Don't Bother to Knock (1952) Poster

Richard Widmark: Jed Towers



  • Jed Towers : Are you the girl in 809?

    Nell Forbes : Why, yes. Who's this?

    Jed Towers : I'm the guy in 821. Across the court. Can I ask you a question?

    Nell Forbes : I don't know. I suppose so. Are you sure you want me?

    Jed Towers : Yeah. You're the one I want, alright. Are you doing anything you couldn't be doing better with somebody else?

    Nell Forbes : I guess I'll have to hang up!

    Jed Towers : Why? You cant get hurt on the telephone.

    Nell Forbes : Who are you?

    Jed Towers : I told you. The man across the way. A lonely soul.

    Nell Forbes : You sound peculiar.

    Jed Towers : I'm not peculiar. I'm just frustrated. I got a bottle of rye. And as I waas saying, what are you doing?

    Nell Forbes : What's your name?

    Jed Towers : Billy.

    Nell Forbes : Oh...

    Jed Towers : What's the matter? Don't you like Billy?

  • Jed Towers : You married?

    Joe the Bartender : Sure, who's not?

    Jed Towers : You and your wife fight... argue all the time?

    Joe the Bartender : Some of the time she sleeps.

    Jed Towers : Seventy eight percent of the pilots in Skyway Airlines are married. Ya' see, you get married, you become a statistic.

    Joe the Bartender : Yeah... Stay single, and you wind up talkin' to bartenders.

  • Nell Forbes : Did you fly a bomber during the war?

    Jed Towers : Who didn't?

  • Jed Towers : [to elevator operator]  You're lucky to have such a steady job.

    Eddie Forbes : Oh - it has it's ups and downs - most people laugh at that one, sir.

  • Jed Towers : Does that mean come on over?

    Nell Forbes : Yes. If you like.

    Jed Towers : Two minutes.

  • Jed Towers : Why didn't you tell me you were working here?

    Nell Forbes : I'm not. I'm just doing it for tonight.

    Jed Towers : Yeah, I know. You're an heiress. Tomorrow morning, you'll ride through your estate side saddled.

    Nell Forbes : She made you say that!

  • Jed Towers : I said: "look, I believe in a drink, a kiss or a laugh now and then". And that's the way it would be. "Fine" she said, I can hear her saying it now. "Fine, I like to laugh".

    Lyn Lesley : I still like to laugh. But not at myself. I just don't want any of it any more. Life's too long.

    Jed Towers : Alright, I'll send you a valentine. What do you want? Hearts and flowers? Forever and ever? Love?

    Lyn Lesley : Don't be afraid to say it. It's not a dirty word.

  • Lyn Lesley : Go back to Chicago. Find another bar. Find another girl.

    Jed Towers : And find another wedding ring? Marriage isn't the answer to everything you know.

    Lyn Lesley : Who's talking about marriage?

    Jed Towers : Weren't you?

    Lyn Lesley : No. But I'm sure that's all you thought I had on my mind. That's where you're wrong. That's just the point. I wouldn't want to marry you.

    Jed Towers : Why not?

    Lyn Lesley : It's something to do with the way you are.

    Janey : They're all finished Mr. We got a new process that develops them right away.

  • Jed Towers : The female race is always cheesing up my life!

  • [Last lines] 

    Lyn Lesley : [Watching Nell being led away]  Jed, you care what happens to that girl.

    Jed Towers : She didn't mean to hurt that kid. She didn't mean to hurt anyone.

    Lyn Lesley : [Lyn taking Jed by the arm]  You do care.

    Lyn Lesley : [Walking slowly arm in arm]  Come on I like to buy you that drink now.

  • Jed Towers : Are you alright?

    Ruth Jones : Yes.

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