The Dark Horse (1932) Poster

Warren William: Hal Samson Blake



  • Hal Samson Blake : He's the dumbest human being I ever saw. Every time he opens his mouth he subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge.

  • Hal Samson Blake : I tell ya, I'll make you the best husband in captivity.

  • Hal Samson Blake : Yes sir, Governor. I can see that you have no false pride. You're a true democrat.

    Zachary Hicks : Well, thank you.

    Hal Samson Blake : You have simple, innate dignity. That's what I like.

  • Mr. Green : Well, what're we going to do?

    Hal Samson Blake : That's simple. We're going to capitalize his dumbness.

  • Hal Samson Blake : We're going to make him even dumber than he is.

  • Hal Samson Blake : We're going to convince the voters that at last they're getting one of their own kind to represent them. Honest and dumb.

  • Hal Samson Blake : But he's honest, and he'll give the people a square deal. And believe me, that's what the public wants in these days of corruption and depression.

  • Hal Samson Blake : I dislike accusing Mr. Underwood of plagiarism, and yet I think it highly unlikely that Abraham Lincoln stole that speech from Mr. Underwood.

  • Hal Samson Blake : [Reading from a book of supposed Abraham Lincoln speeches]  I am unknown to most of you. I was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life. I have no wealthy or popular relations, or friends to recommend me. My case is thrown exclusively upon the independent voters of the country. And if elected they will have conferred a favor upon me for which I will be unremitting in my labors to compensate. But if the people, in their wisdom, shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined.

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