North by Northwest (1959) Poster

James Mason: Phillip Vandamm



  • Phillip Vandamm : Mr. Kaplan, you are quite the performer. First you're the outraged Madison Avenue advertising executive who claims that he has been mistaken for someone else. Next, you play the fugitive from justice supposedly trying to clear himself of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now, you're the jealous lover spurned by love and betrayal.

    Roger Thornhill : Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.

    Phillip Vandamm : Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing, I assure you.

  • Phillip Vandamm : That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets.

  • Leonard : You must have had some doubts about her yourself. You still do.

    Phillip Vandamm : Rubbish.

    Leonard : Why else would you have decided not to tell her that our little treasure here has a belly full of microfilm?

    Phillip Vandamm : You seem to be trying to fill mine with rotten apples.

    Leonard : Sometimes the truth does taste like a mouthful of worms.

    Phillip Vandamm : The truth? I've heard nothing but innuendos.

    Leonard : Call it my woman's intuition, if you will. But I've never trusted neatness. Neatness is always the result of deliberate planning.

  • Phillip Vandamm : Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely, Mr. Kaplan?

  • Phillip Vandamm : What possessed you to come blundering in here like this? Could it be an overpowering interest in art?

    Roger Thornhill : Yes, the art of survival.

    Eve Kendall : He followed me here from the hotel.

    Leonard : He was in your room?

    Roger Thornhill : Sure. Isn't everybody?

  • Leonard : You're not taking her on the plane with you?

    Phillip Vandamm : Of course I am. Like our friends, I too believe in neatness, Leonard. This matter is best disposed of from a great height, over water.

  • Phillip Vandamm : Seems to me you fellows could stand a little less training from the F.B.I. and a little more from the Actor's Studio.

  • Roger Thornhill : And what the devil is all this about? Why was I brought here?

    Phillip Vandamm : Games? Must we?

    Roger Thornhill : Not that I mind a slight case of abduction now and then, but I have tickets for the theater this evening, to a show I was looking forward to and I get, well, kind of *unreasonable* about things like that.

    Phillip Vandamm : With such expert playacting, you make this very room a theater.

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