Stagecoach (1939) Poster


Thomas Mitchell: Doc Josiah Boone



  • Marshal Curly Wilcox : Come busting in here - you'd think we were being attacked! You can find another wife.

    Chris : Sure I can find another wife. But she take my rifle and my horse. Oh, I'll never sell her. I love her so much. I beat her with a whip and she never get tired.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Your wife?

    Chris : No, my horse. I can find another wife easy, yes, but not a horse like that!

  • [last lines] 

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Well, they're saved from the blessings of civilization.

    Marshal Curly Wilcox : Yeah.


    Marshal Curly Wilcox : Doc, I'll buy you a drink.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Just one.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : Seems to me I knew your family, Henry. Didn't I fix your arm once when you, oh, bumped off a horse?

    Ringo Kid : Are you Doc Boone?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : I certainly am. Ah, let's see... I'd just been honorably discharged from the Union Army after the War of the Rebellion.

    Hatfield : You mean the War for the Southern Confederacy, sir.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : I mean nothing of the kind, sir!

    Ringo Kid : That was my kid brother broke his arm. You did a good job, Doc, even if you was drunk.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Thank you, son. Professional compliments are always pleasing. What happened to that boy whose arm I fixed?

    Ringo Kid : He was murdered.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : I'll take that shotgun, Luke.

    Luke Plummer : You'll take it in the belly if you don't get out of my way.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : I'll have you indicted for murder if you step outside with that shotgun.

    Luke Plummer : [throws the shotgun on the bar]  We'll attend to you later.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : [to bartender after Plummer leaves]  Don't ever let me do that again.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : Jerry, I'll admit as one man to another that, economically, I haven't been of much value to you. But do you suppose you could put one on credit?

    Jerry (bartender) : If talk was money, Doc, you'd be the best customer I got.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : Well, now that the danger is past, Mr...

    Samuel Peacock : ...Peacock.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Ladies and gentlemen, since it's most unlikely we'll ever have the pleasure of meeting again socially, I'd like to propose a toast. Major, Gatewood, Ringo... to your health.

  • Hatfield : A gentleman doesn't smoke in the presence of a lady.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Three weeks ago I took a bullet out of a man who was shot by a gentleman. The bullet was in his back!

    Hatfield : You mean to insinuate...

    Ringo Kid : Sit down, mister. Doc don't mean no harm.

  • The Ringo Kid : That was my kid brother that broke his arm. You did a good job, Doc, even if you were drunk.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Thank you, son. Professional compliments are always pleasing.

  • [the stagecoach occupants vote on whether to continue without a cavalry escort] 

    Marshal Curly Wilcox : You, Doc?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : I'm not only a philosopher, sir, I'm a fatalist. Somewhere, sometime, there may be the right bullet or the wrong bottle waiting for Josiah Boone. Why worry when or where?

    Marshal Curly Wilcox : Yes or no?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Having that philosophy, sir, I've always courted danger. During the late war - when I had the honor to serve the Union under our great president, Abraham Lincoln... and General Phil Sheridan - well, sir, I fought mid shot and shell and cannon roar...

    Marshal Curly Wilcox : Do you wanna go back or not?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : No! I want another drink.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : [drunkenly to his hideous landlady upon eviction]  Is this the face that wrecked 1000 ships and burned the towerless tops of Illium? Farewell, fair Helen.

  • Dallas : [the ladies of the Law and Order League are running Dallas out of town; Doc Boone is being thrown out by his landlady]  Doc, haven't I any right to live? What have I done?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : We're the victims of a foul disease called social prejudice, my child. These dear ladies of the Law and Order League are scouring out the dregs of the town. Come on. Be a proud, glorified dreg like me.

    Tonto Sheriff : You get goin' Doc. You're drunk.

    Boone's Landlady : Hmmph! Two of a kind! Just two of a kind.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : [Offering Dallas his arm, then making a reference to the French Revolution]  Take my arm, Madame le Comtesse! The tumbrel awaits. To the guillotine!

  • Hatfield : Put out that cigar. You're annoying this lady.

    Dr. Josiah Boone : Excuse me, madame. Being so partial to the weed myself, I sometimes forget that it disagrees with others.

  • Dr. Josiah Boone : [drunkenly singing]  My horse has gone, She has gone astray, With a son...

    Buck : Quiet, Doc! This is a serious matter, ain't it?

    Dr. Josiah Boone : My dear, Buck. If I have only one hour to live, I'm gonna enjoy myself.

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