Alvah Bessie


Alvah Bessie Quotes

  • ''You'll be the first one on the ground.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, to a parachuter who asks, "What happens if my shoot doesn't open?" (1945).
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  • ''Young men all of us—we've got to be. You know why? I'll give you two good reasons. We jump out of planes, and guys shoot at us.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, explaining why paratrooping is for young men (1945).
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  • ''Take it easy, soldier. Everybody gets a little "noivous" in the "soivice."''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, reassuring a nervous soldier on a parachute jump (1945).
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  • ''From now on, if I ever get to burn another newspaper, I'll remember what a few cents can buy.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, to a dead newspaper correspondent who has died on a mission (1945).
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  • ''When you're dealing with monkeys, you've got to expect some wrenches.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson, Objective Burma, giving a subaltern a mission (1945).
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  • ''Maybe! Maybe! Maybe if your aunt had a beard, she'd be your uncle.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Gabby (George Tobias), Objective Burma, angry at others' wild conjectures (1945).
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  • ''That's what the cat said to the canary when he swallowed him: "You'll be all right."''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Mr. Williams (Henry Hull), Objective Burma, having been assured he'll be "all right" on his first parachute jump (1945).
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  • ''So much for Mrs. Hollis' nine months of pain and 20 years of hope.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Nameless GI, Objective Burma, cutting dog tags off a dead GI (1945).
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