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Movie Quote of the Day – None But the Lonely Heart, 1944 (dir. Clifford Odets)


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Aggie Hunter: Don’t worry for me. I’m here if you need me. I can’t help my own nature. If I love you it’s something I can’t help, and something that I need. People are what they are and love what they love, and I don’t see any sense in trying to be something else. I wouldn’t trade it for a box at the opera, the thing I feel for you. And you can’t change it or take it away from me. And there you are mister jack in the box.

Movie Quote of the Day – Monkey Business, 1952 (dir. Howard Hawks)


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Dr. Barnaby Fulton: Aren’t you here early?
Lois Laurel: Oh, yes. Mr. Oxley’s been complaining about my punctuation, so I’m careful to get here before nine.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sleepless in Seattle, 1993 (dir. Nora Ephron)


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Annie: Now those were the days when people KNEW how to be in love.
Becky: You’re a basket case.
Annie: They knew it! Time, distance. . .nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was perf–
Becky: A movie! That’s your problem! You don’t want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.

Movie Quote of the Day – Sylvia Scarlett, 1935 (dir. George Cukor)


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Sylvia Scarlett: You’ve got the mind of a pig.
Jimmy Monkley: It’s a pig’s world.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Awful Truth, 1937 (dir. Leo McCarey)


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Jerry Warriner: What did you tell him? That our cars broke down and we had to spend the night at your apartment because it was the taxi strike?
Lucy Warriner: No, no, I didn’t tell him that. I told him the truth. And, strangely enough, he believed me.
Jerry Warriner: Oh.
Lucy Warriner: Yes, it was very refreshing.

Movie Quote of the Day – His Girl Friday, 1940 (dir. Howard Hawks)


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Walter Burns: There’s been a lamp burning in the window for ya, honey… here.
Hildy Johnson: Oh, I jumped out that window a long time ago.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Philadelphia Story, 1940 (dir. George Cukor)


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Macaulay Connor: C.K. Dexter Haven! Oh, C.K. Dexter Haven!
C. K. Dexter Haven: What’s up?
Macaulay Connor: You are.

Movie Quote of the Day – Topper, 1937 (dir. Norman Z. McLeod)


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Marion Kerby: So this is how one starts getting a night’s rest?
George Kerby: My pet, resting is the sort of thing you’ve gotta work up to gradually. Very dangerous to rest all of a sudden.

Movie Quote of the Day – Only Angels Have Wings, 1939 (dir. Howard Hawks)


Geoff Carter: You’re a queer duck.
Bonnie Lee: So are you.
Geoff Carter: I can’t make you out.
Bonnie Lee: Same here. What was she like, anyway?
Geoff Carter: Who?
Bonnie Lee: That girl that made you act the way you do.
Geoff Carter: A whole lot like you. Just as nice, almost as smart.
Bonnie Lee: Chorus girl?
Geoff Carter: Only by temperament.
Bonnie Lee: Well, at least you’re true to the type.
Geoff Carter: Sit down, make yourself comfortable.
Bonnie Lee: Still carrying a torch for her, aren’t you?
Geoff Carter: Got a match?
Bonnie Lee: Say, don’t you ever have any?
Geoff Carter: No – don’t believe in laying in a supply of anything. [she hands him a match] Thanks.
Bonnie Lee: Matches, marbles, money or women, huh?
Geoff Carter: That’s right.
Bonnie Lee: No looking ahead; no tomorrows; just today.
Geoff Carter: That’s right.

What A Character! – Lew Ayres as Ned Seton in “Holiday”


As part of the What a Character! Blogathon, I decided to take an extended look at Lew Ayres as Ned Seton in George Cukor’s Holiday because not only is Lew Ayres one of my favorite actors, but this is the film that made me fall so hard for him. I also thought I would take this time to remind y’all that Lew Ayres: Hollywood’s Conscientious Objector goes on sale on November 1st. If you will remember, I contributed the foreword to that book and it would mean the world to me if you pre-ordered it; you won’t regret it, I swear.

I am going to go through Lew’s performance as Ned almost scene-by-scene, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, there will be spoilers.

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