Quotation by Jay Dratler

Waldo Lydecker: Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man she'd ever met. I was in complete accord with her on that point.... She thought me also the kindest, the gentlest, the most sympathetic man in the world.
Detective Mark McPherson: Did you agree with her there, too?
Waldo Lydecker: McPherson, you won't understand this, but I've tried to become the kindest, gentlest, the most sympathetic man in the world.
Detective Mark McPherson: Have any luck?
Waldo Lydecker: Let me put it this way: I shall be sincerely sorry to see my neighbor's children devoured by wolves.
Jay Dratler, U.S. screenwriter, Samuel Hoffenstein (1889–1947), U.S. screenwriter, Betty Reinhardt, U.S. screenwriter, and Otto Preminger. Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) and Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), Laura (1944).
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