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Answers to Sterling Silver Dialogue #13

Sterling Silver Dialogue #13: (Answers)



"You always have a very smooth explanation ready."

(response) "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?"




"I certainly wish you would have invented a more reasonable story. I felt distinctly like an idiot repeating it."

(response) "Don't worry about the story's goofiness. A sensible one would have had us all in the cooler."





Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo speaks first in both exchanges with






Humphrey Bogart as Samuel Spade




"Well sir, here's to plain speaking, clear understanding. You're a close-mouthed man?"

(response) "Nah, I like to talk."

(reply) "Better and better. I distrust a close-mouthed man. He generally picks the wrong time to talk and says the wrong things. Talking's something you can't do judiciously, unless you keep in practice. Now, sir. We'll talk, if you like. I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk."

Sydney Greenstreet as Kaspar Gutman speaks first with Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade


"That's wonderful sir, wonderful. I do like a man who tells you right out he's looking out for himself. Don't we all? I don't trust a man who says he's not."


"By Gad sir, you are a character, that you are! There's never any telling what you'll say or do next, except that it's bound to be something astonishing."

Sydney Greenstreet as Kaspar Gutman



"Keep on riding me and they're gonna be picking iron out of your liver."

(reply) "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter."

Elisha Cook Jr. as Wilmer speaks first to Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade



(All of the above are from)






"Look, I'll make it easy for you. The time has come when you must tell me you have a wife and two adorable children... and this madness between us can't go on any longer."

(response) "Bet you've heard that line often enough."



"This is a very strange love affair."

(response) "Why?"

(reply) "Maybe the fact that you don't love me."

Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman begins both exchanges with Cary Grant as Devlin








"Oh man... Don't hit me with them negative waves so early in the morning."


"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?!! Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?"


"Woof, woof, woof woof! That's my other dog imitation."


"Always with the negative waves Moriarty. Always with the negative waves."

(all of the above are) Donald Sutherland as Sgt. Oddball 


"I'm a seeker too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be."

Charlton Heston as George Taylor (speaking to Robert Gunner as Landon) in Planet of the Apes