Police officer: Say chief. This fellow Comante.... Public's interested in him. He's a colorful character. Chief Detective: Colorful. What color is a trawling louse? Say listen, that's the attitude of too many morons in this country. They think these big hoodlums are some sort of demagogues. Whad a they do about a guy like Comante, they sentimentalize him. Romance. Make jokes about 'em. They had some excuse for glorifying our old Western badmen. They met in the middle of the street at high noon waiting for each other to draw. But these fiends sneak up, shoot a guy in the back, and then run away. Colorful ... When I think what goes on in the minds of these lice, I wanna vomit.
Ben Hecht (1893–1964), U.S. writer, screenwriter, Seton I. Miller, screenwriter, John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, and W.R. Burnett, screenwriter. Police officer (uncredited), chief detective (Edwin Maxwell), Scarface, criticizing the public's glorification of gangsters (1932).