Quotations From JOHN MICHAEL HAYES


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  • I wonder if it's ethical to watch a man with binoculars and a long-focus lens? D'ya suppose it's ethical even if you prove that he didn't commit a crime? I'm not much on rear window ethics.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) to Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), Rear Window (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.

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  • We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people oughta do is get outside their own house and look in for a change.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window, to invalid photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), who is spying on his neighbors across the courtyard of his apartment building (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.

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  • Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) to L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), Rear Window (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.

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  • Every time an ashtray is missing from a hotel, they don't come looking for you. But let a diamond bracelet disappear in France and they shout John Robie, the Cat. You don't have to spend every day of your life proving your honesty, but I do.
    John Michael Hayes (b.1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. John Robie (Cary Grant), To Catch a Thief, With a copycat at work on the Riviera, former jewel thief, John Robie explains his situation to British insurance agent, H.H. Hughson (John Williams). (1955). Based On The Novel By David D...

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  • New York state sentence for a Peeping Tom is six months in the workhouse. And they got no windows in the workhouse. You know, in the old days they used to put your eyes out with a red-hot poker.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window, to invalid photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), who is spying on his neighbors across the courtyard of his apartment building (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.

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  • Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.
  • Stella, take these binoculars out of the case and bring them here, will ya? Trouble. I can smell it.
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) to Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window (1954). Based on the short story by Cornell Woolrich.
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