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O. Henry's Full House

O. Henry's Full House

Soapy: It may interest to you to know, my good man, that I and the minutest coin of the realm are total strangers.
Waiter: How's that?
Soapy: I said I was broke!


--Charles Laughton (as Soapy) in O. Henry's Full House

Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

Captain Donahue: What kind of a place did you say this was, Doc?
Dr. Moreau: I didn't say.


--Charles Laughton (as Dr. Moreau) in Island of Lost Souls

It Started with Eve

It Started with Eve

Anne Terry: You told me you'd have that picture destroyed!
Jonathan Reynolds: Destroyed? If I'd done that, they'd never have seen it.
Jonathan Reynolds Jr.: They?
Jonathan Reynolds: Those women... those bead-twirlers. They called before they left.
Jonathan Reynolds Jr.: They're gone! I mean... they've gone?
Jonathan Reynolds: Well, they saw the picture in the paper. They said they were taking the first train to Mexico City. I advised them to take a plane - *quicker*.


--Charles Laughton (as Jonathan Reynolds) in It Started with Eve

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Henrietta Barrett: Is it nothing to you that I shall hate you for this to the end of my life?
Edward Moulton-Barrett: Less than nothing.


--Charles Laughton (as Edward Moulton) in The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

Edward Parker: Those poor things out there in the jungle. Those animals. They - They talk.
Dr. Moreau: That was my first great achievement. Articulate speech controlled by the brain. And it was a great achievement! Oh, it takes a long time and infinite patience to make them talk.
[Moreau gives an impish smile and a chuckle]
Dr. Moreau: Someday I will create a woman and it'll be easier.


--Charles Laughton (as Dr. Moreau) in Island of Lost Souls


Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Miss Plimsoll: Shall we roll up the window, Sir Wilfrid?
Sir Wilfrid: Just roll up your mouth, you talk too much. If I'd known how much you talk I'd never have come out of my coma. This thing weighs a ton.
[He tosses toward Plimsoll a robe he is under during the trip from hospital to home]


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

Spartacus

Spartacus

Lentulus Biatatus: There's one man I hate: Crassus.
Sempronius Gracchus: You've grown very ambitious in your hatred.


--Charles Laughton (as Sempronius Gracchus) in Spartacus

Island of Lost Souls

Island of Lost Souls

Ruth Thomas: [hearing chanting] What's that?
Dr. Moreau: The natives, they have a curious ceremony. Mr. Parker has witnessed it.
Ruth Thomas: Tell us about it, Edward.
Edward Parker: Oh, it's... it's nothing.
Dr. Moreau: They are restless tonight.


--Charles Laughton (as Dr. Moreau) in Island of Lost Souls

It Started with Eve

It Started with Eve

[a waiter brings Jonathan Sr. an enormous, fruit-fillled cocktail]
Anne Terry: What's that?
Jonathan Reynolds: It's a Reynolds Special.
Anne Terry: Oh, but you shouldn't be... what's in it?
Jonathan Reynolds: Oh, oh, nothing but, ah, coconut milk and, ah, vegetable juices. Doctor Harvey orders it for me. It's horrible.
Anne Terry: Then why do you drink it.
Jonathan Reynolds: It reminds me of Doctor Harvey and make me hate him and when I hate him, I feel good.


--Charles Laughton (as Jonathan Reynolds) in It Started with Eve

Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd

[first lines]
Capt. William Kidd: Stab me, there's a pretty sight!
Orange Povey: It'll be prettier still when the fire reaches the magazine, Captain.
Cyprian Boyle: Pity though. Lots of stout seamen among 'em. They've been with us a long time.
Capt. William Kidd: We can none of live forever, Mr. Boyle. Dead men don't talk.


--Charles Laughton (as Capt. William Kidd) in Captain Kidd

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