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Movie Quote of the Day – The Fake, 1953 (dir. Godfrey Grayson )


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Smith: A little clumsy if I may say so, my old chap. Now if I’d been you, I would have sent her a mess of flowers and then in a day or two. . .
Paul Mitchell: Day or two? With something as pretty as that, you don’t waste a second.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Talk About A Stranger, 1953 (dir. David Bradley)


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Mrs. Campbell: Which would you rather have, Robert, a baby sister or a baby brother?
Robert: A dog!

Movie Quote of the Day – Man In The Attic, 1953 (dir. Hugo Fregonese)


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Slade: The police will not find him.
Inspector Paul Warwick: Why not?
Slade: The police are searching for a criminal. In reality, there are no criminals, there are only people doing what they must do because they are who they are. So, perhaps the police are searching for someone who doesn’t exist.

Movie Quote of the Day – Jennifer, 1953 (dir. Joel Newton)


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Jim: The old Padre must have been quite a guy. To build a string of these things you had to believe in what you were doing.
Agnes: It was easier in then.
Jim: Why?
Agnes: Well, they didn’t have the problems we have now.
Jim: Oh?
Agnes: The machine age and everything.
Jim: Uh-huh. What makes you think the machine age is our real problem today?
Agnes: It is.
Jim: No. No, our real problem today is the same one they had then: people.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Bigamist, 1953 (dir. Ida Lupino)


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Mr. Jordan: I can’t figure out my feelings towards you, I despise you, and I pity you. I don’t even want to shake your hand, and yet I almost wish you luck.

Movie Quote of the Day – I, The Jury, 1953 (dir. Harry Essex)


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Charlotte Manning: There’s so much we could do together, Mike, the two of us.
Mike Hammer: Time’s running out, Charlotte. No plans for the New Year?
Charlotte Manning: The world, Mike, it could be ours!
Mike Hammer: I never wanted the world! Just room enough for the two of us!

Female Filmmaker Friday: The Bigamist, 1953 (dir. Ida Lupino)


I read about this film in a book that traced the history of Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill in the movies (mostly focusing on film noir) and this film was mentioned because Lupino filmed several scenes in that neighborhood. After I saw the synopsis and the cast (Edmond O’Brien, Joan Fontaine and Ida herself), I just had to watch it. It’s a great drama (with film noir elements; I think you could definitely make the case that it is noir) about a man who finds himself married to two women.

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Female Filmmaker Friday: The Hitch-Hiker, 1953 (dir. Ida Lupino)


In honor of Noirvember, this week instead of writing about a film directed by a woman, I’m going to point you to a public domain film noir by Ida Lupino from 1953 called The Hitch-Hiker. It’s one of the best films from the era/genre and you can watch it right now:

Movie Quote of the Day – Pickup on South Street, 1953 (dir. Samuel Fuller)


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Capt. Dan Tiger: You’ll always be a two-bit cannon. And when they pick you up in the gutter dead, you’re hand’ll be in a drunk’s pocket.

Movie Quote of the Day – 99 River Street, 1953 (dir. Phil Karlson)


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Ernie Driscoll: There are worse things than murder. You can kill someone an inch at a time.