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The Searchers Quotes

The Searchers is a television show that appeared on TV in 1970 . The Searchers ended its run in 1970.

It features Max Steiner in charge of musical score, and Winton C. Hoch as head of cinematography.

The Searchers is distributed by Warner Bros..

The cast includes: Jeffrey Hunter as Martin, John Wayne as Ethan, Harry Carey, Jr. as Brad, Patrick Wayne as 2nd Lt. Greenhill, Vera Miles as Laurie Jorgensen, Ken Curtis as Charlie McCorry, Natalie Wood as Debbie Edwards, John Qualen as Lars Jorgensen, Olive Carey as Mrs. Jorgensen, Henry Brandon as Chief Scar, Hank Worden as Mose Harper, Walter Coy as Aaron Edwards, Pippa Scott as Lucy Edwards, Dorothy Jordan as Martha Edwards, and Robert Lyden as Ben Edwards.

The Searchers Quotes

John Wayne as Ethan

  • (John Wayne) "We did all right."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "We? Why you just staked me out there like a piece of bait. You built up the fire. You fixed it so I could get my brains blowed out. What if you'd missed?"
  • (John Wayne) "It never occurred to me."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "I say we do it my way. That's an order."
  • (John Wayne) "Yessir. But if you're wrong don't ever give me another."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Well, the prodigal brother. When did you get back? Ain't seen you since the surrender. Come to think of it, I didn't see you at the surrender."
  • (John Wayne) "I don't believe in surrenders. Nope, I've still got my saber, Reverend. Didn't beat it into no plowshare, neither."
  • (John Wayne) "Figure a man's only good for one oath at a time; I took mine to the Confederate States of America."
  • (John Wayne) "Well, Reverend, that tears it. From now on, you stay out of this. All of ya. I don't want you with me. I don't need ya for what I got to do."
  • (John Wayne) "Well Reverend, looks like you've got yourself surrounded."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Yeah and I figure on getting myself unsurrounded."
  • (John Wayne) "Our turnin' back don't mean nothin', not in the long run. She's alive, she's safe -- for a while. They'll keep her to raise her as one of their own till, until she's of an age to --"
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Don't you think there's a chance we still might find her?"
  • (John Wayne) "Injun will chase a thing till he thinks he's chased it enough. Then he quits. Same way when he runs. Seems like he never learns there's such a thing as a critter that'll just keep comin' on. So we'll find 'em in the end, I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as the turnin' of the earth."
  • (John Wayne) "We've seen scalps before."
  • (Henry Brandon) "This before?"
  • (John Wayne) "I came to trade, not to admire his collection. Tell him we'll pitch camp the other side of the creek. Talk tomorrow."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Dang. Blast it."
  • (John Wayne) "Watch it, it's loaded."
  • (John Wayne) "What you saw wasn't Lucy."
  • (Harry Carey, Jr.) "But it was, I tell you."
  • (John Wayne) "What you saw was a buck wearin' Lucy's dress. I found Lucy back in the canyon. Wrapped her in my coat, buried her with my own hands. I thought it best to keep it from ya."
  • (Harry Carey, Jr.) "Did they? Was she?"
  • (John Wayne) "What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture? Spell it out? Don't ever ask me. Long as you live, don't ever ask me more."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Jorgenson."
  • (John Wayne) "Why don't you finish the job?"
  • (Reverend Clayton) "What good did that do ya?"
  • (John Wayne) "By what you preach, none. But what that Comanche believes, ain't got no eyes, he can't enter the spirit-land. Has to wander forever between the winds.You get it, Reverend."
  • (John Wayne) "Come on, blanket-head."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "You wanna quit, Ethan?"
  • (John Wayne) "That'll be the day."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Ethan, I gotta ask you and Martin to take a ride to State Capital."
  • (John Wayne) "Is this an invite to a necktie party, Reverend?"
  • (John Wayne) "Put an amen to it."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "I ain't finished yet."
  • (John Wayne) "There's no more time for praying. AMEN."
  • (John Wayne) "Let's go home, Debbie."

Harry Carey, Jr. as Brad

  • (Harry Carey, Jr.) "They gotta stop sometime. If they're human men at all, they gotta stop."
  • (John Wayne) "No, a human rides a horse until it dies, then he goes on afoot. A Comanche comes along, gets that horse up, rides him 20 more miles -- and then he eats him."
  • (Harry Carey, Jr.) "There's only one way you can stop me from looking for Lucy, mister, and that's kill me."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "That's the way I feel, Uncle Ethan"
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Ethan -- Sir."
  • (John Wayne) "Alright, but I'm giving the orders here. I'm giving the orders and you'll follow 'em, or we're splitting up right here and now."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Well, sure, Ethan. Just one reason were here, ain't it, is to find Debbie and Lucy?"
  • (John Wayne) "If they're still alive."

Walter Coy as Aaron Edwards

  • (Walter Coy) "Ethan?"
  • (Natalie Wood) "Hush, Prince."
  • (Pippa Scott) "That's your Uncle Ethan."
  • (Dorothy Jordan) "Welcome home, Ethan."

Vera Miles as Laurie Jorgensen

  • (Vera Miles) "Ethan rode on an hour ago. Now Martin I don't know what you can do about finding Debbie that he can't. He'll find her now, Martin. Honest he will."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "That's what I'm afraid Of Laurie, him finding her. Oh I've seen his eyes at the very word "Comanche". I've seen him take his knife and; - Never mind. He's a man that can go crazy wild and I intend to be there to stop him in case he does."

Robert Lyden as Ben Edwards

  • (Robert Lyden) "Uncle Ethan, will you tell us about the war?"
  • (John Wayne) "Oh, the war ended three years ago, boy."
  • (Robert Lyden) "It has? Then why didn't you come home before now?"

Jeffrey Hunter as Martin

  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "You know, Laurie, I was just thinking that maybe it's about time you and me started going steady, huh?"
  • (Vera Miles) "Why, Martin Pawley, you and me been going steady since we was three years old."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "We have?"
  • (Vera Miles) "'Bout time you found out about it."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "I hope you die."
  • (John Wayne) "That'll be the day."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Well, why don't you say it? We're beat, and you know it."
  • (John Wayne) "Nope. Our turnin' back don't mean nothin'. Not in the long run. If she's alive, she's safe. For a while, they'll keep her to raise as one of their own until -- she's of an age to --"
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Do you think maybe there's a chance we still might find her?"
  • (John Wayne) "An Indian will chase a thing till he thinks he's chased it enough. Then he quits. Same way when he runs. Seems like he never learns there's such a thing as a critter who'll just keep coming on. So we'll find 'em in the end I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as the -- turnin' of the earth."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Debbie, Debbie, Debbie, don't you remember? I'm Martin, I'm Martin, your brother, remember? Debbie, remember back."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "Do you remember how I used to let you ride my horse? And tell you stories? Oh, don't you remember me, Debbie?"
  • (Natalie Wood) "I remember, from always. At first I prayed to you: "Come and get me, take me home." You didn't come."
  • (Jeffrey Hunter) "But I've come now, Debbie."
  • (Natalie Wood) "These are my people. Go. Go, Martin, please."

Ken Curtis as Charlie McCorry

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Patrick Wayne as 2nd Lt. Greenhill

  • (Patrick Wayne) "Can't I stay? Please?"
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Oh, all right. But you watch me, boy. I'm the hardcase you're up against out here, not them childish savages. And if you don't hear my first holler, you better read my mind 'cause I don't aim to raise no two hollers on any subject at hand."
  • (Patrick Wayne) "Yes sir."
  • (Reverend Clayton) "Boy, watch that knife."

John Qualen as Lars Jorgensen

  • (John Qualen) "It's this country killed my boy. Yes by golly I tell you, Ethan --"
  • (Olive Carey) "No Lars. It just so happens we be Texicans. Texican is nothing but a human man way out on a limb. This year and next, and maybe for a hundred more. But I don't think it'll be forever. Some day this country's gonna be a fine, good place to be. Maybe it needs our bones in the ground before that time can come."
  • (John Qualen) "Two letters in one year. By golly."

Hank Worden as Mose Harper

  • (Hank Worden) "That which we are about to receive, we thank thee, O Lord."

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