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In Celebration of America’s Birthday today, July 4, 2012, I am sharing some of my favorite Classic Movie quotes about America and Americans!  

Here goes…

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James Stewart in Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Frank Capra

You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books, Miss Saunders. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I’m free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t, I can, and my children will. Boys ought to grow up remembering that.

 –James Stewart as Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, director)

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Gary Cooper in Mr Deeds Goes To Town, Frank Capra

Oh I see a small Ohio farm boy becoming a great soldier. I see thousands of marching men. I see General Lee with a broken heart surrendering. And I can see the beginning of a new nation, like Abraham Lincoln said. And I can see that Ohio boy being inaugurated as President. Things like that can only happen in a country like America.

Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, director)

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Chico Marx and Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera, Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding

How we happen to come to America is a great story, but I no tell that.

Chico Marx as Fiorello in A Night at the Opera (directors Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding/uncredited)

(pictured with Groucho Marx)

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Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, Elia Kazan, Tennessee Williams

What I am is 100% American. I’m born & raised in the greatest country on this earth & I’m proud of it. -Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, director)

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and Mari Blanchard in Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, Charles Lamont

I hereby claim Mars in the name of the United States of America.

Bud Abbott as Lester in Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (Charles Lamont, director)

(pictured with Lou Costello and Mari Blanchard)

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Burt Ward and Adam West as Batman in Robin in Batman the movie 1966, Leslie H. Martinson

Underneath this garb, we’re perfectly ordinary Americans.

Burt Ward as Robin in Batman (1966; Leslie H. Martinson, director)

(pictured with Adam West)

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Hugh Griffith, How to Steal a Million, William Wyler

 American millionaires must be all quite mad. Perhaps it’s something they put in the ink when they print the money.

Hugh Griffith as Charles Bonnet in How to Steal a Million (William Wyler, director)

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Cary Grant, I Was a Male War Bride, Howard Hawks

If the American army says I can be my wife, who am I to dispute them?

Cary Grant (as Capt. Henri Rochard) in I Was a Male War Bride (Howard Hawks, director)

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Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, H.C. Potter

Every time you get tight you weep on my shoulder about the advertising business — how it forces a sensitive soul like yourself to make a living by bamboozling the American public. Well, I would say that a small part of that victimized group has now redressed the balance.

Melvyn Douglas as Bill Cole in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (H.C. Potter, director)

(pictured with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy)

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 Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady, George Cukor

There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven’t used it for years.

Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (George Cukor, director)

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Walter Matthau, The Odd Couple, Gene Saks

He’s got 92 credit cards in his wallet. The minute something happens to him, America lights up.

Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple (Gene Saks, director)

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America, Rita Moreno, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

I like to be in America, OK by me in America, everything free in America…

Rita Moreno (as Anita) and the Girls in West Side Story (directors, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise)

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Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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32. Tom Jones (1963)

Other Nominated Films:
America America, Cleopatra, How The West Was Won, Lilies of the Field

There hasn’t been a comedy quite like Tom Jones in a very long time, which is unfortunate since it’s such a unique film in so many ways. When I first watched the film, I actually thought it was a throwback to the silent classics since the entire opening sequence is performed with no sound at all. What also makes this comedy different is the fact that the characters in the film break the fourth wall. A lot. There’s even a moment where Tom Jones (Albert Finney) notices the camera and covers the lens with his hat. I previously saw Finney in films such as Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Big Fish, and Miller’s Crossing, but this is the best Albert Finney film I’ve seen so far (doesn’t say all that much since I’ve seen very few.) Playing the title character with great flair, Jones is a dashing young man with a heart of gold, which makes him the perfect love-’em-and-leave-’em lady charmer. Finney was nominated for the Best Actor award for this role, but didn’t come out the winner. In fact, this film had five Oscar nominations in the acting categories: Best Actor (Albert Finney), Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith), and Best Supporting Actress (Diane Cilento, Dame Edith Evans, and Joyce Redman.) Tom Jones is the only film in the history of the Academy in which three actresses were nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, which makes it all the more shocking to see that none of them won the award. If you’re a fan of comedy films, then Tom Jones is a must-see.

Nominated for 10 Oscars, Winner of 4
Best Director – Tony Richardson (WON)
Best Music, Score – Substantially Original – John Addison (WON)
Best Picture – Tony Richardson (WON)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium – John Osborne (WON)
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Albert Finney
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Hugh Griffith
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Diane Cilento
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Edith Evans
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Joyce Redman
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color – Ralph W. Brinton, Ted Marshall, Jocelyn Herbert, Josie MacAvin

Tom Jones: [Drunkenly shouting the news of Mr. Allworthy’s miraculous recovery from his carriage accident] Mr. Allworthy has recovered! It’s over! The fever’s gone! He’s sitting up. He’s well again! The Squire’s recovered! It’s over!
Narrator: It’s not true that drink changes a man’s character. It can reveal it more clearly. The Squire’s recovery brought joy to Tom, to his tutors, sheer disappointment.

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