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In The Princess Bride, in the scene where Inigo and Fezzik hire Miracle Max to restore Westley to life, the following dialogue occurs:

Miracle Max:

I make him better, Humperdinck suffers?

Inigo:

Humiliations galore.

Miracle Max:

Ha ha ha! [Mumbles something.] That is a noble cause! Give me the sixty-five! I'm on the job!

(YouTube link)

What does Miracle Max mumble?

Some dubious transcripts online state that he says "I'm gonna lick the Dalmatian," but I doubt that is accurate.

  • Would be great if you had a youtube of the scene – morbo Oct 30 '19 at 11:07
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    The Blu-ray subtitles say "(scatting)", which means saying nonsense words (Scat singing - Wikipedia). It might actually be something in Yiddish though. – Ray Butterworth Oct 30 '19 at 14:48
  • @morbo added YouTube link. – mdrichey Oct 30 '19 at 20:40
  • I always thought it was Yiddish – Dpeif Oct 31 '19 at 0:36
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It's unclear but it seems that this may just have been Billy Crystal ad-libbing a few words.

Certainly the original book by William Goldman has nothing and the same is true in his screenplay adaptation.

“Humiliations galore,” Inigo said.

“Now that’s what I call a worth-while reason,” Miracle Max said. “Give me the sixty-five; I’m on the case.”

The Princess Bride - Novel by William Goldman


                    INIGO
        Humiliations galore!

                    MIRACLE MAX
        That is a noble cause. Give me
       the sixty-five, I'm on the job.

The Princess Bride - Screenplay by William Goldman

The Blu-Ray subtitles would also seem to indicate that this is just nonsense ad-libbing as they just read "SCATTING" which is described by Wikipedia as...

In vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with wordless vocables, nonsense syllables or without words at all. In scat singing, the singer improvises melodies and rhythms using the voice as an instrument rather than a speaking medium.

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