Samples? Samples? We don’t need no stinkin’ samples!

by Translation Guy on April 26, 2010

In those moments of my greatest professional agitation, one phrase rings in my head over and over again. It is a line from the greatest performance, in the greatest scene, in the greatest movie ever made: Treasure of Sierra Madre.  Alfonso Bedoya, spitting out that immortal line, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” (I’ve probably used that line several times in this blog already, but I’m ever ready to return to the font of cinematic wisdom.) What follows is the localization industry-localized version of Rossen’s script that never saw the silver screen―just one more time when Translation Guy ended up on the cutting room floor.

Production Note: The musical score for this dramatization that was inspired by an actual, previously top-secret sales strategy session is available on YouTube: Ennio Morricone’s unforgettable “Ecstasy of Gold” from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.


  1. That’s hilarious, so great

  2. Hailey says:

    Loved it Ken, you’re a true American cowboy living in a modern world.

  3. Anna Z. says:

    You may have a knack for screen writing and you obviously know what you’re doing – hence the format. Good show man.

  4. Jonathan says:

    Enjoyed it thanks.

  5. beth says:

    Very well done! LOL funny! Now send those hombres to some expert Webinars from a tech provider (no service competition) and they might learn something.

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