The Song of Bernadette (1943) Directed by Henry King. Vincent Price as Prosecutor Vital Dutour, Aubrey Mather as Mayor Lacade and Sig Ruman as Louis Bouriette.
Lacade: All France will be laughing at us. And Lourdes was going have a railroad connection. I’d even gone so far as to have the plans drawn up for the depot. Do you think they’ll be granting it to us now? Never! Who’s going to run a railroad into a hole where spooks perform their many evil antics in dirty caverns? We’re dealing with a whole lot more than the mere babbling of a little swindler or an imbecile. The entire future of this town is at stake. Something must be done to stop this nonsense immediately!
Lacade: How? Well, that’s up to you and the prosecutor.
Dutour: As much as I’d like to put an end to this stupidity, gentlemen, I am helpless. The child goes peacefully to the outskirts of the city. There she kneels, says her Rosary and goes home again. Now, tell me, is there anything unlawful in that?
Lacade: Yes! On the ground that it’s, uh… insulting to religious sensibilities.
Lacade: Well, you could hardly call seeing the Blessed Virgin in a veritable cesspool complimentary to the Holy Family.
Dutour: But, that’s just the point. She hasn’t claimed to see the Blessed Virgin. The crowd claims that.
Bouriette: She says she sees a lady – a beautiful lady. And the envisioning of a beautiful lady can hardly be construed as a violation of the criminal code.
Dutour: It better not be or else the entire male population of France will be spending most of its time behind bars.
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