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Jailhouse Rock (1957) Poster

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Peggy Van Alden: How dare you think such cheap tactics would work with me!

Vince Everett: That ain't tactics, honey. It's just the beast in me.

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Sherry Wilson: I asked for nothing, I expected nothing and I got nothing.

Vince Everett: What'd you expect for nothing?

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Peggy Van Alden: I think I'm going to just hate you!

Vince Everett: No, you ain't gonna hate me. I ain't gonna let you hate me.

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Vince Everett: [their first meeting, after she has criticized his dull singing style] Okay, you're used to the top talent. What are you wasting your time working *me* over for?

Peggy Van Alden: [softly] I like the way you swing a guitar.

[they look at each other and start laughing]

Vince Everett: Yeah, I guess I *did* get a lot of wrist action into it, didn't I?

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Vince Everett: How's your headache?

Sherry Wilson: I'm coming all unglued.

[they continue to kiss]

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Jack Lease: Listen, Sonny. You don't own that song. It's a published tune. Anyone can record it.

Vince Everett: You turned it down. You said you didn't like it.

Jack Lease: We simply didn't want to record it with an unknown.

Vince Everett: What about my arrangement?

Jack Lease: So see your lawyer. You can't copyright an arrangement.

Vince Everett: You're a thievin' rat!

[goes after him]

Jack Lease: Now you listen to me, sonny.

Vince Everett: [grabs him] Don't "sonny" me, you louse!

[slaps him a couple times and throws him back in his chair]

Vince Everett: Crawl back under your rock, you snake!

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Vince Everett: Hey, what are you, man? Some kind of an animal?

Hunk Houghton: That's right, buddy. I'm an animal in a jungle and I got a motto: "Do unto others as they would do unto you, only do it first."

Vince Everett: Yeah. That's right. Do it first.

Hunk Houghton: And it's just as bad on the outside. Worse. Remember that.

Vince Everett: I don't aim to forget it.

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Peggy Van Alden: Vince, what about Laurel Records? What is it?

Vince Everett: We got an offer for the label, Peg. It's just too good to turn down.

Peggy Van Alden: An offer? What kind of an offer?

Vince Everett: To sell out to Geneva Records.

[raises his hand]

Vince Everett: Wait a minute. Wait'll you hear the deal. Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars, a capital gain. That's 225,000 in cold cash for you, after taxes.

Peggy Van Alden: But, Vince, I don't wanna sell out.

Vince Everett: I'm afraid you got not choice, kid. I own...

Peggy Van Alden: I know. Sixty percent.

Vince Everett: That's the way the mop flops. You'd think I was tryin' to rob you. After all, you're getting practically a quarter of a million dollars.

Peggy Van Alden: Dollars? Dollars? Is that the beginning and the end of the world for you? Is there no emotion left in you but the lust for money?

Vince Everett: Emotion? What emotion? It's strictly business between you and me. You said that.

Peggy Van Alden: I don't care what I said. We started this thing together. We nursed it and brought it up, you and I. It may just be a ledger page to you and Mr. Shores... but to me it's part of my life! Oh, go ahead and sell it! I don't care what you do!

[goes away crying]

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Hunk Houghton: Trampin' on me is one thing, sonny.

[takes off his jacket]

Hunk Houghton: Hurtin' a little girl like Peggy is another.

Vince Everett: Now just don't you get no ideas, Hunk.

Hunk Houghton: There comes a time when you gotta take a hand in things, and that time is now.

Vince Everett: Don't push me, Hunk.

Hunk Houghton: [roles up his sleeves] I'm gonna beat the hell outta you.

Vince Everett: Don't try it. You're talkin' crazy, man.

Hunk Houghton: You know you got it comin', son.

Vince Everett: I said don't try...

[Hunk hits him]

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Vince Everett: I didn't see you applauding. You didn't like me?

Hunk Houghton: You've come a long way since cellblock 21.

Vince Everett: Yeah, and it's been a tough road to hoe.

Hunk Houghton: Oh, I don't know. You haven't hardly touched the ground at all.

Vince Everett: What do you mean by that crack?

Hunk Houghton: You walked most of the way on other people.

Vince Everett: Ah, you're just gettin' bitter, old buddy.

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Hunk Houghton: [to the mail clerks] Hurry up, fellas. I gotta count my fan mail.

Hunk Houghton: [starts reading the envelopes] Vince Everett. Everett. Everett.

Hunk Houghton: [calls the mail clerks over] Hey, you birds, come here. How would you like to make 5 cartons a piece?

Mail Clerk #1: Five? Who do you want us to murder?

Hunk Houghton: This is the easiest money you'll ever make as long as you live. All's you gotta do is to keep your mouth shut. I mean, about the mail. I made a mistake and I gave the kid the best spot in the show. Naturally, if any word of this gets out all this mail's for Vince Everett, it makes me look bad. Follow? I mean me, the professional singer.

Mail Clerk #1: I, uh... I see.

Hunk Houghton: If within a week the words not around, you get the cigarettes.

Mail Clerk #2: Yeah, but it's Everett's mail. Who's gonna keep him quiet?

Hunk Houghton: If I know the warden, Everett will never get it.

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Hotel Clerk: I'll send a woman up to make the bed directly.

Vince Everett: Okay.

Vince Everett: [sees him still standing there] What do you want?

Hotel Clerk: It's custom to tip a man he brings you to your room.

Vince Everett: Well, I'm startin' a new custom: no tip.

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Vince Everett: Where's the nearest pawnshop?

Cleaning Woman: Oh, down the street to the right, a couple of blocks.

Cleaning Woman: What you gonna do? Buy yourself a diamond ring?

Vince Everett: No. I'm gonna buy a guitar and sing love songs to you.

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