Oneliners in Gilda (1946)
Forties and some fifties films have the best dialogue that one can find, so I have a little project here on my blog to collect great passages of dialogue from mainly forties films with the desire to learn in my own writing.
Gilda: I can never get a zipper to close. Maybe that stands for something, what do you think?
Mundson: I think you were very rude to him.
Gilda: To whom?
Gilda: Was I? Oh, dear. That’s one of the things you’ll have to teach me, Ballin. Good manners.
Mundson: I want you to like him.
Gilda: You sure about that?
Mundson: What do you mean?
Gilda: He’s a very attractive man, if you like the type.
Mundson: He’s a boy.
Gilda: Boys have the darndest way of growing up, Ballin. Almost when you’re not looking.
Mundson: But I’ll be looking.
Gilda: Now isn’t this something? It’s a small world in Argentina, isn’t it?
Johnny: Isn’t it? Why did you marry him?
Gilda: My husband’s a very attractive man.
Johnny: You don’t love him.
Gilda: What was that word again, Johnny?
Johnny: You married him for his money.
Gilda: That happened to come with it.
Johnny: Now, that’s a great way to make a living.
Gilda: That wouldn’t be the big pot calling the little kettle black, now would it?
Johnny: I was down and out. He picked me up. Put me on my feet.
Gilda: Now isn’t that an amazing coincidence, Johnny. That’s practically the story of my life.
Johnny: You can’t talk to men down here the way you would at home. They don’t understand it.
Gilda: Understand what?
Johnny: They think you mean it.
Gilda: Mean what?
Johnny: Doesn’t it bother you at all that you’re married?
Gilda: What I want to know is, does it bother you?
Johnny: I got some news for you, Gilda. He didn’t just buy something. He’s in love with you.
Gilda: Is that so hard to understand?
Johnny: And you’re not going to do anything…
Gilda: I’ve got some news for you, Johnny. I’m going to do exactly what I please when I please. I was true to one man once, and look what happened. I made up my mind then…
Johnny: This isn’t about us, it’s about him.
Gilda: Really? You don’t say so.
Johnny: And get this straight. I don’t care what you do, but I’m going see to it that it looks all right to him. From now on, you go anywhere you please with anyone you please, but I’m going take you there and I’m going pick you up and bring you home. Get that? Exactly the way I’d take and pick up his laundry.
Gilda: Shame on you, Johnny. Any psychiatrist would tell you that your thought associations are very revealing.
Johnny: What are you talking about?
Gilda: Any psychiatrist would tell you that means something, Johnny.
Johnny: Did you hear what I said?
Gilda: Sure, I heard what you said. You’re going take me there and pick me up – all to protect Ballin. Who do you think you’re kidding, Johnny?