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  • Bishops are like umpires. You have to have them to call the close decisions.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby), Going My Way (1944).
  • You even throw like an atheist.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby), Going My Way, to a self-declared atheist (Porter Hall) who tosses away a baseball belonging to neighborhood children (1944).
  • When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb. After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to find out how much he'd learned in three years.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby), Going My Way (1944).

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  • The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way, after receiving a dog and her newborn puppies from a parishioner (1944).

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  • I get a little behind during Lent, but it comes out even at Christmas.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way (1944). Explaining how he rations his bottle of brandy over the course of a year.

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  • A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way, after turning down an invitation to go golfing because of the profanity heard there (1944).

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  • Take 50 cents ... take it out of the Ladies' Fidelity. They never keep any books.
    Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way (1944). Giving spending money to the assistant pastor.
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