Quotations From JOHN PAXTON


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  • She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who'd take a drink if she had to knock me down to get the bottle.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, about former bar owner, Jessie Florian (1944). Marlowe is offering the police his narration of a crime. Based on the novel.
  • I've always credited the private detective with a high degree of omniscience. Or is that only true in rental fiction?
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Jules Amthor (Otto Kruger), Murder, My Sweet, to private detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) (1944).
  • Oh no, darling, you didn't listen. Julian said she'd given up gin—for brandy. She says she can drink more brandy.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Stanley Kramer. Lt. Peter Holmes (Anthony Perkins), On the Beach, talking to his wife about their alcoholic friend (1959). From the novel by Nevil Shute.
  • I caught a blackjack right behind my ear. A black pool opened up at my feet. I dived in. It had no bottom. I felt pretty good—like an amputated leg.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, narrating to the police his account of being struck unconscious at a blackmail site (1944).

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  • Suddenly, she wasn't drunk anymore. Her hand was steady and she was cool. Like somebody making funeral arrangements for a murder not yet committed.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, Jessie Florian spied by private eye Philip Marlowe making a telephone call after his visit (1944). Marlowe is offering the police his narration of a crime. Based on the novel.

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  • There's something about the dead silence of an office building at night. Not quite real. The traffic down below is something that didn't have anything to do with me.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, private detective Philip Marlowe waiting for a prospective client in his office (1944). Marlowe is offering the police his narration of a crime. Based on the novel.

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  • We were watched. I didn't see anything, I felt it, in my stomach. I was a toad on a wet rock. A snake was looking at my back.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell), Murder, My Sweet, offering the police his narration of a crime (1944).

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  • My second husband was an American. We traveled all over the world and everywhere we went he would say to people, "I am an American. I am an American." They finally shot him in one of those Eastern countries.
    John Paxton (1911-1985), U.S. screenwriter, and Stanley Kramer. Woman at party, On the Beach, talking to the American Capt. Towers (1959). From the novel by Nevil Shute.

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