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alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:16 PM
This is the thread to discuss all things regarding Billy Wilder's classic film. Anything goes, from dishing your favorite lines to whatever else you care to share. I never get tired of watching this film.

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alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:17 PM
"You there. Why are you so late? Why have you kept me waiting so long?"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:19 PM
"There aarre no other guests."

I love this film, I can watch it every day and it never gets old. I like it, I found out later, that Wilder intended it to be funny in parts, it is not the result of age.

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:20 PM
I always wanted (still do) to give a guy a solid gold cigarette case with the inscription, "Mad About The Boy, Norma."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:26 PM
"Don't be rediculous. You don't need a car. We have a car. Not one of those new-fangled things made of chromium and spit. It's an Isotta Fraschini. Have you ever heard of Isotta Fraschini? All hand made. Cost me $25,000.00."

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:30 PM
"Don't be rediculous. You don't need a car. We have a car. Not one of those new-fangled things made of chromium and spit. It's an Isotta Fraschini. Have you ever heard of Isotta Fraschini? All hand made. Cost me $25,000.00."

That SOOO dates the movie, along with Betty Shaeffer's nose job, what did it cost her $300 or something? :lol:

A long time ago, when some rag said Sharapova was the richest in tennis, I spoofed Norma's "I'm rich" speech here on the board, only it was Chris Evert talking, and it was a house in Bimini and not Malibu. I'll have to find it, I thought it was pretty good! ;)

William Holden was good enough to eat in that, the tux, the bathing suit, Norma certainly knew how to pick them!

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:48 PM
I'd really like to know who has that Isotta Fraschini, and if it's been taken care of and is still showing at car shows. I remember reading that they did in fact borrow it from some older Hollywood star, but can recall who... "MAX!"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:50 PM
"You know better than to disturb me!"

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:04 PM
"Did you see them? Did you see how they came?"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:09 PM
About three days later, she was good and ready.

Contemplate
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:11 PM
"I am big! It's the pictures that got small!"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:18 PM
"You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silence pictures, you used to be big."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:18 PM
We had faces then. There just aren't any faces like that any more. Maybe one- Garbo.

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:20 PM
"Do you know how he lives, what he lives on?"

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:30 PM
"No you didn't. You took the car!"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:36 PM
"Can't you wait until I'm dummy? Now I've lost track of how many spades are out."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:45 PM
"That's why I took this job- ghost writing!"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:49 PM
"That idiot. He forgot to fill my cigarette case."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:57 PM
"Cut away from me?"
"Well frankly Norma, it's a little too much of you. They don't want to see you in every scene."
"They don't? They why do they send me fan letters every day? To see me, Norma Desmond. Put it back!"

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:02 PM
"There were no locks on any of the doors."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:11 PM
"Madame has fits of melancholy. There have been attempts at suicide."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:13 PM
"...and those wonderful people out there in the dark."

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Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:15 PM
"It's all taken care of."

alfajeffster
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:19 PM
"Now, now. We won't be small about such things. We won't keep books."

Helen Lawson
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:28 PM
"Valentino always said there's nothing like tile for the tango."

partbrit
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:31 PM
Gloria Swanson got the part only because other actors who were offered it didn't want it. Mae West was the first choice, and she didn't want to play a has-been. Swanson was the 4th choice, I think. William Holden wasn't the first choice, either. He was made very uncomfortable by the role because of his own issues. Fred MacMurray was offended by the role. A few others either turned it down or were not made available.