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Movie Quote of the Day – Irma la Douce, 1963 (dir. Billy Wilder)


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Irma La Douce: A painter once lived here. Poor guy, he was starving. Tried everything, even cut his ear off.
Nestor Patou: Van Gogh?
Irma La Douce: No, I think his name was Schwartz.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Fortune Cookie, 1966 (dir. Billy Wilder)


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Harry Hinkle: Florida, Mustangs, foxes. . .how are we gonna pay for all this?
Willie Gingrich: Our credit is good.
Harry Hinkle: Don’t you think we better wait til we see some of that insurance money?
Willie Gingrich: Who waits nowadays? Take the government. When they shoot a billion dollars’ worth of hardware into space, it’s all on the Diners Club.

Movie Quote of the Day – Witness for the Prosecution, 1957 (dir. Billy Wilder)


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Leonard Vole: How about a cup of coffee? I’ve got a tin of coffee.
Christine Helm: How much?
Leonard Vole: I don’t know. What’s the rate of exchange?
Christine Helm: Depends whether it’s fresh coffee or powdered coffee.
Leonard Vole: It’s instant coffee.
Christine Helm: Ohhh.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Lost Weekend, 1945 (dir. Billy Wilder)


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Wick Birnam: All right, maybe you’re not a writer. Why don’t you do something else?
Don Birnam: Sure, take a nice job. Public accountant, real estate salesman. I haven’t the guts, Helen. Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can’t take quiet desperation.
Helen St. James: But you are a writer. You have every quality for it. Imagination, wit, pity. . .

Oscar Vault Monday – Witness for the Prosecution, 1957 (dir. Billy Wilder)


Like Stanley Donen’s Charade, Witness For The Prosecution is often misremembered as an Alfred Hitchcock films. While the subject matter on paper sounds like a Hitchcock film, the resulting film is most definitely a Billy Wilder film. Since the film came at the end of the Film Noir era I thought it would be a perfect way to end NoirvemberWitness For the Prosecution is not a full-on noir like Wilder’s Sunset Blvd., Double Indemnity or Ace in the Hole, but it definitely borrows from those films. It’s got a wonderful twist ending that I, for once, will not spoil. After the film ends there’s a disclaimer that runs during the credits. A voice-over announces:

“The management of this theatre suggests that for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture, you will not divulge, to anyone, the secret of the ending ofWitness for the Prosecution.”

So I’ll follow the producer’s wishes. Currently, this film is available on instant Netflix, so you can watch it right away if you want!. Witness For The Prosecution was nominated for five Academy Award, though it didn’t win any: Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Supporting Actress Elsa Lanchester, Best Actor Charles Laughton, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture were Sayonara, Peyton Place, 12 Angry Men and winner The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Ninotchka, 1939 (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)


Iranoff: What a charming idea of Moscow to surprise us with a lady Comrade.
Kopalski: If we had known, we would have greeted you with flowers.
Ninotchka: Don’t make an issue of my womanhood.

TCM and Universal To Release Two Billy Wilder Classics On DVD For The First Time


I love both of these films. They are some of Wilder’s lesser-known efforts, but they are definitely worth your time. Five Graves To Cairo in particular is an interesting watch, as it is one of those war films made during the war. You can read the whole press release after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Seven Year Itch, 1955 (dir. Billy Wilder)


Richard Sherman: Face it, no pretty girl wants me, she wants Gregory Peck.
The Girl: Is that so? How do you know what a pretty girl wants?
Richard Sherman: I don’t know, but I imagine–
The Girl: Your imagination! You think every girl’s a dope. You think a girl goes to a party and there’s some guy, a great big lunk, in a fancy striped vest strutting around like a tiger, giving you that I’m-so-handsome-you-can’t-resist-me look. And from this she’s supposed to fall flat on her face. Well, she doesn’t fall on her face. But there’s another guy in the room, over in the corner. Maybe he’s nervous and shy and perspiring a little. First, you look past him. But then you sense that he’s gentle and kind and worried. That he’ll be tender with you, nice and sweet. That’s what’s really exciting.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Bishop’s Wife, 1947 (dir. Henry Koster)


Dudley: The only people who grow old were born old to begin with.

Movie Quote of the Day – Double Indemnity, 1944 (dir. Billy Wilder)


Walter Neff: It’s just like the first time I came here, isn’t it? We were talking about automobile insurance, only you were thinking about murder. And I was thinking about that anklet.