Billy Budd (1962) Poster


Melvyn Douglas: The Dansker - Sailmaker


  • [Billy and the Dansker have just witnessed a flogging] 

    Billy Budd : What was his crime?

    The Dansker, sailmaker : Any one of many possible reasons.

    Billy Budd : You mean you don't know what he did?

    The Dansker, sailmaker : Flogging. The only solution to every problem. I warrant even the culprit himself doesn't know! It was just... his... turn!

  • William O'Daniel, maintopman : [After Jenkons' burial at sea]  Well, that's the end of Enoch Jenkins. Over the side he goes and his mates soon forget him.

    Alan Payne, maintopman : They'll not forget him so soon, I'm thinking.

    The Dansker, sailmaker : Ah, whatever happened to Jenkins, he ain't worried now. He got a hundred fathoms between him and the troubles of his life.

    Billy Budd : I'd rather be buried at sea than on the shore when I come to die. Will you stand by the plank, mates, so I can shake a friendly hand before I sink?

    [After a pause, they all laugh] 

    Billy Budd : .

  • The Dansker, sailmaker : [At Billy's court-martial]  I look around and sense finality here.

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