Brute Force (1947) Poster


Ella Raines: Cora Lister


  • Cora Lister : [Flashback scene: Tom Lister is in his prison cell, recalling how he had given his wife Cora an exquisite fur coat]  Tom... oh, Tom! It's the most beautiful thing in the whole world!

    Tom Lister : It belongs on you.

    Cora Lister : [Putting the coat on and admiring herself dreamily in the mirror]  It makes me feel so... I don't know... like I was "somebody." Oh, Tom...

    Cora Lister : [Suddenly coming to her senses]  Where'd you get it? Where'd the money come from? Where'd you get it!

    Tom Lister : Cora, I stole the money. I juggled the books and took three thousand dollars.

    Cora Lister : You? You STOLE? Why?

    Tom Lister : Darling, the way we were going, you wanting things - things you ought to have - and me strapped all the time... we were heading for a split-up. Don't you see? I just had to do it.

    Cora Lister : All my life, the one thing I've really wanted is a fur coat. I CAN'T give it up. I WON'T, Tom!

    Tom Lister : No, darling...

    Cora Lister : But what if something should happen?

    Tom Lister : Nothing that happens could matter, unless I lost you...

    [Loud, ominous knocking on door is heard, returning the scene back to Tom's prison cell] 

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