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Claim: A character in the 1948 film Key Largo makes a prescient comment about Florida politicians.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Origins: Nice try, but someone deliberately misreported a piece of dialogue from the 1948 crime drama Key Largo to make it seem like it was an eerie premonition of Florida politics some fifty years hence.
In the scene in question, Edward G. Robinson (as gangster Johnny Rocco) taunts John Rodney (as Deputy Clyde Sawyer) in front of a roomful of people by proclaiming that he is the real power behind the local government:
"You hick! I'll be back pulling strings to get guys elected mayor and governor before you ever get a 10-buck raise. Yeah, how many of those guys in office owe everything to me. I made them. Yeah, I made 'em, just like aYes, it's similar to the proffered quote, but it's not much of a parallel to the brouhaha over the Florida vote count in the 2000 presidential election when you consider that doesn't mention 'Florida' or 'recounts,' or even the word 'politicians.'
Last updated: 17 August 2007
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