The Time of Their Lives (1946) Movie Script

She's beautiful, isn't
she? Lucky man, Tom Danbury.
If his sense of lovemaking
equals his sense of politics,
it should be
a happy marriage.
Who couldn't be happy with
Melody Allen? She's adorable.
Oh, Cuthbert. Uh, yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Do you recommend
this vintage, my man?
Oh, yes,
it's delicious.
That is, so the other
guests have told me.
So, Master Cuthbert. Up to
your old tricks again, I see.
Oh, Nora, just
a nip or two.
But I'd even give that up
if... I know. If I'd marry you.
You could become the biggest teetotaler in
the Colonies, and my answer would still be no.
But, Nora, I have saved up enough money
to pay your bond to Master Danbury.
Why, you'd be a free woman. No, thank you.
I'd rather be bound to the master
than tied to the likes of you. So!
You're still in love with that
little, fat, stupid tinker.
Little he may be. Fat? There's nothin'
wrong with an extra pound of flesh.
But stupid? Hmph! You'll never see the day
when you're half as smart as my Horatio.
I'll say he's smart... persuading you to punch
holes in all the master's best copperware.
'Tis a lie.
That was my own idea.
Nora! Nora!
He's comin' up the road!
Horatio, my darlin'?
That lazy fat tub.
Lazy, is he?
Why, he's the most wide-awake
tinker in the Colonies.
Hello, tinker.
Hello, Mr. Grant.
Hello, Mrs. Jones.
Horatio, my darlin'!
Horatio, where are you?
Nora! Nora!
Saints preserve us.
Oh, Nora.
I had a terrible time getting
here. I got lost east of West Point,
and I was held up
north of South Ferry.
And at Barton's Barn, I had a
"bitish" with the "Buttish. " A what?
A British with a brish... A brush
with the British. And I was shot.
Right through the saddle.
The devils.
I'd never go through that again
for anyone...
except you.
Oh, Horatio, do my kisses
thrill you that much?
I'm sitting on a pitchfork.
Oh! Oh, well, for heaven's sake!
Here, here. Well, get up! Nora! Nora!
Get it ou-ou-out!
Nora! Nor...!
Food. Nora, for me? Mm-hmm.
Thank you. Tinker, I've missed you so much.
I've missed you too, Nora.
Here. You take the first
bite. It'll taste sweeter.
Oh, Horatio, 'tis happy I am to see
you. Cuthbert's been pesterin' me again.
Oh, he has, has he?
Wait'll I see him.
I'll haul off and give him the
dirtiest look he's ever had in his life.
No need of that since
we'll be leavin' here tomorrow.
Why so hasty?
Hasty, is it?
Tinker! You've not
got the money.
Well, you see, Nora,
things are very hard,
and folks can't pay me.
When I first started the trip, I had
a pound, 14 shillings and six pence.
Then I found that a lot of
my customers were badly off.
So I bought them food with
my pound and 14 shillings.
What happened to your pence?
I lost 'em in a card game.
Oh, Horatio,
you've failed me.
Oh, Nora.
Don't worry. I'll get the
money. Business is gonna boom...
now that I got a personal letter of
recommendation from General George Washington.
From the general himself?
Yes, I have.
You wouldn't be after tellin'
a tale now? Oh, no, Nora.
I got it right here. It isn't everyone that
can get a letter from General George Washington.
"Know all men by these presents... Mm-hmm.
"that the bearer of this
letter, Master Horatio Prim,
That's me.
"is a splendid artisan...
"whose very skills have served
the Continental forces well.
"I take great pleasure
in recommending him...
"to all who need the services of an
excellent tinker and a true patriot.
"Yours truly,
George Washington,
of the United Colonies. "
Oh, Horatio, now
there's nothin' to stop us.
Let me take this
to Mistress Melody.
When she learns you've been praised by General
Washington, she'll help us elope... tonight.
Stay here,
my darlin' tinker.
I'll be back soon
with good news.
Nora and I are gonna elope.
We're gonna get married.
And why not?
Yes, why not?
I'm a very good friend of
General George Washington's.
Good evening to you,
Master Tinker.
I don't want any trouble with
you like I had the last time.
I only came
to congratulate you.
Congratulate me? Well, yes. Nora's
told me all about you and she eloping.
I think it's splendid.
You do? I thought that, that y-you...
Yes, yes, yes, I know. It's just
a case of the best man winning.
Oh. Odsbodkins! You're not
such a bad fellow after all.
Now, Horatio, I know that eloping
with Nora means breaking her bond.
But I think there's something
that you can do... There is?
that would put you in well
with Master Danbury.
What, for instance? Well, now, this
trunk he wanted to take on his honeymoon.
He was terribly upset when he
found out he'd lost the key.
Now if you could open the trunk,
I could put you in very good.
Well, I could try.
Ah, now don't be so modest.
I know all about that letter from
George Washington. George Washington.
Yes. Uh-huh. I'll open it.
Watch this.
Fine. Now, uh,
raise the lid.
No, no, the lid of the trunk. Oh.
ByJupiter, I do believe there's a hole
in the bottom. There's a hole in there?
Ooh! Ooh-ooh! M-M-My
foot! I'm sorry.
Horatio, go in there and see if
it can be repaired, eh, old boy?
Are you sure this'll get me
in good? Oh, I'll see to that.
Let me outta here.! So you were going
to elope with Nora O'Leary tonight, eh?
Well, we shall see what happens
when Master Danbury finds out...
that you've talked an innocent
little girl into breaking her bonds.
Nora! You'll get yours. You'll get
five years in prison at hard labor.
You penniless stinker.
Melody, darling, I'll have another
surprise for you after we're married.
Oh, but, Tom, you've already
promised me the moon.
What else
might a lady expect?
How would you fancy
a title, my dear?
A title? Lady Danbury, for instance.
How does it sound
to those lovely ears?
Sir Thomas
and Lady Danbury.
But, Tom, after the war, there'll
be no titles... in our United States.
But, my angel, what if after the
war, there should be no United States?
What are you
talking about?
Melody, darling, would you
mind going in by yourself?
I'll join you shortly. Of course,
Tom, but all this strange talk...
this nonsense about titles.
What does it all mean? Please,
dear, I'll explain later.
Hello, Tom.
Hello, Tom. Leigh. Glad you're here.
Bessie. Bessie!
Let go. I'll keep her from
tinkering with that tinker.
So she was going to elope,
eh? I'll tend to that.
Go back in the kitchen.
Master Danbury, I must see you
at once. Sorry, Cuthbert, not now.
But, sir, this is very
important. Confound it. Get out.
Get out of here. But, Master Danbury,
if you'll only let me explain.
Well, gentlemen? The
news. Is it good or bad?
It's good. Very good. Major
Andre, the king's representative,
met with Benedict Arnold
last night.
Arnold has consented to surrender
West Point within 48 hours.
Excellent! It means
the end of the war.
Washington and his rabble can
never recover from such a blow.
Congratulations, Tom.
Your plan has worked perfectly.
Our friend Benedict has requested that
you personally come to West Point...
to help him arrange the
final details tonight.
Hold on. I thought I saw something move.
"Yours truly, George Washington.
" Who is this Horatio Prim?
Where is he? I'll not be tellin' you
that, even if you cut my tongue out.
We'll take care of him later. There's
enough evidence in this letter...
to hang your rebel friend
when we've won the war.
Oh, Master Tom, you... a
traitor! You spying little hussy.
Get rid of her. She's
heard too much already.
Let go of me!
That Cuthbert.!
Oh, I hate
that Cuthbert.!
Put your hands up.
Put your hands up!
Speak up, fellow. Who are
you? Horatio Prim, the tinker.
Oh, Prim. You're Nora's
sweetheart. Yes, ma'am.
Thank heavens. I need help.
What do you think I need?
Would you please get me out of
this overcoat? Ooh, that Cuthbert.
I just learned that the United Colonies
and General Washington are in great danger.
You and I have to save them. My
friend General Washington in danger?
Yes, yes. That's all I gotta
know. Get me outta here.
Do you know the location of the nearest
Continental Army post? Yes, ma'am.
Saddle those two horses
while I finish dressing.
Whoa, Lancelot.
I'll be right with ya.
But, sir, when did they capture this
spy, Major Andre? Early this morning.
We found some papers in his boot
exposing the whole foul plot.
And some of them were signed
by Master Thomas Danbury.
Master Prim,
we must get through.
If anyone tries to stop us, we'll
shoot. Here's a horse pistol.
This is for you. What do I shoot
with? This is no time to jest.
We must go. Mistress Melody, I
wanna tell Nora that we're goin'.
Nora and I plan to elope.
I don't want her to worry.
Oh, but, Nora...
She wa...
Oh, I'm sorry, tinker. I'm
afraid there won't be time.
I'm sure Nora'll understand.
Hurry. I guess so.
Tinker, here come some of
Tom Danbury's friends.
The back road.
There go two of the traitors.
Lieutenant, surround the house! Yes, sir.
Neither one of these men
is Tom Danbury.
They're dirty traitors just the same, else
they wouldn't have been shooting at us.
- What'll we do with them, sir?
- Throw them in the well. That's the only burial they deserve.
Yes, sir.
Hear me, ye faithless souls.
May you lie there
in everlasting torment...
with but one name to identify
your rotting bones:
"Traitors. "
And unless some evidence
proves us wrong,
I curse your
miserable spirits...
to be bound
to Danbury Acres...
'til crack of doom.
Here you are, Major.
Oh, no,
it's me, tinker.
and spotty widgeons!
Am I glad to see you, Mistress
Melody. Oh, am I happy now.
You know what I thought for a
minute? Only a minute, mind you.
I thought
you were a ghost.
Me, a ghost. I thought you were a ghost!
What did you do?
I didn't do anything.
My hand...
That's funny.
I'm still thirsty.
Tinker, there's something very,
very wrong. You can say that again.
Look. "Here were buried two traitors. "
Good! I wonder
who they were.
Look at the date!
September 23, 1780.
That's today. That's right, tinker.
What's the matter?
That looks like us
down there.
Yeah! How can us be down
there when us are up here?
Do you remember when Master
Danbury's friends tried to stop us?
Yeah, and they even took shots
at us. I'm afraid they killed us.
They killed us?
We didn't do anything.
American soldiers.
A-And those people. It looks as
if they were looting the place.
What does all this mean? There's
just one answer, one terrible answer.
Those soldiers
were pursuing us,
and we mistook them
for Tom Danbury's friends...
and they mistook us
for traitors.
Traitors? Me, a traitor? I'm a patriot!
I even got a letter from General
George Washington to prove it.
Uh-oh. I gave the letter to
Nora to give to you. Nora?
That must be the letter that Tom took
from her before she was kidnapped.
Kidnapped? Kidnapped! Kidnapped?
Nora? Who are they?
Where are they?
I'll tear them
gizzard from gullet!
Wait for me!
Come on, you old nag.
Get up. Get up.
Get up. Come on. Lancelot! Cuthbert!
Come back with my Lancelot.!
Lancelot.! Lancelot.!
What happened?
I don't know.
I can't get through.
Something's wrong. Wait.
"Hear me,
ye faithless souls.
"May you lie there
in everlasting torment...
"with but one name to
identify your rotting bones:
'Traitor. "'
"unless some evidence
proves us wrong,
"I curse your
miserable spirits...
to be bound to Danbury
Acres 'til crack of doom. "
Then you heard it too. Oh, I thought it
was some horrible dream, but it wasn't.
We're bound to these acres
forevermore. We can't get away.
But he also said unless some
evidence proves him wrong.
Evidence? My letter from George
Washington! That's evidence!
That's right. Tom must have hidden
it somewhere in the library furniture.
Furniture? This is a fine
time to think of furniture.
Mistress Melody, the patriots
took it all away!
Well, don't give up.
Maybe he hid it behind some
secret panel in the wall.
Great Beelzebub and little Beelzebub. Look!
Now we shall be here
'til doom cracks.
Mistress Melody, why didn't you get
Paul Revere to help you instead of me?
Oh, I'm sorry, tinker. It's
all my fault. Forgive me?
I think we'd better
go back to the well.
Do you mind?
This is the first time I've
ever put my arm around you.
That's right. Melody. Yes?
We've been up in this
tree for 165 years. Yes.
And never once did I...
You have beautiful eyes.
Oh, my little tinker.
Melody, there's just one
thing I want to ask you.
Oh, yes.
If I...
Oh, what is it?
No, I can't. It sounds
foolish comin' from a fat man.
Oh, no, Horatio!
Tell me.
You really wanna hear it?
would you...
Would I what?
Would you scratch
my back tonight?
See, it didn't
take so long.
That's right. And yet, no one would
know we're anywhere near civilization.
Ain't that the truth. Here.
Careful now. Don't look yet.
I want you right back here.
There she stands.
Danbury Manor, exactly as it was in 1780.
Come on. I can hardly wait
to show you the inside.
Shelly, this porch
is a dream.
Should be. It was designed by the
famous Jonathan Bullfinch in 1760.
Why, Shelly, you mean we have
servants already? Why, absolutely.
The local employment agency
sent us a housekeeper.
Hello, Emily.
I'd like you to know my fiance, Miss
Prescott, and her aunt, Mrs. Dean.
Decorators left last night.
Said to tell you...
they got all the rooms fixed
like it explains in the book.
Great! Hang on tight, darling.
We're going into the 18th century.
Oh, is this trip necessary?
Oh, uh, pardon me, but
didn't I see you in Rebecca?
Hey, kids, wait for me.
Oh, Shelly!
You like it? Oh, darling, it's wonderful.
Don't you think so, Millie?
Oh, it's out of this world.
Don't know whether you realize it, Mildred,
but this happens to be the very furniture...
the Danbury family used
160-odd years ago.
Someday I'm gonna...
That must be Doc Greenway. I've
invited him up for the weekend.
Oh, dear Dr. Greenway. That's all
we need to complete the picture.
Ralph Greenway happens to be one of
the best psychiatrists in New York.
I'd better go down
and let him in.
Millie, please! I wish you'd
stop making smart cracks.
You're beginning to upset Sheldon,
and he's not entirely well yet.
Now Ralph said...
"Ralph said. "
Last week he said the rash
I had wasn't an allergy.
It was caused by a guilt complex because I kicked
your Grandma in the bustle when I was two years old.
I can hardly
believe my eyes.
Absolutely miraculous.
It's good to see you. June.
Mildred. It's good to see you.
Nice to see you,
Quite an accomplishment, eh? Quite.
Has Shelly told you I hit on the idea
of restoring this particular place?
No, do tell us. Well, it's part of my
family history. 160-some-odd years ago,
my great-great-great grandfather, Cuthbert
Greenway, was a butler on this estate.
- Really?
- From butler to psychiatrist in six generations.
- Now that's democracy for you.
- Pardon, Mr. Gage. This was delivered this morning.
Oh, yes, a plaque for the well.
Look, honey. It's very impressive.
Strange. In all these years, no one ever
discovered who those two traitors were.
Hope the ghosts don't throw
this one over the fence too.
- Ghosts? Did you say ghosts?
- It's just a legend.
The ghosts are supposed to hurl their
memorial stone over the fence every so often.
Yep. Last time
was Fourth ofJuly.
Put Mayor Hathaway in the hospital for
two weeks. Hit him in the head with it.
Interesting case,
isn't it?
I think we'd better get this placed on the
well before dinner. I'll get some tools.
Let me go.! I'm gonna throw
that plaque over the fence.
Oh, stop it, Horatio. What good
would it do? They'll only put it back.
Then I'll throw it
back over again.
I don't want all those people
comin' up here and sayin':
Here lie the dirty traitors Here lie the
dirty traitors Oh, pooh. I'm used to it.
Well, I'm not. Besides, it
only happens once a year...
when they have
the Fourth ofJuly picnic.
But did you hear what
that man said? Every Saturday,
they're gonna open up the place
to the public, between 2:00 and 4:00.
And I'm not gonna stand for it. But,
darling, what can you do about it?
I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna
make them sorry they ever rebuilt that house.
What are you gonna do?
I'm gonna haunt 'em.
That's what I'm gonna do. Hm-mmm
I always forget to do that. Well,
you'd better forget the whole thing.
No self-respecting ghosts do
any haunting until midnight.
Oh. All right.
I'll wait.
But tonight, I haunt.
Don't do that! You almost
scared the life out of me.
Oh, I'm sorry, but I was lonely up
at the tree, and I got frightened.
Please let me stay
down here with you.
Well, all right, but
don't try to stop me.
My mind is already
made up.
Can't believe it.
It's exactly the same.
Let's go in. We can't.
Everything is locked.
If we wasn't a couple of outdoor
ghosts, we'd know what to do.
Why don't we try to go in the same
way as we go up and down the tree?
You know.
Here I go.
I don't think she made it.
Come on.
It's easy.
I'm stuck.!
I didn't make it. Horatio,
won't you ever learn?
I'm sorry.
Come on.
Thank you.
Why, it's amazing.
Horatio, look at this table.
A-And the sofa.
I'll light a candle.
How could they have known what it was like?
Don't work.
Glass around the wick.
What'd you do?
Well, blow it out.
B-B-Blow it out?
Go on.
You blow it out.
What an astonishing idea.
They probably got it from Ben
Franklin. He's always inventing things.
Be calm.
Be reasonable.
You see? There's
nothing to be afraid of.
I've changed my mind. Let's go
back to the well. Not yet, Horatio.
This is fun.
I'm scared.
Oh, really!
"Memoirs of
Thomas Danbury, Esquire. "
Thomas Danbury's memoirs!
His grandmas?
"With a repentant heart,
I dedicate these memoirs...
"to my country
and to Melody Allen,
whose love I betrayed
for vainglorious ambition. "
Speakin' of the devil,
there he is.
It's a perfect copy.
But he belongs in the library.
And we belong back in the tree. Let's go.
Oh, don't be such
a fraidy cat, Horatio.
This is the first pleasure
I've had since 1780.
The harpsichord!
It looks exactly the same.
Don't touch it. Something's
liable to happen. Oh, nonsense.
Why don't you be like me? I'm
sensible. I'm sensible too.
And I'm brave. I should've
quit when I was even.
Why don't you pull yourself together
and practice what you preach?
What was that?
Number, please.
What's the matter? That thing
over there just talked to me.
You're just
imagining things.
That note always did stick.
Somebody's comin'.
Sheldon, is that you?
For heaven's sake,
hurry up.
Cuthbert! Melody, it's
Cuthbert, and he's still alive!
How can he be? I don't know.
They say only the good die young.
I'm still showin'!
Melody, I don't think he
can see me. Are you sure?
Take a look.
See ifhe can
hear you. Whistle.
Horatio, this
is wonderful.
Have I got an idea!
What's the matter
with me?
How do you like that, Master
Cuthbert? Ha-ha, ee-ee, zounds!
What well did she
come out of? Melody!
Emily. Aren't you
the playful one.
Emily. Emily!
Dr. Greenway. Did you
hear it too? Hear what?
They're here. Somebody must have
done something to offend them.
Offend who? Them. From
the well. The ghosts.
Oh, nonsense.
There's no such a thing.
You hear 'em?
They're laughing.
No, no, no, no, no.
You'd hear 'em if
you were psychic like me.
Emily, when you came in here,
did you or did you not kick me?
Why, certainly not.
Oh, you felt something, eh?
Uh, uh, I-I...
I thought so.
It's you they're after.
No. You must have annoyed
them playing that harpsichord.
Uh, Emily,
if I were you, I-I wouldn't say
anything to the folks about this.
They don't understand this psychic
business like we do, you know.
They might think you're a
little bit, uh... You understand.
Best you go up to bed.
Good night, Emily.
Good night.
Good night.
If you want me, all
you gotta do is whistle.
Oh, this is the happiest day of my life.
So, Cuthbert Greenway
is now Doctor Greenway.
He'll need a dozen doctors
before I get through with him.
Horatio, come quickly.!
What now?
This picture.
That's your beloved Tom.
This is the original painting.
I'd know it anywhere.
Look at the artist's name:
So? And that harpsichord.
That note "A."
It always did stick.
This is the original too.
I-I can't be wrong.
Do you realize what this means? It means
they were stuck with a lot of old furniture.
Don't be so stupid. It means they
found all the original furniture.
Perhaps in this house, at this very moment,
is your letter from George Washington.
My letter?
From George Washington?
Horatio, if we find it... It'll
prove that we're not traitors.
Then we'll be able to get away from this
place at last. Where'll we look first?
In the library, of course.
That's where Tom had it.
Come on. Let's search the library.
Nora! It won't be long now!
Melody, when you said "secret
compartment," you meant secret.
I can't find a thing.!
Melody, do I have to do
all the work around here?
Oh, my,
wasn't I lovely, Horatio?
Course, I'm in the wrong place.
We're both in the wrong place.
If we don't find that letter,
we're never gonna get out of here.
Be patient with me, Horatio. Be patient.
Do you realize that my girlfriend Nora...
has been waitin' for me
for 165 years?
And a girl will only wait so
long, and no longer. All right.
Let me see.
Desk, books, chair.
Clock. Have you searched
the clock, Horatio?
The clock? Melody, in my day, I
was the best tinker in the Colonies.
There's one thing I know absolutely: No
one ever put a secret door in a clock.
We simply gotta find that
letter. Please help me?
Come on.
I don't seem
to remember this piece.
Okay, Phantom,
we gotcha covered!
Stick up your hands.
And this time, don't try disappearin'or
we'll fill ya full oflead.
Mister, whoever you are,
don't get violent.
There's his little playmate over there.
Get your hands up, sister.
Come on. Get 'em up.
Better get 'em up.
They sound awful mad.
Okay, Phantom, we wanna know
who tipped ya off. Start singin'.
I'm... I'm not
in good voice tonight.
You heard
the boss. Sing.
Come on now. Sing.
Drink to me
Only with thine eyes
And I will
Cut the stallin'.
Pledge with mine
What's that?
The cops.! Blow.! Everybody, blow.!
Go on, boys.
Let 'em have it.!
Melody. Melody!
M-Melody! Don't ever
leave me alone!
Oh, be calm.
Be reasonable.
Sounds like the radio. Well, it
can't be the Revolutionary War.
Listen again tomorrow
night to The Phantom Hour.
How does the Phantom
and his lady escape?
Like this.
Wait... Wait for me.
And now, Midnight Dan brings you
a half hour of popular dance tunes.
Oh, the idea of Shelly playing
the radio this hour of night!
I can't understand it. I tell
you he's off the beam again.
Shelly! Well, that's a
fine place to take a nap.
Shelly. Shelly!
Oh, Millie, he's hurt.
Call Ralph, quickly.
Dr. Greenway. Dr. Greenway.
Dr. Greenway. Dr. Greenway.!
Emily... E-Emily, for heaven's
sake, turn off the radio.
Oh, darling, what happened? Oh, my head.
Oh! Let's get him into the library.
I'm all right now, dear.
Oh. Oh, there you are.
For once, you'll really come
in handy. They're in there.
It's stuffy in here.
Talk plainer. I can't. You
got your foot in my mouth.
Come on out, Horatio.
It's all right now.
Oh, I'm sorry.
Let's look for the letter
tomorrow night. I'm tired.
But this is our perfect chance. They're all in
the library. We can search the whole interior.
Yeah. You take the up-terior,
and I'll take the down-terior.
Be calm. Be reasonable.
Oh, stop it, all of you!
I keep telling you
I didn't make this mess!
The radio woke me just like it woke the
rest of you. I came down here to turn it off.
When I reached for that doorknob, something,
some invisible force, yanked it open,
and then I was met
by that gust of icy wind.
Don't get excited.
I'm not excited!
I keep telling you
there was nobody there,
and I got bopped on the head
with this candlestick.
Moving under its own power.
Wait a minute, Mildred!
Millie. I'm telling you
exactly what happened.
Don't stand there lookin' at me as if
I'm crazy. I'm just as sane as Ralph.
That's what I'm afraid of. You're
overwrought. You're imagining things.
No, he's not. It's them, all
right... the ghosts from the well.
They're up to their old
mischief, throwing things around.
Oh, there's a curse
on this house, all right.
Ghosts! They must've been a couple of interior
decorators looking for a little overtime.
If I were you, I wouldn't make
fun of them. They don't like that.
Maybe she's right. There are many
strange legends about this house.
Couldn't it be possible that some
forces from the world beyond...
Oh, let's stop all this.
It's nothing but hysteria.
Sheldon had another one
of his sleepwalking spells.
He came downstairs
and turned on the radio.
Now doesn't that sound like
a sensible explanation, Ralph?
Well, I, uh... It was the
ghosts. I know they were here.
And so does Dr. Greenway.
I think we all need a stimulant.
Where's the brandy, Emily?
In the living room.
I'll get it, I'll get it.
Come on!
I tripped you.!
I tripped you.!
Why, I just...
I just swore I...
No. No, this can't
happen to me.
No, it's impossible.
It's a trick
of my subconscious mind. I...
I-I-It's all wrong.
It just can't be. It...
Now be calm.
Ralph. Ralph!
Be calm. Be cool. Uh...
Don't get excited, Ralph.
E-Everything is all right.
These things can't be.
It's, uh...
Thank you.
But, darling, I told you 50 times,
I wasn't... Sheldon! Sheldon!
Ralph! Ralph!
What's the matter?
You're a bad boy.
I'm sorry? I knew you were up to something.
Now you run along.
We have to find that letter.
All right.
Well, go on!
I'll go.
Go on. Hurry up.
Hurry up. I'm
going upstairs again.
Mistress Melody, I'll go down into
the cellar, and... Mistress Melody.
Mistress Melody!
No tricks! No tricks!
Oh, ifTom
could only see me now.
Come on, Ralph.
Be calm. Be reasonable.
Keep 'em away! Keep 'em away!
They've got a grudge
against me. Ohh!
Come on, Ralph.
Tell us what happened.
Oh, bottles floating through space,
glasses filling up by themselves,
and somebody tooted
in my stethoscope.
See, you didn't believe me. Maybe now you're
willing to concede there's something odd going on.
No, I'm not, Shelly. You've merely
communicated your hysteria to him.
Yep, yep, yep, I hear ya.
- Oh, get her.
- I hear ya callin' me.
Ghosts of the well,
lead me to you.
Wait a minute. Better leave that here.
We need it much more than the ghosts do.
The ghosts of the well? Why
should they want to persecute us?
Maybe they got an eviction
notice and want to move in on us.
Well, you people can stay up
all night babbling about ghosts,
but the charming Mrs. Dean is gonna hit
the sack, and I'll take my spirits with me.
Millie! Millie,
what's the matter?
Oh! Oh, Shelly, help me get
her into the living room.
I was coming up the stairs
and that thing...
How did this get here?
Oh, hurry, darling.
I-I'll take that.
Millie. Take it away! Take it away!
That dress! It's haunted! I saw it
coming down the stairs all by itself!
I did!
That's impossible.
It is, huh? How about
that hit I got on the head?
Yes, and what about the tooting
in my stethoscope?
Oh, stop it.
Stop it, all of you.
I-I can't explain about
the dress or anything else,
but I do know there's nothing
supernatural about it.
And if you don't all stop acting
like a bunch of crazy neurotics,
I'm going to start
acting like one myself.
Oh, well, listen, honey... Uh...
M-M-Melody! Melody!
Melody! Oh, Horatio, stop that!
Stop that!
Let go of it, Horatio!
Pull harder.!
Horatio, let's get back to
the tree. I'm afraid. Come on.
Ohh! Oh!
We'll think more clearly
in the morning. We'd better.
I'll not spend another night
in this house.
Now do you believe there's
something supernatural going on here?
I don't know what to believe, but
whatever it is, it's terrifying.
Ghosts of the well, come back.
They've gone. You've frightened them.
We did?
They've gone back
to the well, all right.
And we're going back to town,
first thing in the morning.
Oh, June, please. You've got to
help me figure this thing out.
Come on, darling.
No. I don't care what Emily says.
I'm not taking part in any sance.
I've had enough. But, darling, isn't
it better to try to find the truth?
Let me read you something. This is the record
of a Major Putnam who shot the two traitors.
He says, "Then we tossed
their bodies down the well,
and I cursed their miserable spirits to be
bound to Danbury Acres 'til crack of doom. "
If it's anything at all, it must be those two
poor devils. They can't get off this property.
But, Sheldon, that's sheer
medieval superstition.
Shelly is right, June. As a
psychiatrist, I've got to agree with him.
If we all intend to keep our sanity, we've got
to get to the bottom of this. If a sance...
And that from a man who wrote a dozen
articles exposing all sances as fakes.
Please, Mildred. Please, both of
you. Let's do what Emily suggests.
If this sance doesn't work, I swear I'll give
up the whole thing and go back to New York.
Is that fair enough? Oh, all right,
Sheldon. That's... That's a deal.
Thank you, darling.
Go ahead, Emily.
Now, put your hands on the table
again, little fingers touchin'.
And we've all got to make
our minds perfectly blank.
Well, that should be
easy for you. It is. I...
Anelot dos mirabus piret cotar.
Nimbus et nosticus lazum bodar.
Did you feel that?
Yes. Something's
It must be them people down at the
house. They're up to somethin' again.
Oh, something's
pulling me!
Me too. Hang on.
Hang on! Hang on!
Th-Th-The windows.
I can feel their presence.
We didn't mean any harm.
Won't you please let us go back
to the well where we belong?
I promise we will never
bother you again.
Oh, please let us go back
to the well. Whaddya say?
Anelot dos mirabus
piret cotar.
Nimbus et nosticus
lazum bodar.
Oh, thank you.
Thank you ever so much.
Did you hear what
that nice lady said?
What did she say?
Oh, be quiet and listen.
They're here.
Spirits of the well, we know
the curse upon your souls.
We only wish to help you
if we can.
Horatio, did you hear what that charming
young man said? They want to help us.
It's a trick. I don't
trust 'em. Let's go back.
If you wish to cooperate
with us, rap on this table.
Once for "no,"
and twice for "yes. "
Horatio, go on.
Do as he says.
Maybe they can help us
find your letter.
My letter? Yeah. Yeah! Anelot
dos mirabus piret cotar.
Nimbus et nosticus
lazum bodar.
Spirits of the well,
can you hear me?
Can you hear me?
A-Are you willing
to help us?
Are you the spirits
of the two traitors?
Don't you call me
no traitor! You...
Why... Why do they
always pick on me?
Perhaps it was your question
that offended them, Ralph.
You're right.
I think you've hit it.
Are you trying to tell us
that you're not traitors?
Then who are you? What are
you? Identify yourselves.
Cuthbert Greenway,
you know who I am.
I'm Horatio Prim, the tinker.
This is Melody Allen.
We were on our way to warn General
Washington about Benedict Arnold...
Horatio. Don't be silly. But I gotta...
Don't you realize they can't
hear us? Who are you? Who are you?
Who am I? How am I gonna tell him who
I am if all I can do is rap yes or no?
I've got it!
Follow me.
They're goin' away. I feel
'em. They're goin' away.
Well, don't think it hasn't been
interesting, because it hasn't.
How about a nice game
of gin rummy?
Millie, sit down. We're going
through with this experiment.
Emily, try calling them back, will ya? Shh.
Spirits of the well,
come back. Come back!
They're here.
They're here.
Melody Allen!
Go on. Get back
under the table.
They're trying to tell us that
one of the ghosts is Melody Allen.
I don't understand. They're
both supposed to be men.
Are you trying to tell us that
one of you is Melody Allen?
Oh, now we're all confused.
Who is the other one?
"Who is the other one"? I keep tellin'
ya who the other one is. It's me!
I wonder how we can get him
to tell us who he is.
If we knew what their profession
was, that might give us a hint. Yeah.
You've got it there. Wait
a minute. Are you a soldier?
No. A gentleman?
Why not try that old rhyme? The one
that has all sorts of people in it.
You know, "rich man, poor
man, beggar man, thief. "
June, that's a great idea. Spirits
of the well, listen to this rhyme:
Were you a rich man?
Poor man?
He was a poor man. Well, then, doctor,
lawyer, Indian chief won't apply.
Uh... How does
the rest of it go?
Oh, "tinker... "
Wait a minute.
He's a tinker.!
Danbury mentions a tinker right in
here. Let's see if I can find it.
"The shame I experienced because
of my treasonable activities...
"was increased threefold
when the maid, Nora,
"wrote me and asked for information
concerning one Horatio Prim,
her fianc,
who was a tinker. "
Nora. Oh, Nora.
She did worry about me.
"He had disappeared from the
manor on the night of the fire,
a similar fate to my beloved
and innocent Melody. "
Oh, Tom. "I bethought
myself that this must be...
the selfsame tinker whose
letter of recommendation... "
A letter of recommendation.
"From George Washington...
I had taken forcibly from Nora
and hidden in a secret drawer. "
Uh, wait a minute.
Just a minute.
Then if the tinker had a letter from George
Washington, he couldn't have been a traitor.
You see? We're right!
See that?
Don't tell me we're gonna spend the rest of
the night trying to contact George Washington!
Don't you understand? They've been looking
for proof of their innocence. That letter.
Of course. That letter would
remove the curse from them.
Horatio, they know!
Isn't it wonderful?
I did it! I did it! Oh, boy,
we'll be outta here in no time!
Well, Sheldon, the
original furniture is here.
All we have to do is find that
drawer that Danbury mentioned.
Yes, the drawer. Perhaps they know. Yeah.
I wonder. Let's ask them. Mistress Allen,
Master Prim, where is the
secret drawer? Do you know?
Odsbodkins and copper pots! That's
just it. We don't know, do we?
Anelot dos mirabus piret cotar.
Nimbus et nosticus lazum bodar.
There she goes again. Must be
number one on her hit parade.
Shh, Millie!
Please, answer me.
Have you any idea where
this letter may be hidden?
Go slowly. Slowly.
We can't understand you.
That ain't me doin' that.
No, no!
L-Look. I d-don't wanna scare you
folks, but that ain't me under the table.
H-Her voice is changing.
Oh, it's Tom. My Tom.
You were gonna marry her?
Melody, my beloved.
It's Tom.
I've come to help you.
Oh, Shelly.
What does it mean?
It... It must be Danbury
speaking through Emily.
Oh, fine.
A ghost-to-ghost broadcast.
why can't I see him?
You can't.
You poor kid.
You see, he's got his wings,
and we're still grounded.
Master Danbury, we wanna help Miss Melody.
Tell us, where is the secret drawer?
Start at 12:00,
turn twice to 3:00.
At 10 past 1:00,
'twill open be.
Would you mind repeating
that last part?
He is gone. He's gone.
His brief span
on earth is over.
Tom! Tom!
But, Emily, Emily where
is the secret drawer?
Secret drawer?
I'm sorry. I can't tell you
anything else. Good night.
Start at 12:00, turn twice
to 3:00. At 10 past...
Now he's got it! You bet
your life I've got it!
12:00, 3:00, 10 past. That could only
mean a clock. The letter's in the clock.
But there's over a dozen clocks
in this house.
What do we care?
We'll search every one. Let's get started.
Don't get excited.
Melody, they've got the answer.
The letter is hidden in the clock.
Tom only had that letter in
the library. The library clock!
Yeah! Yeah!
Well, don't just stand there.
We've got to let them know.
Oh! I gotta tell Nora.
Nora! I'll be with you soon!
Won't I, Horatio?
We're all mixed up!
Whew! Melody, don't ever
do that again. I'm a boy.
Hurry. In the library.
Cuthbert. Whaddya want? Nothing.
Cuthbert! Whaddya want? Nothing!
Mr. Gage.
What do you want?
What do you want?
Get them to look in the library.
That's what I'm tryin' to do!
I have an idea. Come
on. It isn't in this one.
The library. They're trying to
tell us to come into the library.
Yeah, you're right.
They must mean that clock.
- Oh, no. That's not the clock.
- Yes, it is.
But, Shelly,
they directed us here.
I'm sorry, but that isn't the clock. That
happens to be one of my reproductions.
The original's in the museum. Go
to New York and search the clock.
That board of directors won't talk
to me. They barred me from the museum.
Darling, do you suppose
they'd let me examine it?
They wouldn't let anybody
touch that clock.
That's fine. Let's give the ghosts a
99-year lease and move back to Park Avenue.
Darling, I feel
so sorry for them.
Well, so do I. What can
I do? I'll get the clock.
I'm the logical one to do it. Why you?
Has it ever occurred to you why
I'm the main target of these ghosts?
Your ancestor. That butler
was an old so-and-so.
That's exactly right. He was. There's every
possibility that he did Horatio Prim wrong.
Yeah, it could be.
If that's the truth,
this is my chance to atone
for the sins of my forefathers.
I think you're right. I'll
leave first thing in the morning.
Horatio! Ho...
Horatio, listen to me.
You don't have to tell me.
Oh, yes, I do.
Let's go back to the well,
Melody. You don't understand.
Dr. Greenway is going to the museum to
get the clock. He's gonna do that for us?
Yes, he's trying to make up
for what Cuthbert did to you.
For what Cuthbert did to me? Mm-hmm.
Odsbodkins! Mm!
Melody, he's a nice man.
I'm gonna thank him.
Wait a minute, Ralph. Hold this and
I'll get another candle. Oh, sure.
Thank you, Dr. Greenway.
Thank you.
My dear Dr. Greenway,
I know you by reputation,
but I repeat, we cannot allow so valuable
an antique to be removed from the premises.
But, Professor Dibbs, can't
I at least examine the clock?
Sorry, Doctor, but that's
contrary to our policy.
I told you it was only
a pair of shoes.
Sorry, madam,
Oh, sorry, sir. Anything
under that coat, sir?
Uh, only me.
I've gotta watch my diet.
My! 4:00. How time does fly. And so must I.
Bill! Bill! Hey, Bill,
the Queen Anne clock is missing.
That guy. Stop, thief!
Stop, thief!
Professor Dibbs!
Professor Dibbs!
Get me the police department
immediately. Hurry!
I don't understand. The museum's closed
by now. Ralph promised to call me.
Relax, darling. Our ghostly friends
have waited a century and a half.
A few more minutes
won't make any difference.
This is a mighty fateful moment.
Even the ghosts are worried.
I know. I can feel 'em.
They're right here in this room.
Yep. Yep.
I guess I'd better
make some more tea.
Ghosts. Ghosts.
That's all she talks about.
Oh, uh, pardon me.
Is this chair taken?
Thank you.
Th-Thank you v-very much. I
think I'll stand for a while.
Oh, that's Ralph at last.
Come on, Millie.
Uh, excuse me.
Melody, this is it!
He's here!
I forgot to do it again.
Lieutenant Mason, state
police. Oh, how do you do?
Is Dr. Greenway here? Not
yet. We're expecting him.
Fine. We'll wait.
Is anything wrong?
Your doctor friend stole a very
valuable clock from the museum.
Stole it?
Yeah. Connors.
Yes, sir? Drive our car out of
sight. Don't want Greenway to see it.
Right, sir. Lieutenant, if
you'll come into the living room,
I think I can explain this.
Poor Dr. Greenway. Is he
in trouble! What about us?
If they catch him, they'll take him and the
clock before Mr. Gage has a chance to search it.
What do we do now?
We've got to keep him away
from the house. Hurry, Horatio!
Ghosts? What do you
take me for? A chump?
I know it's hard to
believe, but we can prove it.
Ah! We'll be back
in a minute!
Hey! Hey! Dr. Greenway! Stop! Stop!
Dr. Greenway, it's a trap!
Don't go in there! Stop!
Hey! Hey! Hey!
Stop! Stop!
Dr. Greenway! Dr. Greenway!
Don't go in there! It's a trap!
Oh, Horatio, he can't hear us!
We must stop him.
Psst. Psst. Dr. Greenway,
the police are in the house.
Go hide in the stable.
Thank you, Emily. Thank you.
Mason! Lt. Mason!
Lt. Mason!
Dr. Greenway's car.
Where is he?
I don't know.
Look for the clock?
Now, if I can only remember how
that rhyme goes. Start at 12:00.
Uh-huh. I have it. Start at 12:00.
You gotta stop that noise.
Somebody's gonna hear you.
Do somethin'.
How's the rest go?
How does the rest go? How do I know?
I got it.
Turn twice to 3:00.
Lieutenant Mason.!
Hurry, Horatio!
They're coming!
Turn the hands of the dial. Okay.
Melody! The letter!
Hoo! Hoo!
It went in and out!
In and out! In and out!
It's gone. Did you
see it open?
Yes, I saw it. It was there. Dr.
Greenway, the drawer was open!
The drawer was open!
I don't know...
Zip! Dr. Greenway! I'm not
kiddin' ya! Stick up your hands.
With thine eyes
And I will
Pledge. Pledge.
Pledge with mine
It would've been cheaper to
buy a watch. Come on, Greenway.
Oh, hurry, Horatio. Get the clock. Okay.
Oh! Oh, come on, Horatio.
Hurry up and come on.
I had it right in my hands!
I know, but come on.
We'll get it.
Come on, Horatio. Come on.
If you'll only listen. We know
the letter's in that clock. Yeah?
How? Tom Danbury's ghost told us so.
That's all, brother. Get
in. Don't worry, Ralph.
We'll get the best lawyer
in New York to defend you.
And you can always
plead insanity. You know how.
It wasn't me.
It was Horatio.
Horatio, huh? Gonna give
me some more of that...
Come on.
Let's get outta here.
Hey, what's the idea of
jammin' on the brakes like that?
I didn't touch the
brakes. I suppose I did it!
Come on.
Let's get goin'.
Well, what's the matter
now? I don't know, sir.
Something's holding us back.
I'd better get out and find out.
They stopped.
Shelly. June.
Don't worry, Dr. Greenway.
As long as we're in here,
they can't get through the gates.
Horatio, do you think you can
work this contraption? Why?
The well. We could hide the doctor and
the clock there, until the police leave.
Hey, what an idea.
Now let's see.
He turned it with this.
He pushed that.
And stepped on this.
Aw, you've blown your top.
There's nothing the matter here.
Get in the backseat. I'll
drive. Okay, Lieutenant.
Now get in!
It's supposed to run the other
way.! Push the handle down.
- This is fun.
- There's nobody at the wheel.
Hey, Greenway!
Stop that car!
Get outta the way.!
Close the gates!
What do I do now?
Look out!
It's headin' for the well.
- Oh, Horatio.
- A fella could get killed doin' this. Odsbodkins!
Whoa! Well, how are we gonna
explain this to the chief?
Ah! So you tried
to get away, huh?
No, no. No, no!
Ralph, you all right?
I don't know yet.
The clock!
Shelly! Shelly,
here it is!
- The letter.
- Melody! They got it! They got it!
Now do you believe us? Well,
right now, I'll believe anything.
But will Chief Callahan
believe me? No.
Now the curse is ended.
This proves
they weren't traitors.
And their spirits are no longer
bound to these acres.
They're free. Free.
We're free. We're free.
Melody, what are we waiting for?
Come on!
Wait a minute.
Here, Lieutenant,
this is yours.
Thanks. I'm...
Well, there's nothing
to be f-frightened of.
Mistress Melody,
ladies first. You go.
I'm out!
You made it.
Melody! I...
Melody. Melody!
Oh, Horatio.
There you are.
Thank you.
Melody. Melody.
Oh, it's Tom. My Tom.
Good-bye, Horatio.
I'm going to miss you.
Good-bye, Melody.
I'm gonna miss you too.
But don't you worry. Just as
soon as Nora and I get settled,
we'll have you and Tom
over for dinner.
I'll have Nora bake
a nice, big angel cake.
Here I am, Horatio.
Nora! Nora!
Here I am.
Oh, Horatio.
You've waited for me.
It's been a long time.
Now that I'm here,
nothing can keep us apart.
Let me in.
I can't, Horatio.