Greatest Opening
Film Lines and Quotes

1950s - 1960s

Greatest Opening Film Lines
(chronological, by film title)
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Greatest Opening Film Lines
1950s - 1960s
Famous Opening Line Film Title
"Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. It's about five o'clock in the morning. That's the Homicide Squad - complete with detectives and newspapermen. A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You'll read about it in the late editions, I'm sure..." Sunset Boulevard (1950)
"This is the Appian Way. The most famous road that leads to Rome, as all roads lead to Rome." Quo Vadis? (1951)
"I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?" Strangers on a Train (1951)
"Somebody's comin', Pa."
"Well, let him come."
Shane (1953)
"I don't know about you, but it always makes me sore when I see those war pictures. All about flying leathernecks and submarine patrols and frogmen and guerrillas in the Philippines. What gets me is that there never was a movie about POWs - about prisoners of war." Stalag 17 (1953)
"Joey, Joey Doyle!...Hey, I got one of your birds." On the Waterfront (1954)
"It started - for me, it started - last Thursday, in response to an urgent message from my nurse, I hurried home from a medical convention I'd been attending. At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't. Something evil had taken possession of the town." (original theatrical version before studio intervention) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
"Gelsomina!....Gelsomina!" La Strada (1956, It.)
"Call me Ishmael." Moby Dick (1956)
"Who are you?"
"I am Death."
The Seventh Seal (1956, Sw.)
(opening crawling text) You are about to land in a lonely zone of terror..on an uncharted atoll in the Pacific! You are part of The Second Scientific Expedition dispatched to this mysterious bit of Coral reef and volcanic rock. The first group has disappeared without a trace! Your job is to find out why! There have been rumors about this strange atoll..frightening rumors about happenings way out beyond the laws of nature...
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
"Have you ever heard of multiple personality?" The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
"Even if you accept the belief that a high Trendex automatically means a rising sales curve..." North by Northwest (1959)
"Greetings, my friends! We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friends; future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable; that is why you are here. And now for the first time we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that faithful day. We are giving you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimonies of the miserable souls who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the places, my friends, we can not keep this a secret any longer; let us punish the guilty, let us reward the innocent. My friends, can your heart stand the shocking facts about the grave robbers from outer space?" Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
"I am William Castle, the director of the motion picture you are about to see. I feel obligated to warn you that some of the sensations, some of the physical reactions which the actors on the screen will feel, will also be experienced for the first time in motion picture history, by certain members of this audience. I say 'certain members' because some people are more sensitive to these mysterious electronic impulses than others. These, uh, unfortunate, sensitive people will at times feel a strange, tingling sensation. Others will feel it less strongly. Don't be alarmed - you can protect yourself. At any time you are conscious of a tingling sensation, you may obtain immediate relief by screaming. Don't be embarrassed about opening your mouth and letting rip with all you've got, because the person in the seat right next to you will probably be screaming too. And remember this - a scream at the right time may save your life." The Tingler (1959)
"It'll be two quid." Peeping Tom (1960, UK)
- "You never did eat your lunch, did you?"
- "I'd better get back to the office. These extended lunch hours give my boss excess acid."
Psycho (1960)
"On Sunday, August 13th, 1961, the eyes of America were on the nation's capital, where Roger Maris was hitting home runs # 44 and 45 against the Senators. On that same day, without any warning, the East German Communists sealed off the border between East and West Berlin. I only mention this to show the kind of people we're dealing with - REAL SHIFTY!"
One, Two, Three (1961)
"Watch this shot now. Shoot man. Go." West Side Story (1961)
"He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew." Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
"Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer..." To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
"Don't tell me, you didn't know it was loaded." Charade (1963)
(voice-over) "An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there... walked alone."
The Haunting (1963)
"My car's thirsty. Can I please have some water?"
"God is good. He has sent me a big, strong man."
Lilies of the Field (1963)
"Excuse name's Barrett, sir." The Servant (1963)
"As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw." The Pink Panther (1964)
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence, the word and the act." Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
(sung) "The hills are alive, With the sound of music..." The Sound of Music (1965)
"This is a story of long, long ago, when the world was just beginning." One Million Years, B.C. (1966)
"Hey boy, what you doin' with my Mama's car? Wait there!" Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
"Hello, gorgeous." Funny Girl (1968)
"Please, sir, I want some more." Oliver! (1968)
"Here you are, sir. Main Level D." 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
"Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou nor thy sons with thee least ye shall die..." The Wild Bunch (1969)

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