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Added by dixie riddle cup on 4 Dec 2012 09:30
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Remington Steele: classic movie references!

One of the best things in this show were Steele's constant references to the Golden Age of Hollywood movies, "especially those concerned with murder, mystery and mayhem" (as R.S. would put it). SO here they are!
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The Alphabet Murders (ep. 48)

Steele: "A variation on The Alphabet Murders, uh Tony Randall, Robert Morley..."
Laura: "I know, I know."
[Tony Randall, Robert Morley, MGM 1965; based on The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.]
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And Then There Were None (ep. 10, 48)& 90)

Steele: "And then there were none."
Laura: "That's what I'm afraid of."
Steele: "No, the movie!"
Laura: "What movie?"
Steele: "Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward, June Dupree, God's sake."
Laura: "Get a grip on yourself. You're coming unhinged."
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Anna Karenina (ep. 22)

Steele: "Or the train station. I mean, Garbo threw herself in front of a train in Anna Karenina." [Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, MGM 1935.]
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Arsenic and Old Lace (ep. 55 & 91)

Steele: "Arsenic and Old Lace?"
Mildred: "Come again, chief?"
Steele: "Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Warner Brothers 1944."
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Bad Day at Black Rock (ep. 39)

Steele: "I must admit that this case is beginning to sound more and more like Bad day at Black Rock."
Laura: "Annotation?"
Steele: "Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, MGM 1954."
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The Bad Seed (ep. 36)

Steele: "You expect to travel in [the RV] with The Bad Seed?"
[Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Warner Brothers 1956.]
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The Barefoot Contessa (ep. 62)

Steele: "The Barefoot Contessa."
Laura: "Who?"
Steele: "Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, United Artists 1954."
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Beau Geste (ep. 45)

Steele: "Beau Geste."
Laura: "I'm really not in the mood for one of your movie quotes now."
[Ronald Coleman, Neil Hamilton, William Powell, Paramount 1926 (silent). Cary Cooper, Ray Milland, Paramount 1939. And Telly Savalas, Guy Stockwell, Universal 1966.]
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The Big Sleep (ep. 12, 13 & 44)

Laura: "Say something. If you can't talk, groan."
Steele: "The Big Sleep, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Warner Brothers 1946."
Laura: "Good God, you're babbling."
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A Bill of Divorcement (ep. 70)

Laura: "A Bill of Whatchamacallit, with Who's-it's and What's-his-name?"
Steele: "Ah yes, uh, A Bill of Divorcement, uh John Barrymore, Katherine Hepburn, RKO 1932."
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Blow Up (ep. 84)

Laura: "Blow up. David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, MGM 1967. Or was it 1966."
Bernie: "What are you mumbling about?"
Laura: "A certain friend of mine will be very proud of me right now."
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Body Heat (ep. 76)

Steele: "Body Heat."
Mildred: "It certainly was!"
Steele: "Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Warner Brothers 1981."
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Boom Town (ep. 37)

Laura: "Look, before you convince yourself that it's Boom Town all over again,"
Frances: "What?"
Laura: "Boom Town MGM 1940. Clark Gable leaves Claudette Colbert for
Hedy La..." [realizes what she's just said.]
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Boys' Town (ep. 51)

Steele: "All right everybody, here we go. Boys Town, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, MGM 1938."
Laura: "Yeah, yeah, I know."
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The Bride of Frankenstein (ep. 23 & 88)

Steele: "Uh, who is it?"
Laura: "The Bride of Frankenstein."

[Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Universal 1935.]
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Casablanca (2, 14, 24, 50 & 88)

Laura: "Who are you? Where did you come from?"
Steele: "Humphrey Bogart to Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca, Warner Brothers 1942."

Steele: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world..."
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Charade (ep. 28)

Laura: "Charade."
Steele: "The game or the movie?"
Laura: "Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn!"
Steele: "Universal 1963."
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Chinatown (ep. 12)

Laura: "Chinatown. I, too, attend an occasional movie.
Is there another book like this one?"
Clerk: "Of course not."
Steele: "A page has been torn out."
Clerk: "Never happened before that damn movie."

[Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Paramount 1974.]
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Citizen Kane (ep. 10)

Laura: "Franks and beans, on Wedgewood? Shades of Citizen Hearst."

Steele: "I'm looking for Orson Welles. Or was it Joseph Cotten.
Ah, yes, yes. Xanadu. I'm looking for Xanadu."
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Coma (ep. 13)

Steele: "You know what they tried to do to Genevieve Bujold in Coma."
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Convicted (ep. 87)

Steele: "Convicted, Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Columbia 1950.
Ford plays an innocent man convicted to life imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit."
Sergeant: "Ruth Roman played the dame, right?"
Steele: "Dorothy Malone, actually."
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The Corpse Came C.O.D. (ep. 60)

Steele: "The Corpse Came C.O.D."
Bernard: "We're going to try to get money for it?"
Steele: "George Brent, Joan Blondell, Columbia 1947."
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A Day at the Races (ep. 50)

Steele: "The stills outside the cinema pointed the way all the time, only I didn't connect them 'til now. A Day at the Races . Come on!"

[Marx Brothers, MGM 1937.]
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The Day of the Jackal (ep. 58 & 68)

Steele: "The Day of the Jackal."
Daniel: "Jackal? They'll be feeding on our carcasses if you don't pull this off."
Steele: "Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Universal 1973."
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Death Takes a Holiday (ep. 86)

Steele: "Look, if death can take a holiday, why can't you?"
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Dirty Harry (ep. 53 & 80)

Lloyd Nolan: "No disrespect, but let's face it. Dirty Harry you ain't."

[Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino, Warner Brothers 1971.]
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Easy Rider (ep. 72)

Steele: "Right idea, wrong movie. It was Easy Rider."
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Enter the Dragon (ep. 8)

Steele: "Are we looking here at Enter the Dragon, with Bruce Lee on the trail of illicit narcotics?"

[John Saxon, 1973]
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Fear Strikes Out (ep. 48)

Steele: "How about a double feature tonight to take our minds off the case."
Laura: "What's playing?"
Steele: "Fear Strikes Out and Pride of the Yankees."

[Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Paramount 1957.]
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From Russia With Love (ep. 50)

Steele: "Into the back and throw the oil drums into their path!"
Laura: "Right! ... Oil drums! There aren't any oil drums!"
Steele: "There were in From Russia With Love!"

[Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Pedro Armendariz, United Artists 1963.]
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The Fuller Brush Man (ep. 49)

Steele: "The Fuller Brush Man, Red Skelton, Janet Blair, Columbia 1948."
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Gaslight (ep. 22 & 63)

Steele: "Gaslight."
Laura: "The flashlight's fine, thanks."
Steele: "Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, MGM 1944."
Laura: "I like your choice of films, Mr. Steele."
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The Godfather (ep. 53)

Steele: "Godfather, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Paramount 1972."
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Goldfinger (ep. 45)

Laura: "Not a bad move."
Steele: "Goldfinger, Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, United Artists 1964."
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Gone with the Wind (ep. 50, 57 & 73)

Steele: "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn. Why did I say that?"
Laura: "Rhett Butler's last line to Scarlet O'Hara. Oh, I do hope this has something to do with Gone with the Wind. Now that's one movie I do know about, I've seen it a dozen times."

[Clark Cable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, MGM 1939.]
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The Great Escape (ep. 46)

Steele: "The Great Escape,
[cough] Steve McQueen, James Garner,
[cough] United Artists 1963."
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The Great Impostor (ep. 71)

Steele: "That guy is a bigger fraud than Tony Curtis in The Great Impostor."

[Raymond Massey, Karl Malden, United Artists 1961.]
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Hamlet (ep. 82)

Steele: "Hamlet. Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Jay Arthur, Rank 1948."
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How to Murder Your Wife (ep. 63)

Steele: "How to Murder Your Wife, Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, United Artists 1965."
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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (ep. 32)

Roxie: "I feel like The Hunchback of Notre Dame."

[Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, RKO 1939.
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In the Heat of the Night (ep. 39)

Steele: "In the Heat of the Night, Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, United Artists 1967."
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (ep. 67)

Mildred: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Allied Artists 1956. Oh, how he loved that picture!"
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It Happened One Night (ep. 25)

Steele: "Shouldn't be too hard for a long-legged field darter named Claudette."
Laura: "Claudette?"
Steele: "Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night, uh, Clark Gable, Columbia 1934. I'll explain on the way."
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (ep. 17 & 64)

Laura: "I've seen those palm trees before."
Steele: "Of course you have. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad [sic] World, United Artists 1963.
Spencer Tracy and a cadre of comics."
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Johnny Apollo (ep. 53)

Lloyd Nolan: "Don't forget Johnny Apollo, darling."
Steele: "Oh, Tyrone Power, Edward Arnold, 20th Century Fox, 19 uh 40. I'm sorry, excuse me."

[Lloyd Nolan, Dorothy Lamour.]
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Key Largo (ep. 24)

Steele: "Did you happen to see Key Largo, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Warner Brothers 1948?"
Laura: "The last movie you took me to almost cost me my life."
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Laura (ep. 17 & 50)

Steele: "Laura."
Laura: "Yes?"
Steele: "Laura."
Laura: "What!"
Steele: "Laura, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, 20th Century Fox 1944."

Dr.Tulliver: "This is Miss Laura Holt."
Steele: "Ah, Laura, of course. Yes, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney."
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The List of Adrian Messenger (ep. 73)

Laura: "What have we stumbled into here?"
Steele: "The List of Adrian Messenger, George C.Scott, Kirk Douglas, Universal 1963."
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Little Murders (ep. 54)

Steele: "Ah, Little Murders, Elliot Gould, Alan Arkin, 20th Century Fox eh
1971. A rampant sniper picks people off at a New York high-rise building."
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