Quatermass and the Pit (1958– )
First Private: [watching Quatermass examine the capsule] What's the boffin up to?
Cpl. Gibson: Gonna open it up with his little pocket knife.
Sladden: What's in behind here? Anything dangerous?
Prof. Quatermass: Probably not.
Sladden: Ah, it's all right, I'm insured.
Sladden: Are you insured sir? It's a good thing to be insured, at least it cheers you up.
Dr Matthew Roney: It's a funny word... worn out before anything turned up to claim it: Martian.
Private West: It was... it was a kind of figure. ... It went through the wall!
[discussing the fossils Roney discovered]
Prof. Quatermass: Well if you're wrong it won't matter.
Dr. Matthew Roney: No. I'll just retire. They'll stick me alongside the Piltdown forgeries as a horrid warning.
The Minister: Do you know what you're implying? That we owe our human condition to the intervention of insects.
Sladden: Yeah, I reckon this'll cut through pretty well anything that exists. I did steel armor plate with it six inches thick, just like that! Oh, it was legal. Bloke shut in a strong room, I got him out. Secret job, like this one.
Col. Breen: Then I'm glad you don't talk about it.
First Journalist: Odd idea, this, calling a press conference.
Second Journalist: What's odd about it?
Third Journalist: I run from one to another.
First Journalist: I take it you're the popular press.
Third Journalist: Evening Gazette. What do you represent?
First Journalist: The Palaeontologist.
Third Journalist: [confused] Pal-?
First Journalist: Ah. Not heard of it. It's a foremost scientific journal. The man you're going to interview is a palaeontologist.
Third Journalist: Oh, this Roney. He's Canadian, isn't he?
First Journalist: Possibly.
Dr. Roney: [speaking at a press conference about the fossil apemen] We need time to do our work properly and I'm afraid we're not going to get it. The owners of the site want to get on with their building - now that's natural enough - and they're pressing us to get out.
Museum Official: Uh, that was confidential.
Dr. Roney: Oh. All right, please keep it off the record gentlemen that they're trying to kick us out.