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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: You know, the trouble with women is they ask too many questions. They should spend all their time just being beautiful.

Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: And let the men do the worrying.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Yeah. You know, I've been thinking: women ought to come capsule-sized, about four inches high. When a man goes out of an evening, he just puts her in his pocket and takes her along with him, and that way he knows exactly where she is. He gets to his favorite restaurant, he puts her on the table and lets her run around among the coffee cups while he swaps a few lies with his pals...

Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: Why...

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Without danger of interruption. And when it comes that time of the evening when he wants her full-sized and beautiful, he just waves his hand and there she is, full-sized.

Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: Why, that's the most conceited statement I've ever heard.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: But if she starts to interrupt, he just shrinks her back to pocket-size and puts her away.

Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: I understand. What you're saying is: women are made to be loved.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Is THAT what I'm saying?

Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: Yes, it's a confession. A woman may drive you out of your mind, but you wouldn't trust her, and because you couldn't put her in your pocket, you get all mixed up.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: You know, you do awful good. I came here to - but go ahead. Put Christmas in your eyes and keep your voice low. Tell me about paradise and all the things I'm missing. I haven't had a good laugh since before Johnny was murdered.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [referring to two war souvenir hand grenades] If I were you, I'd turn 'em in to Army Ordnance. You start coughin' too hard with one of them in your hand, there'll be nothing left but the gold in your teeth... if it don't melt!

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: I hated every part of her but I couldn't figure her out yet. I wanted to see her the way Johnny had. I wanted to hear that song of hers with Johnny's ears. Maybe she was alright. And maybe Christmas comes in July. But I didn't believe it.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: I'm the brass-knuckles-in-the-teeth-to-dance-time type.

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Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: Oh, it's a blue, sick world, Rip.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Say, when you get on again as a professor at some college, and I'm back running my cabs in St. Louis, send me up a problem in algebra once in a while, will you?

Sergeant Johnny Drake: Blonde or brunette?

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Redhead in a sloppy joe sweater.

Sergeant Johnny Drake: I think you're a great guy, too, Rip, if that's what this conversation's about. Even in the U.S.A., this world.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Johnny, why don't you get rid of the grief you got for that blonde, whoever she is? Every mile we go, you sweat worse with the same pain. Didn't I tell you all females are the same with their faces washed?

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Coral 'Dusty' Chandler: Martinelli won't ever give up the gun. And this time you might get killed.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: That would be awful. Wouldn't it?

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [after stealing a phone booth from a pretty, young girl] Oh sorry, gorgeous. I didn't see what you look like. I'd let you have it, only it's long distance.

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Photographer: Captain Murdock?

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: On the hoof, son.

Photographer: The camera boys'd like to get a couple of shots of you and Sergeant Drake. Could you come out on the platform? You only stop here for five minutes.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: This is the City of Brotherly Love?

Photographer: That's what New Yorkers call it. They don't live here.

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: I'm all for love, son.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [to Johnny Drake] Every mile we go you sweat worse with some pain. Didn't I tell you all females are the same with their faces washed?

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [coming to from a drugged stupor] Coming out of it was like after being tapped on the button. Everything foggy - fur in my throat, an anchor on my head, and ringing in my ears.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: [on the phone] Whattya mean, am I checkin' up on you? Of course. I am. I forgot to tell you, I don't trust anybody - especially women!

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Martinelli: I gather, Mr. Murdock, that you've been around, as the saying is?

Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: East St. Louis is around enough.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Keep the motor running and the headlights on.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: You're with me 'til after dark, and then some.

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Captain Warren 'Rip' Murdock: Here goes nothin, kid. Geronimo.

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Martinelli: [to Rip] You place me in an extremely distasteful position, Mr. Murdock. Brutality has always revolted me.

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