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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) Poster

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Cpl. Allison, USMC: You don't have to be afraid of me, ma'am. That was just drunk talk. I'd never hurt you! I'd rather *die* first!

Cpl. Allison, USMC: I, uh... I've never loved anyone or anybody before... I've never even *lived* before. Never really... lived... inside. That's why I want to ask you to marry me. I want to look after you... not only while we're here but for the rest of our lives. So, tell me, ma'am, if there's a chance.

[awkward pause]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: I don't mean to give offense. ma'am, but... is there?

Sister Angela: No, Mr. Allison. You see, I've already given my heart... to Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Like you was engaged or somethin'?

Sister Angela: Yes.

[shows him her left hand]

Sister Angela: This is the ring, and when I take my final vows, I'll wear a gold one: a marriage ring.

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Oh, I didn't know it was set up like that. I guess I didn't have no right to speak.

[slaps the box beside him, stands up]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Well, I guess I'll go fix that lean-to for ya!

Sister Angela: Only God knows what'll happen to us.

Cpl. Allison, USMC: And He won't tell, huh, ma'am?

Sister Angela: He might.

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Cpl. Allison, USMC: [Sister Angela walks up next to Allison as he stares at the waves on the shoreline; beat] Hello, Ma'am.

Sister Angela: Good morning, Mr. Allison.

Cpl. Allison, USMC: I must've been off my rocker last night. A marine oughtn't to get married. His duties are with the family or the corps. One of 'em's gotta get the short end. In the service, they'd ask us, 'what's better? A bad husband, or a bad marine. Well, he ends up *both*. Do me a favor, huh, ma'am? Just... just forget I opened my big mouth.

Sister Angela: [walking away] ... certainly, Mr. Allison.

[He continues to stare out at the waves]

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Cpl. Allison, USMC: Shh! Of course I am, ma'am alive and kickin'. Now, didn't I tell you never to leave this cave?

[wagging his finger at her]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: I am very put out with you...

[she starts to argue]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: yes, I am! *Put out!*

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[first lines]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Let's just keep it quiet, ma'am. You speak English?

Sister Angela: Yes.

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Are there any Japs around?

Sister Angela: You're... You're an American.

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[last lines]

Marine: I don't get it, Cap'n. Four howitzers, plenty of ammo, no breechblocks. They haven't fired a round.

Marine Captain: Beats me.

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Sister Angela: [Mr. Allison has been drinking sake and is quite drunk] Mr. Allison... what is the matter?

Cpl. Allison, USMC: [barely able to talk] Matter? Nothin's the matter. What makes ya think somethin's the matter?

[Drinks some more]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: Whatcha gotta be a nun for?

[Drinks again]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: That's my luck. That's ol' Allison's luck. If ya gotta be a nun, why ain't ya old and ugly? Why do ya gotta have big blue eyes... and a beautiful smile...

[mumbles into his bottle]

Cpl. Allison, USMC: ... and freckles?

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Cpl. Allison, USMC: You're alone here?

Sister Angela: God has been with me.

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Cpl. Allison, USMC: Just like takin' candy from a baby.

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