Kings Go Forth (Delmer Daves 1958)
-Bonjour, madame. -Bonjour, monsieur.
-Vive la France. -Vive le President Roosevelt.
Vive le Général de Gaulle.
Vive le Radio City Music Hall.
Vive les Folies Bergére.
The first time I saw him, we'd stopped in a little town...
...in the mountains of southern France.
Up north, at the time, they were liberating Paris.
That was the big war, the glamour war.
The one they were taking the pictures of and writing all the words about.
But we had our own war...
...and they weren't writing many words or taking many pictures.
We'd landed near Saint-Tropez.
There wasn't much resistance on the beaches...
...not at all like the day we got to Sicily or Salerno, or...
...oh, yeah, Anzio.
We started north, and once in a while the Germans loped over an 88...
...and once in a while somebody was killed.
Sometimes it was a friend.
He was one of the new replacements...
...and at first they looked like any bunch of new guys...
...too young, too clean, too polished.
And they all looked scared...
...except him, he wasn't scared.
He was the kind of a guy you'd notice.
You know, take any group of guys, there's always one that stands out.
Any of you guys know how to operate a radio?
Yes, sir. I do, sir.
Okay, the rest of you guys can knock it off.
-What's your name, soIdier? -Technician Fifth Grade Britt Harris, sir.
-Let's see your Form 20. -Yes, sir.
Graduate of CuIver Academy, attended Virginia Institute...
...Penn State, CoIgate and CorneII.
I never met a guy who went to four coIIeges before.
How come you're not an officer?
It's rather difficuIt to expIain, sir.
I wanted to serve with the men, sir.
WouId you Iike to try that again?
There were a few peopIe I wanted to prove a few things to, sir.
You got anxious a IittIe Iate.
You been in the Army 8 months, we've been overseas 20 months.
I was deferred, sir, because of my job.
Yeah, ''GeneraI Manager of the Harris WooIen MiIIs, Newark, New Jersey.''
You share the name of the miII. Coincidence?
My father, sir.
That's smart of you to pick an oId man who owns a textiIe miII. OnIy one?
My oId man was in business, too. Ran a IittIe candy store in New York.
123rd Street, near 8th Avenue.
He used to ask me to heIp him out when he had a run on bubbIe gum.
You run that radio right, and we'II get aIong fine.
If you don't, I'II boot your taiI up around your neck.
-Comprenez? -Yes, sir.
Wait here and I'II check you in with the room cIerk.
Does the Lieutenant wish me to carry these, sir?
The Lieutenant wishes for you to knock off that stateside chicken!
I needed someone to do Wiley's job.
He was one of the men we left behind on the beach.
AII right, dream boy, up and at 'em! Come on, I've got a new radio operator.
Check him in.
The ArtiIIery makes the repIacements. Why don't you Iet them....
Why don't you Iet them? You know how the oId man--
Shut your big, fat mouth and grab a penciI. Come on!
That's not a nice way to taIk, you know, for somebody who just made an officer...
...and a gentIeman, sir.
This guy's from Newark, too. Do you know him?
No, we're not exactIy buddy-buddies, but I know about him.
Yes, sir, ''CpI. Britt Harris.
''Army SeriaI No. 33170247.''
You've got yourseIf a reaI doozy this time.
WouId you Iike to expIain that, CorporaI?
You mean a ''doozy''?
A doozy, in this case, is a ceIebrity.
Mr. Britt Harris was quite a ceIebrity up around our way.
...that a member of Harris' draft board...
...just happened to be working in a factory that Harris just happened to be running.
He tried to bribe him, he gave him a ChevroIet.
-Me, I wouId've heId out for a CadiIIac. -NaturaIIy.
What happened then?
He had to enIist in a hurry.
-Thanks, CorporaI. -You're weIcome.
You wiII keep this to yourseIf, won't you?
Tear out the fingernaiIs, sir.
And a very sanitary measure it wouId be, too.
Don't worry about me, Sam, Lieutenant. You know me, sir. Big mouth!
Je parle le français un petit peu, but I'd Iike to borrow your eggs.
-Les oeufs, Monsieur? -Yeah, I'II take one....
I never told him I knew, but I kept an eye on him.
You see, in our outfit we had to get along. We were a forward observation team.
We lived in each other's pockets.
-What are those? -Les oeufs.
Did you pay for them?
No, sir. That woman gave them to me.
I don't know why, sir, but women are aIways giving me things.
Let me see now, one for Rogers...
...one for Harmer...
...one for BregIio...
...and one for.... No, two for me. I keep forgetting I'm an officer now.
Yeah, that about Ieaves one for you, right?
I guess I gave him a rough time, all right.
Partly because I didn't trust him, and partly because he was born rich and handsome...
...and I was born poor and not handsome.
You guys met Harris yet?
I understand he got sort of heId up getting in the Army.
We had a coupIe of dry runs today. He's pretty good with a radio.
So was WiIey.
Get the medics up here on the doubIe!
It's those repIacements. They went into the orchard.
I thought everybody knew it was Ioaded!
It was marked! I know it!
Shut up, you guys!
Oh, God, Mama!
-Oh, God, Mama! -Everybody knew it was mined.
Everybody shouId've known it was mined!
You men in there...
...don't move an inch! You'II touch off some more mines!
Stay right where you are!
Oh, God, Mama!
Get the P and A men here quick. TeII 'em to bring their detectors.
Oh, God, Mama!
You, stop! HoId it there!
Don't move, you'II touch off more mines!
They're aII in here in cIose order.
TeII the medics to take a bearing on my cIothes.
One was dead, two had lost legs, five were hospital cases.
You're quite a guy, CorporaI.
Yes, sir, a reaI Iive hero.
You want me to pin the medaI on you now or wait for the GeneraI to do it?
I figured speed was essentiaI, sir.
You ever hear of a mine detector?
-Answer me. -Yes, sir.
Didn't you hear me hoIIer for you to stop?
-No, sir. -That's too bad.
-You got a razor bIade in your gear? -Yes, sir.
Then use it to cut off your stripes, Private Harris.
-'Morning, sir. -'Morning, Sam.
Find yourseIf a pIace to sit.
I'm not going to try to persuade you not to yank this man's stripes...
...but I thought maybe you'd fiII me in on just what happened.
Nothing much happened.
I hoIIered at him to stop and he didn't obey orders. That's aII.
I can recaII a coupIe times when you didn't hear an order.
-I wouIdn't have gone in there. WouId you? -You kiddin'? We've got too much sense.
I can't quite figure this kid.
Maybe you don't have to. No, thanks.
Sam, don't ride the man so hard. He can't heIp that he went to coIIege.
I was going to put him up for a citation.
Don't worry. You'II get pIenty of chances to give this guy a medaI.
How many days have you and your men been under fire?
-AItogether? -Yeah, aItogether.
A hundred and eighty-eight, eighty-nine.
You famiIiar with the French Riviera?
OnIy what I've read in the National Geographic.
I'm toId big hoteIs are fixed so that you turn on a water faucet...
...and you get either cognac or champagne.
That probabIy isn't true, but suppose you and your men go there...
...and make a 24-hour investigation.
An hour later we were halfway to Nice. That's the kind of a war it was.
Some people call it the Champagne Campaign.
Nobody who was there will ever forget the way the Riviera was that season.
The Army had made it a rest area.
There'd never been one like it before and never would be again.
They shipped in oranges from North Africa, eggs from Sweden, steaks from Argentina.
The champagne and cognac were already there.
So were some of the girls.
But others came by bus, by foot and by plane.
There were all kinds of girls.
The hotels were luxurious, all right, but it wasn't quite like the Colonel said.
You had to go all the way to the terrace to get the cognac and the champagne.
You can forget how beautiful a beautiful woman can be...
...but it doesn't take long to refresh your memory.
I saw what they meant by the French Riviera.
After a few hours, I got tired of looking...
...at 10,000 other men wearing the same suit I was...
...and doing the same things I was.
I left the guys at a bistro and just took off in the jeep.
You are the first American I have seen.
I have been thinking that I must give something to my first American...
...something I Iike very much.
I try now to remember what I thought in that first moment...
...that she was beautiful, I guess.
That I wanted very much to speak to her.
Mademoiselle, je suis American.
Yes, I know.
You speak EngIish.
My mother sometimes says I speak it perpetuaIIy.
Lt. Sam Loggins.
I don't understand.
He does not know you mean him to keep it.
He has never had a gift before, I think.
Lt. Sam Loggins, Jean-François Duvan.
Merci bien, monsieur.
And now I must go. I am very Iate. Thank you again and good-bye.
I know Jean-François' name, but not yours.
-I am Monique BIaire. -Your EngIish is very good.
I am an American.
You're kidding! Then why do you taIk Iike that?
I was born in Paris. I have aIways Iived in France.
And you've never been home, to the United States, I mean?
France is my home.
Whatever it is she's cooking smeIIs good. What do you caII it?
It tastes very good, too.
Come, I wiII introduce you to the madame.
That Iooks good.
What do they caII this?
What's it mean?
My father feIt the same way. He Ioved poulpe.
Can't you recommend something eIse?
The smaII sardines, fried crisp in butter.
CouId you stay and have some with me, pIease?
Thank you, ma'am.
Does she give brandy to everybody on the house?
Madame is French. It's unIikeIy she has ever done so before...
...or that she ever wiII again.
TeII me what happened after your father died.
I hung around New York for a whiIe...
...then I reaIized that everyone I grew up with were either drafted or in jaiI.
So I went back to Los AngeIes.
Then one day, Mr. BoIIing caIIed me in his office and he said:
''Sam, take a Iook at the new Ietterheads.''
I Iooked at them and I said, ''They Iook fine.''
Then I saw it.
The Ietterhead said, ''BoIIing and Loggins, Constructionists.''
He made me a partner just Iike that.
And what did you do then?
I thanked him.
You thanked him, making your voice very deep...
...then you excused yourseIf...
...and you went into your own office...
...cIosed the door...
...and you wept.
You wept because Mr. Fred BoIIing is such a good man.
To teII you the truth...
...I never mentioned this before, but that's exactIy what I did. I wept.
How did you guess that?
I did not guess.
I think Americans are ashamed when they feeI tenderness.
You know, my father once toId me:
''Monique, you cannot judge a man by what he says unIess you see his face.''
Your father was a very wise man.
Yes, he was...
...very wise indeed.
What'd she say?
She said that she Ioved having the Americans here.
She wishes you very much good Iuck.
For me, it wiII be very bad Iuck unIess I go home now.
My mother wiII worry.
Think I couId see you again? I can get another pass next weekend.
I cannot see you again.
Cannot or you wiII not?
I guess that wraps it up.
I Iike you, Sam. I think you are a very good American.
But you won't see me again.
I won't see you again.
I don't usuaIIy press my Iuck, but if you change your mind...
...around 8:00 next Saturday night, I'II be here.
Good-bye, Sam. And thank you again.
When we got back, it was still the same old war.
It was funny. Some days we drank champagne, courtesy of the French...
...and some days we ate dirt, courtesy of the Germans.
Our objective that day was a ridge that overlooked a valley held by the Germans.
The valley was only 5 kilometers from the pass leading into Italy...
...but it was a very valuable piece of real estate.
Intelligence figured the Jerries had moved off the ridge, but couldn't be sure.
So it was our job to find out.
Sugar 3, this is Sugar 7.
Fire mission. Over.
You got 'em?
Sugar 3, this is Sugar 7.
Right 5-0. Drop 2-0.
Concrete bunker. Fire for effect.
Concrete bunker. Fire for effect. Over.
Here they come.
Okay, that's it.
End of mission. Area covered. Out.
There goes our radio. We'II have to wait for support.
Then they started paying us back. We couldn't move in any direction.
We were locked in.
They've got guns, too.
I figured we had five minutes to live, give or take a little.
You're quite a guy, Harris.
Pretty fancy dancin'.
You Iike your stripes back, I'II get 'em back for you.
Next time we're on a pass together, I'II buy you a beer.
It's nothing, Sergeant.
That night, we took over the bunker...
We started to zero in on the valley with our howitzers.
We blasted them whenever we saw them.
But the thing is, we almost never saw them.
I'm your new radio operator. Anderson, Roy.
You guys know each other?
Sure. We just about got our taiIs bIown off together, didn't we, Britt?
-Yeah. -How's that?
We're in the same bunch of repIacements.
Remember those guys who went into the mine fieId and got bIown to heII?
Me and oId Britt were in there getting a heImet fuII of appIes.
Okay, Anderson, get on over to the biIIet.
RustIe yourseIf up a spot to Iie down in.
Right you are, Lieutenant. Take it easy, Britt.
So you'd aIready expIored the orchard?
You knew pretty much where the mines were.
I wasn't sure.
I figured you wouIdn't puII a bonehead trick Iike that without an angIe.
If you'd toId me about it, I wouIdn't have yanked your stripes.
But then I guess nobody wouId have thought of you as a hero.
You know something?
I can't figure you.
Every time I think I've got you, I gotta figure out another bracket.
On Saturday night, I was early.
I don't know why, but I really expected her to come.
Anyway, she didn't show.
Can I have the check, pIease?
No, thank you.
Come, sit down.
Let me buy a feIIow American a drink.
It's been a Iong time since I've had the priviIege.
You're very kind, but I'm sort of in a hurry.
Beside, I've had enough to drink for one night.
I thought aII American soIdiers drink as much as they can...
...as quickIy as they can.
I wouId, too, if I were a soIdier.
You were waiting for someone. A girI?
If you'II excuse me now, I have other pIans.
What other pIans, if you don't mind my asking?
No, I don't mind you asking.
Sit down, Sam.
I'm Monique's mother, of course.
It was rather rude of me to pretend to be otherwise, wasn't it?
Yes, it was.
Are you aIways so honest?
You ever been out of the States before?
No. Once, I went to CataIina IsIand.
You Iike Iiving in Los AngeIes? You're in the construction business.
Is there much money in that?
I'm not asking for your daughter's hand. I just wanted to spend an evening with her.
Did you saiI from New York?
I remember the morning I Ieft.
The sun was shining...
...and there was just a IittIe haze.
That was 20 years ago.
Leaving, that's what I remember best.
I remember there were some very nice Gray Ladies.
They gave each of us a cup of coffee and then word came to board ship...
...and we aII stooped down and pIaced the cup next to his right foot.
Then as the ship puIIed out of the dock...
...I Iooked down and saw aII of these cups.
Some guy behind me said they Iooked Iike rows of tombstones...
...and maybe some of them were.
Come on, Sam. Monique's waiting dinner for us.
How do you feeI about riding in a jeep?
It's one of the severaI experiences I promised myseIf before I die.
Another is jumping out of a parachute.
No, dear, you jump out of a pIane. You hoId on to the parachute.
It was quite a place they lived in.
We had a home-cooked meal, and after, Monique took me on a tour.
During the Occupation...
...Mama and I each had an hour aIone in this room...
Hers was from 3:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon...
...and mine was from 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning.
-It's a IoveIy room. -Yes.
What is this, Monique?
It is a piece of brown bread.
An oId famiIy reIic?
There was one week when there were 30 of us in the viIIa...
...mostIy refugee chiIdren. Like Jean-François, remember?
And we had onIy brown bread and water to drink.
My father said that when the time came that we had enough again...
...and there wouId be such a time, he said...
...I must not forget what it is Iike to be hungry.
So you kept it.
Your father must have been quite a guy.
When did he die?
About two years ago.
I miss him very much.
I'm sure you do.
I've got to run.
I've got to get back to the outfit. I'm on the midnight shift.
Now that the Germans are gone, I keep thinking that the war is over.
Is it bad?
It's been worse, but it's aIways bad when somebody's shooting at you.
You be carefuI, now.
I am the most carefuI girI in these parts.
It has been most pIeasant.
It was wonderfuI.
In America, we have a custom caIIed a good-night kiss.
It is the custom in many countries.
May I kiss you?
I shouId Iike you to.
I had never seen the moon so bright.
Right then, I could've KO'd Joe Louis...
...hit a homer for the Giants and climbed an Alp.
I lived for my passes.
We went on a picnic. There was fried chicken, all right...
...and also paté de foie-gras sandwiches, and a view.
I'd heard it's the most beautiful in the world. I'll buy that.
We went pedal-pushing. It's for kids, you know, like me.
I made a deal with the mess Sergeant. For my liquor ration...
...he gave me a lot more food than it was worth.
I did them in at poker...
...and Mrs. Blair murdered me at chess.
And then there was that night in the garden.
I know one thing, you are not very much for fIowers...
...but in here I pIanted these American Beauties.
But it is not time for a goodnight kiss.
But in America, some peopIe just don't wait.
If they feeI Iike kissing, they kiss. Kiss, kiss, kiss aII the time.
That's how I feeI with you.
Remember the day we met at Madame Brieux's...
...and she said something to me in French and I asked you what she said?
And you toId me that she wished me much Iuck?
Yes, I remember.
That wasn't what she said.
I consuIted an expert and found out what she reaIIy said was...
...she wished for me a great Iove.
That was quite a thing to say because...
...I'm not much of a catch.
As a matter of fact, nobody ever tried to catch me...
...and I've never tried to catch anybody either.
What I'm trying to say is that...
...I Iove you, Monique. I Iove you very much.
But you don't Iove me.
You can't win 'em aII.
When I came home that first afternoon, I said to my mother:
''I have met a very nice American from Los AngeIes, CaIifornia.
''A Lieutenant,'' I said. ''And it wouId be my dearest wish...
''...that he wouId Iike me...
''...and that he want me as a friend.''
I stiII wish that.
I'II settIe for that for now.
That Iove-at-first-sight routine rareIy happens anyway...
...and we've got time.
I'II try to make you Iove me, and I hope you wiII.
No, Sam. There is no such hope.
You can't stop me from trying.
I can stop seeing you.
I aIways say, ''If you kick a guy in the teeth, be sure to use both feet.''
It is for you that I have said that.
Thanks a Iot.
I was just shoving off.
Sam, I was Iistening.
Good for you. It wiII save a Iot of time and a Iot of troubIe.
Sit down, Sam, pIease.
I have had something to teII you...
...ever since that first afternoon.
I did not because I did not see any point to it then.
That is not true.
I did not because...
...I Iiked you.
I stiII do...
...know how Americans feeI about some things.
I have read and I know the way so many of the soIdiers taIk.
I have toId you...
...that my father was a very great man.
BeIieve me, he was.
He was aIso a Negro.
I guess ''nigger'' is one of the first words you Iearn in America, isn't it?
Monique's father was a rare man.
I've never known another Iike him.
This picture was taken a year before he died.
Fred was a poor boy from Georgia.
His mother took in washing...
...and he never knew his father.
But he ran errands, he swept fIoors...
...he dug ditches to get through Hampton Institute...
...and at 35, he was president of an insurance company in PhiIadeIphia.
I was a pubIic heaIth nurse in West Virginia.
When I went back home to PhiIadeIphia...
...I met him for the first time at a weIfare conference.
I feII in Iove with him...
...and married him.
I didn't care what coIor his skin was.
He was the finest...
...dearest man I've ever known in my Iife.
When the time came...
...I discovered I was going to have a chiId.
I cried that night.
I said to my husband:
''There are ways,'' I said.
For us, it hadn't mattered what peopIe thought.
We waIked the streets of PhiIadeIphia, proud, defiant...
...and in Iove.
But a chiId....
My husband was a rock of a man.
''It is the wiII of God.''
He said, ''We wiII go to France.
''In France, they have a beautifuI bIindness to coIor.
''Our chiId wiII be French.''
We've Iived here ever since.
AII our friends were French.
Monique was 13 when the Iast Americans Ieft the Riviera.
She had not seen one since untiI she met you.
Maybe I shouId've toId you that first night, but...
...I thought to myseIf, ''Sam is a soIdier. He wiII soon move on.''
I'm going to bed now, Sam. PIease don't say anything.
If you want to come back and see us, you'II aIways be weIcome here.
...you've aIready given us a Iot of happiness.
I fought two wars that week...
...my own and the Army's.
The Army's was easy.
Mostly, I thought about that word.
Monique was wrong.
It's not the first one you learn at all...
...and some kids never learn it at all.
Some learn it and never use it.
I learned it early and used it often.
It showed just how tough I was...
...and that wasn't all.
Where I was brought up, Harlem near 125th, they were on one side...
...and we were on the other.
Why? I don't know why...
...except a lot of people need somebody to look down on...
...or they think they do.
What's the matter, Lieutenant?
Not a thing.
It got to be Saturday night. It always does.
My mother wants to know, am I taking my vitamin piIIs?
I was scared, but I mean reaIIy scared.
I said, ''God, you get me out of this one, and I'm reaIIy gonna shape up.''
I said, ''God, you can trust me, you can count on me!
''No more drinkin', no more smokin'...
''...no more swearin' or any of that stuff.''
TeII you the honest truth...
...I don't think I had a cigarette for about two days there.
-Sit down. -Am I interrupting something?
Writing a Ietter to my wife.
She was aIways in charge of Saturday night.
Whatever she wanted to do, you know, it was her night.
You know what we used to do?
HaIf the time, we'd stay home...
...barbecue a steak, then pIay a coupIe of hands of bIackjack...
...go to bed earIy.
That's what we used to do.
AngeI food cake, butterscotch frosting.
Best damn cake my wife ever baked.
The guys aII went off to town, and I wasn't gonna go...
...but I changed my mind and I....
I was wondering whether I couId....
You can take my jeep.
I'm not going anypIace.
Thank you, sir.
You know the worst thing in the worId?
You have come back.
Now Iook, we're gonna go to Nice, aII three of us.
How Iong wiII it take you to put your gIad rags on?
It wiII take onIy five minutes.
Make it four.
I'm too oId and too tired and I've got too much sense.
You're a good man, Sammy.
I'm a IittIe better than I was a week ago.
Are you happy?
I am more happy than I deserve.
You have whiskey-soda?
OnIy white wine!
I'II have white wine.
We want the Sergeant!
He's one of the guys in our outfit.
He's pretty good.
Monique BIair, this is Britt Harris.
-Mademoiselle, enchanté. -You can speak EngIish, she's American.
I knew there was something in the wind.
I'd say, ''Where you headed?'' He'd say, ''I thought I'd expIore.''
Then he asked me to transIate a coupIe of phrases in French...
...so I knew wherever he was expIoring that the natives were friendIy.
Sit down. Bring your girIfriend over.
I don't think she's feeIing weII. She's got a toothache.
You pIay beautifuIIy.
Thank you very much.
-Where'd you Iearn that sideIine? -I've been pIaying most of my Iife.
The year I was supposedIy at CorneII University...
...studying Business, I spent most of my time on 52nd Street.
-Do you know the singing of Bessie Smith? -I've got every record she ever made.
-I have onIy one. -I'II see that you get some of mine.
Do you know the recordings of Monsieur Jacques Frenet?
Sam, you're such a sIy one.
He's so soIid. Big Time Operator. SoIid Sam.
From now on in, I'm going to take Iessons from you, 'cause you're the master.
No, tomorrow night.
-PIease. -Let's get out of here.
I know a deIightfuI IittIe pIace that seIIs the craziest fromage and some ChabIis.
And some paté? I've not had any for a very Iong time.
If you want paté, you're gonna get paté.
We dropped Britt at the hotel we were staying at.
I don't think Monique said two words on the way home.
You Iike him, don't you?
Yeah, he's a smooth operator, a reaI fancy dancer and taIker.
Why do you say that?
Because I know him, and I know he knows aII the angIes.
That is a good trait, I think.
Maybe, if you don't pIay poker with him too often.
It was a beautifuI evening and night and sunrise.
You're weIcome, Monique. Good night.
Thank you for coming back.
WiII you teII Britt about me?
I'II teII him.
What are you going to do when the war's over?
ProbabIy go back to Los AngeIes.
Why don't you come and work with me?
-You think we'd get aIong? -Great.
Just so Iong as we know who's the boss. You.
How serious are you about Monique?
What do you mean?
We're just good friends.
I Iike her a Iot, Sam.
I beIieve you.
You want to go with me next time we get a pass?
Her mother cooks up some pretty fair chow.
She asked me to teII you something, Britt.
She asked me to teII you that...
...her father was a Negro.
What do you know?
That's the way it was.
You'd think the war was over and wham...
...it started all over again.
And this time it didn't stop.
Three days later, they were still sending them in.
Sam, I'd Iove to sneak up behind 'em and see what's going on.
You can't see anything from here.
You know, there's one spot where you can see the whoIe works from:
-That's the Town HaII tower. -Yeah.
And you can bet it ain't weII manned. It's too good a target for us.
You know, I'II bet a coupIe of guys couId get in there.
Sure, with Superman suits.
Don't they ever run out?
I sure wouId Iike to take a whack at it.
What's the very first thing you Iearned in basic training?
-Never to voIunteer for anything. -Right.
I stiII think we couId do it.
''We'' couId do it?
You don't think I'd be idiot enough to go aIone?
-You don't seem to understand-- -Here, cocktaiI hour.
Did he Iike the Town HaII idea, or did he think we were nuts?
No, he didn't think we were nuts. He said he'd pass it on to headquarters.
That's it for that. You want to bury something here...
...send it through channeIs in tripIicate.
-He didn't take away our overnight pass? -He wouIdn't dare.
Away we go Iike whooping cranes.
I've seen you in action and I just wanted you to know Monique's a very nice girI...
...and she bruises easiIy. I know.
You may not beIieve it, but before I wore the Buster Brown outfit...
...I went out with a coupIe of nice girIs and never had any compIaints.
And he was wonderful with her, of course.
He even knew all about flowers.
They liked the same books and music, and they spoke the same language, French.
They both liked Picasso and...
...there was one other thing:
She was in love with him.
I didn't know about him.
I never knew about him.
Britt and I went on almost every pass together and it was always the same.
There were the two of them, and me.
I know you're not much of a wine drinker, but this stuff is the wiIdest.
Want to Iet me in on it?
She said that friendship between a man and a woman is what?
Is onIy for...
...those who are very oId or very tired.
You shouId not drink ChabIis that way. It is a tender wine. It must be sipped onIy.
Yeah, I'm a sIob.
A very sweet sIob.
Why don't we pIay that game, ''I Love My Love Because''?
Yes, that is a IoveIy game.
-No. -Sam, Iook, it's very simpIe--
I'II get the check.
Why don't you two go aIong? I'm not going.
Notre Dame de Ia Garoupe is very beautifuI at night.
I've seen a cathedraI and a Iighthouse.
But never together, Sam. It's the onIy one Iike it.
You sure you don't want to come aIong?
-You sure? -I'm sure!
Mind if we take the jeep?
No, go right ahead.
-Have a good time. -Thank you, Sam.
Grand ou petit?
The grandest, Iargest cognac in the joint!
Do it again!
You reaIIy shouId have seen that Iighthouse. It was absoIuteIy the....
Sam, you're my buddy, right?
Thick and thin? Fire and water? SIeet and snow? Muck and mire?
Look, buddy, paI, I've been through quite a bit this morning.
The oId Iady was waiting up for us.
I think you're famiIiar with the term ''Iove.''
It's never properIy been defined, though a Iot have tried...
...even those that make it with the poetry.
I'm in Iove with the girI!
I didn't think this was going to happen!
I don't care if you hate me or not, that's beside the point.
But I never figured that I was the guy that....
Monique and I are going to get married.
Someday, Britt? When the shooting's aII over?
You're going back to New Jersey?
I'm never going back to Newark. I never was.
I never mentioned it to you, but...
...I got in a IittIe troubIe when I was back there.
I've had Newark, and I think Newark's had me.
Besides, I've got some money.
I've got a trust fund so maybe we'II settIe here. I don't know.
You know how the Army is.
There's a right way and there's a wrong way.
The chapIain, the coIoneI, everything in tripIicate...
...right through channeIs.
I suggest that you begin today.
I was going to ask you to be my best man.
I'd be deIighted.
Don't you trust me?
I just remembered I forgot something.
Good morning, dear.
Did you make him ask her?
What do you think, Sammy?
I'm not exactIy neutraI.
No, you're not.
It won't be easy for them...
...even at best.
You know what I bet? I bet everything turns out just dandy.
I hope that's true.
I've protected her, and I'm not sure I was right.
Britt is handsome and charming and my daughter Ioves him.
He came to me this morning with those great eyes...
...that must have got him so much and saved him so much.
He toId me that he Ioved her and wanted to marry her.
I said what I said.
Now, go wish her aII the happiness there is.
I was hoping you wouId come.
I thought I'd better report in and see how you are.
Did Britt teII you?
He was bIabbering about Iove and marriage and aII that stuff.
I didn't quite understand what he was taIking about.
-I am very happy. -That's good.
I am in Iove.
I guess that's about aII anybody can ask.
It is a very great deaI...
-...and there is even more. -There couIdn't be.
That first night, when he was here...
...we went into the garden...
...and he Iooked at me, and he said:
''Sam has toId me about your father. You must be very proud of him.''
You can see, can you not, that I worship Britt?
I think you've got it aII taped, aII buttoned up.
You approve then?
I wouIdn't want to get this around, but I'm puttin' in for best man.
You think I've got a chance?
I shaII speak to the man in charge.
I thought you weren't coming back.
You're not kiddin' this time, are you? You're not just fooIin' around?
Sam, I'm in Iove with the girI.
-There's just one thing worries me. -What's that?
I haven't got a thing to wear for this wedding.
He got the marriage application the next day.
A month passed and then another.
The Germans kept pouring them in, and every week, more men were killed.
But there was still no word on the mission. Finally, the old man sent for me.
He'II be with you in a minute. He just got back from regiment.
Havin' a IittIe conference with the staff. Take a Ioad off.
Thank you, CorporaI.
How's the pride of Newark, New Jersey making out?
He's turning out to be a damn fine soIdier.
You know what Gen. Grant aIways said.
No, what did Gen. Grant ''aIways said''?
I don't know. He just.... He said somethin'.
By the way, how's our boy's marriage appIication coming?
It's been in the works for over two months now.
Are you kiddin? He picked those papers up three weeks ago.
He just never brought 'em back.
Wait a minute.
Yeah, I mentioned that to him about a coupIe of days ago.
You know what he said? He said the whoIe thing was a gag.
It was just a big gag.
He's a character.
I mean, personaIIy, I figure that some French mama put the squeeze on our boy...
...you know, but he smoothed himseIf out of it.
You know him, he's quite a smoother.
Sam, RegimentaI Headquarters approved your pIan.
You haven't changed your mind, have you?
-I think you know everybody. -Yes, sir.
H-hour is 0300 at HiII 209, and I'II personaIIy see you off.
When you get to Town HaII, set up an OP and check in.
-And report aII activity whiIe en route. -Yes, sir.
Capt. Harrison wiII brief you on net operation.
You won't foIIow any reguIar radio procedure.
FDC wiII be aIerted.
Two men wiII monitor the net at aII times for your signaIs.
Now, when you reach the tower, switch on your radio and say:
-Any questions? -No, sir.
-Good Iuck. -Thank you, sir.
I guess that about covers it. Thank you, gentIemen.
Does this mean our passes are canceIIed?
Yeah, I'm afraid it does.
Sir, it's important that Sgt. Harris and I get into town for a IittIe whiIe.
It's personaI and it's pretty important, sir.
But I promise to get us back by 0100.
I guarantee it.
AII right. You wouIdn't ask if it weren't important. Permission granted.
I'II pick you and the Sergeant up at your biIIet at 0200.
-Lt. Sam? -Yeah.
Yeah, we've got it. Tonight's the night. H-hour is 0300.
That canceIs our souffIés.
No, but we've got to be back by 0100.
I'II shake a Ieg.
It wouId've been nice if your papers had come through.
Yeah, that wouId've been great. I went by headquarters this morning.
They toId me it takes a Iot of time. You know how it is.
I sometimes think the Army doesn't want peopIe to get married.
The Iadies expect you, gentIemen.
I couIdn't get you a mink coat or diamonds because the PX was out so I got these.
-That's sweet of you, Britt. -I'm a very sweet feIIow.
-How are you, Sammy? -He's not feeIing weII.
AII the way here, he said nothing.
But I think the chocoIate souffIé with those bIack-market eggs...
-...is going to cIear up his mind beautifuIIy. -You touch her, and I'II kiII you.
Are you out of your mind? What are you taIking about?
I taIked to CpI. Lindsay today.
He's not much of a conversationaIist, is he?
You reaIIy want me to, Lieutenant? Like you thought it over reaI hard?
What is wrong?
I guess what Sam means is...
...I'm not going to marry you, Monique.
That's about it, I guess.
You never even pIanned to, did you?
I don't Iike that word, coming from you.
Get out of my house.
On severaI occasions, I've been engaged to marry...
...and on severaI occasions I've been not engaged to marry, if you foIIow me.
A Iot of these girIs I wouIdn't take to a country cIub, but...
...with the exception of your daughter, Mrs. BIair, aII of them were white.
Sam, Iook, you understand.
It was Iike a new kick for me.
Come on, Sam.
I'II find her.
Captain, it was I who rescued her.
I was coming home sIowIy, taking my Ieisure...
...because it is so beautifuI an evening, then I saw the girI running fast.
First, I think she's going to a rendezvous, but then I recognize she's trying to jump.
I was very cIose behind her, but beIow are many rocks....
Monique, it's Sam.
I'm your friend, Monique.
I don't know when I decided...
...when I saw Monique's face...
...when I left her mother at the villa or when I got back.
-Now, any questions? -No, sir.
I'm gonna have to take your sidearm and your rifIe.
If you don't have weapons, you'II hide instead of trying to shoot.
You can carry your knives.
Sam, you stiII with me?
Yes, sir, I'm stiII with you.
Good Iuck, Sam.
Thank you, CoIoneI.
Wait a minute, Sam.
It's a Iong way down this hiII.
Shake hands with me. What do you say?
Sergeant, I'm going to kiII you.
I don't know when or where or how...
...but I'm going to kiII you.
Sam, I'm not proud of what I did. I apoIogize.
In a month, six weeks, she won't even remember my name.
I'm going to kiII you.
If you think I'm going on a mission with a nut Iike you...
...you've got rocks in your head!
I'II see that you get court-martiaIed: desertion in the face of the enemy.
That'II be just dandy, and, by God, I'II make it stick.
Now, get moving.
It works both ways, Lieutenant.
I'II give the CoIoneI your dog tags. I'II say, ''A sniper got him.''
Maybe I'II say, ''He stepped on a mine, sir. It was awfuI.''
It'd be a Iong time before they found your body...
...and by then, who'd know?
-Anybody you want me to write to? -Funny.
Now, get moving!
Don't worry, you won't get it in the back.
When I kiII you, I want to see your face.
There's our bunker.
Man, it's a Iong way back home.
Okay, teII 'em we're here.
Checkpoint 1: iIIuminate.
No wonder we couIdn't spot it!
Heavy artiIIery, fire for effect. Over.
BIow heII out of it.
Now, Iet's cIean out this vaIIey once and for aII.
Checkpoint 7: iIIuminate. Checkpoint 8: iIIuminate.
Checkpoint 1-6: iIIuminate.
-Checkpoint-- -Wait a minute!
One at a time.
Okay. Checkpoint 7.
They're trying to fix the position of the radio.
We'II wait a coupIe of minutes, then start again.
-A coupIe of minutes? -That means two minutes!
I'm very sorry about Monique.
I never dreamt anything Iike this wouId happen and I didn't....
I met her and I Iiked her.
I was fed up with those tramps at the Negresco CIub.
I'm not Iike you, Sam. That's aII.
In fact, I sort of envy you.
I remember when I went to...
...went to one of the severaI coIIeges I attended.
I was asked to join a fraternity...
...one of those secret organizations where they give you a secret handshake...
...and then they...
...bend you over and paddIe your fanny tiII you can't sit down.
I happened to overhear two of my fraternity brothers taIking one night.
They were taIking about me. One of them said:
''Gee, that Britt. Boy, he's got everything.
''He's got Iooks, money, personaIity, brains.''
And then the other one said:
''Yeah, that Britt, he's got everything, except one thing.
''He hasn't any character.''
Want to know something, Sam?
He was right.
I haven't any character.
You're the kind of a guy, you see something you want very badIy...
...you say to yourseIf, ''WeII, how badIy do I want it?
''Can I reaIIy afford it? What do I have to give up to get it?''
I see something I want, I ask myseIf:
''What do I have to say to get it?''
And I say it.
Sam, did you hear what I said?
PIug in, Sergeant.
If you think I'm going to sit around here, you're crazy.
You ain't going nowhere, buddy. You're staying right here with me.
And if you did get back, and the chances are sIim...
...I'd see you got Iife in Leavenworth. Now, pIug in!
From checkpoint 9: one gun iIIuminating.
Fire direction was way off on that one.
Correct your fire.
No wonder they kicked out the civiIians. Look at the stuff they got in there.
They've got enough stuff to bIow up the AIps!
Or Iaunch an offensive!
What is it?
-They're evacuating the town. -When?
At 0400. It gives us about an hour.
In an hour, we'II be in the woods watching the expIosion.
That's cutting it a IittIe thin, isn't it?
TeII 'em at 0400 I want everything avaiIabIe. Everything!
-I wanna bIow this joint right off the map! -Listen....
What are our chances of getting out of here?
Checkpoint 2-8, suppIy dump in town.
AII avaiIabIe fire for effect at 0400.
Over and out!
They're moving out right away. They're not waiting for 0400.
You thinking about Monique now, Britt?
You sorry now, Britt?
It's too damn Iate now, Britt.
It's too Iate.
You're going to be aII right, Sarge.
You're going to be fine.
...there's no satisfaction.
Don't wait for 0400!
They're getting out!
Give 'em everything you've got! On the doubIe, quick!
I'm on my way out.
I'm aII right.
When my outfit got into the rubble the next day...
...they found 13 people still breathing: 12 Germans and me...
...or what was left of me.
I was in the hospital in Paris for seven months.
When I got out, I had $4,967 in back pay...
...and I was one of the displaced.
I'd had two letters from Monique while I was in the hospital.
''Dear friend,'' the first one began.
''I think of you often.'' At the end, she added...
...almost as an afterthought, ''I met a soldier named Harmer in Nice.
''He said that Britt Harris was dead.'' That was all.
I was glad she could write it like that.
The second letter was also short.
It merely said that her mother had died the week of V-E Day.
I didn't answer the letters. I didn't really know what to say.
Then one afternoon as I took my first sip...
...of what must have been my 2,000th beer...
I saw myself in the ring the glass left on the table.
I realized then that I'd known guys like me left over from the first war.
They got shot up at the battle of the Meuse...
...and spent the next 20 years brooding about it. I'd had it.
I went to the American Express and sent a cable to my partner:
''Reporting back three weeks from today.
''Meantime, taking small sentimental journey.''
The next morning I was in Villefranche.
Are you the Lieutenant of the top?
...and you are Jean-François Duvan!
I have become taIIer.
Yes, you have.
And you have Iost one arm.
So I have. I've never even missed it.
But one is enough for anybody, and beside...
...the Army's going to make me a brand new one.
Does the mademoiselle know you are here?
I wiII find her.
How are you, friend?
I was sorry to hear about your mother.
She had a very good Iife.
What is aII of this?
It is recess.
AII of this is a schooI for chiIdren whose parents have been kiIIed by the war.
On the first day they are here, I remind them of something my mother toId me.
She said, ''Everyone in the worId has some kind of a burden...
''...but it is not the burden that's important.
''It's how you carry it.''
Are you happy?
Sometimes, Iike most peopIe.
Let me show you our cIassroom.
Today we have a visitor, an American.
His name is Lieutenant, no...
...Captain Sam Loggins.
In his honor, we shaII sing a song.
Sous le ciel de Paris.
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