San Thomas: I ran down like a clock. It was just as though I'd been wound up too tight and the spring broke.
Petey Brown: [admiringly] Hey, O'Connor. What kind of vitamins do you use?
Gloria O'Connor: Ah, I bet you're one of those nightclub wolves I've heard so much about.
Riley: [laughs] Yeah, I'm so dangerous that I oughta be wearing a red lantern. All my life, it's been cherchez la femme.
Gloria O'Connor: Cherchez la femme?
Riley: Yeah, that's French for: get 'em while they're young.
Petey Brown: Honey, why be a sucker all your life? She wouldn't give you the time of day if she had two watches.
Petey Brown: I want to try to do something for her when I get out there. She slings spaghetti for a living. You get awfully tried carrying those trays.
Petey Brown: [singing] Someday he'll come along, The man I love, And he'll be big and strong, The man I love, And when he comes my way, I'll do my best to make him stay...
Petey Brown: Why worry? Worry gives you wrinkles.
Barbara: That was strictly in the groove, Petey. How about some refreshments.
Petey Brown: Don't strain yourself. I know you're a college man.
Petey Brown: [singing] Why was I born? Why am I living? What do I get? What am I giving? Why do I want of things, I daren't hope for? What can I hope for? I wish I knew...
Gloria O'Connor: I'm getting sick of other people minding my business.
Singer at Bamboo Club: [singing] If I could be with you, I'd love you strong, If I could be with you, I'd love you long, I want you to know that I wouldn't go, Until I told you honey why I love you so, If I could be with you, one hour tonight, If I was free to do the things that I might, I'm telling you true, I'd be anything but blue, If I could be with you...
Nicky Toresca: She's just another dame for me.
Petey Brown: Be a gentleman for once in your life and go and get my coat.
Petey Brown: Well, well, the people you run into when you aren't carrying a gun.
Nicky Toresca: For a stranger in town, you make connections pretty fast. Going for pick-ups now?
Nicky Toresca: How about you and me blowin' for awhile and takin' in another joint?
San Thomas: I kept trying to make that piano do a lot of things I guess no one guy can do. It started me drinking too much.
Petey Brown: Yeah. I know what you mean. Everything looks nice and sharp when you've had a couple. But, when the edge wears off, the whole works is a dull finish. It's no good.
San Thomas: Yeah, that's the way it was with me. Then, I really went haywire.
Petey Brown: No harm in shopping around for a little happiness together is there?
Petey Brown: I might have known it'd be a dame. Nothing else makes a guy cave in like that does.
San Thomas: I was as crazy about that dame as I was about music.
Petey Brown: Funny how people always try to change each other. It doesn't add up, does it?
Petey Brown: Always walk in without knocking? You nearly scared me out of my new hair dye.
Johnny O'Connor: You know, I always wondered what a couple of dames talk about when they're alone. Now I know. Meow!
Petey Brown: I'm a bigger fool than you San. I need my head examined for ever thinking I could make you forget her. Maybe if I'd worn higher heels and a couple of screwy hats, I'd of stood a better chance. She must be quite a gal to do this to you after all these years.
Petey Brown: Darling, I've been nearly crazy. I didn't know what had happened. I missed you so. Hey, never do this to me again, you big lug, you.
Petey Brown: She still does something to you, doesn't she?
San Thomas: Oh, I don't know, Petey. There've been months at a time I never gave her a thought. Then, something happens, it reminds me of her. A screwy hat on some girl passing in the street. A pair of slim legs. High heels clicking in the pavement.
Petey Brown: I guess all dames are alike: possessive. They don't want to share something they feel is theres. Well, I'm no different from the rest of them. And I don't feel like sharing you with her!
Petey Brown: Johnny, I get a kick out of you calling her "your wife." She's not your wife. You never gave her a chance to be. Well, she's just a pretty little girl you like to spoil and walk down the street with so the guys will turn and whistle. Make you feel important.
Nicky Toresca: So you couldn't keep your trap shut. I should have known you were the gabby kind.
Petey Brown: I guess I just got train whistles in my ears.
Joe Brown: Come back here you silly dame. Are you crazy? Okay, baby, walk home! Maybe it'll cool you off.
Nicky Toresca: Grow up, baby. Stick with me in my gutter. We both talk the same language.
Nicky Toresca: That's the trouble with dames like that. They never know when they're getting the brush off.
Petey Brown: I hate the fog. It's sort of lonely.
Johnny O'Connor: She wasn't a bad kid, Petey. She just didn't know what the score was.
San Thomas: I don't know what makes me tick, Petey. I just know that I've been running away from life for a long time and it keeps catching up with me.