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Movie Quote of the Day – Honor Among Lovers, 1931 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Jerry: You don’t think I’m serious, do you?
Julia: Yes. Yes, I think you’re serious every time you say these things.
Jerry: Well, this was the first time I said it just this way.
Julia: Oh.
Jerry: In fact, the difference is so remarkable it surprises even me.

Movie Quote of the Day – Possessed, 1931 (dir. Clarence Brown)


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Marian Martin: You don’t own me. Nobody does. My life belongs to me.
Al Manning: You’ll make one fine mess of it.
Marian Martin: It’ll still belong to me.
Marian’s mother: Don’t, Marian, you frighten me when you talk like that.
Marian Martin: If I were a man it wouldn’t frighten you! You’d think it was right for me to go out and get anything I could out of life, and use anything I had to get it. Why should men be so different? All they’ve got are their brains and they’re not afraid to use them. Well neither am I!

Oscar Vault Monday – The Champ, 1931 (dir. King Vidor)


God I love this film. It’s so sweet and melancholic, as are most of Vidor’s films. If you read last week’s post, you’ll notice this film was released the same year as Skippy, however since that film was released before August of 1931, it was part of the 4th Academy Awards and The Champ, which was released in the fall, was considered for the 5th Academy Awards. This is because for the first six years, the Oscar year was August 1st – July 31st, until 1934, when it was changed to January 1st – December 31st, as we now have it. The Champ was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two: Best Actor Wallace Beery (won; tie, more on this later), Best Story Frances Marion (won), Best Director and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, Five Star Final, One Hour With You, Shanghai Express, The Smiling Lieutenant and winner Grand Hotel.

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Oscar Vault Monday – Skippy, 1931 (dir. Norman Taurog)


I first saw this movie during that crazy month of February in 2011 when I watched 131 films in 28 days. That was a good month. Jackie Cooper, the star of this film, died just a few months after I watched it. Skippy was inspired by a very popular comic strip from the era by Percy Crosby. I could see how the film today might be a tough watch for modern audiences. It’s a bit rough as it was made during the sound transition and it shows aspects of American life we try to forget existed (although they still exist). I mean by this, child abuse and classism. Only one of the parents int he film (from the wrong side of the tracks, natural) appears to be what we would call abusive, most of the adults treat the kids rather harshly. This can be jarring in an era where, if you saw someone talking to their kid they way they do in this film, you’d probably interfere. Skippy  was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director (won) and Best Picture.  The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were East LynneThe Front Page, Trader Horn and winner Cimarron.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Safe In Hell, 1931 (dir. William A. Wellman)


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Gilda: Where are you going?
Carl: What’s it to you?
Gilda: Everything!

Movie Quote of the Day – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931 (dir. Rouben Mamoulian)


Mr. Hyde: Free at last! Mad, Lanyon? Carew? You hypocrites, deniers of life. If you could see me now. . .what would you think? Ahahahahaha!

Movie Quote of the Day – Other Men’s Women, 1931 (dir. William A. Wellman)


Marie: Anything else you guys want?
Railroad worker at Lunch Counter: Yeah, gimme a big slice a’ you on toast, and some French-fried potatoes on the side.
Marie: Listen, baby, I’m A.P.O.
Railroad worker at Lunch Counter: [to the other railroad worker] What does she mean, A.P.O.?
Marie: Ain’t Puttin’ Out!

Movie Quote of the Day – Private Lives, 1931 (dir. Sidney Franklin)


Elyot Chase: You don’t hold any mystery for me darling; do you mind? There isn’t a part of you I don’t know, remember, and want.

Movie Quote of the Day – Night Nurse, 1931 (dir. William A. Wellman)


Maloney: There’s only one guy in the world that can do a nurse any good and that’s a patient with dough! Just catch one of them with a high fever and a low pulse and make him think you saved his life and you’ll be getting somewhere.

Movie Quote of the Day – Dracula, 1931 (dir. Tod Browning)


Count Dracula: [hears howling wolves] Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.