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Jonathan (Character)
from The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Jonathan Shields: Don't worry. Some of the best movies are made by people working together who hate each other's guts.

Jonathan Shields: If you dream, dream big.

Georgia Lorrison: Jonathan, will you marry me?
Jonathan Shields: Not even a little bit.

Jonathan Shields: Because he was a drunk, you're a drunk. Because he loved women, you're a tramp. But you forget one thing: he did it with style.

Jonathan Shields: [to Georgia] Well, congratulations, you've got it all laid out for you so you can wallow in pity for yourself. The betrayed woman. The wounded doe with all the drivel that goes with it going through your mind right now. Oh, he doesn't love me at all. He was lying. All those lovely moments, those tender words. He's lying. He's cheap and cruel. Well, maybe I like Lilas. Maybe I like to be cheap once in a while! Maybe everyone does, or don't you remember?

Jonathan Shields: [whistles] Gentlemen! There seems to be an honest difference of opinion.
Harry Pebbel: There is.
Jonathan Shields: It looks as though we'll have to make a compromise.
Harry Pebbel: You bet we will.
Jonathan Shields: The compromise, gentlemen, is this: Harry, shut your penny-pinching mouth and build him his platform!

Jonathan Shields: Look. Put five men dressed like cats on the screen, what do they look like?
Fred: Like five men dressed like cats.

Jonathan Shields: When an audience pays to see a picture like this, what are they paying for?
Fred: To get the pants scared off of 'em.
Jonathan Shields: And what scares the human race more than any other single thing?
[crosses to wall switch and turns out the light]
Fred: The dark!
Jonathan Shields: Of course. And why? Because the dark has a life of its own. In the dark, all sorts of things come alive.
Fred: Suppose... suppose we never do show the cat men. Is that what you're thinking.
Jonathan Shields: Exactly.
Fred: No cat men!

Fred: [after Jonathan's father dies broke and disgraced] Are you going to change your name?
Jonathan Shields: Change it? I'm gonna ram the name of Shields down their throats!

Jonathan Shields: [to Georgia about her screen test] And I know I'm right about you. I gave you no help. The test was atrocious, but bad as it was, it proved one thing: when you're on the screen, no matter who you're with, what you're doing, the audience is looking at YOU. That's star quality... Lorrison quality.