Monday, November 13, 2023

The Movie Quote Game (John Ford Edition)

This month, we're focusing on quotes from John Ford films. We will list a quote from one of his movies and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play.  If you have a response other than the intended one, just be able to defend it.

1. "Everything I ever learnt as a small boy came from my father, and I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as sharp and clear in my mind as if I had heard them only yesterday."

2. "A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and himself got off."

3. "I know those law books mean a lot to you, but not out here. Out here a man settles his own problems."

4. "Seems like the government's got more interest in a dead man than a live one."

5. "Well, I guess you can't break out of prison and into society in the same week."

6. "Oh, Uncle Guns, please don't fight, don't spoil our party."

7. "I don't believe in surrenders. Nope, I've still got my saber, Reverend. Didn't beat it into no plowshare, neither."

8. "The fact that the city is no longer yours. It's ours. You have this musty shrine to your bluenose ancestors, but my people have the City Hall and that's what sticks in your craw."

9. "That appendix of yours certainly gets around, Reber. Now it's on the wrong side. Two aspirin, marked for duty. Next."

10. "Gentlemen, I did not seek this command, but since it's been assigned me, I intend to make this regiment the finest on the frontier."

11. "I've heard a lot about you, too, Doc. You left your mark around in Deadwood, Denver and places. In fact, a man could almost follow your trail goin' from graveyard to graveyard."

12. "The only lions I ever want to see again are the two in front of the public library."

13. "And now the British think I'm with the Irish, and the Irish think I'm with the British."

14. "Even a dog can go where he likes... but not a Cheyenne."

15. "Private Winkie it is. A full-fledged soldier of the Queen!"


  1. 1 How Green Was My Valley
    3 Young Mister Lincoln
    13 The Informer

    1. Thanks for a great start, Thomas! #1 and #13 are correct. That's a logical guess for #3, but it's a different movie.

  2. These are complete guesses:

    2. The Quiet Man
    10. Fort Apache
    11. My Darling Clementine

  3. Replies
    1. I've always liked Donovan's Reef. The cast seems to be having fun.

    2. Totally! Lee Marvin steals all his scenes. This is one of my favorite "Christmas" movies.

  4. 3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

  5. Here's my two, quotes:

    5. Stagecoach
    9. Mister Roberts

    1. Great job, Al! The Mister Roberts quote is one of my faves.

  6. Still need answers for: 4, 7, 12, 14, and 15.

  7. Looking for answers to 4, 12, and 15!

  8. 4. Grapes of Wrath
    12. Mogambo

  9. Well, I've got one guess to go, so I'll close the game out:

    15. Wee Willie Winkie

    Fun Fact: Although Ford didn't relish the idea of working with child star Shirley Temple, the two bonded (working together again on "Fort Apache"), and he was godfather to Shirley's first child, Susan Agar.

  10. Al, thanks for closing out the game and for the great trivia on John Ford and Shirley Temple! I think Winkie is one of Shirley's best films