Jeff Hartnett: I seem to have offended your light of love by using a polysyllabic word.
Johnny Eager: You’re drunk.
Jeff Hartnett: Now, Eager. . .that’s. . .obvious. Very obvious. Don’t be obvious. You’re out of character when you’re obvious. Adroitness is your racket. Hard, clever and. . .adroit. That’s your description.
Johnny Eager: Oh, now not again, Jeff.
Jeff Hartnett: Just because I’ve said it before, doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Eager, you’re. . .a man. . .you shouldn’t be obvious. Observed, analyzed and recorded for history because you’re unique. Absolutely unique!
Johnny Eager: Here we go again, kids.
Dennis Carson: Hey! How many times have I told you to let down those curtains?
Vantine: Why? They’ve all gone off to work.
Dennis Carson: You heard me, let them down!
Vantine: What’s the matter? Afraid I’ll shock the Duchess? Don’t you suppose she’s ever seen a French postcard?
Eloise Y. Kelly: You couldn’t tell him?
Victor Marswell: No.
Eloise Y. Kelly: You went noble.
Victor Marswell: I went yellow.
Eloise Y. Kelly: You went noble. [beat] How do you plan to break the news down the street?
Victor Marswell: I’ll think of some way.
Eloise Y. Kelly: [pointing to alcohol] That’s just the way to keep you clearheaded, of course.
Victor Marswell: Sometimes it gets you nasty enough to get a nasty job done.
Eloise Y. Kelly: Then don’t be so stingy with your nastiness, partner.
Victor Marswell: Come here. Let’s have a drink. [beat] Like I’ve always said, Kelly, you’re all right.
Eloise Y. Kelly: Here’s to your noble nastiness.
Lt. Cmdr. Clinton ‘Clint’ Reed M.D.: You know, my mother always told me if you looked deep enough in anybody… you’d always find some good, but I don’t know.
Capt. Tom Warren: With apologies to your mother, that’s the second mistake she made.
Lt. Cmdr. Clinton ‘Clint’ Reed M.D.: I should have seen that one coming.