Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Ward Bond: John Palmer Cass
Abe Lincoln : [cross-examining Cass] J. Palmer Cass.
John Palmer Cass : Yes, sir.
Abe Lincoln : What's the "J" stand for?
John Palmer Cass : John.
Abe Lincoln : Anyone ever call you Jack?
John Palmer Cass : Yeah, but...
Abe Lincoln : Why "J. Palmer Cass?" Why not "John P. Cass?"
John Palmer Cass : Well, I...
Abe Lincoln : Does "J. Palmer Cass" have something to hide?
John Palmer Cass : No.
Abe Lincoln : Then what do you part your name in the middle for?
John Palmer Cass : I got a right to call myself anything I want as long as it's my own name!
Abe Lincoln : Well then if it's all the same to you, I'll call you Jack-ass.
[Roar of laughter from spectators]
Abe Lincoln : [questioning Cass about Scrub's death] What were you and Scrub arguing about?
John Palmer Cass : I'd rather not say.
Abe Lincoln : Oh, you'd rather not say. Well, Jack, I'd rather you did say.
John Palmer Cass : All right. We was arguin' about politics.
Abe Lincoln : Well, that's something new to argue about.
John Palmer Cass : I've learned some since, but I told Scrub I thought you had at least as much political sense in you as Stephen Douglas. Scrub got as mad as a wet hen and said you didn't!