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Born to Dance (1936) Poster

(1936)

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McKay's Telephone Operator: [on phone with her friend] Oh say guess who I seen at Club Continental last night? Lucy James with that sailor she met through a Pekingese. Believe me he's a sea-goin' thrill if I ever seen one. What's he like? Well, tall - sort of the answer to a maiden's prayer on stilts. Honest he must be six feet four and that's just two inches shorter than a totem pole. Oh but he's got a smile like concentrated vodka. Vodka! Oh it's a Japanese drink made out of panther blood I think.

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Ted Baker: Hello.

Nora Paige: Hello, yourself. What's the thing about?

Ted Baker: Well, boy meets girl.

Nora Paige: Oh, I see. Well, boy loses girl.

Ted Baker: Boy gets girl.

Nora Paige: Not so soon, sailor.

Ted Baker: Oh, now, wait a minute. Hey, look. Listen. Listen. You're not very patriotic.

Nora Paige: But I am. I'm just not uniform-crazy.

Ted Baker: Not even interested?

Nora Paige: Oh, I love watching a parade.

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Jenny Saks: I've got a surprise for you.

Gunny Saks: Yeah, what is it? That's a fine time for telling me.

Jenny Saks: Sally is our child.

Gunny Saks: Sally?

Jenny Saks: Yes!

Gunny Saks: Well, this is a fine time to tell me.

Jenny Saks: Why?

Gunny Saks: I just joined the Navy again.

Jenny Saks: [push Gunny to the floor] I'll see you in four years!

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Nora Paige: Is that your daughter?

Jenny Saks: Yes, first prize at the Marathon Dance.

Nora Paige: I guess your daddy is proud of you.

Sally Saks: I've never seen my daddy.

Nora Paige: Why haven't you told him?

Sally Saks: Because someday we're gonna surprise him.

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"Mush" Tracy: I've got talents. I've got a inventive mind.

"Peppy" Turner: Yeah, *most* sailors have!

"Mush" Tracy: No foolin', I'm inventin' somethin' right now. When I get it workin', I'm gonna sell it to the government for plenty of dough.

"Peppy" Turner: What's that?

"Mush" Tracy: I'm crossing parrots with carrier pigeons.

"Peppy" Turner: What for?

"Mush" Tracy: What for? So you can send verbal messages.

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Gunny Saks: But Jenny, ain't you glad to see me?

Jenny Saks: I don't know yet.

Gunny Saks: What? I'm your husband.

Jenny Saks: Yeah, well, don't remind me of it!

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Gunny Saks: I wouldn't join the Navy again, if they made me a general.

"Mush" Tracy: You'll never see a general in the Navy.

Gunny Saks: No, that's 'cause they're smart.

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Jenny Saks: Can we visit the brig? There's a man I'd like to see in it. Uh, I mean, I want to see a man who's in it.

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Jenny Saks: Well, we'd love to look around. Could we go visit the crows-nest?

Captain Dingby: Under no condition, Madam! This is the mating season.

Jenny Saks: [Captain leaves, to Nora] Oh, well, let's go look anyway. Come on.

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"Mush" Tracy: What'd you join the Navy for in the first place?

Gunny Saks: On account of a woman - my wife. Two days after we were married she told me I wasn't a man of the world. So I joined the Navy.

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"Mush" Tracy: Where will we find the Rear Admiral?

Captain Dingby: In the front office!

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Lucy James: Oh, Captain, what a lovely submarine!

Captain Dingby: Oh yes, yes! It's the pride of the Navy!

Lucy James: Tell me, Captain, how long can your submarine stay under water?

Captain Dingby: Well, that all depends. Once, we submerged with the hatches open, and we didn't come up for two weeks.

Lucy James: [Incredulous] Really?

Captain Dingby: Positively.

[then he and everybody else start to laugh]

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Captain Dingby: I want this message delivered to Rear Admiral Stubbins of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Gunny Saks: Yes, sir.

Captain Dingby: I understand you were born in Brooklyn.

Gunny Saks: Yes, sir.

Captain Dingby: What part?

Gunny Saks: All of me!

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Nora Paige: Gee, you're swell! You know, I didn't like you at first.

Jenny Saks: Oh, well, I'm like olives - you gotta learn to like me.

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Gunny Saks: Say, who's little girl are you?

Sally Saks: Mommy's girl.

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Ted Baker: Could I see Mr. McKay please?

McKay's Telephone Operator: Mr. McKay ain't in, he's out.

Ted Baker: Well, are you sure he's out?

McKay's Telephone Operator: He went out 15 minutes ago for 5 minutes and won't be back for a half an hour.

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Captain Dingby: What? You couldn't find Brooklyn!

"Mush" Tracy: No, sir, I was in Yonkers all day before I found out it was in Yonkers.

Captain Dingby: Doing what?

"Mush" Tracy: Looking for the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Captain Dingby: There must be a man in my crew who knows where Brooklyn is!

"Mush" Tracy: Saks knows.

Captain Dingby: Saks? How's he know?

"Mush" Tracy: He was born there. At least, it looks like he was born there.

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Sailors' Chorus: [singing] We'll soon be with a gal, We're rolling, rolling home.

Gunny Saks: Just think of it no more hardtack, No more beans, No more salt horse, And canned sardines.

Sailors' Chorus: We sailed on the seven seas, We crossed every pond.

Gunny Saks: Aw, from now on it's duck soup and a pure platinum blonde!

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Ship's Officer: Not granted.

Gunny Saks: Oh, but I got to get ashore. I want to see my wife.

Ship's Officer: Your wife?

Gunny Saks: Yeah, I haven't seen her for four years.

Ship's Officer: Who'd marry you?

Gunny Saks: A minister.

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Jenny Saks: You been in New York long?

Nora Paige: About a week.

Jenny Saks: Working?

Nora Paige: No. I'm finding it difficult to get work. My kind of work.

Jenny Saks: Well, just what kind of work is your work?

Nora Paige: I'm a dancer.

Jenny Saks: You don't use a fan?

Nora Paige: No.

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Nora Paige: Were you a dancer?

Jenny Saks: Yeah, a marathon dancer. That's where I met my husband.

Nora Paige: Oh, are you married?

Jenny Saks: Yes. We were partners in a marathon dance. About the 28th day, business dropped off, so, the management offered a cash prize to the couple that'd get married during the contest. Well, gee, dancing with the same guy for 672 hours, naturally, I thought I was in love. But, I was just tired!

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Gunny Saks: Why Jenny, ain't you gonna kiss me or somethin'?

Jenny Saks: I'll shake hands with you.

Gunny Saks: Is that all I get after four years?

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Jenny Saks: I don't know whether I like the idea of marriage anymore.

Gunny Saks: You don't? Do you realize that marriage is a national institution - and that 50 per cent of married people are women?

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"Mush" Tracy: You know, I'm gettin' out of the service in two or three weeks.

"Peppy" Turner: Yeah. I was reading where they were going to strengthen the Navy.

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"Peppy" Turner: [singing] Pretty baby, Pretty baby, And what might your plans for today be? If you're lonesome, On your ownsome, Well, I haven't a darn thing to do.

Jenny Saks: People tell me, it's the season, When the boy's like huggin' and squeezin'.

Nora Paige: And for some dumb, goofy reason, Baby, I'm nuts about you!

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Captain Dingby: Do you know what this means?

"Mush" Tracy: No, sir.

Captain Dingby: Do you?

Ted Baker: I'm not quite sure, sir.

Captain Dingby: And how 'bout you?

Gunny Saks: I give up.

Captain Dingby: Well, there you are.

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Jenny Saks: When you're picking a father for your child, you've got to be awfully careful.

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Floorwalker: Flowers are like little children. They reflect the happiness that should be in every home.

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Lucy James: [singing] Now, since we all have met, And formalities are through, May I present, My heaven sent: Cheeky-Peeky-Poo!

Sailors' Chorus: Who?

Lucy James: Love me, love my pekinese, In spite of your antipathies, If you want to cultivate me, Gotta love Cheeky...

Sailors' Chorus: Howdy little Cheeky.

Lucy James: Cheeky he's my chaperone, Never let's me be alone, So, when you invite me to tea, Gotta have Cheeky.

Sailors' Chorus: Nasty little Cheeky!

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Lucy James: Cheeky! Someone save my Cheeky!

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Lucy James: It's kind of a dirty trick.

McKay: Yes, but a good one!

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Ted Baker: [singing] You'd be so easy to love, So easy to idolize, All others above, So worth the yearning for, So swell to keep any home fire burning for...

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Nora Paige: I can't understand Ted doing this.

Jenny Saks: Ah, honey, they're all alike. If you get a good one, it's a long shot. If you don't, it's a consensus of opinion.

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Jenny Saks: Sally, you're going to drive me to stop drinking!

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McKay's Telephone Operator: Atkins & McKay, who's callin'? I'm sorry, Mr. McKay can't be disturbed. He's talkin' to himself. I mean, he's in conference. All righty, I'll tell him you ca-walled.

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McKay's Telephone Operator: Oh, hello, Opal. Say, ain't you workin' today? Oh, your boss is gone and everybody took the day off. Well, ain't that life. When the cats away, the mice act like rats.

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McKay's Telephone Operator: What's Lucy James like? Well, she's tall and blonde with a limousine body; but, all I can say and still be a lady is, I can't see what she's got that I ain't got - outside of a pekingese.

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McKay's Telephone Operator: Oh, I never seen such luck. I guess it's kismat. I said kismat, Opal! That's Latin for 'spinach.' Well, of course I speak Latin! Sic transit gloria Mundi. Don't it sound swell? What does it mean? It's Latin for, 'He opens the door and in flew a dead duck' - at least that's what my boyfriend said it meant.

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McKay: Ted, I'd love to do you a favor, but, I can get all the chorus girls I want for a dime a dozen.

Ted Baker: Well, you can't get this girl for a dime a dozen!

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"Mush" Tracy: You sure do a lot of fishin', don't you.

Captain Dingby: Yes! I expect to run for President some day.

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Captain Dingby: Where is Saks?

"Mush" Tracy: He's in the brig.

Captain Dingby: What's he doing in the brig?

"Mush" Tracy: Three days, sir.

Captain Dingby: Who put Saks in the brig?

"Mush" Tracy: Why, you did.

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Nora Paige: I feel uncomfortable about going aboard, Jenny. I hope I don't meet Ted.

Jenny Saks: Listen, baby, when a horse throws you, you gotta get right back up and ride him.

Nora Paige: I won't even look at him.

Jenny Saks: That's wrong! Act like nothing happened. If you want a lesson in self control, just watch me with Gunny.

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Captain Dingby: I understand you were born in Brooklyn.

Gunny Saks: Yes, sir.

Captain Dingby: What part?

Gunny Saks: All of me.

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Jenny Saks: I thought you were in the brig.

Gunny Saks: Jenny, ain't you glad to see me?

Jenny Saks: Well, yes and - no.

Gunny Saks: Gee, now we're getting some place.

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Jenny Saks: Supposing I should kiss you?

Gunny Saks: I'd like it!

Jenny Saks: That's what I'm afraid of.

Gunny Saks: Why?

Jenny Saks: Well, I want to find out first if I like it! And if I like it, I'll let you kiss me.

Gunny Saks: Gee, I hope you like it Jenny.

Jenny Saks: Well, after four years, I think its time I found out. Hold still.

[kiss]

Gunny Saks: How was it?

Jenny Saks: I didn't like it.

Gunny Saks: Well, I liked it.

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McKay: Nothing spreads like gossip. It's the best kind of ballyhoo! As long as you keep it clean.

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Lucy James: Are you interested in the theater?

Ted Baker: Oh, yes. Well, more or less.

Lucy James: But, never been acting?

Ted Baker: I was in a lot of shows in college. I - I played the leading lady.

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Lucy James: [singing] I tried so, not to give in, I said to myself this affair it never will go so well, But why should I try to resist when darling I know so well, I've got you under my skin...

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Lucy James: There's lots of talent in the Navy.

McKay: You oughta know.

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Ted Baker: Well, how's it feel to be out of the Navy?

Gunny Saks: I don't know. I'm lonesome.

Ted Baker: So am I.

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Gunny Saks: I don't know, Ted, maybe I'm just a man's man. I'm getting disgusted with married life.

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Lucy James: Just what do you think you're doing? Making a fool out of me?

Nora Paige: But, Miss James, I didn't mean...

Lucy James: I don't care what you meant. When I want five and ten cent store dames doing my number, I'll let you know about it!

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Ted Baker: What about that baby?

Jenny Saks: Oh, that's my baby and I'm gonna tell Gunny just as soon as I see him.

Ted Baker: Well, Gunny's the father!

Jenny Saks: Yeah, ain't nature wonderful.

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"Peppy" Turner: [singing] Now, everybody's happy, And everyone's gay, Cause every little mammy and pappy, Is swingin' the jinx away...

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"Mush" Tracy: [singing] Just look at those cowboys gaily swingin' on the range.

Chorus Girls: Swing along little doggies...

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Ted Baker: [Captain approaches] Attention!

Captain Dingby: [Walks up to Saks] Where's Saks?

Gunny Saks: I'm Saks. Captain, you're always getting us two mixed up.

[Points to Mush]

Captain Dingby: Are you two men twins?

"Mush" Tracy: I don't know about him, but I'm not.

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