Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Movie Script

# Good morning glory #
# Say there stop that yawning #
# A brand new day is dawning #
# Pull up the shade and
let the sun come through #
# Good morning glory #
# Spend about an hour #
# Underneath the shower #
# And keep on singing
like the birdies do #
# Ho, hum, ho, hum #
# While you're waiting for your toast #
# Call the one you love the most #
# Pick up the phone and start and say #
# Good morning, glory #
# Were you dreaming of me #
# And do you still love me #
# Well baby here's a kiss for you #
# Good morning, glory #
# Say there stop that yawning #
# A brand new day is starting #
# Pull up the shade and
let the sun come through #
# Good morning, glory #
# Spend about an hour
underneath the shower #
# And keep on singing
like the birdies do #
# Ho, hum, ho, hum #
# While you're waiting for your toast #
# Call the one you love the most #
# Pick up the phone and start and saying #
# Good morning, glory #
# Were you dreaming of me #
# And do you still love me #
# Well baby here's a kiss for you #
And two.
Four, elbows up.
And two,
Open four, and pli.
Two, three, open.
The crowd is hushed at Yankee Stadium.
The house that Ruth built.
As the early Autumn shadows cast itself
over the right field fence.
The flags flap wildly in the breeze.
As we move into the top
of the seventh inning,
with one strike on Jo-Jo Moore.
Red Ruffing pitches.
I thought it was a gunshot.
Yeah, I'll give him a gunshot.
One out.
A man on second, top of the seventh.
Two strikes on Jo-Jo Moore.
Red Ruffing, the pitcher.
What did I tell you
about banging the ball?
Your Aunt Blanche has a headache.
I can't stop now.
It's a crucial moment
in World Series history.
The Yanks are playing the Giants.
I'm not gonna tell you again.
Do you hear me?
I don't want him to stop playing.
It's just the banging.
He always does it when I'm studying.
One more pitch. I can get him to pop up.
I've got my stuff today.
Your father will give you
his stuff when he gets home.
Get in here, and put out
the water glasses, now.
I'll put out the glasses.
Why, is his arm broken?
I've told him 109 times
about making noises.
Don't yell on my account.
I'm through, I got him out.
I knew I had my stuff.
Wash your hands.
They're clean, I'm wearing a glove.
Don't you talk back to me.
I wasn't talking back, I was answering.
Who asked you anything?
And don't answer under your breath
while I walk away, do you hear me?
I hear you.
If I cut my ears off,
I would still hear you through my nose.
That's enough sewing for today.
That's all I need is for you to go blind.
Is your throat sore again?
No, it's the same one from before.
What are you doing in there, Eugene?
She bellowed in her loud voice.
I'm coming.
I'm coming.
I hate my name.
Eugene Morris Jerome.
How am I ever gonna play for the Yankees
with a name like that?
You have to be a Joe
or a Tony or a Frankie.
All the best Yankees are Italian.
My mother makes spaghetti with ketchup.
What chance do I have?
I think I'm gonna be a writer.
I wanna write books or plays or movies.
That is, if things don't
work out with the Yanks.
I'll definitely be a writer.
Hello, Eugene.
Oh hello, Mrs. Laski.
I thought you promised
you were gonna help me
clean out my basement.
Oh I am, I am.
Not for nothing.
I wanna give you something.
Is she thinking what I'm thinking?
You have better color today, sweetheart.
Did you get a little sun this afternoon?
I walked down to the beach.
Very slowly, I hope.
Yes, ma.
She always does what
she's told, that one.
Eugene, pick up those magazines.
She gets all this special treatment
because the doctor said she has
kind of a flutter in her heart.
So I have to do all her work.
She'd better have a bad heart,
or I'm gonna kill her one day.
What's this, what's this?
Isn't that a rollerskate?
On the kitchen floor?
I didn't leave it there.
Who skates in the kitchen, Laurie?
Aunt Blanche?
How many times have I told you
not to leave your things around the house?
You said yesterday,
I told you 109 times not to leave your
things around the house.
Don't be fresh to your mother, Eugene.
Go on, upstairs.
Put it in the closet.
I'm putting all this down in my memoir,
so if I grow up twisted and warped,
the world will know why.
Hi, Mr. Farber.
Where are you running?
- I got the new Silver Screen.
- I have to get home.
I've got the most incredible
news in the world.
I'll call you tomorrow.
What's this?
My hockey puck.
On the kitchen floor.
I almost killed myself.
What would you tell your
father if he came home,
and I was dead on the kitchen floor?
I'd say, don't go in the kitchen, pa.
Hey, shoes on the bed.
That's bad luck in a Jewish house.
It's not a Jewish house.
It was built by Italians.
You are looking to get it from them.
I need Swiss cheese, go to Greenblatt's.
No, next year when I'm dead.
Tell 'em four thin slices, do you hear me?
Very thin.
I know, the kind you can see through.
And don't forget the deposit
on the empty milk bottle.
Don't climb so fast, sweetheart.
You'll get overheated.
Sid Luckman of Colombia
awaits the snap from center.
The snow is coming down
in a near blizzard.
He gets it, he fades back, he passes.
And Luckman's got it.
Luckman catches his own pass.
Hey watch it.
He's on the 50.
The 40.
- The 35.
- Crazy kid.
The 30, the 25.
- Oh my God.
- Sorry, Eugene.
- I didn't see you.
- Hello Mr. Murphy.
My mother's gonna kill
me, it's a deposit bottle.
It wasn't your fault.
She doesn't care.
She'll charge me for
my own dessert tonight.
I should have seen you
coming. How much is the deposit?
Three cents.
Here, here.
Here's a dime.
I'm a sports fan, and
that was a great run.
Gee, thanks, Mr. Murphy.
Say hello to your Aunt
Blanche for me, huh?
I will.
He'll do anything to get
in good with Aunt Blanche.
That's why I purposely dropped the bottle.
What am I gonna do about him, Blanche?
I found Lima beans in his closet.
If I didn't look, they'd grow into a tree.
He's young, he'll grow out of it.
You think Nora's any better,
the way she leaves her clothes around?
Girls are different.
The day mama had to pack up
and leave the house in Russia,
she cleaned the place from top to bottom.
She said, no matter what
the Cossacks did to us,
when they broke into her house,
they would have respect for the Jews, yes.
Who are the Cossacks?
Same filthy bunch that
lives across the street.
You mean the Murphy's?
All of them.
The mother is nice.
She's been very sweet to me.
Her windows are so filthy.
I thought she had black
curtains hanging inside.
I think Frank Murphy is sweet on mom.
You mean that
drunken son of hers?
Kate, stop it.
Listen, he knows your situation.
I know their kind.
Remember what mommy used to say to us.
Stay on your own side of the street.
That's what they have gutters for.
Is that thin enough?
A little thinner.
Ma likes it when it floats.
That's better.
Who died?
Mr. Nunzio.
The shoemaker?
Wow, what happened?
He had cancer.
Why is it old people always whisper
what someone dies from?
Like my uncle Dave,
Aunt Blanche's husband.
He died from a coronary.
People from the old
country think it's bad luck
to say a disease out loud.
Like if God hears you,
he'll give it to you.
My grandfather died from diptheria.
Anyway, after Uncle Dave died,
he left Aunt Blanche with no money.
Not even insurance.
And she couldn't support herself,
because she has asthma.
So my big hearted mother took her in
with her two daughters.
And my father had to take another job
to support us all.
Besides cutting raincoats,
he also sells party favors to night clubs.
But I think it's getting to him.
Because I heard mom say that pop was
developing high blood pressure.
Hey, come on.
My sweet, adorable, handsome cousin.
Wait 'til I tell you
what's happened to me.
You're not gonna believe this, mama.
You're just not going to believe it.
Well, tell us already.
The suspense is killing me.
Oh Laurie, don't say things like that.
What is it, Nora?
- What happened?
- What?
- Tell us, what is it?
- Shh.
She takes so long.
I'm going to be in a Broadway show.
It's a musical, called Abracadabra.
This man, Mr. Beckman, he's a producer.
Came into our dancing
class this afternoon,
and he picked out three girls.
We start rehearsing a week from Monday.
And then it goes to
Philadelphia, Wilmington,
Washington, and then it comes to New York
the second week in December.
There are nine big musical numbers.
And there's going to be a
big glass tank on the stage
that you can see through.
And the big finale all takes place
with the entire cast all underwater.
I mean, can you believe it?
I'm going to be in a Broadway show, mama.
What's she talking about?
Do I know?
Am I her mother?
How can you be in a show?
Don't you have to sing and act?
I can sing.
No you can't.
A little.
No you can't.
I can carry a tune.
No you can't.
Well, I probably won't have to.
They're just looking for dancers.
Did you tell him how old you were?
He didn't ask me.
He didn't ask if you were 16?
He just asked me to audition.
My God, isn't anybody excited?
I am.
It's the most fantastic
thing I ever heard.
Thanks, Eugene.
I'm glad somebody's excited.
How can you go to Philadelphia?
What about school?
Mama, this is a Broadway show.
This is what I wanna do with my life.
Algebra and English isn't
gonna help me on the stage.
- Aren't.
- Will you stay out of this?
Forget about school.
Do you know how hard it is today
for a girl to get a good job
without a high school diploma?
Tell her, Kate.
It's very hard.
Then I'm asking something else.
Let me do something for you now.
I could be making almost
60 dollars a week.
Maybe even more.
I wouldn't make that much
today with a college diploma.
It was a tense moment for everybody.
I love tense moments.
Especially when I'm not the one
they're all tense about.
Uncle Jack will be home soon.
We'll discuss it at dinner.
Can you believe it?
16 years old.
I have to know now, mama.
I have to call Mr. Beckman,
and let him know if I can go
to the audition on Monday.
Please, don't say no until Monday.
We will leave it up to Uncle Jack.
He knows about these things.
We'll let him make the decision.
Why, mama?
I love him, but he's not my father.
Because I need help.
Because I don't always know
what the right thing to do is.
Because I say so.
That's why.
You have nothing better to do?
I need bread.
I don't have enough bread.
Run over to Greenblatt's and
get me a fresh rye bread.
I just came back from Greenblatt's.
So you'll go again.
I'm always going to the store.
When I grow up, that's
all I'll be trained to do.
Go to the store.
You don't wanna go?
Nevermind, I'll go.
Don't do that.
Don't make me feel guilty, I'll go.
And get a quarter of a pound of butter.
I bought a quarter pound
of butter this morning.
Why don't you buy a
half a pound at a time?
And suppose the house
burned down this afternoon.
Why do I need an extra
quarter pound of butter?
If my mother taught
logic in high school,
this would be some weird country.
If I had my choice between
a tryout with the Yankees,
and actually seeing Nora's bare breasts
for two and a half seconds,
I would have some serious thinking to do.
Hey Eugene.
Did pop get home yet?
You look terrible, what's wrong?
I'm in trouble, Euge.
I mean, really big trouble.
What kind of trouble?
Not here, pop could pass by.
Down at the beach.
I got fired today.
You mean, for good?
You don't get fired temporarily.
It's a permanent lifetime firing.
It was on account of Andrew,
the colored guy who sweeps up.
Well he was cleaning the
floor in the stock room,
and he lays his broom against the table
to put some junk in the trash can.
The broom slips, knocks a can
of linseed oil over the table
and ruins three brand new
hats, right out of the box.
Nine dollar Stetson's.
It wasn't his fault.
He didn't put the
linseed oil there, right?
So Mr. Stroheim sees the
oily hats and he gets crazy.
He says to Andrew, the
hats are gonna have to
come out of his salary, 27 dollars.
So Andrew starts to cry.
He cried?
42 years old, he's bawling
all over the stock room.
Anyway, I said to Mr. Stroheim,
I didn't think that was fair.
It wasn't Andrew's fault.
So Mr. Stroheim screams at me.
When I tell you
something, you listen to me.
You want to pay for the hats, big mouth?
No, I don't wanna pay for the hats.
Then mind your own business, big mouth.
I want you to bring the
hats back to the factory.
You know where it is?
The factory?
He doesn't know, that's my job.
Am I speaking to you, big mouth?
You ask Mrs. Liptick,
she will tell you where the factory is.
They will give you three new hats.
And if I see a finger mark on them,
you'll pay for them, too, understand?
Yes sir.
Then don't stand around here.
You've wasted enough time today.
Back to work.
This is not the lunch hour.
Take the broom.
You sweep up.
This week, you are the cleaning man.
Again, this account.
Enid, Enid, Enid.
I told you 50 million
hundred thousand times.
Mr. Stroheim.
I don't think you're being fair.
You sweep that up,
or today is your last day here.
You want me to sweep it up?
I'll sweep it up.
Do you hear me?
Tonight, you will go home,
and you will write me a letter of apology,
which I will put on the wall
for everyone to see.
On my desk, nine o'clock tomorrow morning.
Otherwise, don't bother coming in.
I understand, Mr. Stroheim.
That's something I'll just
have to think about tonight.
I'll finish sweeping up the floor.
I don't know why I did
it, but I got so mad.
I mean, if you give in
when you're 18 and a half,
you'll give in for the rest
of your life, don't you think?
I suppose so.
So what's the decision?
Are you gonna write the letter?
Except I'll have to discuss it with pop.
I know we need the money,
but he told me once,
you always have to do what you
think is right in this world,
and stand up for your principles.
Come on, he'll be home soon.
Stanley's home.
Shh, I have a cake in the oven.
I never understand
why we have to whisper.
Is the cake afraid of people?
Don't lose your face.
Give me the bread.
- Hi mom.
- Shh.
The cake is sleeping.
He purposely does this to aggravate me.
I don't get a kiss hello?
It's what I wait for all day.
Oh, a hug, too.
When do I ever get a hug from you?
You must've done something wrong.
You're just a cute lady, mom.
I can't help myself.
I think I'll wash up.
Don't forget to ask
your boss to get paid tomorrow.
Saturday's a holiday.
I won't.
Eugene, I hear the train.
Go meet your father.
Laurie, it's time for your medicine.
I feel so tired suddenly.
If you drank my medicine,
I'll eat your liver.
What liver?
We're having liver
and cabbage for dinner.
Oh my god.
Liver and cabbage.
A Jewish medieval torture.
My friend, Marty Gregorio,
an A student in science,
told me that cooked cabbage can be smelled
farther than sound
traveling for seven minutes.
Didn't I tell you to get
out of that hot kitchen?
Huh, huh?
- I'm alright.
- Come here.
Just let me--
You sit down.
I can't breathe in there,
and I don't have asthma.
I'm sick about your pitcher.
- Oh stop it.
- Your Crisco cake.
Stop it.
I'll replace it.
Please don't worry about it.
I can always get pitchers.
Sisters, I can't always find.
Don't touch the broken glass.
- I'll clean it up right away.
- You sit right there.
Eugene will clean it up when he gets back.
Let me help you, pa.
Be careful, you'll hurt yourself.
No, no trouble.
How you doing, pa?
I don't know how you do it, pa.
Carrying these boxes
back and forth every day.
King Kong couldn't lift these.
You do what you have to do.
Why are you walking funny?
Oh, it's my sneakers.
The soles wore off.
I have to clench my toes when I walk.
Can't you wear Stanley's old pair?
Stanley's wearing Stanley's old pair.
They're okay.
I try to walk on my heels
because I have no skin left on my toes.
Feeling better, mom?
Much better, dear.
Feeling better, ma?
Much better, dear.
Jack, what's the matter?
What's wrong?
Eugene said you were holding your chest.
I wasn't holding my chest.
Carrying those boxes
back and forth every day.
You're getting older, Jack.
Don't you work hard enough?
You want the boxes?
They're yours, keep 'em.
I don't need 'em anymore.
What do you mean?
Gilmore Party Favors
went out of business.
They closed 'em out, the man is bankrupt.
Oh my god.
Never even warned me it was coming.
You told me he lived
up on Riverside Drive.
A 300 dollar a month apartment
he had, a man like that.
Who are the ones you think go bankrupt?
You live in a cold water flat
with rats running around,
bankruptcy is the one
thing god spares on you.
What are you doing?
I have to bring in a report tomorrow.
Let me know when
she gets to the Milky Way.
That dirty little pig.
He's watching Nora getting undressed.
I wonder if he'd let me come over.
I can't get by without
that extra 25 dollars a week.
Stop it, Jack.
You'll only make yourself sick.
He didn't even pay me
for the week, the bastard.
Five salesmen are laid off,
he's going to a Broadway show tonight.
I stuffed every hat and
noisemaker I could carry
into those boxes, walked out of there.
At his funeral, I'll put on
a pointy hat and blow a horn.
The bastard.
Something will come up.
You'll go to temple this week,
and you'll pray all day Saturday.
Those men in that temple
have been praying for 40 years.
You know how many prayers
have to get answered
before my turn comes up?
Your turn will come up.
God has time for everybody.
Stanley, Eugene, time to eat.
Remember, if you see a
chance to help me out with pop,
just jump in, will you do it?
I was waiting for a
chance to get in the game.
Just give me the ball, coach.
Don't say anything about the
Broadway show to Uncle Jack.
Let me introduce the subject.
I'm not allowed to talk
while I'm eating, anyway.
Please, don't think
about this during dinner.
You'll just give yourself heartburn.
Jack, Kate.
- Everything is done.
- We're coming.
You think she'll ever get married?
She's not unattractive.
I see men look at her on the beach.
What does she want to waste
her life in this house for?
Blanche isn't the type to get married.
She was married once, wasn't she?
Those are the type to get married.
Dave was different.
She isn't interested in other men.
What about that Murphy
fellow across the street?
He's plenty interested, believe me.
That drunk?
That man can't find his way
into the house at night.
He slept in the doorway once in the rain.
He was there when I went
out to get the milk.
He's got a good paying job,
lives alone with his mother.
So he takes a drink on a Saturday night.
Maybe what he needs is a good woman.
- Not my sister.
- Jack, Kate.
Let her meet someone
lying in the next doorway.
Chapter seven, the infamous dinner.
It started out like a murder mystery.
No one said a word, but
everyone looked suspicious.
Everyone had one eye on their plate,
and the other eye on pop.
Except me.
I sat opposite Nora.
I kept dropping my napkin a lot,
so I could bend down and get a good look
at those virginy creamy white legs.
She was really deep in thought,
because she left herself
unguarded a few times.
And I got to see halfway up her thighs,
that led to the golden
palace of the Himalayas.
Keep your napkin on your lap.
Stanley knew what I was doing
because he's the one who taught it to me.
You could hear the clock
ticking in the kitchen.
The tension in the air was so thick,
you could cut it with a knife.
Which is more than I
could say for the liver.
I'll help with the dessert.
Finish your liver.
I finished. Do you
see liver on my plate?
You buried it under your
potatoes. I know your tricks.
Look how Laurie ate hers.
One more bite,
and I would've thrown up on the table.
A sight Nora would've remembered forever.
A diversion is my only
escape from humiliation.
So how are things down
at Stroheim's, Stanley?
I felt bad about that.
But for the moment,
the tension had shifted
away from my liver.
How long you been
working there now?
At Stroheim's.
At Stroheim's? About a year and a half.
And he likes you?
Yeah, usually he likes me.
Come in on time?
Do you do your work? Get
along with the other people?
Why shouldn't he like you?
Tomorrow, you go in and
you ask him for a raise.
A raise?
I wanted to cut my wrists,
but the liver had worn down the knives.
Your father wouldn't ask you
if he didn't think it was the right thing.
Believe me, Stanley.
Now is the time to ask.
I think I have a bone in my throat.
There are no bones in liver.
So what's new at dancing school, Nora?
Nothing's new.
Mind your own business.
I'm just trying
to introduce the subject.
What happened at dancing school?
Nora received a very nice
compliment from Mr. Beckman.
He said that she had
professional talent.
Mr. Beckman is your teacher?
No, Mr. Beckman is one
of the most widely known,
and respected producers on Broadway.
Broadway, imagine that.
Isn't that the same Mr. Beckman
who's producing the great
Broadway extravaganza,
I hear if a girl gets
a part for the chorus
of a show like that,
not only is her career
practically guaranteed,
but the experience she gains
is equal to a four year college education.
Eugene, that's enough.
Boys, let your father finish his dinner.
It's alright.
This is the time to discuss things.
This is the family hour.
What a great idea for a radio show.
The family hour.
Every Wednesday, you hear a
different family eating dinner
and discussing their problems of the week,
and you get to hear different recipes.
WEAF presents dinner at Brighton Beach.
Starring the Jacob Jerome family,
and featuring tonight's
specialty, liver and cabbage.
Brought to you by Ex-Lax,
the mild laxative.
Eugene, sit down.
Nothing more to discuss, anybody.
Otherwise, I wanna turn on the news.
Finish your liver, I said.
I can't swallow it.
- It won't go down.
- Eat half.
Which half?
They're both terrible.
Just one bite.
If I take one bite, you'll
make me take two bites.
I'll take it to my room.
I'll eat it tonight.
If nobody likes liver,
why do you make it?
Because we can't afford a
roast beef for seven people.
These are not times
to waste food, Eugene.
If you didn't want it, you
shouldn't have taken it.
I didn't take it, they gave it to me.
It comes attached to the plate.
Can I talk to you for a minute, pop?
It's something really important.
More important than
what's going on in Europe?
Who's been playing around with this radio?
Eugene, he's talking
about Poland, damn it.
I don't want anyone touching
this radio any more,
you understand?
Guess who's gonna get
blamed for the war in Europe.
Why should anything
be wrong with this radio?
Which one of you has been
fooling around with it?
I haven't been here.
I have to know tonight, mother.
Because I have to let Mr. Beckman know
if I can do the show or not.
Nora, not now, it's not the time.
It's never the time.
You won't make a decision,
and I don't have anyone
else I can talk to.
I'll make my own decisions,
if no one else is interested.
Damn it.
You really think there
will be a war, pop?
I mean, America too?
We're already in it.
Not us, maybe.
But all our relations in Europe.
Doesn't mom have
aunts and nephews there?
Aunts and nephews.
I have a cousin Sharlem in Poland.
With six children, right?
With six children, right.
God knows what'll happen to them.
Go and talk to Nora.
You're the only one she'll listen to.
What if they all got to America, pop?
Where would they live?
Would we take them in?
What God gives us to
deal with, we'll deal with.
But where would we put them
if they got off the boat
and knocked on our door?
How would we feed them?
The boat didn't get here yet.
I can't deal with boats
that haven't landed yet.
I'll talk to you later,
okay pop?
Before you go to bed.
- Alright.
- Where are you going?
Let me see what Nora wants first.
To the drug store.
I'm going to get my asthma medicine.
I'll get it.
You shouldn't be out at night.
Kate, you have got to stop thinking
everybody is your responsibility.
Hey Stan, who do you think
has the best boobs in the neighborhood?
Geeze, is sex the only thing
you ever have on your mind?
I think Mrs. Laski has.
Boy, would I love to wrap
my hands around them.
She's jumbo-sized.
Your hands aren't big enough.
If I wore two baseball
gloves, they would be.
Can I give you a lift home, Mrs. Morton?
Hello, Mr. Murphy.
It's only two blocks.
It's not the distance, it's the company.
Thank you.
Ooh, is this your car?
No, no.
Cars are luxuries, and I have
no aspirations for luxuries.
I do, however, have a weakness for friends
who have aspirations for luxuries.
You have an Irish smile, you know?
Oh, I don't at all.
Is that what they call
Blarney, Mr. Murphy?
Yes it is, definitely.
But it's a handy way of
getting the attention of someone
you wanna be sure is taking notice of you.
I've taken notice of you, Mrs. Morton.
For many months now.
Yes, Mr. Murphy. I've taken notice.
I had a dream last night.
It was about a girl.
I can't tell you her name,
but she was gorgeous.
We were really kissing hard.
And rubbing up against each other.
And I felt this tremendous buildup coming.
And suddenly, there was this explosion.
Like a damn broke.
And suddenly, everything rushed,
and flowed out to sea.
It was the greatest feeling
I ever had in my life.
And when I woke up, I was--
All wet?
It was a wet dream.
You had a wet dream. I
have them all the time.
You do?
And you mean, there's nothing
wrong with you if it happens?
You never had one before?
But I slept through it.
Didn't you ever try
to do it by yourself?
What do you mean?
Didn't you ever diddle with yourself?
No, never.
Baloney, I've heard you.
You diddle three, four times a week.
You're crazy.
I think you've gone five
blocks out of your way.
Eight blocks.
I know a shortcut that
can add another six.
Oh my god.
What's wrong?
It's my sister.
Please stop the car, I have to get out.
'Cause you'd rather not be seen with me?
No, honestly.
She doesn't care for me, I know that.
She's never said that.
Some people think I'm a
bit carefree in my ways,
but I'm an honest man, Mrs. Morton.
And I would never show you any disrespect.
I'm sure of that, Mr. Murphy.
Then will you have dinner
with me next Wednesday night,
at Chardoff's Restaurant?
It's a very respectable
family establishment.
Yes, I will.
Thank you for the ride.
Kate, what are you doing out?
Oh, I told Laurie I'd
get her some licorice.
She woke up drenched in perspiration.
Come on.
I'm dying for something sweet.
There's nothing wrong with it.
Everybody does it, especially at our age.
It's natural.
I can't believe I'm
having this conversation.
You can't grow up without doing it.
Your voice won't change.
Where do you get this stuff from?
Is it in a medical book, or something?
It's puberty.
It's what?
You never heard of that word before?
Don't you read books?
Yeah, The Count of Monte Cristo.
It never mentioned puberty.
Even pop did it.
Our pop?
You know what, Stanley, I
think you're full of shit.
Don't you use that
language, you're just a kid.
Never let me hear you say that word again.
I don't get you.
You mean it's okay for you to say puberty,
but I can't say shit?
Puberty is a scientific word.
Shit is for those guys
who hang around the beach.
Well what do you expect me to say
when you tell me that pop whacks off?
I don't mean he still does it,
because he's married now.
But when he was a kid, 14, 15.
The whole world whacks off.
President Roosevelt, too?
Sometimes I forget his birthday,
but the day he died, I will never forget.
Sometimes, you talk
like your life is over.
You're still an attractive woman,
if you'd only stop squinting so much.
You gotta get out of the house more.
I'll get out.
Jack's company is
having their annual affair
in New York next Wednesday
at the Commodore Hotel.
Jack wants you to come with us.
He told me to ask you.
Who do I know in Jack's company?
You'll be with us, you'll meet people.
Max Green will be at our table.
He's their number one salesman.
He's a riot, you'll love him.
He's a widower.
His wife died last year.
I appreciate it, Kate.
But I've--
I've made plans for next Wednesday night.
More important than this?
They only have this affair once a year.
I'm having dinner with someone.
You're having dinner with a man?
That's wonderful.
Why didn't you tell me?
With Mr. Murphy.
Who is Mr. Mur--
Oh my god.
You're going to have dinner with that man.
Do you know where he'll take you?
To a bar and grill, that's
where he'll take you.
We are going to Chardoff's,
the Hungarian restaurant.
You've never met him.
How can you dislike him so much?
I don't have to meet that kind.
I just have to smell his breath
when he opens the window.
Do girls whack off, too?
Five times as much as boys.
Five times as much.
Is that an actual figure?
Where do you know all this from?
You pick it up, you learn it.
It's handed down from
generation to generation.
That's how our culture spreads.
Five times as much as boys.
Some of them don't even say hello to you,
and they're home all night whacking off.
They're human, just like we are.
They have the same needs and desires.
# Two arms that held me #
# Two lips that thrill me #
# Two eyes met mine #
How do girls do it?
I can't explain it.
Come on, I'll buy you an ice cream.
Please, Stanley.
I'll be your slave for a month.
- Tell me how they do it.
- Eugene.
I have a major problem in my life.
I haven't got time to describe
girls masturbating for you.
Just draw me a picture.
I brought a pencil.
You want crayons?
Maybe you should do it in color.
Hey, hey.
- I'll race you.
- Hey.
What do you think a man
like that is looking for?
We grew up with their kind on Avenue A.
How many times have Stanley and Eugene
come home from school black and blue
from the beatings they got
from those Irish hooligans, huh?
You're not being fair, Kate.
We went for a walk along
the beach Thursday night.
He couldn't have been more polite.
He told me where his parents
come from in Ireland.
Their life wasn't any easier than
mama's and papa's in Russia.
Nobody had it like
they had it in Russia.
He holds down a decent
job in a printers shop,
and he didn't smell of liquor.
And he behaved like a perfect gentleman.
That was on the beach.
They're different when the sun goes down.
I don't care, do what you want.
I bet Nora doesn't do it.
Boy, could I win money from you.
You think she's in the bathroom
seven times a day just taking showers?
I don't believe it.
Not Nora.
Is she the one you were
dreaming about last night?
It was somebody else.
It was one of the beach girls.
It was Nora.
I see what's going on.
That's why you dropped your
napkin 12 times at dinner.
She drives me crazy.
I think I'm in love with her.
Well forget it, she's your cousin.
What's wrong with being
in love with your cousin?
Because it's against the laws of nature.
You can't marry your first cousin.
You get babies with nine heads.
I don't think one
dinner with Frank Murphy
at Chardoff's Restaurant
is the end of the world.
I just don't want to see
you get hurt, that's all.
I never mean you harm.
I can take anything except
when someone in the family
is mad at me.
Oh, I could never be mad at you, Kate.
That I promise you to my dying day.
Yeah, well, don't expect me
to be too friendly with him.
I'll put out nuts, but
I won't put out beer.
Can I see Mr. Beckman tomorrow?
Yes or no?
Did you talk to your Uncle Jack?
It doesn't matter what he said.
It's your decision or mine.
Who's going to make it, mother?
I said, if I were her father,
I'd tell her to finish high school.
If she's got talent,
there will be plenty of other shows.
Be patient, I said.
Don't shut me in, mama.
Don't shut me in for the rest of my life.
You promised you'd do
what Uncle Jack said.
He doesn't make
decisions, he offers advice.
I want a decision, mama, from you.
You finish high school.
You tell Mr. Beckman you're too young.
You tell him your mother said no.
That's my decision.
I see.
Thank you very much, Uncle
Jack, for your advice.
I'll let you know in the
morning what my decision is.
I would love to see Nora naked.
Just once.
Wouldn't you?
I have, plenty of times.
You've seen Nora naked?
Fixed the lock on the bathroom door,
then opened it, pretending I didn't know
anyone was there.
What a disgusting pig.
Will you show me how to work it?
Hello boys.
Well hello, Mr. Murphy
Lovely night, hmm?
Lovely night, indeed.
Yes, indeedy.
Yes, indeed.
I think that guy thinks
he's in a Shakespeare play.
He had a couple in there, I bet.
You think he and Aunt Blanche do it?
Nah, she's a widow.
Widows don't do those things.
Don't hate me for what I'm gonna say.
What is it?
I think Aunt Blanche has a great ass.
They're gonna lock
you up in a sex asylum.
If I was your sister,
I wouldn't sleep on the
same block with you.
What if they took a shower together,
Aunt Blanche and Nora?
If I could walk in and see that,
I would thank God and become a rabbi.
Come on.
When does it get easier, Kate?
When you get seven
good hours sleep a night,
that's the easiest it ever gets.
He's home.
Are you gonna talk to him now?
It's now or never.
Good luck.
Hi, pa.
You think we could have that talk now?
You fix the radio?
Works better than new.
It's almost 10 o'clock.
I can get the late news soon.
Well I'm gonna finish
my homework, goodnight.
Put the cookie on the table.
What cookie?
The oatmeal cookie in your pocket.
Put it on the table.
You can smell an oatmeal
cookie from 10 feet away?
I heard the jar moving in the kitchen.
Suddenly, everybody is doing
what they want in this house.
Your father's upset, Aunt
Blanche is upset, Nora is upset.
Put the cookie on the table.
You think we could sit outside, pop?
Everyone's always coming through here.
The news is coming on.
Talk wherever you want.
I'm going to bed.
Five minutes, that's all.
Give me that cookie.
Why don't you sit down, pa?
Some buildup, this is.
Pop, I have a problem.
If you didn't, you
wouldn't live in this house.
Close the door.
Close the door.
I'm sorry.
Something must be wrong with the lock.
It must be tough being a father.
Everybody comes to you
with their problems,
you have to have all the answers.
I don't know if I could handle it.
Stop trying to win me over.
Just tell me the problem.
I got fired today.
Don't get excited, don't get crazy.
Let me explain what happened.
What did you do?
You came in late, you
were fresh to somebody?
Were you fresh to somebody?
I'm not fired yet, I
could still get my job back.
I just need you to help
me make a decision.
Take the job back.
I don't care what it is.
This is not the time for
anybody in this family
to be out of work.
She saw me on the crapper.
Nora saw me on the crapper.
I might as well be dead.
Be careful when you
go into the bathroom.
The lock's broken.
Who cares?
Nobody wants to see me
coming out of the shower.
What do you mean?
I mean, some people in this house
are very handy with screw drivers.
When I was 12 years old,
you gave me a talk about principles.
Do you remember?
Principles are one thing.
Losing your job is another.
Can I at least tell you
what happened?
Tell me any story you want.
As long as it has a happy ending.
It was all on account of Andrew.
The colored guy who sweeps up.
So Stanley told the whole story.
He delivered it like
the Gettysburg Address.
Pop must have been bleary-eyed,
because not only did he have to deal
with Stanley's principles, Nora's career,
the loss of his noisemaker business,
how to get Aunt Blanche married off,
and Laurie's fluttering heart.
But at any minute,
there could be a knock on the door
with 37 relatives from Poland showing up,
looking for a place to live.
So either I bring in a letter of apology
in the morning, or I
don't bother coming in.
Oh Stanley.
Stanley, Stanley.
I'm sorry, pop.
You shouldn't have swept
the dirt on his shoes.
I know.
Especially in front of other people.
I know.
He's your boss.
He pays your salary.
His money helps put food
on our dining table.
I know, pop.
I could see what you're getting at.
On the other hand, you
did a courageous thing.
You defended a fellow worker.
Nobody else stood up for them, did they?
I was the only one.
That's something to be proud of.
It was what you believed in.
That's standing up for your principles.
That's why I didn't
wanna write the letter.
See, I knew you'd understand.
The question is, can this
family afford principles
right now?
It would make it hard, I know.
On everyone.
Eugene would have to
quit school, go to work.
He wants to go to college,
he wants to be a writer.
I wish I could've sent you.
I've always been sick about that, Stanley.
I like working, Pop, I really do.
Listen, I made up my mind.
I'm going to write the letter.
How will your principles
feel in the morning?
My principles feel better already.
You told me you were proud of what I did.
That's all I really care about.
Think about it, Stanley.
You do what you think is best.
So what's the decision?
I'm going to write the letter.
I knew it, I knew he'd make you do it.
I'm doing it on my own.
Would you help me write it?
You're good at things like that.
The thing is, people
used to get paid for that
in the old days,
professional letter writers.
I'm not gonna pay you money.
I don't want money.
Then what do you want?
Tell me what Nora looked like naked.
Jesus, how horny can you get?
I don't know, what's the highest score?
The next day,
we went to the cemetery,
because it was three years ago today
that Uncle Dave died.
I asked my mother why everyone
put a stone on the grave,
and she explained to me
because it was the custom.
I wanted to say it's a lucky thing
the custom wasn't to put
orange peels on the grave.
But I didn't think she'd appreciate it.
Come on.
I liked Uncle Dave,
but I just didn't feel like crying.
I hope he's not watching.
Nobody but mom knew that pop
was working nights as a cab driver
to make up what he lost from
the noisemaker business.
He just plain wore out, and
he had a minor heart attack.
The doctor said it was just a warning.
But he had to stop working for a while.
Alright, what happened,
what's the matter?
Everything is alright.
It's just that he wasn't feeling well.
He's alright now.
We just gave him a lift home.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
For the first time in my life,
I was really scared.
Scared of maybe one day
going out to the cemetery,
and putting a stone on
the grave of my father.
Hey, hey, I'm open.
- Throw it.
- Hey.
Willy, I'm free, I'm free.
Come here.
What did I tell you about making noise
in front of the house?
Go to the store, get your father's papers.
No, next year.
And skate on the sidewalk.
If you get hit by a truck,
don't come running to me.
If I told her I just lost
both my hands in an accident,
she'd say, go upstairs,
and wash your face with your feet.
Come here, come here, you.
What are you doing?
- I paid for the papers.
- Your father's a sick man.
What are you trying to do, kill him?
What are you talking about?
You think your father's gonna get better
if he finds out he's got a son
gambling in a pool hall?
Is he there now?
Go get him out of there, you hear me?
And you stay out of those places.
This used to be a nice neighborhood.
That's game.
You wanna pay up, or you wanna go again?
Sure, why not?
Rack 'em up, Hooch.
- Hi Stanley.
- What are you doing here?
Go on home, I'll see you later.
You're winning?
I'm creaming these guys.
Two more games, I can
make up pop's whole salary
for the week.
Let me watch.
I'll bring you good luck.
I don't need luck against these guys.
You shouldn't be in a place like this.
Go on, get out of here.
One game, I'm not gonna
turn into a bum in one game.
Get out, I said.
I'm sorry.
You should do what I tell you.
It's your break.
Oh Laurie, you should see
your mother's new dress.
She looks gorgeous.
I'm waiting for her grand entrance.
Aunt Kate, if mama married Mr. Murphy,
would we have to live in that
dark house across the street,
with that creepy old woman?
We're not up to that yet.
Let's just get through
Chardoff's Restaurant first.
Have a cashew, just one.
It's for the company.
How'd you do?
I told you to go home.
How much did you win?
Don't keep me in suspense.
It was a setup.
They let me win the first two games,
then they doubled the
bet, they clobbered me.
- How much did you lose?
- They were hustlers.
They go around different neighborhoods
- and clean everybody out.
- Yeah but how much
did you lose?
- Everything.
- My whole salary, 17 dollars.
- Your whole salary?
Plus the money I won this week--
Why did you bet your whole salary?
I thought I could beat them.
I beat everybody else around here.
Jesus, I think I'm gonna throw up.
Well, you must've been hungry.
That's a good sign.
I was bored.
I had nothing else to do.
Blanche will come in to
see you before she goes.
Tell her she looks beautiful.
You know she's got no confidence.
When was the last time I
told you you were beautiful?
Why do you bring that up now?
I realize sometimes I forget
to tell people how I feel.
Get better.
Take me to the affair next year.
Then I'll be beautiful.
If he wasn't so sick,
I'd tell him the truth.
If he dies, I'll hang myself, I swear.
Why don't you just
say you lost the money?
You had a hole in your pocket.
I already used that one.
November, when I lost five dollars.
He said, from now on, check
your pockets every morning.
What happened to the five dollars?
- Did you gamble that, too?
- I gave it to a girl.
You know, a pro.
A pro what?
A prostitute?
You went to one of those places?
Holy shit.
I'm not gonna warn you
about that word again.
Is that what it costs, five dollars?
2.50, I went with this guy I know.
- He still owes me.
- And you never told me.
What was she like?
Was she pretty?
How old was she?
Don't start in with me, Eugene.
Did she get completely naked, or what?
Every time I get in trouble,
I have to tell you what
a naked girl looks like?
Do me a favor.
Go in the bathroom, whack off,
and grow up by yourself.
I'm going out.
I'll be home late.
I have my key, goodnight.
Going where?
I have a date with Larry Clearman.
We're going to a movie.
Don't you wanna see
how your mother looks?
I'm sure she looks beautiful.
She doesn't need me to tell her.
I think your mother would be very hurt
if you didn't wait to say goodbye.
I know exactly how my
mother feels, Uncle Jack.
I'm not so sure she knows how I feel.
You wanna come help me?
Would you cut it out, damn it?
I'm trying to think.
Don't get sore.
It's not my fault what happened.
Yeah, well I never had an older brother
to help me when I was in trouble.
I had to do it on my own.
You don't know how lucky you
are to be the younger one.
You don't have the responsibilities I do.
You're still in school,
looking up girls'
dresses on the staircase.
I work plenty hard in school.
Well let me see your report card.
Yesterday was the first of the month.
I know you got it. I wanna
see your report card.
I don't have to show you my report card.
You're not my father.
Yes I am.
As long as pop is sick, I am.
I'm the only one in the
family who's working, ain't I?
Well where's your salary this week, pop?
I hate you sometimes.
You're nothing but a lousy
shit. I help you all the time.
You never help me without
wanting something for it.
I hate your disgusting guts.
Not as much as I hate yours.
You snore at night.
You pick your toenails.
You smell up the bathroom.
When I go in there, I have to puke.
Give me your report card.
Give it to me, god damn it.
I'll beat your face.
You want it.
Here's my lousy report card.
You fuck.
Four A's and a B?
Jack, Jack?
Jack, what are you doing down here?
I wanna meet this Murphy fellow.
A stranger comes in.
He likes to meet another man.
It makes him feel comfortable.
I got so scared when I
didn't see you in your room.
Well, you don't look it.
You look beautiful.
Wear these.
Don't say no to me.
Just let me put them on.
Kate, your pearls, your good pearls.
And what are they gonna do?
Sit in a drawer all year?
Pearls are like people.
They like to go out and
be seen once in a while.
Oh, you were gonna wear
these to the affair tonight.
I got so wrapped up in myself,
I forgot you were missing
the affair this year.
Oh, I'm so afraid I'll lose 'em.
Let's see how they look, mom.
Laurie, go up and get Nora.
I wanna show 'em to Nora.
She's not here.
She left.
What do you mean she left?
Without saying goodbye?
She had to go meet somebody.
So you'll see her when she comes home.
She could've come to my room.
She knew I wanted to see her.
Blanche, you're going
out to have a good time.
You'll deal with this later.
She's making me pay for it, isn't she?
She knows how she can get to me so easily.
That's what I get for
trying to make decisions.
I feel like ice cream for dessert.
Laurie, do you feel like ice cream?
Butter pecan?
Butter pecan for you.
Maple walnut for me.
Go up and tell Eugene I
want him to go to the store.
She's doing it.
She's taking everything off.
Today's the day.
Please God, don't let it get foggy.
Eugene, your father wants us
to go to the store.
Tell him I'm sick.
Tell him I have diarrhea.
You don't want any ice cream?
Ice cream?
Wait a minute.
You want some ice cream, Stan?
I have no will power.
How am I gonna be a
writer unless I suffer?
Actually, I'd give up writing
if I could see a naked girl
while I was eating ice cream.
He wants maple
walnut and butter pecan.
Go to Hanson's.
Laurie will tell you what to get.
I need money.
I just paid the doctor 15 dollars.
Go up to Stanley, he got paid today.
Ask him for salary.
Here's a dollar.
Hurry back so Laurie can meet Mr. Murphy.
Come on, I'll race you.
I'll hop on one leg.
I'm not allowed to run.
I'll hop on one leg and hold my breath.
Is she calling us?
I think she's calling you.
What do you think she wants?
She wants you to taste her spider soup.
Stop that.
You think I should go?
Sure, she's okay.
I'll get the ice cream.
Don't stay in there too long,
or else you'll become Irish.
Maybe she's not coming back.
Maybe she's run off to Boston,
or Washington,
or God knows where.
Is that what you're gonna
talk about on your date?
The man will start
drinking in five minutes.
You think so?
What'll I do if he gets drunk?
You'll come right home.
Do you have money for car fare?
No, I didn't take anything.
Wait, wait here.
I'll get five dollars from Stanley.
Now I have something else to worry about.
Stanley, are you in there?
Open the window.
You never get air in this room.
I need five dollars for Aunt Blanche.
Did you get paid today?
Yeah, I got paid.
Well, take out the money for the week.
Let me have the envelope.
I don't have it.
You don't have the envelope?
I don't have the money.
What do you mean you
don't have the money?
I mean, I don't have
the money, it's gone.
It's gone, gone where?
It's just gone.
I don't have it, I can't get it back.
I'm sorry, there's nothing
I could do about it anymore.
Just don't ask me any more questions.
Hey, what do you mean don't
ask you any more questions?
I wanna know.
What happened to 17 dollars, Stanley?
You'll tell pop.
If I tell you, you're gonna tell pop.
Why shouldn't I tell your fa--
I wanna know what happened to that money.
I gambled it.
I lost it playing pool.
You happy?
You satisfied now?
I'm not gonna think about this now.
I have your Aunt Blanche to
get out of the house first,
and your father's health to worry about.
You're gonna sit here and
you're gonna think up a story.
You were robbed.
Somebody stole the money.
That's what you're gonna tell your father.
Because if you tell him the truth,
you'll kill that man as
sure as I'm standing here.
Why am I so nervous?
I guarantee you he's twice as nervous.
Oh, is that the door?
Stay here, stay here.
Don't, don't get up.
Oh, I thought I heard someone.
What is it?
What's wrong?
Oh, it's nothing.
I'm just all nerves today.
You're worried about Jack.
He shouldn't have come down those stairs.
He knows he's not
supposed to get out of bed.
What do we pay doctors
for if he doesn't listen?
I shouldn't have asked
Mr. Murphy to come over.
That's the only reason Jack came down.
It's not just Mr. Murphy.
It's Stanley, it's Eugene, it's everybody.
Everybody has a problem here.
Did Nora say something
to hurt you, Kate?
Why don't you get your purse, Blanche?
He'll be here any minute.
I know she's been difficult
these last few days.
Why is it always Nora?
Why is it only your problems?
Do you think you're the
only one in the world
who has troubles?
We all have troubles. We
all get our equal share.
Well, forgive me.
I'm sorry, Kate.
I understand.
Yes, what?
I have just been in the creepiest place
in the whole world.
Not now, Laurie.
Aunt Kate and I are talking.
I was in Mrs. Murphy's house.
She asked if you could come over now.
She said it was important.
What is it?
She didn't tell me.
I just wanted to get out of there.
Then she gave me a green cookie, yuck.
Maybe he has to work late.
I'll be right back, Kate.
We'll finish talking.
I would've come over myself,
but I have trouble crossing
streets these days.
Too many motor cars now.
Of course.
I'm sorry to say,
I have regrets from my son Frank.
He will not be able to
keep his dinner engagement
with you this evening.
Frank's in hospital.
Dear God, is he alright?
His injuries, thank the
lord, are not serious.
But the consequences are.
He was driving a friend's motor car,
while intoxicated.
He'll have to face police charges.
I'm sure of that.
As soon as Frank can get out
of his difficulties here,
we've decided to move upstate New York,
where there's a clinic that can help him,
and where we have relatives
with whom we can stay.
Mrs. Murphy.
I'm so terribly sorry.
Please tell Frank that I
wish him only the best.
It could've been
you in that car with him.
I warned you the first
day about those people.
Stop calling 'em those people.
She's a mother like you and me.
Yeah, and what is he?
Tell me what he is.
He's someone in trouble.
He's someone who needs help.
I mean, for God's sake, Kate.
You don't even know the man.
I know him.
I know what they're all like.
Who are you to talk?
Are we any better?
Are we something so special?
We're all poor around here.
The least we can be is charitable.
What have I got I can afford to give away?
Am I the one who got you
all dressed up for nothing?
Am I the one who got your hopes up?
All I ever did was try to help you.
Nobody cares for their family
more than you do, Kate.
But you can at least be sympathetic
to someone else in trouble.
Who should I care about?
Who's out there watching over me?
I did enough in my life for people.
Oh, you know what I'm talking about.
No I don't.
Say what's on your mind, Kate.
What people?
Celia, papa when he was sick.
Don't you ask me what people.
How many beatings did I get from mama
for things that you did?
How many dresses did I go without
so you could look like
somebody when you went out?
I was the work horse.
You were the pretty one.
You have no right to talk to me like that.
You've got no right.
This is all about Jack, isn't it?
You're blaming me for
what happened to Jack.
Why do you think that man is sick today?
Why did a policeman have to carry him home
at three o'clock in the morning?
So your Nora could have dancing lessons.
So Laurie could see a
doctor every three weeks.
Go on, you worry about your
friend across the street.
Not the ones who have to be dragged home
to keep a roof over your head.
Why didn't you ever tell me
how you felt about all this?
I never had time.
I was too busy taking care of everybody.
My god.
You live with someone your whole life.
Shh. Your mother and my
mother are having a fight.
About what?
Your mother was the work horse,
and my mother was the pretty one.
If I could take Nora and Laurie,
and pack them out of the
house tonight, I would.
But I can't.
I have no place to take them.
If I could leave the girls
with you another few weeks,
I would appreciate it.
Until I can find a place of my own.
And then I'll send for them.
Blanche, don't talk like that.
- The ice cream is here.
- Not now.
I know a woman in Manhattan Beach.
I can stay with her for a few days.
And then I'll find a job.
I'll do anything anybody asks me.
But I will never be a burden to anyone,
- as long as I live.
- Blanche, stop this.
What the hell is going
on here, for God sakes?
Two sisters having a fight
they should've had 25 years ago?
Tell her, Kate, what it
is to be an older sister.
Call her names, Blanche.
Tell her to go to hell for
the first time in your life.
And when you both get
it out of your system,
give each other a hug, and go have dinner.
My lousy ice cream is
melting, for God sakes.
No matter what Kate says to me,
I will never stop loving her.
But I have to get out.
If I don't do it now,
I'll lose what little
self respect I have left.
And when I grow old,
I wish I have as much self respect
as Mrs. Matthew Murphy
from across the street.
Something happened for
you to behave like this.
It wasn't Blanche, it was something else.
Tell the kids we're eating
in the kitchen tonight.
Hey Stan.
Stan, did you--
Stanley, wait.
Why are you doing this?
You always told me never to run away.
I'm not running away, I'm leaving.
Only kids run away.
Does pop know about my losing my salary?
You told mom that, why?
I came up with 12 terrific lies for you.
I have to go.
I have some money for you.
It's only a dollar 12,
but it's my life savings.
I can make it alright.
Please Stan.
Take the money.
I'll pay you back.
If there's a war, I'll become a Sargent.
I hear they make real good dough.
If it lasts long enough,
I could join, too.
Maybe we could get in the same outfit.
You don't go in the army
unless they come and get you.
You go to college.
Promise me you'll go to college.
Don't leave, Stan.
They'll get over it.
They won't stay mad at you forever.
I was mad at you.
I got over it.
I'm nothing but trouble, Gene.
Don't turn out to be like me.
I don't see what's so bad about you.
Take care of yourself, Euge.
Hey Euge.
If you ever write a story
about me, call me Hank.
I always liked the name Hank.
I guess there comes
a time in everyone's life
when you say, this very moment
is the end of my childhood.
When Stanley got on that train,
I knew that moment had come to me.
I was scared.
I was lonely.
And I hated my mother and father
for making him so unhappy.
I even hated Stanley a little.
Because he left me there
to grow up by myself.
I tried to hold out as long as I could,
but I knew they'd find out sometime.
So I just said it.
I told them that Stanley had
run off to join the army.
What army?
The US Army.
How many armies are there?
Never. Not without talking to me first.
Not Stanley.
I saw him leave on the train.
He won't be back tonight, you'll see.
He's walking around in New York.
He's upset because we had a fight.
It gets cold enough, he'll be back.
A fight about what?
A fight about what?
He lost his salary.
He gambled in a pool hall.
He lost the whole 17 dollars.
He just tried to make
back the money pop lost
being out of work.
That's why he did it.
That's why he joined the army.
He should've talked to me.
Calm down.
I'm his father, God damn it.
What, is he afraid to talk to me?
That's why he didn't
want to tell you.
He loves you.
He loves you so much, he
didn't want to tell you.
He didn't want to excite you.
Am I a stranger in this house?
From the sound of it,
I figured Stanley should
forget about the army,
and join the Foreign Legion.
Get into bed.
I wanted to talk to you.
How was your dinner?
I didn't go.
Mr. Murphy was in an accident.
I'm sorry.
Is he alright?
He has his problems,
like the rest of us.
I was very upset that you left tonight
without saying goodbye.
You have never done that before.
Could we talk about this in the morning?
I'm leaving, Nora.
I'm moving out in the morning.
What are you talking about?
Aunt Kate and I had a fight.
We said some terrible
things to each other.
I'm going to stay with my
friend Louise in Manhattan Beach
until I can find a job.
Then I'll send for you and Laurie.
I can't believe it.
You mean it's alright for you to leave us,
but it wasn't alright for me to leave you?
I was never concerned
about your leaving me.
It was your future I was worrying about.
So I have to give up the one
chance I may never get again.
Is that it? I'm the one who has to pay
for what you couldn't
do with your own life?
What right do you have
to judge me like that?
Judge you?
I can't even talk to you.
I don't exist to you.
I have tried so hard to get close to you,
but there was never any room.
Whatever you had to give went to daddy.
And when he died, whatever
was left, you gave to--
Finish what you were going to say.
I have been jealous
my whole life of Laurie
because she was lucky
enough to be born sick.
I used to pray that I would
get some terrible disease.
Or get hit by a car.
So that I would have a leg
all twisted and crippled.
And then once, just once maybe,
I'd get to crawl into bed next to you
on a cold rainy night, and talk to you,
and hold you until I
fell asleep in your arms.
Just once.
My God, Nora.
Is that what you think of me?
Is it any worse than
what you think of me?
I am not gonna let you hurt me.
I'm not gonna be a doormat
for all the frustrations and unhappiness
that you or Aunt Kate or anyone else
wants to lay at my feet.
I did not create this universe.
I do not decide who lives or dies,
or who's rich or poor, or who feels loved,
and who feels deprived.
If you feel cheated that
Laurie gets more than you do,
I feel cheated that my husband died at 36.
I'm sorry that you feel unloved, Nora.
And I will do everything
I can to change it.
But I will not go back
to being that frightened,
helpless woman that I created.
I already buried someone I love.
Now it's time to bury someone I hate.
You belong to Uncle Sam now.
You'll hear from us in three weeks.
Don't look so worried, son.
We're gonna make a man out of you.
I'll carry my load, don't worry.
Okay soldier, sign here.
Something wrong?
Well I'm going.
I didn't wanna leave
without saying goodbye.
Don't go.
I feel bad enough for what I said.
Don't make me feel any worse.
As God is in Heaven,
there will never be an angry word
between you and me again, Kate.
But I'm afraid of being comfortable here.
If I don't get out now,
when will I ever do it?
The door is open.
Go whenever you want.
Get a job first.
Get your apartment first.
I'll find out about the Murphy place.
Couldn't be very expensive.
She never cleaned it.
How independent can I become
if I live right across
the street from you?
Far enough away for you
to close your own door.
And close enough for me
not to feel so lonely.
Come on, Tony.
Make him hit it.
No batter in there.
I got it, I got it.
- Stan!
- Hi.
Well what happened?
Did you join up?
Came pretty close.
I passed the physical, one, two, three.
I knew you would.
But then just as I was
about to sign my name,
I stopped cold, and walked out.
How come?
Couldn't do it to pop.
Right now he needs me
more than the army does.
I thought you'd be
halfway to training camp by now.
But I'm real glad you're home, Stanley.
Hi mom.
Stanley's home.
You have to go back to Greenblatt's.
I need a pint of sweet
cream and some more sugar.
Get me a two pound bag.
I want to make a chocolate cake.
A two pound bag from Greenblatt's?
I'll need identification.
How are you, mom?
Are you staying for dinner?
I'm staying as long
as you'll let me stay.
Why shouldn't I let you stay?
This is your home.
Your father's been very worried.
I think you owe him an explanation.
Acrid, yellowish smoke
billowed yesterday around
the Hindenburg Palace.
Bombing planes chased by pursuit ships,
streaked across the sky as Adolf Hitler
prepared for a visit by Benito Mussolini.
- Their fascist Nazi mission, they proclaim,
- Hi pop.
- is to save Europe from communism.
- How are you feeling?
Indications were that neither
Mussolini nor Hitler wanted to--
I'm sorry about not
coming home last night.
I just didn't know how to
tell you about the money.
Don't you know, Stanley?
There's nothing you could ever do
that was so terrible I
couldn't forgive you?
I know why you gambled.
I know how miserable you feel.
I lost money gambling in my time.
I know what it's like.
You did?
You're so surprised?
You think your father's
a perfect human being?
You go through life
thinking I was perfect,
you'll hate yourself for
every mistake you ever make.
Don't be so hard on yourself.
You're a good son, Stanley.
I gambled away 17 dollars,
and you're telling me how terrific I am.
Hey, wait a minute.
Don't get the wrong idea.
If you were home last night
when your mother told me,
I would've thrown you and
your clothes out the window.
Today, I'm calmer.
Today, I heard the radio.
Today, I'm afraid for all of us.
I understand.
After lunch, apologize to your mother.
And apologize to your Aunt Blanche,
because she was worried about you, too.
I will.
And you can thank your brother as well.
He came into my bedroom this morning,
and told me how badly you felt.
The way he pleaded your case,
I thought I had Clarence
Darrow in the room.
Are you coming in to eat?
Lunch is getting cold.
I just want to wash up.
Can I talk to you after lunch, mom?
Where am I going, to a night club?
It's alright.
Everything is alright.
Who said it wasn't?
Didn't I say he'd be home?
Of course you did.
Four minutes, 22 seconds.
An Olympic record for
going to Greenblatt's.
Where's Stanley?
Here's some mail for you, pop.
Oh my God, he ate a
pound and a half of sugar.
You're back in the family.
Yeah, everything's great.
Pop told me you stuck
up for me this morning.
I was brilliant.
Well, to show you my appreciation,
I brought you a present.
What kind of present?
Promise me you'll
keep it someplace safe.
I will.
I will, what's my present?
Here, use it in good health.
What is it?
Close your eyes.
- Come--
- Close your eyes.
Now look.
Oh my god.
She's naked.
You can see everything.
Don't get caught with a thing like that.
Who is she?
She's French.
That's how all the women are in Paris.
You mean, some
girl actually posed for this?
She just laid there and let
some guy take a picture?
It belongs to the guy who
owes me two and a half bucks.
I could keep it until he pays me back.
Don't take the money.
Let him owe you for a while.
Put it in a safe spot.
Come on, it's lunch.
In a minute.
I'll be down in a minute.
I got more for who wants it.
- Ta-dah.
- Oh, oh oh oh.
I'm so glad to see you home, Stanley.
I was so worried about you.
I'm glad to see you
here, too, Aunt Blanche.
Hi Stan.
Hey squirt.
Got your nose.
You're so funny.
Oh god.
Oh my god.
What is it?
What's wrong, Jack?
It's a letter from London.
My cousin Sharlem got out.
They got out of Poland.
They're free, Kate.
Oh thank God.
His wife, his mother, all six children.
They're sailing for New York tomorrow.
They'll be here in a week.
In a week?
Do they speak English?
I don't think so.
A few words, maybe.
Oh no, somebody wrote this for him.
Look, they had to sell everything.
They took only what they could carry.
Where will they stay?
Well, I'll have to
discuss it with the family.
Some with Uncle Saul, Uncle Eddie.
With us.
We can put some beds in the dining room.
I like eating in the kitchen anyway.
The little ones could stay with Laurie.
And Nora can sleep with
me, can't you dear?
Of course, mama.
Don't worry about money, pa.
I'm gonna hit Mr. Stroheim for that raise.
They got out.
That's all that's important.
They got out.
Where is that boy again?
Eugene, we're all waiting for you.
Come on, Stan.
Be right there.
I'm doing something.
October the second, 1937.
An historic moment in the
life of Eugene Morris Jerome.
I have just seen the golden
palace of the Himalayas.
Puberty is over.
Onwards and upwards.