Category Archives: Dialogue Of The Day

Dialogue Of The Day: Adam-12 (1968).

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From the first episode of Adam-12, “The Impossible Mission,” which was actually directed by Jack Webb.

Pete Malloy (Martin Milner): “This black and white patrol car has an overhead valve V-8 engine. It develops 325 horsepower at 4800 RPMs. It accelerates from zero to 60 in seven seconds. It has a top speed of 120 miles an hour. It’s equipped with a multi-channeled DFE radio and an electronic siren capable of admitting three variables: wail, yelp and alert. It also serves as an outside radio speaker and public address system. The automobile has two shotgun racks, one attached to the bottom portion of the front seat, one in the vehicle trunk. Attached to the middle of the dash, illuminated by a single bulb is a hot sheet desk. Fastened to which you will always make sure is the latest one off the teletype before you ever roll.”

Felt like we were overdue for some Jack Webb. By the way, the patrol car Malloy’s referring to (and leaning on) is a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere.

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Dialogue Of The Day: Jaws (1975).

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Been meaning to post this since I started this blog. It’s Robert Shaw’s incredible scene in Jaws (1975) where he tells the story of the USS Indianapolis. Written by John Milius and reworked by Shaw himself, it’s an incredible thing, as good as acting ever gets — creepy and touching at the same time.

Quint (Robert Shaw): “Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We’d just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes.

Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that shark he go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.

Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… ’til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those sharks come in and… they rip you to pieces.

You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin’, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist.

At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol’ fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.

Anyway, we delivered the bomb.”

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Dialogue Of The Day: Where Eagles Dare (1969).

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Major John Smith (Richard Burton): “Broadsword calling Danny Boy… Broadsword calling Danny Boy.”

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Dialogue Of The Day: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971).

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The Mechanic (Dennis Wilson): “You’d have yourself a real street-sweeper here if you put a little work into it.”

G.T.O. (Warren Oates): “I go fast enough.”

The Driver (James Taylor): “You can never go fast enough.”

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Dialogue Of The Day: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).

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Tyler Fitzgerald (Jim Backus): “Anybody can fly a plane, now here: I’ll check you out. Put your little hands on the wheel there. Now put your feet on the rudder. There. Who says this ol’ boy can’t fly this ol’ plane? Now I’m gonna make us some Old Fashioned’s the old-fashioned way – the way dear old Dad used to!”

Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett): “What if something happens?”

Tyler Fitzgerald: “What could happen to an Old Fashioned?”

For Mr. Richard Vincent.

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Dialogue Of The Day: Bonnie And Clyde (1967).

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Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty): “See that foot? I chopped two toes off that foot, with an exe, to get off work detail. You wanna see it?”

Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway): “I surely don’t intend to stand here in the middle of Main Street and look at your dirty feet!”

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Dialogue Of The Day #1: The Thing (1951).

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Lt. MacPherson (Robert Nichols): “What if he can read our minds?”

Lt. Eddie Dykes (James Young): “He’ll be real mad when he gets to me.”

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