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Since we're up to 1939 in the Favorite Performances thread, here a couple from GONE WITH THE WIND which some of my friends used to love:

 

Aunt Pittypat: "Yankees in Georgia! How did they evah get in?"

 

Mrs. Meade (very excitedly, on learning that her husband has visited Belle Watling's house of ill repute): "Were you really there? Does she have cut glass chandeliers and plush curtains and dozens of gilt mirrors? And are there girls?"

Dr. Meade: "Good heavens, Mrs. Meade! Remember yourself!"

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Connell:  Yup, I'm a sucker for the Star-Spangled Banner, and I am a sucker for this country.  I like what we've got here.  I like it.  A guy can say what he wants and do what he wants without having a bayonet shoved through his belly, and that's all right, isn't it?  

 
John:  You betcha
 
Connell:  Yeah, we don't want anybody coming around changing that, do we?
 
John:  No sir..
 
Connell:  No sir.  And when they do, I get mad.  I get boiling mad.  Right now, John, I'm sizzling!  I get mad for a lot of other guys besides myself.  I get mad for a guy named Washington,  and a guy named Jefferson, and Lincoln.   Lighthouses, John, lighthouses in a foggy world.  You know what I mean?  
 
John:  Yeah, you bet.
 
Connell:  Um-hum.  Listen pal.  this fifth column stuff is pretty rotten, isn't it?  
 
John:  Yeah, it certainly is..
 
Connell:  And you'd feel like an awful sucker if you found yourself marching right in the middle of it, wouldn't you?  Yeah, you, of course, you wouldn't know it. cause you're gentle. But that's what you're doing.  You're mixed up with a skunk, my boy.  A no-good dangerous skunk.
 
John:  Hey, you're not talking about Mr. Norton, are ya?
 
Connell:  I'm not talking about his grandfather's pet  poodle!
 
John:  You must be wrong Mr. Connell, He's been marvelous about the John Doe clubs. 
 
Connell:  Yeah, say, you're sold on this John Doe idea, aren't you?
Yessir, I don't blame ya, so am I.  It's a beautiful miracle, a miracle that can only happen right here in the good old USA.  and I think it's terrific.  Whadya think about that?   Me, hard-boiled Connell..  I think it's plenty terrific!  Alright, now supposing a certain unmentionable worm whose initials are D B was trying to use that to shove his way into the White House?  So he could put the screws on,  so he could turn out the lights in those lighthouses.
 
James Gleason, Gary Cooper,  
MEET JOHN DOE (1940)
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I didn't mean to write such a long piece, but it's a great scene.

 

Cary Scott:  .. if people get used to seeing us together, maybe they'll accept us. 

 

Ron Kirby:   You mean, we'll be invited to all the cocktail parties.  Then, of course, Sarah will see to it that I get into the Country Club. and dear Howard and I will shake hands and forget.  And you'll flatter Mona so she won't be malicious,  

 

Cary Scott:  That's not what I mean! 

 

Ron Kirby:  .. and then Kay won't mind so much because we will be living just as you always have, probably in your house.  

 

Cary Scott: What's wrong with that? Suppose we did live in my house?  It's only for a little while. And it would make things so much easier.  It wouldn't change you, Ron, because you couldn't be changed.

 

Ron Kirby:  Yes, I could.  I am learning right now how easy it would to let myself be changed. 

 

Cary Scott:  By whom?

 

Ron Kirby:  By you. I'm sorry, Cary, it wouldn't work.  I can't live that way, you knew that from the beginning. 

 

Cary Scott:  But I can't ruin my children's lives.  I have a responsibility to them.  

 

Ron Kirby:  Are you sure it's just that?

 

Cary Scott:  What do you mean?  You don't think I care about the house and what people say? 

 

Ron Kirby:  Yes, I do. 

 

Cary Scott:  You're not even trying to understand.  How can you say you love me and---

 

Ron Kirby:   God knows I love you!  But I won't let Ned, nor Kay, nor anyone else run our lives.  Cary, don't you see we would never be happy if we did? 

 

Cary Scott:  I can see you don't want to listen to anybody's ideas but your own!  And I can see you are trying to make me choose between you and the children!  

 

Ron Kirby:  No, Cary. You're the one who made it a question of choosing.  So you're the one who will have to choose. 

 

Cary Scott:  Alright, it's all over.  (She leaves)

 

Ron Kirby:  (after the door closes behind her) Cary! 

 

 

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955)

Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson

directed by Douglas Sirk

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Bio-47’s thread

 

Lest we forget the debt we owe to those young kids, who, 72 years ago, gave up their lives so that we could enjoy the freedom we have today.

 

General Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day Speech (featured in "The Longest Day"):

 

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

 

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

 

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

 

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

 

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

 

Gus Cerini

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Clarissa Saunders: Your friend, Mr. Lincoln had his Taylors and Paines. So did every other man who ever tried to lift his thought up off the ground. Odds against them didn't stop those men. They were fools that way. All the good that ever came into this world came from fools with faith like that. You know that, Jeff. You can't quit now. Not you. They aren't all Taylors and Paines in Washington. That kind just throw big shadows, that's all. You didn't just have faith in Paine or any other living man. You had faith in something bigger than that. You had plain, decent, everyday, common rightness, and this country could use some of that. Yeah, so could the whole cockeyed world, a lot of it. Remember the first day you got here? Remember what you said about Mr. Lincoln? You said he was sitting up there, waiting for someone to come along. You were right. He was waiting for a man who could see his job and sail into it, that's what he was waiting for. A man who could tear into the Taylors and root them out into the open. I think he was waiting for you, Jeff. He knows you can do it, so do I.

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Phil Green: They are more than nasty little snobs, Kathy. You call them that, and you can dismiss them; it's too easy. They're persistent little traitors to everything that this country stands for, and stands on and you have to fight 'em! Not just for the 'poor, poor Jews,' as Dave says, but for everything this country stands for.

 

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Kathy: You think I'm an anti-Semite.

Phil Green:  No, I don't. But I've come to see lots of nice people who hate it and deplore it and protest their own innocence, then help it along and wonder why it grows. People who would never beat up a Jew. People who think anti-Semitism is far away in some dark place with low-class morons. That's the biggest discovery I've made. The good people. The nice people.

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Mrs. Green:  You know something, Phil? I suddenly want to live to be very old. Very. I want to be around to see what happens. The world is stirring in very strange ways. Maybe this is the century for it. Maybe that's why it's so troubled. Other centuries had their driving forces. What will ours have been when men look back? Maybe it won't be the American century after all... or the Russian century or the atomic century. Wouldn't it be wonderful... if it turned out to be everybody's century... when people all over the world - free people - found a way to live together? I'd like to be around to see some of that... even the beginning. I may stick around for quite a while.

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 Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

 

 

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Susan:  Phoebe, if a herring and a half costs three hey-pence, how many for eleven pence?

 

Phoebe:  Eleven.

 

Susan:  William Smith says it's fifteen and he's such a big boy.  Do you think I ought to contradict him?  May I suggest that there are differences of opinion about it?  One can't be really sure, Phoebe.

 

Phoebe:  It is eleven. I once worked it out with real herrings.  

 

Quality Street (1937)

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All About Eve (1950)

 

Margo Channing:  Funny business, a woman's career - the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. That's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing's any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed, and there he is. Without that, you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings, but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end.

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Bio-47’s thread


 


Lest we forget the debt we owe to those young kids, who, 73 years ago, gave up their lives so that we could enjoy the freedom we have today.


 


General Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day Speech (featured in "The Longest Day"):


 


You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.


 


Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.


 


But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!


 


I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!


 


Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.


 


Gus Cerini

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Citizen Kane 

 

Mr. Bernstein:  A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.

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The Best Years of Our Lives  (1946)

 

Al Stephenson: You see, Mr. Milton, in the Army I've had to be with men when they were stripped of everything in the way of property except what they carried around with them and inside them. I saw them being tested. Now some of them stood up to it and some didn't. But you got so you could tell which ones you could count on. I tell you this man Novak is okay. His 'collateral' is in his hands, in his heart and his guts. It's in his right as a citizen.

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Roger Livesey in A Matter Of Life And Death:

 

"A weak mind isn't strong enough to hurt itself. Stupidity has saved many a man from going mad."

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Bond: "Vodka martini"

Bartender: "Shaken or stirred?"

Bond: "Do I look like a give a damn?"

 

Casino Royale (2006)

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William Holden in Sunset Boulevard:

 

"Norma, you're a woman of 50, now grow up. There's nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25."

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From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Butch as he and Sundance were returning to Hole in the Wall: "I've got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals"

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