off topic, but has anyone wondered if Beetle Bailey was the inspiration for the TV show Gomer Pyle? Both show dimwitted privates who are never promoted. Both have loud-mouthed sergeants who are often outwitted by the privates.

  27. Mibbitmaker
    October 14th, 2005 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    Well, the name of the movie IS “The Four Emotions of the Apocalypse”.

  28. Mumblix Grumph
    October 14th, 2005 at 2:01 am [Reply]

    If the movie has something for everyone, where’s the “horny guy”, is he still in the theater waiting until he can stand up?

  29. Frank Drackman
    October 14th, 2005 at 5:39 am [Reply]

    I like Beetles “Keep on Truckin” shoes

  30. MotoMike
    October 14th, 2005 at 8:27 am [Reply]

    Re: Gomer Pyle inspired by (if that, indeed, could be considered appropriate description for its inception) Beetle Bailey:
    Gomer, as I remember, was a resident and regular on the Andy Griffith show (start whistlin now) for which I had enormous affection at the time. I think Jim Nabors had become very popular (for reasons unbeknownst to me) and they decided to give him his own series, go-o-llees and all. I wouldn’t be surprised if BB was part of the reason the series was built around his experiences upon being drafted. For what it’s worth, I hated the series – and watched pretty much every one, such was the sad state of our entertainment options during those early, benighted 60′s. We’re modern and lucky now: we can watch Punk’d as well as reruns of Knots Landing and Dukes of Hazzard all the time (any time if we had Tivo). Not that I’m bitter or anything about the state of the entertainment industry or anything….

    Wait! What was the question?

  31. Canadian Misty
    October 14th, 2005 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    Beetle Baily has looked pretty much the same since the fifties, my grandmother has a collection of strips from the forties and fifties she pasted in some out of date text books.
    But the women did wear fifties clothes.
    Hey I am female over 25 (barely) and I don’t use a hankerchief in public!
    I only wear slinky short dresses when my husband and I go to rock clubs. I think these comic creaters are woefully out of tune with what is really going on.
    I have no idea what American Army wears since I am Canadian I only see them in combat gear.
    Just my opinion.
    Misty

  32. Beasley
    October 14th, 2005 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    Canadian Misty

    By the way, isn’t there some Canadian law which demands you write stuff in French before having the audacity to write (or, in this case, post) it in English? I do believe you are breaking the law. The Mounties will be arriving shortly.

  33. Skj
    October 14th, 2005 at 11:31 am [Reply]

    Beasley–that’s only in Quebec.

    Let’s not get into a discussion about Canadian language laws. No good can come of it.

  34. Molly
    October 14th, 2005 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    Speaking of inspiration, did Ces get his idea for today’s Medium Large from this strip? Excellent use of the four emotions.

  35. gnome de blog
    October 14th, 2005 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    Re 26 & 30: The TV series “Gomer Pyle” was inspired by the Broadway play/movie “No Time For Sergeants,” which made a star of . . . Andy Griffith. I assume that doing an Andy Griffith spinoff into an earlier Andy Griffith vehicle was deliberate. The characters in Gomer Pyle were in the Air Force. Also, the theme of the private outwitting the loudmouthed sergeant is much older than either Gomer or Beetle. The difference between the two was that Beetle’s a goldbrick and Gomer’s just naive. The Andy Griffith character in “No Time” was naive too, but he was also shrewd. Gomer was just stupid.

  36. Robert Canipe, PhD
    October 14th, 2005 at 1:19 pm [Reply]

    The characters in Gomer Pyle were in the Marines, hence GOMER PYLE, USMC.

    I believe in NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS they were in the air corps or something. At least, the Air Corps is where Ben wanted to be.

    “Helllooo? Puh! Puh! Halllooooo?!?””

  37. gnome de blog
    October 14th, 2005 at 1:28 pm [Reply]

    You’re right.

    Getting old is hell on the memory chips.

  38. Matt Estes
    October 14th, 2005 at 2:22 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, I loved this strip. “Everyone seems to like it”, and then they show an incredibly angry person walking out of the theater (along with, you know, some other people).

    Also, the idea of asking the movie ticket person if a movie is any good, after you have already paid them for the ticket (I guess she’s about to hand them their tickets in the first panel their) amuses me greatly. Like she’s going to tell them “Nah, it’s terrible, you’re totally going to hate it. Too bad you already handed me your money!! BWA HA HA HA HA!!!”

  39. Barfy
    October 14th, 2005 at 7:01 pm [Reply]

    Anyone remember the episode where Gomer encounters hippies, one of them played by future Meathead Rob Reiner, and sings “Blowin’ in the Wind” with them? And the episode where Gomer goes to Vietnam and dies?

  40. Beasley
    October 14th, 2005 at 7:11 pm [Reply]

    re: Barfy # 39

    The “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” episode you’re remembering was entitled Flower Power . Rob Reiner played the character Moondog . It first aired in 1969.

  41. Frank Drackman
    October 16th, 2005 at 12:12 pm [Reply]

    Remember the episode where Pile is sitting in the toliet with his M-14 and he shoots seargeant Carter in the chest and then sticks the barrel in his mouth and blows his brains out?

  42. cjcasa
    October 16th, 2005 at 7:25 pm [Reply]

    “The way I see it, Pyle, is that you owe me one jelly doughnut!”

  43. cjcasa
    October 16th, 2005 at 7:32 pm [Reply]

    By the way, those uniforms aren’t even close to what Marines have worn for the past 30 or 40 years. Before that, I don’t know. Maybe. But for any Marine that tucked his tie into his shirt, “the defecation would hit the rotary oscillator”.

  44. Holden
    November 25th, 2005 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    Um, how did Beetle and Miss B switch places between panels?

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