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Hypno Toad
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I was talking movies with a friend over poker this weekend when he asked if I know where the movie quote ‘Strong like bull’ came from.

I remember it being used by Ben Stiller in ‘Something about Mary’, but it was suggested that this line is much older and was being re quoted.

IMDB has nothing on this (It’s usually quite good for quotes), while googling I found that this is a question that’s bugging quite a few people. There some instances listed – a 1950’s sit-com called ‘Make Room for Daddy’ and apparently Boris says it in ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’ but I’m sure it’s been used in another movie. It’s driving me mad!

Any Ideas?

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Are you sure about it being old enough to have possibly been used on Rocky & Bullwinkle and Make Room for Daddy? I had thought I remembered the line being first used in a movie called Moscow on the Hudson with Robin Williams.

Certainly we've used the expression in my family since at least the '80s. And always with a bad fake Russian accent.

Now this is going to drive me crazy.

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Kevin Kline also said it in the movie "French Kiss"

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Hypno Toad
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quote:
Originally posted by AliBaba:
Are you sure about it being old enough to have possibly been used on Rocky & Bullwinkle and Make Room for Daddy?

AliBaba, I'm not too sure. I found that info in this thread. Who knows how reliable it is?

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I can confirm that Uncle Tonoose used the phrase "Strong like bull" in the series "Make
Room for Daddy". When I saw the topic that was the first thing I thought of.

Interesting, because I have been thinking of that show a lot because of the situation with Israel and Hezbollah.

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My dad used to say "Strong like ox" when I was little (early 60s). Now that you mention Uncle Tonoose, I seem to remember seeing that in reruns and thinking he (Uncle Tonoose) got it wrong. [Smile] It would be just like my dad to take something from a show and change it a little like that, so the Make Room for Daddy reference is credible.

Also, Hans Conried played Uncle Tanoose, and he was a regular on Bullwinkle (he played Snidely Whiplash, among others). Whether that has any relevance, I don't know.

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Yep, Uncle Tonoose (Hans Conreid). I picked up the catch-phrase from him while just a nipper, and used it all through high school when asked to do something like move a desk ("Of course! I'm strong like bull!"). On "Make Room for Daddy," it was usually "Dan-yeen! I stronk like bool!"

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Hypno Toad
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The Boris/Uncle Tonoose connection seems to jibe with what my friend was thinking ('Strong like Bull' delivered in a Russian accent), the only confusion I have is that living in the UK I don't think we've ever seen 'Make Room for Daddy' and only have a fleeting memory of 'Rocky & Bulwinkle'. Perhaps the line’s been repeated so often that it's just ingrained in my brain.

Thanks for all the info.

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