Cluny Brown (1946)
Adam Belinski: In Hyde Park, some people like to feed nuts to the squirrels. But if it makes you happy to feed squirrels to the nuts, who am I to say nuts to the squirrels?
Sir Henry Carmel: Well, she needn't have dropped the platter and insulted my friend. What was it she said to you?
Syrette: I remember very well, sir. It was, if I may take the liberty of repeating it, 'Nuts to the squirrels.'
Sir Henry Carmel: Doesn't make sense!
Adam Belinski: No, it doesn't. It should be 'Squirrels to the nuts.' But I have an open mind, and if someone says to me 'Nuts to the squirrels,' I accept it. You may be inclined to say that to me yourself some day, when you know me better - and I'm not so sure that you will include the 'squirrels.'
Sir Henry Carmel: [shaking his head] That's much too deep for me.
Adam Belinski: You couldn't have prescribed a better sedative than yourself!
Jonathan Wilson: Thank you Sir.
Adam Belinski: Not at all.
Sir Henry Carmel: So many of these foreigners have foreign names.
Andrew Carmel: [hearing news of the war] I intend to write another letter to the Times.
Adam Belinski: Good.
Andrew Carmel: [uncertainly] No... No, I'll join the R.A.F.
Adam Belinski: Better... join the R.A.F, and rise above the Times.
Adam Belinski: But I know Hitler.
Sir Henry Carmel: He has written a book, hasn't he?
Adam Belinski: Yes.
Sir Henry Carmel: Big success?
Adam Belinski: Very big.
Sir Henry Carmel: So what more does he want? Why doesn't he lie down and keep quiet?
Adam Belinski: If you really want to know, Sir Henry, read the book.
Sir Henry Carmel: It's an outdoor book. What is it called? Oh yes, "Mein Camp".
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: Why do people go to cocktail parties?
Andrew Carmel: Because people give cocktail parties.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: Why do people give them?
John Frewen: Because people go to them.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: It's a vicious circle... like perpetual motion.
Andrew Carmel: It's depressing. Parties and people laughing with Europe on the brink.
John Frewen: Yes, Hitler and Vienna and Prague and people go around having fun.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: Oh, I'm so tired of hearing about Hitler and Mussolini and...
Andrew Carmel: Betty, I'm surprised! You talk like a superficial girl who thinks of nothing but her pink and white complexion.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: You seemed to like it until Hitler came between us.
Andrew Carmel: I... I still do.
John Frewen: Oh, intensely, Betty.
Andrew Carmel: But you must realize we're on the verge of a war.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: Well then, stop talking and do something about it.
Andrew Carmel: I have. I've written a letter to the Times.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Cream: Then there's nothing to worry about.
Jonathan Wilson: Mother's taking a great liking to you.
Cluny Brown: How do you know? She didn't say anything.
Jonathan Wilson: That's the point. Mother doesn't waste words on flattery. If she speaks it's to correct faults.
Cluny Brown: You must never become a victim of my circumstances, and, if you should ever seem romantic to me - don't hesitate. Just kick me.
Adam Belinski: Yes, let's kick each other.
Adam Belinski: I would build you the most beautiful mansion, with the most exquisite and complicated plumbing, I would hand you a hammer, and say "Ladies and Gentlemen, Madame Cluny Belinski is about to put the pipes in their place".
Jonathan Wilson: It may interest you to know that after the use of my nasal bath the Marquis Rockamere, a distinguished speaker, was for the first time clearly understood when he addressed the House of Lords last week.
Adam Belinski: You see she is not dressed for plumbing... but what woman is ?