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(1953)

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Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] Well, you're about as romantic as a pair of handcuffs.

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Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] I guess a scar isn't so bad. Not if it's only on one side... I can always go through life sideways.

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Tierney: They come and go like flies.

Dave Bannion: Only this fly got herself strangled.

Tierney: These things, happen, Sergeant.

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Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] The main thing is to have the money. I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better.

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Debby Marsh: [to Mrs. Duncan about their almost identical fur coats] We're sisters under the mink.

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Debby Marsh: Vince threw hot coffee in my face. I'm gonna' be scarred. The whole side of my face will be scarred.

[breaks down sobbing]

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Vince Stone: Hey, that's nice perfume!

Debby Marsh: Something new. It attracts mosquitoes and repels men.

Vince Stone: It doesn't work that way with me.

Debby Marsh: It's not supposed to.

[She gives him a teasing kiss]

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[Debby surveys Bannion's undistinguished hotel room]

Debby Marsh: Hey, I like this. Early nothing!

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Lt. Ted Wilks: It was bad judgment to bother a cop's widow about the love life of her husband.

Dave Bannion: Good or bad, it was my judgment.

Lt. Ted Wilks: You're missing the point. I'm the one that gets the pressure calls from upstairs. I'm the one that has to explain. You don't keep an office like this very long stepping on a lot of corns.

Dave Bannion: You want me to go upstairs and explain?

Lt. Ted Wilks: Not you. You're a corn stepper by instinct.

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Debby Marsh: [leaving Bannion's hotel room] You really want me to go?

Dave Bannion: I wouldn't touch anything of Vince Stone's with a ten-foot pole.

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Debby Marsh: [Has just thrown scalding coffee in Vince's face] It'll burn for a long time, Vince. It doesn't look bad now. But in the morning your face will be like mine.

Debby Marsh: [Sticks her face up close to Vince's, then dramatically rips the bandages from her scarred face] Look at it. It isn't pretty, is it? You'll walk through the side streets and alleys so that people won't stare at you. But you're lucky. It won't be for long.

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Mike Lagana: [to Vince] Prisons are bulging with dummies who wonder how they got there.

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Dave Bannion: [to Larry Gordon] I'm through with you - but your friends aren't. I'm going to spread the word that you talked. You're out of business, thief.

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Bertha Duncan: [having explained her blackmail-protection plot] The coming years are going to be just fine.

Dave Bannion: There aren't going to be any coming years for you.

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Mike Lagana: [to Bannion] This is my home and I don't like dirt checkd into it.

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Dave Bannion: [to Lagana] You know, you ouldn't find enough flowers around here to kill the smell.

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Lt. Ted Wilks: You have any doubts Duncan killed himself?

Dave Bannion: No, none at all, but I just got back from the county morgue.

Lt. Ted Wilks: You mean that barfly? I read the teletype about your identification.

Dave Bannion: Lucy Chapman used to be Duncan's girlfriend.

Lt. Ted Wilks: And the army's and navy's.

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Debby Marsh: [to Stone about his quick retreat when Bannion threatened him] You made better time than they make in the Olympics.

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Dave Bannion: It doesn't matter to you that Slim might have been mixed up in a murder?

Mr. Atkins: Sure it matters, but what can I do about it? I don't know anything.

Dave Bannion: You're a liar.

Mr. Atkins: You can't insult me, mister. I said I don't know anything about it, and that's how it stands.

Dave Bannion: You know, I've been meetin' your kind every day for ten years... scared rabbits that never see anything. You wouldn't stick out your big, fat neck for anybody, would you?

Mr. Atkins: That's the truth, but it's my big, fat neck. So now, if you're through talkin', I'll get back to work.

Dave Bannion: I ought to...

[Bannion makes a threatening move toward him]

Mr. Atkins: That won't change my story. Cops get paid to take risks - I'm not. You see, I've got a wife and kids too.

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Dave Bannion: [about Lucy Chapman] Where'd she live?

Tierney: If I ask for an address, they lie. It's not worth the bother. They're floaters. Not much more than a suitcase full of nothin' between them and the gutter.

Dave Bannion: Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials - how to talk a lot and say nothin'.

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Mike Lagana: [On the phone] This is not a social call, Debby. Tell Vince I want him right away.

Debby Marsh: Oh, sure, Mr. Lagana, I always like to tell Vince you're calling. I like to see him jump.

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Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] When Vince talks business, I go out and get my legs waxed or something.

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Katie Bannion: [to Bannion] Your big trouble, Honey, is that you attack yourself from all sides like Jersey mosquitoes.

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Dave Bannion: Do you mind if I walk around your yard? Talk to your men?

Mr. Atkins: I have to mind. When it comes to my bread and butter, I stay careful.

Dave Bannion: It doesn't matter to you that Slim might have been mixed up in a murder, hmm?

Mr. Atkins: Sure it matters. But what can I do about it? I don't know anything.

Dave Bannion: You're a liar.

Mr. Atkins: You can't insult me, mister. I said I don't know anything, and that's how it stands.

Dave Bannion: You know, I've been meeting your kind every day now for ten years. Scared rabbits who never see a thing. You wouldn't stick out your big fat neck for anybody, would you?

Mr. Atkins: That's the truth. But it's my big fat neck. So now if you're through talking, I'll get back to work.

Dave Bannion: [Approaches Mr. Atkins threateningly] I oughta'...

Mr. Atkins: That won't change my story. Cops are paid to take risks. I'm not. You see, I've got a wife and kids, too.

[Bannion glares at him and walks away]

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