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    Leslie Nielsen's joke from a movie

    In one movie when Leslie Nielsen's character enters a room and sees another man sitting at the arm-chair back to him. Next comes dialogue.

    Sitting man that seems doesn't expect an intruder exclaims: Who are you?

    Leslie Nielsen's character: I'm a locksmith

    Sitting man: How did you get in here?

    Leslie Nielsen's character: I'm a locksmith


    Explain, what does it mean this double answer, I'm a locksmith.

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    Re: Leslie Nielsen's joke from a movie

    A locksmith is a person who can open locks. In other words, he does not need the key to enter any room. His profession is to help people open locks.

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    Re: Leslie Nielsen's joke from a movie

    'Who are you and how did you get in here?' 'I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.'

    Leslie Nielsen, as Lieutenant Frank Drebin, "Police Squad"
    US (Canadian-born) comic movie actor (1926 - )

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    Re: Leslie Nielsen's joke from a movie

    Isn't this a great example of how a sentence can "mean" so many different things based on the context?

    The first question is "who are you?" so he answers by telling his profession. He is a locksmith, which is someone who fixes locks on doors, etc.

    The second question is "how did you get in here" so he answers by telling what allowed him to get in - since he is a locksmith, he must be able to open locks. So that explains how he was able to get in.

    Same answer, but different meanings. Very fun.

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    Re: Leslie Nielsen's joke from a movie

    This is from the movie "Airplane"(1980) and one of my all-times favorites for this kind of jokes.

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    REPORTER #1
    (beckoning to door)
    All right, boys. Let's get some pictures.

    Three men with cameras enter and begin to remove framed
    pictures from walls.

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