The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Poster

John McIntire: Police Commissioner Hardy


  • Police Commissioner Hardy : People are being cheated, robbed, murdered, raped. And that goes on 24 hours a day, every day in the year. And that's not exceptional, that's usual. It's the same in every city in the modern world. But suppose we had no police force, good or bad. Suppose we had... just silence. Nobody to listen, nobody to answer. The battle's finished. The jungle wins. The predatory beasts take over.

  • Police Commissioner Hardy : In some ways, he's the most dangerous of them all. A hardened killer. A hooligan. A man without human feeling or human mercy.

  • Police Commissioner Hardy : I am here to arrest you, Emmerich.

    Alonzo D. Emmerich : May I ask what for?

    Police Commissioner Hardy : Complicty... in robbery and in murder

    Alonzo D. Emmerich : If I were you, Hardy, I'd think up a few more charges. You might be able to make one of them stand up if you get an imbecile jury... and the right judge.

  • Det. Andrews : [knocking repeatedly on Angela's door]  Okay, miss. It's a shame to bust this door in, but here goes.

    Angela Phinlay : [Angela suddenly opens the door]  Haven't you bothered me enough, you big banana head? Just try breaking my door, and Mr. Emmerich will have you thrown out of the house!

    Det. Andrews : Afraid not, miss. He's got troubles enough. As a matter of fact, he's a dead duck.

    Police Commissioner Hardy : [voice heard from off-screen]  Hurry up, Andrews! Bring the young lady in here.

    Angela Phinlay : Do I have to talk to him? Couldn't I just talk to you?

    Det. Andrews : Come on, baby. Get it over with. And... be smart. Tell the Commissioner the truth. That's the only thing to do. Come on.

    [leads her out the door] 

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