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Great Film Quotes From the 1920s-1930s

"Feast your eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!"
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

"Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain't heard nothin' yet. Wait a minute, I tell ya, you ain't heard nothin'! Do you wanna hear 'Toot, Toot, Tootsie!'?"
The Jazz Singer (1927)

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"I'll meet you tonight under the moon. Oh, I can see you now, you and the moon. You wear a necktie so I'll know ya."
The Cocoanuts (1929)
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- "When I want to know anything from you, I'll tell you, you long-legged son of a - "
- "If you want to call me that, smile."
- "With a gun against my belly, I-I always smile."

The Virginian (1929)

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"You'll have to forgive me, comrade."
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

"And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death."
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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"Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don't be stingy, baby."
Anna Christie (1930)

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"One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don't know."
Animal Crackers (1930)
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"We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed...But we're going back again in a couple of weeks."
Animal Crackers (1930)

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"I am...Drac-u-la. I bid you welcome."
Dracula (1931)
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"Listen to them. Children of the night. What mu-u-u-sic they make."
Dracula (1931)
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Dracula

"I never drink wi-i-ine."
Dracula (1931)

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"Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!"
Frankenstein (1931)
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Frankenstein

"Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"
Little Caesar (1931)
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"I am Mata Hari, my own master."
Mata Hari (1931)

"The men I know, and I've known dozens of them, oh, they're so nice, so polished, so considerate. Most women like that type. I guess they're afraid of the other kind. I thought I was, too. But you're so strong. You don't give. You take. Oh, Tommy, I could love you to death."
Public Enemy (1931)

"I ain't so tough."
Public Enemy (1931)

"I'd like to kiss ya, but I just washed ma hair."
Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
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"But I want to be alone."
Grand Hotel (1932)

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"The Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go. Nothing ever happens."
Grand Hotel (1932)
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"You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible. What's all this talk I hear about you fooling around with the college widow?"
Horsefeathers (1932)

"I'd horsewhip you, if I had a horse."
Horse Feathers (1932)

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- "How do you live?"
- "I steal!"
I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

- "What is the law?"
- "Not to run on all fours. That is the law. Are we not men?" (repeated)
- "What is the law?"
- "Not to eat meat, that is the law. Are we not men?" (repeated)
- "What is the law?"
- "Not to spill blood. That is the law. Are we not men?" (repeated)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)

"First the hunt, then the revels!"
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

"He went for a little walk! You should have seen his face!"
The Mummy (1932)

- "Goodness, what beautiful diamonds!"
- "Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie."

Night After Night (1932)

"It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily."
Shanghai Express (1932)

- "Yes, Jane. (She points at him.) You? (She points at herself.) Jane."
- (He points at her.) "Jane."
- "And you? (She points at him.) You?"
- (Pointing to himself with jabs.) "Tarzan, Tarzan."
- "Tarzan."
- "Jane, Tarzan, Jane, Tarzan..."

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)
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"I want to see that moon in the champagne."
AND
"I have a confession to make to you. Baron, you are a crook. You robbed the gentleman in 253, 5, 7, and 9. May I have the salt."
Trouble in Paradise (1932)

- "I was reading a book the other day...Yes. It's all about civilization or something, a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?"
- "Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about."
Dinner at Eight (1933)
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"You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle."
Duck Soup (1933)

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"Clear? Huh! Why, a four year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four year-old child. I can't make head or tail out of it."
Duck Soup (1933)

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
AND
- "This is a gala day for you."
- "Well, a gal a day is enough for me. I don't think I could handle any more."
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AND
"I've got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it."
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Duck Soup (1933)

- "I suggest that we give him ten years in Leavenworth or eleven years in Twelveworth."
- "I tell you what I'll do. I'll take five and ten in Woolworth."
AND
"Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot."
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Duck Soup (1933)

"I'll do it. Sounds like a new thrill."
Flying Down to Rio (1933)

"Outside, Countess. As long as they've got sidewalks, you've got a job."
Footlight Parade (1933)

"Now go out there and be so swell that you'll make me hate you."
42nd Street (1933)

"...And you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoulders of yours and go out, and Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
42nd Street (1933)
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"Well, when I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better."
I'm No Angel (1933)
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"Oh Beulah...Peel me a grape."
I'm No Angel (1933)

"We'll begin with a reign of terror - a few murders here and there. Murders of great men, murders of little men. Just to show we make no distinction."
The Invisible Man (1933)

"It's money and adventure and fame. It's the thrill of a lifetime and a long sea voyage that starts at six o'clock tomorrow morning."
King Kong (1933)

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"Look up slowly, Ann. That's it. You don't see anything. Now look higher. Still higher. Now you see it. You're amazed! You can't believe it. Your eyes open wider. It's horrible, Ann, but you can't look away. There's no chance for you, Ann. No escape. You're helpless, Ann, helpless. There's just one chance, if you can scream. But your throat's paralyzed. Try to scream, Ann. Try. Perhaps if you didn't see it, you could scream. Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann, scream for your life!"
King Kong (1933)

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"Oh, no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
King Kong (1933)

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"I wasn't always rich...No, there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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- "Why don't you come up sometime 'n see me? I'm home every evenin'."
- "Yeah, but I'm busy every evening."
- "Busy? So whaddya tryin' to do? Insult me?"
- "Why no, no, no, not at all. I'm just busy, that's all."

She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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"It was a toss-up whether I go in for diamonds or sing in the choir. The choir lost."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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"You know, it takes two to get one in trouble."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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She Done Him Wrong

"When women go wrong, men go right after them."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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She Done Him Wrong

"You're my prisoner. And I'm gonna be your jailer for a long, long time."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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She Done Him Wrong

- "Where'd you get that, dark and handsome?"
- "You Bad-Girl."
- "Mmm, you'll find out."
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
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She Done Him Wrong She Done Him Wrong

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
Sons of the Desert (1933)

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"Chance is the fool's name for fate."
The Gay Divorcee (1934)

"Shapeley's the name - and that's the way I like 'em!"
It Happened One Night (1934)

"Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, but a lot safer. You see, uh, I have no trumpet."
AND
"A good night's rest'll do you a lot of good. Besides, you got nothing to worry about: the walls of Jericho will protect you from the big bad wolf."
It Happened One Night (1934)

"Well, I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb."
It Happened One Night (1934)

"Suffering sciatica!"
It's a Gift (1934)

"You dirty swine! I never cared for you, not once. I was always makin' it up to soften ya. Ya bored me stiff. I hated ya. It made me sick when I had to let ya kiss me. I only did it because ya begged me, ya hounded me and drove me crazy! And after you kissed me, I always used to wipe my mouth! Wipe my mouth!"
Of Human Bondage (1934)
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- "I read you were shot five times in the tabloids."
- "It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids."
The Thin Man (1934)

"Will you bring me five more martinis, Leo? And line them right up here."
The Thin Man (1934)

"My soul, woman, I give you three murders and you're still not satisfied."
The Thin Man (1934)

"I close the iron door on you."
Twentieth Century (1934)

"He won't shoot himself. It would please too many people."
Twentieth Century (1934)

"As there's justice in heaven, Mildred Plotka, you will end up where you belong - in the burlesque houses."
Twentieth Century (1934)

"To a new World of Gods and Monsters."
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

"Yes, go! You live! Go!...You stay! We belong dead!"
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

"'Twas I informed on your son, Mrs. McPhillip. Forgive me."
The Informer (1935)

"I'll take my chance against the law. You'll take yours against the sea."
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

"I'll live to see you - all of ya - hanging from the highest yardarm in the British fleet!"
AND
"When you're back in England with the fleet again, you'll hear the hue and cry against me. From now on, they'll spell mutiny with my name."

Play clip (excerpt): Mutiny On the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

- "Waiter. Have you got any milk-fed chicken?"
- "Yes."
- "Well, squeeze the milk out of one and bring me a glass."
A Night at the Opera (1935)

"And you're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of 'Minnie The Moocher' for seventy-five cents. For a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie."
A Night at the Opera (1935)

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"Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, you can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus!"
A Night at the Opera (1935)

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"It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known."
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
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"You see, every once in a while, I...I suddenly find myself dancing."
Top Hat (1935)

"For the woman - the kiss, for the man - the sword."
Top Hat (1935)

"Never be jealous again. Never doubt that I love you more than the world. More than myself."
Camille (1936)

"I always look well when I'm near death."
Camille (1936)

"I don't care anything about saving them. They're murderers. I know the law says they're not because I'm still alive. But that's not their fault. And the law doesn't know that a lot of things that were very important to me, silly things, maybe, like a belief in justice and an idea that men were civilized and a feeling of pride that this country of mine was different from all others. The law doesn't know that those things were burned to death within me that night."
Fury (1936)

"I've got to have more steps. I need more steps. I've got to get higher, higher!"
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

"People here are funny. They work so hard at living they forget how to live."
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

"Why, everybody in Mandrake Falls is pixilated - except us."
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

"And I say the fellas who can make the hill on high should stop once in a while and help those who can't. That's all I'm trying to do with this money. Help the fellas who can't make the hill on high."
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

"But, in the opinion of the court, you are not only sane but you're the sanest man that ever walked into this courtroom. Case dismissed."
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

"...a practical device which automatically feeds your men while at work. Don't stop for lunch. Be ahead of your competitor...the feeding machine will eliminate the lunch hour, increase your production, and decrease your overhead."
Modern Times (1936)

"Oh, Money, money, money! The Frankenstein Monster that destroys souls."
My Man Godfrey (1936)

"Living, I'm worth nothing to her. But dead, I can buy her the tallest cathedrals, golden vineyards, and dancing in the streets. One well-directed bullet will accomplish all that, and it'll earn a measure of reflected glory for him that fired it and him that stopped it."
The Petrified Forest (1936)

"Your dream prince, reporting for duty!"
Rose Marie (1936)

"It is this or that. All the universe or nothing. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?"
Things to Come (1936)

"...And if it should get dull, you can always go over to Tul-sa for the weekend."
The Awful Truth (1937)

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"I wouldn't go on living with you if you were dipped in platinum."
The Awful Truth (1937)

"How can I believe you? The car broke down. People stopped believing that one before cars started breaking down."
The Awful Truth (1937)

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"To you, my little prairie flower: I'm thinkin' of you every hour. Though now you're just a friend to me, I wonder what the end will be. Oh, you would make my life divine If you would change your name to mine."
The Awful Truth (1937)

- "Oh, hold me closer...closer...closer!"
- "If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of ya."
A Day at the Races (1937)

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"Emily, I have a little confession to make. I really am a horse doctor. But marry me and I'll never look at any other horse."
A Day at the Races (1937)

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"It's the old, old story. Boy meets girl - Romeo and Juliet - Minneapolis and St. Paul!"
A Day at the Races (1937)

"O-Lan, you are the earth."
The Good Earth (1937)

"But what does it matter if an individual is shattered, if only Justice is resurrected?"
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

"...a way of life based on one simple rule: Be kind."
Lost Horizon (1937)

"Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La. Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La."
Lost Horizon (1937)

"Magic Mirror on the Wall. Who is the fairest one of all?"
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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"You may as well go to perdition in ermine. You're sure to come back in rags."
Stage Door (1937)

"The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died."
Stage Door (1937)
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- "Oh please, let me see her face when he kisses her."
AND
- "All right, folks, you've seen enough. Move along, please. Come on, clear the sidewalk."
Stella Dallas (1937)

"Now that you've got the mine, I'll bet you'll be a swell gold digger."
Way Out West (1937)

"Welcome to Sherwood, my lady!"
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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"May I obey all your commands with equal pleasure, sire."
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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- "Overtaxed, overworked and paid off with a knife, a club or a rope."
- "Why, you speak treason!"
- "Fluently."
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

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- "I'm sorry, Pepe. He thought you were going to escape."
- "And so I have, my friend."
Algiers (1938)

"Whaddya hear? Whaddya say?"
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

"It's true, boys. Every word of it. He died like they said. All right, fellas. Let's go and say a prayer for a boy who couldn't run as fast as I could."
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

"In a pinch I can be tougher than you are, and I guess maybe this is the pinch."
AND
"There is no such thing as a bad boy."
Boys Town (1938)

"Oh, yes, I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody."
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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- "But why are you wearing these clothes?"
- "Because I just went gay, all of a sudden!"
Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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"The place is haunted...Frightful ghosts all wearing stuffed shirts and mink-lined ties."
Holiday (1938)

"Pres, I can't believe it's you here. I've dreamed about it so long. A lifetime - no, longer than that. I put on this white dress for you to help me tell ya how humbly I ask ya to forgive me. Pres, I'm kneelin' to ya...to ask ya to forgive me and love me as I love you."
Jezebel (1938)

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"Well, sir, here we are again."
You Can't Take It With You (1938)

"Elementary, my dear Watson."
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

"I think I'll have a large order of 'prognosis negative'."
AND
- "Nothing can hurt us now. What we have can't be destroyed. That's our victory... our victory over the dark."
Dark Victory (1939)

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"Is that you, Martha?...I don't want to be disturbed."
Dark Victory (1939)

"Fiddle-dee-dee."
Gone With the Wind (1939)

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"It ain't fittin'. It just ain't fittin'."
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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"He looks as if, as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy."
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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"The happiest days are when babies come."
Gone With the Wind (1939)

"Lawdy! We got to have a doctor! I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies."
Gone With the Wind (1939)

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"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed - and often, and by someone who knows how."
Gone with the Wind (1939)

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- "...Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?"
- "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn."
Gone With the Wind (1939)

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"As God is my witness, they're not going to lick me! I'm going to live through this, and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill! As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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"I'll think about it tomorrow. Tara! Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!"
Gone With the Wind (1939)
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"Modern methods! Intensive training! Poppycock! Give a boy a sense of humor and a sense of proportion and he'll stand up to anything!"
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

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"...a pity I never had children. But you're wrong...I have...thousands of them...thousands of them...and all boys!"
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

"Very regimental, Din."
Gunga Din (1939)

"Oh, Watson, the needle."
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
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"Why was I not made of stone like thee?"
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

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"Sanctuary!"
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

"Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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"I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a - a little looking out for the other fella, too..."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

"You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked, and I'm gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause even if this room gets filled with lies like these, and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody'll listen to me."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

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"We want to be alone."
Ninotchka (1939)

"...It's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half."
Ninotchka (1939)

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"Your general appearance is not distasteful."
Ninotchka (1939)

"Tonight, just tonight, she belongs to me! Tonight I want her to call me Mommy."
The Old Maid (1939)

"I'm hard to get, Geoff. All you have to do is ask me."
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
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Only Angels Have Wings

"He used to be a big shot."
The Roaring Twenties (1939)

"Well, they're saved from the blessings of civilization."
Stagecoach (1939)

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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"Hee hee hee ha ha! Going so soon? I wouldn't hear of it! Why, my little party's just beginning!"
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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"The Great Oz has spoken. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain ... the ... Great ... er ... Oz has spoken."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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"...And remember, my sentimental friend, that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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"Oh! You cursed brat. Look what you've done. I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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"Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no place like home'."
AND
"Oh, Auntie Em. There's no place like home."
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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"Isn't that divine? Jungle Red."
The Women (1939)

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"There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society - outside of a kennel."
The Women (1939)
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"My dear, you've got the Reno jumpy-wumpies!"
The Women (1939)

"I killed you. Haunt me then. Haunt your murderer. I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form. Drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life. I cannot die without my soul."
Wuthering Heights (1939)

"Take me to the window. Let me look at the moors with you once more, my darling. Once more."
Wuthering Heights (1939)

"No, I think I might go on a piece. Maybe to the top of that hill. "
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)



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