Billy Wilder


Billy Wilder Quotes

  • ''I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Lesser Samuel, screenwriter, and Walter Newman, screenwriter. Lorraine (Jan Sterling), in The Big Carnival (film) (1951). The movie was originally released under the title Ace in the Hole.
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  • ''One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, and Charles Brackett, screenwriter. Nat the bartender (Howard Da Silva), in The Lost Weekend (film), spoken to his regular customer Don Birnam (Ray Milland) whose descent into alcoholic breakdown the film graphically portrays (1945).
  • ''I hate that word. It's return—a return to the millions of people who've never forgiven me for deserting the screen.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Charles Brackett, screenwriter, and D.M. Marsham Jr., screenwriter. Billy Wilder. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), in Sunset Boulevard (film), correcting a tactless remark by Joe Gillis (William Holden) (1950).
  • ''I am big. It's the pictures that got small.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Charles Brackett, screenwriter, and D.M. Marsham Jr., screenwriter. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), in Sunset Boulevard (film), in response to the remark by Joe Gillis (William Holden), in one of their opening scenes together: "You're Norma Desmond! You used to be in silent pictures. Used to be big." (1950).
  • ''Well, nobody's perfect.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter, and Billy Wilder. Osgood E. Fielding III (Joe E. Brown), in Some Like It Hot (film), final words of film, on Osgood's discovery that his bride-to-be (Jack Lemmon) is a man (1959).
  • ''I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Phillips (Walter Abel), Arise My Love, after Augusta gets a plum assignment in Berlin, and four other times during the film (1940).
  • ''[France is] a country where the money falls apart but you can't tear the toilet paper.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director. Quoted in Billy Wilder in Hollywood, ch. 18, Maurice Zolotow (1977).
  • ''Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.''
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director. Quoted in Wit and Wisdom of the Moviemakers, ch. 7, ed. John Robert Columbo (1979).

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