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- "Brothers. There is good cause to be thankful this morning. I have just received the good news that there is no longer a Protective Association and that we may again sell our flowers in the city. How this was accomplished, I cannot tell you. All I know is that Brother Orchid gave me his word it would be done and it was done. As you know, Brother Orchid is no longer among us. He has chosen the outside world. And none of us is wise enough to say that we are right and he is wrong. All we can do in our humble way is to wish him the utmost of health and the happiness and throughout our -- Brother Orchid. Have you changed your mind?"
- "Yeah. Brother Superior, all my life I'm such a guy that was lookin' for class. I once went halfway around the world tryin' to find it, cause I thought that class came in dough and nice clothes and society. Well, I was wrong. I sure traveled a long way to find out one thing: This, this is the real class."

Play clip (excerpt): Brother Orchid
Brother Orchid (1940)

"What man's mind can conceive, man's character can control. Man must learn that, and then we needn't be afraid of tomorrow. And man will go forward toward more light."

Edison, The Man (1940)

"That's what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa. .. 'cause... we're the people."
Play clip (excerpt): The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

"...By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! (Cheers) Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope! Into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah! Look up!"
Play clips (excerpt): The Great Dictator
(short) The Great Dictator (extended)

The Great Dictator (1940)

- (To Duffy on phone) "We're gonna get married."
- "Oh. Can we go on a honeymoon this time, Walter?"
- "Sure. Hey, Duffy, you can be managing editor. Naw, naw, not permanently. Just for the two weeks we're away on the honeymoon."
- "Oh, what?!"
- "I don't know where we're going. Where are we going?"
- "Niagara Falls."
- (To Duffy) "Niagara Falls, Duffy."
- "Two whole weeks, Walter?"
- "Sure, you've earned it. (To Duffy) What? What? A strike? What strike? Where? Albany? Well, I know it's on the way, Duffy, but I can't ask Hildy to..."
- "Alright, we'll honeymoon in Albany."
- "OK, Duffy, ha, ha, ha. Well, isn't that a coincidence? We're going to Albany. I wonder if Bruce can put us up? Say, why don’t you carry that in your hand?"

Play clip (excerpt): His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday (1940)

- "Spain. Spain! Oh, Diego, when may we expect you and our dear little Lolita in Madrid?"
- "Not for some time, l'm afraid. We're gonna follow the customs of California."
- "What do you mean?"
- "Well, we’re gonna marry and raise fat children and watch our vineyards grow."
Play clip (excerpt): The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

- "Just a minute, boys. You got me all confused. Well, I like the both of ya."
- "But you can't marry both of us."
- "I know. That's the trouble. Ya gotta give me a little time to think it over."
- "How much time?"
- "Well, maybe tomorrow or maybe never. But don't let that keep ya from comin' around. Any time you got nothin' to do and lots of time to do it, come up. Oh, are you leaving, honey?"
- "Yes. Goodbye, beauty."
- "Oh, my. I wanna give you back your wedding ring. Guess I won't need it anymore."
- "Oh, thanks. Thanks. Well, maybe some other time."
- "Yeah. I'll keep you on my wedding list."
- "Aw, Thank you. Well, I have to hurry back East to attend to some oil wells I have there."
- "Oil wells?"
- "Yes, uh, hair oil wells."
- "Oh!! What a man."
- "If you get up around the Grampian Hills, you must come up and see me sometime."
- "Oh, yeah, yeah. I'll do that, my little chickadee."

Play clip (excerpt): My Little Chickadee

My Little Chickadee (1940)

- "Tracy, darling."
- "I love you, Father."
- "I love you too, Tracy."
- "Never in my life have I been so full of love before."
- "Come along. Come along."
- "Wait. How do I look?"
- "Like a queen. Like a goddess."
- "And do you know how I feel?"
- "How?"
- "Like a human. Like a human being."
- "Do you know how I feel?"
- "How?"
- "Proud."
- "I did it. I did it all."
- "I feel as though I'd lived through all of this before in another life."

Play clip (excerpt): The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

- "Well, perhaps, it's lucky we didn't drown any of them at birth, my dear!"
- "Mr. Bennet, you must find out what money they have. Col. Foster can tell you about Mr. Denny. And Sir William knows all about Mr. Witherington. You must go at once, Mr. Bennet! This very afternoon! Ah, think of it. Three of them married, and the other two just tottering on the brink!"

Play clip (excerpt): Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

- "Maxim. Thank heaven you've come back to me."
- "Are you all right, darling?"
- "Oh, yes."
- "Are you all right?"
- "It's Mrs. Danvers. She's gone mad. She said she'd rather destroy Manderley than see us happy here."
- "Look, the West Wing!"

Play clip (excerpt): Rebecca

Rebecca (1940)

- "My people, I owe everything to Abu and when he grows into a man, he shall be my Grand Vizier. He shall be sent to the best school in Bagdad. And all the wise men of the East shall teach him all the wisdom of the world. He shall be the wisest of men, and in those future days, when he will be full of knowledge, science and dignity, he will be the shining example for the youth of Bagdad. And they may remember how the little thief became the dignified.... Hey, Abu! Where are you going?"
- "You had what you wanted. Now, I'm going to find what I want."
- "What's that?"
- "Some fun - and adventure at last!"

Play clip (excerpt): The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

"Throw that junk."
Play clip (excerpt): Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

- "Talking bears! Talking dogs! People who disappear! Slapstick comedy! What kind of a script is that?"
- "Well, I didn't tell you, but I saw Hellzapoppin' in New York and I thought it was very funny."
- "Well, here's what I think of it." (gunshots)
- "Well, you can't hurt me that way. I always wear a bullet-proof vest around the studios."

Play clip (excerpt): Hellzapoppin'

Hellzapoppin' (1941)

- "Mister, what does it mean when a man crashes out?"
- "Crashes out? That's a funny question for you to ask now, sister. It means he's free."
- "Free."
Play clip (excerpt): High Sierra

High Sierra (1941)

"Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then."
Play clip (excerpt): How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

- "Johnny, Johnny! Johnny. Johnny."
- "Hello, Jeff."
- "Hello, Johnny."
- "Hey, Jeff. What's that highest mountain where we're goin'?"
- "Why, it, it..."
- "What'd he say?"
- "He just asked about a mountain."
- "What mountain? Do you know this guy?"
- "Yeah. This guy could've climbed the highest mountain in the world if he'd just started up the right one."
- "Hello. Oh, hello, Floyd, that's you. Yeah, just gettin' home. Say, there were four down in a gunfight down here at Swandale and Kenston. Yeah, I got the last one. His face looks familiar. Aw, just another hood, I guess. Well, whoever he is, he don't mean a thing to anybody now, much less to me. Say, call Mae and tell her I'll be late, will ya?"
Play clip (excerpt): Johnny Eager

Johnny Eager (1941)

- "Why did we have to go through all this nonsense? Don't you know you're the only man I ever loved? Don't you know I couldn't look at another man if I wanted to? Don't you know I waited all my life for you, you big mug?"
- "Will you forgive me?"
- "For what? Oh, you mean on the boat. The question is, can you forgive me?"
- "What for?"
- "Oh, you still don't understand."
- "I don't want to understand. I don't want to know. Whatever it is, keep it to yourself. All I know is, I adore you. I'll never leave you again and we'll work it out somehow. There's just one thing. I feel it's only fair to tell you. It would never have happened except she looked so exactly like you. And I have no right to be in your cabin."
- "Why?"
- "Because I'm married."
- "But so am I, darling. So am I."
- "Positively the same dame."

Play clip (excerpt): The Lady Eve

The Lady Eve (1941)

- "Alexandra, I've come to the end of my rope! Somewhere there's got to be what I want, too. Life goes too fast. You can go where you want, do what you want, think what you want. I'd like to keep you with me, but I won't make you stay. No, I won't make you stay."
- "You couldn't, Mama, because I don't want to stay with you. Because I'm beginning to understand about things. Addie said there were people who ate the Earth, and people who stood around and watched them do it. And just now, Uncle Ben said the same thing, really the same thing. Well, tell him for me, Mama, I'm not gonna watch you do it. Tell him I'll be fightin' as hard as he is, someplace where people don't just stand around and watch."
- "Why, Alexandra, you have spirit after all. I used to think you were all sugar water. We don't have to be bad friends, then. I don't want us to be bad friends. Would you like to talk with me, Alexandra? Would you like to sleep in my room tonight?"
- "Why, Mama? Are you afraid?"

Play clip (excerpt): The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes (1941)

- "Heavy. What is it?"
- "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of."
- "Huh?"
Play clip (excerpt): The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

- "John... John... Oh, John, don't do it! I love you. I love you, darling. Oh, please! Please don't give up. We'll start all over again. Just you and I. It isn't too late. The John Doe movement isn't dead yet. You see, John, it isn't dead or they wouldn't be here. It's alive in them. They kept it alive by being afraid of it. That's why they came up here. Oh, darling! Sure, it should have been killed. It was dishonest. But we can start clean now. Just you and I. It'll grow John, and it'll grow big because it'll be honest this time. Oh, John, if it's worth dying for, it's worth living for. Oh please, John. Oh. Oh, please! Please, God help me! John, John, look at me. You wanna be honest, don't ya? Well, you don't have to die to keep the John Doe idea alive. Someone already died for that once. The first John Doe. And he's kept that idea alive for nearly 2,000 years. It was He who kept it alive in them. And He'll go on keeping it alive for ever and always - for every John Doe movement these men kill, a new one will be born. That's why those bells are ringing, John. They're calling to us, not to give up but to keep on fighting, to keep on pitching. Oh, don't you see darling? This is no time to give up. You and I, John, we...Oh, no, no, John. If you die, I want to die too. Oh, oh, I love you. Oh, John..."
- "Mr. Doe. You don't have to...we're with ya, Mr. Doe. We just lost our heads and acted like a mob."
- "What Bert's trying to say is that we need you, Mr. Doe. There were a lot of us that didn't believe what that man said. We were gonna start up our John Doe club again whether we saw you or not. Weren't we, Bert? And there were a lot of others that were gonna do the same thing. Well, Mr. Sourpuss even got a letter from his cousin in Toledo. (I got it right here, Mr. Doe)..Only, only it'd be a lot easier with you. Please, please, come with us, Mr. Doe...."
- "Long John!"
- "Mr. Doe. You will help me with her. She'll be alright."
- "We'll take her right down to the car."
- "There you are, Norton. The people! Try and lick that!"

Play clip (excerpt): Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe (1941)

"When I want to kiss my wife, I'll kiss her anytime, anyplace, anywhere. That's the kind of hairpin I am."
Play clip (excerpt): The Strawberry Blonde

The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

"There's a lot to be said for making people laugh! Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan! Boy!"
Play clip (excerpt): Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

- "About one-thirty, I was walking with him on the upper deck. The fighting was at its height. The French flagship The Redoubtable came through the smoke. And we fought alongside one another. He was so confident. We'd just turned to go back to the... (sobbing) By sunset, everything was over, but he-he lived to know he'd won England's greatest victory. His-his last thoughts were with you, my lady. That you should be cared for."
- "And then?"
- "And then what?"
- "What happened after?"
- "There is no then. There is no after."

Play clip (excerpt): That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman (1941)

"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

Casablanca (1942)

- "Operator, switch me over. Forbes, this is the CO speaking."
- "Yes, sir? Hey, Johnny? Just a moment, sir. Johnny? Did you let that bomb go?"
- "Yeah, I must be out of practice. I missed the Channel."
- "What?"
- "But I dropped it right on that battery of big guns that's been placed at Dover. Sorry."
- "Excuse the interruption, sir. That's right, sir. Flight Lieutenant Forbes, Flying Officer Forrest, Flying Officer Hammond of Fortress D for Danny, mission completed."
- "Terry. Jed. England!"
- "Yeah. Now for Australia and a crack at those Japs."
Play clip (excerpt): Desperate Journey

Desperate Journey (1942)

"Here ends the story of a ship, but there will always be other ships, for we are an island race. Through all our centuries the sea has ruled our destiny. There will always be other ships and men to sail in them. It is these men, in peace or war, to whom we owe so much. Above all victories, beyond all loss, in spite of changing values and a changing world, they give to us, their countrymen, eternal and indominitable pride...God bless our ships and all who sail in them."
Play clip (excerpt): In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve (1942, UK)

- "My grandmother used to say, 'Some people grow up and some people just grow older.' I guess it's time we found out about us, you and me. Whether I'm a doctor, and whether you're a man. You know the kind of man I mean, Drake. There's a piece of poetry, Invictus. I don't think I remember all the words. 'Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul, In the fell clutch of circumstance, I had not winced nor cried aloud, Under the bludgeonings of chance, My head is bloody, but unbowed.' I don't know if you can take it, Drake."
- "Give it to me."
- "Dr. Gordon cut off your legs. I don't know if it was necessary. He was that kind, a butcher, who thought he had a special ordination to punish transgressors. With you, he had a double incentive because of Louise, heaven knows what else. The caverns of the human mind are full of strange shadows, but none of that matters. The point is, he wanted to destroy you. Oh, not literally, he wanted to destroy the Drake McHugh you were. He wanted to see you turn into a lifelong cripple, mentally, as well as physically. That's all there is, Drake. Now, if you turn your face to that wall."
- "(laughter) That's a hot one, isn't it? Where did Gordon think I lived, in my legs? Did he think those things were Drake McHugh? Spout that poetry again, Parris. I never was any good at poetry."
- "Drake, Drake."
- "What was it you wanted, honey, to build a house? We'll move into it in broad daylight. And we'll invite the folks in, too. For Pete's sake, let's give a party, I feel swell!"

Play clip (excerpt): Kings Row

Kings Row (1942)

"We, in this quiet corner of England, have suffered the loss of friends very dear to us. Some close to this church. George West, choir boy; James Ballard, station master and bell ringer and the proud winner, only an hour before his death, of the Beldon Cup for his beautiful Miniver rose. And our hearts go out in sympathy for the two families who share the cruel loss of a young girl who was married at this altar only two weeks ago. The homes of many of us have been destroyed, and the lives of young and old have been taken. There is scarcely a household that hasn't been struck to the heart. And why? Surely you must have asked yourselves this question. Why, in all conscience, should these be the ones to suffer? Children, old people, a young girl at the height of her loveliness. Why these? Are these our soldiers? Are these our fighters? Why should they be sacrificed? I shall tell you why. Because this is not only a war of soldiers in uniform. It is a war of the people - of all the people - and it must be fought not only on the battlefield but in the cities and in the villages, in the factories and on the farms, in the home and in the heart of every man, woman and child who loves freedom. Well, we have buried our dead, but we shall not forget them. Instead, they will inspire us with an unbreakable determination to free ourselves and those who come after us from the tyranny and terror that threaten to strike us down. This is the people’s war. It is our war. We are the fighters. Fight it, then. Fight it with all that is in us, and may God defend the right."
Play clips (excerpt): Mrs. Miniver (short) Mrs. Miniver (extended)

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

"Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars."
Play clip (excerpt): Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager (1942)

- "People all say that I've had a bad break, but today... Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." (applause and cheers)
- "Play ball!"

Play clips (excerpt): The Pride of the Yankees The Pride of the Yankees (extended)

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

- "Oh! Sam, I can't do it. I've tried, but I can't."
- "Tess. I'm disappointed in you. I've been mad at you, but this is the first time I've ever been disappointed."
- "Make them stop."
- "Why do you have to go to extremes, Tess? I don't wanna be married to Tess Harding any more than I want you to be just Mrs. Sam Craig. Why can't you be Tess Harding-Craig?"
- "I think it's a wonderful name."
- "Miss Harding, uh, Miss Harding! They told me at the office that you'd telephoned for this address. You've got to launch a battleship at 8:30."
- "Gerald. (sounds of breaking glass, and body falling) I've just launched Gerald."
Play clip (excerpt): Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year (1942)

- "Goodbye, sir. And I want you to know that I'm not the only one that's grateful. My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I assure you, I thank you. And, uh, I wouldn't worry about this country if I were you. We've got this thing licked. Where else in the world could a plain guy like me come in and talk things over with the head man?"
- "Well, that's about as good a definition of America as any I've ever heard. Goodbye, Mr. Cohan, and good luck."
- "Goodbye, sir. And good luck to you."
[Song: "Over There"]
- "What's the matter, old timer, don't you remember this song?"
- "Seems to me I do."
- "Well, I don't hear anything."
- (singing) "And the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming...."

Play clip (excerpt): Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

- "I'm hopping the first train back to the farm and I'm bustin' open a big barrel of cider just for me."
- "I'm goin' to a platter shop, and I'm gonna get drunk on Dinah Shore records."
- "Every night for weeks, I've been dreamin' of green vegetables. Four heads of lettuce, all in a row."
- "Boy, I'm dreamin' of somethin' else."
- "Well, there'll be somebody hangin' over a hot stove for me for a change."
- "Me, I'm gonna take my girl out in a canoe and propose to her. Gonna get married and have seven kids."
- "If you wait till I'm a doctor, I'll deliver 'em for ya free. Hey, that reminds me, I want a picture of that scar of yours to put on the wall of my office when the war's over."
- "It's like Mike said. When you're here, you wish you were back out there."
- "Won't be such a long time between beers now, captain."
- "For a moment, I thought I saw my wife and kids on that dock. I couldn't be that lucky."
- "Well, maybe wives have a way of knowing when their men are coming home, Captain. Take another look."
- "You're right. I couldn't be that lucky. But I am."
- "To the United States Navy, our thanks for making this picture possible. To the gallant officers and men of the silent service, to our submarines now on war patrol in hostile waters. Good luck and good hunting."

Play clip (excerpt): Destination Tokyo

Destination Tokyo (1943)

"I can tell ya now, Dorinda. I can tell you everything I've ever wanted to tell ya. You're goin' back and you're gonna have a swell life, Dorinda. You're gonna have a wonderful life. Everything's gonna seem prettier than it was before. The rain's gonna have a little more smell to it. The trees are gonna seem a little greener. And the nights are gonna be all chock full of stars. And when you go to sleep, Dorinda, you're not gonna have any bad dreams. And when that morning sunlight hits you in the face, you're gonna wake up laughing. And what's more, you're goin' out with people, and you're gonna have all the things that they have, including love. You know, the only decent thing I ever did in my life was love you, Dorinda. But if the memory of that love is gonna make you unhappy all the rest of your life, there must have been something wrong with it. It should've been the kind that filled your heart so full of love that you just had to go out and find someone to give it to. That's the only real kind, isn't it, Dorinda? That's the only kind that ever lives. You know, I find myself wondering what kind of kids you two will have. I'd like to talk to those kids sometime. I think I could tell 'em something. I think I could tell them about life, how good it is, how good it can be. And how the decent things in life never die. And how the only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving. There he is, Dorinda. Go on. I'm setting you free, Dorinda. I'm moving out of your heart. Good-bye. Good-bye, darling. That's my girl. And that's my boy."
Play clip (excerpt): A Guy Named Joe

A Guy Named Joe (1943)

"You see, Marcus. The ending is only the beginning."

The Human Comedy (1943)

- "Jane. All you can feel now is mere pity. I don't want your pity."
- "Edward."
- "You can't spend your life on the mere wreckage of a man. You're young and fresh. You ought to get married."
- "Don't send me away. Please, don't send me away."
- "You think I want to let you go?"
(voice-over narration) "As the months went past, he came to see the light once more as well as to feel its warmth. To see first the glory of the sun, and then the mild splendor of the moon, and at last the evening star.
And then one day when our first-born son was put into his arms, he could see that the boy had inherited his own eyes as they once were - large, brilliant, and black."
Play clip (excerpt): Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (1943)

- "Where are we goin'?"
- "He said he wanted his wife to get this letter, didn't he? He said there was nobody to look after the kids, didn't he?"

Play clip (excerpt): The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

- "I love you."
- (in unison) "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee."
- "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me." (bell tolls at time of death)
- "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
- "You are now in heaven and on earth. Your life begins, oh Bernadette."
Play clip (excerpt): The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette (1943)

"Everybody dance!"
[Song: "My, My, Ain't That Somethin']
Play clip (excerpt): Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather (1943)

- "You mean, you mean, I'm not really a Brewster?"
- "Oh, but darling! Now, don't feel so badly about it."
- "And I'm sure it won't make any difference to Elaine."
- "No, of course it won't, darling."
- "Ha, ha. Elaine! Elaine! Where are you? Can you hear me? I'm not really a Brewster! I'm a son of a sea cook!"
- (screams) "Mortimer, Mortimer, Mortimer! It's true! It's true. I saw them. It's true. It's true! There are thirteen bodies down there! But I saw them."
- "What's all this screamin' about?"
- "But I saw them."
- "It's way past her bedtime. Quiet!"
- "But, Mortimer! But, Mortimer!"
- "Goodbye! 'Bye."
- "Goodbye, goodbye, darling!"
- "What is all this?"
- "They're going on their honeymoon."
- "Well, they're off to a flyin' start."
- "Mortimer, I really did see..."
- "Uh, you'll own two cabs! I mean the meter!"
- "Oh, Mortimer. Oh!"
- "Oh, Mortimer."
- "We're goin' to Niagara Falls. Call me a cab, dear."
- "Yes, love. But, Mr. Brewster!"
- "No, no. I'm not a Brewster. I'm a son of a sea cook. Ha, ha. Charge!"
- "I’m not a cabdriver. I’m a coffeepot."

Play clip (excerpt): Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

- "How are you doing, Walter?"
- "Fine. Somebody moved the elevator a couple of miles away."
- "They're on the way."

- "You know why you couldn’t figure this one, Keyes? I’ll tell ya. Because the guy you were looking for was too close. He was right across the desk from ya."
- "Closer than that, Walter."
- "I love you, too."

Play clip (excerpt): Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity (1944)

- "I knew the Marines could do almost anything, but I never knew they could do anything like this."
- "You've got no idea."

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

"This is the end! THE ABSOLUTE END!"
Play clip (excerpt): Lady in the Dark

Lady in the Dark (1944)

- (radio voice-over narration) "Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death. I close this evening's broadcast with some favorite lines from Dowson. 'Brief Life: They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, love and desire and hate. I think they have no portion in us after we pass the gate.'"
- "Who's tailing Lydecker?"
- "I was going to, when he came out."
- "He left five minutes ago."
- "He didn't come out this way."
- "Must've gone out the back way. Come on. Let's check."
- (radio narration) "'They are not long, the days of wine and roses. Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for a while, then closes within a dream.'"
- "That's the way it is, isn't it, Laura?"
- "Waldo!"
- (radio) "You have heard the voice of Waldo Lydecker by electrical transcription."
- "Waldo, you've taken one life. Isn't that enough?"
- "The best part of myself, that's what you are. Do you think I'm going to leave it to the vulgar pawing of a second-rate detective who thinks you're a dame? Do you think I could bear the thought of him holding you in his arms, kissing you, loving you?"
- (doorbell) "Laura! It's Mark. Open the door!"
- "There he is now."
- "Laura!"
- "He'll find us together, Laura, as we always have been, as we always should be, as we always will be." (gunshots)
- "Mark!"
- "Good-bye, Laura. Good-bye, my love."

Play clip (excerpt): Laura

Laura (1944)

"I can’t believe it. Right here where we live. Right here in St. Louis."
Play clip (excerpt): Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

- "Who are you?"
- "Was you ever bit by a dead bee?"
- "Was you?"
- "Yeah. You know, you got to be careful of dead bees. They can sting you just as bad as live ones. Especially if they was kind of mad when they got killed."
- "I feel like I was talkin' to myself."
- "I bet I've been bit 100 times that way."
- "Why don't you bite 'em back?"
- "I would. Only I haven't got a stinger."
- "Oh, I remember you. You're all right. She can come, Harry, it's okay with me. Now I'll have the two of you to take care of, won't I?"
- "That's right, Eddie. You can begin by grabbin' these bags. Come on, Slim."
- "Steve? Do I have time to say goodbye to Cricket?"
- "Sure, go ahead."
- "Cricket, I came to say goodbye."
- "What?"
- "We're leaving now. Thanks for everything."
- "Hey, Slim. Are you still happy?"
- "What do you think?"

Play clip (excerpt): To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not (1944)

- "Mary Meredith, where are you? It's time somebody faced that icy rage of yours. What do you want? It's Stella, isn't it? It's too late, Mary. You see, we're on to you now. You told Carmel to clear out and leave her baby, but Meredith wouldn't stand for it. And to spite them, you tried to kill their child and instead went hurtling over the cliff yourself. Gives your saintly legend rather a black eye, doesn't it? Ha, ha. Oh, so you don't like the sound of laughter, do you? But that's all you'll get from now on. Ha, ha, ha, ha! I should think you'll be on your way now, Mary Meredith. We've had enough. We're not frightened of you anymore. From now on, this house is for the living."
- (knocking on door) "Rick, are you all right? Let me in, Rick! Oh, Rick!"
- "You all right, Fitzgerald?"
- "Yes, fine. She's gone, Stella."
- "Look! He'd never go near those stairs before."
- "Bobby'll be back tomorrow. I think we'll be having other plans for Bobby."
- "You're still shaking, Rick."
- "Well, I've had a narrow escape. She might have been my mother-in-law."
Play clip (excerpt): The Uninvited

The Uninvited (1944)

- "The United States government doesn't settle for a deal, Yamada."
- "Condon San. Condon San, you have saying: 'Forgive your enemies.' I am willing."
- "Sure, forgive your enemies. But first, get even."
Play clip (excerpt): Blood on the Sun

Blood on the Sun (1945)

- "Whatever your dream was, it wasn't a very happy one, was it?"
- "No."
- "Is there anything I can do to help?"
- "Yes, Fred. You always help."
- "You've been a long way away."
- "Yes."
- "Thank you for coming back to me."

Play clip (excerpt): Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter (1945)

"I was in Bakersfield before I read that Vera's body was discovered, and that the police were looking for Haskell in connection with his wife's murder. Isn't that a laugh? Haskell got me into this mess and Haskell was getting me out of it. The police were searching for a dead man. I keep trying to forget what happened and wonder what my life might have been if that car of Haskell's hadn't stopped. But one thing I don't have to wonder about, I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, fate or some mysterious force can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all."
Play clip (excerpt): Detour

Detour (1945)

"Elizabeth, I just had the craziest dream. You know, if you saw it in the movies, you'd never believe it."

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

- "I'm gonna put this whole weekend down, minute by minute."
- "Why not?"
- "The way I stood in there, packing my suitcase. Only my mind wasn't on the suitcase, and it wasn't on the weekend, nor was it on the shirts I was putting in the suitcase either. My mind was hanging outside the window. It was suspended just about eighteen inches below. And out there in that great big concrete jungle, I wonder how many others that are like me. Poor bedeviled guys on fire with thirst. Such comical figures to the rest of the world as they stagger blindly towards another binge, another bender, another spree."

Play clip (excerpt): The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend (1945)

- "l thought maybe, in a way, it was my fault. So l tried to help her. l wanted to take the blame for it."
- "Not this time, Mrs. Beragon. This time your daughter pays for her own mistake. Okay, book her."
- "Darling, l'm sorry. l did the best l could."
- "Don't worry about me, Mother. l'll get by."
- "See that those others are released. We need some fresh air in here. lt looks like a nice morning. You can go now. We'll call you when we want you. You know, Mrs. Beragon, there are times when l regret being a policeman."
Play clip (excerpt): Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce (1945)

(five gunshots and scream)
- "Murderer."
- "Helen!"
- "You killed them. You killed them all. The servant girl in the well. The others in the town. Today, the cripple in the hotel. You killed them all. Tonight, it would have been Helen. I heard you. Stephen. Get me Stephen. Now it's been done. Ten years too late."
- "No."
- "Forgive me, Stephen. I thought it was you. He always waited till you came home, so I thought it was you. Oh."
- "A doctor. Get Dr. Parry. Hurry!"
- "1-8-9...Dr. Parry?...Come...It's I, Helen."

Play clip (excerpt): The Spiral Staircase

The Spiral Staircase (1945)

- "Those whom God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. For as much as Homer and Wilma have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands, I pronounce that they are man and wife. God bless you both."
- "You know what it'll be, don't you, Peggy? It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work - get kicked around."

Play clip (excerpt): The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

- "It won't take him long."
- "What are you gonna...?
- "Wait a minute, let me do the talking, angel. I don't know yet what I'll tell him, but it'll be pretty close to the truth. You'll have to send Carmen away from a lot of things. They have places for that. Maybe they can cure her. It's been done before. We'll have to tell your father about Regan. I think he can take it."
- "You've forgotten one thing. Me."
- "What's wrong with you?"

- "Nothing you can't fix."

Play clip (excerpt): The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep (1946)

- "Jo Jo, please, just this once, come down to my level. Ha, ha, ha. Oh, simple arithmetic. That's all it was."
(reading a note) - "To you who double-crossed me, I leave this dollar for your trouble. The rest of the dough I leave to the worms."

Play clip (excerpt): Decoy (1946)

Decoy (1946)

- "An brilliant antagonist! It's a pity how talents were so misdirected. Will you see that these plates are returned to the Bank of England, Inspector?"
- "I still don't understand how you solved it, Mr. Holmes."
- "It's entirely due to Dr. Watson. He gave me the clue when he mentioned Dr. Samuel Johnson."
- "Well, Congratulations, Doctor."
- "Oh, thank you, Inspector. I don't think I could have done it entirely without Mr. Holmes' help, you know. Ha, ha, ha."

Play clip (excerpt): Dressed to Kill (1946)

Dressed to Kill (1946)

- "You always said you could shoot. I never believed ya."
- "Lewt, I love you. I love you."
- "Oh, don't cry, honey. Don't cry."
- "I had to do it, Lewt. I had to do it."
- "Of course you did. Let me, let me hold ya."
- "Just hold me. Hold me once more."
- "Little bob-cat."

Play clip (excerpt): Duel in the Sun

Duel in the Sun (1946)

- "Look, Daddy. Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.'"
- "That's right...That's right. Attaboy, Clarence."

Play clip (excerpt): It's a Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

"Ma'am, I sure like that name – Clementine."
Play clip (excerpt): My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine (1946)

- "Now just a minute, I must sit with her!"
- "No room, Sebastian."
- "Oh, but you must take me. They're watching me."
- "That's your headache."
- "Please take me! Please! Please! Please!"
- "There is no telephone in her room to call the hospital."
- "Alex, will you come in, please? I wish to talk to you."

Play clip (excerpt): Notorious

Notorious (1946)

- "Cora wrote it. lt's a very beautiful note, Frank, written by a girl who loved a man very much. l imagine it was written earlier the very night she died. A note of farewell, isn't it?"
- "She did try and run away that night."
- "And since she had no idea anyone would ever see that note but you, it therefore has in it just enough of a confession to convict you of helping her kill her husband. So if you were to leave this room because you didn't kill her, you'd soon be right back here again for helping her kill Nick. What's the use?"
- "Then, then what's gonna happen to me is not because l killed her?"
- "No, laddie, for killing Nick."
- "You know, there's somethin' about this that's like, well, it's like you're expectin' a letter that you're just crazy to get, and ya hang around the front door for fear you might not hear him ring. You never realize that he always rings twice."
- "What's that?"
- "Well, he rang twice for Cora and now he's ringing twice for me, isn't he?"
- "That's about it."
- "The truth is, you always hear him ring the second time. Even if you're way out in the back yard. Father, you were right. It all works out. I guess God knows more about these things than we do. Somehow or other, Cora paid for Nick's life with hers. And now I'm going to. Father, would you send up a prayer for me and Cora, and if you could find it in your heart, make it that we're together, wherever it is?"

Play clip (excerpt): The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

"I think this is our dance, Mother."
Play clip (excerpt): To Each His Own

To Each His Own (1946)

- "You remind me of a man."
- "What man?"
- "A man with the power."
- "What power?"
- "The power of hoo-do."
- "Hoo-do?"
- "You do."
- "Do what?"
- "You remind me of a man."
- "What man?"
- "A man with the power."
- "What power?"
- "Give up?"
- "Give up. Let's go."
Play clip (excerpt): The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

"Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry. A blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees with the sound of bells, and with gifts. But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It's his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that. Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share: loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched-out hand of tolerance - all the shining gifts that make peace on Earth."
Play clip (excerpt): The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife (1947)

- "Mr. Bob! Mr. Bob! Better come right away, Mr. Bob! We got trouble in the chicken house."
- "Those water pipes again?"
- "Busted wide open and them hens is goin' crazy! Ten drowned. Bob!"
- "Hmm? Oh! I'll be right with ya! Okay!"
- "Don't go away, you two! You see what I mean? I could write a book."

The Egg and I (1947)

"But I don't want a better man, Sebastian. I just want you."

Escape Me Never (1947)

"Now we're starting out with exactly an even nothing in the world. It's neater that way."

The Hucksters (1947)

- "Good morning, Mr. Day. Going to the office?"
- "No, I'm going to be baptized!"

Play clip (excerpt): Life With Father

Life with Father (1947)

- "Suzie, where are you?"
- "I'm upstairs!"
- "Come right down. You know you shouldn't run around in other people's houses. You know better than that."
- "But this is my house, Mommy, the one I asked Mr. Kringle for."
- "Now, Suzie!"
- "It is! It is! I know it is! My room upstairs is just like I knew it would be! Oh, you were right, Mommy. Mommy told me if things don't turn out just the way you want them to the first time, you still got to believe. And I kept believing. And you were right, Mommy! Mr. Kringle is Santa Claus!"
- "Where are you going?"
- "To see if there's a swing! There is one! There is one!"
- "You told her that? The sign outside said it's for sale. We can't let her down."
- "I never really doubted you. It was just my silly common sense."
- "It even makes sense to believe in me now. I must be a pretty good lawyer. I take a little old man and legally prove to the world that he's Santa Claus. Now, you know that..."
- "Oh no, it can't be. It must have been left here by the people that moved out."
- "Maybe. Maybe I didn't do such a wonderful thing after all."

Play clip (excerpt): Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

- "And another thing, Mr. Chick Young. The next time that I tell ya that I saw somethin' when I saw it, you believe me that I saw it!"
- "Oh, relax. Now that we've seen the last of Dracula, the Wolfman and the Monster, there's nobody to frighten us anymore."
- "Oh, that's too bad. I was hoping to get in on the excitement."
- "Who said that?"
- "Allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Invisible Man. (laughter)"

Play clip (excerpt): Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

- "Juan! No more romance, huh?"
- "My dear friend, there's a little bit of Don Juan in every man, but since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me."

The Adventures of Don Juan (1948)

(voice-over) "For the deeds he performed on the diamond, Babe Ruth has deservedly earned his place in baseball's Hall of Fame, and endeared himself in the heart of every American for generations to come. His name will live as long as there is a ball, a bat, and a boy."
Play clip (excerpt): The Babe Ruth Story

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

- "Mr. Temple, I'm mighty grateful to ya for savin' my life and all but, those two boys, the Osceolas. I'd rather been killed than have innocent blood on my hands."
- "Oh, I'm the one to blame. If they hadn't trusted me, they wouldn't have turned up here and they'd still be alive. It seems we can't do anything but harm to those people, even when we go to help 'em."
- "No, Mr. Temple, it wasn't you. It wasn't the law or anybody. It was only Johnny Rocco. Nobody in the whole world is safe as long as he's alive."
- "We better go, miss."
- (phone rings) "Hotel Largo. Frank! Oh, thank God. He's all right, Dad! He's coming back to us."

Play clip (excerpt): Key Largo

Key Largo (1948)

- "Oh, Michael, l'm afraid. Michael? Come back here. Michael? Please! I don't want to die! I don't want to die!"
- "I went to call the cops, but I knew she'd be dead before they got there. And l'd be free. Bannister's note to the D.A. fixed it. l'd be innocent, officially. But that's a big word, innocent. Stupid's more like it. Well, everybody is somebody's fool. The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I'll concentrate on that. Maybe I'll live so long that I'll forget her. Maybe I'll die trying."
Play clips (excerpt): The Lady From Shanghai
(short) The Lady From Shanghai (extended)

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

"There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."
Play clip (excerpt): The Naked City

The Naked City (1948)

- "Let's not overdo it. I know I deserve it, but, steady, men. Take it out of the bags, fellas."
- "Honey, I'll drive."
- "Yeah, you drive and I'll watch."
- "Finally going on your honeymoon?"
- "Am I! Ya-hoo! What do you want, a happy ending?"

Play clip (excerpt): The Paleface

The Paleface (1948)

- "When we get back to the ranch, I want ya to change the brand. It'll be like this, the Red River 'D' and we'll add an 'M' to it. You don't mind that, do ya?"
- "No."
- "You've earned it."

Play clip (excerpt): Red River

Red River (1948)

- "Pas d'espoir." (crowd sighs)
- "Julian?"
- "Yes, my darling?"
- "Take off the red shoes."

Play clip (excerpt): The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes (1948)

- "Yeah, I'm all fixed for the rest of my natural life. How about yourself? What do you aim to do?"
- "I haven't got any idea."
- "Aw, you're young yet. You've got plenty of time to make three or four fortunes for yourself."
- "You know, the worst ain't so bad when it finally happens. Not half as bad as you figure it'll be before it's happened. I'm no worse off than I was in Tampico. All I'm out is a couple hundred bucks when you come right down to it. Not very much compared to what Dobbsie lost."
- "Any special place you're bent on goin'?"
- "Naw, all places are the same to me."
- "Tell you what. You can keep my share of what the burros and the hides'll bring if you use the money to buy a ticket to Dallas. See Cody's widow. Better than writin'. And besides, it's July and the fruit harvest. How about it?"
- "It's a deal."

- "Well, let's get going. Well, goodbye, Curtin."
- "Goodbye, Howard."
- "Good luck."
- "Same to you."

Play clip (excerpt): The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

- "There ain't any of us don't have our little tricks, ya know."
- "All right, but, but what does that show? What have you proved?"
- "It shows the score."
- "It shows that what I said was true. There's no difference between the sexes. Men, women, the same."
- "They are, huh?"
- "Well, maybe there is a difference, but it's a little difference."
- "Well, you know as the French say..."
- "What do they say?"
- "Vive la difference."
- "Which means?"
- "Which means, ‘Hurray for that little difference.'"

Play clip (excerpt): Adam's Rib

Adam's Rib (1949)

"Could have been whole world - Willie Stark. The whole world - Willie Stark. Why does he do it to me - Willie Stark? Why?"
Play clip (excerpt): All The King's Men

All the King's Men (1949)

- "Just so we're goin' back. That's all that counts."
- "You mean you're not happy in the service?"
- "I didn't say that. I love it."
- "You found a home in the Army, chum."
- "Me, too. Never had it so good in my life."
- "Third platoon, on your feet. Fall in."
- "Oh, no!"
- "About face. Forward march."
- "Hey Kinnie, whatever happened to Jody?"
- "All right. Come on. Come on. What do you want these guys to think, that you're a bunch of WACs? Alright, alright, pick it up, now. Hut, two, three, hut, two, three, four...You had a good home but you left...Jody was there when you left...Your baby was there when you left...Sound off...Cadence count...Your baby was lonely, as lonely could be Until Jody provided company! Ain't it great to have a pal, Who works so hard to keep up morale!...You ain't got nothin' to worry about. He'll keep her happy till I get out! You won't get out until the end of the war, In nineteen hundred and seventy-four..."

Play clip (excerpt): Battleground

Battleground (1949)

- "He's dead. Brain hemorrhage."
- "Yes, sir, (it's) a bad time but... could you give me a statement about your brother?"
- "You want a statement from me, huh? All right. I'll give ya a statement. He was a champion. He went out like a champion. He was a credit to the fight game, to the very end."

Play clip (excerpt): Champion

Champion (1949)

- "He came back with the same lies. The same silly phrases."
- "What... what are you saying?"
- "He has grown greedier with the years. The first time he only wanted my money, now he wants my love, too. Well, he came to the wrong house, and he came twice. I shall see that he never comes a third time."
- "Catherine, do you know what you're doing?"
- "Yes."
- "Poor Morris. Can you be so cruel?"
- "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters."
(clock chiming, Morris' horse carriage arrives in street)
- "Right here. Wait."
(doorbell ringing)
- "I will attend to that. It's for me."
- "Yes, miss."
(doorbell ringing)
- "Bolt it, Maria."
- "Bolt it?"
- "Bolt the door, Maria."
- "Yes, miss."
(door bolting, more door knocking)
- "Good night, Maria."
- "Good night, miss."
(continued door knocking)
- "Catherine? Catherine! Catherine? Catherine!... (repeated and frantic pounding on door and calling out)"

Play clip (excerpt): The Heiress

The Heiress (1949)

- "Well, I'm sorry. I hate to think that I've spoiled your Christmas."
- "Well, you haven't spoiled it. I suppose I should be thanking you."
- "Oh, no, you don't have to do that. But you, do you know what I wish you would do? I wish you'd send this Newspickle about his business and concentrate on me instead. Huh?"
- "Well, I can't. You already have someone."
- "Oh, no, not yet. No."
- "Now, wait a minute. This is all wrong."
- "After all, it is Christmas."
- "I know, but, Mr. Larkin..."
- "Oh, Veronica, I love you so. PIease open Box 237 and take me out of my envelope."
- "Box 237!"
- "'Dear Friend.'"
- "You?"
- "Yes. Are you disappointed?"
- "Psychologically, I'm very confused, but personally I feel just wonderful."

Play clip (excerpt): In the Good Old Summertime

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

- (voice-over) "'How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!'"
- "Your Grace...I represent the magazine Tit-Bits by whom I'm commissioned to approach you for the publication rights of your memoirs."
- "My memoirs? Oh, my memoirs. My memoirs. My memoirs."

Play clip (excerpt): Kind Hearts and Coronets

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949, UK)

- "Just think, honey, in five minutes, I'll be Mrs. Steve Laird."
- "And, after five years, I'll be Mrs. Al... Oh, I'm so nervous."
- "Don't worry, honey, nothing can happen to us now. (to the camera) I was wrong. Anything can happen if you live with my friend Irma."

Play clip (excerpt): My Friend Irma

My Friend Irma (1949)

- "He was so strong. Why did he have to die?"
- "His strength will never die, Saul. Men will tell his story for a thousand years."

Play clip (excerpt): Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah (1949)

"There she goes. All right! Saddle up! Let's get back in the war!"
Play clip (excerpt): Sands of Iwo Jima

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

(reading note) "Little old girl. I'm gonna miss you, but I gotta do it this way. I'll send for both of you when I can. No matter how long it takes. I've gotta see that kid. He's lucky. He'll have you to keep him squared around. I Love You. Bowie. Bowie."
Play clip (excerpt): They Live By Night

They Live By Night (1949)

- "l'll have to step on it if you're going to catch that plane."
- "Calloway, can't you do something about Anna?"
- "l'll do what l can, if she'll let me."
- "Wait a minute. Let me out."
- "Well, there's not much time."
- "One can't just leave. Please."
- "Be sensible, Martins."
- "Haven't got a sensible name, Calloway."

Play clip (excerpt): The Third Man

The Third Man (1949)

- "Made it, Ma! Top of the world." (explosions)
- "Cody Jarrett. He finally got to the top of the world. And it blew right up in his face."

Play clips (excerpt): White Heat (short) White Heat (extended)

White Heat (1949)

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