Dialogue From A Canterbury Tale
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger

American:  "Elm?"
 
Englishman: "Aye and chestnut"
 
American:  "Do you get much sweating in elm planks?"
 
Englishman: "Ooh, average"
 
American: "At home we build them two at a time, for steadiness, side by side"
 
Englishman: "So do we.  We tie the longest strips together."
 
American: "I saw 'em, last winter"
 
Englishman: "Is that how you do it in America?"
 
American: "Well, it's how we do it in my part of America, but we take the strips off when we put the planks away in stock"
 
Englishman: "So do we.  How long do you allow for seasoning timber?"
 
American: "Well, a year for every inch of thickness"
 
Englishman  "Same here. You can't hurry an elm"
 
American: "Nope, but some folks try to, all the same"
 
Englishman: "Yeah, capitalists!"

American: "Can't stand to see their money lie idle a-piece"
 
Englishman: "In the war"
 
American: "Why the war?"
 
Englishman: "Well folks go mad, they cut oak at mid-summer"
 
American: "No!"
 
Englishman: "I'm telling you...yes!"
 
American: "Oak should be cut in the winter"
 
Englishman: "Of course!"
 
American: "Or the spring"
 
Englishman: "That's right"
 
American: "And beech in the fall"
 
Englishman: "And plank it out.."
 
Together: "...at Christmas"
 
American: "That's how my Dad taught me"
 
Englishman: "Aye, you were well brought up.  In the timber business were you?"
 
American: "Lumber.  My Grandad had the first mill in our parts.  Dad, he was a cabinet maker, I cut my teeth on wood shavings.  Dad, he made my cradle out of Cedar of Lebanon.  He said 'What was good enough for Solomon was good enough for a Johnson of Johnson County.  Gee I can smell that cedar now."
 
 
Dave Burland - spoken word (Englishman)
Bill Zorn - spoken word (American)
 

related internet links
 
some of the memorable words from this,
a wonderful snap-shot of England

Dialogue from A Canterbury Tale
our original web page for this remarkable film
 
massive thanks go out to Neil Murray for
these.
they can be  found on a website about
the work of
Powell and Pressburger, run by
Steve Crook.
it's a labour of love, and it shows.
Thanks Steve!
(it's where the four stills on this page come from)