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Night Moves

January 19, 2010
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“I think Harry would like me to leave.”

“I don’t think that’s necessary.”

“I think Harry thinks it is.”

“Harry thinks if you call him Harry one more time he’s going to make you eat that cat.”

-Alan Sharp, screenplay.



His Girl Friday

January 19, 2010
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“I thought you outta know that the governor didn’t sign that reprieve.”


“And tomorrow morning, Earl Williams dies, makes a sucker out of it…

“Well, what are you going to do about it?”

“Get the governor on the phone.”

“I can’t.”

“Why not?”

“Can’t locate him.  He’s out fishing.”

“How many places to fish are there?”

“Well, at least two, the Atlantic and Pacific.”

“What I came up here to tell you is that you must stop phoning me a dozen times a day, sending me twenty telegrams.”

“I write a beautiful telegram, don’t I? Everbody says so.”

“Are you going to listen to what I have to say?”

“Look, look, what’s the use of fighting, Hildy.  I’ll tell you what you do.  You come back to work on the paper and if we find we can’t get along in a friendly fashion, we’ll get married again.”

-Charles Lederer, Screenplay
-Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, Play


The Professionals

January 7, 2010
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Screenwriters are probably the most underappreciated contributors to the cinematic event.  They are the ones who have contributed some of the best dialogue that informs both the cinema and our lives.  And from time to time, we will be honoring these writers by quoting from some of the films that they have written.

“I can understand how you got in a crap game and lose $700 dollars that you didn’t have.  But how did you lose your pants?”

“In a lady’s bedroom trying to raise the cash.  Almost made it too.  You realize that people are the only animals who make love face to face… Thanks again, but you could’ve telegraphed the money and saved yourself the trip.”

“Yesterday I didn’t have the money.”

“What’s the proposition?”

“You won’t lose your pants.  Your life maybe.  But what’s that?”

“Hardly anything at all.”

-The Professionals, written and directed by Richard Brooks, 1966.