Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955]

Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955]

Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
How'd you get on?



Barnes Wallace:
It's hopeless.



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
What happened?



Barnes Wallace:
Nothing. I walked up and down Whitehall. In and out of offices. Up and down stairs. Sat outside rooms. I felt like a peddlar trying to sell clockwork toys.



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
I wish there was something I could do.



Barnes Wallace:
There is, Mutt.



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
What?



Barnes Wallace:
Let's take the whole thing straight to Bomber Command.



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
Harris?



Barnes Wallace:
Yes! You're one of the few men that really know him. If he sees the films and gets interested... Well, it'll only need one word from him.


[sees Mutt shaking his head]



Barnes Wallace:
Why not?



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
Well, there's a bit of a snag there. See, he gets so innundated with fantastic inventions...



Barnes Wallace:
Oh, that's ridiculous! Everything he's using had to have been invented. Look, if you tell him that it's worthwhile he'll listen to you, won't he?



Capt. Joseph Summers, CBE:
I'll do what I can... But don't blame me if he throws us both out of the window.

More Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] quotes [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Gibson:
[as Gibson heads in to attack] Hello "M for Mother" stand by to take over if anything happens.



Flight Lt. J.V. Hopgood, DFC:
OK, Leader. Good luck!

More Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] quotes [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Gibson:
Sir, have a drink to celebrate. We've done the trick!



Group Capt. Whitworth:
What trick?



Gibson:
Flying at 150 feet. No need for alimeters. No need for anything else.



Group Capt. Whitworth:
Well, how's that?



Gibson:
Why, *simple!* A couple of spotlamps. One in the nose and the other in the belly. Trained to shine down and meet together at 150 feet below the aircraft.



Flight Lt. J.V. Hopgood, DFC:
All you've got to do is watch through the cockpit blister and keep the two spots plumb together on the ground, or the water, and there you are at 150 feet. Accurate to an inch!



Group Capt. Whitworth:
Yeah, but that would mean carrying lights right into the attack!



Flight Lt. H.B. Martin, DSO, DFC, AFC:
Well, that's better than finishing up in the drink.



Group Capt. Whitworth:
That's wonderful! How did you think of it?



Gibson:
Oh genius, pure genius. We gave the idea to Farnborough and they did the rest.



Flight Lt. D.J. Shannon, DSO, DFC:
Still need a bombsight that'll work at low level.



Flight Lt. D.J.H. Maltby, DSO, DFC:
And when are we going to get the real bombs.



Gibson:
[Takes Whitworth aside] You know it's getting on these fellows' nerves not knowing a damn thing about anything.



Group Capt. Whitworth:
I know. But the old boy's got new trials on Friday. You ought to go down again. He's pretty sure it'll work this time.

More Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] quotes [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Barnes Wallace:
[Morning after the raid] Is it true? All those fellows lost?



Gibson:
Only two aircraft went down in the attacks. That was Hopgood's over the Moehne and Maudsley's at the Eder. Astell got it soon after crossing the coast. And Dinghy Young was shot down over the sea, on his way home. The rest we don't know about. They've been calling them since midnight, but they haven't answered. The flak was bad. Worse than I expected.



Barnes Wallace:
[upset] Fifty-six men... If I'd known it was going to be like this, I'd never have started.



Gibson:
Now you mustn't think that way. If all these fellows had known from the beginning they wouldn't be coming back they would have gone for it just the same. There isn't a single one of them that would have dropped out. I knew them all. I know that's true. Look, you've had a worse night than any of us. Why don't you find the doctor and ask for one of his sleeping pills?

More Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] quotes [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Barnes Wallace:
How are you getting on with the low flying?



Gibson:
Ah, it's awfully hard to get accuracy. I mean to within a few feet. Especially at night, over water. Still, we'll find some way of doing it.



Barnes Wallace:
Yes, yes, it must be very difficult.



Flight Lt. R.C. Hay, DFC:
Bomb-aiming is another headache, sir. The ordinary bombsight isn't accurate enough at such a low level. And you want the aircraft to drop their bombs dead on the same spot, one after another?



Barnes Wallace:
Yes, yes, within a few feet.



Gibson:
Well, we'll look after our headaches and leave you to look after yours.



Barnes Wallace:
I'm afraid that's all we can do at present. Oh, I shall get it right within a few days. You must try and come down again.



Gibson:
I'd like to, sir.

More Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] Movie: The Dam Busters [1955] quotes [06/16/2016 01:06:42]

Quotes of the month

Anatoly Yurkin Rain teaches us the beauty of repetition. [03/08/2019 01:03:09] More


Anatoly Yurkin Personality is the avatar of the user of the repetitions. [02/22/2019 01:02:08] More


Anatoly Yurkin Salieri syndrome is a terminal challenge to motivational repeatability. [02/20/2019 07:02:55] More


Prince Alexander Love is an unpredictable feeling: it can stimulate the desire to live, but with the same probability it can sow death. [02/26/2019 02:02:12] More


Eugene Ryabyi If you don't want to be like the others - you have to take the punch of crowd. [02/23/2019 10:02:38] More