One of the all time faves: Inspector Clouseau.
From The Pink Panther Strikes Again:
Marty the Mugger: You have several of the world's greatest criminal minds right here, in this very room.
Bruce the Knife: Yeah, why don't we take care of it ourselves?
Dreyfus: Because you wouldn't stand a chance.
[Crims murmur disbelief]
Dreyfus: You don't know Clouseau.
Tournier (a.k.a. Tony the bank robber): He can't be that good.
Dreyfus: Good? Ha, he's not good, he's terrible; he's the worst. There's not another man like him anywhere in the world. Compared to Clouseau this doomsday machine, it's just a mere water pistol.
On Dec 13, 2012, at 11:03 PM, Frank, Michael wrote:
> i have a student who's interested in writing about the incompetent hero in american movies, and asked me about such figures in movies from before the current century . . . i immediately thought of woody allen but then drew a blank . . . can anyone suggest either a movie [or set of movies] featuring an incompetent hero, or an actor who regularly played the part of the incompetent hero?
> many thanks
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> Subject: [SCREEN-L] critical studies of MacMahonism?
> Does anyone know a good study (essay or otherwise) of that French cinephilia phenomenon known as MacMahonism? I assume there's some material in de Baecque's history of its rivals at Cahiers du cinema. And I came across a few pages here and there, but I'd love to come across a fuller treatment of the phenomenon.
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