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The Razor's Edge (1946) Poster

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Kosti: You sound like a very religious man who does not believe in God!

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Elliott Templeton: The enjoyment of art is the only remaining ecstasy that's neither immoral nor illegal.

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Louisa Bradley: Elliott, who is this man you invited to dinner tonight?

Elliott Templeton: He's an English author.

[Referring to W. Somerset Maugham]

Elliott Templeton: He's quite alright. In fact he's quite famous. So pretend you've heard of him even if you haven't.

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Elliott Templeton: I'm afraid I haven't a very good account to give you of that young man, Louisa.

Louisa Bradley: Oh?

Elliott Templeton: When he first came over to Paris, for Isabel's sake, I asked him to lunch to meet the sort of people he ought to know. He told me he didn't eat lunch.

Louisa Bradley: Perhaps he doesn't.

Elliott Templeton: And then, when I asked him to dinner, he said he couldn't come because he had no evening clothes. If I live to be a hundred, I will never understand how any young man could come to Paris without evening clothes.

Louisa Bradley: Maybe he just didn't want to.

Elliott Templeton: That's the most incredible reason for refusing an invitation I've ever heard in my life.

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Kosti: You're a rum one, Larry. But what about all the answers to those profound questions you've been asking yourself? Don't you know, people have been asking those same questions for thousands of years?

Larry Darrell: Yes, but doesn't the fact that people *have* been asking those same questions for thousands of years only go to prove that they can't help asking?

Kosti: Very good, very good. You're not altogether stupid. As a matter of fact, you sound like a very religious man who doesn't believe in God.

Larry Darrell: I'm not sure that I believe in anything.

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Isabel Bradley: You think you're very clever.

Elliott Templeton: I don't think it. I know it.

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Elliott Templeton: I do not like the propinquity of the hoi polloi.

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Isabel Bradley: [Referring to Sophie MacDonald] She's an awful woman. She's bad, bad, bad! She's soused from morning to night.

W. Somerset Maugham: That doesn't necessarily mean she's bad. Quite a number of respectable citizens get drunk and do silly things... I call a person bad who lies and cheats and is unkind.

Isabel Bradley: If you're going to take her part, I'll kill you.

W. Somerset Maugham: I'd prefer it if you gave me a cup of tea.

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W. Somerset Maugham: [about Elliott's monogrammed robe] Elliott, what the devil's that crown doing over your initials?

Elliott Templeton: His Holiness has been graciously pleased to revive, in my favor, my old family title.

W. Somerset Maugham: Your what?

Elliott Templeton: Oh, didn't you know? I'm descended, in the female line, from the Count de Lauria, who came over to England with Philip II to marry the maid of honor to Queen Mary. As an American citizen, I feel it more modest not to use my title except on all my personal linen.

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Larry Darrell: If I ever acquire wisdom, I suppose I'll be wise enough to know what to do with it.

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W. Somerset Maugham: Elliott has no friends, only acquaintances.

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Elliott Templeton: I admit, he is good looking, and his clothes fit.

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W. Somerset Maugham: You've always looked upon nature as an impediment to social intercourse.

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W. Somerset Maugham: I'm afraid you'll find the company mixed.

Elliott Templeton: Don't you believe it. There'll be none of this confounded democracy there

[in heaven]

Elliott Templeton: .

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Elliott Templeton: Though you've lived half your life in diplomatic society and half the capitals of the world, you remain hopelessly American.

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Isabel Bradley: But I don't want to live on $3000 a year!

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W. Somerset Maugham: You see, my dear; goodness is, after all, the greatest force in the world.

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Elliott Templeton: [Recounting a series of rejected invitations] And then when I asked him to dinner, he said he couldn't come because he had no evening clothes. If I live to be a hundred I shall never understand how any young man can come to Paris without evening clothes.

Louisa Bradley: [Referring to the turning down of the invitations] Maybe he just didn't want to.

Elliott Templeton: That's the most incredible reason for refusing an invitation I've ever heard in my life.

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Sophie MacDonald: [Tipsy] Well, I'd better get back to my boyfriend. He'll raise the roof. He's a sulky brute, but quite a man.

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Larry Darrell: Dead looks so terribly dead when their dead.

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Larry Darrell: The only thing that makes me unhappy is making you unhappy. I don't think I'll ever find peace until I make up my mind about things. It's so difficult to put into words. The minute you try, you feel embarrassed. You say to yourself, who am I to bother my head about this, that or the other. Wouldn't it be better just to follow the beaten path and let what's coming to you, come? And then I think, of a guy I knew, a minute before he was full of life and fun, and then... he was dead. I've seen many men die; but, this one was different. It was the last day of the war, almost the last moment. He could have saved himself, but, he didn't. He saved me, and, died. So, he's gone and I'm here, alive. Why? It's all so meaningless! You can't help but ask what life is all about. Whether there's any sense to it or whether it's just a stupid blunder!

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Isabel Bradley: Larry, how can you bear to sit here in a backwash, when America is living through the most glorious adventure the world has ever known? You've been away a year now, a whole year out of your life. You just can't go on loafing for ever! Or, can you?

Larry Darrell: It's possible.

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Larry Darrell: We could go down to Capri for our honeymoon and then in the fall we could go to Greece. Remember how we used to talk about traveling all over the world together?

Isabel Bradley: Of course, I want to travel. But, not like that. Cheap restaurants. Third rate hotels. Besides, I want to have babies, Larry.

Larry Darrell: Alright, darling, we'll take them along with us.

Isabel Bradley: Oh, Larry, you're so impractical. You don't know what you are asking me to do. I'm young. I want to have fun. Do all the things people do. We wouldn't have a friend in the world.

Larry Darrell: Isabel, stop exaggerating. We'll do everything you want to do and we'll do it together.

Isabel Bradley: Oh, listen, darling, if you hadn't a cent to your name and got a job that brought you 3000 a year, I'd marry you without a minute's hesitation. I'd cook for you. I'd make beds. I wouldn't care what I wore. I'd think it was fun; because, I'd felt it was only a question of time until you'd make good. But, this means living like this all our lives! With nothing to look forward to! It's asking too much! Oh Larry, you've had your fling now. For your own sake, I beg of you to come home with us.

Larry Darrell: I wouldn't make you happy if I did. You see, what you forget is that I want to learn as passionately as, well, as Gray, for example, wants to make a lot of money! I came over here because I was restless and because my mind was muddled. I came looking for the answers to a lot of questions. Some of them I've found. Others, I may never find. But, I can't stop now. Oh, I know its sounds vague and trivial compared with, well, compared with everything that's happening at home today. And I know I'm being very difficult. But, I can't stop now, Isabel. I just can't.

Isabel Bradley: But, what would happen to America if everyone did as your doing?

Larry Darrell: The answer to that is that everyone doesn't feel as I do. Fortunately, for themselves, most people are just content to follow the normal course and take things as they are. Oh, I wish I could too. But, I know if I tried I'd just make a mess of your life and mine too.

Isabel Bradley: But, what's this all going to lead to?

Larry Darrell: I don't know. It may be that when I'm through, I will have found something to give that people will be glad to take. It's just a chance. But, even if I fail, I shan't be any worse off than a fellow who's gone into business and hasn't made a go of it.

Isabel Bradley: Then, there's nothing more to be said.

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Elliott Templeton: Am I right in surmising that you thought that if you could get him to come back here, it was almost inevitable that the inevitable should happen?

Isabel Bradley: No one could put it more, delicately.

Elliott Templeton: We know what the consequences may be when a poor girl strays from the narrow path of virtue.

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Isabel Bradley: You can be wonderfully disagreeable when you like, Uncle Elliott.

Elliott Templeton: I know, it's one of my most cherished gifts.

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Elliott Templeton: You know, I've never been able to understand why, when there's so much space in the world, people should deliberately choose to live in the Middle West.

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