A Quote on Thursday: 1950’s Part II

Welcome to Part Two of my collection of quotes from films created in the 1950’s. Some cracking ones and some classic films … can you remember these:

Marty (1955)Scene from Marty

Marty (1955):

“All right, so I’ll go to the Stardust Ballroom. I’ll put on a blue suit, and I’ll go. And you know what I’m gonna get for my trouble? Heartache. A big night of heartache.”

Mister RobertsScene from Mister Roberts

Mister Roberts (1955):

“Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinking palm tree overboard. Now, what’s all this crud about no movie tonight!”

James Dean, "Rebel Without a Cause",...

James Dean, “Rebel Without a Cause”, 1955 (Photo credit: thefoxling)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955):

“You’re tearing me apart! You, you say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again!”

Marilyn Monroe's skirt blows upwards in the 19...

Marilyn Monroe’s skirt blows upwards in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch directed by Billy Wilder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Seven Year Itch (1955):

“It’s just my imagination. Some people have flat feet. Some people have dandruff. I have this appalling imagination…”

To Catch a Thief (1955) features Hitchcock on ...

To Catch a Thief (1955) features Hitchcock on a bus alongside Cary Grant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To Catch a Thief (1955):

“You want a leg or a breast?”

English: Screenshot from the trailer of Invasi...

English: Screenshot from the trailer of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Film trailers from before 1964 are in the public domain. Source: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/index.jsp?cid=87210. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956):

“Look, you fools. You’re in danger. Can’t you see? They’re after you. They’re after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They’re here already. You’re next!”

Cover of "The King and I (50th Anniversar...

Cover via Amazon

The King and I (1956):

 “When I shall sit, you shall sit. When I shall kneel, you shall kneel. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.”

Screenshot from the film The Searchers directe...

Screenshot from the film The Searchers directed by John Ford. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Searchers (1956):

“Let’s go home, Debbie.”

Cropped screenshot of Edward G. Robinson from ...

Cropped screenshot of Edward G. Robinson from the trailer for the film The Ten Commandments. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ten Commandments (1956):

“So let it be written, so let it be done.”

Cover of "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

Cover of The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957):

But don’t you see. It’s a matter of principle. If we give in now, there’ll be no end to it. No…I’m adamant. I will not have an officer from my battalion working as a coolie!”

The Incredible Shrinking ManScene from The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957):

“That’s silly, honey. People just don’t get smaller.”

Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco and Burt Lancaster...

Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco and Burt Lancaster as J. J. Hunsecker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sweet Smell of Success  (1957):

“I’d hate to take a bite out of you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.”

Cropped screenshot of Tyrone Power from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Tyrone Power from the trailer for the film Witness for the Prosecution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Witness For the Prosecution (1957):

“Killed him? She executed him.”

Cover of "Vertigo (Collector's Edition)"

Cover of Vertigo (Collector’s Edition)

Vertigo (1958):

“Well, I’ll wear the darn clothes if you want me to – if-if you’ll just, just like me.”

Cropped screenshot of Charlton Heston from the...

Cropped screenshot of Charlton Heston from the trailer for the film Ben Hur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben-Hur (1959):

“Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-One. That’s good. Hate keeps a man alive.”

North By Northwest

North By Northwest (Photo credit: Stewf)

North by Northwest (1959):

“…in the world of advertising, there’s no such thing as a lie. There’s only the expedient exaggeration. You ought to know that.”

Cropped screenshot from the trailer for the fi...

Cropped screenshot from the trailer for the film Rio Bravo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rio Bravo (1959):

“I guess they’ll let you in the front door from now on.”

Some Like It Hot Scene from Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot (1959):

“Look at that! Look how she moves. That’s just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motors. I tell you, it’s a whole different sex!”

Well that’s my film quotes from this post, but I’ll be back soon with another collection of film quotes – this time from the 1960’s, so watch this space. And that’s a wrap!!!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Friday Facts

More Silent Film FactsI love silent film facts and I’ve found another minefield of them at the WordPress belonging to Fremont Libraries. Here’s some crackers, so do enjoy:

Rudolph ValentinoThe star of Rex Ingram‘s classic, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse, was Rudolph Valentino, of which was a fact that was previously covered on this Blogsite. However, what I didn’t know was that his christening name was ‘Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaelo Pierre Filibert di Valentina d’Antonguolla Guglielmi’. Now that’s a mouthful alright, but of course he was more well-known as ‘The Great Lover’. As we all know, Valentino died at a young age: 31 and his funeral was a spectacle of massive proportions. But here’s an interesting fact. Seemingly, legend has it that a mysterious Lady in Black still brings flowers to his grave every year on the anniversary of his death. Rumour has it that the current lady in black is not the original, but the identities of any of these Ladies in Black over the past 90 odd years has never been conclusively determined.

John BarrymoreOne of the great silent film actors of the day, John Barrymore was known “the Great Profile”. John was reluctant to enter the family-acting business. He actually wanted to be an artist and studied art in England to achieve that goal. He was a cartoonist for the New York Evening Journal. John Barrymore is known mostly for his portrayal of Hamlet and for his roles in movies like Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1920), Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Twentieth Century (1934), and Don Juan (1926), the first feature length movie to use a Vitaphone soundtrack.

Tom MixThomas Hezikiah Mix was one of the most famous of the silent film cowboys. He was well remembered for conducting his own stunts, for his lavish lifestyle, and what is claimed on the Wilkipedia website as the somewhat embroidered story of his past. One incident of his legacy states that when an injury caused football player John Wayne to drop out of USC, Mix helped him get a job moving props in the back lot of Fox Studios. Like his fellow actor, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne was hugely influenced by Tom Mix, and their acting styles as cowboys were said to be based on the silent film great.

Lillian GishBack during the silent-era, Lillian Gish was known as the ‘Iron Horse of Hollywood’, and although she appeared as a fragile creature on-screen, nothing could be further from the truth in reality. When she was four, she joined a traveling acting company to help support her family. At some stage, Mary Pickford introduced her, and her sister Dorothy, to D. W. Griffith. And so, another silent film legend began!

Theda BaraTheda Bara‘s (Theodosia Goodman) on-screen character was identified the world over as that of a ‘Vamp’. Her character was that of a wicked woman of exotic sexual appeal, who lured men into her web, only to ruin them. Although this image truly suited her character, much of her image and purported biography were created by the studio. It was popular during the silent-era to promote an actress as mysterious, with an exotic background. Bara was promoted by the studio with a massive publicity campaign, billing her as the Egyptian-born daughter of a French actress and an Italian sculptor. It was claimed that she had spent her early years in the Sahara Desert under the shadow of the Sphinx, before moving to France to become a stage actress. The truth of the matter was that Theda Bara had never been to Egypt or to France. She was called the Serpent of the Nile and she was encouraged to discuss mysticism and the occult when she was being interviewed. It is regarded by film historians that it was at this point that the birth of two Hollywood phenomena can be traced back to: the studio publicity department and the press agent, and so the great giant of Hollywood public relations was born.

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