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Movie Quote of the Day – Beat The Devil, 1953 (dir. John Huston)


Billy Dannreuther: The only thing standing between you and a watery grave is your wits, and that’s not my idea of adequate protection.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Stranger, 1946 (dir. Orson Welles)


Professor Charles Rankin: It’s not true, the things they say I did. It’s all their idea. I followed orders.
Mr. Wilson: You gave the orders.
Professor Charles Rankin: I only did my duty.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Killers, 1946 (dir. Robert Siodmak)


Big Jim Colfax: I’ll tell you something, Riordon, if there’s one thing in this world I hate, it’s a double-crossing dame.

Movie Quote of the Day – Key Largo, 1948 (dir. John Huston)


Frank McCloud: You don’t like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don’t you? If it doesn’t stop, shoot it.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Misfits, 1961 (dir. John Huston)


Perce Howland: You know, I can’t figure you, floatin’ around out here like this. You belong to Gay?
Roslyn Taber: I don’t know where I belong.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948 (dir. John Huston)


Gold Hat: We are federales, you know, the mounted police.
Dobbs: If you’re the police, where are your badges?
Gold Hat: Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!

Movie Quote of the Day – The Maltese Falcon, 1941 (dir. John Huston)


Detective Tom Polhaus: [picks up the falcon] Heavy. What is it?
Sam Spade: The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.

Movie Quote of the Day – High Sierra, 1941 (dir. Raoul Walsh)


Roy Earle: Of all the 14 karat saps. . .starting out on a caper with a woman and a dog.

Oscar Vault Monday – Chinatown, 1974 (dir. Roman Polanski)


This is one of those films that’s often imitated but never duplicated (even with the ill-conceived 1990 sequel). It was directed by Roman Polanksi, who at the time was one of Hollywood’s hottest up and coming directors; was written by Robert Towne, who at the time was mostly known for some uncredited work on Bonnie & Clyde and The Godfather; and stared two of the most acclaimed young actors of their generation: Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, but only Robert Towne walked away a winner for his screenplay. It lost Best Picture to The Godfather Part II which is, perhaps, the most acclaimed sequel of all time.

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