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November 23, 1987|DEBORAH CAULFIELD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.

Ten Goldwynisms from the Malaprop Man, movie mogul Sam Goldwyn (1882-1974):

1--"Let's have some new cliches."

2--"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined."

3--"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."

4--"First you have a good story, then a good treatment, and next, a first-rate director. After that, you hire a competent cast and even then you have only the mucus of a good picture."

5--"I'll give you a definite maybe."

6--"I had a great idea this morning, but I didn't like it."

7--When his wife's hands were complimented: "Yes, I'm going to have a bust made of them."

8--"The only trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures."

9--"Let's bring it up to date with some snappy 19th-Century dialogue."

10--"We've got 25 years worth of files out there, just sitting around. Now what I want you do do is to go out there and throw everything out--but make a copy of everything first."

Adolph Zukor on Sam Goldwyn: "Sam is like a Jersey cow that gives the finest milk, but before you can take the bucket away he has kicked it over."

Source: The Book of Hollywood Quotes

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