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The Mad Miss Manton (1938) Poster

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Lt. Mike Brent: Look, lady, it's been ten minutes since you called us. The murderer, that is if there is a murderer, could be in Brooklyn by now - that is, if anybody *wants* to be in in Brooklyn.

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Melsa Manton: Helen, you search the upstairs.

Helen Frayne: Oh, no! I was never much of an individualist. If the upstairs has to be searched, we'll search it together.

Dora Fenton: Why, that's communism!

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Dora Fenton: You know, psychiatrists say hate's just a step away from love.

Helen Frayne: Yeah, but it's the lull in between that drives you crazy.

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Peter Ames: [to Melsa] You're up to your beautiful hips in murder!

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Lt. Mike Brent: Miss Manton, I don't know what your game is but I know this - either your education or your spankin's been neglected. Now I can't do anything about spankin' ya, or can I?

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Melsa Manton: Hilda, the door!

Hilda: [already on her way to answer it] I heard it. I ain't deaf. Sometimes I wished I was.

Kit Beverly: [tagging along after Hilda, talking with her mouth full] Have you another piece of cake, Hilda?

Hilda: Yes, I have, but the kitchen's closed for the night.

Melsa Manton: Hilda! Miss Beverly is our guest!

Hilda: *I* didn't ask 'er up!

Helen Frayne: Comes the revolution and we'll stop being exploited by our help.

Melsa Manton: In my house the revolution is here.

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Melsa Manton: [storms into the room and slaps the first man she sees] Are you Peter Ames?

Peter's Secretary: No...

Peter Ames: But I am...

Melsa Manton: [Slaps Peter]

Peter Ames: [Slaps Melsa] To complete the circle.

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Lt. Mike Brent: Everybody suspects you of holding out, even I do.

Melsa Manton: Oh, I bet you say that to all the girls.

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Edward Norris: Don't speak to anyone. I don't want to kill an innocent bystander.

Peter Ames: Ya know that's what I like about crazy men; that fine sense of distinction.

Edward Norris: You think I'm insane?

Melsa Manton: [Stands in front of Peter, as to protect him] Oh, he's says that to everybody.

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Melsa Manton: [has just discovered Fonda is faking being near death, to pump her for information] Are you still in pain, sweet?

Peter Ames: [from hospital bed, faintly] Oh its nothing, nothing... only when I move... but its nothing...

Melsa Manton: [hovering over hospital bed] Peter, perhaps I did wrong in not telling Inspector Brent everything.

Peter Ames: You mean you held something back?

Melsa Manton: Yes Peter.

Peter Ames: [this is what he's hoping to hear] Oh sweet, you're so clever.

Melsa Manton: Remember when I went into Ronnie Beldon's apartment?

Peter Ames: Yes dear.

Melsa Manton: When I went into the bathroom, I found something.

Peter Ames: In the bathroom?

Melsa Manton: Yes, floating around in a foot of water in the bathtub.

Peter Ames: Louder, dear, I can hardly hear you.

Melsa Manton: [ominously] I'll come closer.

Peter Ames: Tell me dear, what was it?

Melsa Manton: [yelling] The Normandie, you black-hearted faker, in full sail!

[stabs him in the leg with a fork]

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Peter Ames: We'll go to South America, for six months - maybe we'll never come back!

Melsa Manton: Can you afford it?

Peter Ames: No, but you can.

Melsa Manton: Isn't there a drop of red blood in your veins? I want to live on your income!

Peter Ames: That's foolish, who's going to live on yours?

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Peter Ames: [Referring to Melsa] Isn't she wonderful? That's the girl I'm going to marry.

Lt. Mike Brent: I'll take Snow White!

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Hilda: [to the telephoe operator] Give me the Morrnin' Clarion. I don't know the numba'! The only numbers I knowse are policy numbers.

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Peter Ames: Listen, before I knew you, I disliked you intensly. When I met you, I disliked you intensly. Even now, I dislike you intensly... that is, the sensible sane portion of me... but there;s an insane side of me that gets a little violent every time I think of you.

Melsa Manton: Getting out of a million dollar lawsuit wouldn't have anything to do with your change in affection, would it?

Peter Ames: You're a nasty creature, aren't you, but in time I'll beat it out of you.

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Melsa Manton: [to her friends] Get him, girls!

Peter Ames: [Nervously, then desparately as the girls engulf and subdue him] Hey, wait a minute, girls...

[clicks the phone]

Peter Ames: Tahe it easy, girls... look... Hello... Help, I tho... wha... ahh!...

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Lt. Mike Brent: [Talking about Melsa] She's probably the kind of dame who would come back to haunt me. Otherwise, I'd shoot to kill.

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Melsa Manton: Police! All they know is to blow a whistle and hold up traffic!

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Lt. Mike Brent: Round up that bag of dames that run around with Manton and bring them down to headquarters. Dreag 'em out of bed if you have to!

Sullivan: Are you kidding? I hope I have to!

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Melsa Manton: Well, if I want to marry a fortune hunter, I can go to Europe and marry a professional one.

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Peter Ames: All right, Hilda, can you carry a gun?

Hilda: No, suh! I'se a pacifist.

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Melsa Manton: May I have a cigarette?

[He places one in her mouth, lights it]

Melsa Manton: I've had dozens of cigarette lighters but they never worked.

Peter Ames: This just one just takes cheap gasoline.

Melsa Manton: Maybe that's why.

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Hilda: [throwing an entire pitcher of water in Peter's face] sorry Mr. Ames, it was orders! but, I used distilled water.

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Helen Frayne: Look! I found a bloodstain!

Dora Fenton: How can that be blood, it's blue!

Gloria Hamilton: Maybe he shot Mrs. Astor.

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Melsa Manton: Thank you, Helen. You're sweet and very helpful.

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