Previously on MovieFanFare guest blogger Karen Burroughs Hannsberry presented an assortment of her favorite film noir quotes. Today she’s back with more of her favorite selections of hard-boiled dialogue:
You gotta love the language of film noir. Hard-boiled, cynical, straight to the point and unmistakable — this era of filmmaking offers some of the best quotes in all cinema. Here, I offer for your consideration, Part 2 of my favorite noir quotes — and these ain’t no idle threats . . .
“The first guy that talks or tries to identify anyone is gonna get a headache he can’t cure.” Alan Ladd in Appointment with Danger (1951) “Get outta here while you can still walk.” Glenn Ford in The Big Heat (1953)
“People lose teeth talkin’ like that. You want to hang around, you’ll be polite.” Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
“You got a head on your shoulders. Now take it outta here before I bust it.” Sheldon Leonard in Somewhere in the Night (1946)
“If I ever catch you around here again, they’ll have to pick you up with a sieve.” Victor Mature in I Wake up Screaming (1942)
“I kept remembering that pretty face of yours, Jardine, all the time I was in hock. If you’re not sharp, you’re not going to have that pretty face. You’re not going to have any face at all.” Mark Stevens in The Dark Corner (1946)
“Do me a favor, Castro, while I’m on the phone. Try to jump me. I’d love nothing better than shooting you right in the belly.” Dick Powell in Cry Danger (1951)
“I’d just as soon see you with all your guts hanging out.” John Garfield in The Breaking Point (1950)
“You like to shoot? So do I. So I’m warnin’ you – don’t try anything smart with me.” William Talman in The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
“I’m gonna take a smack out of him right now. I’d give my right arm to smash his face in. I can’t stand the sight of it.” Elisha Cook Jr., in The Gangster (1947)
“You ever cross me again, or look like it, I’ll bury you. Now beat it.” John Garfield in Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Stay tuned for My Favorite Quotes, Part 3 . . .
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Karen Burroughs Hannsberry is the author of Shadows and Satin, a blog devoted to her two cinematic passions: pre-Code Hollywood and the film noir era. She has written two books on film noir, Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film and Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir, and is the editor-in-chief of the bimonthly, hard copy film noir newsletter, The Dark Pages