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Movie Quote of the Day – China Seas, 1935 (dir. Tay Garnett)


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Captain Alan Gaskell: Who’s in there?
Dolly ‘China Doll’ Portland: China Doll, the gal that drives men mad.
Captain Alan Gaskell: What are you doin’ aboard?
Dolly ‘China Doll’ Portland: Nothing alarming. Just showering dewdrops off the body beautiful.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Bombshell, 1933 (dir. Victor Fleming)


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Gifford Middleton: People need change, don’t you think?
Lola Burns: They certainly do.

Movie Quote of the Day – Morocco, 1930 (dir. Josef von Sternberg)


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Tom Brown: What in the name of 10,000 corporals did you come to a country like this for anyways?
Amy Jolly: I understand that men are never asked why they entered the Foreign Legion. . .
Tom Brown: That’s right. They never asked me and if they had I wouldn’t have told. When I crashed the Legion, I ditched the past.
Amy Jolly: There’s a foreign legion of women, too. But we have no uniforms, no flags, and no medals when we are brave; no wound stripes when we are hurt.
Tom Brown: Look here, is there anything I can do to help you?
Amy Jolly: No. I’ve thought that before. Or, do you think you can restore my faith in men?
Tom Brown: Not me. You got the wrong man for that! Anybody who has faith in me is a sucker.
Amy Jolly: You better go now. . .I am beginning to like you.
Tom Brown: I’ve told women about everything a man can say. I’m going to tell you something I’ve never told a woman before: I wish I’d met you ten years ago.

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.

Movie Quote of the Day – Shanghai Express, 1932 (dir. Josef von Sternberg)


Shanghai Lily: It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.

Movie Quote of the Day – Rio Bravo, 1959 (dir. Howard Hawks)


John T. Chance: It’s nice to see a smart kid for a change.

Movie Quote of the Day – Nightmare Alley, 1947 (dir. Edmund Goulding)


Carny #1: How can a guy sink so low?
Carny #2: He reached too high.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Big Sleep, 1946 (dir. Howard Hawks)


Carmen Sternwood: Is he as cute as you are?
Philip Marlowe: Nobody is.

Oscar Vault Monday – Shanghai Express, 1932 (dir. Josef von Sternberg)


Shanghai Express is an interesting film for a handful of reasons. For one, it was the fourth of seven collaborations between its star Marlene Dietrich and its director Josef von Sternberg. Also, it was made in the Pre-Code era, so it’s deliciously racy. But then there is some inherent racism that is very hard to ignore. It’s very “orientalist,” in that it’s almost voyeuristic in its look at China, having the villain by a “mysterious Eurasian,” (played by a Swedish American actor), and having Anna May Wong play a character who becomes a murderess. Regardless of its faults, Shanghai Express is a must-see classic film, anchored by a sultry performance from Dietrich. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one: Best Cinematography (won), Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were: Arrowsmith, Bad Girl, The Champ, Five Star Final, One Hour with You, The Smiling Lieutenant and winner Grand Hotel.

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Movie Quote of the Day – To Have and Have Not, 1944 (dir. Howard Hawks)


Slim: You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and. . .blow.