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The Big Combo Quotes

The Big Combo is a TV program that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Big Combo ended its run in 1970.

It features Sidney Harmon as producer, David Raksin in charge of musical score, and John Alton as head of cinematography.

The Big Combo is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Big Combo is 87 minutes long. The Big Combo is distributed by Allied Artists Pictures.

The cast includes: Cornel Wilde as Leonard Diamond, Richard Conte as Mr. Brown, Helene Stanton as Rita, Brian Donlevy as Joe McClure, Lee Van Cleef as Fante, John Hoyt as Nils Dreyer, Robert Middleton as Police Capt. Peterson, Jay Adler as Sam Hill, Jean Wallace as Susan Lowell, and Steve Michaell as Bennie Smith.

The Big Combo Quotes

Helene Stanton as Rita

  • (Helene Stanton) "When will I see you again?"
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Well, if I'm not dead, you'll find me where I always am. In jail."
  • (Helene Stanton) "A woman doesn't care how a guy makes a living, just how he makes love."

Robert Middleton as Police Capt. Peterson

  • (Robert Middleton) "You're a cop, Leonard. There's 17,000 laws on the books to be enforced. You haven't got time to reform wayward girls. She's been with Brown three and a half years. That's a lot of days -- and nights."

Richard Conte as Mr. Brown

  • (Richard Conte) "Where'd you get that outfit?"
  • (Jean Wallace) "What's wrong with it?"
  • (Richard Conte) "I like you better in white. You've got a dozen white dresses. Why don't you wear them?"
  • (Jean Wallace) "White doesn't please me anymore."
  • (Richard Conte) "A woman dresses for a man. You dress for me. Go put on something white."
  • (Richard Conte) "Joe, the man has reason to hate me. His salary's 96.50 a week. The busboys in my hotel make better money than that."
  • (Richard Conte) "If they take you to police headquarters, shoot yourself in the head. It'll make everything a lot simpler."
  • (Richard Conte) "Diamond, the only trouble with you is, you'd like to be me. You'd like to have my organization, my influence, my fix. You can't, it's impossible. You think it's money. It's not. It's personality. You haven't got it. You're a cop. Slow. Steady. Intelligent. With a bad temper and a gun under your arm. With a big yen for a girl you can't have. First is first and second is nobody."
  • (Richard Conte) "Why did you do it, Joe?"
  • (Brian Donlevy) "I told you, he pulled a gun on me."
  • (Richard Conte) "I'm trying to run an impersonal business. Killing is very personal. Once it gets started, it's hard to stop."
  • (Richard Conte) "So you lost. Next time you'll win. I'll show you how. Take a look at Joe McClure here. He used to be my boss, now I'm his. What's the difference between me and him? We breathe the same air, sleep in the same hotel. He used to own it. Now it belongs to me. We eat the same steaks, drink the same bourbon. Look, same manicure, same cufflinks. But there's only one difference. We don't get the same girls. Why? Because women know the difference. They got instinct. First is first, and second is nobody."
  • (Richard Conte) "Book me, Small Change."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Alright, take him out, Sam."
  • (Jay Adler) "To the bullpen?"
  • (Cornel Wilde) "No, back to the gutter."
  • (Richard Conte) "Joe, tell the man I'm gonna break him so fast, he won't have time to change his pants. Tell him the next time I see him, he'll be in the lobby of the hotel, crying like a baby and asking for a ten dollar loan. Tell him that. And tell him I don't break my word."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "You must have done something pretty fine to get as high as you are, Mr. Brown. I'm looking into that. I'm gonna open you up, and I'm gonna operate. I hate to think of what I'll find."
  • (Richard Conte) "I think Mr. Diamond needs a drink. Got any liquor?"
  • (Lee Van Cleef) "How about some paint thinner?"
  • (Richard Conte) "No, that'll kill him. Anything else?"
  • (Lee Van Cleef) "Hair tonic, 40% alcohol."
  • (Richard Conte) "Fine."

Cornel Wilde as Leonard Diamond

  • (Cornel Wilde) "I know his name. The name of a man who will pick up a phone and call Chicago and New Orleans and say "Hey Bill, Joe is coming down for the weekend. Advance him fifty thousand," and he hangs up the phone and the money's advanced, protection money. A new all night bar opens, with gambling outside city limits. A bunch of high school kids come in for a good time. They get loaded, they get irresponsible, they lose their shirts. Then they get a gun, cause they're worried, they want to make up their losses. And a filling station attendant is dead with a bullet in his liver. I have to see four kids on trial for first degree murder. Look at it. First degree murder, because a certain Mr. Brown picked up a phone."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Do you know Mr. Brown?"
  • (John Hoyt) "I had lunch with him last week. He's a very fine gentleman."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "He's a hoodlum."
  • (John Hoyt) "Because I have lunch with him, that is not a crime. I'll have lunch with anybody, I'm democratic. I'll even have lunch with you."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "I'll wait until I can put you on trial for murder."
  • (Richard Conte) "Whose murder, Lieutenant?"
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Mine, if necessary."
  • (Richard Conte) "Don't push too hard."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "It's my sworn duty to push too hard."
  • (Richard Conte) "Diamond, the only trouble with you is, you'd like to be me. You'd like to have my organization, my influence, my fix. You can't. It's impossible. You think it's money, it's not. It's personality. You haven't got it, Lieutenant, you're a cop. Slow, steady, intelligent, with a bad temper, and a gun under your arm. And with a big yen for a girl you can't have. First is first, and second is nobody."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "She's under arrest, Mr. Brown."
  • (Richard Conte) "What's the charge?"
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Homicide."
  • (Richard Conte) "That's ridiculous, she wouldn't kill a fly."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "She tried to kill herself"
  • (Richard Conte) "Is that a crime?"
  • (Cornel Wilde) "It happens to be against two laws: God's and Man's. I'm booking her under the second."

Brian Donlevy as Joe McClure

  • (Brian Donlevy) "I guess I'm getting too old to handle a gun."
  • (Richard Conte) "Yeah, maybe you're just getting too old, Joe."
  • (Brian Donlevy) "Mr. Brown is a very reasonable man. You don't know him."
  • (Cornel Wilde) "Oh, is he? Well I'm not. I intend to make life very difficult for your Mr. Brown."
  • (Brian Donlevy) "You shouldn't talk like that, Lieutenant. You're overstepping your authority."
  • (Richard Conte) "Joe, the man has reason to hate me. His salary is $96.50 a week. The busboys in my hotel make better money than that. Don't you see, Joe? He's a righteous man."

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