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: I want two things. One, I want my story back, it's not much but its what I do. And two, I want to be left alone.
: He was good. Hammett
: He was the best - in his heyday.
: Don't be a simp'; you don't think they're going to let you waltz, do you?... You're going up against one hundred, two hundred, three hundred million dollars. You're going up against the powerhouse, angel - the big steam.
: I was sure I heard you retired. Doc Fallon
: I heard you stopped drinkin'. Hammett
: I guess we were both wrong.
: You know what my problem is? I'm a halfway honest man in a nine-tenths dishonest world. What's your problem? Hammett
[takes a drink
] Doc Fallon
: My advice? Don't hesitate.
: Would you be dippy enough Angel to spend a little shoe leather? Kit Conger
: Doing what? Hammett
: Looking for Gary Salt. Kit Conger
: Who the hell are you now? Hammett the writer? or Hammett the detective? Hammett
: I think you left out Hammett the fool.
: Kit, this is Eli, last of the IWW organizers Kit Conger
: Are you really a Wobbly? Eli the Taxi Driver
: Naw, that's just Hammett talkin'. What I am now is sort of an anarchist, with syndicalist tendencies.
: [after reading Lillian's play
] You better tear this up. It's not that it's bad, it's just not good enough, not for you.
Roy Marcus Cohn
: We'd like you to describe the apparatus of your organization, those to whom you reported, what they told you to put in your books, others you may have seen at party meetings. And we'll expect you to testify to a certain amount of this in public session. Dashiell Hammett
: I know what you're thinking about, but it isn't so, no how. Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn't, it ain't That's logic. Senator Joseph McCarthy
: Very funny.