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Great Film Quotes From the 1950s

"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 Art."
All About Eve (1950)

"All of a sudden, she's playing Hamlet's mother!"
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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)

"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)

- "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)

"What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end."
All About Eve (1950)

"...Crime is only a left-handed form of human endeavor."
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

- "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)

"We go together, Laurie. I don't know why, maybe like guns and ammunition go together."
Gun Crazy (1950)

"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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Harvey

"Well, I've wrestled with reality for thirty-five years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
Harvey (1950)
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"Well, thank you, Harvey! I prefer you, too."
Harvey (1950)
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Harvey

"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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"You know, this floor used to be wood, but I had it changed. Valentino said, 'there's nothing like tile for a tango.'"
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
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"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces."
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"All right, Mr. De Mille. I'm ready for my closeup."
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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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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"I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating."
The African Queen (1951)
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"If there's anything in the world I hate, it's leeches - filthy little devils!"
The African Queen (1951)

"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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"Tell Mama, tell Mama all."
A Place in the Sun (1951)

"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)

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

"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)

"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
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"An intellectual carrot! The mind boggles."
The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

"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)

"You wanna bite somebody?...Well, pick your spot."
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

"It's no good. I've got to go back, Amy...They're making me run. I've never run from anybody before."
High Noon (1952)

"The judge has left town, Harvey's quit, and I'm havin' trouble gettin' deputy(ies)."
High Noon (1952)

"Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice (pronounced cherce)."
Pat and Mike (1952)

"No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats."
The Quiet Man (1952)

"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 laughing stock outta Lina Lamont! What do they think I am, dumb or something? 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 nothin'."
Singin' in the Rain (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. Kathy Selden."
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
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Singin' in the Rain

"I can stand anything but pain."
The Band Wagon (1953)

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

"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)

"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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"Only my friends call me wop."
From Here to Eternity (1953)

"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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"Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella what's his name in The African Queen."
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

"Don't you think it's better for a girl to be preoccupied with sex than occupied."
The Moon is Blue (1953)

"There it is, Wendy. Second star to the right and straight on till morning."
Peter Pan (1953)

"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)

"Prove it..."
Shane (1953)

"(Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. I know she does.) Shane. Shane. Come back. 'Bye, Shane."
Shane (1953)

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

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

- "What do you 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."
The Wild One (1953)

"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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Brigadoon

"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."
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
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"That's a lot of man you're carrying in those boots, stranger."
Johnny Guitar (1954)

- "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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"Oh dear, we've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change."
Rear Window (1954)

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

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

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

"All you have to do is turn the 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)

"If you're impatient, you have no business growing trees."
All That Heaven Allows (1955)

- "Oh, I'll only be here twenty-four hours."
- "In a place like this, it could be a lifetime."
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

- "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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"Get me to that bus stop and forget you ever saw me. If we don't make that bus stop...'Remember me.'"
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

- "What do you feel like doing tonight?"
- "I don't know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?"
Marty (1955)

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

"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)

"Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinking 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)

"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."
The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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

"I get so tired of just being told I'm pretty."
Picnic (1955)

"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 going to 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)

"It's just my imagination. Some people have flat feet. Some people have dandruff. I have this appalling imagination..."
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

"You want a leg or a breast?"
To Catch a Thief (1955)

"Monsters, John. Monsters from the Id."
Forbidden Planet (1956)

"Come on, darling. Why don't you kick off your spurs?"
Giant (1956)

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

"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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"Manliness is not all swagger and swearing and mountain climbing. Manliness is also tenderness and gentleness and consideration."
Tea and Sympathy (1956)

"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)

"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)

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

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"I don't want to stop. I like it. Take the picture, take the picture."
Funny Face (1957)

"I'll never forget his face after the accident. Never."
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
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I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

"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 Was a Teenage Werewolf

"That's silly, honey. People just don't get smaller."
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

"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 world? 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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The Incredible Shrinking Man

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

"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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"Killed him? She executed him."
Witness For the Prosecution (1957)

"Live, live, live - Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
Auntie Mame (1958)

"Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold."
The Blob (1958)
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The Blob

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

"Help me! Help meeee!"
The Fly (1958)

"You ridiculous, old-fashioned, jug-eared, lop-sided Little Caesar!"
Touch of Evil (1958)

"I didn't recognize you. You should lay off those candy bars...You're a mess, honey."
Touch of Evil (1958)

"He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?...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)

"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)

"Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-One. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive."
Ben-Hur (1959)

"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)

"...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)

"You gentlemen aren't really trying to kill my son, are you?"
North by Northwest (1959)

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

"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)

- "I'm a big girl."
- "Yeah. And in all the right places, too."

North by Northwest (1959)
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"I've there's anything worse than a woman living alone, it's a woman saying she likes it."
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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."
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Pillow Talk (1959)

"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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Plan 9 From Outer Space

"One thing's sure... Inspector Clay is dead... murdered... and somebody's responsible."
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
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"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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"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!"
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"All you of Earth - are idiots!"
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

"You see, you see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! STUPID!"
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

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

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

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

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

- "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)

- "Why would a guy wanna marry a guy?"
- "Security."
Some Like It Hot (1959)

- "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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