Monday, August 11, 2008

The Old Dark House

From Robert Wise's inspired "The Haunting", 1963.

Dialogue from "The Bad and the Beautiful":

Jonathan Shields: Look. Put five men dressed like cats on the screen, what do they look like?

Fred: Like five men dressed like cats.

Jonathan Shields: When an audience pays to see a picture like this, what are they paying for?

Fred: To get the pants scared off of 'em.

Jonathan Shields: And what scares the human race more than any other single thing? 

Fred: The dark!

Jonathan Shields: Of course. And why? Because the dark has a life of its own. In the dark, all sorts of things come alive.

Fred: Suppose... suppose we never do show the cat men. Is that what you're thinking.

Jonathan Shields: Exactly.

Fred: No cat men!

Robert Wise directed "The Curse of the Cat People" in 1944.

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