Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Stinking Badges!

October 9, 2013
   One of the most well-known lines from a Western is widely misquoted. In popular culture the famous line becomes, "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!"

   Actually, in the 1948 classic "The Treasure of the Sierria Madre", the Mexican bandit leader (Alfonso Bedoya) tries to convince Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) that he and his men are Federales. Dobbs asks, "If you're the police, where are your badges?" And the bandit replies, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

Daily Whipout, "Mr. No-Stinking-Badges"

   In the 1927 novel of the same name (on which the movie is based), the bandit says, "Badges, to god-damned hell with badges. In fact, we don't need badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges, you god-damned cabron and chinga tu madre!"

"Buenos dias, Cabron."
—Old Vaquero Saying