Friendly Persuasion (film)

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'Friendly Persuasion is the title of a film released in 1956, starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Anthony Perkins.

Dialogue[edit]

Jess Birdwell: I'm just his father, Eliza, not his conscience. A man's life ain't worth a hill of beans except he lives up to his own conscience.

Prof. Waldo Quigley: I want you to know, sir, I honor your prejudices - -um, uh, convictions.

Josh Birdwell: I don't want to die. I don't think I could kill anyone if I tried. But I have to try, so long as other people have to.

Rebel soldier: Peach pie!
Little Jess Birdwell: It's rattlesnake pie.
Rebel soldier: Best rattlesnake pie *I* ever tasted.

Cast[edit]


Taglines[edit]

  • WHAT FUN YOU'LL HAVE...AND WHAT A FAMILY! YOU'LL FEEL AS IF YOU ARE A PART OF IT...OR WOULD LIKE TO BE! (re-release print ad - all caps)

You'll love SAMANTHA, THE GOOSE! (re-release print ad - all caps)

  • It Will Pleasure You in a Hundred Ways!
  • Try FRIENDLY PERSUASION: It's Powerful!
  • When You Looked At Jess Birdwell YOU LOOKED UP
  • Jess is a big man and he walks the Indiana earth in a big way... a man of few words and many strengths... a man born with the gift of laughter and the knack for love, a power for good, a man who doesn't hold with killing. But now Jess faces a big decision -- to keep faith with what he lives by -- or to fight for what he loves... Only so great a theme could make so great a motion picture!
  • Anthony Perkins, the most exciting screen discovery since James Dean!
  • Pat Boone, the sensational Dot Recording artist, can be heard singing the big hit title-song, "Friendly Persuasion"

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