Luke Jordan: You said something about “Ever since you came to New York.” Where do you come from?
Susan Caldwell: Azusa. Azusa, California.
Luke Jordan: Azusa?
Susan Caldwell: It’s kind of a made-up word. Different letters. They put them together. Everything from A to Z. USA. AZUSA.
Luke Jordan: I still don’t get it. What does the USA stand for?
Susan Caldwell: United States of America. Everybody knows that.
Recently remastered and released by the Warner Archive, Born to Be Bad is an early, but important effort from landmark director Nicholas Ray. The film was released three months after Ray’s breakthrough masterpiece In A Lonely Place, starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame. While this film seems a lesser effort in comparison, I think much of the fault lies with the studio; Born To Be Bad had five writers and it feels like it. That said, this remaster is beautifully done and the disc comes with the original theatrical trailer, as well as a newly found and restored alternate ending. More on that after the cut.
Catherine ‘Keechie’ Mobley: Bowie?
Arthur ‘Bowie’ Bowers: Yeah?
Catherine ‘Keechie’ Mobley: Don’t shut yourself up cold like this. I don’t know what to do.
Arthur ‘Bowie’ Bowers: No?
Catherine ‘Keechie’ Mobley: No, I don’t.
Arthur ‘Bowie’ Bowers: You know just what you’re doing now. Just tell me when I’m doing the wrong thing; I’ll snap out of it.
Catherine ‘Keechie’ Mobley: Alright, Bowie.
Johnny: There’s nothing like a good smoke and a cup of coffee. You know, some men got the craving for gold and silver, others need lots of land with herds of cattle, and there’s those that got their weakness for whiskey and for women. When you boil it all down, what does a man really need? Just a smoke and cup of coffee.
Dixon Steele: I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
Dixon Steele: You like it?
Laurel Gray: What is it?
Dixon Steele: I. . .I want to put it in the script. I don’t know quite where.
Laurel Gray: You feel well now?
Dixon Steele: I don’t know. Maybe.
Dixon Steele: Say it back to me, let’s hear how it sounds.
Laurel Gray: I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I. . .
Dixon Steele: I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
Frank Stark: We give you love and affection, don’t we? Well, then what is it? Was it because we went to that party? Well, you know what kind of drunken brawls those kind of parties turn into. It’s not a place for kids.
Mrs. Carol Stark: A minute ago, you said you didn’t care if he drinks.
Mrs. Stark, Jim’s grandmother: He said a little drink.
Jim Stark: You’re tearing me apart!
Mrs. Carol Stark: What?
Jim Stark: You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!
Mrs. Carol Stark: That’s a fine way to behave!
Mrs. Stark, Jim’s grandmother: Well, you know who he takes after.