Quotation by Willis Goldbeck

Dutton Peabody: No, no, no, you don't. No. I'm a newspaperman not a politician. Politicians are my meat. I build 'em up. I tear 'em down. But I, I wouldn't be one. I couldn't. It'd, it'd destroy me. Gimme a drink.
Tom Donophon: The bar is closed.
Peabody: Good people of Shinbone, I, I, I'm your conscience. I'm the still small voice that thunders in the night. I'm your watchdog that howls against the wolves. I'm, I'm your father confessor. I, I, I'm, what else am I?
Tom: The town drunk.
Willis Goldbeck (1900–1979), U.S. screenwriter, James Warner Bellah, co-scenarist, and John Ford. Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, objecting to being nominated as a delegate to the territorial convention (1962).

Based on a story by Dorothy M. Johnson.
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