This Land Is Mine (1943) Poster

George Coulouris: Prosecutor


  • [At Albert Lory's murder trial, the Prosecutor produces a "suicide note," proving that George Lambert killed himself. But Lory will not have it] 

    Albert Lory : The letter's forged, Your Honor. Major Von Keller told me last night... The prosecutor wrote that letter himself. I think he's trying to save my life.

    [laughter ripples through the courtroom] 

    Prosecutor : This is no laughing matter! Your Honor, for the sake of the dignity of this court, I respectfully ask that the man who started that unseemly outburst be forcibly removed from the room!

    Judge : The court agrees with you, Mr. Prosecutor! Which of you started that laughter? Please stand up.

    [Silence. No one in the courtroom stands up] 

    Judge : I ask you again, who started that laughter?

    Albert Lory : Excuse me, Your Honor. I don't know, but I think I can guess. Perhaps it was the Unknown Soldier.

  • Prosecutor : A very clear motive. One of the oldest motives in criminal history. Jealousy. Why, you may find it preposterous to believe that a man of his years and timid character could become so enamored with a young woman as to commit an act of violence to dispose of a handsome and vigorous rival. Yet, I've never seen any man too old to look at a charming young lady. And I wouldn't give my oath that such glances are always innocent.

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