Quotations From SAMUEL GOLDWYN


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  • I don't think anybody should write his autobiography until after he's dead.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, prologue (1976).
  • I read part of it all the way through.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, ch. 27 (1976).
  • That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, ch. 17 (1976).
  • Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn, ch. 15 (1976).
  • A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it is written on.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Attributed in The Great Goldwyn, ch. 1, Alva Johnston (1937). In Paul F. Boller, Jr. and John George, They Never Said It, Goldwyn's actual words are said to have been, "His verbal contract is worth more than the paper it's written on," referring to movie executive Joseph M. Schenck, who was regarded as completely trustworthy. This was possibly another of the many Goldwynisms cooked up by his own staff.
  • Gentlemen, include me out!
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Attributed in The Goldwyn Touch, ch. 10, Michael Freedland (1986). Remark Oct 1933, on resigning from the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America over a labor dispute. Goldwyn himself denied ever having used the words, as he denied most "Goldwynisms," claiming instead to have said, "Gentlemen, I'm withdrawing from the association."
  • I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Remark to personnel who questioned his authority. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: The Man Behind the Myth, ch. 27 (1976).

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  • I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Alva Johnston, The Great Goldwyn, ch. 1 (1937).
  • "Too caustic?" To hell with the cost. If it's a good picture, we'll make it.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Alva Johnston, The Great Goldwyn, ch. 1 (1937). To a director who was asked his opinion of a script.
  • That is the kind of ad I like. Facts, facts, facts.
    Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974), U.S. film producer. Quoted in Arthur Marx, Goldwyn: the Man Behind the Myth, ch. 16 (1976). Goldwyn referred to an advertisement for the film We Live Again (1934), describing it as "The greatest motion picture in all history, by the world's most outstanding writer. The directorial genius of Mamoulian, the beauty of Anna Sten and the producing genius of Goldwyn have combined to make the greatest entertainment in the world." The movie flopped.
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