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"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!'? All right, hold on, hold on...Lou, listen. Play "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", three chorus, you understand. In the third chorus, I whistle. Now give it to 'em hard and heavy, go right ahead..."

The Jazz Singer - 1927 (short) The Jazz Singer - 1927 (extended)
The Jazz Singer (1927)

"Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?"

Hell's Angels - 1930
HELEN (Jean Harlow) to MONTE RUTLEDGE (Ben Lyon)
Hell's Angels (1930)

"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)

"Sawyer, you listen to me and you listen hard. 200 people, 200 jobs, $200,000 dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who have worked with you. You've got to go on, and you have to give and give and give. They've got to like you, they've got to. Do you understand? You can't fall down. You can't, because your future's in it, my future and everything all of us have is staked on you. All right now, I'm through. But 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 (short) 42nd Street (extended)
JULIAN MARSH (Warner Baxter) to PEGGY SAWYER (Ruby Keeler)
42nd Street (1933)

- "Well, Denham. The airplanes got him."
- "Oh, no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."

King Kong
CARL DENHAM (Robert Armstrong) to POLICE CAPTAIN (George MacQuarrie)
King Kong (1933)

- "I always did like a man in a uniform. That one fits you grand. 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, not at all. I'm just busy, that's all. You see, we're holding meetings in Jacobson's Hall every evening. Any time you have a moment to spare, I'd be glad to have you drop in. You're more than welcome."
- "I heard ya, but you ain't kiddin' me any. You know, I met your kind before. Why don't you come up sometime, huh?"
- "Well, I..."
- "Don't be afraid. I won't tell."
- "But uh..."
- "Come up. I'll tell your fortune. Aw, you can be had."

She Done Him Wrong (short) She Done Him Wrong (long)
LADY LOU (Mae West) to CAPTAIN CUMMINGS (Cary Grant)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)

"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"

Sons of the Desert
OLLIE (Oliver Hardy) to STAN (Stan Laurel)
Sons of the Desert (1933)


- "...Hey, wait, wait. What does this say here? This thing here."
- "Oh, that? Oh, that's the usual clause. That's in every contract. That just says uh, it says uh, 'If any of the parties participating in this contract is shown not to be in their right mind, the entire agreement is automatically nullified.'"
- "Well, I dunno."
- "It's all right, that's, that's in every contract. That's, that's what they call a 'sanity clause.'"
- "Ha, Ha, Ha. Ha. Ha. You can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Claus!"

A Night at the Opera (short) A Night at the Opera (extended)
FIORELLO (Chico Marx) and OTIS B. DRIFTWOOD (Groucho Marx)
A Night at the Opera (1935)

"Elementary, my dear Watson. Purely elementary."

SHERLOCK HOLMES (Basil Rathbone) to DR. WATSON (Nigel Bruce)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


- "And how did you know about them?"
- "Elementary, my dear Watson. This man has been dead for at least two hours. And Moriarty isn't wasting any time."

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)


- "Very effective, my dear Watson!"
- "Elementary, my dear Holmes, elementary."

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (last two lines of film)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

"Elementary, my dear Watson. Purely elementary."

"Elementary, my dear Watson."

"Elementary, my dear Holmes, elementary."

- "...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
RHETT BUTLER (Clark Gable) to SCARLETT O'HARA (Vivien Leigh)
Gone With the Wind (1939)

- "Yes, I'm ready now."
- "Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no place like home'. 'There's no place like home'."
- "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home..."

The Wizard of Oz (short) The Wizard of Oz (extended)
DOROTHY GALE (Judy Garland) and GLINDA (Billie Burke)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane (1941)

- "Heavy. What is it?"
- "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of."
- "Huh?"

The Maltese Falcon (short) The Maltese Falcon (extended)
SAM SPADE (Humphrey Bogart) to DETECTIVE TOM POLHAUS (Ward Bond)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

"Here's looking at you, kid."

RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart) to ILSA LUND (Ingrid Bergman)
Casablanca (1942)

"Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."

Now, Voyager
CHARLOTTE VALE (Bette Davis) to JERRY DURRANCE (Paul Henreid)
Now, Voyager (1942)

"Ladies and gentlemen. My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

"You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together - and blow."

To Have and Have Not
MARIE 'SLIM' BROWNING (Lauren Bacall) to HARRY MORGAN ('Steve') (Humphrey Bogart)
To Have and Have Not (1944)

- "Now on the St. Louis team, we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third."
- "That's what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellas on the St. Louis team."
- "I'm telling ya: Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third..."

The Naughty Nineties - 1945 (extended)
The Naughty Nineties (1945)

- "If you are the police, where are your badges?"
- "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (short) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (long)
GOLD HAT (Alfonso Bedoya) to DOBBS (Humphrey Bogart)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. And in 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly."

The Third Man
HARRY LIME (Orson Welles) to HOLLY MARTINS (Joseph Cotten)
The Third Man (1949)

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

White Heat
CODY JARRETT (James Cagney) to dead MA JARRETT (Margaret Wycherly)
White Heat (1949)

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

All About Eve
All About Eve (1950)

"(So they were turning after all. Those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her.) I can't go on with the scene. I'm too happy! Mr. De Mille, do you mind if I say a few words? Thank you. I just want to tell you all how happy I am to be back in the studio making a picture again! You don't know how much I've missed all of you. And I promise you, I'll never desert you again because after Salome we'll make another picture, and another picture! You see, this is my life. It always will be! (In a whisper) 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 closeup."

Sunset Boulevard (short) Sunset Boulevard (extended)
NORMA DESMOND (Gloria Swanson) to CECIL B. DEMILLE (Himself)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

A Streetcar Named Desire
BLANCHE DUBOIS (Vivien Leigh) to DOCTOR (Richard Garrick)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

- "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 (short) On the Waterfront (long)
TERRY MALLOY (Marlon Brando) to CHARLEY MALLOY (Rod Steiger)
On the Waterfront (1954)

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