Hot Saturday (1932) Movie Script

Make it a certified
check for $183.28.
And make it payable to the
Hartford Wholesale Produce Company.
The Hartford Wholesale
Produce Company.
Shoot that down
to Ruth, Fred.
For Ruth.
Yeah, I know. Hey,
forward pass, frog face.
My check book positively says $11.21.
You know
what happens?
This check gets
thrown back in my lap.
For five years
I do business here,
and now I should
get insulted?
You didn't make any checking
deposit last Saturday,
only savings.
(LAUGHS) Is that so?
Well, I'm laughing.
I was telling Mrs. Ginsberg this morning
that someday
I'll be a millionaire
like this
Romer Sheffield.
ARCHIE: Goodbye,
Mr. Ginsberg.
Oh, have a heart, Ruth.
I get no pleasure
out of life.
For the fifth time, no.
Just you and me alone.
I thought that was
coming. No, thanks.
ARCHIE: Well, why not?
One session of your football
technique lasts a lifetime.
You might as well
give up, frog face.
I'm going to ask Ruth
out this Saturday myself.
Any fleas?
Back in your cage, gorilla!
The girls fluttered when
he asked them to dance.
Scram, rube.
How about it, baby?
You take a lot
for granted.
It takes a lot
to satisfy me.
Shall we make
a hot Saturday of it?
Well, that depends upon
the degree of heat.
You can run the
temperature. What do you say?
The whole crowd's going
out to Willow Springs.
Okay. I'd be bored to
death staying in town.
There you are, Eva.
Now, run along and drive your Aunt
Minnie around for her shopping.
Of course, Father.
Thanks a lot.
All right.
Father, may I have the car
tonight and Saturday night?
It doesn't seem
proper for you
to take the car out
at night so much.
It may lead to
Why, Father.
Undesirable gossip.
It's indiscreet.
You know I'd never do
anything unbecoming.
No, no, no,
of course I...
Well, I guess
it'll be all right.
Thanks, dear. Goodbye.
Hey, Eva!
Hello, Archie.
What's on your mind?
Well, look, Eva. Conny's
taking Ruth Saturday, isn't he?
So what?
Well, how about
you going with me?
It's a date.
Oh, that's swell.
You haven't been out
with me for a month.
Saturday after lunch.
Dad's giving me
the closed car.
Better yet. My feet get cold
when I park in those roadsters.
Hey, hey.
And I said to the
Reverend Botts that I...
Hello, Eva.
WOMEN: How are you, dear?
How do you do?
And I told the Reverend Botts
that I thought the City Council
should call on
that Romer Sheffield
and demand that
he leave town.
(SCOFFS) The idea of bringing
her out here to his summer home
and living
with her openly!
It's a disgrace
to the community.
You're absolutely right.
He's a vile influence, too. Yes.
Romer, look.
Well, we must be going.
I'll only be
a minute, Camille.
All right.
Good morning,
Mr. Sheffield.
Hello, Conny,
how are you?
Just fine, thank you.
I'm pretty busy.
Good. Then the bank's
still solvent, eh?
Oh, yes, sir.
RUTH: Yes, Mr. Smith.
Yes, Mr. Smith.
I rechecked your
statement personally.
The balance is correct.
Good morning, Miss Brock.
Oh, good morning.
Perhaps you failed to
deduct the government tax.
Yes, there's a two cent tax
on every check you write.
Oh, no, no,
not just for Democrats,
the Republicans
have to pay it, too.
All right.
Goodbye, Mr. Smith.
What can I do for you,
Mr. Sheffield?
Just talk to me, will you?
I like to hear you talk.
I haven't time.
Yes. I've noticed that.
Somehow, every time I come into the
bank you always manage to be busy.
You know, I think I'll
phone next time. Phone?
Well, you seemed pretty
patient with Mr. Smith.
Did you ever talk
to Mr. Smith?
(CHUCKLING) No. I imagine it
must be quite an experience.
It is.
You know, I like your hair done
that way. It's very becoming.
Did you have any
business to transact?
Come to think of it, I did.
Look, I want this check deposited.
Checking or savings?
Checking, by all means.
Third window down.
Mr. Billings.
Look, Miss Brock, don't you think you
could take personal charge of my account?
Well, I'd have an excuse to
become better acquainted with you.
Second, I've already
mentioned your hair.
Third, you have
blue eyes.
Is this an inventory?
(CHUCKLING) Now, look, I'm
serious. Let me go on, won't you?
I'm more interesting
when I'm serious.
You're considered much too
dangerous for local consumption.
I see. Ruled out, eh?
Well, well, Conny Billop
seems more fortunate.
Oh, I imagine he'd change
places with you most anytime.
Incidentally, it looks as
though there's a man wanted.
I know, I know.
She's glaring in here
and thumping her compact on
top of the car door, isn't she?
You know, the enamel's
getting all worn off there.
I guess I'll have to go and
see what I can do about it.
Say, what's the matter?
Does everyone in this town
have high blood pressure?
Well, how was she today?
Purely business, my dear.
Oh, yes? Selling short
or bulling the market?
I suggest we stop talking
about Wall Street, huh?
If you think you can
park me out here
while you go in there and flirt
with some dizzy little bank clerk,
you're crazy!
All right, I'm crazy.
ROMER: Did she catch
the train all right?
FRANK: Yes, sir.
Good. Any parting message? Yes, sir.
She said you could
go to the devil.
Well, that's nice of her. Here you are.
Thank you, sir.
Don't mention it.
Did she say
anything else?
Yes, sir. She said she was going
to Florida on Mr. Howard's yacht.
Good! She'll probably
get a nice coat of tan.
Yes, sir.
That'll be all, Frank.
Nine, nine, four.
Boy, I don't know
my own strength.
Yeah, he's here.
For you, Conny.
For me? Okay.
Hey, keep your eye
on him, will you?
I don't want him pushing
them in with his hand.
Yeah? Oh, hello,
Mr. Sheffield.
Yeah, that landlady usually
knows where everybody is.
Say, Conny, I've noticed your
crowd goes out to Willow Springs
every Saturday.
Yeah, that's the only excitement
there is around this burg.
Well, why don't you all drop
in here Saturday afternoon?
There's lots of drinks, and
I'll rummage up some food.
Say, that'd be swell.
You bet I'll invite them.
That's fine.
Then I'll expect you.
Stay as long as you like.
No limit.
All right. Goodbye.
Boy, this Saturday is
going to be some Saturday!
What's up?
That was Romer Sheffield.
Wanted me to invite the crowd
out to his place for a party.
Well, we can't
go out there.
The town would burn
down to the ground
if we took the girls
within a mile of that guy.
Stop griping. Nobody needs
to see where we're going.
We can take the side road up
Willow Creek into his place.
Well, how about the girls?
Do you think they'll go?
Sure. They'll eat it up.
Yeah, I know, but...
Listen, Archie. You
start griping every week
about spending three
bucks for bootleg gin.
Here you got a swell chance to
get some real liquor for nothing.
Say, that is an idea,
isn't it?
Be out in a minute. I'll
give you odds it's 15 minutes.
Fifty cents to a dollar.
Hello, Dad.
Hello, Ruth.
That's funny. I'd
forgotten it was Saturday.
Until you saw this
pay envelope, eh?
Well, what is it
this time?
Well, to tell the truth,
an unusual thing
happened this morning.
I found that I'd
run out of cigars.
You better start
smoking cigarettes.
Ruth, your mother's
on the warpath.
Hello, Mother.
There's moths in
this house again.
I want you to change your dress
and go up to the attic right away
and get them blankets out of the
trunk and hang them in the sun.
And you'd better look after
the winter clothes, too.
Mother, I can't,
not now.
I promised to go out
with the crowd.
Well, that's no excuse when
there's work to be done.
Well, I didn't intend it
as an excuse.
You know Saturday is the only
time I ever get to go anywhere.
I can think of lots better ways of
spending it than dancing and flirting
till all hours
of the night
with a lot of
good-for-nothing young puppies.
Well, I can't.
Not in this town.
You mark my words, young
lady, you'll live to regret it,
and you won't get any
sympathy from me, either.
MAN: Iceman!
You don't have
to tell me.
We owe him $3.43.
And the milk company
called up today.
Yes, Mother, I know.
Where's the rest of it?
I gave $2 to father.
Oh, you did?
MRS. BROCK: Harry!
MAN: Iceman!
Stop yelling like that
or you won't get a nickel!
Hello, Sis.
What were you doing
in my bureau?
Who, me? Why, I wasn't
anywhere near it.
Where's that new pair
of shorts I just bought?
New shorts?
No, I haven't seen them.
Hey, let go of me!
What's the idea?
Let go of me!
Bottoms up,
Mrs. Van Astorbilt.
I didn't mean it.
I didn't mean it.
Have a heart,
will you, Sis?
A brief pull,
and then silence.
(GRUNTING) I didn't mean
it, I didn't mean it.
None the worse for wear.
All right, if that's the
way you feel about it.
Nobody wears them
nowadays anyhow!
Good afternoon,
Have a cigar.
Thank you.
Any mail from
the Administration?
No, just a letter
from Chicago.
That's funny. I wrote Herbert
last week about that river project.
Well, he may write
to you next week.
He'll probably telegraph.
That's very possible.
Have a cigar, Conny.
Thanks again, Senator.
Don't mention it.
You know, this public
life is very strenuous.
No wonder you smoke
so many cigars.
Well, friends, you know.
Twelve minutes.
Pay up, Conny.
Right you are. Here.
Here you are, Dad. Better
lay in a fresh supply.
Thanks. Have a good time.
The chances are
in our favor.
Tell Mother I'll murder
the moths tomorrow.
Say, Ida!
MRS. BROCK: Where's that $2?
Wait till you
hear this, Ida.
Who do you think's
getting here on the 5:15?
Bill Fadden.
He is?
Yes. Listen.
"Looking forward to seeing
the old stamping ground again.
"Going to camp on you Saturday
night unless you lock me out.
"I imagine seven years
have changed Ruth a lot,
"but somehow I still expect to find
her in pigtails. Regards, Bill. "
Isn't that just like Bill? I
wonder if he's changed much.
It'll be fine
to see him again.
I just wish Ruth had
more friends like Bill.
Wealthy, good family, and
he's got a fine position, too.
Ruthie! Ruthie!
She's gone already.
She would be!
Well, she can see
Bill tomorrow.
That's it, go right ahead
and stick up for her.
Where's that $2?
Well, I'll need that, you
know, to entertain Bill.
Well, I swan!
(SINGING) Far, far away
One minute more.
Come on, babies, bite!
Don't you recognize caviar
when you see it?
Have another, won't you?
MAN 1: Yay,
the visiting firemen!
MAN 2: Park it
in the bushes.
JOE: Hey, hide it
behind the house.
Go lay an egg!
I haven't got the strength.
I'll go park the bus.
ARCHIE: Hello, Ruth.
You seem to have a party
going on, Mr. Sheffield.
Yes, so they tell me.
Now, look, would you mind
if I do you a great favor?
Yes, but go on.
Well, if you'll use the word
"Romer" instead of "Mr. Sheffield,"
I'll promise to
call you "Ruth. "
I'm overcome!
Then you need a drink.
Come on.
How cute!
I'll take vanilla.
Well, vanilla
it shall be, lady.
Don't tell...
Hello, everybody.
Hello, Conny. Here you are.
Thanks for organizing the party.
Why, it was
no effort at all.
They could hardly
wait till Saturday.
One vanilla coming up
with courtly gesture, lady.
Say, this is great stuff.
Bottled in Bond, I bet.
Glad you like it, Conny.
There's a lot more.
I'm afraid you won't be
saying that by nightfall.
She isn't making much
of a play for Romer.
Well, it looks like
he's enjoying it.
Probably enjoyed
that Renault girl, too.
Hey, One Lung.
Bringy two drinky,
very tall, savvy?
What will it be, gentlemen,
Scotch, Bourbon or Cognac?
Two Cognacs.
Hello, Eve, have a drink?
No, thanks.
How they going?
Not fast enough to keep me
from dancing with you.
Let's make it later, Eve.
Ruth is waiting.
Let Ruth entertain
Romer for a few minutes.
You didn't bring us here
to high-hat us, did you?
Don't look at it
that way, Eve.
Sure, I wanna dance
with you, but...
Well, now's your chance.
I've been wanting to thank you
for having Romer invite us here.
I thought Archie said
you were shocked.
Well, I didn't know it
was going to be like this.
Well, what do you say?
Come on.
That's your boat,
isn't it?
Yes. Frank's been taking
some of the crowd for a ride.
Like to go down
and watch them?
Yes, I'd love to.
Okay, come on.
Come on, let's walk
along the shore.
There are lots of lovely rocks
and nice little mud puddles.
That doesn't sound
very pleasant.
You must be looking
for work.
Ah, lady, lady,
will you give me a job?
I haven't had work since...
Since Camille left town?
Hey, Joe,
where's Ruth?
She went somewhere
with Romer.
He's got a crust dragging
her away from the party.
Don't be a chump
all your life.
She probably did
the dragging.
She'd ditch you
any day for Romer.
Oh, yeah? Well, I'll find
out when they get back.
Lovely back, darling.
Pleasant here,
isn't it?
It would have been a shame
for you to have missed it.
I'd begun to think you
weren't coming to the party.
Well, I've begun
to think I didn't.
There, now, you see, we'll
have to start all over again.
Pleasant here, isn't it?
How are your folks?
Father, smoking.
Mother, fuming.
Worried about you?
About me?
Of course not.
No, I'm supposed to
be murdering moths.
Mother hates
for me not to.
What a wise mother.
She knows what the moths
do when the flame is away.
Does she know
you're with me?
I'm with Conny.
Didn't you know?
Well, all's fair,
you know.
Why, I'd murder just to
see the soft green shadows
through that pine tree
on your lovely hair.
A girl's pretty
helpless alone with you.
Nothing to resent
but compliments,
and they're said
to paralyze a lady.
Really? Well!
You know, your hair is like
the sun glowing on the waters.
And your eyes are
like the evening skies
that send their first
stars down to lovers.
Your lovely arms...
Isn't this one feeling
just a little paralyzed?
Goodness me,
Mr. Sheffield, yes,
but I recover
just like that!
I think I'm able
to be up and about.
In fact, I'd like
a wee cocktail.
Please don't
go so soon.
Well, a girl can't go on forever
calling her little policemen.
All right, I'll promise,
so help me, to be good.
But there's the most divine little
spot further along the shore.
Let me show you it,
will you?
Promise I can have it
without a stroke of paralysis?
Yes, you can see it without
a stroke of any kind.
Come on,
be a good winner.
I can't resist you, except
when you're dangerous.
Hello, Conny.
Well, it's about time
you're getting back.
I'm terribly sorry, Conny. I
guess it's entirely my fault.
Yeah, I thought
it would be.
Yes. Well, you see, we got to
talking about mutual friends.
Say, Conny, did you ever
read Alice in Wonderland?
Say, what are you
trying to do, kid me?
WOMAN: Hey, shake a leg!
MAN: See you over there.
Don't fail us, Romer.
Has everyone gone?
Nearly everyone. They're
over at the Springs.
Gee, I'm sorry
they broke up so early.
They all want you
to come over there.
No, I don't think I will.
Thanks awfully, Conny.
Make it snappy, Ruth.
I'll go get the car.
All right.
I'm sorry Conny
acted that way.
I don't blame him.
Well, you know, I could've
bet that this thing
wouldn't hold two quarts,
but it holds four. Look.
Well, Archie, I'm glad
you're still here,
because I want you
to do me a favor.
Oh, sure.
Look, I can't join the
crowd over at the Springs,
but would you mind taking these
two quarts over with my compliments?
Sure I will.
Well, I gotta get the car.
Gee, thanks a lot, Romer.
Don't mention it.
It was swell. Goodbye.
So long, Ruth.
That was awfully
decent of you, Romer.
Sometimes I surprise
myself, really.
So you finally got back.
Yes. You sound surprised.
Did you expect me
to be gone all night?
Well, dear,
I didn't know.
You see, a girl in your
position can afford to be
so much more unconventional
in her pleasures than I could.
What's the matter?
Shut up!
I didn't say anything.
I know you didn't.
Then why did you
tell me to shut up?
Well, how do you
like my guest room?
Light, airy,
comfortable and modern.
Why look further?
I wouldn't be interested
in a short-term lease.
Goodbye, Romer.
Well, this is once you
didn't keep me waiting.
I didn't dare.
(SINGING) Open all the
windows Turn the fan on, too
I'm ablaze, I'm in a daze
I'm burning for you
Call the fire engine
And the whole darn crew
Tell them all to hurry
'Cause I'm burning for you
I try to cool off
But when you say no
I'm a volcano
What can I do
Would you let me smother
Leave me in a stew
Go on and tell your mother
That I'm burning for you
Open all the windows
Turn that fan on, too
I'm ablaze, I'm in a daze
I'm burning for you
Call that fire engine
And the whole darn crew
Tell them all to hurry
'Cause I'm burning for you
I try to cool off
But when you say no
I'm a volcano
What can I do
Would you let me smother
Leave me in a stew
Go on and tell your mother
That I'm burning for you
Let's grab a boat
and cool off,
or have you run away from
the crowd enough for one day?
Conny, why do you keep
harping on that?
You know I'd love to
go out on the lake.
Okay. Let's get out before
somebody else horns in on the ride.
Conny's a fool.
Letting Ruth drag
him off outside
just like the rest of the
fellows that chase her.
He's no fool.
Enjoy your ride?
It was great.
It's much
nicer out here.
I'll say it is.
Let's have one of
your best putt-putts.
This is it.
Hop right in, beautiful, and
pick yourself a nice, soft seat.
MAN: All right.
Please don't, Conny.
Come on,
you're too far away.
No, I'm all right
where I am.
Can't you ever enjoy a boat
ride without kissing somebody?
Oh, all right.
Pretty cove.
Yes, it is.
What's the idea?
Why not?
You're not going to
high-hat me all day, are you?
Conny, be your age!
You know I don't like
that caveman stuff.
You'll love it, beautiful.
I came out here to cool off,
not to have a wrestling match.
I see. You like Romer's
petting better than mine, huh?
I don't like the way
your ears are put on.
Let's go back.
And make a sap out of me twice
in one day? Nothing doing.
I've got a little
coming to me.
What do you expect for a
boat ride, Marlene Dietrich?
Don't play dumb. You've
been on these parties before.
RUTH: Conny!
Good night, Eva.
Good night.
Good night, Archie.
Eva, Conny isn't back yet.
Did you ever know Ruth to
bring a fellow back this early?
(LAUGHS) Oh, Archie!
Why, hello, Ruth.
Here, take this cushion.
I'm too tired to move.
Come on.
I suppose you're
wondering why I'm here.
Well, you're here.
I can't think of
anything more important.
Would it interest you to
know that I've wanted you
ever since I first
saw you in the bank?
You're supposed to see
things you want in banks.
Yes, and the moment
you go to get them,
burglar alarms start
ringing all over town.
May I pay you
a compliment?
No, no, not one
of those haymakers.
It's just this.
I've known many women.
Never have I met one
so warm, so desirable
and so unapproachable.
You know, I surprise myself
admiring the mind in you.
You don't mind my mentioning
it since it's there, do you?
As a matter of fact,
it all comes down to this,
a man would have
to be very stupid
to touch you without
first knowing your heart.
There, you didn't think brains
could do that for you, did you?
I hadn't given it
much thought.
Is Listerine
good for brains?
Love, they tell me,
is better.
If it lasts.
Well, what does it matter, so
long as one finds happiness?
Did you ever regret
being happy?
but I would if that
happiness meant being
sneered at and scorned
and talked about.
You don't know what it is
to live in a small town.
You can only play
on the surface.
And even if you're
honest about that,
you're not safe from
a lot of evil-minded people.
The only security in
a place like this is
settling down
and getting married.
Marriage, ownership.
Dreadful thought,
isn't it?
One drink
for Sheffield!
Say, tell me something.
How can you be so morbid
after what happened last night?
What about last night?
Well, for heaven's sake, girl,
don't you remember where you were?
I was home in bed,
asleep at 10:00.
No, no, no, there must be some mistake.
You and I were
in Venice.
And our rooms opened onto the
Gardens and the Grand Canal.
And we watched the moon
play across the walls,
and listened to that gondolier
singing as he paddled down the canal.
a check of yours for $10,000
came into the bank today,
made out to
Camille Renault.
It was torn.
You wanted us to put it
through, didn't you?
You know, Ruth, you're strangely
honest, sometimes painfully so.
Will you make me
a promise?
What is it?
Well, if ever you find
out you're wrong about
what you think is
security and happiness,
would you let me know?
Even if I'm in Switzerland,
will you send me a cablegram?
Well, I'm not wrong,
but I'll promise.
Good. Let's drink to it.
To what?
To your being wrong.
No, thank you!
Somebody's coming.
Sit still.
It's just a car passing.
Hello, Conny, I couldn't
imagine who it was.
Yeah, I'll bet you
couldn't. Where's Ruth?
Why, hasn't she
been with you?
Quit stalling. Now, who was the
girl I just saw go in the house?
You know, Conny, you seem
to have an amazing curiosity.
Yeah, enough to find
out if that was Ruth.
Don't you think it's more
agreeable here on the veranda?
No, I don't!
I suppose those aren't
Ruth's shoes, huh?
Conny, I think you
ought to go into town.
Yeah? Well, Ruth's going
with me, you big stiff!
You know, it's much
cooler in town.
You'll remember this!
Yeah, that's right. I always
remember pleasant experiences.
Ruth! Ruth!
The young lady has gone, sir. Where?
She told Frank you wished
him to drive her home.
Frank! Wait a minute!
You forgot these.
Thank you.
Good night.
Let me out
at this corner.
Thank you.
So she ditched Conny again
and went back to see Romer.
Yeah, it sure
looks like it.
And afterward he sends her
into town in his car.
Why didn't she stay
all night?
Hot potatoes!
Who are you?
Bill Fadden!
I can hardly
believe it's you!
It is.
Are you sure?
Turn around.
Haven't changed a bit.
Where are your pigtails?
Well, a girl has to grow up
and bob her hair sometime.
Well, go on, eat your pie
and tell me all about it.
What are you doing here,
and why?
I've got to do a geological
survey for the oil company.
Up around Black Mountain.
I wanna pitch camp
in the old Indian cave.
So you turned out
to be a geologist.
Yeah, anticlines, fossils,
sedimentary deposits and all.
Sounds awful!
It's a great game, Ruth, I'm out
in the field 10 months a year.
Are you still
afraid of girls?
No. I'm not
very used to them.
Never see any from
one month to another.
And couldn't figure
them out if you did.
Well, anyway, I...
I wanted to see
you again, a lot.
Did you have
a good time tonight?
Your father told me they've
built a new dance hall
right down on
the lakefront.
Willow Grove,
or something.
Now, that's too bad.
I guess the lake isn't
the same anymore.
The same?
(LAUGHS) I was just remembering
how peaceful it used to be.
I guess you'd find
it changed, all right.
(WHISPERING) Good night.
See you in the morning.
See you at breakfast.
Hello, Conny.
How about a date
this afternoon?
Why don't you
call up Ruth?
She ought to be
very interesting now.
I'm fed up with her!
Why? Because she ran out
on you again last night?
Well, how did you know?
Because I saw her coming
home in Romer Sheffield's car.
You did, huh?
What time?
About 2:30
this morning.
Ruth Brock?
What time did
she leave you?
Why, when we left
the dance.
She ducked while
I went out to get a boat.
Why, that was
only about 10:00.
Didn't she even go out
in the boat with you?
Well, if she had, she would have
come back with me, wouldn't she?
Then she must have been at Sheffield's
house for more than four hours.
How awful!
All right, Conny.
Come out about 2:30 this
afternoon. Yes. Goodbye.
Do you mean to say
that you actually saw
Ruth Brock in
Romer Sheffield's car?
Yes, Auntie.
Isn't it terrible?
Why, she must have been at his
house for more than four hours.
I didn't think Ruth was
that kind of a girl.
I've seen it coming
for a long time.
She's always been
encouraging men.
Number, please.
Hello. Hello. Matilda?
Matilda, I've just heard
the most awful news.
Ruth Brock was in Romer Sheffield's
house with him alone last night.
Yes, yes, from about
10:00 until 2:30.
And then he sent her home
to town in his car. Yes.
Number, please.
Number, please.
Number, please.
An affair with
Romer Sheffield.
Yes, yes.
I'll call you back later.
Number, please.
Yes, someone saw
them silhouetted
against the curtain
of the upstairs bedroom.
He was holding her
in his arms.
Yes, she was there
till 3:30.
OPERATOR: Number, please.
She spent the night
with him.
They saw her coming into town this
morning in his car, just at dawn.
OPERATOR: Number, please.
How long are you
going to be gone, Bill?
About a week.
I want to make some pictures and
maps and get some rock specimens.
I wish you didn't
have to go so soon.
It's probably
just as well.
If I didn't, I think I'd find myself
falling in love with you again.
When we were kids, I used
to think you were swell.
In spite of
the pigtails.
But now you know
better, don't you?
I'm beginning
to doubt it.
I never forgot you.
I've always remembered
you, too, Bill.
But memories can't turn
to love in one day.
MAN: All ready, Mr. Fadden.
Right with you.
Wish you could drive up and spend
an afternoon exploring with me.
Around Black Mountain
with compass and camera.
That's about it.
Do you think you could?
Bill, I'm a working girl.
But I may be able
to get a day off.
Good. I hope so.
Headquarters, the cave.
Goodbye, Bill.
WOMAN: Yes, indeed, and I
believe every word of it.
There isn't a doubt.
Mrs. Winchell, Mrs.
Starr, how do you do?
Hello, Ruth, darling.
Miss Brock, I've decided to
dispense with your services.
I'm giving you two weeks'
salary in place of notice.
But why, Mr. Randolph?
There isn't enough work for Mr.
Franklin to need you any longer.
That's not the reason,
Mr. Randolph.
I've had plenty
of work to do.
What is it?
I don't care to argue the matter
with you, Miss Brock, except to say
that the moral conduct of our employees
is a very important consideration.
That's all, Miss Brock.
Hello, Ruth.
Where's Mother?
Out somewhere.
Why, what's
the matter, honey?
You've been crying.
I just got fired.
You did? What for?
Well, it seems
I'm an immoral woman,
and immoral women shouldn't
work in banks, you know.
They might corrupt
the young dollar bills.
Did Ned Randolph
call you that?
What are you going to do?
I'm going to make him
eat every word of it.
The lying, ungrateful dog!
I gave him his...
No, no, Dad,
it wouldn't be any use.
So you got yourself fired from
the bank and came sneaking home.
Bad news sure
travels fast.
Well, what have you got
to say for yourself?
Mother, I didn't do
anything to...
Don't you stand there
and lie to me.
Why, the whole town's talking
about you and sneering at you.
I might have known you'd do
something to disgrace the family.
Painting your face
and staying out nights
with a lot of rotten
young whelps!
You would end up in a vile
affair with Romer Sheffield.
Why, Mother, how can you say such
a... MR. BROCK: Ida, that's a lie!
Is it? Well, ask her.
Weren't you alone in his
house with him at night?
Didn't his car
bring you into town?
Yes, but I...
Stop that, Ida!
Don't you try to defend her!
All my life I've
sweated and slaved,
trying to make a
decent woman out of her,
to give her every
advantage, and now look.
Look how she repays me!
How're we going to live?
Where's the next
dollar coming from?
So that's all
I mean to you!
You're not worried about
the scandal, it's just money!
No one will hire me.
RUTH: Bill!
Ruth! Ruth!
I'm sorry.
You were drenched,
and all in.
I thought that...
You don't have
to apologize, Bill.
You were ice-cold, and
I couldn't bring you to.
You'd better
drink this now.
I tried to give you some
before, but it choked you.
Are you all right now?
But I thought I'd shake to
pieces before I got up here.
You probably staved off
a grand case of flu.
You shouldn't have tried
to climb in this storm.
I didn't care about
the rain or anything.
I just wanted
to see you.
You wanted to
see me that much?
Don't cry, Ruth, please.
I can't help it.
I never wanted to see anyone
so much in all my life.
I'm glad you
feel that way.
Ruth, it's been
the same with me.
I'm a clumsy ox
around women.
I don't know
how to say it,
but I've been in love
with you for a long time.
I wanted to tell you
yesterday and lost my nerve.
Last night I couldn't
sleep thinking of you.
I need you, Ruth.
Are you going to laugh at me
or marry me or cry some more?
I'm going to do
all three at once.
Can we be married
right away?
Sure. We'll tell
your family tonight.
Ruth ought to be
home by now.
I'm worried, driving
around in the rain.
Worrying? Well, you
better stop that right now.
I've worried all my life, and you
see all the thanks I get. I'm through.
Of course I love you, Bill.
Annie, come to dinner.
In a minute.
You swept me off my feet
and carried me away,
Right now!
Oh, all right.
Soup's getting cold.
Ida, Ruth'll be here
any minute now.
Well, I'm not going to
wait dinner any longer.
RUTH: Yes, Mother.
Well, it's about time
you were...
Why, Bill, we didn't
expect you back so soon.
This is a surprise.
We've got a bigger
one for you.
Ruth and I are
going to get married.
Bill, that's great news. I'm
tickled to death. Have a cigar.
Ruth, how marvelous!
And Bill! Well!
My baby!
We're so happy to welcome
you into the family.
He's not in
the family yet, Mother.
Well, of course, but it won't
be long now, will it, Bill?
Nobody has long
engagements nowadays.
We're going to file our
application tomorrow, Mother.
We have to wait
three days anyway,
so Bill is going back up to the
mountain to finish up his work.
Oh, that's fine.
And Sunday
we leave for Chicago.
Well! Oh, Annie, Annie, come in here,
dear, and congratulate your sister.
She's going
to get married.
To Bill?
Yes, dear.
Oh, gee!
Ruth gets the best
of everything.
Can't you wait
a little while, Bill?
Sure he will,
won't you, Bill?
Are you happy?
So much so, I don't know what
I'd do if I ever lost you.
You couldn't lose me.
You talk like a little
girl afraid of the dark.
Well, sometimes the dark can be
pretty awful when you're alone.
You're going to be
with me from now on,
and we're taking
tonight to celebrate.
The world is yours.
Where do we go?
I don't know.
Say, there's some of the
crowd we went to school with.
Bull Con, Eva, Joe!
Why, it's Bill Fadden.
Hello, Bill.
Hi, Bill.
He's with Ruth.
Let's go over.
Okay. Come on, let's go.
Wonder when
he got back.
Hello, Joe.
How are you, Bill?
Look, he's grown
out of short pants.
What're you doing, wearing
stilts? Hello, Conny. Hello, Janet.
Hello, Bill. Why,
hello, Eva, how are you?
Fine, thanks.
Hello, Ruth.
My, it's nice to see you again,
Bill, after all these years.
You're handsomer
than ever.
I shaved this morning.
We miss you at the bank, Ruth, dear.
You'll have to
go on missing her.
We're going to get
married Sunday.
You are?
Well, congratulations, Ruth.
Thanks, Eva.
Congratulations, you big
hound, stealing our prize gal.
We all resent you,
Mr. Fadden.
I don't blame you much.
Go telephone for
the hearse, Archie,
get the fireman's band.
We'll have a wake.
I'll go you one
better than that.
We're going out to Willow
Springs tonight to celebrate.
Why don't all of you join us and
we'll make a real party of it?
How about it, Ruth?
That'll be fine.
Yes, won't it?
ARCHIE: What about females?
Invite anyone you want.
The more, the merrier.
Don't worry, we'll ring in the
whole crowd. It isn't very often
a big butter and egg man
comes to town to give a party.
No, we've only had one,
and that was last Saturday.
We'll try to make
this one top it.
ALL: Goodbye.
See you all about 9:00.
So she hooked
Bill Fadden, huh?
Isn't that just lovely.
You know who we'll
invite, don't you?
Conny, you're a genius!
No, I just want to see a few
people fall over backward.
Say, when's this
surprise coming off?
Don't get excited.
It'll be here.
Just keep your
eye on the door.
It better be good.
It will be.
I wish we could dance
every dance together, Bill.
So do I.
Catch up a little on the
seven years I've missed.
I hate to think of all
the times you've been here
dancing in some other
fellow's arms.
Who wouldn't be?
Hello, lovebirds,
having a good time?
We're not exactly bored.
Don't forget. Bill, the
next dance is mine. I won't.
You're at Willow Springs,
you know, Bill.
You have to take your
girl for a boat ride.
Is that the custom?
That's a very
old custom.
Is that true?
Why, he's exaggerating.
Have you gone
riding much?
Why, of course,
lots of times.
Nothing, I guess.
Look, there's Romer.
That's him, all right.
So that's what Conny had
up his sleeve!
Well, I think
it's a dirty trick.
You said it.
Miss Randolph's table?
She's with a party
at the end table.
Hello, Romer.
Hello, there. It looks
like a good party.
It will be from now on.
Where's Ruth?
She's dancing somewhere.
What's the matter?
Bill, let's slip away from
the crowd and get a boat.
We've got to dance with
the others sometime.
Well, we can do it later.
I want to be alone with
you for some of the evening.
All right, honey, we'll duck out
as soon as we finish this dance.
Hello, Ruth.
May I cut in?
this is Mr. Sheffield.
Mr. Fadden, my fianc.
Mr. Fadden,
my congratulations.
Thank you.
May I finish this dance?
Well, there's not much
to say, is there?
Well, I've never lied to you, so
I'm not going to congratulate you
or wish you happiness,
just good luck.
Thank you.
Seems like a fine fellow.
Yes, he is.
You know, I wouldn't
have come if I'd known.
Eva didn't say
anything about it.
Eva invited you here?
You know, when I came here tonight I didn't
think our first dance would be our last.
I hope it's a long one.
Well, you see it wasn't.
Do you mind if
I leave you here?
Aren't you coming
back to the table?
No, thanks. I think I'll
just step out of the picture.
I've caused you enough
embarrassment already.
You're very kind.
You shouldn't say that.
It hurts my vanity.
Hi, Archie.
So Romer was
your surprise?
Yeah. Did you see Ruth's
face when she spotted him?
She pushed Bill
all over the floor
trying to keep them
from meeting.
I saw it, you heel!
For two cents I'd push your
face down into your neck!
You don't like it?
No, I don't like it.
Ruth's had enough trouble,
getting fired from the bank
and having the whole
town on her neck.
Give her a break.
She's engaged
to be married.
Why should you try
and bust it up?
CONNY: Somebody ought
to do the sap a favor
and tell him he's getting
a second-hand bargain.
I still hope that someday I'll
have to pay for that cablegram.
Goodbye, Romer.
No, not goodbye.
I hate goodbyes.
What's the matter?
Did he see me coming?
What do you mean, Bill?
Afraid of my finding out
about you two?
There's nothing
to find out, Bill.
Except that you got fired from
the bank on account of him.
Why did you lie to me
if it wasn't true?
Why were you anxious to leave
the dance when you saw him coming?
Well, I was
panicky, Bill.
I didn't want
to see him.
I was afraid that
you would find out
the things that people
are saying about us
and believe them.
If it wasn't true, what did
you have to be afraid of?
I was afraid of
losing you, Bill,
and the only happiness
I've ever known.
So you tried to
rush our marriage.
Even your family tried to hurry
us before I could find out.
(SCOFFS) And you expect
me to believe you!
No, Bill, you've
got to understand!
I can't understand
their being out all night.
Well, thank heavens,
she'll soon be married
and all this worrying
will be over with.
Why, Bill!
Will you ask Ruth if I can
see her? Well, what's...
Why, what's
the matter, Bill?
We quarreled last night,
and I want
to talk to her.
Tell her I've got
to talk to her.
Well, Bill,
she hasn't come down yet.
I don't know, maybe
she's still asleep.
But I tell you, Bill, sit down
here, and I'll go right up and see.
Give him
a cup of coffee, Pa.
Hello, Mother.
Where's Father?
What are you
trying to do,
throw away your only
chance of getting married?
Coming in at this time of the
morning in an outfit like that!
Are you insane?
I'm sane for the
first time in my life.
Now, Bill Fadden's
in that room.
You get upstairs and change
your clothes in a hurry.
You can do your
explaining later.
I'll do all the explaining
I'm going to do right now.
Well, Bill?
Ruth, I was a fool to say
those things last night.
It doesn't matter, now.
Yes, it does.
We can't let a quarrel
like that stop our marriage.
We'll be happy.
You've got to forgive me.
It isn't a case of my
forgiving you now, Bill.
The things you believed
of me last night were lies,
but this morning
they're the truth.
I spent last night
at Romer's house.
And you couldn't
forgive that, could you?
No, I didn't think
you could.
Never mind, Dad.
I only came back
to say goodbye.
Why, where are you going?
I don't know,
but I'll write, Mother.
Goodbye, Dad.
Where to, Romer?
New York.
I owe a minister
a bet there.
What about?
Well, he bet that someday I'd
meet a girl I'd never want to lose
and that he'd marry us.
Say, did anyone ever tell
you that your hair is...
Is beautiful?