16APR2020 – Quote of the Day

The Coffee Joke from Ninotchka

LEON: (starting to get sore)  I suppose you don’t think that’s funny?

NINOTCHKA: No.

LEON:  It seemed funny to me when I first heard it. Maybe the trouble isn’t with the joke. Maybe it’s with you!

NINOTCHKA:  I don’t think so.

LEON:  Maybe you haven’t any sense of humor.  Well, I’ll give you one more chance!  Now listen!

He gets up and speaks in a threatening voice audible to the entire room.

LEON:  When I heard this joke for the first time I laughed myself sick. Here goes! A man comes into a restaurant and sits down and says, “Waiter! Get me a cup of coffee without cream.”  After five minutes the waiter comes back and says, “I’m sorry, sir, we’re all out of cream, can it be without milk?”

(Written for the film Ninotchka  by one of these men:

Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch or Melchior Lengyel)