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(1936)

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Mother: Did you understand the moral of the play, my dear?

Little Girl: Oh,sure, ma. Did you see how he kissed her?

Mother: Yes! I hardly thought that was in the best of taste!

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Joe: [singing] I gits weary / An' sick o' tryin' / I'm tired o' livin' / An' scared o' dyin' / But Ol' Man River / He jes' keeps rollin' along!

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Steve: You wouldn't call a man a white man that had Negro blood in him, would you?

The Sheriff: No, I wouldn't; not in Mississippi. One drop of Negro blood makes you a Negro in these parts!

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Joe: I just shell them peas.

Queenie: You ain't pickin' them up.

Joe: No, but I could've if you didn't. I could do a lotta things if it was necessary.

Queenie: Then why don't you?

Joe: It ain't necessary.

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Parthy: I could say that my name was Bonaparte, and show you Napoleon's tomb; that wouldn't make him my grandfather would it?

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Backwoodsman with Gun: Seein' as how this is the first show we ever seed, you better give me and my friend Zebe here the best two seats in the the-ay-ter.

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Frank: But this is Confederate money!

Backwoodsman: That's the kind they use in the hills, it's as good as yours, ain't it?

Frank: But this quarter - it don't ring!

Backwoodsman: Whaddaya want for two bits - sleigh bells?

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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.

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Julie: (singing) Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, I gotta love one man till I die, Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.

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Julie: [singing] Oh, I can't explain. It's surely not his brain That makes me thrill. I love him Because he's - I don't know... Because he's just my Bill!

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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.

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Sam, Doorman at Trocadero: [referring to the idea of keeping an eye on Julie] Say, I'm a doorman, not a nursemaid!

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Parthy: We don't usually pick up actors off the wharves, but we can't be choosy right now!

Gaylord Ravenal: Madam, your courtesy is only exceeded by your charm.

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Jim Green: Julie, let's hear the new song, will you?

Julie: [half-drunk] I don't feel like singin'.

Jim Green: Oh, don't you? What DO you feel like doing, Duchess?

Julie: I feel like going off on a tear!

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Pete: [showing Julie's picture to the Sheriff] See that?

The Sheriff: Why that's Miss Julie LaVerne, ain't it?

Pete: Yeah, that's what she calls herself, ever since she got married to a white man!

The Sheriff: What d'ya mean?

Pete: Frank, come over here; I want you to hear this. You too, Ellie.

The Sheriff: Sit down and explain yourself. And you make sure you know what you're talkin' about.

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[Parthy has just gone to bed, and Cap'n Andy is flirting with three chorus girls in a hotel lobby]

Chorus Girl: Pops, who was that?

Cap'n Andy Hawks: That was Parthenia, my wife.

Chorus Girl: Oh, my mistake!

Cap'n Andy Hawks: No... mine!

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Gaylord Ravenal: [saying farewell to Kim before he deserts her and Magnolia] And when I'm gone, you'll think of me, won't you?

Kim as a child: Of course I will. And when you're gone, I always do what you tell me.

Gaylord Ravenal: What was that?

Kim as a child: Don't you remember? Make-believe!

Gaylord Ravenal: [touched and on the verge of tears] That's right. I gave you a system for having everything you want.

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Jim Green: Queer how a woman goes to pieces over a man. She was the best bet in Chicago until that curly-haired tramp threw her down.

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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.

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Parthy: Mercy! Something must be on fire the way Queenie's running

Cap'n Andy Hawks: Now what's the trouble, Queenie?

Queenie: There's a powerful fine lookin' fella' out here, wants to know if you all could accommodate him by takin' him down the river fuh as the next town.

Cap'n Andy Hawks: We don't carry no passengers - fine lookin' did you say? Is he an actor?

Queenie: Might be. But he seems more like the kind of a gentleman it's a pleasure to wait on.

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Cap'n Andy Hawks: And if you can play the parts to my satisfaction, I'll give you 15 dollars a week, and a chance to see the world.

Gaylord Ravenal: I've seen it.

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Gaylord Ravenal: [singing] Who cares if my boat goes upstream? Or if the gale bids me go with the river's flow? I drift along with my fancy; sometimes I thank my lucky stars my heart is free...

Frank: [as Ellie looks admiringly after Gaylord] What are you lookin' at?

Ellie May Chipley: Bet he's some aristocrat.

Frank: Yeah? Look at the cracks in his shoes.

Gaylord Ravenal: [singing] ... and other times I wonder, where's the mate for me?

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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.

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Pete: Hey, where'd you get that gold brooch?

Queenie: You mean this scrumptious piece o' jewelry?

Pete: Yeah, where'd you get it?

Queenie: It was give tuh me.

Pete: Who give it to you?

Queenie: Ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies!

Queenie: [she walks off, laughing heartily]

Pete: [muttering] I know who give it to you and she's gonna be sorry, too. All right, Miss Julie LaVerne, if that's how you feel about me...

Pete: [he rips the photo of Julie out of its frame on the stand, but is seen by Windy]

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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!

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Chorus: [first lines; the opening credits are halfway through and still being shown, when we hear the black chorus singing offscreen:] Darkies all work while the white men play,/Loading up boats with the bales of cotton/ Gittin' no rest till de Judgement Day. /Git yourself a brand new gal, /A lovin' baby who's the apple of your eye,/ Coal Black Rose or High Brown Sal,/ They always bake the sparrer and the chickin pie!/ Darkies all work on the Mississippi,/Darkies all work while the white folks play/ Loadin' those boats with the bales of cotton, / Gittin' no rest till the Judgement Day.

[steamboat whistle sounds offscreen and picture changes to a shot of the showboat arriving in the distance and the black chorus singing onscreen]

Chorus: Cotton Blossom, Cotton Blossom,/ Long to see you growin' free,/When they pack you on the levee/ you're a heavy load to me!/ Cotton Blossom, Cotton Blossom/ Long to see you growin' wild...

Young Black Man: There's the show boat!

Chorus: [singing] On the levee, you're too heavy/ For this poor black child!

[the workers run to the dock. The calliope plays as we see shots of townspeople running toward the dock. Then band plays]

Parthy: [on the boat, over the noise of the band] Andy! Andy!

Cap'n Andy Hawks: Goshamighty, woman, what's eatin' ya?

Parthy: Did you tell the band to wear their new uniforms?

Cap'n Andy Hawks: Course I did. What did we get 'em fer?

Parthy: You'll have 'em all ruined!

Cap'n Andy Hawks: Goshamighty, well, look, they're waitin' for us. That's our public! Hiya, public!

[He waves and the crowd cheers]

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