Beat the Devil (1953) Poster

Peter Lorre: Julius O'Hara



  • O'Hara : Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.

  • O'Hara : I give you my word, I feel to you like an older brother. Oh, it's not so much a difference of age. It's probably, yes, the reason is, because I come from a culture which is so much older than yours. In my country, a child of 6 years old is older in his heart than you'll be at, at 60.

    Billy Dannreuther : It smokes, it drinks, it philosophizes... at this rate I'll be 60 before you get to the point.

  • O'Hara : Billy, good morning.

    Billy Dannreuther : Well, what's our wide-eyed Irish leprechaun doing outside my door?

    O'Hara : Why do you always make jokes about my name, huh? In Chile the name of O'Hara is - is a tip-top name. Many Germans in Chile have become to be called O'Hara.

  • O'Hara : Billy, I - I think it is high time you take stock of yourself. Can you truthfully say about yourself, I - I, Billy Dannreuther, have acted fairly and squarely to my associates, huh?

    Maria Dannreuther : But of course he can, Mr. O'Hara. Everybody knows Billy is the soul of honor.

    Billy Dannreuther : Shut up, sugar.

    O'Hara : Perhaps he is the soul of honor and perhaps appearances are deceiving.

    Billy Dannreuther : Do you mind telling me what it is I'm supposed to have done?

    O'Hara : Nothing. It's your conduct. Your - your - your conduct doesn't - your conduct does not inspire confidence, and - and confidence, Billy, is the most important necessity in an undertaking of our kind. One may be completely innocent, but if one's actions invite suspicion, one might as well be guilty. To be trustworthy is not more important than - than to seem to be trustworthy.

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