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Quotes for
Magnolia Hawks (Character)
from Show Boat (1936)

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Show Boat (1936)
Magnolia: I never complained. I've lived like this half the time - washing clothes, cooking food over a gas jet, but I loved him. And if all that came with him, I was willing to take care of it. I thought he knew that.

Julie: [to Magnolia] Once a girl like you starts to love a man, she don't stop so easy.
Magnolia: Well, couldn't you stop loving Steve if he treated you mean?
Julie: No, honey, no matter what he did.

Parthy: He's a murderer!
Magnolia: Mama!
Parthy: You're letting my daughter marry a murderer!
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Who's the murderer?
Parthy: That Ravenal! He killed a man.
Magnolia: Gay!
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Then why ain't he in jail, or hanged?
The Sheriff: The jury figured the gentleman he killed oughta went anyhow.
Parthy: Andy Hawks, are you going to stand there and let your only child marry a murderer?
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Oh don't be so narrow minded, Mrs. Hawks, I killed a man myself once.
Parthy: You killed?
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Yes, me. Now, are you comin' with us, or ain't you? They're going to be married.
Parthy: Married to a murderer! Oh!
[she faints]
Ellie May Chipley: She's fainted.
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Are you sure?
The Sheriff: She's out.
Cap'n Andy Hawks: Good! Now we'll go on with the wedding.

Ellie May Chipley: Nolie, what's the matter? Is Gay hurt?
Magnolia: No. Ellie, you read it. I may believe it if I hear somebody else say it.

Rubber Face: [the actors are performing the play "The Parson's Bride" on the show boat. Rubber Face, the prop and sound effects man, mistakenly moos like a cow instead of doing a doorbell sound effect] Moo!
Magnolia: [in character as Miss Lucy] Ah, there's the bell. It must be Parson Brown at last!
Gaylord Ravenal: [enters in character as Parson Brown] Good evening, Miss Lucy! I was absorbed in meditation and did not realize night had fallen.
Magnolia: The days are growing shorter, Hamilton, but they're long when one is waiting!
Gaylord Ravenal: As I came across the field I saw the cattle driven home by your faithful dog.
Rubber Face: [growing ever louder] Mooo! MOOOO!
[Ravenal rolls his eyes in exasperation]
Cap'n Andy Hawks: [to Rubber face] Shut up!


Show Boat (1951)
Gaylord Ravenal: [borrowing Magnolia's jewels so that he can pawn them] Don't worry darling, it's only temporary. I'll get them back for you.
Magnolia: Everything can be temporary - -except us.

Magnolia: [to Gaylord Ravenal] I know there's no other woman... no flesh-and-blood woman. But I can't fight this Lady Luck of yours, this fancy queen in her green felt dress.

Magnolia: Julie, nothing's changed.
Julie: [embracing Magnolia] Oh Nollie, Nollie, always true! Stay happy now.

Magnolia: How are your others?
Gaylord Ravenal: Huh? What's that, honey?
Magnolia: Your other bets! Yesterday's and last night's and all those "one last round before we break it up" bets! Were they just as good?


"Great Performances: Show Boat (#18.4)" (1989)
[last lines]
Cap'n Andy Hawks: [while Joe and chorus are singing the last verse of "Ol' Man River"] If you go up front, you'll find a new water barrel. It ain't much different from the old one.
Magnolia Hawks: Look Gay, there's Kim!
[Kim and Ravenal embrace]
Joe: [singing with chorus] But Ol' Man River,/ He jes' keeps rollin' along!