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Great Film Noir one liners
List creator: eifert
Created on: June 17, 2004 - 8:06 PM PDT
Description: This will hit you like a cold, hard slap in the face.

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Out of the Past (1947)
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  "You're like a leaf that blows from one gutter to another."
Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol. 1: The Big Heat (1953)
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  "We're all sisters under the mink"
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
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  "With my brains and your looks, we could go places"
Scarlet Street (1945)
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  "I wanted to laugh in your face ever since the moment I met you. You're old, ugly and I'm sick of you. Sick, sick, sick!"
Spellbound (Criterion Collection) (1945)
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  "I have no memory. It's like looking in a mirror and seeing nothing but mirror."
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
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  "What happened?" "The road curved but I didn't"
Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion) (1957)
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  "Can you deliver?" "Tonight. Before you go to bed. Cat's in the bag, and the bag's in the river."
To Have and Have Not (1944)
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  "You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow"
The Hoodlum (1951)
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  "Yeah but you wait. I've got ideas. I'll get plenty of money. Yeah, dough. That's the only thing that will cover up the stink of the city dump!"
Gilda (1946)
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  "I can never get a zipper to close. Maybe that stands for something. What do you think?"
Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) (1955)
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  "He's a bedroom dick"
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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  "When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it."
In a Lonely Place (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."
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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  "Its a terrible thing to hate your mother. But I didn't always hate her. When I was a child, I only kind of disliked her."
The Paradine Case (1947)
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  "Well, nice people don't go murdering other nice people."
You Only Live Once (1937)
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  ... ruin your life. Throw it away on a worthless gorilla and end up at my age with your future behind you."
Key Largo (1948)
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  "it's better to be a live coward than a dead hero."
Beat the Devil (1953)
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  "Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook."
Detour (1946)
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  "Life's like a ballgame. You've got to take a swing at whatever comes along before you wake up and it's the ninth inning."
D.O.A. (1949)
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  "The way this guy holds onto a dollar, you'd think they weren't printing them anymore."
Casablanca (Special Edition) (1942)
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  "I came to Casablanca for the waters." "But we're in the middle of the desert." "I was misinformed."
The Big Combo (1955)
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  "I'm gonna break him so fast he won't have time to change his pants."
Dark Passage (1947)
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  "I was a small time crook until this very minute. Now I'm a big time crook!"
The Long Goodbye (1973)
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  "I tell you what we're gonna do, Marlboro. You're gonna take that goddamn J.C. Penney tie off and we're gonna have an old fashioned man to man drinking party." "Well, that's okay but I'm not taking off the tie."
Dead Reckoning (1947)
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  "You know, I've been thinking: women ought to come capsule-sized, about four inches high. When a man goes out of an evening, he just puts her in his pocket and takes her along with him, and that way he knows exactly where she is."
Double Indemnity (1944)
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  "They say native Californians all come from Iowa."
Force of Evil (1948)
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  "A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn't have said."
Impact (1949)
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  "In this world you turn the other cheek and you get hit with a lug wrench."
Laura (1944)
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  "It's lavish, but I call it home."
Raw Deal (1948)
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  "I told you he had a cash register mind. Rings every time he opens his mouth."
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
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  "Where's my brandy?" "I finished it for your own good."
The Stranger (1946)
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  "Knew damn well it was the same feller. Course he's changed some. Being buried in the earth will do that."
Gun Crazy (1949)
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  "We go together, Annie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together."
The Big Sleep (1946)
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  "She tried to sit in my lap while I was standing up."
The Set-Up (1949)
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  "I tell you, Tiny, you gotta let him in on it. " "How many times I gotta say it? There's no percentage in smartenin' up a chump."
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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  "Yeah, yeah, I know I got rid of the headache. Now I got cancer."
Kansas City Confidential (1952)
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  "It don't take no big thinking to figure a couple of guys like us ain't in this bananaville on a vacation!"
Fear in the Night (1947)
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  "I've got an honest man's conscience... in a murderer's body."
The Third Man (Criterion Collection) (1949)
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  "We should have dug deeper than a grave."
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
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  "He hasn't got enough blood left in him to keep a chicken alive."
The Harder They Fall (1956)
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  "The people, Eddie, the people! Don't tell me about the people, Eddie. The people sit in front of their little TVs with their bellies full of beer and fall asleep. What do the people know, Eddie? Don't tell me about the people, Eddie!"
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
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  "She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle.'
Criss Cross (1949)
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  "I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in. I'm sorry Steve."
Pickup on South Street (Criterion Collection) (1953)
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  "You'll always be a two-bit cannon. And when they pick you up in the gutter dead, you're hand'll be in a drunk's pocket."
The Night of the Hunter (Criterion) (1955)
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  "There are things you do hate, Lord. Perfume-smellin' things, lacy things, things with curly hair. "
The Enforcer (1951)
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  "You think you can shut people up by killing them, but you're wrong. Maybe not in the courtroom but they'll be talkin' to you, Mendoza! At night when you're trying to sleep!"
Railroaded (1947)
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  "Oh, look what you are doing, ruining my cake. It isn't for you anyway." "Sometimes people put guns in cakes." "How stupid! Who could eat a cake with a gun in it!"
Suddenly (1954)
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  "Show me a guy who has feelings, and I'll show you a sucker."
Contraband (1940)
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  "Did you ever try being married? That can be quite a big adventure." "Why do women always say that? Marriage ends adventure." "Why do men always say that?"
Brute Force (1947)
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  "Those gates only open three times. When you come in, when you've served your time, or when you're dead!"
T-Men (1947)
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  "How did you find me?" "I could smell you."
All the King's Men (1949)
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  "You throw money around like it was money."
The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
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  "The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I'll concentrate on that."
Niagara (1952)
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  "Why don't you ever get a dress like that?" "Listen. For a dress like that, you've got to start laying plans when you're about thirteen."
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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  "When men get around me, they get allergic to wedding rings."
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
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  "He's too smart for you!" "Oh no, he stopped being smart when he took my money."
Gunman in the Streets (1950)
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  "Tell you what we do. I got a gun and you got a pretty good idea. We compromise." "How's that?" "We do it my way."
Jail Bait (1954)
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  'You know sometimes I find plastic surgery to be hard and very, very complicated.'
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
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  "Baroness, a fool is a man who pays twice for the same thing."
Notorious (Criterion Collection) (1946)
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  "Say it again, it keeps me awake." "I love you"
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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  "There's one good thing in being a widow, isn't there? You don't have to ask your husband for money."
The Killing (Criterion) (1956)
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  "You like money. You've got a great big dollar sign there where most women have a heart."
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
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  "You said Doctor Omar. Doctor of what?" "Doctor of nothing, Miss Smith. It sounds important and hurts no one. Unlike most doctors."
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
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  "Like me, like you. Come on. Were both acting like a couple of kids playing cat and mouse. Besides, what is a dame like you what with a guy like me?"
Strangers on a Train (Final Release Version) (1951)
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  "She was a human being. Let me remind you that even the most unworthy of us has a right to life and the pursuit of happiness." "From what I hear she pursued it in all directions."
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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  "There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five."
Peeping Tom (Criterion Collection) (1960)
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  "Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear."
Touch of Evil (1958)
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  "I didn't recognize you. You should lay off those candy bars." "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."
Borderline (1950)
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  "All dames will stay in line as long as the payoff is big enough at the end."
Too Late for Tears (1949)
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  "At the risk of seeming tegus, just were did you stash my cash?" "What do I call you besides stupid?" "Stupid will do if you don't bruise easily."
The Naked Kiss (Criterion Collection) (1964)
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  "I saw a broken down piece of machinery. Nothing but the buck, the bed and the bottle for the rest of my life. That's what I saw."
Nightmare Alley (1947)
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  "Everything you say and do is so true and wonderful, and you make it sound so sacred and holy -- when all the time it's just a gag with you. You're laughing your head off at those chumps! You think God's gonna stand for that? He'll strike you dead!"
They Drive by Night (1940)
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  "Do you believe in love at first sight?" "It saves a lot of time."
Sudden Fear (1952)
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  "Remember what Nietzsche said - 'Live Dangerously.'" "You know what happened to Nietzsche." "What?" "He died."
Queen Bee (1955)
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  "You're like some fancy kind of disease. I had it once -- now I'm immune."
Vertigo (Special Edition) (1958)
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  "You shouldn't keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn't have been that sentimental."
Experiment in Terror (1962)
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  "You've got me very well cased -- isn't that the word?" "That's the word."
The Second Woman (1951)
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  "Let's see what the tea leaves say about you... there's a trick my grandmother taught me; she learned it from an old witch in Ireland." "And so you've been drinking coffee ever since."
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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  "What's the matter? You look like you've been on a hayride with Dracula."
Slightly Scarlet (1956)
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  "You're not good; you're not bad. You're a chiseler, out for anything you can get."
Cape Fear (1962)
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  "What I like about you is you're rock bottom. I wouldn't expect you to understand this, but it's a great comfort for a girl to know she could not possibly sink any lower."
Body and Soul (1947)
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  "Everybody dies. Ben, Shorty, even you." "What's the point?" "No point -- that's life."
A Double Life (1947)
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  "How's the chicken cacciatore?" "It's in your stomach"
The Big Clock (1948)
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  "You know, Earl has a passion for obscurity. He won't even have his biography in 'Who's Who'." "Sure. He doesn't want to let his left hand know whose pocket the right one is picking."
High Sierra (1941)
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  "Roy, this is the land of milk and honey for the health racket. Every woman in California thinks she's either too fat or too thin or too something."
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947)
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  "I believe you. Thousands wouldn't."
The Girl Hunters (1963)
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  "Where's my cloths?" "In the garbage, which is where you belong."
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
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  "My folks were tough. When I was born, they took one look at this puss of mine and told me to get lost.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
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  "One's too many an' a hundred's not enough!"
Man In The Attic (1953)
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  "Sometimes I walk close by the river. The river is like liquid night flowing peacefully out to infinity."
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
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  "You look so different in those clothes." "I'm different all the time."
Another Man's Poison (1951)
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  "You asked a pretty question; I've given you the ugly answer."
Scarface (1932)
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  "I told you you'd show up this way. Get you in a jam without a gun and you squeal like a yellow rat. "
Chinatown (1974)
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  "Are you alone?" "Aren't we all?"
The Big Knife (1955)
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  "Never underestimate a man because you don't like him."
The Limping Man/The Scar (1948)
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  The Scar: "Because you can never go back and start again. Because the older you grow, the worse it turns out. You don't see it happen to you - it just happens. You wake up one morning and anything goes and that's alright too."
Body Heat (1981)
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  "Sometimes the shit comes down so heavy I feel like I should wear a hat."
The Naked City (1948)
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  "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."

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