Dudley Nichols

(1895_1960 / New York City, New York)

Dudley Nichols Quotes

  • ''Chris! You're a caveman! I like you to like me, but there's a limit.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, Fouchardière, and Fritz Lang. Kitty March (Joan Bennett), Scarlet Street (1945).
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  • ''I was going to do this myself, but ... Paint me, Chris!... They'll be masterpieces!''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, Fouchardière, and Fritz Lang. Kitty March (Joan Bennett), Scarlet Street, to Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), as he is about to paint her toenails (1945).
  • ''You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.''
    Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), This Land Is Mine (1943).
  • ''My religion is no garment to be put on and off with the weather. You had better know that, all of you. I shall worship as I please and hope for all men to worship as they please in Scotland.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mary Stuart (Katharine Hepburn), Mary of Scotland, admonishing her court when they question her religious beliefs (1936). Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson.
  • ''Break up the printing presses and you break up rebellion.''
    Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Mayor (Thurston Hall), This Land Is Mine (1943).
  • ''Then they seen it, the old Missouri River shinin' in the moon and across it the lights of St. Louis.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Narrator (uncredited), The Big Sky, Jim Deakins (Kirk Douglas) and his companions, Zeb Calloway (Arthur Hunnicut) and Boone Caudell (Dewey Martin), approach the Missouri River (1952). From The Novel by A.P. Gu.
  • ''It's a very delicate surgical operation—to cut out the heart without killing the patient. The history of our country, however, is a very tough old patient, and we'll do the best we can.''
    Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Sorel (Philip Merivale), This Land Is Mine, discussing the Nazi order to expurgate French history texts under the occupation (1943).
  • ''Oh dear, oh dear. I have a queer feeling there's going to be a strange face in heaven in the morning.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Terry (J.M. Kerrigan), The Informer, as he is about to be beaten up (1935).
  • ''You're drunk, and your last penny is spent. And I have no further use for you, Mr. Gypo Nolan. Ipso facto.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Terry (J.M. Kerrigan), The Informer, to Gypo (Victor McLaglen) (1935).
  • ''Well I guess you can't break out of prison and into society in the same week.''
    Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. The Ringo Kid (John Wayne), Stagecoach, comment to Dallas (Claire Trevor) when the two are ostracized at dinner by the other stagecoach passengers (1939). Based on the story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox Thomas.

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