John Lee Mahin


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  • ''Good and evil are so close as to be chained together in the soul. Now suppose we could break that chain, separate those two selves. Free the good in man and let it go on to its higher destiny.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dr. Henry Jekyll (Spencer Tracy), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, expounding his theory at a dinner party (1941). Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
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  • ''Yes, dance. Dance and dream. Dream that you're Mrs. Henry Jekyll of Harley Street, dancing with your own butler and six footmen. Dream that they've all turned into white mice and crawled into an eternal pumpkin.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dr. Henry Jekyll (Spencer Tracy), "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"., Taunting the barmaid Ivy Peterson as he kills her. (1941). Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • ''Look, Buster. Don't you get over-stimulated with me. I'm the little gal that flew all the way from New York to this lousy place, this dark continent.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Eloise "Honeybear" Kelly (Ava Gardner), Mogambo, Kelly's retort after big game hunter Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) insinuates that she'd be too much of a distraction on a safari (1953). Based on the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison.
  • ''This is no Sir Galahad who lives from afar. This is a two- legged boa constrictor.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Eloise "Honeybear" Kelly (Ava Gardner), Mogambo, warning the proper and married Linda Nordley (Grace Kelly) that getting involved with big game hunter Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) would be dangerous (1953). Based on the play Red Dust by Wilson Collison.
  • ''I don't know how it is up North, of course, but down South there are times when Southern women feel a need for privacy.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, Martin Rackin, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Hannah Hunter (Constance Towers), The Horse Soldiers, after being caught trying to signal to a Confederate troop, Hannah Hunter complains about being so closely guarded (1959). Based on the novel by Harold Sinclair.
  • ''You see what you've done, don't you?... You've committed the supreme blasphemy.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. John Lanyon (Ian Hunter), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, when he discovers that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person (1941). Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • ''I thought I seen some mean little gals in my time, but you're the meanest. You want to know how I know how mean you are? 'Cause I'm mean. I'm smart and I'm mean. And you're smart and you're mean. And you never get caught and I never get caught.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Leroy (Henry Jones), The Bad Seed, telling Rhoda that he's on to her (1956).
  • ''One's gone, one's born. It's an amazing process, isn't it? As many as I've delivered, it never fails to awe me.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, Martin Rackin, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Major Hank Kendall (William Holden), The Horse Soldiers, after losing a soldier whose leg he amputated, then delivering a baby (1959). Based on the novel by Harold Sinclair.
  • ''How wonderful to meet such a natural little girl. She knows what she wants and she asks for it. Not like these over-civilized little pets that have to go through analysis before they can choose an ice cream soda.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Monica Breedlove (Evelyn Varden), The Bad Seed, after Rhoda has asked for two gems to go in her pendant (1956).
  • ''Oh yes, children often commit murders. And quite clever ones, too. Some murderers, particularly the distinguished ones who are going to make great names for themselves, start amazingly early.... Like mathematicians and musicians. Poets develop later.''
    John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Reginald Tasker (Gage Clarke), The Bad Seed, answering Mrs. Penmark's question over cocktails (1956).

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