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

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

Bomber Harris:
[Wallis and Summers have come into his office] Hello, Mutt. Wallis.



Barnes Wallace:
Good morning.



Bomber Harris:
What is it you want?



Barnes Wallace:
I've got an idea for destroying the Ruhr Dams. The effects on Germany would be enormous.



Bomber Harris:
I know all that. I've read the report.


[thumps file folder on his desk]



Bomber Harris:
But, do you *really* think you can knock down a dam with *that* thing?



Barnes Wallace:
Yes.



Bomber Harris:
Well, it looks clever enough on paper. But that goes for *all* of these wheezy ideas. When you try to make them work, they fall down *flat*.



Barnes Wallace:
This one doesn't.



Bomber Harris:
How do you know?



Barnes Wallace:
We've tested it and proved it. I've got some films here I'd like you to see.



Bomber Harris:
[mildly surprised] Why... If you've proved the thing, why hasn't it been taken up?



Barnes Wallace:
I don't know. But the films only take five minutes to run. You could see them and judge for yourself.



Bomber Harris:
Well... All right.


[gets up from desk and heads toward projection room]



Bomber Harris:
Send the projectionist out of the room. If this thing's as good as you say, there's no point in letting everyone know.


[indicates his aide, Air Vice-Marshall Saundby]



Bomber Harris:
Saundby can run the film.

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Barnes Wallace:
You say you need a Wellington Bomber for test drops. They're worth their weight in gold. Do you really think the authorities will lend you one? What possible argument could I put forward to get you a Wellington?



Barnes Wallace:
Well, if you told them I designed it, do you think that might help?

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Bomber Harris:
Cochrane...!


[gestures for him to wait]



Bomber Harris:
Don't go for a minute. What do you think of Wallis' idea for bursting the Ruhr Dams?



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
It sounds a bit far-fetched. But, personally, I think it could be done.



Bomber Harris:
I hope you're right. Anyway, I've given it my support, and I've had orders to get ready. I want you to take it on.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Right, sir. I'd like to. It'll mean taking a squadron out of the line for special training.



Bomber Harris:
No. We must form a special squadron for this. And man it with experienced crews who have just finished their present thirty trips. Some of those keen youngsters won't mind doing an extra one.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Do you have anyone in mind to command the squadron?



Bomber Harris:
Yes. Gibson.

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Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Good morning, Gibson.



Gibson:
Morning, sir.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
First of all, congratulations on the bar to your DSO.



Gibson:
Thank you, sir.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
You finished your third tour last night?



Gibson:
Yes sir.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Would you be prepared to take on one more trip?



Gibson:
What kind of trip, sir?



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
I can't tell you much about it, for the present. But, it'll be a special one and you'll command the operation. I'm afraid it'll mean putting off your leave. How do you feel about it?



Gibson:
Alright sir.



Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane:
Good. It's going to need careful training, the commander-in-chief wants a special squadron formed. it'll be best if you formed it yourself. I'm telling all the squadrons they'll have to be prepared to give up some of their most experienced crews. They're not going to like it.

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Flight Sgt. J. Pulford, DFM:
[watching morse lamp signals between the two other planes in formation] Martin's having a chat with Hopgood.



Gibson:
What's he saying, Hutch?



Flight Lt. R.E.G. Hutchison, DFC:
He says we're going to get screechers tomorrow night.



Gibson:
Sure we are. Biggest binge of all time.

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