Night Shift (film)

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Night Shift is a 1982 film about a formerly successful stockbroker and his crazy co-worker who open a call girl service at the city morgue.

Directed by Ron Howard. Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
Ever since two enterprising young men turned the City Morgue into a swinging business, people have been dying to get in. (taglines)

Bill Blazejowski

  • What's our job? We like drive around and pickup stiffs, or what? Is that what we are suppose to do?
  • Wanna know why I carry this tape recorder? To tape things. See, I'm an idea man, Chuck. I got ideas coming at me all day... I couldn't even fight 'em off if I wanted. Wait a second... hold the phone! Hold the phone! [speaking into tape recorder] Idea to eliminate garbage. Edible paper. You eat it, it's gone! You eat it, it's outta there! No more garbage!
  • So there I was at the Blackjack table with all my wash 'n' dries... did I tell you I had they idea for them first?
  • What if you mix the mayonnaise in the can, WITH the tunafish? Or... hold it! Chuck! I got it! Take LIVE tuna fish, and FEED 'em mayonnaise! Oh this is great. [speaks into tape recorder] Call Starkist!
  • We're all adults here - we can talk about this openly... [writing on chalkboard] PROSTITUTION! But what does that mean really? Sometimes it helps to understand a word if you break it down, so let's do that now shall we? Pros... it doesn't mean anything, you can forget about that... Tit, I think we all know what that means, Tu, two tit and TION of course, from the Latin to shun... to say uh-uh no thank you anyway I don't want it, to push away... it doesn't even belong in this word really.
  • I wash my hands and my feet of you!


  • Chuck Lumley: [reads the forms that Lenoard, the day shift guy left] Name of the desceased... something Polish?


Chuck: I used to be an investment counselor.
Bill: Yeah? [pause] What's that?
Chuck: It's like a stockbroker.
Bill: So what're you doing babysitting stiffs? What were you... drinker? Big drinker?
Chuck: No!
Bill: Doper! Toothead! Nose candy! Coke!

Bill: [picking up photo from desk] Hey Chuck? Who is this? Your wife?
Chuck: Fiancée.
Bill: Nice frame!

Bill: You tellin' me to shut up?
Chuck: I'm telling you to shut up! I will tell your recorder so that you don't forget!
[Chuck picks up tape recorder and turns it on]
Chuck: Hello, this is Chuck to remind Bill to SHUT UP!

Chuck: [elevator door opens; Chuck sees Belinda lying on the elevator floor] Oh my God. Did you fall down? Did somebody hit you?
Belinda: Other way round. Somebody hit me and then I fell down.

Chuck: As we sit here and idly chat, there are woman, female human beings, rolling around in strange beds with strange men, and we are making money from that.
Bill: Is this a great country, or what?

Bill: [Chuck is spitting on himself in the jail cell] Chuck, come on - it looks bad in front of the other guys!
Chuck: So what am I running for, cell president?
Bill: No!... they have that?

Belinda: Bill, Bill, are you all right? Did you break anything, Bill?
Bill: I caught an updraft.
Chuck: Are you ok?
Bill: Yeah, I'm all right, don't worry, I'm all right, fortunately the ground broke my fall.


  • Ever since two enterprising young men turned the City Morgue into a swinging business, people have been dying to get in.
  • It makes the day seem dead.
  • Together they are going to make the day pay off... all night long!
  • The oldest profession in a new-look comedy.


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