Quotations From DUDLEY NICHOLS

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  • 11.
    My religion is no garment to be put on and off with the weather. You had better know that, all of you. I shall worship as I please and hope for all men to worship as they please in Scotland.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mary Stuart (Katharine Hepburn), Mary of Scotland, admonishing her court when they question her religious beliefs (1936). Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.

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  • 12.
    It's a very delicate surgical operation—to cut out the heart without killing the patient. The history of our country, however, is a very tough old patient, and we'll do the best we can.
    Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Sorel (Philip Merivale), This Land Is Mine, discussing the Nazi order to expurgate French history texts under the occupation (1943).

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  • 13.
    Then they seen it, the old Missouri River shinin' in the moon and across it the lights of St. Louis.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Narrator (uncredited), The Big Sky, Jim Deakins (Kirk Douglas) and his companions, Zeb Calloway (Arthur Hunnicut) and Boone Caudell (Dewey Martin), approach the Missouri River (1952). From The Novel by A.P. Gu.

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  • 14.
    Break up the printing presses and you break up rebellion.
    Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Mayor (Thurston Hall), This Land Is Mine (1943).
  • 15.
    I devoutly believe it is the writer who has matured the film medium more than anyone else in Hollywood. Even when he knew nothing about his work, he brought at least knowledge of life and a more grown-up mind, a maturer feeling about the human being.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. "Film Writing," Theatre Arts (December 1942).

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  • 16.
    I was going to do this myself, but ... Paint me, Chris!... They'll be masterpieces!
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, Fouchardière, and Fritz Lang. Kitty March (Joan Bennett), Scarlet Street, to Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), as he is about to paint her toenails (1945).
  • 17.
    We're the victims of a disease called social prejudice, my child. These dear ladies of the law and order league are scouring out the dregs of the town. C'mon be a glorified wreck like me.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Dr. Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), Stagecoach, comment to Dallas (Claire Trevor), a good-hearted prostitute, as the two are being forced to leave town (1939). Based on the story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox Thomas.

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  • 18.
    No sense bein' in a hurry about cuttin' a body's finger off. Here have another.... Need another jug before cuttin'.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Zeb Calloway (Arthur Hunnicut), The Big Sky, encouraging Jim Deakins (Kirk Douglas) to have a drink before his finger is amputated (1952). From The Novel by A.P. Gu.
  • 19.
    You're drunk, and your last penny is spent. And I have no further use for you, Mr. Gypo Nolan. Ipso facto.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Terry (J.M. Kerrigan), The Informer, to Gypo (Victor McLaglen) (1935).
  • 20.
    Well I guess you can't break out of prison and into society in the same week.
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. The Ringo Kid (John Wayne), Stagecoach, comment to Dallas (Claire Trevor) when the two are ostracized at dinner by the other stagecoach passengers (1939). Based on the story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox Thomas.
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