Robert Riskin


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  • ''No matter what we see, we don't see nuthin', see?''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Bodyguard (Edward Gargan), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, explaining how a bodyguard operates (1936).
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  • ''You shouldn't be looking at the bottom of the mountain. Why don't you try looking at the top some time?''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Frank Capra. Chang (H. B. Warner), Lost Horizon, speaking to Gloria Stone who is looking down from her window (1937). The implication is that Gloria has been contemplating suicide.
  • ''Age is a limit we impose upon ourselves. You know, each time you Westerners celebrate your birthday you build another fence around your minds.''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter, and Frank Capra. Chang (H. B. Warner), Lost Horizon, talking to the stranded travelers (1937). From the novel by James Hilton (1900-1954).
  • ''You've been making love to a double dose of cyanide.''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Cobb (Lionel Stander), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, revealing Mary's true identity to Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), 1936.
  • ''How did you feel feeding doughnuts to a horse? Had a kick out of it, huh? Got a big laugh. Did you ever think of feeding doughnuts to a human being? No!''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Farmer (John Wray), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, while threatening Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) (1936).
  • ''Lincoln said, "With malice toward none and with charity to all." Nowadays they say, "Think the way I do or I'll bomb the daylights out of you."''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Grandpa (Lionel Barrymore), You Can't Take It With You (1938).
  • ''Art is 110 percent sweat.''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Kolenkhov (Mischa Auer), You Can't Take It With You (1938).
  • ''I was walking along and I'm looking at the tall buildings. And I got to thinking about what Thoreau said: "They created a lot of grand palaces here, but they forgot to create the noblemen to put in them."''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, commenting on New York City (1936).
  • ''People here are funny. They work so hard at living, they forget how to live.''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, commenting on New Yorkers (1936).
  • ''Even his hands are oily.''
    Robert Riskin (1897-1955), U.S. screenwriter. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, after shaking hands with his lawyer, Cedar (Douglass Dumbrille) (1936).

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