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Capt. Spaulding: Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west, and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know.

Capt. Spaulding: Pardon me Mrs. Rittenhouse, did you lose a fish?

Capt. Spaulding: How much would you charge to run into an open manhole?

Ravelli: Just the cover charge.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, drop in sometime.

Ravelli: Sewer.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, we cleaned that up pretty well.

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Capt. Spaulding: I used to know a fellow who looked exactly like you by the name of Emanuel Ravelli. Are you his brother?

Ravelli: I am Emanuel Ravelli.

Capt. Spaulding: You're Emanuel Ravelli?

Ravelli: I am Emanuel Ravelli.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, no wonder you look like him. But I still insist there is a resemblance.

Ravelli: Heh, heh, he thinks I look alike.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, if you do, it's a tough break for both of you.

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Capt. Spaulding: Now read me the letter, Jamison.

Horatio Jamison: [reading] "Honorable Charles H. Hungadunga..."

Capt. Spaulding: [correcting him] Hungerdunger.

[they say the "hung" syllable in unison]

Capt. Spaulding: Hoong.

Horatio Jamison: Hungerdunger.

Capt. Spaulding: That's it, Hungerdunger.

Horatio Jamison: [continues reading] "... care of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick."

Capt. Spaulding: You've left out a Hungerdunger. You left out the main one, too. Thought you could slip one over on me, didn't you, eh?

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: All right, leave it out and put in a windshield wiper instead.

[Jamison nods and writes]

Capt. Spaulding: I tell you what you do, Jamison, I tell you what. Make it, uh, make it three windshield wipers and one Hungerdunger. They won't all be there when the letter arrives anyhow.

Horatio Jamison: [rushes quickly through what he's just written] "... Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger... and McCormick."

Capt. Spaulding: And McCormick.

Horatio Jamison: [reading] "Gentlemen, question mark."

Capt. Spaulding: [correcting him] Gentlemen, question mark? Put it on the penultimate, not on the diphthongic. You wanna brush up on your Greek, Jamison. Well, get a Greek and brush up on him.

Horatio Jamison: [reading] "In re yours of the fifth inst..."

Capt. Spaulding: I see.

Horatio Jamison: Now, uh... you said a lot of things here that I didn't think were important, so I just omitted them.

Mrs. Rittenhouse: Well!

Capt. Spaulding: Hmm. Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

[suddenly tries to hit Jamison with his switch, but misses; he falls]

Mrs. Rittenhouse: [helps Spaulding up] Oh, Captain! Good gracious! Oh, my.

Capt. Spaulding: [to Jamison] So, you just omitted them, eh? You just omitted the body of the letter, that's all. You've just left out the body of the letter, that's all. Yours is not to reason why, Jamison. You've left out the body of the letter.

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: All right, send it that way and tell them the body will follow.

[swings his switch indignantly]

Horatio Jamison: Do you want the body in brackets?

Capt. Spaulding: No, it'll never get there in brackets. Put it in a box. Put it in a box and mark it, uh..."fragilly."

Horatio Jamison: Mark it what?

Capt. Spaulding: Mark it fragilly. F-R-A-G... Look it up, Jamison, it's in the dictionary. Look under "fragile." Look under the table if you don't find it there.

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Capt. Spaulding: Do you mind if I don't smoke?

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[Spaulding has repeatedly told Jamison to take a letter to Spaulding's lawyers, but he has kept interrupting himself]

Capt. Spaulding: I say, take a letter to my lawyers!

Horatio Jamison: Well I am taking it!

[long pause, as nothing has yet been written]

Capt. Spaulding: Honorable Charles H., uh, Hungerdunger, care of Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, Hungerdunger, and McCormick... semicolon.

Horatio Jamison: How do you spell semicolon?

Capt. Spaulding: All right, make it a comma.

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: Honorable Charles. H. Hungerdunger, care of Hunger...

[rushes through the repetition]

Capt. Spaulding: ... and McCormick.

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: Gentlemen, question mark?

[grunts]

Horatio Jamison: Do you want that, uh,

[grunt]

Horatio Jamison: in the letter?

Capt. Spaulding: No, put that in an envelope.

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: Now then. In re yours of the fifth inst., yours to hand and beg to rep... brackets...

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: ... We have gone over the ground carefully, and we seem to believe, i.e., to wit, e.g., in lieu, that, uh, despite all our... precautionary measures which have been involved...

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: ... uh, we seem to believe that it is hardly necessary for us to proceed unless we, uh, receive an ipso facto that is not negligible at this moment, quotes, unquotes, and quotes...

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: ... uh, hoping this finds you, I beg to remain...

Horatio Jamison: [interrupting] Hoping this finds him where?

Capt. Spaulding: Well, let him worry about that. Don't be so inquisitive, Jamison.

[insultingly]

Capt. Spaulding: Sneak.

[pause]

Capt. Spaulding: I say, hoping this finds you, I beg to remain, as of June 9th, cordially yours, regards. That's all, Jamison.

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[Jamison finishes reading the letter that Spaulding dictated to him]

Horatio Jamison: [reading] "Quotes, unquotes, and quotes."

Capt. Spaulding: That's three quotes?

Horatio Jamison: Yes, sir.

Capt. Spaulding: Add another quote and make it a gallon. How much is it a gallon, Jamison?

Horatio Jamison: Regards.

Capt. Spaulding: Regards. That's a fine letter, Jamison, that's an epic. That's dandy. Now, I want you to make two carbon copies of that letter and throw the original away. And when you get through with that, throw the carbon copies away. Just send a stamp, airmail, that's all. You may go, Jamison. I may go too.

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Capt. Spaulding: [to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead] Let's get married.

Mrs. Whitehead: All of us?

Capt. Spaulding: All of us.

Mrs. Whitehead: Why, that's bigamy.

Capt. Spaulding: Yes, and it's big of me too.

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Mrs. Rittenhouse: Captain, this leaves me speechless.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, see that you remain that way.

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Capt. Spaulding: Africa is God's country, and he can have it.

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Capt. Spaulding: Take the marriage problem. Take the foreign problem. Take Abyssinia. Say, you take Abyssinia and I'll take a hot fudge sundae on rye bread.

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Capt. Spaulding: You are going Uruguay, and I'm going my way.

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Capt. Spaulding: Signor Ravelli's first selection will be "Somewhere My Love Lies Sleeping" with a male chorus.

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[Dictating a letter]

Capt. Spaulding: Gentlemen... question mark.

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Capt. Spaulding: You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, which doesn't say much for you.

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Capt. Spaulding: Have you met Conductor Hennessey?

Inspector Hennessey: Inspector.

Capt. Spaulding: *You* inspect her.

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[Ravelli is playing the piano]

Capt. Spaulding: When you come near a song, let me know.

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Capt. Spaulding: Living with your folks... living with your folks... the beginning of the end... drab, dead yesterdays shutting out beautiful tomorrows... hideous, stumbling footsteps creaking along the misty corridors of time... and in those corridors I see figures... straaange figures... weeeird figures: Steel 186, Anaconda 74, American Can 138.

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Capt. Spaulding: Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.

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Ravelli: [taunting Roscoe Chandler] Abie the fish man! Abie the fish man! Abie the fish man!

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Capt. Spaulding: Tell me, what do you think of the traffic problem? What do you think of the marriage problem? What do you think of at night when you go to bed, you beast?

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Capt. Spaulding: Play that song about the Irish chiropodist.

Ravelli: Irish chiropodist?

Capt. Spaulding: "My Fate Is In Your Hands".

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Guests: Hooray for Captain Spaulding, the African explorer!

Capt. Spaulding: Did someone call me schnorrer?

Guests: Hooray, hooray, hooray!

Horatio Jamison: He went into the jungle where all the monkeys throw nuts.

Capt. Spaulding: If I stay here, I'll go nuts.

Guests: Hooray, hooray, hooray! He put all his reliance / In courage and defiance / And risked his life for science.

Capt. Spaulding: Hey, hey!

Mrs. Rittenhouse: He is the only white man who covered every acre...

Capt. Spaulding: I think I'll try and make her...

Guests: Hooray, hooray, hooray!

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Capt. Spaulding: I'm sick of these conventional marriages. One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother? Nobody, not even your grandfather.

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Ravelli: [asking Roscoe Chandler about his new identity] How did you get to be Roscoe W. Chandler?

Roscoe Chandler: Say, how did you get to be an Italian?

Ravelli: Never mind that, whose confession is this?

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Capt. Spaulding: A party. I came here for a party. And what happened? Nothing. Not even ice cream.

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[to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead]

Capt. Spaulding: You know, you two girls have everything. You're tall and short and slim and stout and blonde and brunette. And that's just the kind of a girl I crave.

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Capt. Spaulding: Why, you've got beauty, charm, money! You *have* got money, haven't you? Because if you haven't, we can quit right now.

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Mrs. Rittenhouse: I'm fascinated.

Capt. Spaulding: I'm fascinated, too. Right on the arm.

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Capt. Spaulding: If I were Eugene O'Neill, I could tell you what I really think of you two. You know, you're very fortunate the Theatre Guild isn't putting this on. And so is the Guild!

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Capt. Spaulding: How happy I could be with either of these two if both of them just went away.

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Ravelli: [while playing the same first part over and over] I can't think of the finish!

Capt. Spaulding: That's funny, I can't think of anything else.

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Capt. Spaulding: I was outside the cabin smoking some meat. There wasn't a cigar store in the neighborhood!

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Capt. Spaulding: One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know. Then we tried to remove the tusks. The tusks. That's not so easy to say. Tusks. You try it some time.

Roscoe Chandler: Oh, simple: "tusks."

Capt. Spaulding: [shakes Chandler's hand] My name is Spaulding. I've always wanted to meet you, Mr. Chandler. As I say, we tried to remove the tusks. But they were embedded so firmly we couldn't budge them. Of course, in Alabama the Tuscaloosa, but that is entirely ir-elephant to what I was talking about.

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Capt. Spaulding: I can't understand what's delaying that coffee pot.

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Mrs. Rittenhouse: Oh, Captain Spaulding...

Capt. Spaulding: I'll attend to you later.

[turns back to the litter-bearers]

Capt. Spaulding: Don't try and pull that...

Mrs. Rittenhouse: Oh, Captain Spaulding...

Capt. Spaulding: [she finally succeeds in getting his attention] Why, you're one of the most beautiful women I've *ever* seen, and that's not saying much for you.

Mrs. Rittenhouse: Captain Spaulding, Rittenhouse Manor is entirely at your disposal.

Capt. Spaulding: Well, I'm certainly grateful for this magnificent washout - er, turnout. And now I'd like to say a few words.

[sings]

Capt. Spaulding: Hello, I must be going/I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going/I'm glad I came, but just the same, I must be going, la-la!

[Tries to leave, the guests stop him]

Mrs. Rittenhouse: [sings] For my sake, you must stay/If you should go away/You'd spoil this party I am throwing.

Capt. Spaulding: [sings] I'll stay a week or two/I'll stay the summer through/But I am telling you/I must be going

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