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Movie Quote of the Day – I Wake Up Screaming, 1941(dir. H. Bruce Humberstone)


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Ed Cornell: Nice little place you got here. The garden of hope. Do you believe in hope, Miss Lynn?
Jill Lynn: Naturally. What’s the good of living without hope?
Ed Cornell: It can be done.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Among the Living, 1941 (dir. Stuart Heisler)


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Millie Pickens: Brother! Say, if I had a wad of folding dough like that, I’d go right out and buy an outfit that would knock this neighborhood cockeyed!

Movie Quote of the Day – Johnny Eager, 1941 (dir. Mervyn LeRoy)


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Jeff Hartnett: I seem to have offended your light of love by using a polysyllabic word.
Johnny Eager: You’re drunk.
Jeff Hartnett: Now, Eager. . .that’s. . .obvious. Very obvious. Don’t be obvious. You’re out of character when you’re obvious. Adroitness is your racket. Hard, clever and. . .adroit. That’s your description.
Johnny Eager: Oh, now not again, Jeff.
Jeff Hartnett: Just because I’ve said it before, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Eager, you’re. . .a man. . .you shouldn’t be obvious. Observed, analyzed and recorded for history because you’re unique. Absolutely unique!
Johnny Eager: Here we go again, kids.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Bride Came C.O.D., 1941 (dir. William Keighley)


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Steve Collins: But, you can’t marry this man you’ve known only four days. You’ve known head waiters longer.

Movie Quote of the Day – Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 1941 (dir. Alexander Hall)


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Messenger 7013: I have an idea, Mr. Jordan, couldn’t we have him reborn?
Joe Pendleton: Nothing doing; I’m not gonna go through *that* again!

Movie Quote of the Day – 1941, 1979 (dir. Steven Spielberg)


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Captain Wild Bill Kelso: The Japs tried to bomb San Francisco last night. Two squadrons of Jap Zeroes. I’ve been trackin’ them ever since. I lost them somewhere over Fresno.
Patron: Radio says that’s not true about San Francisco. It was just a case of war nerves.
Captain Wild Bill Kelso: War nerves? Who said, “war nerves”?
Patron: I heard it on that radio there.
Captain Wild Bill Kelso: Radio’s wrong.

Oscar Vault Monday – The Maltese Falcon, 1941 (dir. John Huston)


I thought it would be fitting to start Noirvember with a discussion of John Huston’s iconic adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Although film noir, a term coined in 1946 by French film critic Nino Frank, is often thought of as an post-war era in American cinema (many neo-noir and foreign films would later emulate these original films), this film has been cited as the first true American Film Noir. There’s a great debate about when the era starts and whether it counts as a genre (I don’t believe in genres period, so you can probably guess where I stand on that issue). A lot of the early crime films in the thirties and the silents made during German Expressionism all led to the style and topics seen in the noir films, but for me I think the films made during this era were distinctly full of post-war angst. That said, I’ll admit if The Maltese Falcon isn’t the first true noir, it’s definitely the premiere proto-noir. The film essentially launched Humphrey Bogart as a leading man, following his explosive earlier that year in Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra, in a performance that set the tone for all of noir’s anti-hero heroes to come. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, though it didn’t win any: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor Sydney Greenstreet and Best Picture. The other films nominated that year were: Blossoms in the DustCitizen KaneHere Comes Mr. JordanHold Back the DawnThe Little FoxesOne Foot in HeavenSergeant York (co-written by John Huston), Suspicion and winner How Green Was My Valley.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Little Foxes, 1941 (dir. William Wyler)


Regina Giddens: I hope you die. I hope you die soon. I’ll be waiting for you to die.

Movie Quote of the Day – Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 1941 (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)


Ann: If you had it all to do over again, would you still have married me?
David: Honestly, no.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sullivan’s Travels, 1941 (dir. Preston Sturges)


John L. Sullivan: Film’s the greatest educational medium the world has ever known.