Johnny Fontane ruined one of Woltz International's most valuable protegees. For five years, we had her training-- singing lessons, acting lessons, dancing lessons. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. I was going to make her a big star. And let me be even more frank. Just to show you I'm not a hard-hearted man, that it's not all dollars and cents. She was beautiful. She was young. She was innocent. She was the greatest piece of ass I ever had, and I've had them all over the world! And then Johnny Fontane comes along with his olive oil voice and guinea charm. And she runs off. She threw it all away just to make me look ridiculous. And a man in my position can't afford to be made to look ridiculous!
Jack Woltz tells Tom Hagen that he can't afford to be made to look ridiculous.