Another good example of late 1940s film noir.
A unique example of film noir colliding with a more straightforward melodrama.
“Why not, we’re buried, ain’t we? Only thing is, we ain’t dead.” – Burt Lancaster as Joe Collins
“What did Alec say about me?” – Michael Redgrave as David Graham
“I’d hate to take a bite outta you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.” – Burt Lancaster as J.J. Hunsecker
“What did you want me to do? Be reasonable. You didn’t expect me to give myself up… ‘It’s a far, far better thing that I do.’ The old limelight. The fall of the curtain. Oh, Holly, you and I aren’t heroes. The world doesn’t make any heroes outside of your stories.” – Orson Welles as Harry Lime
Thrilling Drama of the Invisible Network of Terror – Taken from an original poster advertising the film.
“I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners, I don’t like them myself. They are pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.” – Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe