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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 – The Wild Party, 1929 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Stella Ames: Why do you hate me so?
James ‘Gil’ Gilmore: Hate you? How could I hate when I would have killed for you!

Movie Quote of the Day – Merrily We Go To Hell, 1932 (dir. Dorothy Arzner)


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Joan Prentice: You see, I’d rather go merrily to Hell with you than alone.
Jerry Corbett: I always said you were swell.
Joan Prentice: Perhaps you won’t think so much longer, because if being a modern husband gives you privileges, well then being a modern wife gives me privileges.

Movie Quote of the Day – Susan and God, 1940 (dir. George Cukor)


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Blossom: Why can’t we all be together once in awhile? Why can’t we be some sort of a family, like other people? Why can’t we? Why can’t we? Why can’t we?
Barrie: I didn’t know you felt this way about it. I suspect it’s all my fault.
Blossom: You’re alright, Dad. Why can’t you be like this all the time?
Barrie: It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Somehow what we mean to be and what we are, are quite different.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946 (dir. William Wyler)


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Milly Stephenson: Didn’t think you’d be up for hours.
Al Stephenson: You know, I had a dream. I dreamt I was home. I’ve had that same dream hundreds of times before. This time I wanted to find out if it’s really true. Am I really home?
Milly Stephenson: Looks like it.

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 – Design For Living, 1933 (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)


Tom Chambers: That’s one way of meeting the situation. Shipping clerk comes home, finds missus with boarder. He breaks dishes. It’s pure burlesque. Then there’s another way. Intelligent artist returns unexpectedly, finds treacherous friends, both discuss the pros and cons of the situation in grownup dialogue. High-class comedy, enjoyed by everybody.
George Curtis: There’s a third way. I’ll kick your teeth out and tear your head off and beat some decency into you!
Tom Chambers: Cheap melodrama. Very dull.

Oscar Vault Monday – A Star Is Born, 1937 (dir. William A. Wellman)


The original version of the twice re-made A Star is Born (though, the plot quite resembles 1932’s What Price Hollywood?), is quite wonderful. Perhaps not as memorable as the George Cukor/Judy Garland 1954 musical adaptation, the 1937 version is miles and miles better than the mediocre 1976 Barbra Streisand version. It’s also in the public domain, so it’s available to watch for free in various quality all over the internet. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one: Best Writing Original Story (won), Best Writing Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Assistant Director, Best Director, Best Picture. W. Howard Greene was rewarded an honorary plaque for the color photography of the film, an award that was “recommended by a committee of leading cinematographers after viewing all the color pictures made during the year”. The other films up for Best Picture that year were: The Awful Truth, Captains Courageous, Dead End, The Good Earth, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Stage Door and winner The Life of Emile Zola.

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