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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Sir Humphrey Pengallan: [to Mary] Bah, stop crying! Stop it, you little fool! Be beautiful! Oh, ply those tears if you like, but you must be beautiful. Well, you have to be hard now. The Age of Chivalry is gone.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Humphrey Pengallan) in Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Sir Humphrey Pengallan: Chadwick, my figurine. I need inspiration again. There's beauty!
Lady: But it's not alive!
Sir Humphrey Pengallan: More alive than half the people here.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Humphrey Pengallan) in Jamaica Inn

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Sir Simon de Canterville: Excuse me, I really must gibber at the oriole window.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost) in The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Sir Simon de Canterville: I have roamed these halls for three centuries and I am so tired. If only I could rest...


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost) in The Canterville Ghost

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: [getting progressively more agitated] The question is whether you were lying then or are you lying now... or whether in fact you are a chronic and habitual LIAR!


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution


Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: [Leonard Vole has been acquitted] We've disposed of the gallows, but there's still that banana peel somewhere.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: I am constantly surprised that women's hats do not provoke more murders.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: I'd better take that thermos of cocoa with me. It helps me wash down down the pills.
Miss Plimsoll: Let me see. My learned patient is not above substituting brandy for cocoa.
[opens thermos and smells]
Miss Plimsoll: Sniff, sniff. It is cocoa. So sorry.
Sir Wilfrid: If you were a woman, Miss Plimsoll, I would strike you.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: Kings, prime ministers, archbishops, even barristers have stood in the dock.


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Sir Wilfrid: My Lord, may I also remind my learned friend that his witness, by her own admission, has already violated so many oaths that I am surprised the Testament did not LEAP FROM HER HAND when she was sworn here today! I doubt if anything is to be gained by questioning you any further! That will be all, Frau Helm!


--Charles Laughton (as Sir Wilfrid) in Witness for the Prosecution

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