Nathan Detroit Quotes in Guys and Dolls (1955)


Nathan Detroit Quotes:

  • Nathan Detroit: I have been running the crap game since I was a juvenile delinquent.

    Miss Adelaide: Speaking of chronic conditions, happy anniversary.

  • Nathan Detroit: Southstreet, give your testimony.

    Benny Southstreet: I plead the fifth commandment.

  • Miss Adelaide: And what was that about?

    Nathan Detroit: His wife's having a baby.

    Miss Adelaide: But why is he asking you?

    Nathan Detroit: He's nervous, it's his first wife.

  • Nathan Detroit: Everybody in the whole world who hates me is now here.

  • Nathan Detroit: [to Nicely and Benny] Take Adelaide to the Hot Box. In a cab.

    Miss Adelaide: But it's only a couple of blocks.

    Nathan Detroit: The streets are covered with tourists and I do not want you molested.

  • Nathan Detroit: If a guy did not have a doll, who would holler on him?

  • Nathan Detroit: Still, you will admit that Mindy's cheesecake is the greatest alive.

    Sky Masterson: Gladly. Furthermore, I am quite partial to Mindy's cheesecake.

  • Nathan Detroit: Would you not agree that Mindy's cheesecake is the best cheesecake alive?

  • Lieutenant Brannigan: What brings all these senior delinquents together?

    Nathan Detroit: They got lonely. How am I supposed to know?

    Lieutenant Brannigan: And why are they all wearing red carnations?

    Nathan Detroit: They are also all wearing pants.

  • Big Jule: Tell me, how long have you known the doll?

    Nathan Detroit: 14 years.

    Big Jule: Let's shoot crap!

  • Nathan Detroit: [after declining a bet that he cannot say what color his tie is] Polka dots. In the whole world, only Nathan Detroit could blow a thousand bucks on polka dots.

  • Nathan Detroit: [singing] What's playing at the Roxy? I'll tell you what's playing at the Roxy. Picture about a Minnesota man so in love with a Mississippi girl that he sacrifices everything and moves all the ways to Biloxi. That's what's playing at the Roxy.

    Benny Southstreet: [singing] What's in the daily news? I'll tell you what's in the daily news. Story about a guy who bought his wife a small ruby with what otherwise would have been his union dues. That's what's in the daily news.

    Nicely Nicely Johnson: [singing] What's happening all over? I'll tell you what's happening all over. Guy sitting home by a television set who used to be something of a rover. That's what's happening all over.

    Nathan DetroitBenny SouthstreetNicely Nicely Johnson: [singing] Love is the thing that has licked 'em!

    Nathan Detroit: [singing] And it looks like I'm just another victim.

  • Nathan Detroit: As you can see, Big Jule, the boys are fatigued from weariness.

    Big Jule: I don't care who's tired. I'm out 25 Gs. Nobody leaves.

    Rusty Charlie: I am half dead.

    Harry the Horse: If you do not shut up, Big Jule will arrange the other half.

  • Nathan Detroit: [reading Big Jule's marker] "IOU one thousand. Signed X." How can you write "one thousand" but not your signature?

    Big Jule: I was good in arithmetic but I stunk in English.

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