Quotations From WILLIAM A DRAKE

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  • 1.
    I want to be alone ... I just want to be alone.
    William A. Drake, screenwriter, and Edmund Goulding. Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo), in Grand Hotel (film) (1932). The phrase was associated with Garbo although she claims never to have said it word for word: "I only said I want to be let alone." In the movie The Single Standard, she spoke the line: "I am walking alone because I want to be alone."

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  • 2.
    A man who is not with a woman is a dead man.
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel (1932).

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  • 3.
    I'm a prodigal son. The black sheep of a white flock. I shall die on the gallows.
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. The Baron (John Barrymore), Grand Hotel (1932).

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  • 4.
    Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go. Nothing ever happens.
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone), Grand Hotel, just before the fade-out (1932).

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  • 5.
    Have caviar if you like, but it tastes like herring to me.
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), Grand Hotel (1932).
  • 6.
    Believe me, if a man doesn't know death, he doesn't know life.
    William A. Drake (1900-1965), U.S. screenwriter. Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), Grand Hotel (1932).

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