Oughta take a look at the statistics on suicide some time
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[Norton, Keyes's boss, has just tried, unsuccessfully, to convince a client that her husband's death was a suicide]

Barton Keyes:
You know, you, uh, oughta take a look at the statistics on suicide some time. You might learn a little something about the insurance business.
Edward S. Norton:
Mister Keyes, I was RAISED in the insurance business.
Barton Keyes:
Yeah, in the front office. Come now, you've never read an actuarial table in your life, have you? Why they've got ten volumes on suicide alone. Suicide by race, by color, by occupation, by sex, by seasons of the year, by time of day. Suicide, how committed: by poison, by firearms, by drowning, by leaps. Suicide by poison, subdivided by *types* of poison, such as corrosive, irritant, systemic, gaseous, narcotic, alkaloid, protein, and so forth; suicide by leaps, subdivided by leaps from high places, under the wheels of trains, under the wheels of trucks, under the feet of horses, from *steamboats*. But, Mr. Norton, of all the cases on record, there's not one single case of suicide by leap from the rear end of a moving train. And you know how fast that train was going at the point where the body was found? Fifteen miles an hour. Now how can anybody jump off a slow-moving train like that with any kind of expectation that he would kill himself? No. No soap, Mr. Norton. We're sunk, and we'll have to pay through the nose, and you know it.

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You know you ought to take a look at the statistics on suicide sometime
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You might learn about the insurance business
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Mr Keyes I was raised in the insurance business
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Yeah in the front office
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Come now you've never read an actuarial table in your life
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Why they've got ten volumes on suicide alone
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Suicide by race by colour by occupation by sex
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by season of the year by time of day
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How committed By poisons by firearms by drowning by leaps
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Suicide by poison subdivided by types of poison
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such as corrosive irritant systemic gaseous narcotic
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alkaloid protein and so forth
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Suicide by leaps subdivided by leaps from high places
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under the wheels of trains under the wheels of trucks
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under the feet of horses from steamboats
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But Mr Norton of all the cases on record
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there's not one single case of suicide by leap from the rear end of a moving train
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Do you know how fast that train was going where the body was found
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15 miles an hour
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How can anybody jump off a slow moving train like that
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with any kind of expectation that he would kill himself
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No no soap Mr Norton
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We're sunk and we'll have to pay through the nose

Clip duration: 60 seconds
Views: 200
Timestamp in movie: 01h 07m 07s
Uploaded: 02 December, 2022
Genres: crime, drama, film-noir
Summary: A Los Angeles insurance representative lets an alluring housewife seduce him into a scheme of insurance fraud and murder that arouses the suspicion of his colleague, an insurance investigator.


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