Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Trivia Tuesday- Yes, I know it's Wednesday.

Surprise!  Tuesday's semi-regular programming was pre-empted by Sarge's pre-operative post so I deferred to Wednesday.  It's my own fault though.  I've been falling down on my job as a part-time pithy political blogger here on the Chant, but fortunately Sarge is a very understanding employer.  I've got the barest seedling of a political post in my brain, but it's still got some germinating to go before it's ready to harvest for you.

Wow!  How's that for some plant-based metaphor?  Too much?  Yeah, probably.  Maybe one more-  politics and manure comes to mind!  We'll see if I can do better when I actually have that post fully grown.  Until that time, you get trivia.   Today we're focusing on Naval quotes.  No, not ones from old dead guys.  That can be a bit dry and boring and you hear enough from old guys on here anyway, so I'm focusing on quotes from Navy movies- some good, some bad.  I'll list the quote, maybe with the character's name or another hint, and you guess the flick.  By the way, the movie posters won't be related to the quote below it.

I'll start with an easy one:

1. England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship is England.

2. Edward R. Murrow: "This is London, Ed Murrow reporting. This island, which is no stranger to bad tiding, received news today that HMS Hood largest warship in the British fleet and pride of the British navy, has been sunk by the German battleship..."    

For that one, it might help to guess what I left out of that quote.  Or, if you know your WWII history, who sank the Hood?

3. CO:  "Rickover gave me my command, a checklist, a target, and a button to push. All I had to know was how to push it, and they'd tell me when. They seem to want you know why."
XO: " I would hope they'd want us all to know why, sir."

If you know who Rickover was, that might help you figure out which movie that was from.  If not, here's another quote:

CO: Speaking of horses did you ever see those Lipizzaner stallions.
XO: What?
CO: From Portugal. The Lipizzaner stallions. The most highly trained horses in the world. They're all white?
XO: Yes, sir.
CO: "Yes, sir" you're aware they're all white or "Yes, sir" you've seen them?
XO: Yes, sir I've seen them. Yes, sir I was aware that they're are all white. They are not from Portugal; they're from Spain and at birth, they're not white; they're black. Sir.

4. LT Alex Hopper: You men have given so much to your country, and no one has the right to ask any more of you... but I'm asking.
Old Salt: What do you need, son?
LT Alex Hopper: I need to borrow your boat.

Too obscure?  Would a location help?

Old Salt Navigator: Sir, are we really firing on Oahu?
Old Salt: Sure looks that way.
Old Salt Navigator: Holy shit!

By the way, the movie wasn't filmed in Missouri...

5.  Going old school here:  Von Stolberg: I should have died many times, Captain, but I continue to survive somehow. This time it was your fault.
Captain Murrell: I didn't know. Next time I won't throw you the rope.
Von Stolberg: I think you will.

Like I said, that one predates me, but I saw it one Sunday afternoon a few years back on some cable channel.  The chess match between the two caught my attention and I'm glad it did.

6. Susan, as she walks through a metal detector at a DC ball: Thank God its not a bullshit detector or none of us would get in."

Too tough?  

Scott Pritchard: "Tom is the one who saw you at Susan's. He's known about you all along, isn't that right? We do know what that means. If Commander Farrell is the man who was with Miss Atwell, then Commander Farrell is the man who killed Miss Atwell. And we know that the man who killed Miss Atwell is Yuri. Therefore, Commander Farrell IS Yuri, quod erat demonstrandum."

7.  LCDR Dodge: Little young for an XO?
XO Pascal: Excellence knows no age, Sir!

LCDR Dodge:Speaking of age, what do you think about our boat, Pascal?
XO Pascal: I feel I need a tetanus shot just from looking at it. The only thing holding her together, are the bird droppings, sir.

How about another?  

"Sonar" Lovacelli: [Whispering, and pointing straight up] Sir, it's the Orlando. Someone just dropped 45 cents.
LCDR Dodge: Are you sure?
"Sonar" Lovacelli: Oh, yeah. A quarter and 2 dimes.


8.  Miss Haruko Sakura: Damn it, I'm an American! What makes us different from German-Americans or Italian-Americans?
Captain Garth: Pearl Harbor... I guess.


Officer: Send this right away.
Pvt. Dombrowski: Hey chief what's this?
[a message saying that their pure water condenser is malfunctioning
Pvt. Dombrowski:
There ain't nothing wrong with our pure water condenser. I was just over there.
Officer: [annoyed] Dombrowski, *send it*!

9.  "Mr. Ambassador, you have nearly a hundred naval vessels operating in the North Atlantic right now. Your aircraft has dropped enough sonar buoys so that a man could walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland without getting his feet wet. Now, shall we dispense with the bull?"


"What's the matter Commander? You don't like flying, huh? Aw, this is nothing! You should've been with us five, six months ago! Whoa! You talk about puke! We ran into a hailstorm over the Sea of Japan. Everybody's retching their guts out! The pilot shot his lunch all over the windshield, and I barfed on the radio! Shorted it out completely! And it wasn't that lightweight stuff either, it was that chunky industrial weight puke!" (offers him the candy bar he's been eating).


10. "Sir, I signed up to be a fighter pilot. I didn't want to be a cop. And I certainly didn't want to go walking a beat on a neighborhood nobody cares about."

11. Ens. Keith Larson to Chief Torpedoman: They wouldn't give me five minutes to consumate my marriage. Five minutes!


Marine Maj. Coonan: How deep does this thing go?
LCDR Mike Dahlgren: Oh, she'll go all the way to the bottom if we don't stop her.

12. "I looked down from our bridge and saw our captain's palm tree! Our trophy for superior achievement! The Admiral John J. Finchley award for delivering more toothpaste and toilet paper than any other Navy cargo ship in the safe area of the Pacific."

13. CO: "Movie officer, what's the film tonight?"
Pilot: "They Shoot horses, Don't They, Sir!"
CO: "Any skin?"
Pilot: "No Sir."
CO: "Cancel it!"

14. Captain Yelland: Alert 1 this is Eagle 1, What've you got?
F-14 Pilot: Two Japanese Zeroes, sir.
Captain Yelland: Two what?
F-14 Pilot: Two Trophy Class Mitsubishi A6Ms in original condition, complete with all markings. I mean, they look brand new sir!

15. "A Chief Petty Officer shall not drink. However, if he should drink he shall not get drunk. If he should get drunk, he shall not stagger. And if he should stagger, he shall not fall. And if he should fall, he will fall in such a manner as to cover up his rank so that passerbyes will think he is an officer."

If that's too obscure, how about this?

"The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero."

Ok, enough for today.

1. Master and Commander (2003) as spoken by Capt. Jack Aubrey, played by Russell Crowe.
2. Sink the Bismark (1960)
3. Crimson Tide (1995)
4. Battleship (2012)
5. The Enemy Below (1957)
6. No Way Out (1987)
7. Down Periscope (1996)
8. Midway (1976)
9. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
10. Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
11. U-571 (2000)
12. Mister Roberts (1995)
13. Flight of the Intruder (1991)
14. The Final Countdown (1980)
15. Men of Honor (2000)


  1. Fun!

    Predictably I didn't get any of the new (post-1990) ones, though I did guess the first one having read the books.

    Have you done Cruise Movie Classics as a trivia category yet?

    1. No, but since Top Gun, Tom Cruise flicks have just gone downhill! Ha ha.

    2. Um, um, not Tom Cruise flicks, cruise flicks.

      Or were you being tongue in cheek? Both of you.

      Argghh, disregard everything after "good morning"...

    3. Better question- Why is an Air Force guy trying to explain to a Navy guy what a Cruise Flick is? Ha ha. I'm just busting your...

    4. Doh!

      You still have the number for that truck driving school?

    5. In case the blog thing doesn't work out for me?

  2. Excellent stuff Tuna and some great movies on that list.

  3. Great! Bismark was sunk by essentially the entire RN Home Fleet, BTW,

  4. I'll be darned 11 outta 15. Tuna, you must be getting easier as you age. Or maybe I'm just watching too many movies.

  5. I got Mr Roberts before finishing the clue... missed all of the others.

    BTW - I remember seeing The Frogmen when I was a kid.

  6. I missed one.

  7. Nice. Job, Tuna! As previously stated, that was fun!

    1. Thanks. It was fun picking them out.

  8. I knew 5, 7, 14 and 15 right off. I love those movies.


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