“The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” quotes

Movie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Title The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Year 1943
Directors Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance, War
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Plot – English officer Clive Candy has fought the Anglo-Boer war and during World War I he has proved his courage and his conduct. He thinks the British army is unbeatable and wants to unmask the German journalist who has written terrible stories about the troops. His friendship with German officer Theo survives despite the Second World conflict and the love for the same woman.
All actors – James McKechnie, Neville Mapp, Vincent Holman, Roger Livesey, David Hutcheson, Spencer Trevor, Roland Culver, James Knight, Deborah Kerr, Dennis Arundell, David Ward, Jan Van Loewen
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  • “We read in the newspapers that the after-war years were bad everywhere, that crime was increasing and that honest citizens were having a hard job to put the gangsters in jail. Well, in Germany the gangsters finally succeeded in putting the honest citizens in jail.”
    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “This time you're fighting for your very existence against the most devilish idea ever created by a human brain: Nazism. And if you lose, there won't be a return match next year... perhaps not even for a hundred years.”

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “I read your broadcast up to the point where you describe the collapse of France. You commented on Nazi methods - foul fighting, bombing refugees, machine-gunning hospitals, lifeboats, lightships, bailed-out pilots - by saying that you despised them, that you would be ashamed to fight on their side and that you would sooner acceptdefeat than...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “After the war, we had very bad years in Germany. We got poorer and poorer. Every day retired officers or schoolteachers were caught shoplifting.”
    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
    [Tag:germany, poverty, war]
  • “Don't bother your head with things you don't understand and you won't go far wrong. Never go off at half cock. Keep cool, keep your mouth shut and avoid politicians like the plague. That's the way to get on in the army.”
    Roland Culver - Colonel Betteridge
    [Tag:advice, army, progress]
  • Money lost its value, the price of everything rose except of human beings.”
    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
    [Tag:money, price, values]
  • “It means that right is might after all. The Germans have shelled hospitals, bombed open towns, sunk neutral ships, used poison gas, and we won - clean fighting, honest soldiering have won.”

    Roger Livesey - Clive Candy
  • “My English is not very much but my friendship for you is very much.”

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “War starts at midnight!”

    Roger Livesey - Clive Candy
  • “I don't think you won it. We lost it - but you lost something, too. You forgot to learn the moral. Because victory was yours, you failed to learn your lesson twenty years ago and now you have to pay the school fees again.”

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
    [Tag:learning, losing, war]
  • “- Clive Candy: I often thought, a fellow like me dies - special knowledge, all to waste. Well, am I dead? Does my knowledge count for nothing? Experience? Skill?
    - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff: It is a different knowledge they need now, Clive. The enemy is different, so you have to be different, too.”

    Roger Livesey - Clive Candy
    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “If we don't know what we are doing, the enemy certainly can't anticipate our future actions.”
    Eric Maturin - Colonel Goodhead
  • Do you remember, Clive, we used to say: "Our army is fighting for our homes, our women, and our children"? Now the women are fighting beside the men. The children are trained to shoot. What's left is the "home". But what is the "home" without women and children?

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
  • “If you let yourself be defeated by them, just because you are too fair to hit back the same way they hit at you, there won't be any methods but Nazi methods!”

    Anton Walbrook - Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
    [Tag:defeat, nazism]
  • “German girls find scars very attractive.”
    Deborah Kerr - Johnny Cannon
    [Tag:girl, scars, seduction]