It’s Not a Threat — It’s a Promise: My Favorite Noir Quotes, Part 2

You gotta love the language of film noir. Hard-boiled, cynical, straight to the point and unmistakable — this era of filmmaking offers some of the best quotes in all cinema. Here, I offer for your consideration, Part 2 of my favorite noir quotes — and these ain’t no idle threats . . .

“Touch my truck and I’ll climb into your hair.” Richard Conte in Thieves’ Highway (1949)

Richard Conte (with Jack Oakie): Don't touch his truck, okay?

“Be still or I’ll snap your arm like a wishbone.” Ted deCorsia in The Naked City (1948)

“The first guy that talks or tries to identify anyone is gonna get a headache he can’t cure.” Alan Ladd in Appointment with Danger (1951)

“Get outta here while you can still walk.” Glenn Ford in The Big Heat (1953)

“People lose teeth talkin’ like that. You want to hang around, you’ll be polite.” Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Humphrey Bogart (with Peter Lorre): Be polite.

“You got a head on your shoulders. Now take it outta here before I bust it.” Sheldon Leonard in Somewhere in the Night (1946)

“If I ever catch you around here again, they’ll have to pick you up with a sieve.” Victor Mature in I Wake up Screaming (1942)

“I kept remembering that pretty face of yours, Jardine, all the time I was in hock. If you’re not sharp, you’re not going to have that pretty face. You’re not going to have any face at all.” Mark Stevens in The Dark Corner (1946)

“For a nickel, I’d grab him. Stick both thumbs right in his eyes. Hang on ‘til he drops dead.” Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death (1947)

Richard Widmark: This is how he looks after he sticks both thumbs in your eyes.

“One bad move outta you and I’ll put you on your back for good.” Jack Webb in Appointment with Danger (1951)

“Do me a favor, Castro, while I’m on the phone. Try to jump me. I’d love nothing better than shooting you right in the belly.” Dick Powell in Cry Danger (1951)

“I’d just as soon see you with all your guts hanging out.” John Garfield in The Breaking Point (1950)

“You like to shoot? So do I. So I’m warnin’ you – don’t try anything smart with me.” William Talman in The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

William Talman: He likes to shoot. We get it.

“I’m gonna take a smack out of him right now. I’d give my right arm to smash his face in. I can’t stand the sight of it.” Elisha Cook, Jr., in The Gangster (1947)

“You’re in the same boat that I am, but you’re gonna be in it dead.” Lloyd Nolan in Lady in the Lake (1947)

“You ever cross me again, or look like it, I’ll bury you. Now beat it.” John Garfield in Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Stay tuned for My Favorite Quotes, Part 3 . . .

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 24, 2011.

4 Responses to “It’s Not a Threat — It’s a Promise: My Favorite Noir Quotes, Part 2”

  1. […] might be surprised at how applicable these film noir quotes will be in your daily life. Memorize and use them […]

  2. “I don’t go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.” Jan Sterling in Wilder’s Ace in the Hole.

    “Take any six of ’em – my wife included. Throw ’em up in the air. The one who sticks to the ceiling, I like” Robert Ryan in Lang’s Clash by Night

    Also one response is a mis-attribution.
    The line is “What are you going to do? Kill me? Everybody dies. The final lines spoken by John Garfield in Polonsky’s Body and Soul (1947) not Kirk Douglas.

  3. […] – Creative Shrimp, Shadows and Satin, Ton of Worms, Same Facts, Directors Guild of America […]

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