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From Disney's animated, "Alice in Wonderland":

Twas Brillig
And the slithy toves
Did the gyre and the gimble in the wabe
All the mimsy were the borogoves
And the mome raths outgrabe
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I always liked the Muppet version of Jabberwocky! If you check out the original drawings for Jabberwocky, you'll note the Muppets are about as true as could possibly be.
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From Steve Martin:

O pointy bird, o pointy-pointy,
anoint my head, anointy-nointy.

I think that's from "The Man With Two Brains." He also begins to recite in another film. (LA Story?)
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There's a psychiatrist in quite a few episodes of M*A*S*H. He uses this poem early in the series and appears in the last episode to counsel Hawkeye.

As he's leaving the O.R., he turns to everyone and says;

"I said this once before, and I'll repeat;

'Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice.
Pull down your pants and slide on the ice!' "
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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Now some of these are coming back to me!

On the making of the last episode of M*A*S*H, the producer mention specifically that they thought that line captured Sidney Freedman's character (Played by Allan Arbus) so perfectly, they thought the best thing to do was have it be his last line ever in the series.

Let's see . . . what other poems do I remember from TV?

The Dick Van Dyke Show, "The Return of Edwin Carp" – Richard Haydn makes one of his last appearances as his Edwin Carp character, and does a funny poem called "Perseverance". It's a parody of Edgar Albert Guest's poem "The Spirit of Buffalo County", only it ends with the hero not being able to tackle the "thing that couldn't be done."

Speaking of Dick Van Dyke, what about his comical poems in Mary Poppins?

The Brady Bunch, "The Show Must Go On?!?" – Mike and Greg perform together in the "Family Frolics" School Talent Show, and do a comedic version of Longfellow's "The Day is Done". As various things are mentioned in the poem, they appear from off stage (with help from Peter and Bobby), to the apparent constant annoyance of Mike.

Nipsey Russell – It's probably easier to recall the times he was on TV and wasn't reciting a poem.

Can you believe that no one on this board has mentioned Penn & Teller doing "Casey At The Bat"?

One other one just occurred to me: On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data writes and recites the poem "Ode To Spot".
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Apple's classic 1997 Think Different ad would count as a poem, wouldn't it?
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Here's a poem I forgot about until I found it just today:

"I am a little acorn,
that fact is plain to see.
But remember that the mighty oak
was once a nut like me!"

It's from the Night Court episode "Baby Talk", where Mac is fretting over his restaurant business failing, and then learns that his wife, Quon Le, is pregnant with their first child.
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1. Blake's The Tyger in Bladerunner

2. In Razorback, that immortal verse :

"Wakey,Wakey.
Hands off snakey"
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How about a TV Poem trivia challenge?

Does anyone know which TV program is the source of the following poem? (Admittedly, this is a bit of a toughie)

"Dear Mommy and Daddy,

"Who buys me food, who buys me clothes?
Who buys me hankies to wipe my nose?
Who sends me to camp to breathe fresh air?
Who drags me to barbers to cut my hair?
Who takes me to the movies,
Who takes me to the zoo?
Aw, come on, you know who, you!

"You'd mortgage the house to buy me a car.
You'd spill out the jelly if I needed the jar.
To prove your love, don't go that far,
Just come to the PTA bazaar, please?

"Your wonderful child,
Me!"
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Grrrrr... Scott, the only thing that comes up on a Google search is your post! >:(
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Funnily enough, the answer is somewhere out there on the internet, but since it's on a video of TV show, Google can't grab it as text.

If no gets it by then, I'll post the answer, and a link to the full episode, on June 3rd.
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How about a graphic novel with a movie based on it?
James O'Barr's "The Crow" uses a poem called "A Raymond Chandler Evening."
They did not use it in the movie.
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On 2009-06-01 22:56, Scott Cram wrote:
How about a TV Poem trivia challenge?

Does anyone know which TV program is the source of the following poem? (Admittedly, this is a bit of a toughie)

"Dear Mommy and Daddy,

"Who buys me food, who buys me clothes?
Who buys me hankies to wipe my nose?
Who sends me to camp to breathe fresh air?
Who drags me to barbers to cut my hair?
Who takes me to the movies,
Who takes me to the zoo?
Aw, come on, you know who, you!

"You'd mortgage the house to buy me a car.
You'd spill out the jelly if I needed the jar.
To prove your love, don't go that far,
Just come to the PTA bazaar, please?

"Your wonderful child,
Me!"


Times up!

This poem was featured on the pilot episode of a show called "Head of the Family", starring the show's creator, Carl Reiner. Never heard of it? Well, that's because they only made one episode under the name "Head of the Family". The show only received a moderate reaction when it first aired.

Producer Sheldon Leonard, however, reworked it with Carl Reiner, even going so far as to get a completely different set of actors cast in the various roles!

With the new actors, a new title and a little reworking, the new show became a big hit! The new name? "The Dick Van Dyke Show"!

Here's the "Head of the Family" pilot episode, courtesy of Hulu. Check it out, and you'll see the poem actually has a pivotal role in this episode!
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On 2009-06-02 15:50, critter wrote:
How about a graphic novel with a movie based on it?
James O'Barr's "The Crow" uses a poem called "A Raymond Chandler Evening."
They did not use it in the movie.


Poems? In books? I don't know . . . it sounds controversial. Smile

Speaking of published poems, happy 121st birthday to "Casey at the Bat", first published on June 3, 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner!

Since I'm trying to keep this related to TV, and this is a magic board, here's Penn & Teller performing their v......the Bat".
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And Scott, I once saw Carl Reiner talking about that show. Originally he was going to use another up and coming comedian as the star: Johnny Carson. He changed his mind when he saw one of the leads in a Broadway show called Bye, Bye Birdie: Dick Van Dyke.

He also told a funny story on picking Mary Tyler Moore as Laura. Apparently he auditioned a lot of females and no one fit what he wanted. When Mary walked in and did her audition he grabbed her by the head and walked her to the producer and simply said, "she's the one."

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