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Erika von Schluetow: [singing] Want to buy some illusions? Slightly used, just like new. Such romantic illusions, and they're all about you. I sell them all for a penny, they make pretty souvenirs. Take my lovely illusions, some for laughs, some for tears.

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Erika von Schluetow: Let's go up to my apartment. It's only a few ruins away from here.

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Erika von Schluetow: We've all become animals with exactly one instinct left. Self-preservation. Now take me, Miss Frost. Bombed out a dozen times, everything caved in and pulled out from under me. My country, my possessions, my beliefs... yet somehow I kept going. Months and months in air raid shelters, crammed in with five thousand other people. I kept going. What do you think it was like to be a woman in this town when the Russians first swept in? I kept going.

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Erika von Schluetow: So you fly off back home. Wash your hands. Why, surely. You've got so much soap in the United States.

Congressman Pennecot: If you give a hungry man a loaf of bread, that's democracy, if you leave the wrapper on, that's imperialism.

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Phoebe Frost: How do you know so much about women's clothing?

Captain John Pringle: My mother wears women's clothing.

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Phoebe Frost: Really, Colonel Plummer... you should have your brakes relined!

Col. Rufus J. Plummer: [as she leaves, he scratches his nose with the middle finger, apparently flipping her off. it WAS Billy Wilder, after all]

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Erika von Schluetow: Want to buy an illusion?

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Captain John Pringle: How is good old Iowa?

Phoebe Frost: Sixty-two percent Republican, thank you.

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Captain John Pringle: Don't tell me it's subversive to kiss a Republican!

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Phoebe Frost: We'll go there right now!

Captain John Pringle: Where?

Phoebe Frost: To the files!

Captain John Pringle: In the middle of the night? Shouldn't we get permission?

Phoebe Frost: Did we get permission to land in Normandie? Let's go!

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Col. Rufus J. Plummer: Morale! Maybe someday we can send a little committee of our own investigating morale in Washington D.C.

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Phoebe Frost: There. Now we're getting someplace. I wonder what holds up that dress...

Captain John Pringle: Must be that German willpower.

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