Movie: The Day the Earth Caught Fire [1961] Movie: The Day the Earth Caught Fire [1961]

Movie: The Day the Earth Caught Fire [1961] Movie: The Day the Earth Caught Fire [1961]

[Jeannie is working as a telephone operator; this is the first time she's talking with Peter Stenning, just a few sentences later]



Peter Stenning:
Listen, your job is to pass messages on, when you're asked!



Jeannie Craig:
My job is to do what I'm told by the people who gave me the job, and anyway, this isn't my job; I'm from the Pool.



Peter Stenning:
Well, then why don't you dive back in and drown?

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Bill Maguire:
[Maguire is on the phone to the editor after a pile of letters about nuclear tests is dumped on his desk] What am I supposed to do with these protest letters?


[pause]



Bill Maguire:
Thank you very much but there are seventeen hundred of them.

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Bill Maguire:
[reading a newswire] There's a chap in Leeds says he can extract water from the atmosphere. Oh, as you were, he's been certified.

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Peter Stenning:
Hello, Pat.



Pat Holroyd:
Well.



Peter Stenning:
It's a bit better than Picture Post, isn't it?



Pat Holroyd:
Stenning, what the hell do you want?



Peter Stenning:
A quote on sun-spots.



Pat Holroyd:
Sun-spots?



Peter Stenning:
Look, just tell me that the static, the monsoon, the compass trouble, and the terrible shows we get on television are all caused by sun-spots, and that the sun-spots are caused by bigger bomb experiments, and I'll leave you in peace.



Pat Holroyd:
Well, there usually is a bit of extra sun-spot activity this time of year, old boy, but I don't think it has much to do with anything.



Peter Stenning:
But there could be some connection. Oh, come on, say "Yes," what harm could it do you?



Pat Holroyd:
Look, Stenning, it's nice to see you again, but I'm afraid I'm up to my neck, old boy.


[to his secretary]



Pat Holroyd:
All right, Miss Johnson, take this to the Typing Pool and have it mimeographed immediately.


[to Stenning]



Pat Holroyd:
I see you're still a bit of a liberty-taker...



Peter Stenning:
Well, give me something, Pat, I've got to get a story out of this!



Pat Holroyd:
Sorry, can't oblige, old boy.



Peter Stenning:
But why not? It's a perfectly routine, harmless, silly-season story.



Pat Holroyd:
Look, Peter! You've no right to be here...



Peter Stenning:
Well, it is, isn't it? Well, just tell me: yes or no?



Peter Stenning:
I don't have to tell you anything, Stenning. You aren't in a special position that entitles you to a first break on anything that comes into this office.



Peter Stenning:
You mean something *has* come in.


[Holroyd freezes, and is clearly relieved when the telecom buzzes him]

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Peter Stenning:
Well, Billy boy, they got me doing your homework. Five hundred words on sun-spots.



Bill Maguire:
Have you seen the figures on some of these Earth tremors?



Peter Stenning:
It's another planet trying to contact us.


[He picks up his empty coffee mug and speaks into it]



Peter Stenning:
This is Earth. Are you receiving me? Are you receiving me? You are?



Peter Stenning:
Well get knotted.



Peter Stenning:
[He sets the mug down again]

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