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(1940)

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Lee Donley: [picking up a cigarette dropped by Gloria] I believe this is how the Chicago fire got started.

Gloria Anderson: The Chicago fire was started by a cow.

Lee Donley: History repeats itself.

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Nick Butler: I've never seen such luck!

Lee Donley: Lucky in cards, unlucky in love.

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Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: [arguing with Case on the phone] After a good night's sleep a man doesn't mind being shot, but during siesta?

[a pause while he listens]

Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: All right, all right! Si, senor. We... we give him a permanent siesta - we shoot him right away.

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Wally Davis: I smell a drink! I smell two drinks!

Nick Butler: You smell!

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Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: Rosario, you no longer have to worry about eating. We are going to shoot you.

Rosario 'Rosie' La Mata: Sooner or later everybody dies. It's too bad I am sooner.

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Wally Davis: A house doesn't have to fall on me.

Nick Butler: It might help.

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Lee Donley: [to Case] Mister, the stork that brought you must have been a vulture.

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Mr. Steve Case: [to the engineer of an overdue train] How'd you come? By way of Jersey City?

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Mr. Steve Case: He's on the Arturo bound for the States with my dough. I hope he goes to Halifax!

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Mr. Steve Case: [after hearing Rosario has escaped] Don't tell me that Donley dame had her mob down here there and rescued her too?

Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: Oh, she's safe under key and lock.

Mr. Steve Case: She better be, and she's out of town on that boat, or you'll be on the next one, medals and all!

Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: Mr. Case, I must remind you I was elected by the people.

Mr. Steve Case: Yes, and they're finally wise to you. Bet those brass buttons the next time they go to the polls, they'll throw you right out of office.

Police Chief Juan Rodriguez: Mr. Case, I don't believe in a Third Term.

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Lee Donley: [to Nick] I don't want to put you out. I'll take in washing for my room and board.

Wally Davis: [slightly laciviously] Well, I got a couple of buttons that could stand sewing.

Lee Donley: [sarcastically] Shirts, I suppose.

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Nick Butler: Oh, Lee, if you see Case, give him a kiss for me.

Lee Donley: Not even a foriegn general would kiss that guy!

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Lee Donley: Why don't you send that mind of yours out and have it dry-cleaned.

Nick Butler: What's the use? Look at the company I'm in.

Lee Donley: You won't be for long!

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Lee Donley: [as Gloria enters] Here comes Malicious.

Nick Butler: Can that talk!

Lee Donley: Well, some days a girl can't make a cent!

Gloria Anderson: I don't imagine you have any trouble.

Lee Donley: Why do you malk around making noises like a lady? All a guy has to do is wink and he hits the jackpot.

[Gloria turns around and leaves]

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Mr. Steve Case: [walking in while Lee and Nick are kissing] Necking like a couple of high school kids!

Lee Donley: [wisecracking] You interrupted a post-graduate course.

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Gloria Anderson: [cutting off Nick's shirt so she can dress his wound] Oh, did I hurt you?

Nick Butler: [sarcastically] Oh, no. How could you hurt me by sticking a scissors in my arm?

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Gloria Anderson: But, Nick, aren't you going to Chicago?

Nick Butler: Sure.

Gloria Anderson: [realizing he is going with Lee, not her] Oh, I get it!

[looking at Lee]

Gloria Anderson: You finally stepped down to your own level!

Lee Donley: That's still about three floors above yours!

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[last lines]

Nick Butler: [to Lee] You and your 14 karat oomph!

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Wally Davis: Nick's manners were always a bit trivial.

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