I just treated myself to watching The FBI Story in the midst of a very busy Saturday…my cat fell asleep on my lap and there I was….and I am SO glad I did.
Jimmy Stewart plays the FBI agent who tells his story in the Bureau…..some of the lines were SO good in this movie I had to share them with you. For example, one of his very dearest friends dies in the line of duty….in front of him. As the man’s dying, he says how hard this will be on his son, who’d already lost his mother at a young age, and how ‘rude’ he’d think they were for both leaving him as a boy….”I didn’t mean to be so rude.” I thought that was gorgeous.
Did you know the Bureau agents didn’t carry GUNS till Pretty Boy Floyd days? I sure didn’t. Finally, the Congress passed a bill protecting OUR GUYS…what a novel idea! It was astonishing to see the agents set up mafia gang members and shoot them, no questions asked, based only on what they had on them. There’s another novel idea we could make good use of these days. I mean, think twice about killing Baby Face Nelson?
Did you know that within 24 hours after Pearl Harbor’s attack, the Bureau had rounded up about 3,500 enemy aliens they had in their sights? Rounded up and deported. ANOTHER novel idea I like.
Then, near the end, his son dies at Iwo Jima…a terrible scene…..the parents are stunned and grief stricken and the agent’s wife says “Do they die quickly?” Jimmy Stewart says he thinks they usually do… She says “no time for a prayer?” and he says that his father used to say it was good enough even if you just started a prayer…and finished it in person. Amen.
I highly recommend this film…the dialogue’s fabulous. Not a GREAT film but a memorable and important one with terrific lines (when, early in their marriage, the wife loses a baby and can’t have more, he says to her “well, if you want a president for a child, it’ll have to be from this bunch of 3 we already have!”). A great thing to watch when you have “NOTHING TO DO.” 🙂
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