July 07, 2006

Oneliners in North by Northwest (1959)

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.

North by NorthwestRoger: What I mean is, the moment I meet an attractive woman, I have to start pretending I have no desire to make love to her.
Eve: What makes you think you have to conceal it?
Roger: She might find the idea objectionable.
Eve: Then again, she might not.
Roger: Think how lucky I am to have been seated here.
Eve: (ironically) Well, luck had nothing to do with it.
Roger: Fate?
Eve: I tipped the steward five dollars to seat you here if you should come in.
Roger: Is that a proposition?
Eve: I never discuss love on an empty stomach. [She actually says, “I never make love on an empty stomach,” but the line was dubbed over.]
Roger: You’ve already eaten.
Eve: But you haven’t.

Eve: I’m Eve Kendall. I’m twenty-six and unmarried. Now you know everything.
Roger: Tell me. What do you do besides lure men to their doom on the Twentieth Century Limited?
Eve: I’m an industrial designer.
Roger: Jack Phillips. Western sales manager for Kingby Electronics.
Eve: No, you’re not. You’re Roger Thornhill of Madison Avenue, and you’re wanted for murder on every front page in America, and don’t be so modest. Oh, don’t worry, I won’t say a word.
Roger: How come?
Eve: I told you. It’s a nice face.
Roger: Is that the only reason?
Eve: It’s going to be a long night.
Roger: True.
Eve: And I don’t particularly like the book I’ve started.You know what I mean?
Roger: Let me think. (Pause) Yes, I know exactly what you mean…

Eve: Incidentally, I wouldn’t order any dessert if I were you.
Roger: (eagerly) I get the message.
Eve: That isn’t exactly what I meant. This train seems to be making an unscheduled stop, and I just saw two men get out of a police car as we pulled into the station. They weren’t smiling.

~

Roger: Now where were we?
Eve: Here. (They kiss again passionately.)
Roger: Yes. Nice of you to have opened the bed.
Eve: Yes.
Roger: Only one bed.
Eve: Yes.
Roger: That’s a good omen, don’t you think?
Eve: Wonderful.
Roger: You know what that means?
Eve: Hmmm.
Roger: What? Tell me.
Eve: It means you’re going to sleep on the floor.


- 4 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Roger: How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?
    Eve: Just lucky I guess.

    One of those I have to say to someone, somewhere, sometime :)

    08 Jul 2006, 20:36

  2. That's a good one! Thanks!

    09 Jul 2006, 10:36

  3. Jane

    Really enjoyed reading your blog.

    25 Aug 2006, 13:47

  4. Thanks Jane.

    01 Sep 2006, 16:18


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