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Quotes for
Teddy Brewster (Character)
from Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Teddy Brewster: [His first line] I must be catching cold.
Abby Brewster: No, dear, it was Reverend Harper who sneezed.

Mortimer Brewster: The name Brewster is code for Roosevelt.
Teddy Brewster: Code for Roosevelt?
Mortimer Brewster: Yes. Don't you see? Take the name Brewster, take away the B, and what have you got?
Teddy Brewster: Rooster!
Mortimer Brewster: Uh-huh. And what does a rooster do?
Teddy Brewster: Crows.
Mortimer Brewster: It crows. And where do you hunt in Africa?
Teddy Brewster: On the veldt!
Mortimer Brewster: There you are: crows - veldt!
Teddy Brewster: Ingenious! My compliments to the boys in the code department.

Teddy Brewster: Mr. Witherfork!
Mr. Witherspoon: Spoon!
[Mortimer hands him a spoon]

Jonathan Brewster: Teddy, I think it's time for you to go to bed.
Teddy Brewster: I beg your pardon. Who are you?
Jonathan Brewster: I'm Woodrow Wilson. Go to bed!
Teddy Brewster: No, you're not Wilson, but you're face is familiar. Let me see. You're not anyone I know now - perhaps later on my hunting trip to Africa. Yes, you look like someone I might meet in the jungle.

Mortimer Brewster: Mr. President, may I have the pleasure of presenting...
Teddy Brewster: Doctor Livingston?
Dr. Gilchrist: Livingstone?
Mortimer Brewster: Uh, well, that's what he presumes.

[repeated line]
Teddy Brewster: Charge!

Dr. Einstein: Alright, Mr. President, we go to Panama.
Teddy Brewster: Bully, bully! Follow me, General. It's down south, you know.
Dr. Einstein: [hat falling across his eyes] Well, Bon voyage!

Teddy Brewster: [showing Einstein a photo] This is the picture I was telling you about, General. Here we are, both of us. President Roosevelt and General Goethals. That's me, General, and that's you.
Dr. Einstein: My how I've changed.

Teddy Brewster: [after charging up the stairs] Charge the blockhouse!
Reverend Harper: Blockhouse?
Aunt Abby: Yes. The stairs are always San Juan Hill.

Teddy Brewster: [Mr. Witherspoon has just met Teddy and Teddy pulls Mortimer aside] Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out?
Mortimer Brewster: Who?
Teddy Brewster: [points to Mr. Witherspoon] Taft!

Teddy Brewster: Charge! Charge the blockhouse!

Teddy Brewster: [to Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha] General Goethals was very pleased. He said the canal was just the right size.

Teddy Brewster: What news have you brought me?
Mortimer Brewster: Just this, Mr. President, the country is squarely behind you.
Teddy Brewster: Yes, I know.

Teddy Brewster: Gentlemen, what news have you brought me?
Police Sgt. Brophy: [salutes] Colonel, we have nothing to report.
Officer Patrick O'Hara: Huh?
[Brophy elbows him and he salutes also]
Officer Patrick O'Hara: Oh, no! Absolutely nothing to report!
Teddy Brewster: Splendid. Thank you, gentlemen. At ease.

Mortimer Brewster: [introducing Teddy to Gilchrist] Oh, uh, Mr. President, may I have the pleasure of introducing...
Teddy Brewster: Dr. Livingstone!
Dr. Gilchrist: Livingstone?
Mortimer Brewster: Yeah, well, that's what he presumes.

Teddy Brewster: [to Mr. Witherspoon] Mr. Witherfork.
Mr. Witherspoon: "Spoon".

Teddy Brewster: A *secret* proclamation? How unusual.

Teddy Brewster: [as Theodore Roosevelt] I'll be in my office vetoing bills.

Teddy Brewster: Yes, Doctor, I'll run for a third term, but I won't be elected. That will be the last of the Roosevelts in the White House.
Dr. Gilchrist: That's what you think!