Watch on the Rhine (1943) Directed by Herman Shumlin. Screenplay by Dashiell Hammett from the play by Lillian Hellman. Kurt Katch as Herr Blecher and Henry Daniell as Baron Phili von Ramme
Von Ramme: It is generally supposed, Mr. Chandler, that these little talks of Blecher’s are most instructive… and unpleasant.
Blecher: Baron von Ramme, too much may be generally supposed.
Von Ramme: A threat, Butcher Boy?
Blecher: “Butcher Boy.” That is funny, yes. We Nazis are always funny. And we have a funny leader with a funny mustache. His name used to be Schicklgruber and he was a paperhanger. That too is funny, yes. And so we have divided the world into two parts: those like you who want to work for us or with us, and those others who lie awake trembling and hating us because they are afraid of us. Tell me, is not that also funny? No, I wouldn’t threaten you, Phili. You could not be handled that way.
Von Ramme: With all your other duties, you still had time to make a study of me.
Blecher: You’re not complicated.
Von Ramme: No?
Blecher: No. Aristocrat. Bred to government service. Contemptuous of us and our methods, but chiefly because we are not gentlemen. Would be satisfied enough doing the same things, or worse, under some stupid Hohenzollern. You are too cynical to be really dangerous, Baron von Ramme.
Von Ramme: Bravo. You make me ashamed of being so simple.
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