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  • When you're slapped you'll take and like it!
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon, to Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), whom Spade prevented from striking Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Mary Astor) across the face (1941). Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.
  • Hollywood has always been a cage ... a cage to catch our dreams.
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Quoted in London Sunday Times (December 27, 1987).
  • Well, Wilmer, I'm sorry indeed to lose you. But I want you to know I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. Well, if you lose a son it's possible to get another. There's only one Maltese falcon.
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet), The Maltese Falcon, to Wilmer (Elisha Cook, Jr.) upon deciding to making him the fall guy for Captain Jacobi's murder (1941). Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.

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  • After all, crime is only a lefthanded form of human endeavor.
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Emmerich, in The Asphalt Jungle (1950). scripted and directed by Huston; based on a novel by W.R. Burnett.
  • Heavy. What is it? The stuff that dreams are made of.
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Detective Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond) to Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon, about the Maltese falcon statuette (1941). Based on the novel by Dashiel Hammett.
  • You're a good man, sister.
    John Huston (1906-1987), U.S. filmmaker. Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon, to Effie Perine, his loyal and shrewd secretary, who effectively covers for Spade in a tight spot (1941). Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.

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