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Hello,
Please let me know in below conversation when Eddie said not this pretty boy he meant that to Marty ( the dealer) that Clark was playing with him or he meant Clark... The way that I understood is he is saying that people like Clark made this town with their gambling money not the people of that town like the dealer....please let me who is he pointing by saying not this pretty boy .....Clark or Marty..thank you


Cousin Eddie: Thats it Clark... show him whos boss. Its people
 like you who come here and blow the family nest egg that built this
 town... not this pretty boy!

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I haven't seen this film in a very long time, but from the sentence structure of the dialogue you included, as well as the satirical nature of all the "Vacation" films, I would say that it is clear that Eddie means the dealer (Marty) is the "pretty boy" who did not build the town. Instead it is all those who gamble away their life savings, an astute observation actually. It also is humorous (Eddie implies that Clark plans to "blow the family nest egg").

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I am a professor of communication at a midwest university, who has expertise on subjects related to film. I can answer general questions on U.S. film comedy (especially satires of the 1960s and 1970s) and comic theory. I also could answer questions related to specific comic genres, such as comedian comedies, screwball comedies, "stupid" comedies, and so forth. The more specific you can make your question, the better (e.g. main plot details, main characters, possible character names, possible actors, how you viewed the show, etc.). I also need to have a release date (or range of dates, or at least the year you viewed the film). Please do not just provide a set of links to someplace else (e.g. imdb discussion threads). I am less able to answer questions about comedies from other countries, made-for-TV movies, and recent comic films and actors (although I would do my best to find out). I cannot answer questions about specific TV shows or series, "Our Gang" episodes, anime/magna or about film collectables. I generally cannot provide movie recommendations, since what I find funny others may not. Nor will I answer obvious homework (although I will point you to resources to help answer the question, if asked). I also can't help you find movie stars, or where to buy movie memorabilia, or tell you how to break into the business.

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Course work in comedy films along with teaching about comedy films for several years; I've also conducted research into comedy films.

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