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Billy Bigelow (Character)
from Carousel (1956)

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"Live from Lincoln Center: 'Carousel' with the New York Philharmonic (#38.8)" (2013)
Billy Bigelow: [of Dr. Seldon] Say, he looks an awful lot like that fellow on the ladder.
Heavenly Friend: Yes, a lot of these country doctors and ministers do.

Billy Bigelow: [pulls Julie's shawl up on her] I love you, Julie! Know I loved you!
[Julie smiles feeling Billy]

Billy Bigelow: You're a funny kid. Don't remember ever meeting a girl like you. You... you trying to get me to marry you?
Julie Jordan: No.
Billy Bigelow: Then what's putting it into my head?

Billy Bigelow: Does he have to be killed?
Jigger Craigin: No, he doesn't have to be. He can give up the money without being killed. But these New Englanders are funny. They'd rather be killed. Well?
Billy Bigelow: I won't do it! It's dirty!

Billy Bigelow: You got something to tell me, make it quick.
Julie Jordan: I can't tell it so quick. Why don't you drink your coffee and by the time you drink it, I'll have told you?
Billy Bigelow: Well?
Julie Jordan: Well, yesterday my head ached and asked me If I were sick, but it weren't nothing like that. Heh. It's awful hard to tell you. I ain't a bit ashamed because it's perfectly natural when two people live together and... I'm gonna have a baby.
Billy Bigelow: You...
Julie Jordan: Mm-hmm.
Billy Bigelow: A baby?
Julie Jordan: Yeah.
Billy Bigelow: [laughs, picks Julie up and spins her around] Oh...
[suddenly concerned about spinning her]
Jigger Craigin: Where you going?
Billy Bigelow: Hey, Jigger! Julie's gonna have a baby!
Jigger Craigin: Yeah, what about it?
Billy Bigelow: Nothing.
Jigger Craigin: [sighs] My mother had a baby once.

Billy Bigelow: Say, why am I carrying on like this? My kid ain't even been born yet.

Billy Bigelow: Wait a minute! Could it be? What the hell? What if he is a girl? Bill? Oh, Bill!

Heavenly Friend: This way, Billy!
Billy Bigelow: Hey, what's all this? Who are you?
The Starkeeper: Nevermind who I am, Bigelow.
Billy Bigelow: Where am I?
The Starkeeper: You're in the back yard of heaven. There are the gates over there.
Billy Bigelow: The Pearly Gates!
The Starkeeper: Nope. The Pearly Gates are in front. Those are the back gates. They're just Mother-of-Pearly.

Billy Bigelow: A daughter? A girl? My baby?

Billy Bigelow: Are you still here?
Carrie Pipperidge: You told us to wait for you.
Billy Bigelow: What do you think I want with two of you? I meant that one of you was to wait. The other can go gome.
Julie Jordan: Well, good night, Carrie.
Carrie Pipperidge: But if you stay, you'll...
Julie Jordan: Good night.

Jigger Craigin: Tut-tut-tut. Carnival hussie coming between a man and his wife.
Mrs. Mullin: Oh, yeah, call names. But I got him back just the same and you're through!
Jigger Craigin: Put on a new coat of paint. You're starting to peel you old pleasure boat!
[Leaves, Billy enters]
Mrs. Mullin: You'll be wanting an advance on your salary. It's only fair you being out of work such a long time.
[hands Billy money]
Billy Bigelow: [gives money back] Go on back to your carousel, Mrs. Mullin.

Ensemble: All right, get back there. Get back. Stay back.
male: Who is it?
male: It's Billy.
female: Billy Bigelow?
Julie Jordan: What? Billy? Billy. Billy!
[runs over to him, sees stab wound, cradles his head]
Julie Jordan: Billy!
Billy Bigelow: Jigger told me how I could get ahold of a lot money, see...
Julie Jordan: Yes.
Billy Bigelow: Hold my hand tight.
Julie Jordan: [voice breaking] I am holding it tight, all the time.
Billy Bigelow: Tighter. Tighter still.
[dying breath]
Billy Bigelow: Julie?

Heavenly Friend: [after Billy hits Louise's hand] Failure. You struck out blindly again. Is that the only way you know how to treat those you love? Failure.
Julie Jordan: Where is he?
[sees Billy and is shaken]
Billy Bigelow: I don't want her to see me.
Heavenly Friend: [waves arm] Then she doesn't.
Billy Bigelow: I think she saw me before I said it.
Louise Bigelow: He's gone! I didn't make it up, Mother. Honest, there was a strange man here and he hit me hard. I heard the sound of it. But it didn't hurt, Mother! It didn't hurt at all. It was almost as if - he kissed my hand! Don't you believe me, Mother?
Julie Jordan: I believe you.
Louise Bigelow: Then why are you acting so funny?
Julie Jordan: It's nothing, darling.
Louise Bigelow: But is it possible, Mother, for someone to hit you hard like tha - real loud and hard - and not hurt you at all?
Julie Jordan: It's possible, dear - for someone to hit you - hit you hard and not hurt at all.
[hugs Louise, Louise leaves. Julie sits down on bench]
Billy Bigelow: Julie! Julie!
Billy Bigelow: Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy, I let my golden chances pass me by. Now I've lost you;
[Julie notices Billy's star and reaches for it]
Billy Bigelow: soon I will go in the mist of day, and you never will know hiw I loved you, how I loved you.
[Julie takes the star and leaves]
Billy Bigelow: [speaking] She took the star! She took it! It's as if she knew I was here.
Heavenly Friend: Julie would always know.

Mrs. Mullin: I don't run my business for a lot of chippies!
Carrie Pipperidge: Chippy yourself!
Julie Jordan: Yes, chippy yourself!
Billy Bigelow: Oh, shut up, all of you!
Mrs. Mullin: Take a look at that girl, Billy.
[gestures at Julie]
Mrs. Mullin: She ain't never allowed on my carousel again!
Billy Bigelow: What'd she do, anyway?
Julie Jordan: She said you put your arm around my waist.
Billy Bigelow: So that's it? I can't put my arm around a girl without I ask your permission?
Mrs. Mullin: I just don't want that one around anymore.
Billy Bigelow: You...
[pointing at Julie]
Billy Bigelow: you come around here all you want. And if you don't have the price, Billy Bigelow'll treat you to a ride.
Mrs. Mullin: Big talker, ain't you Mr. Bigelow? I suppose you think I can't throw you out, too? You're such a good barker that I can't do with out you? Well, just for that, you're discharged. Your services are no longer required. You are bounced.
Billy Bigelow: Very well, Mrs. Mullin.
Mrs. Mullin: Well, you know I... I could bounce you, if I felt like it.
Billy Bigelow: You just did.
Mrs. Mullin: Well, don't pick up every word I say! Oh, if only my saintly departed husband Mr. Mullin were here. He would set you straight! I only wish my poor husband was alive this minute!
Billy Bigelow: I bet he don't!
Mrs. Mullin: Upstart! After all I've done for you! You're done for good now!

Billy Bigelow: [singing] Want every star in heaven hangin' in the room. Shinin' in my eyes when I hear my doom. Reckon my sins are good, big sins, and the punishment won't be small. So take me before the highest throne and let me be judged by the highest judge of all.

Carousel (1956)
Billy: [singing] Longing to tell you, but afraid and shy / I let my golden chances pass me by. / Now, I've lost you / Soon I will go in the mist of day / And you never will know / How I loved you / How I loved you.

[last lines]
Dr. Selden: [at Louise's graduation ceremony] It's the custom at these graduations to pick out some old duck like me to preach at the kids. Well, I can't preach at you. I know you all too well. I brought most of you into the world, rubbed linament on your backs, poured castor oil down your throats. I only hope that now I got you this far that you'll turn out to be worth all the trouble I took with you. I - I can't tell you any sure way to happiness. I only know that you've gotta go out and find it for yourselves. You can't lean on the success of your parents. That's their success. And don't be held back by their failures.
Billy Bigelow: [to Louise] Listen to him. Believe him.
Dr. Selden: Makes no difference what they did or didn't do. You just stand on your own two feet. The world belongs to you as much as to the next fella, so don't give it up. And try not to be scared of people not liking you, just you try liking them. And just keep your faith, and your courage, and you'll turn out all right. It's like what we used to sing every morning when I was a boy. Maybe you still sing it: "When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high." You know that one?
Singers at graduation: [singing] And don't be afraid of the dark.
[they continue with the rest of the song]
Billy Bigelow: [to Louise, as the singing is still going on] Believe him, darling. Believe.
[Louise joins in the singing, and puts her arm around the girl sitting next to her, who reciprocates]
Billy Bigelow: [Walks over to Julie] I loved you, Julie. Know that I loved you.
[Julie smiles and joins in singing. As the song reaches its climax, Billy and the Heavenly Friend walk away from the graduation and up a hill. Billy then takes a last look toward the schoolyard and follows the Heavenly Friend]
Singers at graduation: [singing] Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart/ And you'll never walk alone,/ You'll never walk alone!

Billy Bigelow: I just couldn't get the hang of being married.
Starkeeper: Was that Julie's fault?
Billy Bigelow: No, but maybe it wasn't my fault either.

Billy Bigelow: [to the Heavenly Friend] Well, now ain't that just dandy! Here you take the trouble to tell me there's trouble down there but you don't even know what kind of trouble it is!

Billy: I couldn't get work, and I couldn't bear to see her... to see her...
Starkeeper: You couldn't bear to see her cry? Why don't you come right out and say it? Why are you ashamed you loved Julie?
Billy: I ain't afraid of anything. Look, if I can't go back, just say so.
Starkeeper: I didn't say you couldn't go back.
Billy: No, but you didn't say I could, either. You're just trying to make me sweat.
Starkeeper: No. I'm just trying to figure out what good you could do if I let you go back. You know... your daughter's down there. She's unhappy, she needs help.
Billy: My daughter? My baby is a girl? My-my baby's a girl?
Starkeeper: She isn't a baby anymore. She's fifteen years old.
Billy: And she ain't happy, huh?
Starkeeper: No, she ain't, Billy. You know, she's a lot like you. I think maybe that's why you could help her.
Billy: Can I see her from here?
Starkeeper: Sure, you can, if you want to.
Billy: If she ain't happy, I don't want to look.
Starkeeper: Right now, she appears to be having a fine time. There she is, running along the beach there, got her shoes and stockings off.
Billy: Like I used to do, huh?
Starkeeper: Yeah. Do you want to take a look at her?
Billy: What do I have to do to see her?
Starkeeper: Just look, and wait, and the power to see her will come to you.

Billy Bigelow: To be perfectly honest with you...
Starkeeper: I WOULD be, if I were you.
Billy Bigelow: All right - I didn't mind livin' off her
Billy Bigelow: cousin Nettie. It was just having nothin' to do that drove me crazy.

Billy Bigelow: Yeah, I could still live here with Julie and...
Mrs. Mullin: Holy Moses!
Billy Bigelow: Well, what's wrong?
Mrs. Mullin: Well, can you imagine how the girls'd love that, a barker who runs home to his wife every night! Why, people would laugh themselves sick! Well, I know I would!
Billy Bigelow: Yeah, I can hear you laughing.
Mrs. Mullin: Don't be so stuck on yourself.

Mister Snow: [greeting Billy for the first time] Mr. Bigelow, I feel like I know you.
Billy Bigelow: Ohhh, yes - the man who owns the herring boat. You smell it over there, Jigger?
Jigger Craigin: Nope. Wind's in the wrong direction.
Carrie Pipperidge: It's a good honest smell!
Billy Bigelow: It's a powerful honest smell!

Jigger Craigin: 'Course, if you've got all the money you want, and you...
Billy Bigelow: I ain't got a cent! Money thinks I'm dead.

[first lines]
Heavenly Friend: Bigelow...
Billy Bigelow: [impatiently] Well, what'd I do now?
Heavenly Friend: Nothing. I just thought you'd wanna know - there's trouble.
Billy Bigelow: Huh! Thought you said I didn't do nothin'.

Billy Bigelow: You're a funny kid. I don't remember ever meetin' a girl like you.

Billy Bigelow: Hey! You tryin' to get me to marry ya?
Julie Jordan: No!
Billy Bigelow: Well then what's puttin' it into my head?

Billy Bigelow: I wonder what it'd be like?
Julie Jordan: If you loved me? But you don't.
Billy Bigelow: No I don't.

Liliom (1930)
Liliom: [speaking about Louise] I wanted to make her laugh, and she wouldn't laugh! I wanted to make her like me, and she wouldn't like me! Oh, I've failed!

Liliom: Aren't you afraid of me... that I'll take your money away from you?
Julie: Oh, I haven't got any. But if I did, I'd give it all to you.

Liliom: [speaking about the bad-tempered Mme. Muscat] I ain't never beat up a woman yet... well, almost never.

Liliom: [to Julie] I beat you, not because I was mad at you, but because I couldn't bear to see you cry. But I'm not asking forgiveness. I don't do that, I don't. I'll have to go on the train alone.

Liliom (1934)
Liliom Zadowski: Tonight I will see the good Lord.
[suddenly becoming anxious]
Liliom Zadowski: Will I see Him?

Liliom Zadowski: Even in Heaven, there's only justice - nothing but justice!

Carousel (1967) (TV)
Billy Bigelow: [in voiceover, after Nettie sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Julie] Well, I hope she believes that, 'cause I certainly don't.