By the very nature of his art, which depends on invention and innovation, a story teller must depart from the beaten track and, having done so, occasionally startle and disagree with some of his associates. Healthy disagreement we must have.
I did all my directing when I wrote the screenplay. It was probably harder for a regular director. He probably had to read the script the night before shooting started.
You can't go around the theatres handing out cards saying, 'It isn't my fault'. You go onto the next one.
Directing was easy for me because I was a writer director and did all my directing when I wrote the screenplay.
I always was and always will be optimistic.
I compared pooh-poohers of the movies to the myopics who used to holler, 'Get a horse!' when an early automobile exploded by.
I never write down to my audiences. I respect honest sentiment and honest pratfalls.
I worked out a rather deep-dish theory defining the theater as a form of architecture rather than a form of literature.
If I can't find real situations that interest me in real life, then I'll go and write them in play form.
If war is the solution, why didn't Roosevelt declare war on poverty?
In 'Remember the Night,' love reformed her and corrupted him, which gave us the finely balanced moral that one man's meat is another man's poison.
It was actually the enormous risks I took with my pictures, skating right up to the edge of non-acceptance, that paid off so handsomely.
Of the Sturges family, much more is known than is available about poor Irish immigrants and obscure Scottish-English settlers around Rochester.
The more you stand in the limelight, the more scarred you will become and the more you will love the limelight.
Theater in which you eat is the oldest form of theater.
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