Born Yesterday (1950) Poster


Billie Dawn: How about the story of your life?

Paul Verrall: Oh no. Much too long... and mostly untrue.

Billie: Because when ya steal from the government, you're stealing from yourself, ya dumb ox.

Paul: A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.

Billie: I've got a yen for ya.

Harry Brock: What's a peninsula?

Billie Dawn: Shhhh.

Harry Brock: Don't gimme that "shush." You think you're so smart, huh - what's a peninsula?

Paul Verrall: It's a...

Harry Brock: Not you, her.

Billie Dawn: It's that new medicine...

Harry Brock: Shut up! You ain't gonna be tellin' nobody nothin' pretty soon!

Billie Dawn: DOUBLE NEGATIVE! Right?

Paul Verrall: Right.

Billie Dawn: He always used to say, "Never do nothing you wouldn't want printed on the front page of The New York Times."


Jim Devery: A revolution.

Harry Brock: Alright, let's get down to it... what'll ya take, Paul?

Paul Verral: I'll take a drink, please, if I may.

Harry Brock: Don't get fancy with me! I ain't met a guy yet didn't have his price.

Paul Verral: I have.

Harry Brock: I'm talkin' about big numbers!

Billie Dawn: You an' your big numbers, you don' watch out, you'll be wearing one across yer chest!

Harry Brock: How d'ya like that! He could've had a hundred grand. She could've had me. Both wind up with nothin'... Dumb chump!... Crazy broad!

Jim Devery: [raises a glass as a toast] To all the dumb chumps and all the crazy broads, past, present, and future, who thirst for knowledge and search for truth... who fight for justice and civilize each other... and make it so tough for crooks like you...

[Harry stares at him angrily]

Jim Devery: ...*and* me.

Billie: Would you do me a favor, Harry?

Harry Brock: What?

Billie: Drop dead!

Billie Dawn: This country and its institutions belong to the people who inhibit it.

Paul Verrall: inHABit.

Billie Dawn: InHABit it.

Harry Brock: Don't you feel good? You want a aspirin?

Jim Devery: No, no, I'm fine. In fact, considering I've been dead for sixteen years I'm in remarkable health.

Billie Dawn: You could have saved yourself the trouble. I don't read papers.

Paul Verrall: Never?

Billie Dawn: Yeah, once in a while the back part... the funnies.

Paul Verrall: Oh, I think you should. The, the front part... the not-so-funnies.

Paul Verrall: Nobody's born smart, Billie. Do you know what the stupidest thing on Earth is? An infant!

Billie Dawn: Whadaya got against babies all of a sudden?

Billie Dawn: You're just not couth!

Harry Brock: Yeah? Well, I'm as couth as you are!

Billie Dawn: [with a sneer] Hmmmm...

Jim Devery: Anyway you've been engaged for seven years, I've never understood why you waited this long.

Harry Brock: I didn't wanna to be rushed. Look, this way I give her somethin', I'm a swell fella. We get married, she's got it coming, she thinks.

Billie: He's right. I'm stupid and I like it.

Congressman Norval Hedges: I said to Sam only last week this country will soon to have to decide if the people are going to run the government, or the government is going to run the people.

Billie: Are you one of these talkers or would you be interested in a little action?

Billie Dawn: One night I brought home a hundred dollars and gave it to him. You know what he did?... Well, it sure didn't do the plumbing no good.

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