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Quotations From HOWARD KOCH

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  • 1.
    You might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. Michael Curtiz. Coulondre (John Wengraf), Mission to Moscow, French ambassador speaking to British ambassador and citing an English saying (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.
  • 2.
    Do not rely too much on isolation.... Oceans are not as wide as they used to be.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, speaking of American isolationism (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.

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  • 3.
    You will recall the proud statement made recently by a Fascist general—"We have four columns in front of Madrid and a fifth inside the city."
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, supposedly a historical statement made by a general in the Spanish Civil War—the origin of the term "fifth column," (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.

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  • 4.
    There is no security for any of us unless there is security for all
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Litvinov (Oscar Homolka), Mission to Moscow, referring to collective security of Europe. (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.
  • 5.
    Men are always trying to make the world better or worse while most women are content just to live in it.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Mrs. Churchill (Doris Lloyd), Mission to Moscow (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.

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  • 6.
    They got a lucky break. Yesterday they were just two German clerks. Today they're the honored dead.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Curtiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, when informed two German couriers have been assassinated (1943).

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  • 7.
    If it's December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Curtiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, to piano player (1943).

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  • 8.
    You played it for her; you can play it for me.... If she can stand it, I can. Play it.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Curtiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, to piano player (1943). Line bastardized into the erroneous, "Play it again, Sam."
  • 9.
    We'll always have Paris.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Crutiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, as he says good-bye to Ilsa, his former lover (1943).

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  • 10.
    If a nation wants to live in peace with its neighbors, it doesn't keep rattling the saber at them.
    Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter. Michael Curtiz. Joseph Davies (Walter Huston), Mission to Moscow (1943). Although in reality highly fictionalized, the film purports to be based on Ambassador Joseph E. Davies memoirs of the same title. Davies himself introduces the film in a prologue.

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