Thursday Quotes: Movie Quotes 1960’s Part II

Sound of MusicScene from Sound of Music

The Sound of Music (1965):

“I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children, and definitely not for me. It would be too humiliating.”

BatmanScene from Batman

Batman (1965):

“Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumScene from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966):

“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times. Do not fan the girls when they’re wet! But you’ll never learn, you’ll be a eunuch all your life.”

The Good, the Bad & the UglyScene from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966):

“When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.

Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfScene from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966):

“Now that we’re through with Humiliate the Host…and we don’t want to play Hump the Hostess yet…how about a little round of Get the Guests?”

Bonnie & ClydeScene from Bonnie & Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde (1967):

“We rob banks.”

Cool Hand LukeScene from Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke (1967):

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

The GraduateScene from The Graduate

The Graduate (1967):

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?”

Night of the Living DeadScene from Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead (1968):

“Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up.”

The Odd CoupleScene from The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple (1968):

“I can’t take it anymore, Felix. I’m crackin’ up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. I told you 158 times – I cannot stand little notes on my pillow. ‘We are all out of Corn Flakes. F.U.’ It took me three hours to figure out that ‘F.U.’ was Felix Unger. It’s not your fault, Felix. It’s a rotten combination, that’s all.”

OliverScene from Oliver

Oliver (1968):

“Please, sir. I want some more.”

Planet Of The ApesScene from Planet Of The Apes

Planet of the Apes (1968):

“Take your stinkin’ paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

The ProducersScene from The Producers

The Producers (1968):

“I’m wet. I’m wet. I’m hysterical and I’m wet. I’m in pain and I’m wet, and I’m still hysterical.”

The Producers 2Scene from The Producers

The Producers (1968):

“Hitler was better looking than Churchill, he was a better dresser than Churchill, he had more hair, he told funnier jokes, and he could dance the pants off of Churchill.”

2001: A Space OdysseyScene from 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):

“Look, Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidScene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969):

“Kid – the next time I say, ‘Let’s go someplace like Bolivia,’ let’s go someplace like Bolivia.”

The Italian JobScene from The Italian Job

The Italian Job (1969):

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off.”

Midnight CowboyScene from Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy (1969):

“(Hey!) I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”

The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieScene from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969):

“Little girls, I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”

The Wild BunchScene from The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch (1969):

“If they move, kill ’em.”

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ver_hardy_&_Mrs_HardyOliver Hardy about to be chastised by the Mrs in Blockheads

Oliver Hardy in Blockheads (1938):

Oliver Hardy: But, Dear, I haven’t seen Stan in 20 years.
Mrs. Hardy: I couldn’t see him in a hundred years.

dore_schary_portrait_lgDore Schary

MGM Production Chief  Dore Schary when asked who he thought were the great Hollywood Pioneering Directors :

D. W. Griffith, Rex Ingram, Cecil B. DeMille, and Erich von Stroheim – in that order.”

Playwright Robert SherwoodRobert Sherwood working through all the hardships of having a painter over his shoulder

Playwright Robert Sherwood on Rex Ingram and Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:

… the grandiose posturing of D. W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille appear pale and artificial in the light of this new production.

stan_laurel___sons_of_the_desertStan Laurel in Sons of the Desert

Stan Laurel:

You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.


D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith

D. W. Griffith:

I am fond of depicting the lives of young folks for one thing, and if you don’t have parts for girls or young men, you must absolutely have young people to fill them – that is generally acknowledged now.”

Lillian Gish


Lillian Gish with her ‘Come and get me eyes!’

Lillian Gish:

Young man, if God had wanted you to see me that way, he would have put your eyes in your bellybutton.”


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Bettie DavisBettie Davis

Bettie Davis:

There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.


Abbott & CostelloAbbott & Costello

Bud Abbott & Lou Costello:

Abbott: Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third.

Costello: That’s what I want to find out.

Gracie AllenGracie Allen

Gracie Allen:When I was born, I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.

Fred AstaireFred Astaire

Fred Astaire:Old age is like everything, to make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.”

Robert BenchleyRobert Benchley

Robert Benchley:Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance!

cecilBDeMillieCecil B. DeMillie

Cecil B. DeMillie:

The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”


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Singing in the Rain

Quote from Singing in the Rain:

Talkies will never last…..”

That’s what they said about the automobile….”

Sunset Boulevard

Quote from Sunset Boulevard:

You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.”
I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.

W. C. Fields

W. C. Fields:

The movie people would have nothing to do with me until they heard me speak in a Broadway play, then they all wanted to sign me for the silent movies.


James D’Arc:

Sunrise was one of the last silent films. And as much is proof of why so many filmmakers lamented the coming of sound. It is a lovely and very powerful picture and the power of fidelity in marriage.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert:
“The wonderment is that we still have the silent clowns, many now available in restored versions. Almost all of Keaton, of Lloyd, of Chaplin. They were artists who depended on silence, and sound was powerless to add a thing. They live in their time, and we must be willing to visit it. An inability to admire silent films, like a dislike of black and white, is a sad inadequacy. Those who dismiss such pleasures must have deficient imaginations.”

Gerald Mast

Gerald Mast:

The great silent movies revolve around the body and the personality of its owner; the great sound comedies revolve about structure and style–what happens, how it happens, and the way those happenings are depicted. Film comedy, as well as film art in general, was born from delight in physical movement. The essence of early filmmaking was to take some object (animate or inanimate) and simply watch it move…. The sound comedy is far more literary. Given the opportunity to use the essential tool of literature, words, as an intrinsic part of the film’s conception, the filmmaker did not hesitate to do so. In silent films, the use of words in titles was intrusive, a deliberate interruption of the cinematic medium and a substitution of the literary one. We stop looking and start reading. But the sound film provided the means to watch the action and listen to the words at the same time. Whereas the silent performer was a physical being,… the sound performer was both physical and intellectual at once.”

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Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve:

“I  like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film.”

Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen:

“When you are modeling, you are creating a picture, a still life, perhaps something like a silent film. You convey emotion but you are only using your body.” 

Walter Murch

Walter Murch:

“When I’m actually assembling a scene, I assemble it as a silent movie. Even if it’s a dialog scene, I lip read what people are saying.”

Michel Hazanavicius

Michel Hazanavicius:
“I always loved silent movies. I was not a specialist, but I loved them. And when I started directing, I became really fascinated by the format – how it works, the device of the silent movie.”

Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin:

“When it comes to the selections, I heard several observers claim that the Academy was embracing “nostalgia” by honoring The Artist and Hugo. Give me a break! Hugo represents cutting-edge storytelling by a world-class director—in 3-D, no less. The Artist dares to revisit a form of cinema that was abandoned in the late 1920s. The Academy members admired these films for making the past seem immediate and relevant. That has nothing to do with nostalgia; it has everything to do with great moviemaking, which is what the Academy Awards are all about.”


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