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Great Film Quotes From the 1950s

"When she gets like this - all of a sudden, she's playin' Hamlet's mother."
All About Eve (1950)
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"What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end."
All About Eve (1950)

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- "Margo, nothing you've ever done has made me as happy as your taking Eve in."
- "I'm so happy you're happy."
All About Eve (1950)

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"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
All About Eve (1950)
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"Miss Casswell is an actress, a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts."
All About Eve (1950)

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- "I'm afraid Mr. DeWitt would find me boring before too long."
- "You won't bore him, honey. You won't even get a chance to talk."
All About Eve (1950)

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"Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be."
All About Eve (1950)

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- "Oh Lon, when I think of all those awful people you come in contact with, downright criminals, I get scared."
- "Oh, there's nothing so different about them. After all, Crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor."
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

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- "Would you do me a favor, Harry?"
- "What?"
- "Drop dead!"

Born Yesterday (1950)
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"You eat terrible. Ya got no manners. Takin' your shoes off all the time. That's another thing. Pickin' your teeth. You're just not couth!"
Born Yesterday (1950)
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- "Can I help you?"
- "I'd like to see the man in charge."
- "In here..."
- "I want to report a murder."
- "Sit down. Where was this murder committed?"
- "San Francisco, last night."
- "Who was murdered?"
- "I was."
D.O.A. (1950)

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- "...We go together, Laurie. I don't know why, maybe like guns and ammunition go together."
- "I'll do anything you want. Anything Bart, anything you say, anything."
Gun Crazy (1950)

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"Well, I wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor. And I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
Harvey (1950)
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"Years ago. my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be..." - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me."
Harvey (1950)
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- "Mother, won't you please stop talking about Harvey as if there were such a thing!"
- "Myrtle Mae, you have a lot to learn, and I hope you never learn it."
Harvey (1950)

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"Well, thank you, Harvey! I prefer you, too."
Harvey (1950)
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"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
In a Lonely Place (1950)

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"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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"Still wonderful, isn't it? And no dialogue. We didn't need dialogue. We had faces! There just aren't any faces like that anymore. Maybe one. Garbo. Oh, those idiot producers! Those imbeciles! Haven't they got any eyes? Have they forgotten what a star looks like? I'll show them! I'll be up there again! So help me!
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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"You know, this floor used to be wood. But I had it changed. Valentino said, 'There's nothing like tile for the tango.'"
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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"All right, Mr. De Mille. I'm ready for my closeup."
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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"I met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you - you're twenty minutes."
Ace in the Hole (1951)
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"How'd you like to make yourself $1,000 a day, Mr. Boot? I'm a $1,000-a-day newspaperman. You can have me for nothin'."
Ace in the Hole (1951)
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"I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating."
The African Queen (1951)
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"Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above."
The African Queen (1951)
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"If there's anything in the world I hate, it's leeches - oh, the filthy little devils!"
The African Queen (1951)

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"That's, uh, quite a dress you almost have on...What holds it up?"
An American in Paris (1951)

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"(Gort!) Klaatu barada nikto."
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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"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. Gort, berenga."
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

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"I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you."
A Place in the Sun (1951)

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- "We'll have such wonderful times together, just the two of us."
- "I'd be the happiest person in the world."
- "The second happiest."
- "Oh, Angela, if I could only tell you how much I love you, if I could only tell you all."
- "Tell Mama, tell Mama all."
A Place in the Sun (1951)

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"I can't stand a naked light bulb any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action."
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

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"Hey Stell - Lahhhhh! Hey, Stell - Lahhhh!"
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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A Streetcar Named Desire

"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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- "It's round."
- "We finally got one."
- "We found a flying saucer!"

The Thing (From Another World) (1951)
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"An intellectual carrot! The mind boggles."
The Thing (From Another World) (1951)
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"Every one of you listening to my voice, tell the world. Tell this to everybody wherever they are. Watch the skies, everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies."
The Thing (From Another World) (1951)
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"We bring you the circus - the Pied Piper whose magic tunes greet children of all ages from six to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter, whirling thrills; of rhythm, excitement and grace; of daring and blaring and dance; of high-stepping horses and high-flying stars. But behind all this, the circus is a massive machine whose very life depends on discipline and motion and speed. A mechanized army on wheels, that rolls over any obstacle in its path, that meets calamity again and again, but always comes up smiling. A place where disaster and tragedy stalk the big top, haunt the backyard, and ride the circus train. Where death is constantly watching for one frayed rope, one weak link, or one trace of fear. A fierce, primitive fighting force that smashes relentlessly forward against impossible odds. That is the circus. And this is the story of the biggest of the big tops, and of the men and women who fight to make it 'The Greatest Show on Earth.'"
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
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- "Clowns are funny people, they only love once."
- "All men aren't that way, even if they act like clowns."

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
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- "It's no good. I've got to go back, Amy."
- "Why?"
- "This is crazy. I haven't even got any guns."
- "Then let's go on. Hurry."
- "No, that's what I've been thinkin'. They're makin' me run. I've never run from anybody before."
High Noon (1952)

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- "It's a great life. You risk your skin catchin' killers and the juries turn 'em loose so they can come back and shoot at ya again. If you're honest, you're poor your whole life, and in the end you wind up dyin' all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothin'. For a tin star."
- "Listen. The judge has left town, Harvey's quit, and I'm havin' trouble gettin' deputy(ies)."
High Noon (1952)

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- "There's one thing I gotta say, though."
- "What?"
- "Nicely packed, that kid."
- "Heh, heh. She is at that."
- "Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice
(pronounced cherce)."
Pat and Mike (1952)
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"No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats."
The Quiet Man (1952)

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"Well, we movie stars get the glory. I guess we have to take the little heartaches that go with it. People think we lead lives of glamour and romance, but we're really lonely - terribly lonely."
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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"You mean it's gonna say up on the screen that I don't talk and sing for myself?... But they can't do that!...They can't make a fool outta Lina Lamont! They can't make a laughin' stock outta Lina Lamont! What do they think I am, dumb or somethin'? Why I make more money than...than...than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!"
Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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"If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard work ain't been in vain for nothing. Bless you all."
Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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"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. Kathy Selden."
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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"I can stand anything but pain."
The Band Wagon (1953)

"Say, I like this: Early Nothing."
The Big Heat (1953)

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"I've been thinking about you and me, how much alike we are. The mink-coated girls...We're sisters under the mink."
The Big Heat (1953)
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- "I'll play loud as I want, you little wop."
- "Little wop!? Mess with me, fat stuff, and I'll bust ya up."
- "You must be in a hurry for trouble, wop?..."
- "Mussolini here is tryin' to tell me how to play."
- "He'd like to bust my eardrums with the stinkin' noise..."
- "You will just have to go if you can't behave yourself."
- "Only my friends call me 'wop'."
From Here to Eternity (1953)

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- "I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do."
- "Nobody?"
- "No, nobody."

From Here to Eternity (1953)

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"Robert E. Lee Prewitt. Isn't that a silly old name?"
From Here to Eternity (1953)
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"Is this the way to Europe, France?"
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

"I just love finding new places to wear diamonds."
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

(singing) "A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl's best friend."
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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"The way most people go about it, they use more brains picking a horse in the third at Belmont than they do picking a husband...It's your head you've got to use, not your heart."
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
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"I've always liked older men. Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella 'what's his name' in The African Queen."
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

- "Why are you so preoccupied with sex?..."
- "Do you really think I am?"
- "Well, you're always asking if people plan seduction or if they're bored with virgins, or if they have a mistress. Now, if that isn't being preoccupied with sex, I'd like to know what is."
- "Well, you may be right. But don't you think it's better for a girl to be preoccupied with sex than occupied."
The Moon is Blue (1953)

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"There it is, Wendy. Second star to the right and straight on till morning."
Peter Pan (1953)
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"He forgave you from the cross. Can I do less?"
The Robe (1953)

"This is very unusual. I've never been alone with a man before - even with my dress on. With my dress off, it's most unusual. I don't seem to mind. Do you?"
Roman Holiday (1953)

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"The Mouth of Truth. Legend is that if you're given to lying, you put your hand in there, it'll be bitten off."
Roman Holiday (1953)

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- "They tell me they call you 'Stonewall'."
- "Anything wrong with that?"
- "That's just funny. I guess they named a lot of that Southern trash after old Stonewall."
- "What'd they name you after, or would you know?"
- "I'm sayin' that Stonewall Jackson was trash himself. Him, Lee and all the rest of them Rebs. You too."
- "You're a low-down lyin' Yankee."
- "Prove it..."
- "No, Torrey."
Shane (1953)
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- "We want you, Shane."
- "Joey, there's no living with, with a killing. There's no going back from it. Right or wrong, it's a brand, a brand that sticks. There's no going back. Now you run on home to your mother and tell her, tell her everything's alright, and there aren't any more guns in the valley."
- "Shane, it's bloody. You're hurt."
- "I'm alright, Joey. You go home to your mother and your father. And grow up to be strong and straight. And Joey, take care of them, both of them."
- "Yes, Shane. He'd never have been able to shoot you - if you'd have seen him."
- "Bye, little Joe."
- "He never even would have cleared the holster, would he, Shane? Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. I know she does. Shane! Shane (echo) Come back."
Shane (1953)

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"Nobody has ever escaped from Stalag 17. Not alive, anyway."
Stalag 17 (1953)

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"Thus, on April the 15th, 1912, at 0220 hours, as the passengers and crew sang a Welsh hymn, R.M.S. Titanic passed from the British Registry. 712 people in 19 lifeboats survived."
Titanic (1953)
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- "Well, on the weekends, we go out and have a ball."
- "Whaddya do? I mean, do you just ride around? Or do you go on some sort of a picnic or something?"
- "A picnic? Man, you are too square. I'll have to straighten you out. Now, listen, you don't go any one special place. That's cornball style. You just go. A bunch gets together after all week it builds up, you just...the idea is to have a ball. Now if you gonna stay cool, you got to wail. You got to put somethin' down. You got to make some jive. Don't you know what I'm talkin' about?"
- "Yeah, yeah, I know what ya mean."
- "Well, that's all I'm sayin'."

The Wild One (1953)

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- "Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?"
- "Whaddya got?"
The Wild One (1953)

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"You shouldna be too surprised. I told ya, if you love someone deeply enough, anything is possible. Even - miracles?"
Brigadoon (1954)
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"Mr. Maryk, you may tell the crew for me there are four ways of doing things on board my ship. The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way. (If) They do things my way, we'll get along."
The Caine Mutiny (1954)

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"Ah, but the strawberries! That's, that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, and with, with geometric logic, that, that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox did exist. And I would have produced that key if they hadn't pulled the Caine out of action. I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officer..."
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
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"That's a lot of man you're carrying in those boots, stranger. You know, there's somethin' about a tall man makes people sit up and take notice. Yes, sir."
Johnny Guitar (1954)
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- "Charley, it was you. You remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and said, 'Kid, this ain't your night. We're goin' for the price on Wilson.' You remember that? 'This ain't your night!' My night, I could've taken Wilson apart. So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors in a ballpark, and what do I get? A one way ticket to Palookaville. You was my brother, Charley, you should've looked out for me a little bit. You should've taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short end money..."
- "I had some bets down for ya, you saw some money."
- "...You don't understand! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it. It was you, Charley."
On the Waterfront (1954)

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"The New York State sentence for a Peeping Tom is six months in the work house...They got no windows in the work house. You know, in the old days, they used to put your eyes out with a red-hot poker. Any of those bikini bombshells you're always watchin' worth a red-hot poker? Oh dear, we've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people oughta do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes, sir. How's that for a bit of home-spun philosophy?"
Rear Window (1954)

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"Democracy can be a wickedly unfair thing, Sabrina. Nobody poor was ever called democratic for marrying somebody rich."
Sabrina (1954)

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"Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine."
A Star is Born (1954)

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"Let's just say we're doing it for a pal in the Army."
White Christmas (1954)

- "Five years to grow that? Don't you ever get impatient?"
- "If you're impatient, you have no business growing trees."
All That Heaven Allows (1955)

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- "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Scott, and Happy New Year."
- "Kay and I couldn't afford anything but a table model, but it's got a nice-sized screen, and it's easy to operate."
- "All you have to do is turn that dial and you have all the company you want, right there on the screen. Drama, comedy, life's parade at your fingertips."
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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- "Oh, I'll only be here twenty-four hours."
- "In a place like this, it could be a lifetime. Ha, ha, ha."
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

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- "I've got it! I've got it! The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?"
- "Right. But there's been a change. They broke the chalice from the palace!"
- "They broke the chalice from the palace?"
- "And replaced it with a flagon."
- "A flagon...?"
- "With the figure of a dragon."
- "Flagon with a dragon."
- "Right."
- "But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?"
- "No! The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!"
- "The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true."
- "Just remember that..."
The Court Jester (1955)

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"What manner of man is Giacomo? Ha ha! I shall tell you what manner of man is he. He lives for a sigh, he dies for a kiss, he lusts for the laugh, ha! He never walks when he can leap! He never flees when he can fight! He swoons at the beauty of a rose. And I offer myself to you, all of me. My heart. My lips. My legs. My calves. Do what you will - my love endures. (Kiss - Kiss...) Beat me. Kick me. I am yours."
The Court Jester (1955)
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"Get me to that bus stop and forget you ever saw me. If we don't make that bus stop..."
- "We will."
- "...If we don't, 'Remember me.'"

Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

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- "Whaddya feel like doin' tonight?"
- "I don't know, Ange. Whaddya feel like doin'?"
Marty (1955)

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"Ma, whaddaya want from me? Whaddaya want from me? I'm miserable enough as it is. All right, so I'll go to the Stardust Ballroom. I'll put on a blue suit, and I'll go. And you know what I'm gonna get for my trouble? Heartache. A big night of heartache."
Marty (1955)

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"Dogs like us, we ain't such dogs as we think we are."
Marty (1955)

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"Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinkin' palm tree overboard. Now, what's all this crud about no movie tonight!"
Mister Roberts (1955)

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"Well now, what's it to be, Lord? Another widow? How many has it been? Six? Twelve? I disremember. You say the word, Lord, I'm on my way."
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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"Would you like me to tell you the little story of Right Hand-Left Hand - the story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E. You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends! The hand of love! Now watch and I'll show you the story of life. These fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warrin' and a-tuggin', one agin the other. Now, watch 'em. Ol' brother Left Hand. Left hand, he's a-fightin'. And it looks like LOVE's a goner. But wait a minute, wait a minute! Hot dog! LOVE's a winnin'? Yes, siree. It's LOVE that won, and ol' Left Hand HATE is down for the count!"
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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"It's a hard world for little things."
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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"They abide and they endure."
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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"Listen, baby. You're the only real thing I ever wanted. Ever. You're mine. I've gotta claim what's mine or I'll be nothin' as long as I live. You love me. You know it. You love me. You love me. You love me."
Picnic (1955)

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"You're tearing me apart! You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!"
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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"You know something? I woke up this morning, you know, and the sun was shining and it was nice and all that type of stuff. Then the first thing - I saw you and, uh, I said, 'Boy, this is gonna be one terrific day, so you better live it up, 'cause tomorrow you'll be nothing.' See? And I almost was."
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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"Nudism is such a worthy cause. We must bring the message to the people. We must teach them to unmask their poor suffocating bodies and let them breathe again. Clothes are the enemy. Without clothes, there'd be no sickness, there'd be no war. I ask you, sir, can you imagine two great armies on the battlefield, no uniforms, completely nude? No way of telling friend from foe. All brothers, together."
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
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"When it's hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!"
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
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- "Oh, do you feel the breeze from the subway. Isn't it delicious?"
- "Sort of cools the ankles, doesn't it?"
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
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- "It's just my imagination. Some people have flat feet. Some people have dandruff. I have this appalling imagination."
- "I think it's just elegant to have an imagination. I just have no imagination at all. I have lots of other things, but I have no imagination..."
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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- "Do you want a leg or a breast?"
- "You make the choice."
To Catch a Thief (1955)
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"Monsters from the Id...Monsters from the subconscious."
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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"Come on, partner. Why don't you kick off your spurs?"
Giant (1956)

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"Love, desire, ambition, faith - without them life's so simple, believe me."
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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"I've been afraid a lot of times in my life, but I didn't know the real meaning of fear until, until I had kissed Becky."
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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"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!"
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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"You have my sympathies, then. You have not yet learned that in this life you have to be like everyone else - the perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in its cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory."
The Killing (1956)

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"When I shall sit, you shall sit. When I shall kneel, you shall kneel. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera."
The King and I (1956)
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"Let's go home, Debbie."
The Searchers (1956)

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- "All you're supposed to do is once in a while give the boys a little tea..."
- "...tea and sympathy."
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
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"For him, there has to be love. Manliness is not all swagger and swearing and mountain climbing. Manliness is also tenderness and gentleness and consideration."
Tea and Sympathy (1956)

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"Years from now, when you talk about this, and you will, be kind."
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
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"Oh, Moses! Moses! You stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!"
The Ten Commandments (1956)

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- "Let my people go."
- "The slaves are mine. Their lives are mine, all that they own is mine. I do not know your God, nor will I let Israel go."
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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"So let it be written, so let it be done."
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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"I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven. You were there."
An Affair to Remember (1957)
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"Why didn't you tell me? If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?"
An Affair to Remember (1957)
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- "Don't, don't worry, darling. If, if you can paint, I can walk. Anything can happen, don't you think?"
- "Yes, darling, yes, yes, yes."
An Affair to Remember (1957)
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"Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!"
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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"Be happy in your work."
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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"But don't you see. It's a matter of principle. If we give in now, there'll be no end to it. No...I'm adamant. I will not have an officer from my battalion working as a coolie!"
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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"You give me powders, pills, baths, injections, enemas - when all I need is love."
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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"What have I done?"
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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"Madness! Madness!"
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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"A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute. It just can't lie around."
Funny Face (1957)
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"I don't want to stop. I like it. Take the picture, take the picture!"
Funny Face (1957)

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"I'll never forget his face after the accident. Never."
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
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"One thing'll be clear. It's not for man to interfere in the ways of God."
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
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- "I'm getting smaller, Lou. Every day."
- "Well, that's silly, honey. People just don't get smaller."

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

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"I was continuing to shrink, to become - What? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new worid? So close, the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet, like the closing of a gigantic circle. I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens, the universe, worlds beyond number. God's silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of Man's own limited dimension. I had presumed upon Nature. That existence begins and ends is Man's conception, not Nature's. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears melted 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 EXIST!"
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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- "No, Mama!"
- "There's no hope for him now, Travis. He's suffering. You know we've got to do it."
- "I know Mama. He was my dog. I'll do it."
Old Yeller (1957)

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"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic."
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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"Why is it always, always so costly for Man to move from the present to the future?"
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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"Sir Wilfred, you've forgotten your brandy."
Witness For the Prosecution (1957)

- "What happened?"
- "She killed him."
- "Killed him? She executed him."
Witness For the Prosecution (1957)

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- "Live, that's the message."
- "Live?"
- "Yes! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death! Now, come on, Agnes, live!"
Auntie Mame (1958)

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"Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold."
The Blob (1958)
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- "You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof."
- "Then jump off the roof, Maggie, jump off it. Now, cats jump off roofs and they land uninjured. Do it. Jump."
- "Jump where? Into what?
- "Take a lover."

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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- "What is, uh, the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?"
- "Just stayin' on it, I guess, long as she can."

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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"I'm not livin' with you. We occupy the same cage, that's all."
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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"Help me! Please help me! Help! Go away! No! Please help me! Please go away!"
The Fly (1958)

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"All right then, run, lady, and you keep on running. Buy yourself a bus ticket and disappear. Change your name, dye your hair, get lost - and then maybe, just maybe, you're gonna be safe from me."
The Long Hot Summer (1958)

- "You silly little pig."
- "Who are you talking about?"
- "I'm talking about you. You ridiculous, old-fashioned, jug-eared, lop-sided Little Caesar!"
Touch of Evil (1958)

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- "I'm Hank Quinlan."
- "I didn't recognize you. You should lay off those candy bars."
- "Uh, it's either the candy or the hooch. I must say, I wish it was your chili I was gettin' fat on. Anyway, you're sure lookin' good."
- "
You're a mess, honey."
Touch of Evil (1958)

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"He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?"
- "Goodbye, Tanya."
- "Adios."

Touch of Evil (1958)
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"Well, I'll wear the darn clothes if you want me to - if-if you'll just, just like me."
Vertigo (1958)

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"And the necklace, Carlotta's necklace, there was where you made your mistake, Judy. You shouldn't keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn't have been, you shouldn't have been that sentimental."
Vertigo (1958)

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"You have the spirit to fight back but the good sense to control it. Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-One. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive. It gives him strength."
Ben-Hur (1959)

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"You are all condemned men. We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well - and live."
Ben-Hur (1959)
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- "Triumph complete, Judah. The race won, the enemy destroyed."
- "I see no enemy."
- "What do you think you see? The smashed body of a wretched animal? There's enough of a man still left here for you to hate."
Ben-Hur (1959)
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"And I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand."
Ben-Hur (1959)
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"Mama, Mama, I didn't mean it. I didn't mean it. Mama, do you hear me? I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Mama. Mama, I did love you."
Imitation of Life (1959)

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"Ah, Maggie, in the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only the expedient exaggeration. You ought to know that."
North by Northwest (1959)
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"You gentlemen aren't really trying to kill my son, are you?"
North by Northwest (1959)

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"That's funny...That plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops."
North by Northwest (1959)

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"It's going to be a long night...and I don't particularly like the book I've started...You know what I mean?"
North by Northwest (1959)
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- "I'm a big girl."
- "Yeah. And in all the right places, too."

North by Northwest (1959)
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- "What did he say that made such good sense?"
- "'If there's anything worse than a woman livin' alone, it's a woman sayin' she likes it.'"
- "Well, I do like it. I have a good job, a lovely apartment, I go out with very nice men to the best places: the theater, the finest restaurants. What am I missing?"
- "When you have to ask, believe me, you're missin' it."
- "Well, what is a girl supposed to do? Go out on the street and ask the first man she meets to come home with her?"
- "No, don't do that, Ma'am. It don't work."
Pillow Talk (1959)
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"Mr. Allen, this may come as a shock to you, but there are some men who don't end every sentence with a proposition."
Pillow Talk (1959)
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"Greetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives."
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
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"But last night I saw a flying object that couldn't have possibly been from this planet. But I can't say a word! I'm muzzled by army brass! I can't even admit I saw the thing!"
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
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"Your guess is as good as mine, Larry. But one thing's sure. Inspector Clay is dead - murdered - and somebody's responsible."
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
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"Because of death. Because all you of Earth are idiots!"
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
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"You see, you see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! STUPID!"
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

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"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)
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"I guess they'll let you in the front door from now on."
Rio Bravo (1959)

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- "Tell me, Sheriff, what should I have done?...I'd like to know. This isn't the first time that handbill has come up. I'd like to know what to do about it."
- "Well, you could quit playing cards, wearing feathers."
- "No, Sheriff. No, I'm not gonna do that. You see... that's what I'd do if I were the kind of girl that you think I am."

Rio Bravo (1959)
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"Now you've done it! Now you have done it!...You tore off one of my chests."
Some Like It Hot (1959)

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"Look at that! Look how she moves. That's just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motor, or somethin'. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!"
Some Like It Hot (1959)

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"The story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop."
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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"I'm tired of getting the fuzzy end of a lollipop."
Some Like It Hot (1959)

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- "Steady boy. Just keep telling yourself you're a girl."
- "I'm a girl...I'm a girl...I'm a girl."
Some Like It Hot (1959)

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- "But you're not a girl! You're a guy. And why would a guy wanna marry a guy?"
- "Security."
Some Like It Hot (1959)

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- "But you don't understand, Osgood! Ohh... I'm a man."
- "Well, nobody's perfect."
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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"Ladies and gentlemen, just a word of warning. If any of you are not convinced that you have a tingler of your own, the next time you're frightened in the dark, don't scream."
The Tingler (1959)
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