“I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley” is a quote from which film?
This line is spoken by Dr. Rumack, played by Leslie Nielson, in the 1890 film Airplane! The film is known for its use of surreal humor and fast-paced slapstick comedy, including visual and verbal puns. In one of the film’s most famous scenes, former pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) discovers that both the pilot and co-pilot of Trans American Flight 209 have succumbed to food poisoning. Dr. Rumack asks Striker if he can fly the plane and land it. Striker responds, “Surely you can’t be serious,” prompting Dr. Rumack to say, with a straight face, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”
The correct answer is “Airplane!”.