The Maltese Falcon (1941) Poster

Peter Lorre: Joel Cairo



  • Joel Cairo : You... you bungled it. You and your stupid attempt to buy it. Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. You... you imbecile. You bloated idiot. You stupid fat-head you.


  • Joel Cairo : You always have a very smooth explanation ready.

    Sam Spade : What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?

  • Joel Cairo : Might I remind you Mr. Spade that you may have the falcon, but we certainly have you.

  • Joel Cairo : I certainly wish you would have invented a more reasonable story. I felt distinctly like an idiot repeating it.

    Sam Spade : Don't worry about the story's goofiness. A sensible one would have had us all in the cooler.

  • Kasper Gutman : Well, sir, what do you suggest? We stand here and shed tears and call each other names... or shall we go to Istanbul?

    Joel Cairo : Are you going?

    Kasper Gutman : Seventeen years I've wanted that little item and I've been trying to get it. If we must spend another year on the quest... well, sir, it will be an additional expenditure in time of only... five and fifteen seventeenths percent.

  • Joel Cairo : I am prepared to pay five thousand dollars for the figure's return. Do you have it?

    Sam Spade : No.

    Joel Cairo : But if it isn't here, why did you risk serious injury to prevent my searching for it?

    Sam Spade : Why should I sit around here and let people come in and stick me up?

    Joel Cairo : But certainly it is only natural that I try to save the owner such a considerable expense if possible.

  • Joel Cairo : Look what you did to my shirt.

  • [to Spade] 

    Joel Cairo : No, no. Our private conversations have not been such that I am anxious to continue them. Forgive me for speaking so bluntly, but it is the truth.

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