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Samuel Goldwyn

A picture of Goldwyn, prior to his name change in 1916.
Born Szmuel Gelbfisz
(1879-08-17)17 August 1879
Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire
Died 31 January 1974(1974-01-31) (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
Other names Samuel Goldfish, Mister Malaprop
Years active 1917-1959
Spouse(s) Blanche Lasky (1910-1915; divorced; 1 child)
Frances Howard (1925-1974; his death; 1 child)

The scene is dull. Tell him to put more life into his dying.
This music won't do. There's not enough sarcasm in it.
Here I am paying big money to you writers and what for? All you do is change the words.
Samuel Goldwyn
The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive.
Samuel Goldwyn
Ill give you a definite maybe.
If people don't want to go to the picture, nobody can stop them.
God makes stars. I just produce them.
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.
For your information, I would like to ask a question.
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it… The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
Samuel Goldwyn
Let's have some new cliches.
Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
Samuel Goldwyn
I vicariously lived the life of an independent producer from the time I was four years old. And what was always important was writing, writing, writing.
Samuel Goldwyn
A hospital is no place to be sick.
I hate a man who always says 'yes' to me. When I say 'no' I like a man who also says 'no.'
Samuel Goldwyn
It's absolutely impossible, but it has possibilities.
Modern dancing is old fashioned.
Too caustic? To hell with the costs, we'll make the picture anyway.
I don't want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.
Samuel Goldwyn
Color television! Bah, I won't believe it until I see it in black and white.
Samuel Goldwyn
I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.
Samuel Goldwyn
If I look confused it is because I am thinking.
You've got to take the bitter with the sour.
Don't worry about the war. It's all over but the shooting.
I never put on a pair of shoes until I've worn them at least five years.
Samuel Goldwyn
Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
Samuel Goldwyn
I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.
Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.
I can give you a definite perhaps.
People always say to me, 'It must have been wonderful coming from old Hollywood, with all those movie stars,' but I never knew anyone. I didn't even know who Charlie Chaplin was. My parents really kept me away from it all.
Samuel Goldwyn
I never liked you, and I always will.
No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life.
Samuel Goldwyn
We're overpaying him, but he's worth it.
Go see it and see for yourself why you shouldn't go see it.
A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.
Spare no expense to save money on this one.
I read part of it all the way through.
That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.
Samuel Goldwyn
We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
Samuel Goldwyn
Don't pay any attention to the critics - don't even ignore them.
I seriously object to seeing on the screen what belongs in the bedroom.
Every director bites the hand that lays the golden egg.
Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
Samuel Goldwyn
When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty.
Television has raised writing to a new low.
Please write music like Wagner, only louder.
No agency is better than its account executives.
Our comedies are not to be laughed at.
A bachelor's life is no life for a single man.
The Oscars are a lot different when you are a nominee. You walk around with this big smile on your face, and everyone, even people who work for rival film companies, tells you they voted for you.
Samuel Goldwyn
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
I was always an independent, even when I had partners.
If Roosevelt were alive today, he'd turn over in his grave.
Include me out.
I don't think anyone should write their autobiography until after they're dead.
Samuel Goldwyn
Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.
Samuel Goldwyn
I want everyone to tell me the truth, even if it costs him his job.
I left home at 15 because Hollywood isn't the best place to grow up.
The reason so many people turned up at his funeral is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.
Samuel Goldwyn
It's more than magnificent - it's mediocre.
Some of the regrets I've had about my own career are things I have not done that I should have done. More than some of the things that I've done.
Samuel Goldwyn