Jay Dratler


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  • ''I feel all dead inside. I'm backed up in a dark corner and I don't know who's hitting me!''
    Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Bernard Schoenfeld, and Henry Hathaway. Bradford Galt (Mark Stevens), The Dark Corner, to his secretary about his mysterious frame-up and pursuers (1946).
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  • ''I don't use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.''
    Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), Laura (1944). The columnist and critic.
  • ''The best part of myself, that's what you are. Do you think I'm going to leave it to the vulgar pawing of a second-rate detective who thinks you're a "dame"? Do you think I could bear the thought of him holding you in his arms, kissing you, loving you?''
    Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), Laura (1944). To Laura Hunt as he is about to shoot her.
  • ''In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.''
    Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), Laura (1944). The columnist and critic.
  • ''Have you ever been in love? A doll in Washington Heights once got a fox fur out of me.''
    Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889-1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) to Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), Laura (1944).

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