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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 6:05 p.m. PST

Z for Zardoz

Henry Martini12 Sep 2017 7:04 p.m. PST

'Gone with the Wine'.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:12 p.m. PST

Lard of the Rings. A Hobbit eats too many onion rings and gains weight.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

The Wind in the Pillows. A story of a very gassy woodland creature and his friends.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

Call of the Mild. A dog wants to get up on the sofa and eat human snacks.

Private Matter In the TMP Dawghouse12 Sep 2017 7:37 p.m. PST

Shaving Private Ryan but it's better if you can rearrange the words; Shaving Ryan's Privates.

The Beast Rampant12 Sep 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

I saved an old Armory flier soliciting orders for the then-upcoming Wiley Sword book, Embrace An Angry Wind . They were not a stranger to the occasional humorous typo.

In this case, the listing was for Embrace An Angry Wino. Insert your own joke here.

I STILL get a laugh out of that one.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member12 Sep 2017 9:17 p.m. PST

"The Piddler on the Roof"

thosmoss12 Sep 2017 9:26 p.m. PST

Stab Wars
Scar Wars
Star Ward
Tar Wars
Star Bars
Star Cars
Stir Wars

Nope, the force is way weak in this one.

thosmoss12 Sep 2017 9:31 p.m. PST

Loni, the Bitch in the Wardrobe

Sorry, I need to go to bed.

emckinney12 Sep 2017 9:32 p.m. PST

Marvin's Doom

"A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow."

The Can from Earth

We begin exporting our superior toilet technology.

"An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine."

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2017 11:46 p.m. PST

A fridge too far. The tragic story of a gamer who could not manage the distance to his refrigerator and starved to death.

arthur181513 Sep 2017 1:41 a.m. PST

A music concert at a school where I worked featured a piece entitled Handel's Garotte.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 4:18 a.m. PST

+1 for Bashy.

wakenney13 Sep 2017 5:17 a.m. PST

The Man Who Shat Liberty Valance

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

When Harry 'Et Sally: A cannibal love story

A Bridge To Fart: WW2 movie with new Smell-O-Vision

They Died With Their Boobs On: Girl cowboys

The Bands of Iwo Jima: Battle of teh Bands, 1945

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

The Longest Pay: Dry Cleaner goofs cleaning WW2 reeneactors' uniforms, gets paid in pennies.

A pack of lips Now: a shopping mall concert is terrorized by a gang of teenagers with facial peircings.

Ottoathome Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 7:54 a.m. PST

Rio Bozo A group of pie-throwing, flower squirting and hand buzzer wielding clowns cleans up a frontier town in the old west.

Shame- A cowardly gunfighter gets the whole town into trouble and then runs away to leave the little kid now gut-shot crying out "Come Back! Come Back Shame!"

The Hoarse Soldiers- Union troops reminiscing their lives in a pneumonia ward as they die off one by one.

Phil Hall13 Sep 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

2001: A Space Idiocy.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

"The Nuns of Navarone." An intrepid band of nuns set off to--well you know the story.

"The Man in the Iron Cask." A wise guy crosses Cardinal Richelieu and winds up "sleepin' wid dah fishes."

"Captain Bloop." An exiled doctor takes command of a band of buccaneers but cannot master nautical lingo.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Glove story, a tale of someone's obsession with gloves.
The wrath of can, a classic retelling of what happens when you do not clean the trash can once in a while.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 11:18 a.m. PST

I haven't thought of a movie title, but I did actually misread an envelope's return address once as "Association of Enraged Buddhists", and it gave me moment of confusion. (It said "Engaged".)

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

Citizen Sane
The story of a very normal person who inherits a fortune, buys a newspaper with it, and carefully crafts a leading news organization with thoughtful op-eds and highly ethical investigative reporting. Meanwhile, he falls in love and marries a nice woman and raises a loving family. He also buys a nice piece of land not far from the city and builds a nice large house, which he furnishes with furniture made by local furniture makers.

The story of a band in LA trying to put on one last big concert before the record company shuts them down. The guitar duel between DeNiro and Pacino is not to be missed.

Beowulf and Grendel are reincarnated in modern-day LA, where one pursues a life of crime and the other is a cop trying stop him.

A movie about illegal butcher shops in LA, and the FDA agents trying to shut them down. DeNiro's slicing Pacino's subpoena with a butcher knife was entirely ad-libbed.

DeNiro's bank robbers leave a mess everywhere they go. Pacino, the detective with OCD, is just the man to stop them. (The tv series Monk was inspired by Neat.)

A gang of landscapers is stealing groundcover from city and corporate parks.

A movie about unlicensed upholstery shops in LA, and the BEARHFTI* agents trying to shut them down. The cafe sit-down between DeNiro's and Pacino's characters and their nuanced discussion of the banquette's fabrics is not to be missed.

The porn version of Seat.

*That is really the abbreviation for the California state government agency that regulates upholstery shops.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

The House of a Thousand Copses
From Her to Eternity
Schindler's Lisp
Tarzan, King of the Bungle
The Gummy
Abbot and Costello meet the Mommy
The Invisible Mao

With a bit more than one letter, but still slight changes:

Animal Spouse
Blinding Nemo
The Andromeda Brain
The Loin King
Alien vs Creditor

Enter the Drag Queen
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drag Queen
Double Drag Queen
… well … you get the idea …

then there was …
Saturday Night Lever
Saturday Night Beaver
Saturday Night Heaver
Saturday Night Griever

My fave not movie one letter change is a local Chinese restaurant that served Hunan Vegetables, Hunan Chicken, and Human Beef.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

The Band Pebbles
Steve McQueen plays the trumpet in the Navy's brass band, which is touring China in the 1920s.

The Grand Pebbles
Animated feature about the Flintstones' daughter, all grown-up and becoming a star in the Dinosaur Rock world.

The Hand Pebbles
A retelling of the David and Goliath story.

The Land Pebbles
Documentary about geology.

Thes and Pebbles
Theseus and Perseus help the US Navy in China in the 1920s.

Volleyfire13 Sep 2017 2:35 p.m. PST

Top Pun. It's a film about a series of posts on a wargames website where contributors change a letter of a famous film or novel for comic effect.

flooglestreet Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 3:26 p.m. PST

The Gripes of Wrath Oakies complain about farm work in California.

KPinder13 Sep 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

Girth of a Nation. Obesity in America.
Lawrence of Arabica. A misunderstood barrista.
The Deported. Nuff said.
A Beautiful Bind. Ron Howard agrees to direct a Star Wars movie.
Silence of the Lamps. The Pixar logo goes on strike.
Dunces with Wolves. Too easy, really.
The French Correction. The lonely existence of a middle school language teacher.
Torah! Torah! Torah!
A Farewell to Arts. The decline in arts programs in American schools.
The King and Z. Zombies vs. Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Lives of a Bengal Dancer.
Mutiny on the Bouncy. XXX
Three Corns in the Fountain.
War and Peach.
The Lizard of Oz.
Wuthering Weights.

Now I'm just being silly.

True Grid.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:14 p.m. PST


peterx Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2017 7:28 p.m. PST

Live and Let Dye.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 8:02 p.m. PST

Dr. Ni
Descendant of an obscure order of knights tries to take over the UK, starting with its Caribbean colonies.

True Sorties (moved a letter, rather than changing one)
Air Force operations in Texas in the 1980s.

True Lids
Schwarzenegger lives a double life as a marijuana dealer and a devoted husband and father.

True Lids 2
Schwarzenegger returns, now running a secret hat store.

Story of a charismatic hustler on Wall Street.

Charismatic hustler on Wall Street loses his broker's license and takes a job at Walmart.

Charismatic former hustler on Wall Street realizes that the alternative energy sector will be more profitable than high-risk mortgage-backed securities.

Astronomer decodes a radio message from space. It's a request for a price quote on certain natural resources.

Don Air
Mafiosi take over the plane that is transporting them to prison.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member13 Sep 2017 9:06 p.m. PST

"Grime and Punishment" -- The story of a bunch of dirty, rotten punsters.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 11:20 p.m. PST

Con Hair
Convicts take over the prison barbershop.

Fame Off
A federal agent and an organized crime leader both turn into David Bowie.

A Clear and Present Manger
Baby Jesus joins forces with the CIA to take on drug kingpins in the Holy Land.

A Clear and Present Ranger
Zen meditation and the U.S. Forest Service.

Star Wars: A New Dope
A powerful new street drug causes a disturbance in the force.

'Taint Your Wagon
A musical about wagon theft in California during the Gold Rush.

Paint Your Dagon
Images of an evil sea god start appearing in California mining towns.

A retired sniper is falsely accused of trying to kill the president, but only a much taller man could have taken the particular shot.

Red Yawn (2012)
North Koreans invade the United States, but the movie lacks the heart and intensity of the 1984 version.

Red Lawn
Landscapers unionize.

Red Pawn
A down-on-his-luck chess master tries to get a loan against his old red and black chess set.

Oberlindes Sol LIC13 Sep 2017 11:21 p.m. PST

Volleyfire for the win, I think.

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Sep 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

The Longest Lay
Lonely French farmgirls hide a lost American paratrooper from the Germans. XXX.

The Longest May
Allied soldiers train and train and train for D-Day, but it seems so far in the future.

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Sep 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

The Fridges of Madison County, but I think The New Yorker covered that one with a cartoon soon after the novel's release. Of course, there is always:

The Fridge at Remagen
Allied troops race to capture the only working restaurant cooler this side of the Rhine.

The Fridges at Toko-Ri
American fighter-bombers try to destroy Communist refrigeration units during the Korean War.

Wad of the Worlds
Earth and Mars throw spitballs at each other.

Wat of the Worlds
Story of the first Thai Buddhist temple on Mars.

Winds Over America
Tour of a rock band with a flatulence problem.

Winds of Desire
XXX Angel sex with gas fetish.

Town By Law
Jim Jarmusch's view of a tiny hamlet that just barely meets the state's definition of a town.

Down by Lag
Animated story of characters in an overpopulated MMO world.

Zephyr114 Sep 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

Revenge of the Nards

and the sequel…

Revenge of the Nards II: Nards in Paradise

Oberlindes Sol LIC14 Sep 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

Salvages (inserted a letter)
Marijuana kingpin menage-a-trois expands into the junkyard business.

Forager14 Sep 2017 8:06 p.m. PST

The Cattle of Britain – A moo-ving drama about British bovines during WWII.

The Glue Max – A real stick-to-your-seat picture about the strongest glue ever invented…. War Glue!

The Bad News Beard – Horror flick about facial hair gone bad.

Waterpoo – 'nuff said.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member14 Sep 2017 9:18 p.m. PST

"High Goon" – Heroic town marshal confronts seven-foot desperado.

Zephyr114 Sep 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

Pilates of the Caribbean

peterx Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2017 8:37 p.m. PST

The Diceman Cometh. A story of a dice vendor at Historicon who goes table to table selling dice and his tragic downfall.

Volleyfire16 Sep 2017 1:40 a.m. PST

The Puns of Navarone. A group of intrepid TMPers land on a Greek island with the intention of destroying all the jokes they can find.

Annie Get Your Pun. Doris Day struggles to find all the jokes she can in a lawless Wild West town that desperately needs cheering up.

Puns for San Sebastion. Because they too desperately need cheering up.

The Man with the Golden Pun. Sir Roger Moore's eyebrow delivers such a stunning pun, laden with pathos, that it wins the supreme award.

Volleyfire16 Sep 2017 2:58 a.m. PST

Rimmel? Gunner who? Spine Milligan's hilarious account of how a Heavy RA battery try to take the war to the enemy in the Western Desert whilst facing crippling shortages of mascara and lip gloss.

Volleyfire16 Sep 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Puns of the Magnificent Seven. A film full of side splitting jokes and hilarious moments from Magnificent Seven films. Yul Brynner's face actually cracks during one scene.

Henry Martini16 Sep 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

Attilathepun47 and Zephyr1 are on the right track: the modified title should be funny in itself. If you have to identify the humorous angle with an explanation you've missed the point.

Volleyfire18 Sep 2017 3:00 p.m. PST

Well, that destroyed that thread then.

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