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- "Call the morgue. Johnson, you go to the Allison
Hotel, find Paula Gibson. Don't tell her anything. I'll break it to
|The Father of the Bride (1950)|
(voice-over) "The long delayed but always expected
something that we live for."
|The Glass Menagerie (1950)|
|In a Lonely Place (1950)|
|Rashomon (1950, Jp.)|
"…You see, this is my life. It always
will be! There's nothing else - just us - and the cameras - and those
wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille,
I'm ready for my close-up."
|Sunset Boulevard (1950)|
|Ace in the Hole (1951) (aka The Big Carnival)|
"By golly, I'm the richest man in six counties."
|Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)|
"...I am leaving soon, and you will forgive
me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and
the threat of aggression by any group anywhere can no longer be tolerated.
There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does
not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly.
Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves,
and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have
long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual
protection of all planets, and for the complete elimination of aggression.
The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force
that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots.
Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one,
and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them
absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first
sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The
penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result
is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge
that we are free from aggression and war, free to pursue more profitable
enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection,
but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these
facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But
if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will
be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple. Join us
and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration.
We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.
|The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)|
|Father's Little Dividend (1951)|
- "What's this? You're CO and I'm exec?"
|Flying Leathernecks (1951)|
(voice-over) "Scrooge was better than his word.
He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as
the good old city ever knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough,
in the good old world. And to Tiny Tim who lived and got well again,
he became a second father....And it was always said that he knew how
to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May
that be truly said of us, and all of us. And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
'God Bless Us - Everyone.'"
|Scrooge (1951, UK) (aka A Christmas Carol)|
|A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)|
|The Thing (From Another World) (1951)|
- "And then, this is the sad part, Daddy. All of
a sudden, I saw Little Sheba. She was lyin' out in the middle of
the field, dead. I felt terrible, Doc. Nobody else paid any attention.
But I cried and cried. It made me feel awful. That, that sweet little
puppy. Her white fur all smeared with mud. And no one to stop and
take care of her."
|Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)|
"That's all, ladies and gentlemen, that's
all. Come again to the greatest show on Earth. Bring the children.
Bring the old folks. You can shake the sawdust off your feet but
you can't shake it out of your heart. Come again, folks. The greatest
show on Earth. Come again."
|The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)|
|Pat and Mike (1952)|
|The Quiet Man (1952)|
"Ladies and Gentlemen. Stop that girl. That
girl running up the aisle - stop her. That's the girl whose voice
you heard and loved tonight. She's the real star of the picture.
|Singin' in the Rain (1952)|
- "They can't kill him."
|Viva Zapata! (1952)|
- "The show's a hit, but we all feel no matter
what might've happened to it, it was wonderful knowing you, working
with you. Maybe some of us didn't see eye to eye with you at the
beginning. Maybe we thought we wouldn't work out together, but
we have. Yes, there were obstacles between us, but we've kissed
them good-bye. We've come to love you, Tony. We belong together.
The show's going to run a long time. And as far as I'm concerned,
it's going to run forever." (They kiss)
|The Band Wagon (1953)|
|The Big Heat (1953)|
|From Here to Eternity (1953)|
honey, on your wedding day, it's all right to say 'yes'."
|Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)|
(radio announcer) "As some of you might know,
Major Glenn Miller is not with us today. But in his absence we shall
do this program exactly as he had planned it. Our first number therefore
will be a new arrangement which Major Miller himself made especially
for this performance. This tune should be a familiar one, especially
to the members of Major Miller's family across the ocean who are
|The Glenn Miller Story (1953)|
- "General Crook'll be here within a month
with a large force."
- "I could probably dig up a couple million cash if
I had to."
|How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)|
"This was the noblest Roman of them all. All
the conspirators, save only he, did what they did in envy of great
Caesar. He only, in a general honest thought, and common good to
all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed
in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world: 'This
was a man.'"
|Julius Caesar (1953)|
- "AII right, men. Everybody back in their bunks
Iike nothing happened."
|Stalag 17 (1953)|
(off-screen voice-over) "Thus, on April the
15th, 1912, at 0220 hours, as the passengers and crew sang a Welsh
from the British Registry. 712 people in 19 lifeboats survived."
- "We were all praying for a miracle." (church
|The War of the Worlds (1953)|
- "What's the matter? You been hit over
the head so often, you don't know when you're getting a break? At
least say thank you."
|The Wild One (1953)|
|The Far Country (1954)|
- "All right, let's go to work!"
|On the Waterfront (1954)|
- "Do you Alice, Ruth,
Martha, Liza, Sarah, Dorcas, take these men to be your lawfully-wedded
|Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)|
|Seven Samurai (1954, Jp.)|
|A Star is Born (1954)|
- "Who's there?
|White Christmas (1954)|
- "Thanks, Mr. Macreedy. Thanks for everything."
|Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)|
- "Your Majesty..."
|The Court Jester (1955)|
- "The Headmistress died and was taken away this
|Les Diaboliques (1955, Fr.)|
(partly voice-over) "For the first time, our
principal subject knows that 'This is Her Life'. And we have her
unqualified permission to tell the whole truth. It's a story of degradation
and shame, but when you hear the facts, you'll realize how much courage
it took for her to come here tonight. You'll
also realize that it's a story full of hope, hope for many who are
living and suffering in a half-world of addiction to alcohol, hope
for all people wherever and whoever they are. So this is your life,
|I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)|
- "It's a lie. I won't believe it."
|Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)|
- "Hey Marty, what's the matter with you?"
|Mister Roberts (1955)|
|The Night of the Hunter (1955)|
|To Catch a Thief (1955)|
- "I-I can't tell you any sure way
to happiness. I only know that you've gotta go out and find it for
yourselves. You can't lean on the success of your parents. That's
their success. And don't be held back by their failures."
- "When you tumbled rearward and landed crashing
into that pile of dirty dishes, you were at last my hero. That's
what you always wanted to be."
|High Society (1956)|
"Look, you fools. You're in danger. Can't you
see? They're after you. They're after all of us. Our wives, our children,
everyone. They're here already. YOU'RE NEXT!..." (End
of original film before addition of epilogue)
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)|
"He learned almost too late that man is a feeling
creature, and because of it the greatest in the universe. He learned
too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make
their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside
ourselves. And when men seek such perfection, they find only death,
fire, loss, disillusionment and the end of everything that's gone
forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery but
it can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has
to come from inside, from Man himself."
|It Conquered the World (1956)|
|The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)|
(voice-over) "The coffin. Drowned Queequeg's
coffin was my life buoy. For one whole day and night. it sustained
me on that soft and dirge-like main. Then a sail appeared. It was
the Rachel. The Rachel, who in her long melancholy search for her
missing children found another orphan. The drama's done. All are
departed away. The great shroud of the sea rolls over the Pequod,
her crew, and Moby Dick. I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee."
|Moby Dick (1956)|
|The Rainmaker (1956)|
|The Searchers (1956)|
(voice-over, contents of letter) "These are
terrible things to write to you, Tom, about guilt and right and wrong.
But you are old enough now to know that when you drop a pebble in
the water, there are ever-widening circles of ripples. There are
always consequences. Anyway, Tom, I've often wondered if I didn't
show a lack of faith in you in your ability to meet a crisis by yourself
and come through it alone. They say about dreadful experiences, if
they don't kill us, they make us strong. I was just afraid that that
one would kill you. Dear Tom, I was so pleased to read that you are
married. Have a good life, a full life, an understanding life. Write
good stories, true stories. About one thing you were correct. The
wife did always keep her affection for the boy, somewhere in her
|Tea and Sympathy (1956)|
"Little story now concluded. But history of world unfinished. Lovely ladies, kind gentlemen, go home to ponder. What was true at beginning remains true. Pain make man think, thought make man wise, and wisdom make life endurable. So, may August moon bring gentle sleep. Sayonara."
|Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)|
"...Joshua, I charge you and strengthen you,
for you shall go over Jordan to lead the people. As for me and my
house, we shall serve the Lord. Mered, give me the books. Eleazar,
set these five books in the Ark of the Covenant, by the tablets of
the Ten Commandments, which the Lord restored unto us. Go. Proclaim
liberty throughout all the lands, unto all the inhabitants thereof."
|The Ten Commandments (1956)|
(announcer narration) "The story which you have just seen is a true one. In real life Captain Alexander Holmes was brought to trial on a charge of murder. He was convicted and given the minimum sentence of six months because of the unusual circumstances surrounding the incident. If you had been a member of the jury, how would you have voted? Guilty or innocent?"
|Abandon Ship! (1957) (aka Seven Waves Away)|
- "Darling, don't look at me like that."
|An Affair to Remember (1957)|
|The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)|
"The lobsters are back!"
|High Tide at Noon (1957)|
"And I felt my body dwindling,
melting, becoming nothing. My fears locked away and in their place
came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean
something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the
smallest, I meant something, too. To God there is no zero. I STILL
|The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)|
|Paths of Glory (1957)|
|Peyton Place (1957)|
- "lt is very difficult for Japanese
woman to speak in public. l have never done so. But perhaps, now
it is the time. Maj. Gruver has asked me to be his, his wife. He
knows there are many people in his country who will be disturbed
by this. l know my people will be shocked, too. But l hope they will
learn to understand and someday approve. We are not afraid, because
we know this is right. l hope l can continue as a dancer. And l hope
when l`m old, l will be able to teach children to dance. My own
- "...They dance away from the dawn and it's
a solemn dance towards the dark lands, while the rain washes their
faces and cleans the salt of the tears from their cheeks."
|The Seventh Seal (1957, Sw.)|
- "You know, the awful thing is, it could have been
so simple. Because you're the only man I could ever love, Jake."
|The Sun Also Rises (1957)|
- "Where do you think you're going?"
|Sweet Smell of Success (1957)|
(voice-overs) - "On September the 17th
1955, Dr. Luther received a special-delivery airmail letter from
|The Three Faces of Eve (1957)|
|Twelve Angry Men (1957)|
|20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)|
|Witness For the Prosecution (1957)|
- "I shouldn't even bring up the possibility
of Michael's going to India with me."
|Auntie Mame (1958)|
- "How did it happen?"
|Bell, Book, and Candle (1958)|
- "What are they gonna do with that thing, Dave?"
|The Blob (1958)|
- "What course?"
|The Buccaneer (1958)|
- "Mummy told me about Daddy. Something she
said to ask you. Why did he die?"
|The Fly (1958)|
(voice-over) "Dear Mr. Montgomery: There isn't much I can say with words; they always fail me when most needed. But please know that with all my heart I appreciate everything you've done for me. Sincerely, Barbara."
|I Want to Live! (1958)|
"Like hell I would."
|The Last Hurrah (1958)|
(voice-over) "That afternoon there
was a party of tourists from Havana at a café. One of them
looked down, and among the empty beer cans and dead barracuda, she
saw the long backbone of the great fish that was now just garbage
waiting to go out with the tide. 'What's
that?' she asked the waiter. 'Tiburón,'
the waiter said. 'A shark.' He was
trying to explain what had happened to the marlin.
'I didn't know sharks had such handsome, beautifully formed tails,'
the woman said. 'I didn't either,' her
male companion answered. Up the road in his shack, the
old man was sleeping again. He was still sleeping on his face, and
the boy was sitting by him, watching him. The old man was dreaming
about the lions."
|The Old Man and the Sea (1958)|
- "And I'll never forget our little friend
Barani...His one wish was to sail the seas with you."
|The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)|
"Mountain people. Wild-blooded, death-foolish.
Yeah, that was Doolin, alright. He was a real stampeder."
|Thunder Road (1958)|
|Touch of Evil (1958)|
|The Vikings (1958)|
|The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)|
(voice-over) "You do not believe
in anything, do you? Why do you kill me in your mind? Why do you
bury me in your heart? It is called the Hata flower. It blooms for
the space of the moon and then disappears, yet it never dies. At
that very moment, it blooms again in another place in another part
of the forest. If you look in this place tomorrow, and it is gone,
you must not be sad, because you know it still exists, not very far
|Green Mansions (1959)|
|House on Haunted Hill (1959)|
- "Reach, now."
|North by Northwest (1959)|
|On the Beach (1959)|
"Oh, Jeanne, to reach you at last, what a path I had to take."
"My friend. You have seen this incident based
on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn't happen? Perhaps
on your way home, someone will pass you in the dark, and you will
never know it, for they will be from outer space. Many scientists
believe that another world is watching us this moment. We once laughed
at the horseless carriage, the aeroplane, the telephone, the electric
light, vitamins, radio, and even television! And now some of us laugh
at outer space. God help us in the future."
|Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)|
"Wasn't it absolutely the most
wonderful wedding? Now we really belong to each other 'til death
us do part'. Darling, you're crying. I believe you really are sentimental
|Room at the Top (1959)|
- "That we must part is our atonement."
|Solomon and Sheba (1959)|
|Some Like it Hot (1959)|
- "There's every possibility that the
girl's story is true."
|Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)|
- "We live in a glass house. We're not
throwing any stones. Thanks for wanting us."
|A Summer Place (1959)|
|The Tingler (1959)|