Vincent Price Quotes Shakespeare in His Kind of Woman
collected by Jeffrey Sward

In the motion picture His Kind of Woman (1951), Vincent Price delivers a stellar performance. Vincent Price plays Mark Cardigan, a ham actor. As customary, Vincent plays the role completely straight, which accentuates humor and self-parody. The Vincent Price character is constantly quoting (mostly) Shakespeare, some of which follow [actual text in brackets when differences are significant]:

  • Now might I drink hot blood and do such bitter business the earth would quake to look upon. [Now could I drink hot blood and do such bitter business as the day would quake to look on] -- Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2
  • What fools ye mortals be. [What fools these mortals be] -- A Midsummer Nights Dream, Act 3 Scene 2
  • Alas, why must I be plagued by yammering magpies on the eve of battle? -- Unable to locate Shakespeare reference
  • 'Tis not so deep as a well nor so wide as a church-door -- Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 1
  • This is man's work. Women are for weeping. [For men must work, and women must weep] -- The Three Fishers Charles Kingsley
  • By yonder blessed moon I swear -- Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2
  • Now, soldiers, march away, and how Thou pleasest, God, dispose the day. -- Henry V, Act 4 Scene 3
  • Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground. -- The Tempest, Act 1 Scene 2
  • A ship, a ship, my kingdom for a ship. [A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse] -- Richard III, Act 5 Scene 4
  • Out, damned spot! Out I say! -- Macbeth, Act 5 Scene 1
  • I must rid all the sea of pirates -- Antony and Cleopatra, Act 2 Scene 6
  • Death hath not struck so fat a deer today -- Henry IV Part 1, Act 5 Scene 4
  • The time right deadly. [Times' right deadly] -- Troillus and Cressida, Act 4 Scene 5
  • Who counts the odds when duty calls - Unable to locate Shakespeare reference

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