Romance in Manhattan (1935) Movie Script

[instrumental music]
[foghorn blaring]
[indistinct chatter]
[speaking in foreign language]
[instrumental music]
[foghorn blaring]
[indistinct chatter]
[speaking in foreign language]
- Say, ah. Ah.
- Ah.
[indistinct chatter]
[singing in foreign language]
Right over there.
[speaking in foreign language]
Now, he says that he went
to a farming school in Brno.
'And he also want
to go to school here.'
Yes, I want to be
a good American citizen.
'Uh, I also learned English at
the American college in Prague'
so that when I come
to your America
I can speak English very well.
That's fine, Novak.
I can, uh, go now?
Yeah, that desk
over there, son.
Thank you.
Thank you, very much.
Let me see your money, please.
- Uh, money?
- Yes.
How much have you
got there?
Uh, $58, $8 more than I need.
Uh, can, uh, can I go now?
Is there anyone in America who
would be responsible for you?
'Or is there anybody at home'
'who could, uh,
cable money to you?'
No, I.. I have no people.
Well, have you got a job
to go to when you land?
No, but I'll find one soon,
perhaps tomorrow.
Hold for special board
of enquiry.
Deportation to same port,
Rotterdam, sailing tonight.
[speaking in foreign language]
You're sending me back?
But why?
You haven't got money enough.
Why, all they told me
at home I need are $50
I have, I have $58.
Are you sure they didn't
tell you $200?
- Two hundred dollars?
- 'It was 50.'
But with so many
families in want
with labor conditions
as they are
the entry sum
has been raised.
I, I don't know what to say.
Well, I tell you.
You-you let me in
and tomorrow I start to work.
Very soon I can show you the
money, perhaps in a week or two.
Oh, uh, I, I don't speak
very well English, you explain.
I'm sorry, Karel,
you'll have to go back.
But, but I cannot do that.
It took me a long time to save
so much money to buy the ticket.
I have no more ticket,
so I cannot go back.
We will pay your way back.
Well... that is bad news.
But if I have to go back,
I have to go.
All the way to Holland
and then to Czechoslovakia.
Also, I get so sick on the boat.
- Well, it's too bad.
- 'Alright. Joe.'
Excuse me.
You, you will take me back
to Holland free?
- It costs me nothing?
- That's right.
And you bring me back to America
free too when I earn the $200?
- Come on, you're holding up.
- Excuse me.
You bring me back to America?
No. We can't do that.
- Then, then I do not go back.
- Take it easy, son.
But, excuse me, for three years
I've been saving money
to come to America
for my food and for my clothes.
You don't know how I worked.
I, I even learned English.
Why, this has been my whole life
to come to America,
you cannot send me back now.
It would take me years to
earn enough money to come back.
Please, you must find something.
I'll do anything.
- I, I'll work day and night.
- Take it easy, son.
Please, don't send me back.
Let me earn the money here.
- Next case.
- You cannot do this.
How am I to come back? Please,
let me earn the money here.
[dramatic music]
[bell rings]
[ship chugging]
[dramatic music]
[water splashing]
[male #1]
'Grab him by the other arm.
Are you alright, Mac?'
[male #2]
'I'm alright, hoist him up.'
This guy's heavy.
He must be full of water.
Ah! He's croaked.
No, he'll live.
- He's coming through.
- Let him sit up, he's alright.
[dramatic music]
What's the matter, kid?
You trying to commit suicide?
No, I, I fell in.
Thank you for pulling me out.
- Thank you very much.
- Hey, where you goin'?
Can you imagine that guy?
[male #3]
'We should've let
that mug drown.
- He's scared of something.
- Hey, you dropped your wallet.
Sir, that immigrant
we were taking back is missing.
- Have you searched the ship?
- Yes, sir. He's not aboard.
Well, he'll have
a nice long swim.
Now, wireless the immigration
authorities, they'll pick him.
Yes, sir.
What'll it be, buddy?
I would like to have some
hot coffee and, uh,
uh, this, huh.
- Oh, rolls?
- Yes.
Couple of hot rolls, Tom.
- Milk?
- Yes.
That'll be six cents.
Hey, buddy, where you goin'?
Here's your roll.
[dramatic music]
[upbeat music]
Two hundred thousand
this morning..
$2000 investment
should bring me 30,000.
Hundred and forty thousand
[music continues]
Hey! Keep moving!
Keep moving.
[tires screeching]
- Are you alright?
- Yes, sir, alright.
Alright, break it.
Come on.
[instrumental music]
Hey, what do you think this is?
Peacock Alley?
'Move on now. Move on.'
[singing indistinct]
Come on, girls.
Let's rehearse the--
[indistinct chatter]
[male #4]
'Hey, come on, girls.
Let that food alone.'
'Let's get this number
'Come on. Come one.'
[upbeat music]
Wait a minute.
Well, take it.
Go ahead and eat it. It's free.
I'm staking you.
You may as well sit down.
When did you eat last?
Uh, yesterday I think.
'Diet or necessity.'
I beg your pardon.
- Broke?
- Broke?
Stony, flat, cleaned out?
I'm sorry,
I don't understand.
Oh, I get you.
You're one of them foreigners
who learnt to speak English
but don't know it
when you hear it.
Oh, never mind. Skip it.
Go ahead and eat.
Here have another donut.
- Where are you from?
- Um, Czechoslovakia.
Oh, is that so?
'How do you like America?'
Oh, she is wonderful.
So beautiful, so big
so friendly and so warm.
Say, who are you talking about?
Oh, America.
Your country.
- Are you in politics?
- Oh, no. I, I'm a farmer.
A fa.. Oh.
Now, I know why you love us.
The AAA has been paying you
$14 an acre
not to grow anything.
Paying me
not to grow anything?
Never mind, skip that too.
I beg your pardon, I,
I wouldn't like to skip so much.
Uh-huh, you won't.
Have you been here long?
Yes, um, long time.
And still a farmer.
You should've been able
to starve to death
in New York long before this.
[music continues]
Have you had enough?
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you very much.
That's quite alright.
Do you mind
if I say something?
Not at all.
Well, I..
...wanted to say that I..
...I think that you're
the love-loveliest young lady
I've ever..
I mean, I wanted
to say that a very beautiful..
I beg your pardon, my English.
No, your English is swell.
Oh, uh, wait a minute.
- Goodnight.
- Oh, no, no, thank you.
- Thank you.
- What's the matter?
Don't you think
you'll ever be hungry again?
Oh, I, I'll get a job.
What? Doing farming?
I'm a very good farmer.
I went to farming school.
Oh, I suppose you're going to
start ploughing at 42nd street
and sowing it with wild oats.
Hello, anybody go to jail here?
Hello, Murph.
I thought I told you to move on.
Is he bothering you?
Oh, not a bit, he's alright.
Oh, say, Murph, maybe you
could help this fellow out.
Oh, no. I tried that,
he won't take it.
But do you know of a job
we could get him?
Hmm. I don't know where I'd
be looking first, Miss Dennis.
Things are awful tough.
I get tapped every day.
I suppose you do.
Well, I don't know
anybody around here
who needs a farmer
except Murph here.
- Do you understand farmin'?
- Oh, yes, very much.
'Oh, don't get excited,
he hasn't got a farm yet.'
But he's gonna get one
in Jersey when he retires.
- Well, thanks anyway, Murph.
- Okay.
If I hear of anything,
I'll let you know. So long.
So long.
Do you care
what kind of work you do?
Oh, I, I'll do anything.
Of course, I wouldn't like
very much to wash dishes.
I did that for a week
in a hotel in Prague and--
Well, I never went
for that much myself.
But my brother might
be able to get you a job.
Yes, why don't
you come with me.
Oh, uh, goodnight.
Awfully glad to have met you.
That's the landlady.
Come up to apartment 4-C
after she's gone in.
- Come, Trixie, come.
- Good evening, Mrs. Schultz.
She's as deaf as a post.
[knock on door]
Does Mr. Frankie Dennis,
live here by..
Hello, Sylvia.
Hello, Frankie.
Who are these ladies?
I'm Miss Anthrop.
This is Miss Evans.
- How do you do?
- How do you do?
We came about Frank.
Why, what's the matter?
He hasn't been to school
these past two days.
Unless there is
a very good reason.
We shall have
to take some action.
Where have you been?
Selling papers again?
Didn't you promise me
you'd go to school
and do that paper
selling afterward?
Yes, I did.
And I'm sorry about that.
Do you want them
to take you away from me?
Gosh, no.
Well, they would you know,
if you play hooky again.
Why didn't you
keep your word?
'Cause I'm sick of
seeing you work so hard.
Besides, I ought
to be earning more.
I'm getting too big
to be sponging on you.
Listen, Frank.
Remember, what we said?
I was to take care of you
until you'd had your schooling.
And then when you were older,
you were gonna take care of me.
- 'Isn't that what we agreed?'
- Yeah.
I don't want you to stay away
from school again, promise?
Uh, I promise.
Honest, I do.
He'll keep his word.
He's a good boy.
We had a long talk.
You're pretty young,
Miss Dennis
to be looking after
a small boy.
Don't you think he'd be better
off in Benton Institute?
No. No, I don't.
Best thing for us is,
is to be together.
I'm not so sure of that.
[knock on door]
Oh, it's you. Come in.
I, I was afraid
that I've lost you.
The house is so big.
Well, come in.
Oh, uh, oh,
this is a friend of mine.
An old friend of mine, Mr..
What did you say your name was?
Uh, Novak, Karel Novak.
Uh, No.. Mr. Novak.
- How do you do, Mr. Novak?
- How do you do?
We must be going.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
- Thank goodness they are gone.
- Is anything the matter?
Oh, no.
No, it will be alright
Oh, this is Frank.
Karel Novak.
What's the matter?
Don't you like my apartment?
Oh, yes. I, I was looking
for your brother.
Why, you just met him.
This is my brother.
I beg your pardon,
I'm terribly sorry.
You see, I thought
because you said
your brother could
get me a job
he would be
a big man with a..
Like he owned a factory.
Oh-ho-ho. No, no.
No, he's a news boy.
Oh, uh, Frank.
Do you think you could
get him started?
Well, it depends.
You got any dough.
Well, uh, not just now,
he's little short
but things aren't going so well.
- 'You know?'
- Mm-hmm.
Well, I thought
maybe you could, uh
take him in on credit.
You mean as a partner?
Yeah, well, he could work during
the day while you're at school.
Well, there is
something in that.
You could fix it with Goldberg.
What do you think?
Goldberg is the man
who runs the stand.
Well, I don't know
about taking in strangers.
You ever sold papers before?
- No, I haven't.
- What makes you think you can?
Oh, well, I thought he could
just to get started.
Oh, I think I could, Mr. Frank.
Is it very difficult?
Well, at least
he could try it out.
Well... alright.
If you are okay with my sister,
you are okay with me.
Thank you very much.
I, I hope you won't be sorry.
I hope I won't either.
Well, uh, goodnight.
Uh, I see you then, uh
tomorrow morning, partner.
- Goodnight.
- So long.
Oh, uh, where you going?
- Well, um, where I live.
- Where is that?
I have a some,
a little place where I sleep.
Some cozy little alley,
I suppose.
You stay right where you are.
Come on, now, get ready for bed.
Ah-ha, don't forget the teeth.
- Oh, gee.
- Go on.
Come on.
- What's the matter?
- This house is so elegant.
You have carpets. Really?
Yes and cockroaches too.
Isn't that wonderful.
This looks like
the best spot to me.
'What do you think?'
I say, I think this
is the best spot.
'What's the matter?'
- This is it.
- This is what?
This is how it was in my dreams.
Oh, it's wonderful.
[inhales deeply]
Smell the river?
You take another deep breath
like that
and you'll poison yourself.
- Look at those lights.
- What lights?
Those. They are gorgeous.
And all those tall buildings.
Oh, America.
The way you say America
it sounds like
you thought it were heaven.
It could be.
Not my idea of heaven.
Too much noise and dirt
and worry about eating.
Worry? Do they worry
in America?
Why sure, don't they
worry in Czechoslovakia?
Oh, yes, there, but here
well, everybody
looks so happy here.
They all smile
and look so rich and busy.
We all try look rich and busy
whether we are or not.
But tell me, uh,
why do they worry?
Why not?
We've had a depression.
Everybody scrambling
for enough to live on.
To pay their rent,
buy shoes for their kids.
And pay their doctor bills.
And maybe see a show
If most people grin it's
because they don't dare not to.
But the ones I've seen today
they've got so much.
Automobiles, good clothes
beautiful houses to sleep in.
And they're not hungry,
they should be happy.
There's more to life
than eating and sleeping.
Oh, yes, there is,
but here in America
there's the chance
for everyone to get it.
Here everybody can
get ahead and climb
to the height he dreams off.
There's opportunity here.
Are you out to get rich?
Of course, I want
to be a millionaire.
That's what I came
to America for.
Well, do you think
it's as easy as all that.
Oh, I don't think
it will be easy
but that it can be done at all
that's, that's grand.
Do you know
how many people want to
come to this country of yours?
For millions
it is the land of dreams
and hopes of achievement
and happiness.
- Do you really believe that?
- Of course.
But an hour ago you were
almost starving to death.
Oh, I already
forgot all about it.
Well, I guess this is
the kind of a fellow I am.
I remember always
only the good things.
Yeah, today was
a little bit tough.
I, I'm ashamed
to admit it now
but... this afternoon
I was almost desperate.
I didn't know what to do.
Where to get something
to eat or where to sleep.
But that's America,
something good always turns up.
I have met you
and you have helped me.
Oh, I can't tell
you what I feel.
I will be grateful to you
all my life and I pay you back.
Oh, I will work hard.
I know everything
will come out right.
Sure it will.
Unless a thunderstorm should
come up during the night.
And if it does you'll have
to sleep in the hallway there.
Well, goodnight.
See you in the morning.
Are you asleep?
Well, if I was, I'm not now.
Oh! I'm sorry.
You know..
...that guy is alright, I guess.
Sure, he's alright.
Oh, Frank.
Did you ever stop to think
what a wonderful place
New York is?
Sure. And we got
the Giants and the Yanks.
Babe Ruth hits home run in ten.
Babe Ruth hits home run
in 10th inning.
Latest sports news.
Wall Street closing.
Oh, thank you, mister.
Babe Ruth hits home run in ten.
Babe Ruth hits home run in ten..
[male #4]
'Get the finest
sports news here.'
'Highlights and all
Wall Street closing..'
[indistinct muttering]
Oh, stop it.
- I might have known it was you.
- Hi, Murph.
Haven't I told you to stop
bringing around vegetables?
Did I tell your horse
to take it?
It's a fine way
to bring up a police horse.
- He's a crook.
- 'Paperboy.'
- Yes, sir.
- And listen, greenhorn.
You have to have a license
to carry around vegetables.
Alright, sue me,
you big flat feet.
Latest sports news.
Babe Ruth hits another home run.
Wall Street Final. Latest..
Paper, mister?
Latest sports news.
Ah, you're late.
Extra. Babe Ruth
hits another home run.
Paper, mister. Thanks.
Sure, I'm late.
- Did you've to stay in?
- Nope. Paper, mister?
How about a paper, mister?
Babe Ruth hits another home run.
- Thanks. I got you fixed up.
- Fine.
- You start Tuesday night.
- Paper, lady?
What am I going to study?
English composition,
American history, spelling.
Goodness knows you need
spelling and algebra.
Algebra? Do I have to know that?
No, but I do
and you can help me.
Ha-ha. Read all about it.
Babe Ruth hits another home run.
Paper, mister?
Say, that night school
is out at 9 o'clock, what?
- Yep.
- Fine.
Then I can still pick her up
at 11 and bring her home.
- Who Sylvia?
- Yeah.
Aw, she don't need you.
She's got a million guys
who can take her home.
Well, certainly.
Don't she ever talk about him?
No, she never talks about him.
That's funny, that just goes
to show you what girls are.
I know she's keen
on a couple of 'em.
Swell guys,
college fellows.
[male #5]
'This is the only one I can find
that will sell for a nickel.'
Well, that's alright,
I'll take it.
Do they have night college too?
Well, yes and no.
Don't let that worry you.
I made it up.
Made what up?
About Sylvia
and the million guys.
- You did?
- Of course.
A million guys!
I bet she hasn't even
got a hundred.
There was a fellow up
to see her yesterday.
Was there?
Wanted the rent,
didn't get it.
So this man gave all us girls
a $10 credit in his store
and I added three bucks to that,
bought this outfit.
Which leaves me flat broke.
I hope the show doesn't close.
Gee, it looks swell.
Wouldn't look so good
on anybody else.
How is it that you always manage
to say the right thing, Karel?
'Cause he's a sissy.
Oh, leave him alone, Frank.
Maybe someday you'll get
to be a gentlemen
and think of something nice
to say to somebody's sister.
Look at him.
Alright, go on, get sick
and keep me up all night
nursing your tummy ache.
- Where is the salt?
- Right ferninst the sugar bowl.
Where did you
get that ferninst stuff?
- Why? I learn American.
- From Murphy.
That should be fun.
Don't look now, but there's
a fresh guy up at the counter
who I think fancies
himself a Clark Gable.
I've been tryin' to
spot that guy and I just got it.
- Who?
- That guy over there.
Remember me telling you
about fishing a guy
out of the East River?
- Yeah.
- That's him.
He's coming over.
Now, watch this.
I'm going to fry him to a crisp.
Excuse me, fella.
Don't I know you?
[indistinct chatter]
I don't think so.
Didn't I fish you
out of the East River?
No, I..
I never fish in East River.
You, you must make a mistake.
I could've sworn it was you.
Well, I guess, I'm wrong.
Too bad.
Yes, uh, too bad, goodbye.
Not too bad for me.
The fella that I thought you was
dropped his wallet
with 58 bucks in it.
I was just going to give
it back to him, that was all.
'So long.'
He didn't even know
you was in town.
- Not was, were.
- Well, okay, still good.
He didn't even know
you were in town.
Say, if you'd been the guy,
he thought you was, uh, were
you would've got 58 smackers.
'Gee, that would have helped
a lot towards that 200'
'you're so set on saving,
wouldn't it?'
What were you gonna do with that
$200 when you got it, Karel?
The day I've got it,
I'll tell you all about it.
Ha-ha. Bet, I know.
You're saving up to get
a diamond engagement ring.
I wish it was, um,
well, for that.
Hi, Murph.
What's the big idea of throwing
your papers ferninst me horse?
What's the big idea of putting
your horse ferninst
where I've to throw my papers?
Wise guy.
Now that you're a truck driver,
you're a big shot.
I never saw a truck driver
who's different.
'One of these days
I'm gonna give you a ticket.'
And I give it right back to you.
Say, Murph.
You remember that, uh, foreigner
I was telling you about?
'Which one?'
Oh the one who is in
this country illegally.
Oh, that one, I hope
you remember I told you
it was your duty
to turn him over to be deported.
Yeah, that's what
I wanted to ask you.
Do you think that
if they caught him
before he had enough money
to, uh, straighten
the whole matter out
that the friends
he's staying with
would get into some trouble?
Certainly, they would
if they knew
he's in this country illegally.
They'd be accessories
before the fact or
after the fact
or something like that.
But suppose they don't know
he's in this country illegally?
Well, I don't suppose you could
put anybody in jail
for having a criminal if they
didn't know he was a criminal.
- Is he really a criminal?
- 'Of course, he is.'
'Just like you are.'
You're in no parking zone.
Now, come on, move out.
- Move on.
- Okay.
[male #6]
'Business pretty good,
Mr. Novak?'
'Oh, yes, business is fine,
thank you.'
I might've known it,
every time I buy a new dress
I have a short season.
[female #1]
'Yeah, my old man
is out of work too.'
- Come quick.
- What is it?
Hurry, hurry.
Now, uh, close your eyes,
and-and, now, close your eyes.
- Well, I..
- No, no, no. Don't.
No opening,
close your eyes.
Don't look
until I tell you, huh?
'Not yet.'
I wish somebody would
hand me a nickel.
'Now, you can look.'
Oh, Karel, that is wonderful.
That's swell.
Now I know
what you wanted with that 200
you bought yourself a taxi.
I didn't bought it.
The taxi company
hires me to drive.
Say, I get a good salary
and maybe if I drive slow
with old ladies
and fast with the young ones
I make plenty of money
from the passenger.
Oh, that's fine.
Well, you are getting on.
Sure, I am.
Want to see my license?
- 'Look.'
- 'That's cute.'
'Isn't it? I grow to look
to more American every day.'
Don't you think so?
Oh, I'm awfully happy
for you, Karel.
I wish I had some
good news for you.
Why, this is enough
good news for one day.
Mine's bad news.
The show's closed.
Well, that's fine, I'm glad.
- You're glad?
- Yes.
Because now I'm the man
of the house and not you.
Now, listen, Sylvia,
I make plenty of money
Frank makes some money too,
we get along fine
and you have a rest
from your dancing, huh?
Aw, you're sweet, but I can't
let you pay for things.
Then, we're not
friends after all?
- Of course, we're friends.
- Listen, Sylvia.
Maybe you don't understand.
A friend is for me
somebody very dear.
Very close, someone
to give to makes me happy.
Someone whom I work for gladly,
whom I love..
I mean, um, uh,
whom I feel friendly to.
Someone you can count on.
That's what I mean
by being a friend.
I know, Karel.
- And you're a swell friend.
- Well, alright.
Don't let us talk anymore about
who's the head of the house.
Frank and I
are head of the house
we come home for dinner
every night
and complain about how you cook.
- But I'm good cook.
- Never mind.
We're head of the house,
we complain anyway.
[male #6]
'Business not so good,
Mr. Novak?'
'Oh, yes, business is fine'
'but there is some
little expenses this month.'
'I will make it up.'
'Uh, 65 cents, please.'
- Keep it.
- Oh, thank you, thank you.
[tires screeching]
Come on, get out, go home.
- Go home.
- Why?
Strike! Leave your cab here
and report to headquarters.
Strike? Why, what for?
I cannot leave my cab here.
I do not understand.
Sylvia, what are you doing?
- Washing.
- Washing.
Well, you can take it off
just as good
doing this as you can dancing.
Well, maybe not
in the same place.
Say, what are you doing home
so early?
Oh, Karel, you didn't
lose your job?
Job? I should say not.
- Well, you're two hours early.
- Well, I thought you see..
Um, I thought you were having
such a dull time lately
so I thought best I come home
and bring you a little flower
and ask you if you would like
to go out tonight, huh?
Oh, Karel, you didn't
stop work just for that?
Of course, I mean, you see
I had to turn my car in.
So I thought perhaps because
I have not to work tonight
we could go out
and see a picture, huh?
- Karel, you're a darling.
- I should say I..
Say, listen,
let me do it for you.
- No. Go away. I need to work..
- Now, listen.
If we are going out,
you will have to change
besides, I told you I don't
want you to wash my clothes.
And you're not such
a good laundress either.
Oh, I suppose you think
you're better.
Certainly I am.
Now, let me do that, huh?
You're supposed to rub
the shirt, not the knuckles.
Thanks for telling me,
but it's a little late.
You know, Karel, you're gonna
make some girl a nice husband.
Sure, I will,
fellows like me are getting
harder and harder to find.
You know, if I hadn't promised
to marry a millionaire
I'd negotiate for you myself.
Oh, you promised
to marry a millionaire?
- Yep.
- 'Whom do you promise?'
I thought so.
Say, is this the only soap
you've got?
'Oh, no, there's another bar
on the sink.'
'But go easy with it.'
What do you think I went
into show business for?
I thought that you wanted
to get famous.
Oh, that was only one reason.
The other was
so I could contact some of those
rich stage-door
Johnnies that hand out
diamond bracelets and orchids.
- But, Sylvia..
- 'Yeah, I mean it.'
No, a girl that would
marry a man just for money..
Shows a good common sense
and a healthy business instinct.
Alright, alright.
How many millionaires
did you contact so far?
- Sylvia.
- Ah?
'How many millionaires
did you contact so far?'
- None.
- 'Huh?'
I never even got an orchid.
Best I could do
was to get a [indistinct]
from a Kansas City undertaker.
But I haven't given up.
Maybe before you marry the
millionaire you fall in love.
Uh-uh, I'm fed up
with poverty.
I've seen too many girls
married to men
who are always
losing their jobs.
'I've decided it's
just as easy to marry'
'a rich man as a poor one.'
'Maybe easier.'
Maybe, you're right.
Maybe a good laundress like me
contact a millionaire lady.
- Why not?
- 'Sure, why not.'
- Would you, Karel?
- 'Would I what?'
- Marry, just for money?
- If-if you would.
Yeah, but it's different
with a girl.
Any man that would marry a rich
girl just for her money..
Shows good common sense
and a healthy business instinct.
Well, maybe you're right.
Why not?
I tell you why not.
Because the only millionaire
you're going to marry is me.
Why, Karel, you're
turning caveman on me.
Yes, sir.
What about the millionaire now?
Alright, now
he's driving a taxi cab
and he's got awfully wet hands.
Well, sorry.
Look what you've done..
Hey, where is everybody?
- Are you on strike, Karel?
- Who's on a strike?
O-o-h, so, this is why
you turned your car in?
Well, what are we gonna to do?
None of us earning anything.
I am earning some.
- We can eat anyway.
- What about me?
I've enough money in the bank
to last half a dozen strike.
Now, come on,
let's have dinner
and go to a picture show
together, huh?
I know, but should
we spend that money?
Why not? Aren't we both going
to marry millionaires?
- No kiddin'.
- Yes.
Why do you allow Miss Dennis
to have the young man there?
What kind of a house is this?
Are you insinuating that
my house is not respectable?
- I'm asking you--
- Here, let me talk to her.
Everybody in the house
will hear you.
Does Mr. Novak live
in Miss Dennis' apartment
or has he a room elsewhere?
Read all about the game.
Maybe you missed some of it.
Paper. Thank you, sir.
Read all about it.
Here you are, lady. Thank you.
Paper. Babe Ruth snatched
the home run in the last inning.
- Is that in the paper already?
- No, sir.
I saw it through the fence.
Paper, paper.
Read all about it.
Read about the game.
[intercom whistling]
- Yeah?
- 'Telephone, Miss Dennis?'
Alright, thanks,
I'll be right down. Telephone!
- Maybe it's a job.
- Oh, I hope so.
Sure, it is.
Hello, yes.
Yes. This is Miss Dennis.
Right away.
It's about Frank,
a truant officer
picked him up at polo grounds.
Oh, I've got to go
to him right away.
Miss Dennis, how old are you?
Twenty two.
You're only 19.
'Aren't you?'
Yes, sir.
If there's anything I can do
for you in a legal way
Halsey J. Pander, attorney.
Your brother isn't getting the
proper upbringing, Miss Dennis.
Oh, yes, he is, Your Honor.
He-he's very healthy,
he's never sick.
It isn't just a question
of his health.
We have to think
of his character.
I understand Miss Dennis
that a gentleman
who is not related to you
is living in your apartment.
'Is that true?'
Oh, well, no sir.
- Well, that is--
- 'Is it true or isn't it?'
Well, Your Honor, Mr. Novak
is in my apartment
at times but--
Mr. Judge, that-that's me
she's talking about.
You see, I don't really live
in her apartment.
I sleep on the roof
on blanket
and when it rains so I sleep
on the landing inside.
I see,
I understand the show
in which you've been appearing
is closed.
Yes, sir.
Well, how do you live
without work?
Well, Frank,
earns a little and..
...and Mr. Novak has been
helping us out lately.
I see, Mr. Novak contributes
to your support.
- Well..
- Yes, Mr. Judge.
Let me explain, you see
my, uh, contribution
was in payment for a debt.
Miss Dennis helped me out when
I was without money and hungry.
Well, I think it's only fair
that I repay her now
when she's out of work.
I understand.
Oh, Mr. Judge, Your Honor,
there's no harm.
There's nothing wrong in it,
I swear to you.
I believe you, young man.
'But I think you better
reconcile yourself'
'to giving up your brother,
Miss Dennis.'
Why do I have to give him up?
Because you're not able to
give him the proper environment.
Well, there's nothing wrong
with me, Your Honor. I'm decent.
'I believe you are,
Miss Dennis.'
'But you just haven't the home
that your brother needs.'
You're only a young girl.
You'll be married someday, then
you'll be able to get him back.
I direct that the boy be placed
in the Benton Institute.
Well, does he have
to got there tonight?
No, not if you give me
your word of honor
to have him there tomorrow.
- Oh, yes, Your Honor, I will.
- That's all.
Funny how all these
things pile up.
I bet I got things
in these drawers that I ain't..
Haven't used in years.
'Though a way like this gives me
a good chance to clean 'em out.'
One, two, three.
Three flannel shirts.
One khaki shirt.
And then whatever
you call this stuff.
And this one,
the collar is torn.
Oh, no, it isn't.
You fixed it, Syl.
Gee, thanks a lot.
This khaki one though..
If I had a letter "B"
I could sew on that'd be swell.
Benton Institute.
'Or may be I need an "I" too'.
Gee, maybe it won't
be such a hard place.
Maybe it's one of those places
'where they lick you
for nothing at all.'
Oh, I don't think they'll
lick you, even though
I know a lotta kids who've been
licked, that didn't kill 'em.
Guess I can take it.
Oh, Karel.
'Tell Goldberg to hold my spot
for me, will you?'
Ever seen them double deck beds,
they got up there?
Those double deck beds.
The fellas sleep on up there.
I bet they're pretty swell.
Guess I won't like it at that.
I got a groove all wore out
in this ole couch.
'Feels pretty good to me.'
Maybe I wont be up there
long enough
to worry about their beds.
Hm, one of these days
you'll be getting married, Syl.
'Then I can come back,
judge said.'
Goin' up there will be
just like a vacation.
Out in the country..
Well, what struck him?
'Oh, don't cry, Syl.'
There's nothing to cry about.
Honest there isn't.
Oh, it's you!
Come on in.
What're you doin' here
this time of night?
I want to ask you something.
Oh, here, park yourself
in this chair.
I can stay only a minute.
Sit down.
What do you have to do
to get married?
Did you came all the way out
to Brooklyn to ask me that?
Now, don't, no kidding.
What have you to do?
- Well, first you get the girl.
- Naturally.
And then you get the best man,
maybe a fellow like me
to standup with you.
And then you go to the Municipal
Building for the license
which is from
a sour-faced fellow.
Usually a bachelor
or an old maid.
- I don't know why, but--
- Do-do they ask you something?
Sure. They ask you
for two bucks.
And I think it's a dirty shame.
Two dollars and that's all?
Ah, yes, I forgot something.
The minute a fellow wants
to get married
they become suspicious
of him right away.
- Suspicious?
- Yes.
They ask you if there's any
insanity in your family?
I'm just kidding.
I know it's severe.
Poor unlucky girl.
Well, she's not marryin'
an Irish man anyway.
No, worse lookin'.
Now, listen. Let me see.
There are $2.
Then you have to go
to the Municipal Building.
Then, um, there's an old
bachelor and..
Say, they don't ask you
any question?
No, all they want
is your two bucks.
Wonderful. I better go. I don't
want to wake up your wife.
My wife ain't here. She's
visiting her folks in Canarsie.
Then what are we whispering for?
I don't know
what you're whispering about
but I have a sore throat.
You big flat feet.
Just for this,
I won't let you be my best man.
You big foreigner, you.
Oh, hold on, wait a minute.
That reminds me,
I just thought of something.
I think they'll ask you
where you were born or so on.
If I were you, I'd bring along
naturalization papers with me.
N-naturalization papers?
Yeah, you never know. Some guys
have gone long noses you know.
Well, goodnight, me boy.
Good luck to you.
'I-I came to see you because,
a friend of mine'
'he is in some trouble.'
'Um, you see, he came
to America few months ago.'
And they did not let him in
because he didn't
have enough money.
You see, he thought
they'd let him in for $50.
But in the meantime the amount
has been raised to $200.
So they sent him back.
But he, uh,
that friend of mine
he jumped off the ship
and he is now in America.
I wanted to know
if you could fix it
so that he could
stay in America.
You see, he, he
likes America very much.
Do you think you could
make him a citizen please?
- Have you any money?
- 'Oh, yes.'
'You think you could do it?'
It's a good thing you
came in to see me.
Uh, how much money have you?
Oh, I have $6.
Six dollars.
Well, I'd like
to take your case.
But I'm not allowed
to take a fee
of less than $50.
That's the law.
Uh, you think,
you could get $50?
I don't know.
Fifty dollars..
Well, you think it over,
then come in to see me.
And for $50
you could make me
uh, I mean, that friend
of mine a citizen?
Why certainly.
I can make you
a citizen immediately.
'Good day.'
Hello, Callahan?
This is Pander.
Yeah, I'm alright.
I wanna ask you something?
You remember that
alien you located?
Yeah, that sailor
that jumped a ship.
Did you get any money
out of that?
You did?
A $100?
Well, uh, who-who paid you?
Oh, I see.
The government finds
the steamship people
and then the
steamship people paid you.
Not bad.
Thanks, Callahan.
Alright, go on get a cab.
You can start at 1 o'clock.
But remember this is
at your own risk.
- Thank you.
- The same pay you had before.
Mr. Harris, please could
you do me a favor?
'What is it?'
- Could you lend me $50?
- 'What are you crazy?'
We don't run
our business like that.
You want the job or don't you?
Oh, I'll work a month
for that $50.
Don't do me any favors.
Are you gonna start
at 1 o'clock?
Yes, sir.
I'm telling you, Mr. Pander,
I've got a job
and I can give you
the money in no time.
Can't you do it
on credit, please?
Well, I don't make
a practice of it.
- But if you'll keep it quite..
- Oh, thank you very much.
Um, how-how quick can you
make me a citizen? Today?
Oh, but I have to be
a citizen right away.
Well, you give me
your name and address
and I'll send the papers to you.
Did you tell Karel
we were gonna beat it?
I haven't seen Karel.
You don't suppose
what I said last night
about your getting married
and me coming back..
You don't suppose he thought
I was hinting at anything.
He probably did.
Men are conceited enough
to think most anything.
- Hi, Karel, where you been?
- Hello.
- Are you going somewhere?
- I'm taking Frank away.
I'm not gonna have him sent
to any institution.
- Oh, Sylvia, you can't do that.
- Well, I'm going to.
We're going to some other state
where we can be happy.
You would be running away
from the law
they put you into jail.
When they catch us.
But, Sylvia,
you don't know what it is
to be afraid of being caught.
No matter how happy
you would be always it would be
in the back of your mind
the thought that
someday somebody might come up
and say, "I know who you are".
We'll change our name.
I'll get a job in a factory.
We're not criminals
they're not gonna be sendin'
cops out looking for us.
But, listen, you would be afraid
you could never be happy.
I wouldn't be happier if Frank
were in a orphan asylum.
Now, Sylvia..
[alarm ringing]
Frank, listen, could you
do that in the kitchen?
Sylvia, the judge said that
Frank could come back to you
when you got married.
- So he did.
- Sylvia, will you marry me?
Thank you, Karel.
Thank you very much.
I appreciate
your offering to help.
It is not an offer to help.
I'm asking you to marry me.
I know, but I-I couldn't accept
that kind of a marriage.
Not even to keep Frank.
- But you don't understand--
- Oh, don't I?
Well, I understood
perfectly well when you
walked out of here last night.
If I hadn't,
I would have gotten
the general idea
when you tiptoed
off to the roof
so I couldn't hear you.
How did you sleep up there
without any blankets?
I did not sleep.
Sylvia, I had a reason
for what I did last night.
I ask you.
Will you marry me?
I told you, Karel..
If you don't like me enough..
I thought that..
I was so sure that
you felt as I did.
I can understand.
I'm sorry I..
- You're crying.
- No, I'm not.
So you do care.
You love me.
Well, what if I do?
- Frank.
- Frank. Karel and I--
Are gonna get married.
I heard ya.
Oh! Thank you, son of a gun.
Did you listen?
Sure. You're okay too.
Put her there.
I don't know which of you two
is the luckiest.
- I do.
- Me, I suppose.
Sure, now, listen,
I've to go, I've got a job.
- What kind of a job?
- I'll tell you tonight.
I'll be here at 11 o'clock
I'll bring a bottle of wine
and we celebrate.
But I won't be here, I got
to report to that institution--
Now, listen.
Tomorrow when we get married.
We go to the judge and explain
to him why you didn't report.
Everything will be alright.
I wonder
what Karel's working at.
He'll be here
any minute and tell us.
Say, which goes on the right?
The knife or fork?
I hope it's nothing shady.
You know, he acted
kinda funny about it.
Oh, Karel wouldn't
do anything shady.
Oh, Syl, what kind of
a party is this gonna be?
What do you have donuts for?
You wouldn't understand
about that, little man.
Mr. Harris, I'm-I'm sorry
about the cab.
I'm insured. Are you hurt?
Oh, no. I-I got away.
Well, this fellow
was got pretty mad
because I took his job but..
Maybe they're right,
but I have to have $50.
Uh, I'll be back tomorrow
if you don't care
'what happens to the cab.'
Oh, gee, Syl.
He'll be here in a minute.
Why can't I have a piece?
[knock on door]
Ya big stay out,
the door locked
Ya being st..
- Miss Dennis?
- Yes.
- This your brother Frank?
- Yes, sir.
I'm sorry, miss, but my orders
are to take the boy
to the Benton Institution.
Oh, but the judge said if,
if I got married
I could keep him and
and I'm being married tomorrow.
I don't know anything
about that, miss.
Get your things on, son.
Oh, wait a minute.
But it seems awfully foolish
to take him there
for just one night.
'I'm sorry, miss.'
Is it too late
to buy something?
It's never too late
to buy something
if you've got the money.
- You've got the money?
- Sure.
What can I do for you?
You see, I'm-I'm
getting married tomorrow.
I'd like to have a small bottle
of wine, but not too strong.
Alright. Alright.
This you can drink like milk.
- How much is it?
- A dollar and a half.
But if you're gonna be married,
you'll have plenty of expenses.
Return the bottle
and I'll refund you 20 cents.
Sylvia, you're waiting for me.
- Oh, Karel.
- Sylvia, what is wrong?
They've taken Frank
to the institute.
I tried to tell him
we were going to
be married tomorrow but..
Oh, Karel,
what's happened to you?
Okay, I got in a fight.
It's nothing.
I'll tell you about it later.
So they took Frank away?
- Oh, darling.
- Oh, listen, it's nothing.
Please don't cry.
We'll have Frank back tomorrow
the minute we're married.
Oh, I wish we'd
gotten married today.
I know but you see
it was impossible.
The lawyer couldn't make me
a citizen until tomorrow.
Oh, what your being citizen
gotta do with it?
Oh, Sylvia.
I've something to tell you.
You see, I'm in
this country illegally.
I couldn't tell you before
because if they caught me
and you knew,
you would have been in trouble
for harboring me
or, not reporting me.
But this morning I went to see
a lawyer and he says that he..
You see, the-the lawyer says
he can fix everything for me.
He'll make me a citizen
by tomorrow
and we get married, huh?
Oh, well, I didn't know
they could make you a citizen
in 24 hours.
- Are you sure?
- Mr. Pander says so.
I gave him my address
and he's going to send me
all the papers here tomorrow.
- Oh, Karel, I don't know--
- No, no, no, now, come on.
It's time for you
to smile a little.
After all tomorrow
is your wedding day.
[humming "Here Comes The Bride"]
- 'Who did you say you want?'
- 'Karel Novak.'
[male #7]
'N-O-V-A-K. Novak.'
Oh, my papers from Mr. Pander.
He's got them already,
you see everything is alright.
Um, I'm Karel Novak.
Have you got my papers?
- Oh, you're Novak?
- Yes.
Well, you come with us,
Mr. Novak.
- Where?
- Police Headquarters.
Police Headquarters?
What for?
But aren't you from my lawyer,
Mr. Pander?
We're from
the steamship company.
Oh, look here,
there must be some mistake.
Well, if there's a mistake,
we'll find out about it.
Oh, Karel, don't go.
Don't go, Karel. I'm afraid.
Over there.
A couple of customers.
What's the charge?
Holding for complainant.
I expect him here any minute.
Okay, boys.
Oh, this is Mr. Pander,
my lawyer.
Mr. Pander, please tell this
gentleman who I am.
Show him my papers.
Sergeant, keep this man
in custody for tonight.
- What's the charge?
- Illegal entry, to be deported.
The steamship people
will send for him tomorrow.
You mean
the immigration department?
No, the steamship company.
- But, Mr. Pander.
- Wait a minute, Karel.
Say, what are you getting
out of this?
I'm turning this man in
on his own confession.
I told you to book him,
I don't know if we're
supposed to hold anybody
for a steamship company.
Well, you just keep him here.
I'll take the responsibility.
Oh, must you?
Can't we get another lawyer?
Sure you can, miss.
But I suppose I'll have
to book him in the meantime.
[male #8]
'What's your name?'
Karel Novak.
[male #8]
'Where do you live?'
'35, Barrell Street.'
Hey, what are you
two kids doing here?
Oh, Murph. This man's making
trouble, what are we gonna do?
- Who's making trouble?
- You keep out of this, officer.
Say, when I want any advice
out of you, I'll ask for it.
What's he trying to do to you,
He promised
to make Karel a citizen.
But now, he's turning him in
to be deported.
Oh. Did you give him any money?
- No, I didn't, but I was to--
- Oh, now, just a minute--
Murphy, is this man
a friend of your?
- Yes, he is.
- Well, now..
What's all that
got to do with it?
You're not trying this case,
you're here to book him.
Excuse me, if I say something.
I don't deny
what Mr. Pander says.
I am entered
this country illegally..
Really, sergeant,
this is all beside the point.
Mr. Sergeant, please,
would you do something for me?
You see, if I've
to be deported, alright.
But, this young lady and I,
we wanted to get married.
Could you make it so that we
can get married tonight? Now?
But you're going
to be deported tomorrow.
- I'll come back.
- Wait a minute, son.
Maybe you won't be able.
Well, then, well, then
I'll go to him.
Why not, sergeant?
Well, if they want
to get married I--
Are you going to book
this man or not?
Say, fella,
maybe this can be fixed up.
Why not call the immigration
people in the morning?
Sure. Why don't you
give him a break?
He's not entitled to a break.
He's here illegally.
And I certainly don't understand
where you get the authority
to use your own
discretion in this.
I know the law. And I insist
that it be carried out.
I'm leaving this man
in your custody.
And unless you want to go back
to pounding the pavements again
he better be here
tomorrow morning.
What are we gonna do?
What can we do?
Joe, come on.
[phone ringing]
No, no, no, I can't issue
a marriage license
at this time of the night.
Oh, the Police Department.
Alright, I'll be right over.
[telephone ringing]
Well, if you send the young
couple around to my house
in the morning,
I should be more than happy
to perform the marriage..
No, oh, no, it's quite
impossible at this hour.
Um? Ahem.
The Police Department?
Oh, yes, sergeant.
[siren blaring]
[tires screeching]
Where's the fire, mister?
I didn't know I was exceeding
the speed limit, officer.
I was only doing
20 miles an hour.
The limit is ten.
Well, those cars are doing
more than ten.
They're going faster than I was.
- Is he drunk?
- I don't know.
- He looks like it.
- Drunk?
I haven't had
to drink in a week.
Get out.
Say, who do you think
you're talking to?
I'll have you two fellows..
- Huh, he can't even walk.
- Say, he tripped me.
- Crazy drunk.
- Hey, let go of me, I'm..
- Take it easy.
- Let go of me.
I can walk by myself.
[male #9]
'That'll do.'
Drunker than a hoot owl.
I don't see how he could
get so drunk so quickly.
- I am not drunk.
- The line is here.
- Keep your hands off me.
- Resisting an officer?
Resisting an officer.
"Resisting an officer."
I don't take anything
from any punk copper.
Boasting against
the officers of the law?
Bolshevist agitator.
"Bolshevist agitator."
Do you take this woman
to be your lawfully wedded wife?
I do.
Oh, Pete,
before you went
to the immigration department,
you had a heart.
- Will thou, Sylvia--
- 'Wait a minute, reverend.'
Don't go too fast.
This license gotta be finished
before the marriage, you know.
Did you say vaccinate?
- 'Will thou, Sylvia, take--'
- Just a minute, reverend.
- What's the matter?
- Vaccination.
May I proceed?
[male #10]
'Go ahead.'
Will thou, Sylvia,
take this man
to be thy lawfully
wedded husband?
- I will.
- It won't hurt.
Yes, I know but suppose he
has money enough to let him in?
Two hundred and thirty dollars.
Let me have that for a minute,
will you?
Hey, I'll get you for this.
Pete, he has more than enough.
I have $230 in me hands.
I can give you the number
on the bills.
Join hands and repeat after me.
- I, Karel, take thee, Sylvia--
- 'Wait a minute, reverend.'
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Where was your
father born, miss?
Uh, Niagara Falls.
Join hands and repeat after me.
I Karel, take thee, Sylvia..
I Karel, take thee, Sylvia..
[male #11]
' my wedded wife.' my wedded wife.
Yeah, yes, they-they're being
married right now.
And they've got a boy,
11 years old.
Oh, wait, wait, wait.
I know,
but the boy is her brother.
To love and cherish
till death do us apart--
[male #10]
'Where were you born, Novak?'
Invantita Beach, Okrasberg
Emazerich, Czechoslovakia.
It's okay.
Yes, he's vaccinated.
And his tonsils are okay.
And his teeth are all there.
Sure he's got a job.
Why, why, he's-he's, foreman
of my farm in Jersey.
Of course, I've got a farm.
You'll remember this
when you're back
pounding the pavement
in Canarsie.
I hope I don't lose this key.
You think it'll be
alright, Pete?
Ha-ha, thanks.
Okay, reverend, heh, fire away.
I pronounce that
they are man and wife.
Okay, Karel,
I got everything all fixed up.
[indistinct chatter]
Congratulations, my boy.
How about kissing the bride?
[indistinct chatter]
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