Captain Dudley Smith: I admire you as a policeman, particularly your adherence to violence as a necessary adjunct to the job.
Jack Vincennes: Oh, lookee here, the great jerk off case of 1953.
Captain Dudley Smith: I wouldn't trade places with Edmund Exley right now for all the whisky in Ireland.
Captain Dudley Smith: Wendell, I'd like full and docile co-operation on every topic.
Dick Stensland: We'll do the town one night on me.
Brett Chase: Excuse me, ma'am. Just the facts.
Captain Dudley Smith: You'll do as I say, and ask no questions. Do you follow my drift?
Dick Stensland: I got a hot date.
Ed Exley: I'm talking about the gas chamber, and you haven't even asked me what this is about. You've got a big "Guilty" sign around your neck.
Jack Vincennes: Oh, great. You get the girl, I get the coroner.
Jack Vincennes: Why don't you and I go someplace quiet cause I'd love to give you the low-down on Mitchum.
Jack Vincennes: Why in the world do you wanna go digging any deeper into the Nite Owl killings, Lieutenant?
Jack Vincennes: I'm the technical advisor. I teach Brett Chase how to walk and talk like a cop.
Pierce Patchett: I use girls that look like movie stars. Sometimes I employ a plastic surgeon. When the work had been done, that's when you saw us.
Johnny Stompanato: You want an autograph? Write to MGM.
Ed Exley: Why did you become a cop?
Ed Exley: I heard you like to shoot dogs.
[Dick Stensland arrives with liquor for a party.]
Bud White: I'd like to see you again.
Bud White: Merry Christmas.
Lynn Bracken: There's blood on your shirt. Is that an integral part of your job?
Ed Exley: All I ever wanted was to measure up to my father.
Lynn Bracken: You say fuck a lot.
Sid Hudgeons: Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
Lynn: You're the first man in five years who didn't tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute.
Lynn Bracken: I see Bud because I want to. I see Bud because he can't hide the good inside of him. I see Bud because he treats me like Lynn Bracken and not some Veronica Lake look-alike who fucks for money.
Dudley Smith: Go back to Jersey, Sonny. This is the City of the Angels and you haven't got any wings.
Captain Dudley Smith: Don't start tryin' to do the right thing, boy-o. You haven't the practice.
Captain Dudley Smith: I doubt you've ever taken a stupid breath. Don't start now.
Captain Dudley Smith: Our justice must be swift and merciless.
Bud White: The Night Owl case made you. Do you want to tear all that down?
[Bud dunks the D.A.'s head in a toilet to make him talk.]
[Bud grabs Johnny Stompanato by the testicles to get him to talk.]
[Exley has to perform the interrogation.]
[One of Lynn's clients refuses to leave. Bud White flashes his badge.]
Sid Hudgens: "It's Christmas Eve in the City of Angels and while decent citizens sleep the sleep of the righteous, hopheads prowl for marijuana not knowing that a man is coming to stop them! Celebrity crimestopper Jack Vincennes, scourge of grasshoppers and dopefieds everywhere!" Ya like it, Jackie-Boy?
Dudley Liam Smith: Hold up your badge, so they know you're a policeman.
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