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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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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Bill Maguire:
No woman's irreplaceable, no matter how much you love her. There will be somebody else sooner or later. London's full of somebody else's.

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[Peter decides to stop in at the Press Office, after telling Jeannie that he had better things to do. He finds her cleaning what looks like a mimeograph machine, and they each have no idea who the other one is]



Jeannie Craig:
Oh, hullo. Have you come to fix this?



Peter Stenning:
Well, I hadn't, but for you, why not?



Jeannie Craig:
[embarrassed] Oh, I'm sorry, they'd said they'd send someone. Can I help you? Nearly everyone's gone home.



Peter Stenning:
Yeah, I'd like a copy of tonight's official line-ups.



Jeannie Craig:
Tonight's what?



Peter Stenning:
Uh, the official releases.



Jeannie Craig:
Oh! Those are all a bit smudged, a bit over-inky, I'll get you a clean one. We're in a terrible state here. What with holidays and flu, we're all doing everyone else's job.



Peter Stenning:
[Admiring her shapely arse as she bends over:] It happens to the best of us.



Jeannie Craig:
Success!


[She hands him a paper]



Jeannie Craig:
No smudges.



Peter Stenning:
This is all I get, sweetie?



Jeannie Craig:
That's all you get.



Peter Stenning:
You wouldn't like a drink with me, or a lift home?



Jeannie Craig:
Just for my record, I'd like your name.



Peter Stenning:
Peter Stenning. Just for my record, I'd like yours.



Jeannie Craig:
[She straightens up and stares at him, remembering now his name and his rudeness on the telephone exchange] Peter Stenning?



Peter Stenning:
Yes.



Jeannie Craig:
Express?



Peter Stenning:
Oh, you've heard of me.



Jeannie Craig:
Oh, yes. And if you're Peter Stenning, that's not all you get.



Peter Stenning:
Oh, great, great.



Jeannie Craig:
You get this too, sweetie.


[She slaps his face]



Jeannie Craig:
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to dive back into the Pool.


[she storms off, and Peter looks both injured and intrigued]

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Editor (Jeff):
I don't care a tinker's damn about this eclipse of the sun as such; the evening papers will cane it, it'll be dead by tomorrow morning. But what I do care about is why there was an eclipse of the sun ten days before it was due. Bill, this is your department.



Bill Maguire:
I don't know why everybody regards me as Nostradamus. Your guess is as good as mine.



Editor (Jeff):
Yes, but I don't want guesses, I want facts. Try someone on top. Sir John Kelly...



Bill Maguire:
Stenning got in to see Kelly.



Peter Stenning:
He had twenty-eight armed guards around him.



Editor (Jeff):
Yes, but what did he say?



Peter Stenning:
He wouldn't even say "Good night" in case it was taken as an official comment on the future of mankind.

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