Badges, and lots of 'em
February 23, 2003 1:42 AM   Subscribe

"Badges? We Don't Need No Stinking Badges!" Your number one web destination for the timeless "badges" quote, including comic strips, video, and cartoons
posted by owillis (18 comments total)
Of course, had that movie been made only just now, I'm quite sure Hollywood would have replaced the word "stinking" with something else.
posted by bwg at 4:26 AM on February 23, 2003

The first time I heard the 'stinking badge' reference was in an episode of Hill Street Blues - where Diablo warlord Jesus Martinez refuses some kind of deal with Captain Furillo, uttering those very words: We don't need no stinkin' badges.
posted by FidelDonson at 4:43 AM on February 23, 2003

Awesome! This is a family favourite; every time someone utters anything that sounds like badges we all reply that we don't need any stinking whatever it is. First heard it in Blazing Saddles.

Thanks a lot owillis.
posted by ODiV at 6:53 AM on February 23, 2003

I might be hallucinating a faulty memory. I think the first time I heard the line was in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

I can even remember the scene of when they try to go straight by being body guards to protect a payroll delivery and they are stopped by some bandits claiming to be police or something

Anyhow, it isn't listed on this page so I'm doubting myself
posted by Lex Tangible at 7:32 AM on February 23, 2003

Thank you, owillis! This is the most fun I've had in the last 24 hours.
posted by cookie-k at 9:34 AM on February 23, 2003

amazing. as Lenin would say, each according to his wacko obsession, each according to his fleeting curiosity. great link O!
posted by condour75 at 10:03 AM on February 23, 2003

(does walter brennan dance)
posted by clavdivs at 10:20 AM on February 23, 2003

The old Bogart movie "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" has um, someone saying "we don't need no badges" - without the 'stinking' part. I think that's the earliest use of a variant of the phrase. I mention it because it's set in the West, like BCatSK.
posted by notsnot at 10:31 AM on February 23, 2003

Witness the internet, in its full glory.
posted by Hackworth at 12:06 PM on February 23, 2003

It's interesting that people seem to be using the phrase more now than they did when the movie first came out.
posted by Hildago at 12:30 PM on February 23, 2003

I'm not saying it was the first time it was said, just that it was the first time I had heard it personally. I'm sure Butch & Sundance did it in homage.
posted by Lex Tangible at 12:35 PM on February 23, 2003

Thanks owillis, I always like to know the origin of pop culture favorites and their various incarnations. Of course, if you do need a badge, this is the place to go.
posted by snez at 1:09 PM on February 23, 2003

Alright, I'm gonna totally eat some crow here. They just showed Butch and Sundance on AMC and just had to watch it beginning to end cause it was really starting to bug me and guess what? I was totally hallucinating and it was never in that movie.
posted by Lex Tangible at 2:38 PM on February 23, 2003

notsnot, there are soundclips on the referenced page.....why not listen for yourself? (Sounds like "stinkink'" to me...)
posted by cookie-k at 3:14 PM on February 23, 2003

um, duh on my part. I'd just scrolled down and missed the very first entry...hey, Lex, can you scoop a dollop of that crow on my plate?

I just remember watching a Spanish-dubbed version of the movie in high-school Spanish class and almost falling out of my chair.
posted by notsnot at 3:46 PM on February 23, 2003

Anyway, Treasure of the Sierra Madres is worth watching, if not for the famous phrase then because it's totally awesome. Pretty much laid the foundation of the "now all we've got to worry about is each other" genre.
posted by Hildago at 5:55 PM on February 23, 2003

Ah good, they got the UHF clip.
posted by kevspace at 6:17 PM on February 23, 2003

Wow, accelerated meme burnout: this was pretty fascinating at first, but by the time I scrolled down to the last tired joke, I was thoroughly sick of this stinkin' quote. Thanks anyway, owillis.
posted by muckster at 8:18 AM on February 24, 2003

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