The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Poster

Frank Sinatra: Major Bennett Marco



  • Bennett Marco : Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

  • Bennett Marco : What's your name?

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Eugenie.

    Bennett Marco : Pardon?

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : No kidding, I really meant it. Crazy French pronounciation and all.

    Bennett Marco : It's pretty.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Thank you.

    Bennett Marco : I guess your friends call you Ginny.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Not yet they haven't, for which I am deeply gratefull... but you may call me Ginny

    Bennett Marco : What do your friends call you?

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Rosie.

    Bennett Marco : Why?

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : My full name is Eugenie Rose. Of the two names I've always favored Rose, 'cause it smells of brown soap and beer. Eugenie is somehow more fragile.

    Bennett Marco : Still, when I asked you what your name was, you said it was Eugenie.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Quite possible I was feeling more or less fragile at that instant.

  • Bennett Marco : I remember... I remember. I can see that Chinese cat standing there and smiling like Fu Manchu saying: The Queen of Diamonds is reminiscent in many ways of Raymond's dearly loved and hated mother... and is the second key to clear the mechanism for any other assignment.

  • [last lines] 

    Bennett Marco : Poor Raymond. Poor friendless, friendless Raymond. He was wearing his medal when he died.

    [reads from a book of U.S Army citations] 

    Bennett Marco : You should read some of the citations sometime. Just read them. Taken, eight prisoners, killing four enemy in the process while one leg and one arm was shattered and he could only crawl because the other leg had been blown off - Edwards. Wounded five times, dragged himself across the direct fire of three enemy machine guns to pull two of his wounded men to safety amid sixty-nine dead and two hundred and three casualties - Holderman.

    [Puts the book down] 

    Bennett Marco : Made to commit acts too unspeakable to be cited here by an enemy who had captured his mind and his soul. He freed himself at last and in the end, heroically and unhesitatingly gave his life to save his country. Raymond Shaw... Hell... Hell.

  • Marco : Intelligence officer. Stupidity officer is more like it. Pentagon wants to open a Stupidity Division, they know who they can get to lead it.

  • Marco : It's not that Raymond Shaw is hard to like. He's IMPOSSIBLE to like!

  • Bennett Marco : You in the railroad business?

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Not anymore. However if you will permit me to point out, when you ask that question, you really should say: Are you in the railroad line?

  • [Shaw has been conditioned to obey when seeing the queen of diamonds; Marco has brought a special deck of all queens of diamonds] 

    Raymond Shaw : They can make me do anything, Ben, can't they? Anything.

    Bennett Marco : We'll see, kid. We'll see what they can do and we'll see what we can do. So the red queen is our baby. Well, take a look at this, kid...

    [fans deck and keeps holding up the cards] 

    Bennett Marco : 52 of them! Take a good look at 'em, Raymond, look at 'em, and while you're looking, listen. This is me, Marco, talking. 52 red queens and me are telling you... you know what we're telling you? It's over! The links, the beautifully conditioned links are smashed. They're smashed as of now because we say so, because we say they are to be smashed. We're busting up the joint, we're tearing out all the wires. We're busting it up so good all the queen's horses and all the queen's men will never put old Raymond back together again. You don't work any more! That's an order. Anybody invites you to a game of solitaire, you tell 'em sorry, buster, the ball game is over.

  • Eugenie Rose Chaney : Maryland is a beautiful state.

    Bennett Marco : This is Delaware.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : I know, I was one of the orginal Chinese workmen who laid the track on this straight.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : But, em... nonetheless, Maryland is a beautiful state.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : So is Ohio for that matter.

    Bennett Marco : I guess so, Columbus is a tremendous football town.

  • Eugenie Rose Chaney : Are you Arabic?

    Bennett Marco : No.

    Eugenie Rose Chaney : Let me put it another way: are you married?

  • Marco : I could never figure out what that phrase meant, "more or less."

  • Col. Milt : [gesturing towards a pile of books]  You read them all?

    Marco : Yeah, they also make great insulation against an enemy attack! But the, uh, truth of the matter is that I'm just interested, you know, in, uh, Principles of Modern Banking and, History of Piracy.

    [picking up books] 

    Marco : Paintings of Orozco. Modern French Theater. The... Jurisprudential Factor of Mafia Administration. Diseases of Horses and novels of Joyce Cary and... Ethnic Choices of the Arabs. Things like that.

  • Sen. John Yerkes Iselin : No evasions, Mister Secretary, no evasions if you please.

    Secretary of Defense : Evasions? What the hell are you talking about?

    Secretary of Defense : [whispering to Marco]  What the hell is this nonsense?

    Marco : [covering the microphones]  Mister Secretary, I'm kind of new at this job, but I don't think it's good public relations to speak that way to a US Senator, even if he is an idiot.

    Sen. John Yerkes Iselin : I am United States Senator John Yerkes Iselin, and I have here a list of two hundred seven persons who are known by the Secretary of Defense as being members of the Communist Party!

    Secretary of Defense : [amid shocked reaction from the crowd]  What?

    Sen. John Yerkes Iselin : Who nevertheless are still shaping the policy of the Defense Department!

    Secretary of Defense : Senator who?

    Sen. John Yerkes Iselin : I demand an answer, Mister Secretary! There will be no covering up, sir! No covering up!

    Secretary of Defense : How did you get in here in the first place?

  • Marco : [During the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin]  What was Raymond doing with his hands?

  • Marco : [During the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin]  How did the old ladies turn into Russians?

  • Marco : [during the Kung Fu fight with Chunjin]  What were you doing there?

  • Bennett Marco : I've been having this nightmare. A real swinger of a nightmare, too

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