Great Lines from Private
- "When you're slapped,
you'll take it and like it!"
-- Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) to Joel Cairo in The Maltese
- "What's that?"
"That's the stuff that dreams are made of."
-- Sam Spade to cop, speaking of the "dingus", after turning Brigid in to the police, in The Maltese Falcon.The
credit for this last line of the 1941 film is overwhelmingly
attributed to John Huston. However, in Lawrence Grobel's 1989
biography of the Hustons, John Huston revealed (admitted? confessed?)
that while he'd taken the credit for that line for nearly half
a century, it was in fact adlibbed by Bogart, on set. The actual
line is from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
- "I don't like your manner."
"I'm not selling it."
-- Audrey Trotter and Robert Montgomery as Philip Marlowe
in The Lady In the Lake.
- "I don't like your manner"
"Yeah, I get a lot of complaints about it."
-- Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe in Farewell, My
- "I don't mind if you don't like my manners. I don't
like them myself. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them on long
-- Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep
- "Does your mother know what you do for a living?"
-- Jim Rockford as Philip Marlowe in Marlowe (the
line was later used by Garner in The Rockford Files)
- "What's he paying you boys? I'll double it and we'll
beat the shit out of HIM."
-- Rigby Reardon (Steve Martin) to thugs, in Dead
Men Don't Wear Plaid
- "You know what happens to nosy guys, don't you? They
get their noses cut off!"
-- Thug (Roman Polanski) to Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson)
- Vivian: Why did you have to go on?
Marlowe: Too many people told me to stop.
-- Bacall and Bogart in The Big Sleep..
For more great quotes, check out Peggy Thompson and Saeko Usukawa's
Hardboiled : Great Lines
from Classic Noir Films.
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