Quote of the Fortnight: Double Indemnity


This week’s quote of the fortnight comes from the film version of Double Indemnity, directed by Billy Wilder and based on the novel by James M. Cain. Incidentally, the humorous dialogue in this scene, featuring the flirtatious interaction between insurance salesman Walter Neff and femme fatale Phyllis are suspected to be written by Raymond Chandler. Video of the scene is courtesy of the Movie Clips Youtube channel, and text was retrieved from IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036775/quotes).




Phyllis: Mr. Neff, why don’t you drop by tomorrow evening about eight-thirty. He’ll be in then.

Neff: Who?

Phyllis: My husband. You were anxious to talk to him weren’t you?

Neff: Yeah, I was, but I’m sort of getting over the idea, if you know what I mean.

Phyllis: There’s a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. Forty-five miles an hour.

Neff: How fast was I going, officer?

Phyllis: I’d say around ninety.

Neff: Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.

Phyllis: Suppose I let you off with a warning this time.

Neff: Suppose it doesn’t take.

Phyllis: Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.

Neff: Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.

Phyllis: Suppose you try putting it on my husband’s shoulder.

Neff: That tears it.


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