Thursday Quote: 1930s Cinema

Following on from last week, here’s a whole bunch more quotes taken from the films of the 1930s. You may recognize some of them and others may be new to you, but please enjoy:

Cropped screenshot of William Powell as Floren...

Cropped screenshot of William Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld from the trailer for The Great Ziegfeld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Great Ziegfield (1936):

I’ve got to have more steps. I need more steps. I’ve got to get higher, higher!”


Cover of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remaste...

Cover of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936):

And I say the fellas who can make the hill on high should stop once in a while and help those who can’t. That’s all I’m trying to do with this money. Help the fellas who can’t make the hill on high.”

Modern TimesEnd Shot of Modern Times

Modern Times (1936):

“…a practical device which automatically feeds your men while at work. Don’t stop for lunch. Be ahead of your competitor…the feeding machine will eliminate the lunch hour, increase your production, and decrease your overhead.”


English: L. to R. : William Powell, Carole Lom...

English: L. to R. : William Powell, Carole Lombard & Jean Dixon in My Man Godfrey – cropped screenshot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Man Godfrey (1936):

Oh, Money, money, money! The Frankenstein Monster that destroys souls.”


Rose Marie (1936)Rose Marie (1936)

Rose Marie (1936):
Your dream prince, reporting for duty!”


The Awful TruthThe Awful Truth (1937)

The Awful Truth (1937):
I wouldn’t go on living with you if you were dipped in platinum.”


A Day at the RacesA Day at the Races

A Day at the Races (1937):

Emily, I have a little confession to make. I really am a horse doctor. But marry me and I’ll never look at any other horse.”


Snow white 1937 trailer screenshot (8)

Snow white 1937 trailer screenshot (8) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937):
Magic Mirror on the Wall. Who is the fairest one of all?”

Way Out WestLaurel & Hardy in Way Out West

Way Out West (1937):
Now that you’ve got the mine, I’ll bet you’ll be a swell gold digger.”


Errol Flynn as Robin Hood.

Errol Flynn as Robin Hood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938):
Overtaxed, overworked and paid off with a knife, a club or a rope.”
Why, you speak treason!”
Fluently.”


Cover of "Boys Town"

Cover of Boys Town

Boys Town (1938):
In a pinch I can be tougher than you are, and I guess maybe this is the pinch.”

You Can't Take it with YouYou Can’t Take it with You

You Can’t Take It With You (1938):
Well, sir, here we are again.”


The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939):
“Elementary, my dear Watson.”


Gone With The Wind Scene 1Gone With The Wind Scene 1

Gone With The Wind (1939):
Lawdy! We got to have a doctor! I don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies.”


Gone With The Wind Scene 2Gone With The Wind Scene 2

Gone With The Wind (1939):
I’ll think about it tomorrow. Tara! Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!”


Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)Scene from Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939):
“…a pity I never had children. But you’re wrong…I have…thousands of them…thousands of them…and all boys!”


Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonMr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939):
I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a – a little looking out for the other fella, too…”


Ninotchka Scene from Ninotchka

Ninotchka (1939):
“…It’s midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.”


StagecoachStagecoach

Stagecoach (1939):
Well, they’re saved from the blessings of civilization.”


The Wizard of OzThe Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (1939):
Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”


The WomenThe Women

The Women (1939):
There’s a name for you ladies, but it isn’t used in high society – outside of a kennel.”


Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights (1939):
I killed you. Haunt me then. Haunt your murderer. I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form. Drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life. I cannot die without my soul.”

Cover of "Young Mr. Lincoln: The Criterio...

Cover via Amazon

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939):
No, I think I might go on a piece. Maybe to the top of that hill. ”


Frankenstein

Frankenstein (Photo credit: twm1340)

And that’s that for this week. I think you’ll agree that there is quite a lot of memorable quotations from some vintage classic films of the Golden Age of early film making. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and sure I’ll be back next week with some quotes taken from the movies of the 1940s. So Goodbye for now!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Midweek Matinee

A BLACK LOOK AT SNOW WHITE

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The Artist was never going to revive the silent film industry, but it has made it easier for other film-makers to get their silent films made. None of these has scaled the commercial heights of Hazanavicius’ film, but at least one shows a comparable artistry.

 BlancanievesBlancanieves Poster

Blancanieves was Spain’s offering for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year. It is a fervid retelling of the story of Snow White, but this is not a movie to babysit kids with. Not unless you want to explain what the nice lady in stockings was doing with the riding crop.

Pablo BergerPablo Berger

Director Pablo Berger is steeped in silent cinema, particular the work of the Frenchman Abel Gance. But in some ways his film is an anthology of prototypical Spanish concerns. There is flamenco, there is Francoist repression, and most of all there is bullfighting. The heroine ‘Blancanieves’ is the lost daughter of a dashing torero. Raised by a cruel stepmother, she blossoms into her father’s trade as the companion to seven dwarf matadors in a traveling show.

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The fairy-tale outlines are clear, but what Berger catches most breathtakingly is the cruel and sinister edges of the fairy-tale world. This is more Grimm than Disney, more Gorey than Perrault.

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It is easy to see why Berger spent nearly ten years searching for funding, and only the unexpected success of The Artist could have convinced his investors to take the risk. Whether they recouped their money or not, they can at least be proud of their choice. The film is a revelation. At once sophisticated and brutal, romantic and filled with dread, Blancanieves manages to be both familiar and utterly unpredictable. Silent cinema has a new masterpiece, and it’s out now on DVD.

Posted by Kevin McGee