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Jerry Mulligan (Character)
from An American in Paris (1951)

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An American in Paris (1951)
Jerry Mulligan: Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.

Jerry Mulligan: That's... quite a dress you almost have on.
Milo Roberts: Thanks.
Jerry Mulligan: What holds it up?
Milo Roberts: Modesty.

Jerry Mulligan: Where is everyone?
Milo Roberts: Here.
Jerry Mulligan: Downstairs?
Milo Roberts: No, here in this room.
Jerry Mulligan: What about that extra girl?
Milo Roberts: That's me.

[first lines]
Jerry Mulligan: This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.

Lise Bouvier: Maybe Paris has a way of making people forget.
Jerry Mulligan: Paris? No. Not this city. It's too real and too beautiful to ever let you forget anything.

Jerry Mulligan: What gets me is, I don't know anything about her. We manage to be together for a few moments and then off she goes. Sometimes we have a wonderful time together and other times it's no fun at all. But I got to be with her.

Jerry Mulligan: Well, uh, with a binding like you've got, people are going to want to know what's in the book.

Milo Roberts: [after watching Jerry dismiss a young woman looking at his work] Do you mind if I have a look, or will you chew my head off too?
Jerry Mulligan: No, you're all right. She's just one of those third year girls who gripe my liver.
Milo Roberts: Third year girls?
Jerry Mulligan: Yeah, you know, American college kids. They come over here to take their third year and lap up a little culture. They give me a swift pain.
Milo Roberts: Why? They're harmless enough.
Jerry Mulligan: They're officious and dull. They're always making profound observations they've overheard.

Jerry Mulligan: Hey, uh, how'd you come by all these worldly possessions? A rich husband or a rich father?
Milo Roberts: Father.

Jerry Mulligan: Civilization has a natural resistance to improving itself.

Jerry Mulligan: I came to Paris to paint, like Utrillo did, and Rouault did, and Lautrec did. I loved what they've created and I thought that, maybe, something could happen to me too. Well, it happened all right, but Paris is not enough for me anymore, because the more beautiful it is, the more it will hurt without you.

Milo Roberts: Why do you always talk about money?
Jerry Mulligan: Because I ain't got any. And when you ain't got any that takes on a curious significance.

Jerry Mulligan: I never touch a guy unless I've known him at least fifteen minutes.