The Bad Sister (1931) Movie Script

Morning, Mr Madison.
Hello Freddy. How's business?
Just fine. Saved up enough
to buy a new catcher's mitt.
Good. Wait a minute.
Get yourself a new baseball, too.
Ah gee. Say, thanks Mr Madison.
Thanks a lot.
- Forget it.
Hedrick up yet, Laura?
He's up alright.
I tipped him out of bed.
Good for you, He's been late
for school twice this week.
Morning, Minnie. Breakfast ready?
I'm doing the best I can.
I only got two hands.
Alright, alright, alright.
Won't be long.
Hungry, John?
- You bet.
Oh, Minnie.
You might go up and waken Marianne.
Be sure you do it gently.
You know how nervous she is.
Yes, ma'am. I found that out.
Be sure and make 'em nice
and brown, will you mother.
I've been making them
brown for 27 years.
Morning, Minnie.
- You little rotter.
Frightening the daylights out of a
person so early in the morning.
Well, why don't you look
where you're going?
You should be ashamed of yourself.
And if I was your mother ..
I'd take you over my knee and
whack the daylights out of you.
Oh you would, would you?
I'd just like to see you ..
Breakfast is ready.
Hello, Minnie.
Oh dear, I don't think I'm
a bit well this morning.
Then you don't want no breakfast?
Wait a minute, Minnie.
Perhaps a little breakfast
would be good for me.
Will you bring it up to me
on a tray, like a darling.
Not me, I won't.
I ain't hired to run up and down
stairs for the likes of you.
Minnie, you are being impertinent.
- Ha.
- How dare you.
Why, you're nothing but a
stupid, common, ignorant ..
Don't you call me no names. I don't
have to stand for nothing from you. Ha.
Hmm. It certainly do smell good, mother.
Minnie, where you going?
- What's the matter?
I'm just as good as she
is and maybe better.
She can't insult me in the
way and get away with it.
You mean to say you've
upset Miss Marianne again?
Upset her? Ha.
I'd like to let her have one.
Ah, come on now, Minnie.
Don't let it throw you.
Marianne don't mean no harm
and I'm sure you don't neither.
I don't see why a poor
girl has to take insults.
Just because she has to go
out and earn her own living.
There, there Minnie.
Don't worry.
Everything will be fixed up.
This once.
But the next time ..
- There won't be any next time.
Well, alright, Mr Madison.
I'll be bringing them in.
Well young man, you've
finally decided to get up, eh?
Hey Minnie. How about my pancakes?
If you yell like that I
won't give you nothing.
Please, dear Minnie.
May I have some pancakes?
I'm not cooking them.
Thank you.
There is the mail.
I'll get it.
Hello, Hedrick.
Good morning, Mr Riley.
- There you are.
There's something on your heel.
No, the other one.
Ah, go on with you.
Thank you Minnie, darling.
John, here's a letter from Amy.
What did she say?
Be quiet and let mother read it.
Don't you want me to be
interested in my own sister?
No bad news, mother?
Ben has lost his job.
I always said he was dumb.
- Shush.
Oh, what a pity.
And the baby coming any time now.
They're coming here to live.
Until Sam gets on his feet.
But they got no other place to go.
Oh well.
We'll get along somehow.
Good morning, Daddy.
- Good morning.
Hello, Mumsy.
- Hello dear.
Hello, Laura.
- Morning.
Oh Minnie, Miss Marianne is here.
What am I supposed to do, celebrate?
Young man.
[ Slurping noises ]
For heaven's sake Hedrick,
can't you make less noise.
I was doing an imitation.
Didn't you get it?
Get what?
I was doing an imitation of the
way you sounded last night ..
When you was kissing on the front porch.
Little liar.
I ain't a liar.
I thought Wade left
before we went to bed.
He did.
Well then, who was ..?
I thought you and Wade
were practically engaged.
What? Wade and I engaged?
I should say not.
Can you imagine me
married to that big ..
He's very successful.
He's got the biggest
insurance business in town.
Who was on the front
porch with you last night?
I'll tell you who it was.
It was Dick Lindley.
And he asked her to marry him too.
Well I never.
Is it true?
Are you engaged to Dick?
Nobody said I was engaged.
He asked me to marry him.
My goodness, a girl must do something
for excitement in this one-horse town.
Got to get down to the office.
Goodbye, everybody.
- Goodbye.
Oh Daddy.
- What?
You've just got to
give me fifty dollars.
Fifty dollars?
What for?
They're having the most
marvelous sale at Overmeyers.
Dresses for fifty dollars.
Reduced from $97.
It's such a bargain.
I'd like to, Marianne.
I just can't afford it.
I haven't got it.
Please, Daddy.
I know. But Amy and Sam are coming
back on our hands now and I have to ..
So they're coming back?
I see.
Plenty of money for Amy and Sam
and everybody in this family but me.
I never have a thing.
I'm actually ashamed to go places.
If you want it as bad as all
that I guess I can manage.
Stop in the office. I'll give it to you.
- Thanks, Daddy.
You are an angel.
Darling, Wade is downstairs.
- Wade?
Whatever possessed him to come tonight.
I guess he doesn't know about Dick.
Will you tell him?
Of course not.
You've not said anything have you?
Not a word.
- Well, don't.
It's pretty.
- It has got a nice line.
I carry it well don't you think?
- Yes, indeedy.
And Mumsy, look.
Bought new shoes too.
Of course I did. Had to have new
shoes to go with the new dress.
I charged them to father.
- You shouldn't have done it.
But they are pretty.
Hello. How are you?
Gosh, you look pretty.
Is that a new dress?
- This?
As a matter of fact I think it is.
Do you like it?
It's swell.
It should be. It cost fifty dollars.
- Father.
How about the movies, Marianne?
They got a swell show on at the Palace.
I don't think so.
If you don't mind, I'd rather
stay home with the family.
I see so little of them.
Well, what do you know about that?
I know a lot about it.
She's got another date.
You have?
He doesn't know what he's talking about.
Oh I don't, huh?
I suppose if Dick Lindley was to walk in
here now it would just be a coincidence?
Father, will you make Hedrick
mind his own business.
- Yes, father?
Come, Wade. I'll teach
you to play backgammon.
I'm no good at games.
It's all the rage in the East.
Everyone who's anyone is
learning to play backgammon.
[ Telephone ]
Answer that, will you Hedrick?
Answer it yourself.
- Hedrick.
I do all the dirty work
for the whole family.
She never does a darn thing for nobody.
Hello, Doc.
Hello, Hedrick.
And how's the boy?
- Fair to middling.
Aha, so they finally caught
those fellows in Cincinnati.
Is that so?
- Hi everybody.
Hello, Dick.
How is the doctor business, Richard?
- Fine, Mr Madison.
Hello Marianne.
- Hello, Dick.
Well, what's this?
Backgammon. You go and play.
No. I'm no good at games.
There's a good picture at the Palace.
Wouldn't you like to go?
Why .. no thanks, Dick.
I've got a bit of a headache.
I am sorry.
But I tell you what I'd like.
A breath of fresh air.
Let's take a little walk.
You won't mind, will you Wade?
No, not a bit.
Anyway, Laura will be here any minute.
Bye, Daddy.
- Goodbye.
- We'll be back soon.
Bye, Dick.
- Bye, Hedrick.
Darling, I thought you might need these.
- Thanks, mum. You're a dear.
Hello Dick.
- Hello, Mrs Madison.
Have a good time.
- We will that.
Hello Laura.
- Hello Dick.
Haven't seen you for a long time.
Oh well, I've been sort of busy.
You know how it is.
I guess doctors are kind of busy.
Well they certainly are in this town.
Well, I'm all ready.
- Alright.
Night, Laura.
- Night.
Goodnight, Laura.
Let's go to the movies after all.
- Sure. Anything you say.
Why, that's Wade's car isn't it?
Yes. I think it is.
Where is yours?
Well I'm sorry, Marianne.
I let my kid brother have it tonight.
Oh, I hate to ride in a bus.
If I had known ..
- Alright. Come on.
Sorry, Marianne.
I didn't think you'd mind.
You know, Mrs Madison.
You look younger every day.
Now Wade ..
- Yeah, you are.
Father, couldn't you read in the dining
room? The light is so much better there.
Oh yes. Yes.
The light is much better.
Come on, Hedrick. Up you go.
I don't want to go to bed yet.
Oh yes you do and anyway you're going.
You will excuse me.
I have some sewing to do.
- Goodnight, Mrs Madison.
They're certainly worried.
About what?
About marrying me off.
Ha. That should be easy.
You'd be surprised.
Oh gosh, I think you'd make
some fellow a swell wife.
Would you now?
- Yes.
That's awfully sweet of you, Wade.
The really swell one
around here is Marianne.
You're in love with her, aren't you.
Oh gosh, I guess most of the gang is.
I'm no different than any of the rest.
I should think you would know enough
by now when to leave the girls alone.
It's going to be hard enough
getting Laura married.
I don't want to get Laura married.
I don't want to get any
of our children married.
I kind of like having them right here.
How would you like to
play something for me?
Why, I'll see if I can.
I haven't played for a long time.
Now what would you like?
Play anything. I don't care.
I guess Dick is in love
with Marianne too.
He's one of the gang.
Is Marianne in love with Dick?
I guess so, Wade.
What's the matter?
Nothing. Only ..
It's my head.
I'm so tired.
Do you mind awfully if I went to bed?
No. Not a bit.
I'm sorry you don't feel well.
Thanks, Wade.
I'll be alright.
- Sure.
You .. you just take some
aspirin or something.
The best thing in the world
for you. Always fixed me up.
- Goodnight.
Why won't you let me
see what's in that book?
Curiosity killed the cat.
Don't be so mean. Let me see.
Go to bed.
Just one little look?
You go to bed.
Alright. Goodnight.
Say, Laura.
Now what?
There is something I don't understand.
There is Wade in love with Marianne.
And Dick in love with Marianne.
And you in love with Dick and ..
Goodnight, Hedrick.
Alright. I'm going.
You know, if we hurry we can
catch the ten o'clock bus.
That will be just swell.
I'm sort of tired, you know.
I had a busy day today.
Alright. Come on.
- Alright.
Hey. Hey, wait a minute.
Maybe the next time you take me out your
brother will permit us to use your car.
Sorry, Marianne. There will be
another one along in half an hour.
In the meantime?
- We can wait over there.
Well, say ..
You're in a hurry, aren't you.
No, I've got lots of time.
For a moment I didn't recognise you.
When did you get into town?
Why, just yesterday.
Haven't had a chance to look you up.
You don't know Dr Lindley, do you.
Dr Lindley, this is Mister ..
I didn't get the name.
- Corliss.
How do you do.
Glad to meet you.
Hey, you.
You can't park in the
middle of the street.
Move on.
- I'm practically moving.
Since you nearly ran me down the
least you can do is drive me home.
Saves you the trouble, Dick.
Coming all the way out to the house
and then back into town again.
I don't mind a bit.
- But you said you were tired.
Hey, you!
Will you get going or do you
want me to give you a ticket?
Here we go.
- Call me tomorrow, Dick.
Goodnight, Lindley. See you again.
That, if I may say so,
was very neatly done.
There was nothing exactly
wrong with your cooperation.
Do you belong here?
- Where?
In this town.
I live here but I don't belong.
I get it.
What's your ..?
- What ..?
Marianne Madison.
What's yours?
- Corliss.
Val Corliss.
Pleased to meet you.
I assure you the pleasure is mine.
Here is where we turn. On the right.
Very good, madam.
Last stop. All out.
No. Not all.
Just me.
Oh, why?
Well the family is probably still up.
How could I explain you?
We met.
We met.
- Where?
I don't know. Where have you been?
- Very few places.
Ever been to New York?
- No.
- Cot even.
- Yes, I've been to Columbus.
No. When?
- Last week.
Fine. That's where we
met then. You and I.
The spring time in Columbus and ..
- We met at Dansons.
The Hudsons.
Friends of the family.
I stayed with them.
Hurrah for the Hudsons.
You know, the Hudsons
are awfully nice people.
They really are.
They certainly were when
they introduced me to you.
Would you call me tomorrow?
Every hour. On the hour.
Perhaps you'll come to dinner.
Now don't tell me you cook too?
If the family depended on me for
that they would starve to death.
Say, wait a minute.
You didn't give me your phone number.
- You won't remember. It's in the book.
Madison is the name.
John Madison.
- Goodnight.
Oh boy.
Those are Marianne's.
Those are yours.
Right again.
You don't like lace, do you, Laura.
Of course I do.
Then why don't you wear lace pants?
Oh for the love of ..
Would you please go inside
and get some more clothes.
I will if you'll tell me why
you don't wear lace pants.
Just because I don't.
I guess they might be
kinda stretchy anyway.
- What do you want?
How long since you've
been to aunt Sarah's?
About a week.
Don't you think it would be nice if
you went there for supper tonight?
How much?
- A quarter.
- Cash.
When do I get it?
- When you go to aunt Sarah's.
Ain't you through cleaning that yet?
- No, not yet.
We're having a Mr Corliss for dinner
tonight. Will you stay and help?
No, I got a date.
- Please, Minnie.
I hate waiting on table
when there's company.
Just this once.
- Ha.
I won't be through with
the laundry in time.
We won't have dinner until 7:30.
I never heard of such a crazy thing.
But you will today, won't you Minnie?
Please, Minnie.
Alright. I'll stay.
- And Minnie.
You'll be careful won't you.
- Of what?
Well, of the way you serve.
You won't drop things, will you.
And you won't stand gaping and
listening to the conversation.
Say, listen.
I told you I got a date.
If you think you won't be satisfied ..
No Minnie, I'm sure
you'll do splendidly.
But you will be careful, won't you?
- Of what?
Nothing, Minnie.
Say, how many will I set the table for?
Bless my soul. I forgot.
- What?
Sam and Amy is coming
on the 5:30 this afternoon.
Seven, Minnie.
Sam and Amy?
I sure will be glad to see them.
Sam and Amy. Tonight?
Can you imagine what they'll
look like at that dinner table.
Our Heavenly Father, we thank thee
for every good and precious gift.
And we ask Thee to bless this food
which Thou has given us, thy servant.
We beseech Thee to make
us worthy of Thy bounty.
And make us worthy, oh Lord,
of Thy divine kindness.
Why Hedrick darling, I thought
you were dining at aunt Sarah's.
Aunt Sarah dines at six.
So I ate and came home.
Alright Minnie. You can come in now.
Please Hedrick, not so loud.
Hello Minnie. How you been?
Fine, Sam. How's yourself?
Been feeling pretty good considering
we're expecting the baby any time now.
I hope it's a boy.
What's the matter?
Listen Sam.
Don't you know when you dine at 7:30 you
ain't supposed to talk to the servants.
It must be awfully nice having your
whole family here at the same time.
We're going to have some more
in the family pretty soon, Mr Corliss.
Oh, good for you.
It's going to be a boy.
Sam, how do you know?
When I say I'm going to
have a boy, I have a boy.
How do you like what you've
seen of Council City, Mr Corliss?
It's even more charming than I expected.
What did you expect?
I don't know exactly.
Just an ordinary small town.
You're right. This isn't
an ordinary small town.
It's the fastest growing
community in the country.
What are you doing here anyway?
- Shush.
- Hedrick, please behave.
That's quite alright. He's got
a perfect right to know.
You see, Hedrick.
I'm Vice President of a new company
named the Electro Household Corporation.
The reason I'm here is with an idea to
build a factory at the edge of town.
You don't say so?
Who's going to have the plumbing
contract for your factory?
I'm in the plumbing business.
That is I was ..
- Sam.
You've interrupted Mr Corliss.
- Not at all, Mrs Halcombe.
I'd be very glad to talk it over
with you when we decide to build.
You see.
I plan to take in a limited number of
local people and make them partners.
I think that sounds perfectly wonderful.
Is that so?
Who are you thinking of having?
Well, your father for instance.
His reputation for honesty and
integrity is pretty well known to us.
How would you like to be the secretary
and treasurer of a big corporation?
Secretary and treasurer
to a big corporation.
Why, yes. Why not?
- Yes, Daddy. Why not?
After all, I don't see why not.
Of course Mr Corliss.
You realize I haven't any
money to invest right now.
Times have been kinda hard.
Now wait a minute.
We don't want your money.
All we want is your name and that
sound business judgement of yours.
Sounds good to me, Pa.
I'll tell you what I'll do.
I'll look into it a little closer.
Doggone, I'd like to be secretary
and treasurer of a big corporation.
Minnie. Minnie.
Why, what's the matter?
You little devil.
Leave the room. Are you hurt?
No, I ain't hurt.
I think you're just wonderful.
Mr Corliss? Just a second.
Telephone call for you, Mr Corliss.
Oh for me? Pardon me, will you.
I was expecting a long-distance call.
I took the liberty of telling
the hotel where I'd be.
Thank you.
Yes. This is Corliss.
Oh sure, yes. Fine.
It's a great little town.
Yes, seems like an ideal
plot for the factory.
Who wants more stock?
Well, you tell them they
can't have it. No, sir.
No, we don't need any more money.
Yes. That's right.
[ Whistling ]
I'm too wonderfully excited for words.
[ Whistling ]
Hedrick, darling.
Yes, dear?
Isn't it your bedtime?
No, dear.
Will you excuse me just
a minute, Mr Corliss.
Why, certainly.
Goodnight .. Hedrick.
What were we saying?
Poor Hedrick. He does have
such a hard time of it.
Well I don't know. I guess kids
are the same the world over.
You've travelled a lot, haven't you.
Yes, I guess I have.
I wonder if I'll ever
get away from here.
Go places.
See things.
Dance in beautiful ballrooms.
I guess the nearest I'll get
to a New York cabaret ..
Is the wrong end of a radio.
I don't know.
You can't tell.
Stranger things have happened.
Perhaps what?
Hello Marianne.
Oh. Hello Dick.
You remember Mr Corliss don't you.
- Hello, doctor.
How's the family?
- Oh, fine.
Dick, I wish you'd run
in and get Laura out.
The poor kid has been indoors all day.
Do you mind?
No. I'll bring her out.
How would you like to take
a little walk, Mr Corliss?
There's nothing I'd rather
do than .. take a walk.
Hello Marianne.
What to do?
Hello Wade. Mr Corliss - Mr Trumbull.
How do you do.
- Pleased to meet you.
You're a stranger around here, huh?
- Well, I was. But ..
The Madison family has been so kind to
me, they make me feel very much at home.
Oh, isn't that nice.
Mr Corliss is going to build
a factory in town, Wade.
Oh. Is that so?
Yes indeed. I hope it does
great things for the town.
Well I .. I hope it really gets built.
What do you mean?
Nothing, only ..
There's been a lot of people going
to build factories round here.
I see.
I think you'll get one this time.
That's good.
We're going for a walk, Wade.
Here is Laura now.
- Hello, Wade.
I'm going to show Mr Corliss
your garden, angel.
Really, Mr Corliss. Laura does the
most marvellous things with flowers.
They're just too beautiful.
A beautiful night, isn't it, Dick.
Yeah, it is.
Please be careful.
I'll tell you what we'll do.
We'll go back .. and say goodnight.
Then I'll get rid of them.
And ..
You come back in half an hour.
I'll be back.
And there is where
Corliss intends to build.
It looks good to me.
It looks like a big thing.
Here is a picture of the factory.
I'm going to leave
it all up to you, John.
When you say it's alright to go ahead.
I'm ready to pay my
share over to Corliss.
And that goes for me too.
And me.
- Don't be too hasty.
I'll write Ed Grieve in New York.
To investigate the proposition
and if he says it's ..
It's alright and sends us a good report
then I think we can all go in on it.
Whatever you say, John.
It's alright with us, eh boys?
- Sure.
Excuse me.
I've a boy!
Amy's got a grandfather.
Amy, she's got a boy.
She's got a boy.
It's a boy.
- What?
Here, keep the change.
Pete .. I'm a grandfather.
I'm a grandfather. Ha-ha.
I'm a grandfather.
When I say I'm going to
have a boy, I have a boy.
Say, I didn't see no stork.
- Shush. Hedrick.
Say, you don't think they'll get my
boy mixed up with the others, do you?
They'll be able to tell him, alright.
He'll wait with his knife.
- Shush.
I bet that's the Bloomberg
baby over there.
Looks just like his old man.
Hey, Izzy. What's the price of overalls?
Gee, that's a funny
looking one there too.
Where's my grandchild?
Where is he?
Everything is fine. You haven't
a thing to worry about.
Thanks very much, doctor.
- Congratulations.
Thank you, doctor.
I hate to talk business, Marianne.
I also hate to see your father ..
Lose a chance to make a fortune.
His friends are surely willing
to put up their money ..
As soon as he says the
proposition is alright.
What can I do to help you then?
I'll do anything you say.
It will mean a lot to you too.
I know.
See life.
No, but seriously.
If you can get your father
to sign this paper.
You'll never have to worry about
another thing as long as you live.
I know how to handle father.
You just leave it to me.
I'd like to leave a
lot of things to you.
Come on, young man.
There we are.
Don't take him out too long, Sam.
- Alright, Ma.
- Bye.
How do you do, Mrs Asterbilt?
Once a plumber. Always a plumber.
Where's father?
In the dining room doing
some bookkeeping.
Hello Daddy.
- Hello, Marianne.
I just made out your
check for your allowance.
I'm sorry I'm a couple of days late.
- That's alright, Daddy.
I know you've been hard pressed.
But you won't be anymore.
That is.
You won't be if you sign this.
What is it?
Just a letter setting down Corliss's
plan to be treasurer of this company.
Hold on. It says more than that here.
It says 'I have thoroughly
investigated Mr Corliss'.
'And the Electro Household Corporation
and found them both to be ..'
But I haven't done anything of the sort.
I haven't even heard from Ed Grieve yet.
All I can say is, if you're going to
wait forever it's going to be too late.
You'll never get in on it then.
It will just be too bad, Marianne.
But I'll not encourage my friends
to go into something I'm not sure of.
But you can be sure of this.
Good heavens, you've only got to look at
Mr Corliss to see the kind of man he is.
This is just like you.
Slow. Cautious.
Always suspecting everybody.
- I'm not suspecting anybody.
It's just that ..
- Don't go into all that again.
I know what you're going to say.
You said it a thousand times before.
All I ever hear is a lot of speeches
about respectability and honor.
And all the rest of that rot.
- Marianne.
But you can't eat respectability.
And honor doesn't buy clothes and
automobiles and the other things ..
Other girls have and I must do without.
Well, I am trying to do my best.
Your best?
A lot of good your best has been.
All our lives we'll probably go
on being in the same rut.
I'm tired of it, I tell you.
And sick of being the
daughter of a failure.
- Yes.
A failure. That's what you are.
You never have amounted to
anything and you never will.
I hate you. I hate you all.
How dare you.
- How dare I?
I'll show you how I dare.
He's a failure, that's what he is.
He's a failure.
Get hold of the doctor. Quick. Quick.
City 645.
Hello? Hello?
Is this Dick? This is Laura.
Come over quickly please.
Yes, Marianne. She has fainted.
I don't know but hurry. Hurry.
Nothing serious. Just nerves.
Been under a strain lately?
Oh .. so it's that.
I'll bet she's no more sick than I am.
The lazy, good-for-nothing thing.
- Why, Minnie.
- Bye.
Is it serious?
Nothing, Mrs Madison. Just nerves.
She'll be alright in the morning.
I'm so relieved.
Here, you're not so well yourself.
I'm alright, doctor.
I guess I had too much dinner.
Alright, nothing.
You're going to bed now.
Get my bag will you, Laura.
Tell Marianne I didn't
mean to upset her.
I'm sorry I couldn't do
what she asked me to.
Yes, of course.
- Come on, Mr Madison.
I'm alright, doctor.
Better get him another blanket.
I don't want to alarm you, Laura.
It will take a good many days of peace
and quiet to bring your father around.
Don't talk of business.
Just let him lie there and rest.
I'll keep him quiet.
Don't bother about coming down.
- That's alright, Dick.
If Marianne isn't asleep.
You'd better tell her about her father.
I think I will.
Was she asleep?
- Good.
That's what she needs.
A good night's sleep.
I need a good night's sleep myself.
I wonder if it's time
for the baby's bottle.
Not quite.
You know, Laura.
You'd make some man a wonderful wife.
I'll never marry.
- Oh? Why not?
Oh .. many reasons.
In the first place .. oh, I don't know.
I guess I've never found any man
I could really fall in love with.
I'm not surprised.
I don't know anybody that
would be good enough for you.
Now, Dick.
- I mean that.
Would you like a cup of coffee?
Say, would I?
Just wait. It will only take a minute.
- Alright.
Say listen, Dick. Don't tell
anybody who gave this to you.
Just say you found it.
Well, here.
Where did you get that?
Why, I found it.
I ..
I'm sorry, Laura.
I never wanted you to know.
I never dreamed you felt that way.
You see I ..
I know you didn't ..
Let's forget it.
Let's pretend it never happened.
What do you say?
Sure. That's the girl.
You know, I don't think I'll be
able to wait for that coffee.
I have another call to make.
You don't mind, do you?
- That's alright.
Some other time.
- Sure.
I'm sorry, Laura.
Honest I am.
I didn't mean any harm.
That's alright, Hedrick.
I know you didn't.
Hello Dave.
I've got Madison's letter
right here in my hand.
He says everything
is a hundred per cent.
We should go ahead and close the deal.
Just as soon as I looked at this
fellow Corliss, I knew he was alright.
Now, what's the next move?
- Well.
We'll call a meeting this afternoon
and put up our money right away.
Say, this is the greatest thing in
the world that ever struck this town.
As sure as sure alive, we're
going to make a lot of money.
You know that fellow
Corliss is a live-wire?
I think so.
You know Papa is inside.
We brought him down this morning.
It is good to see you downstairs again.
It's good to be here, Marianne.
Gosh, I don't see why everybody
is making such a fuss.
I feel fine.
- I'm so glad.
Got to run.
- Where you going?
I'm taking some old clothes down
to the Woman's Civic League, Dad.
They're sending some stuff to the poor.
Will you be back soon?
- Yes.
Hello Marianne.
- Why, hello Dick.
I'm just rushing off to the
Woman's Civic League.
I've got some old clothes for them.
You will excuse me, won't you.
If you wait until I see your dad,
I'll be glad to drop you off.
No thanks, Dick.
I'm in quite a hurry.
- Not a bit.
Why should I be when I'm
going to be your wife?
Say, listen.
I've got a great idea.
Instead of marrying here, we ..
- But ..
You know perfectly well that ..
Eloping couples never get
married in their hometown.
I'm so happy I don't care
where we get married.
Are you happy too, Val?
Am I?
Do I look it?
A few weeks of rest ..
And you'll be able to go back in that
office and work harder than ever.
I guess I'll have to.
How's the rest of the family?
Just fine, thanks.
And where's Laura?
I guess she's upstairs feeding the baby.
You know I haven't seen
that baby for almost a week.
I think I should take a look at it.
Go right ahead. He loves visitors.
Sure he loves visitors.
He don't have to clean up after them.
I've cooked more company dinners
in the last four weeks in this house.
Than most folks have in a year.
[ Door knock ]
Come in.
I thought I'd drop in to see how
the young man was getting on.
He's just as happy as he can be.
- Good.
And what an appetite.
What does he weigh now?
- Nine pounds two ounces.
I'm glad he's getting on alright.
Clerk, please.
Are you sure Mr Corliss
hasn't come back yet?
Did you get Mr Corliss?
I phoned the hotel.
He left town yesterday.
It will be alright, mother.
It's just like Marianne
to want to elope.
He'll probably come back today.
You can come right in, Miss Madison.
This is a pleasant surprise.
- How are you, Dick?
Let me get you a chair.
- This will do nicely, thanks.
Well, alright if it's a social call.
- It is.
It is. Very.
I've got big news for you, Dick.
I'm ready to marry you.
You asked me to, didn't you?
Yes, of course.
There's only one condition.
We've got to be married
immediately and leave town.
I'm so fed up with it all.
I want to get out of here right away.
But I thought you were in
love with Corliss, Marianne.
I don't know what to say.
You mean you don't care for me anymore?
Well no, not in the way I used to.
You see, I thought you'd gotten
over caring for me and ..
Well I guess I just put
you out of my mind.
And then.
And then?
Then I fell in love with someone else.
With Laura.
With Laura?
How wonderful.
I just know you're going to be happy.
Thank you, Marianne.
It ain't going to do any
good worrying, mother.
She must be with Corliss.
[ Baby crying ]
You go on up there while
I get his bottle ready.
You'd better wait out here, Tom.
- Okay.
Howdy, Mrs Madison.
We want to see John.
- He is ..
He's right inside.
You'll excuse me won't you.
I'm so busy with the baby.
He's right in there.
Hello. How are you, boys?
Come to visit me or my grandson?
What's going on?
What are you all so glum about?
Corliss checked out of the
hotel yesterday morning.
Without leaving any forwarding address.
- And he took all our money with him.
Electro Household Corporation. Ha.
There's no such firm.
This looks very, very shady to me.
Then, why did you give
Corliss your money?
Why didn't you wait until
I heard from New York?
We waited alright.
Until we got your letter.
What letter?
- You know mighty well what letter.
John, I want my money or ..
It's a master fraud, that's what it is.
But what letter?
Why ..
Is that your signature?
Corliss fooled me.
And I thought he was alright.
I'm sorry I got you into this, boys.
You're sorry. That's fine.
But what about our money?
I say you used the mail to defraud.
It's a prison offence.
Father never signed that letter.
I forged his signature.
What are you going to do about it?
I can cash in my life insurance.
That will pay some of it back.
I can sell the house.
I give you my word of honor I'll pay
back every cent you have lost.
Only promise me you'll
keep Marianne out of it.
Well, if John pays
back the money, why ..
I'm satisfied.
Oh Daddy.
Oh Daddy.
Doggone, I'm just so happy, honey.
I can't believe it's true.
You've got it all
coming to you, darling.
You're the best-hearted
thing in the world.
Just look at all you've done for Papa.
Oh, forget about it.
Practically froze by now.
You are a dear to come over and help.
Always glad to do things for
them that appreciates them.
Thanks, Minnie.
[ Buzzer ]
Am I supposed to answer the doorbell
and do everything else around here?
I'll answer it.
Come on, Sweetheart.
It doesn't seem natural
for her to be so nice.
Oh dear.
Good to see you.
Hello, Marianne.
Come right in, folks.
Hello, Marianne.
You little darling.