The General Died at Dawn 1936
Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord. Directed by Lewis Milestone with a screenplay by Clifford Odets. Stars Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff
O’Hara: (Gary Cooper) I like people too much to shoot. But it’s a dark year and a hard night.
Judy Perrie: (Madeleine Carroll) Maybe some day there’ll be a law to abolish the blues. Something big, like an amendment to the Constitution. For all of us.
High Sierra 1941
Directed by Raoul Walsh and written by John Huston. Stars Ida Lupino as Marie and Humphrey Bogart as Roy ‘Mad Dog’ Earle. Co-stars Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Alan Curtis, Henry Travers and Jerome Cowan
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort.
Roy Earle: (Humphrey Bogart) I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper.
Marie Garson: (Ida Lupino) Yeah, I get it, ‘ya always sorta hope ‘ya can get out, it keeps ‘ya going.
Key Largo 1948
Directed by John Huston screenplay by Richard Brooks & John Huston. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis and Marc Lawrence.
Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) visits his war buddy’s family hotel run by Lionel Barrymore and his daughter Lauren Bacall and finds a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. Claire Trevor turns in a brilliant performance as washed up torch singer Gaye Dawn.
Frank McCloud: (Humphrey Bogart) You don’t like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don’t you? If it doesn’t stop, shoot it.
Gaye Dawn: (Claire Trevor) No, Mr. Temple, it wasn’t you. It wasn’t the law or anybody. It was only Johnny Rocco. Nobody in the whole world is safe as long as he’s alive.
A cynical American expatriate gets involved in smuggling and gun-running for the rebels during the 1925 Syrian insurgency against French occupation. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Lee J. Cobb, Everett Sloane and Märta Torén
Harry Smith: (Humphrey Bogart) For you – chartreuse!
Violette: (Märta Torén) I want to tell you why I came.
Harry Smith: (Humphrey Bogart) Whatever it is, it will look better through the bottom of this glass.
Violette: (Märta Torén) What a man! You’re so ugly! Yes, you are! How can a man so ugly be so handsome?
Split Second 1953
Two escaped killers take hostages and hide in a Nevada mining ghost town knowing that an atom bomb is scheduled to be tested there the next morning. Directed by Dick Powell. Stars Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith Keith Andes and Jan Sterling.
Sam Hurley: (Stephen McNally) You ever been locked up?
Kay Garven: (Alexis Smith) Not the way you mean.
Sam Hurley: (Stephen McNally) I don’t care what way it is. Some people can stand it and some people can’t. The ones who can’t would kill themselves and anybody else just to get out for five minutes.
Larry Fleming: (Keith Andes) [referring to Dottie’s mother] Six husbands, and you’re still working on your first.
Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Vail: (Jan Sterling) Mother used up all the men we knew.
Hell Drivers 1957
C. ‘Red’ Redman, Foreman: (Patrick McGoohan) I don’t like yer’ attitude. You’ve got a chip on your shoulder.
Tom Yately: (Stanley Baker)You think so?
C. ‘Red’ Redman, Foreman: (Patrick McGoohan) An’ if I was to knock it off, your head might go with it.
Tom Yately: (Stanley Baker) Well, I’m the last man to want to walk around without a head.
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8 thoughts on “Quote of the Day! Noir Nosh”
One of treasures of noir- great dialogue.Thanks for these choice gems.
Thanks so much !!!
What a superb job you did with this “Quote of the Day! Noir Nosh”! There should be an Academy Award for Joey, in the category – keeping these films alive and in view.
These films, the dialogue, cinematography, these quotes should be listed in the DSM-5 as treatment or medication for whatever ails you!
Thanks so much !!!
Ohhhhhh Sirocco! What a fine film that is. Sexy and fun! I don’t know these others, other then Key Largo (of course!) and now I must check ’em out. The Drive In always recommends rare gems!
Thanx!!!! I love to dust off those gems!!! Glad you stopped by – Cheers, Joey
Claire Trevor! A true dame of Film Noir! Loved her in the Borderline and Murder, My Sweet. Beautiful and smart, with just the right amount of polish. The acting school at UC-Irvine is named after her. I’ve only seen Key Largo, so Thanks for the other recommendations. I never go wrong watching what you cover on the Last Drive In.
Hope I never steer you wrong when it comes to classic film & television !!!! You’ve already got great taste there… And thanks so much for stopping by the Drive In, Cheers, Joey