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Our Favorite Movie P.I. Quotes

To us, “The Maltese Falcon” is the quintessential private detective movie and Humphrey Bogart, as Sam Spade, the ultimate, hard-boiled P.I. Here are our favorite quotes from that landmark film:

Brigid O’Shaughnessy: You won’t get into any trouble, will you?
Sam Spade: I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble.

Brigid O’Shaughnessy: I haven’t lived a good life. I’ve been bad, worse than you could know.
Sam Spade: Yeah, well, that’s good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere.

Sam Spade: People lose teeth talking like that. If you want to hang around, you’ll be polite.

Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation ready, huh?
Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?

Sam Spade: When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it!

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