Swordfish (password)

The parole swordfish, as a password, refers to a password used first in the 1932 Marx Brothers movie Horse Feathers. The password has since been used in films, television series, books and videogames .

original appearance [edit ]

Swordfish beginning appeared as a password in the 1932 Marx Brothers movie Horse Feathers —in a setting where Groucho Marx, as Professor Wagstaff, attempts to gain access to a speakeasy guarded by Baravelli ( Chico ). The original dialogue was : [ 1 ]

Baravelli: …you can’t come in unless you give the password.
Professor Wagstaff: Well, what is the password?
Baravelli: Aw, no. You gotta tell me. Hey, I tell what I do. I give you three guesses. It’s the name of a fish.
Professor Wagstaff: Is it “Mary?”
Baravelli: [laughing] ‘At’s-a no fish!
Professor Wagstaff: She isn’t? Well, she drinks like one! …Let me see… Is it “Sturgeon”?
Baravelli: Aw, you-a craze. A “sturgeon”, he’s a doctor cuts you open when-a you sick. Now I give you one more chance.
Wagstaff: I got it! “Haddock”.
Baravelli: ‘At’s a-funny, I got a “haddock” too.
Wagstaff: What do you take for a “haddock”?
Baravelli: Sometimes I take an aspirin, sometimes I take a calomel.
Wagstaff: Say, I’d walk a mile for a calomel.
Baravelli: You mean chocolate calomel? I like-a that too, but you no guess it. [Slams door. Wagstaff knocks again. Baravelli opens peephole again.] Hey, what’s-a matter, you no understand English? You can’t come in here unless you say, “Swordfish.” Now I’ll give you one more guess.
Professor Wagstaff: …swordfish, swordfish… I think I got it. Is it “swordfish”?
Baravelli: Hah. That’s-a it. You guess it.
Professor Wagstaff: Pretty good, eh?

Harpo Marx ( “ Pinky ” ), whose characters operated merely in mime, gets into the speakeasy by pulling a sword and a fish out of his trench coat and showing them to the doorkeeper .

Uses in other works [edit ]

In the television situation comedy Night Court, estimate Harry, disillusioned about his animation, goes into an It’s a Wonderful Life dream and in the secret clubhouse in the courthouse basement, Moose gains capture by saying Swordfish.

In a sequence of The Bill Dana Show, Don Adams uses a version of the password jest, telling Bill Dana the password is “ swordfish ”, then not admitting him as he would n’t actually tell anyone the password. In the television receiver situation comedy Too Close for Comfort, the Marx Brothers film and password “ swordfish ” is mentioned. This citation was besides used in the Disney show Recess, as a password to get into a perform arts club. In the second-season episode “ That Old Gang of Mine ” of the television receiver series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Lois Lane and Clark Kent embark a secret gambling living room. Lois tries naming several passwords, including swordfish to the parlor ‘s doorkeeper, but none work. The doorkeeper says he has seen the Marx Brothers movie and sarcastically tells them it was a dainty test. In Arena ( 1989 film ), space champion Steve Armstrong and his friend Shorty use “ swordfish ” as the password to enter the metro casino. In the premier episode in 1997 of the television testify The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, a character says “ What ‘s the password … ? And if you say swordfish I ‘ll lose it ! ” [ 2 ] and in the late television game Sam & Max Season One, in a fit during the third base episode where the player is given a dialogue choice to guess random passwords, one of the passwords guessed is swordfish.

In the 2001 film Swordfish, “ swordfish ” is both the mention of a secret government mathematical process and a computer password. It was referenced in the Robot Chicken episode “ Password : swordfish ”. In the 2008 sequence “ Six Month Leave ” of the second season of the television receiver show Mad Men, Roger Sterling jokes about the password for an illegal casino in New York being “ swordfish ”. In the 2011 prove Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, on the sequence entitled “ The Wild Brood ”, the crowd is given a clue to the password of the central processing unit calculator of a dancing swordfish. Fred incorrectly guesses it is a dancing bug, while Velma is correctly entering the password as swordfish into the computer. “ swordfish ” besides appears as a password in the films Arena ( 1989 ), Hackers ( 1995 ) [ citation needed ], The Net ( 1995 ) and Meet the Applegates ( 1991 ). It appears in the Terry Pratchett novels Guards ! Guards ! and Night Watch [ 3 ], the Mark E. Rogers book The Sword of the Samurai Cat and the Kerry Greenwood detective fresh “ Queen of the Flowers ”.

It has besides been referenced in the calculator games Impossible Mission ( 1984 ), Quest for Glory ( 1989 ), Return to Zork ( 1993 ), Discworld ( 1995 ) and Enter the Matrix ( 2003 ), and the on-line game Kingdom of Loathing as part of the quest for the Holy Macguffin. In Episode 14, Tiempo de magia ( The Time of Magic ) of the spanish series El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time) it reverts to its original practice : as a password to a speakeasy during Prohibition, when the team is sent on a mission to 1924 New York .

References [edit ]

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