The Miracle Woman (1931) Poster

Sam Hardy: Bob Hornsby



  • Hornsby : Religion's like everything else. It's great if you can sell it, no good if you give it away.

  • Hornsby : You think you beat those people out there just now, don't you? Well you didn't. They beat you. Listen, there's only one way to lick a mob, join 'em. Now, wait a minute, sister. Let me finish. You're not a hypocrite if you admit it. The thing is, being on the winning side. Play percentage. Most of the trouble in this world comes from people who have convictions. The answer is: don't have any! If you have none, you can assume the ones that happen to pay. You're sore at those people out there, because they fired your old man, that killed him. You want to get back at them, don't you? Well, I can tell you how to do it. And get famous. And get rich. And, what's more, get even! Interested?

  • Hornsby : Hiccups and hallelujahs won't mix!

  • Hornsby : The crummiest crew of come-ons I ever hired!

  • Hornsby : We cook up a sob routine for you that could melt a mountain and you put it like you are reading out of a telephone book. How do you expect to get the hang of this trade with your mush full of gum? Bernhardt couldn't do it! And you ain't Bernhardt! You ain't even one of the Cherry Sisters!

  • Hornsby : You've been working too hard, honey. You've been giving those appleknockers too much for their money! Now you take a nice little nap and Daddy will take off your shoes. And I'll get the clowns together and we'll make whoopee! I'm crazy about you when you're mad, baby. You look more beautiful.

  • Hornsby : Come over to my joint and meet some carnival cuties. They'll make you forget all about money.

  • Hornsby : The cops are screwy. It's a plain case of suicide.

    Florence : Hornsby, did you have anything to do with this?

    Hornsby : Me? Why, I haven't seen Welford in over a week. I suppose they'll be a couple of dicks around to see us.

  • Florence : I want to play square.

    Hornsby : Then why don't you play square with me? Do you think I'm blind? What becomes of you after services every night? Where do you go?

    Florence : Where I please. You don't own me.

    Hornsby : No? But, I hold sort of a first mortgage. And it won't be safe for anyone to try to horn in! You made a squawk around here about your being a prisoner. Sure you are! And I'm going to keep you a prisoner, because I'm nuts about you! I fell for you the first time I ever saw you.

  • Hornsby : We're going away. On account of your health.

    Florence : There's nothing the matter with me.

    Hornsby : Oh, yes. You're overworked. You're on the brink of a nervous collapse. Don't take my word for it. Look. I went out at four o'clock this morning especially to get a copy of the paper for you.

    [shows Florence a paper where the headline reads, "Sister Fallon To Go To Holy Land."] 

    Hornsby : Quitting on doctor's orders. And I'm the doctor.

    Florence : Hornsby, you're going to send out a denial of this story right away.

    Hornsby : How come?

    Florence : I'm not going to Palestine.

    Hornsby : Of course, you're not. The newspapers think its Palestine. My idea of the Holy Land is the South of France. Monte Carlo. Champagne! Roulette! And your old pal Hornsby around - just to keep it from being a Cook's tour.

  • Hornsby : Come on, kid. Buck up. I know how you feel. I'd be blue myself if it wasn't for the good times we're going to have together - in the Riviera, baby. The only thing blue down there is the Mediterranean and, sister, how blue that is. It won't be long now, honey.

  • Hornsby : [Final lines]  She gave up a million bucks for that. The poor sap!

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