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Quotes for
Detective Bates (Character)
from A Date with the Falcon (1942)

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The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Detective Bates: [Driving while looking for the Falcon's car] I don't see any cars, Chief.
Inspector Mike O'Hara: Did it creep into that skull of yours that maybe he deliberately gave you a bum steer?
Detective Bates: No, sir, did it in yours?
Inspector Mike O'Hara: No! Shut up!

Inspector Mike O'Hara: Go ahead, Follow 'em!
Detective Bates: Why, Chief?
Inspector Mike O'Hara: [Condescendingly] Because I got a gold badge and you only got a silver badge, and I want you to follow him. You don't mind, do yuh?
Detective Bates: No, of course not, Chief.


The Falcon's Brother (1942)
Inspector Timothy Donovan: [Referring to the Falcon] Bates, follow 'em.
Detective Bates: Why, Chief?
Inspector Timothy Donovan: Because they told me I could be the boss, and the boss always gives the orders. You don't mind, do yuh?
Detective Bates: No, not at all, Chief.
[Donovan pulls him into the car by the collar]


A Date with the Falcon (1942)
Inspector Michael 'Mike' O'Hara: What's the matter, Bates? Can't you take 'em?
Detective Bates: [Trying to act macho] Are you gonna come quietly, Falcon?
Gay Lawrence: [Putting his finger by his lips and mouthing a 'shhh'] Yeah, I won't even wake you up.


The Falcon in Danger (1943)
Det. Bates: [At the airport] Where'd the Falcon get that other dame?
Insp. Timothy Donovan: Sometimes I think he takes 'em outta his hat!


The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)
Miss Hicks - Dormitory House Mother: [Heard offscreen, indignantly] The very idea! Two grown men frightening young girls!
[Then being shown pushing the two cops down the dorm hallway]
Miss Hicks - Dormitory House Mother: Aren't you ashamed of yourselves?
Detective Bates: [Protesting innocence] We didn't do nuthin', lady. We just walked through a door. We're police officers!
older faculty member: [Angrily] Peeping Toms, you mean!
Miss Hicks - Dormitory House Mother: [Scandalized] Policemen too - hiding behind your badges!
Inspector Timothy Donovan: [Being pushed down the stairs by faculty and students] Lady, if we had any place to hide, we'd be there!
Detective Bates: Yeah!