Quotations From FRANK S NUGENT


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  • Never apologize, mister. It's a sign of weakness.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Laurence Stallings, and John Ford. Capt. Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Stating his motto, reiterated several times in the film, when Lt. Pennell (Harry Carey, Jr.) apologizes for setting out on a picnic with Olivia Dandridge (Joanne Dru). Based on the story "War Party" by James Warner Bellah.
  • Ever since I was a little girl, I've, I've dreamed of havin' my own things about me. My spinet over there and a table here. My own chairs to rest upon and a dresser over there in that corner, and my own china and pewter shinin' about me.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), The Quiet Man, musing, on her wedding night, about the dowry her brother refused to let her take with her (1952). Based on the story by Maurice Walsh.

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  • How did you get in the Navy? How did you get on our side? Ah, you ignorant, arrogant, ambitious—keeping sixty two men in prison cause you got a palm tree for the work they did. I don't know which I hate worse, you or that malignant growth that stands outside your door. How did you ever get command of a ship? I realize in wartime they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel. But where'd they ever scrape you up?
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Joshua Logan, co-scenarist, John Ford, and Mervyn LeRoy. Lt. (JG) Douglas Roberts (Henry Fonda), Mister Roberts, lashing out at the Captain (James Cagney) for cancelling the crew's shore leave (1955). Based on the play by Joshua Logan and Thomas Heggen and the novel by Thomas Heggen.

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  • Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver. And I just threw your stinking palm tree overboard. Now what's all this crud about no movie tonight?
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Joshua Logan, co-scenarist, John Ford, and Mervyn LeRoy. Ensign Frank Pulver (Jack Lemmon), Mister Roberts, at the film's conclusion, Ensign Pulver standing up to the Captain for the first time and, emulating Mr. Roberts, disposing of the Captain's prized potted palm (1955). Based on the play by Joshua Logan and Thomas Heggen and the novel by Thomas Heggen.

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  • That's right, son. That's why I keep my hat on, so my horns don't show. Why I've got more wives than Solomon hisself. At least that's what folks around here say. And if they don't say it, they, they think it.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Patrick Ford, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond), Wagon Master, response when asked by horse trader Sandy Owens (Harry Carey, Jr.) if he and his people are Mormons (1950).

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  • Order of the Palm to Lt. (JG) Douglas Roberts for action against the enemy above and beyond the call of duty.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Joshua Logan, co-scenarist, John Ford, and Mervyn LeRoy. Doc (William Powell), Mister Roberts, crew's award to Mr. Roberts for persistently standing up to the ship's irascible captain (1955). Based on the play by Joshua Logan and Thomas Heggen and the novel by Thomas Heggen.
  • Figure a man's only good for one oath at a time. I took mine to the Confederate States of America.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Ethan Edwards (John Wayne), The Searchers, refusing to take an oath as a Texas Ranger (1956). Based on the novel by Alan Le—ay.

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  • Don't want no money from you Ethan, no money, Marty. Just a roof over old Mose head and a rocking chair by the fire, my own rocking chair by the fire.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mose Harper (Hank Worden), The Searchers, returning to the Jorgensen homestead and the promise of home, after escaping from the Comanches (1956). Based on the novel by Alan Le—ay.

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  • Well, Mr. Thornton, you are a wonder. It looks the way all Irish cottages should and so seldom do. And only an American would have thought of emerald green.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mrs. Elizabeth Playfair (Eileen Crowe), The Quiet Man, commenting on how well Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who recently returned to Ireland, has refurbished the cottage he was born in (1952). Based on the story by Maurice Walsh.

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  • The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change. The army knows no seasons.
    Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, Laurence Stallings, and John Ford. Captain Nathan Brittles (John Wayne), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Commenting on the permanence of the army. Based on the story "War Party" by James Warner Bellah.

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