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Little Caesar (1931) Poster

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: You can dish it out, but you got so you can't take it no more.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: When I get in a tight spot, I shoot my way out of it. Why sure. Shoot first and argue afterwards. You know, this game ain't for guys that're soft.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: Yeah, they'll have to build him a special noose to get that swelled head of his through.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I don't want no dancin'... I figure in makin' other people dance.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: So somebody finally put one in you.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Yeah, but they just grazed me though.

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: The old man will be glad to hear it. He takes such an interest in you.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: You tell him the cops couldn't get me no other way, so they hired a couple of gunmen.

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: If I wasn't on the force I'd have done the job cheap.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Did you ever stop to think what you'd look like with a lily in your hand?

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: No, I never did.

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Sam Vettori: McClure. You shot McClure. A million guys in this town and you had to pick the crime commissioner!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: If you ain't out of town by tomorrow morning... you won't ever leave it except in a pine box.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: This is your last chance, Rico. Are you coming out, or do you want to be carried out?

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Ain't nobody gonna leave this room. You guys are invited to this private party.

Undetermined Role: Suppose we don't want to stay?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: I wouldn't want to stop you for the world. Only these boys of mine have itching fingers.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: We gotta stick together. There's a rope around my neck now and they only hang you once. If anyone gets yellow and squeals, my gun is gonna speak its piece.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: [to photographers at the banquet who are about to take his picture] Come on boys, make it snappy! We ain't got all evening!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: This is Rico speaking. Rico! R-I-C-O! Rico! Little Caesar, that's who! Listen, you crummy, flat-footed copper, I'll show you whether I've lost my nerve and my brains!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: You want me, you're going to have to come and get me!

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Little Arnie Lorch: Do yourself a favor, will you, Rico? Leave your gat home on the piano the next job you pull. Yeah, park it next to your milk bottle.

Sam Vettori: Hey, run your own mob, Arnie. I'll take care of mine.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Yeah, I'll park it. I don't need no cannon to take care of guys like you, Mr. Lorch.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I'm going to see Little Arnie tonight. If he's looking for trouble, why, that's what we got the most of.

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Sam Vettori: What am I gonna do?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Why don't you go and give yourself up? You're slipping, Sam.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Sam is through. Now you're through too.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: [reading newspaper] Underworld pays respects to Diamond Pete Montana.

Joe Massara: Ah, what's that gotta do with the price of eggs?

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: You didn't quit. Nobody ever quit me. You're still in my gang. You got that? I don't care how many fancy skirts you have hanging on to you. That Jane's made a softy out of you.

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Sam Vettori: Hey, hey, hey, watsa matter with you birds? Don'tcha know how to act at a bankit?

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Joe Massara: I've got to hand it to you Rico. The old bean's workin' all the time.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: [reading newspaper headline] Underworld pays respect to Diamond Pete Montana.

Joe Massara: What's that got to do with the price of eggs?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Plenty. Diamond Pete Montana. He don't have to waste his time on cheap gas stations. He's somebody. He's in the big town, doing things in a big way. And look at us. Just a couple of nobodies. Nothin'!

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Joe Massara: Yeah, there's money in the big town, all right. And the women. Good times, somethin' doin' all the time. Excitin' things, you know. Gee, the clothes I could wear.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Money's all right, but it ain't everything. Be somebody. Look hard at a bunch of guys and know that they'll do anything you tell them. Have your own way or nothing. Be somebody!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: You know, this was our last stand in this burg. We're pulling out.

Joe Massara: Where are we going?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: East. Where things break big!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: So I beat it east, like I told you. That's all there is to it. I wanna run with your mob, if you'll let me. What do you say? You won't be sorry for letting me in, Mr. Vettori. I'll shoot square with you. I'll do anything you say. I ain't afraid of nothing.

Sam Vettori: You think you're a hard guy, huh?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: There's nothing soft about me. Nothing yellow. I don't quit.

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Sam Vettori: I guess you're good with a rod too?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Quick with it! That's what I am and sure.

Sam Vettori: Well, that don't go around here. That's old stuff. This ain't the sticks.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Yeah, I get you.

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Sam Vettori: All right. You stick around. But, remember, I'm the boss! And I give all the orders. And when we split, we split *my* way. - And no squawks. You get me?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Yeah, sure, Mr. Vettori.

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Sam Vettori: All right, come on in, meet the boys.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Sure.

Sam Vettori: Oh, they're 100 percent, all right. Every one of 'em. There's Tony Passa. Can drive a car better than any mug in the town. Otero. He's little, but he's the goods all right. Bat Carilla. Killer Peppi. Kid Bean. And this one here, Scabby. What a smart guy he is.

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Sam Vettori: Boys! Come on, Tony. Wake up. I want you to meet a new guy what's gonna be with us. This is, eh, eh...

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Caesar Enrico Bandello.

Sam Vettori: Oh, Little Caesar, huh?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Yeah, sure.

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Pete Montana: Now, listen, boys. Watch this guy McClure - what's head of the new crime commission. He's putting the screws on, and make no mistake about it. Now, the Big Boy wants me to tell you guys to put the chains on your gorillas for the next few months. Because if any of them go too far, it'll be just too bad.

Little Arnie Lorch: I've never seen nobody the Big Boy couldn't get to. He can fix anything. That's why he's the Big Boy. This bird McClure will be pie for him. He'll twist him around his little finger.

Pete Montana: Don't kid yourself. Nobody's squaring nothing with McClure. Not even the Big Boy! Small jobs, that's different. We could spring guys for them. But shooting? No, sir!

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Joe Massara: You gotta get me out of this, Rico. You gotta! I don't want to - Well, don't you see, I'm working steady now, and - Can't a guy ever say he's through?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: You're gonna be in on this, and you'll like it. The time is to be sharp midnight on New Year's Eve.

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Sam Vettori: What a fine pickle we're in. You and that rod of yours.

[knock at the door]

Bat Carilla: Flaherty's downstairs, a couple of dicks with him. They're coming right up.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: Someone knocked off Alvin McClure over at the Bronze Peacock.

Sam Vettori: McClure? No, that's terrible. Some guys are sure careless with the lead, all right. What a tough break for Arnie.

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: It's gonna be a tough break for a lot of birds.

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Mrs. Passa: You stay out late nights, you drink a lot of wine.

Tony Passa: Leave me alone.

Mrs. Passa: Oh, listen, Antonio, l - - I have some spaghetti for you on the stove. If you feel better, eat a-some. Yes? It do you - good. You used to be a good boy, Antonio. Remember when you sing in the church? In the choir with Father McNeil? You - in white. Remember?

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Otero: Look, Rico. There's Flaherty, the bull. Things must be getting pretty hot. What's he want?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: He's just stalling. They ain't got a thing on me!

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Sam Vettori: What's the matter with you birds? Don't you know how to act at a banquet? What do you think you are, a lot of gashouse yaps? Well, cut the chatter!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I want to thank you, fellas, for this here banquet. It sure is swell. The liquor is good, so they tell me. But I don't drink it, myself. And the food don't leave nothing to be desired. Well, I guess we're all having a swell time and it sure is good to see all you gents with your molls here.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I wish you birds wouldn't get drunk and raise Cain, because that's the way a lot of birds get bumped off.

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De Voss: Oh, Arnie, are you fellas going to start another scrap? What's the use of my paying heavy dues for protection if there's no peace?

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: I've been in this game many years and I put the cuffs on a lot of mugs. Someday, you and I are gonna take a ride, Rico, and when we do, I'll have the cuffs on you too.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: No buzzard like you will ever put any cuffs on Rico!

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: I'm gonna get that swell-headed mug if it's the last thing I ever do.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Well. I didn't think he cared enough. Well, that was white of him, all right.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I'm going to see Little Arnie tonight. If he's looking for trouble, why, that's what we got the most of. I want Killer Peppi, Otero, Kid Bean and Bat to go with me.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: There ain't no use in being scared of any of these big guys. The bigger they come, the harder they fall. Yeah. I ain't doing so bad in this business so far.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Well, some joint you got here.

Big Boy: It'll do.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: I bet all this trick furniture set you back plenty, huh?

Big Boy: Well, they don't exactly give it away with cigar coupons.

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Big Boy: Now, listen, Rico. I'm gonna talk to you, but you're not gonna hear a word I say, see? This is inside dope, and if it gets out, it'll be just too bad for somebody.

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Title Card: Rico continued to take care of himself, his hair and his gun - - with excellent results.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Otero, what did I tell you, huh? I knew it was coming. I knew he had his eyes on me all the time. And let me tell you something, Otero. It's not only Pete Montana that's through, but the Big Boy himself. He ain't what he used to be. Pretty soon, he won't be able to take it, and then - watch me.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Dancing's all right for a sideline. It gives you a swell front. But it ain't my idea of a man's game.

Joe Massara: What's the difference, Rico? As long as I ain't kicking, why should you kick?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Who's kicking?

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I kind of took pride in you, Joe - brought you into the gang, pushed you ahead. But now you're getting to be a sissy.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: I don't want to forget, Joe. You're my pal. We started off together, didn't we? We've got to keep going along together. Who else do I got to give a hang about?

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Joe Massara: You lay off Olga.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: I ain't laying off. I'm after her! One of us has to lose, and it ain't gonna be me. There's ways of stopping that dame!

Joe Massara: You're crazy. Leave her out of this!

Caesar Enrico Bandello: She's through. She outta the way. That's what she is.

Joe Massara: You're lying. You wouldn't dare!

Caesar Enrico Bandello: I wouldn't, would I? I'll show you!

Joe Massara: Rico, listen. I love her. We're in love with one another. Don't that mean nothing to you?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Nothing. Less than nothing. Love. Soft stuff! When she's got you, you ain't no good for anything.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: We don't want no softies spilling things!

Joe Massara: I won't spill anything, if you're scared of that. You think I want my neck stretched?

Caesar Enrico Bandello: Well, you know too much. I ain't gonna take any chances. You're hanging around with me, see?

Joe Massara: No, I'm not.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: All right. You go back to that dame - and it's suicide. Suicide for both of you.

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Olga Stassoff: That gang must go. Rico must go. I want my happiness, Joe. I want you. We'll never have peace till Rico's gone.

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Joe Massara: It's the rope for me.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: Round up that Palermo gang. I got enough on them to use a mile of rope. Shoot the cars right out, and above all, get Rico.

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Otero: You should have plugged Joe.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: And the dame.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: This is what I get for liking a guy too much.

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Sgt. Tom Flaherty: Put the cuffs on him.

Sam Vettori: You ain't got nothing on me.

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: Nothing but the bracelets.

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: Why, you dirty, thieving old hag!

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Caesar Enrico Bandello: You'll have to come and get me.

Sgt. Tom Flaherty: You'd better be a nice boy, Rico, and come out.

Caesar Enrico Bandello: You heard me! If you want me, come and get me!

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