Sir John Talbot
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Sir John Talbot (Character)
from The Wolf Man (1941)

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The Wolfman (2010)
[from trailer]
Sir John Talbot: [from trailer] You've done terrible things... be strong.

Sir John Talbot: [from trailer] Lo and behold, the prodigal son returns. I hope you're not expecting a fatted calf.
Lawrence Talbot: [from trailer] Hello father.

Sir John Talbot: [from trailer] Terrible things Lawrence, you've done terrible things.

Lawrence Talbot: [from trailer] What happened?
Sir John Talbot: [from trailer] Your brother's body was found in a ditch. He'd been torn to pieces.

Sir John Talbot: I do have a small gift for you Lawrence in the event you don't find life as glorious as I find it to be... or not to be.

Colonel Montford: [Sir John shoots a statue next to Colonel Montford causing him to fall off his horse] My eyes... Damn you, Talbot!
Sir John Talbot: I'm sorry, Colonel. I meant to shoot you. Sadly, I'm not quite the marksman I used to be... I must be getting old.

Sir John Talbot: It is monstrous, a young boy seeing his mother like that. I would have given my life Lawrence, that you hadn't found us that night. You must believe me when I tell you this Lawrence. You do believe me, don't you? I loved your mother with a passion like the burning of the sun. Her death finished me, I was devastated. But I still prowl the house at night, searching for her. But I'm dead all the same. Look into my eyes Lawrence, you see that I am quite dead.

Sir John Talbot: Are those Singh's silver bullets in my gun?
Lawrence Talbot: I'm sorry.
Sir John Talbot: You have me at a disadvantage. It makes me happy.
Lawrence Talbot: What does?
Sir John Talbot: Well, seeing you here like this. My son returned. It is glorious, isn't it?
Lawrence Talbot: No, it's hell.

Sir John Talbot: She exerts enormous power, doesn't she?
Lawrence Talbot: I wish things were different.
Sir John Talbot: Never look back, Lawrence. Never look back. The past is a wilderness of horrors. Lawrence... I'm glad you're home.

Lawrence Talbot: You killed my mother.
Sir John Talbot: Yes, I suppose I did.

[Sir John has just saved Lawrence from a mob of angry villagers by warning them that Singh is on top of the mansion with a reloading rifle]
Lawrence Talbot: Thank you father.
Sir John Talbot: You can thank Singh. Whenever he gets back from the village. You're not the only one in this family who can act.

Lawrence Talbot: You should kill yourself.
Sir John Talbot: Oh, I cannot tell you how often I've considered that. But life is far too glorious, Lawrence, especially to the cursed and the damned, like myself.

[Sir John begins playing the piano which startles Lawrence. Lawrence points the shotgun at his father]
Sir John Talbot: I will arise and go to my father and I will say unto him, 'Father I have sinned against heaven and before thee. I am no more worthy to be called thy son'.
[He stops playing and looks at Lawrence]
Lawrence Talbot: Lo and behold there he stands, the prodical son, for he is returned.
[Sir John stands up and begins moving toward Lawrence who raises the shotgun]
Sir John Talbot: Shall I have my own robe brought to be placed upon your shoulders? Rings for your fingers? Shoes for your feet?
Lawrence Talbot: What you should do is pray. But we both know it wouldn't do any good.
Sir John Talbot: Are those Singh's silver bullets in my gun?
Lawrence Talbot: I'm sorry.
Sir John Talbot: You have me at a disadvantage. It makes me happy.
Lawrence Talbot: What does?
Sir John Talbot: Well, seeing you here like this. My son returned. It is glorious, isn't it?
Lawrence Talbot: No, it's hell
Sir John Talbot: Hell? No. The beast is the beast. Let it run free.

Sir John Talbot: You sure you won't stay one more night?
Gwen Conliffe: My father has lodgings at the inn, and that's more convenient for the train so...
[She turns to Lawrence]
Gwen Conliffe: When do you return to London?
Lawrence Talbot: Not till I find out what happened to my brother.
[Gwen turns and climbs into the carraige. She and Lawrence exchange a brief glance before the driver pulls away]
Sir John Talbot: Lawrence, that's all well and good, but I think your inquiry could wait until tomorrow. The moon is full tonight and I'd prefer that you stay inside in the event that your raving lunatic theory is correct. I don't want to lose you too.

Sir John Talbot: Terrible things, Lawrence. You've done terrible things!

Sir John Talbot: You're heir to my kingdom, Lawrence. You've always been heir to my kingdom.


The Wolf Man (1941)
Sir John Talbot: All astronomers are amateurs. When it comes to the heavens, there's only one professional.

Sir John Talbot: You policemen are always in such a hurry. As if dead men didn't have all eternity.

Sir John Talbot: You can't run away.
Larry Talbot: That's it! That's what she said.
Sir John Talbot: Who?
Larry Talbot: The gypsy woman.
Sir John Talbot: Gypsy woman? Now we're getting down to it. She's been filling your mind with this gibberish. This talk of werewolves and pentagrams. You're not a child Larry, you're a grown man and you believe in the superstitions of a Gypsy woman!

Maleva: You are not frightened, are you, Sir John?
Sir John Talbot: Frightened, of what?
Maleva: Of the night.
Sir John Talbot: Rubbish. You startled me.
Maleva: Don't be startled, Sir John. You have the silver cane for protection.
Sir John Talbot: Who are you?
Maleva: Hasn't your son told you?
Sir John Talbot: You're the gypsy that's been filling his mind with this werewolf nonsense!

Col. Paul Montford, chief constable: [showing Larry's stick to him] Is this your walking stick?
Larry Talbot: Why, yes. That's the stick I killed the wolf with.
[Sir John Talbot and Col. Montford look at Larry with great concern]
Sir John Talbot: Larry, Bela the gypsy was killed last night. Your walking stick was found next to the body.
Larry Talbot: You mean, Bela the fortune teller? But... I only saw a wolf.

Larry Talbot: Oh its all Greek to me!
Sir John Talbot: Well, it is Greek.

Sir John Talbot: Yes, that's the sign of the werewolf.
Larry Talbot: That's just a legend though, isn't it?
Sir John Talbot: Yes, but like most legends, it must have some basis in fact. It's probably an ancient explanation of the dual personality in each of us. How does it go? "Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and Autumn moon is bright."

Sir John Talbot: You've been preying upon his gullibility with your witch's tales.
Maleva: But you fixed him, didn't you, Sir John? You don't believe the witch's tales, do you?
Sir John Talbot: Not for a minute.
Maleva: Then where were you going, Sir John? Why aren't you back there, at the shooting stand?
Sir John Talbot: I was.
Maleva: Were you hurrying back to the castle? Did you have a moment's doubt? Were you hurrying to make sure he's all right?
Sir John Talbot: I wanted to be with my son. I was going back...
[a rifle fires in the distance]
Maleva: Yes, Sir John, you were going. Hurry, Sir John, hurry.