Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956)
Daughter: Ive never seen you this
detached from me from reality.
Scientist: Im working on breathtaking things, Lois!
Daughter: And you still wont tell me what it is?
Scientist: Not yet.
Daughter: Youve got your own staff consumed with curiosity.
Even your secretary has asked me if I know what it is youre doing behind that
tightly locked lab of yours!
Scientist: Shes a sneaking, prying female! I should fire
her! And I suppose George is quizzing you, too?
Daughter: A little. I think he feels a deep resentment because you
cut him off from your work so.
Scientist: Hes an opportunist, not a scientist!
[I find that working inside a lab is a bit more productive
Investigator: Oh, youd be surprised to
know how well Washington knows you! Care to hear how famous you are? "Dr Stevens,
oceanographer. One of the leaders in his field. Author of two highly controversial books,
Biological Effects Of Radiation On Marine Life and Natures Own
Scientist: You have been busy, Mr Grant!
Investigator: Theres more! "Dr Stevens, in a laboratory
experiment, successfully activated the hydrogen isotopes in heavy water to form an atomic
chain reaction. He called this development the first workable death-ray." Suppose you
tell me what you were doing with that Geiger counter?
Scientist: Well, I told you I thought the boat showed radiation
burns. I wanted to verify it. I did. Scientific curiosity, you might say!
Janitor: You know what theyre saying in
town? That nothing like this ever happened until they opened this school here!
Janitor: It aint normal this
Older scientists daughter: You seem a
little nervous, Mr Baxter!
Younger scientist: Why dont you call me Ted?
Mr Baxter seems so formal, especially here at the beach!
First scientist: I saw a fishermans body
washed up on the shore last night.
Second scientist: These men get very careless. They think they
rule the sea, but its just the opposite! The sea rules us!
First scientist: You say you made a close
examination of this light?
Second scientist: Not as close as I would have liked! It was being
guarded by a a sea serpent! A hideous beast that defies description!
Second scientist: Oh, doctor, if I didnt know you were a
scientist of high standards, Id say you were a victim of the ridiculous
Phantom stories that are running wild around the village!
First scientist: Since marine life lives in a
constant flow of heavy water, the effect of radiation on it would be completely different
than it is on humans.
Second scientist: Thats your theory on mutations, isnt
First scientist: Yes. And if what I believe is true, this monster
that I saw in the ocean was a mutation of some sea creature. You see, it draws its energy
from the nuclear light itself, just as plant life needs the sun to grow on!
Second scientist: Well, have you any evidence to support this fantastic
theory of yours?
First scientist: I created such a mutant in my own laboratory!
Second scientist: Oh, come now, doctor!
First scientist: I destroyed it, just as this creature must be
destroyed! And the knowledge that went into creating it!
Scientist: Ethel, I consider you an intelligent
woman. A bit bitter, perhaps. No great lover of mankind. But still, intelligent
Male traitor: Where will I find you?
Female spy: Ill be spending most of my time soaking up a
little sun at Colbys Point. Thats where we used to meet, remember?
Male traitor: I remember. For quite a while we were just a man and
a woman. I didnt know then that they could put beauty and poison together so
cleverly in one package!
Female spy: Ha, ha, ha!
Scientist: Dr Stevens is a very bright young
man. Sometimes I think hes too bright!
Daughter: Too bright? I dont understand what you mean!
Scientist: Oh, just an old coot thinking out loud!
[Being too bright is obviously not an affliction that runs in this
Scientist: You know, science is a devouring
mistress! She devours all who seek to fathom her mysteries. And for every secret she
reveals, she demands a price a price that a scientist must be prepared to pay. Even
at the cost of his life or the life of others who stand in the way of his search!
Daughter: You say that almost as though you were threatening me!
Scientist: You? Ha, ha, ha! What nonsense!
Scientist: Knowledge sometimes has jaws, like a
steel trap! And it can destroy either the hunter or the hunted!
Daughter: You frighten me when you talk like that!
Janitor: Do you mean to say thats one of
Scientist: No, Andy, thats one of mans follies
and I pray to God therell never be another!
Older scientists daughter: I know he
meant this power to help humanity, not destroy it!
Younger scientist: Im sure he did. And he paid for
his mistake. Nature has many secrets that man mustnt disturb. This was one of