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Bad Day at Black Rock Quotes

Bad Day at Black Rock is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Bad Day at Black Rock ended its run in 1970.

It features Dore Schary as producer, André Previn in charge of musical score, and William C. Mellor as head of cinematography.

Bad Day at Black Rock is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Bad Day at Black Rock is 81 minutes long. Bad Day at Black Rock is distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The cast includes: Spencer Tracy as John J. Macreedy, Lee Marvin as Hector David, Robert Ryan as Reno Smith, Anne Francis as Liz Wirth, Ernest Borgnine as Coley Trimble, Dean Jagger as Sheriff Tim Horn, Walter Brennan as Doc Verlie, John Ericson as Pete Wirth, and Spencer Tracy as John J. MacReedy.

Bad Day at Black Rock Quotes

John Ericson as Pete Wirth

  • (John Ericson) "Let's wait and see. There's no danger yet."
  • (Robert Ryan) "No danger yet? This guy is like a carrier of smallpox. Since he arrived, this town has a fever -- an infection. And it's spreading."

Spencer Tracy as John J. MacReedy

  • (Spencer Tracy) "You killed Komoko, Smith, and sooner or later, you're gonna go up for it. Not because you killed him, but because of thinking in a town like this you could get away with it."
  • (Unnamed) "There must be some mistake. I'm Hastings, the telegraph agent. Nobody told me this train was stopping."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "They didn't?"
  • (Unnamed) "No, I just told you they didn't. And they ought to. What I want to know is why didn't they?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Maybe they didn't think it was important."
  • (Unnamed) "Important? It's the first time the streamliner's stopped here in four years."
  • (Unnamed) "What'll you have?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "What've you got?"
  • (Unnamed) "Chili and beans."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Anything else?"
  • (Unnamed) "Chili without beans."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Your friend's a very -- argumentative fellow."
  • (Robert Ryan) "Sort of unpredictable, too. Got a temper like a rattlesnake."
  • (Ernest Borgnine) "That's me all over. I'm half horse, half alligator. You mess with me and I'll kick a lung outta' ya'"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "I got a problem of my own."
  • (Unnamed) "You sure have, they're going to kill you with no hard feelings."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "And you're going to sit there and let 'em do it."
  • (Unnamed) "Don't get waspish with me, mister."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Oh, I'm sorry, I, uh --"
  • (Unnamed) "Yeah, well, I feel for you, but I'm consumed with apathy. Why should I mix in?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "You're not only wrong. You're wrong at the top of your voice."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Mind not looking at me like that?"
  • (Unnamed) "Like what?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Like a potential customer."
  • (Unnamed) "Huh. Everyone is."

Robert Ryan as Reno Smith

  • (Robert Ryan) "Look, Mr. MacReedy, there is a law in this county against shootin' dogs. But when I see a mad dog, I don't wait for him to bite me."
  • (Robert Ryan) "Tim, you've got the body of a hippo but the brain of a rabbit; now don't overtax it."
  • (Robert Ryan) "I swear, you're beginning to make me mad."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "All strangers do, hmm?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "No, they don't. Not all of them. Some do, when they come around snooping --"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Snooping for what?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "I don't know, outsiders coming in, looking for something --"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Looking for what?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "I don't know. Somebody's always looking for something in this part of the West. To the historian it's the Old West, to the book writer it's the Wild West, to the businessman it's the Undeveloped West -- they say we're all poor and backward, and I guess we are, we don't even have enough water. But to us, this place is our West, and I wish they'd leave us alone."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Leave you alone to do what?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "I don't know what you mean."
  • (Robert Ryan) "I believe a man is as big as what he's seeking. I believe you're a big man, Mr. Macreedy."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Flattery will get you nowhere."
  • (Robert Ryan) "Why would a man like you be looking for a lousy Jap farmer?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Ohhh, dadgum, maybe I'm not so big."
  • (Robert Ryan) "Oh yes you are. I believe a man is as big as what'll make him mad. Nobody around here seems big enough to get you mad."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "What makes you mad, Mr. Smith?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "Me? Nothing, nothing --"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Ah, you're a pretty big man yourself, then. Yet the -- the Japanese make you mad, don't they?"
  • (Robert Ryan) "Well, that's different."

Lee Marvin as Hector David

  • (Lee Marvin) "I believe a man is nothing unless he stands up for what's rightfully his. What do you think?"
  • (Lee Marvin) "Real cool guy."
  • (Robert Ryan) "Doesn't push easy, huh?"
  • (Lee Marvin) "Well, that's it. That's just it. He pushes too easy."

Anne Francis as Liz Wirth

  • (Anne Francis) "What do you care? What do you care about Black Rock?"
  • (Spencer Tracy) "I don't care anything about Black Rock. Only it just seems to me that there aren't many towns like this in America. But -- one town like it is enough. And because I think something kind of bad happened here, Miss Wirth, something I can't quite seem to find a handle to."
  • (Anne Francis) "You don't know what you're talking about."
  • (Spencer Tracy) "Well, I know this much. The rule of law has left here, and the guerrillas have taken over."

Dean Jagger as Sheriff Tim Horn

  • (Dean Jagger) "Don't you understand? You know, when you wear this badge, you're the law. And when somebody does something against the law, then you're supposed to do something about it. I did nothing. And that's what's eating me. What kind of prescription do you got for that?"
  • (Walter Brennan) "I don't know. I haven't found one for myself."

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