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Deadline at Dawn (1946) Poster

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June Goth: You see, son, it's all right to live in a cocoon like this if you expect to be a butterfly some day. Otherwise...

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June Goth: Call me June. It rhymes with moon.

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June Goth: If you hear a peculiar noise, it's my skin creeping.

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Alex Winkley: [while dancing] Do you think it might rain and cool off?

June Goth: [Detached] Such things have been known to happen.

Alex Winkley: [after a pause] There'a a lot of nice people dancing here.

June Goth: [Cynically] This is a post office, son... full of second-class matter.

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Alex Winkley: [speaking to June about his father] Three or four haircuts ago - that's the last time I saw him.

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Gus Hoffman: Remember, Alex, speech was given to man to hide his thoughts.

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Gus Hoffman: [to Alex and June] Let's lower our voice. We're not exactly mice.

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Gus Hoffman: Put nothing in writing - that's the first rule of life.

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Gus Hoffman: Who are you?

Val Bartelli: Who wants to know?

Gus Hoffman: A man with a gun in his hands.

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Gus Hoffman: [speaking about his wife] For the first six years I shaved every night before I went to bed... I thought she might come back.

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Val Bartelli: [to Brady after being introduced to Mrs. Raymond] If she cut off her head, she'd be very pretty.

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Val Bartelli: [Referring to his murdered sister] She was no lullaby but she had the brains like a man.

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Gus Hoffman: [Referring to the shadowy figure in the back of the cab] Do you know this man?

June Goth: I can't see him in there.

Gus Hoffman: Well, get out, kind sir.

Gloved Man: [Defiantly] I won't!

Gus Hoffman: There's a police booth down there.

Sam - Taxi Driver: [to Gus] Listen, I don't wanna get in no trouble. I work. I'm just a parasite on parasites.

Sam - Taxi Driver: [to the gloved man] What are you following her for?

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Val Bartelli: [after losing his self-control and assaulting Alex with intent to kill] I was in the deep water there a minute.

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June Goth: Golly, the misery that walks around on this pretty, quiet night!

Gus Hoffman: The logic you're looking for... the logic is that there is no logic. The horror and terror you feel, my dear, comes from being alive. Die and there is no trouble. Live and you'll struggle,

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Alex Winkley: [sighing in the back of Gus' cab] Unhh...

Gus Hoffman: Beg pardon?

Alex Winkley: [Distracted] What?

Gus Hoffman: You sigh like the end of summer. Troubles?

Alex Winkley: Personal.

Gus Hoffman: Oh... personal. That's killed a lot of people in its day.

Alex Winkley: Yes.

Gus Hoffman: Hey, by the way, if it's not too personal, what was that all about down there?

Alex Winkley: Oh, uh... uh... uh... personal.

Gus Hoffman: All right, I'll buy it back. Forget I asked. Good night.

Alex Winkley: Good night.

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[first lines]

Edna Bartelli: Why, it's Sleepy Parsons! Aren't you dead yet?

[pours a drink]

Edna Bartelli: Here's to nothin'.

[Sleepy takes out cigar]

Edna Bartelli: Still on your 20 cigars a day?

[Sleepy puts cigar away]

Edna Bartelli: Can't your heart take it, Sleepy?

Sleepy Parsons: You drunk again?

Edna Bartelli: Yes.

Sleepy Parsons: It took you a long time to answer the door.

Edna Bartelli: Hahahahahahahahaha. It's a great relief being divorced from you, Sleepy dear.

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June Goth: [In Edna's flat] Do you hear anything?

Alex Winkley: Only your breathing.

June Goth: Is that what that is?

Alex Winkley: Yes - and mine.

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June Goth: [Walking into Edna's appartment and seeing that she has been strangled] I hear the whistle blowing.

[after a pause]

June Goth: Who did it? You?

Alex Winkley: You mean you think I did it?

June Goth: Didn't you?

Alex Winkley: Don't look at me like that. I think I'd better leave.

June Goth: This is New York, where hello means goodbye.

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Val Bartelli: People with wax heads should keep out of the sun.

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June Goth: [angrily to the bouncer] Why don't you ask him why he's wearing those white gloves? He's been givin' me the itch all night.

Gloved Man: [nervously] No, it's a misunderstanding.

June Goth: [contemptuously] He's got a rash on his hands.

Bouncer: [angrily] Is that a fact?

Gloved Man: [desperately] No, it's a nervous condition.

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Gus Hoffman: [Looking over Edna's correspondence] The Divine Being made many loathesome creatures but none so low as a woman with a cold heart. She held these letters for blackmail... even her own brother.

[Looking at the photographs on the wall]

Gus Hoffman: A blind man can see how many boyfriends she had. Evidently the water tasted good, so she jumped down the well.

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