As a child I saw an American comedy maybe from the 50s/60s about a woman who loses one man after the other by death. In one scene a soon-to-be-dead husband is trying to milk what he mistakes for a cow with fatal consequences. Then, in a scene from Kingpin, Woody Harelson is drinking self-milked "milk", only to discover it is not, and getting into a serious need for a toothbrush. From time to time, whether in advertisment, series or movie, I encounter this pattern of mistaking a bull for a cow.

Which movie might be the oldest one containing it?

  • You ask for a list of movies containing a concept, which makes the question too broad. The second question, which movie used this gag first, seems like a reasonable question.
    – invalid_id
    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:00
  • Also, are you looking for that first movie's title? Or do you already know it?
    – Walt
    Nov 13, 2014 at 8:10
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    Per invalid_id's suggestion, edited to only contain the 2nd question & voted to reopen.
    – Walt
    Nov 13, 2014 at 10:18
  • No, i do not know it, asking for the first occurence of this gag seems more meaningfull than to ask for a list.
    – meireikei
    Nov 13, 2014 at 15:46

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You're right about this gag being popular. Other than the movies you have already mentioned (Kingpin and What A Way To Go! from 1964 with Shirley MacLaine), this also appears in City Slickers II (1994), For Richer or Poorer (1997) and Ice Age 3 (2009).

But surprisingly, though it's not explicitly shown and only lasts a couple of seconds, the gag was hinted at all the way back in 1915: In Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp, Charlie works on a farm and is asked by a girl to milk a cow. Ignorantly, he first contemplates placing the bucket under a bull's (quite visible) phallus before realizing his mistake and moving on to a cow, embarrassed.

  • great, already 1915!!!
    – meireikei
    Nov 13, 2014 at 20:19

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