Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
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Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion (Character)
from The Big Heat (1953)

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The Big Heat (1953)
Tierney: They come and go like flies.
Dave Bannion: Only this fly got herself strangled.
Tierney: These things, happen, Sergeant.

Lt. Ted Wilks: It was bad judgment to bother a cop's widow about the love life of her husband.
Dave Bannion: Good or bad, it was my judgment.
Lt. Ted Wilks: You're missing the point. I'm the one that gets the pressure calls from upstairs. I'm the one that has to explain. You don't keep an office like this very long stepping on a lot of corns.
Dave Bannion: You want me to go upstairs and explain?
Lt. Ted Wilks: Not you. You're a corn stepper by instinct.

Dave Bannion: [to Larry Gordon] I'm through with you - but your friends aren't. I'm going to spread the word that you talked. You're out of business, thief.

Debby Marsh: [leaving Bannion's hotel room] You really want me to go?
Dave Bannion: I wouldn't touch anything of Vince Stone's with a ten-foot pole.

Bertha Duncan: [having explained her blackmail-protection plot] The coming years are going to be just fine.
Dave Bannion: There aren't going to be any coming years for you.

Dave Bannion: [to Lagana] You know, you ouldn't find enough flowers around here to kill the smell.

Lt. Ted Wilks: You have any doubts Duncan killed himself?
Dave Bannion: No, none at all, but I just got back from the county morgue.
Lt. Ted Wilks: You mean that barfly? I read the teletype about your identification.
Dave Bannion: Lucy Chapman used to be Duncan's girlfriend.
Lt. Ted Wilks: And the army's and navy's.

Dave Bannion: It doesn't matter to you that Slim might have been mixed up in a murder?
Mr. Atkins: Sure it matters, but what can I do about it? I don't know anything.
Dave Bannion: You're a liar.
Mr. Atkins: You can't insult me, mister. I said I don't know anything about it, and that's how it stands.
Dave Bannion: You know, I've been meetin' your kind every day for ten years... scared rabbits that never see anything. You wouldn't stick out your big, fat neck for anybody, would you?
Mr. Atkins: That's the truth, but it's my big, fat neck. So now, if you're through talkin', I'll get back to work.
Dave Bannion: I ought to...
[Bannion makes a threatening move toward him]
Mr. Atkins: That won't change my story. Cops get paid to take risks - I'm not. You see, I've got a wife and kids too.

Dave Bannion: [about Lucy Chapman] Where'd she live?
Tierney: If I ask for an address, they lie. It's not worth the bother. They're floaters. Not much more than a suitcase full of nothin' between them and the gutter.
Dave Bannion: Hey, you know somethin'? You ought to be doin' radio commercials - how to talk a lot and say nothin'.

Dave Bannion: Do you mind if I walk around your yard? Talk to your men?
Mr. Atkins: I have to mind. When it comes to my bread and butter, I stay careful.
Dave Bannion: It doesn't matter to you that Slim might have been mixed up in a murder, hmm?
Mr. Atkins: Sure it matters. But what can I do about it? I don't know anything.
Dave Bannion: You're a liar.
Mr. Atkins: You can't insult me, mister. I said I don't know anything, and that's how it stands.
Dave Bannion: You know, I've been meeting your kind every day now for ten years. Scared rabbits who never see a thing. You wouldn't stick out your big fat neck for anybody, would you?
Mr. Atkins: That's the truth. But it's my big fat neck. So now if you're through talking, I'll get back to work.
Dave Bannion: [Approaches Mr. Atkins threateningly] I oughta'...
Mr. Atkins: That won't change my story. Cops are paid to take risks. I'm not. You see, I've got a wife and kids, too.
[Bannion glares at him and walks away]