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The Miracle Worker (1962 film) Quotes

The Miracle Worker (1962 film) is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . The Miracle Worker stopped airing in 1970.

It features Fred Coe as producer, Laurence Rosenthal in charge of musical score, and Ernesto Caparrós as head of cinematography.

The Miracle Worker (1962 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Miracle Worker (1962 film) is 106 minutes long. The Miracle Worker (1962 film) is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: Victor Jory as Captain Arthur Keller, Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan, Inga Swenson as Kate Keller, Andrew Prine as James Keller, and Kathleen Comegys as Aunt Ev.

The Miracle Worker (1962 film) Quotes

Andrew Prine as James Keller

  • (Andrew Prine) "Sooner or later, we all give up, don't we?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Maybe you all do, but it's my idea of the original sin."
  • (Andrew Prine) "What is?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Giving up."
  • (Andrew Prine) "Finding out if she's ticklish? She is. What is it, a game?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "An alphabet."
  • (Andrew Prine) "Alphabet?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "For the deaf."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Oh, how bright she is."
  • (Andrew Prine) "You think she knows what she's doing? She's a monkey. She imitates everything."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Yes, she's a bright little monkey, all right."
  • (Andrew Prine) "She wants her doll back."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "After she spells it."
  • (Andrew Prine) "Spells? She doesn't know the thing has a name, even."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Of course not. Who expects her to now? I just want her fingers to learn the letters."
  • (Andrew Prine) "She doesn't seem to like that alphabet very much, Miss Sullivan. Did you invent it yourself?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Spanish monks under a vow of silence, which I wish you'd take."
  • (Andrew Prine) "Nothing I say is right."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Why say anything?"
  • (Andrew Prine) "Maybe you ought to put her away, Father."
  • (Inga Swenson) "What?"
  • (Andrew Prine) "Some asylum. It's the kindest thing."
  • (Kathleen Comegys) "Why, she's your sister, James."
  • (Andrew Prine) "Half-sister. Half mentally defective. She can't even keep herself clean. It's not pleasant to see her about all the time."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Do you dare complain about what you can see?"

Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan

  • (Anne Bancroft) "Disinter -- disinterested -- disinterested -- where's discipline? What a dictionary this is. You have to know how something is spelt before you can look it up to see how it's spelt. Discipline -- Huh. "Diskipline.""
  • (Anne Bancroft) "I have to live with her somewhere else."
  • (Inga Swenson) "For how long?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Until she learns to listen to and depend on me."
  • (Victor Jory) "Miss Sullivan --"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Captain Keller, it meets both of your conditions. It's the one way I can get back in touch with Helen, and I don't see how I can be rude to you again if you're not around to interfere with me."
  • (Victor Jory) "And what's your plan if I say no? Pack the other half for home and abandon your charge to -- to --"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "The asylum? I grew up in such an asylum, the State Alms House. Rats? Why, my brother Jimmy and I used to play with the rats because we didn't have any toys. Maybe you'd like to know what Helen will find there, not on visiting days. One ward was full of the old women. Crippled, blind, most of them dying, but even if what they had was catching, there was nowhere else to move them. That's where they put us. Then there were younger ones across the hall, prostitutes mostly, with TB and epileptic fits. And some of the kind that keep after other girls, especially the young ones. And some were just insane. Some had the DTs. Then there were girls in another ward to have babies they didn't want. They started at thirteen, fourteen. They left afterwards, but the babies stayed. We played with them, too. There were a lot of them, with sores all over from diseases you're not supposed to talk about."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "It's less trouble to feel sorry for her than it is to teach her anything better."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "The rooms a wreck but she folded her napkin."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "All's fair in love and war."
  • (Victor Jory) "This is not war."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Well, it's not love."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Now all I have to teach you is one word; everything."

Victor Jory as Captain Arthur Keller

  • (Victor Jory) "From the minute she stepped off the train she's been nothing but a burden. Incompetent, impertinent, ineffectual, inmodest, and --"
  • (Inga Swenson) "She folded her napkin, Captain."
  • (Victor Jory) "She what?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Not ineffectual. Helen did fold her napkin."
  • (Victor Jory) "What in heaven's name is so extraordinary about folding a napkin?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Well, it's more than you did, Captain."
  • (Victor Jory) "Katie, the point is she's ruined any chance she ever had of getting along with the child. If you can see any point or purpose of her staying on here longer, it's more than I can."
  • (Inga Swenson) "What do you wish me to do?"
  • (Victor Jory) "I want you to give her notice."
  • (Inga Swenson) "I can't."
  • (Victor Jory) "Then if you won't, I must."
  • (Victor Jory) "What would another week accomplish? We are more than satisfied. You taught her things to do, how to behave. She's more manageable, cleaner."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Cleaner?"
  • (Victor Jory) "Well, we say cleanliness is next to godliness."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Cleanliness is next to nothing. Give me more time with her."
  • (Victor Jory) "Look, what's she spelling? Teaching a dog to spell? The dog doesn't know what she means any more than she knows what you mean, Miss Sullivan. I think you ask too much of her and yourself. God may not have meant Helen to have the eyes you speak of."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "I mean her to."
  • (Victor Jory) "Miss Sullivan, I find it difficult to talk through those glasses. Why do you wear them? The sun's been down over an hour."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Any kind of light hurts my eyes."
  • (Victor Jory) "Well, put them on, Miss Sullivan. I've decided to give you a second chance."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "To do what?"
  • (Victor Jory) "To remain our employee. But on two conditions. I'm not accustomed to rudeness. If you want to stay, there must be a radical change of manner."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Whose?"
  • (Victor Jory) "Yours, young lady. Isn't it obvious? You must convice me that there's the slightest hope of you teaching a child who now flees from you like the plague."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "There isn't. It's hopeless here."
  • (Victor Jory) "Am I to understand --"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "We all agree it's hopeless here. The next question is --"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Miss Annie, I'm not agreed. She did fold her napkin. She learns. She learns. Did you know she began talking when she was only six months old? She could say water. Well, not really. Wah-wah. But she meant water. She knew what it meant at only six months old. I never saw a child so bright or outgoing. It's still in her, somewhere. Miss Annie, put up with her and with us."
  • (Victor Jory) "Us?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Please. Like the lost lamb in the parable, I love her all the more."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Mrs. Keller, I don't think Helen's greatest handicap is deafness or blindness. I think it's your love and pity. All these years you've felt so sorry for her you've kept her like a pet. Well, even a dog you housebreak."

Inga Swenson as Kate Keller

  • (Inga Swenson) "What happened?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "She ate from her own plate. She ate with a spoon. Herself. And she folded her napkin."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Folded her napkin?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "The room's a wreck, but her napkin is folded. I'll be in my room, Mrs. Keller."
  • (Viney, Keller Maid) "Don't leave now, Miss Annie. Dinner'll be ready right away."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Folded her napkin. My Helen folded her napkin."
  • (Inga Swenson) "What are you saying to her?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Oh, I was just making conversation. Telling her it was a sewing card."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Does that mean that to her?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Oh, no, she won't know what spelling is till she knows what a word is."
  • (Inga Swenson) "The captain says it's like spelling to a fence post."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Does he now? It's how I watch you talk to your baby."
  • (Inga Swenson) "The baby?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Any baby. It's gibberish. Grown-up gibberish. Baby-talk gibberish. Do they understand one word of it to start? Somehow they begin to if they hear it. I'm letting Helen hear it."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Other children are not impaired."
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Oh, there's nothing impaired in her head. It works like a mousetrap."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Then when will she learn?"
  • (Anne Bancroft) "Maybe after a million words."
  • (Inga Swenson) "She's a defective child. It's not her fault."
  • (Victor Jory) "I didn't say it was her fault."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Well, I don't know what to do. How can I teach her, beat her till she's black and blue?"
  • (Victor Jory) "We can't have her running around loose. There must be some way to confine her."
  • (Inga Swenson) "Where, in a cage? She's a growing child."
  • (Victor Jory) "Answer me one thing. Is it fair to the baby there?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Are you willing to put her away? She wants to talk, like me, like you and me. Every day she slips further and further away. I don't know how to call her back."
  • (Kathleen Comegys) "I have a mind to write to Boston myself. If that school can't help her, maybe they'll send somebody who can."

Kathleen Comegys as Aunt Ev

  • (Kathleen Comegys) "There's a very famous Perkins School in Boston. They're supposed to do wonders."
  • (Victor Jory) "The child's been to specialists everywhere. They couldn't help her in Baltimore or Washington, could they?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "I think the captain will write to the Perkins School."
  • (Victor Jory) "Katie, how many times are you going to let them break your heart?"
  • (Inga Swenson) "Any number of times. As long as there's the slightest chance for her to see or hear."

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