Don't Bother to Knock (1952) Script

After all, we guests who live here from year to year, we deserve a little consideration too.

Certainly, Mrs. Ballew.

These conventions, taking over the place.

I'm very sorry, Mrs. Ballew.

This hotel is getting run down.

And the food isn't what it was ten years ago either.

Are you?

You know, Thursdays this time of night, I like to see a smile.

You're expecting a fellow, aren't you?

You tell me.

Oh, sure. He's bringing in a flight from Miami.



He ought to be in the city now if he had a tailwind.

He had a tailwind.

Ever been wrong, Joe?

What do you mean? You two have a fight?

No, no fight.

Well, can I ask what then?

I've just been thinking.


That's serious.

I'm afraid so.

I wrote him a letter.

I invited him not to see me anymore.

I thought he was something pretty special.

He is. I like almost everything about him.

Except what?

Except me, I guess.

♪ I like New York in June ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ I like a Gershwin tune ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ I love a fireside ♪

♪ When a storm is due ♪

♪ I like potato chips moonlight and motor trips ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ I'm mad aboutgood books ♪

♪ Can'tget my fill ♪

♪ And Tyrone Power's looks ♪

♪ Give me a thrill ♪

♪ Holding hands in the movie show ♪

♪ When all the lights are low ♪

♪ May not be new ♪

♪ But I like it ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ Oh, I like New York in June ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ I like a Gershwin tune ♪

♪ How about you ♪

♪ I love a fireside ♪

♪ When a storm is due ♪

♪ I like potato chips moonlight and motor trips ♪

♪ Oh, how about you ♪

♪ I'm mad aboutgood books ♪

♪ Can'tget my fill ♪

♪ And Tyrone Power's looks ♪

♪ Mmm, give me a thrill ♪

♪ Holding hands in the movie show ♪

♪ Is grand when the lights are low ♪

♪ Although I know it's a corny thing to do ♪

♪ Still, I like it ♪

♪ I love it Can't get enough of it ♪

♪ I like it ♪

♪ But baby ♪

♪ How about you ♪♪

Hello, Doc. Hi, Eddie.


What's the smile about?

You seem so different in those clothes.

I'm different all the time. Come on. Hop in.

You didn't have any trouble finding the place?

No. I took the bus like you said.

It's like I told Martha on the phone.

I heard these people talking going up in the elevator.

Somebody to look after the little girl, they said.

"There must be some kind of a service," she said.

I told her I had an impulse. "How about my niece?

She'd be glad to take care of the little girl."

I think you should have told them I haven't had any experience.

What's the point? Where will it get you? Then they worry.

You're an old humbug, Eddie.

How high do we go?

What? Oh, yeah. Eight.

How old is she?

Oh, the little girl?

Six or seven. She's a good kid.

You, you won't have any trouble with her, will you, Nell?

No, I don't think so. Why should I?

You shouldn't, you shouldn't. I only asked.

I'm very grateful to you, Eddie.

And I've wanted a job.

There's a lot of kids staying in this hotel.

We could run this into a regular thing.

You think you'd want that, Nell?

I suppose so.

Didn't we pass eight?

Oh, of course. Yeah.

You mustn't worry about me, Eddie.

I like being in a hotel.

To the zoo? Right, in Central Park.

To the subway? All the way to Coney Island.

To the "automatic"? No, sweetie, the automat.

Where they have food that you put in a nickel... and it comes out like music in a jukebox?


If she's a good girl tonight while we're gone.

Don't worry. I will be.

Oh, this place is such a mess.


It's Eddie. We're here.


I thought these trays went out with Near Beer.

Hello again, Eddie. Good evening, Miss...

Uh, Forbes. My niece, Nell Forbes.

How do you do, Miss Forbes?

Nell would love it if you'd just call her Nell right off.

Oh, yes, I wish you would.

All right, Nell. Welcome.

So nice of you to come on such short notice.

Oh, it's nothing, Mrs. Jones. I'm very happy to do it.

She didn't have any trouble at all. She found it just like that.

And you're not a New Yorker, either?

Oh, no. I've just been here for a few weeks.

I'm Bunny. And this is Nell, Bunny.

She'll be with you for a few hours.

And she'll read you a story, won't you, Nell?

Why, of course.

Maybe I'll make one up for you.

That's nice, but I like the one in the book.

Now, that's Bunny's room. After you put her to bed, you can leave the door ajar and then just stay right in here.

Oh, sure, or you can play the radio if you want to.

Or the bar here. It's this notch right here.

Number five.

There really isn't anything to read. I'm awfully sorry.

We could have some magazines sent up.

Please don't bother. I'll be perfectly all right.

Bunny, why don't you see if Nell would like some candy?

Oh, no. No, thank you.

I... I never eat candy.

Oh, no, not me. No, thanks.

All right, Bunny. One piece.

Thanks, Mommy.

That's a beautiful dress, Mrs. Jones.

Oh, thank you.

I know you'll have a beautiful evening.

Nell will be fine. She'll be all right. Bunny too, of course.

I'm off duty in a little while. I can stop up and see how they're doing.

Oh, forget it. Bunny will be asleep in a jiffy.

Besides, we're right downstairs.

In the ballroom.

This is a big night for us. My husband's getting an award.

For his editorials, you know.

Oh, I keep forgetting... not everybody reads them.

The car's waiting up here on eight. Would you like to go now?

All right. Well, is there anything else?

Mothers are such worry buttons, aren't they?

I think you've thought of everything, Mrs. Jones.

Well, good night, honey bun.

Make a good speech, Daddy.

Mow 'em down! Mow 'em down!

Oh, and I'll drop up about 11:00, just to say hello.

Bye! Bye.

You're gonna like your dinner. It's "filly."

The chef told me when I came in. You been here as long as I have, you take an interest in things outside the elevator.

Would you like a lipstick tissue? Oh!

Sometimes they forget to leave them in the rooms.

Well, thank you.

That's a five-dollar idea. They just got hold of it last week.

Oh, excuse me. I'm sorry, sir. We're going right down, sir.

That's all right. I just got here.

Sorry I kept you waiting.

You just checked in a little while ago, sir?

That's right.

Everything going all right, sir? Everything okay?

Everything's fine. Yes, sir.

Good evening, Mrs. McMurdock.

Good evening. Come, boy. Come. Come on, baby.

Come here this instant. C... Come, boy.

Here, Rover. Here, Rover.

The trouble is I've let him become too intelligent.

What's his name? Rio.


Psst! Rio, come here.

Takes a certain tone of voice.

♪ Oh, I'm a rollin' stone Just a rolly-olly-ollin' ♪

♪ On and on ♪

♪ I'm a rollin' stone that's just been here and gone ♪

♪ Wouldn't trade the moon or the stars in June ♪

♪ For a home on a streetcar line ♪

♪ 'Cause a house and fence doesn't make much sense ♪

♪ When the whole wide world is mine ♪

♪ Oh, I'm a rollin' stone Just a rolly-olly-ollin' ♪

♪ On and on ♪

♪ I'm a rollin' stone that's just been here and gone ♪

♪ Gotta move on ♪

♪ Here and gone ♪♪

♪ Summerjourneys to Niagara ♪

♪ And to other places aggravate ♪

♪ All our cares ♪

♪ We'll save our fares ♪

♪ I've a cozy little flat in ♪

♪ What is known as old Manhattan ♪

♪ We'll settle down ♪

♪ Right here in town ♪

♪ We'll have Manhattan ♪

♪ The Bronx and Staten Island too ♪

♪ It's lovely going through ♪

♪ The zoo ♪

♪ It's never fancy on old Delancey Street, you know ♪

"Thereupon, the prince went to the witch and bade her release his bride.

But the old lady merely pointed to the hundred nightingales.

How was the prince to find his beloved?

The birds were all singing... all but one.

The prince dashed to this cage and touched it with his sword.

And behold, the cage and the nightingale disappeared... and a lovely girl stood in their place.

And she clasped him around the neck... and she was as beautiful as ever."

You didn't read very long.

It wasn't a very long story.

But it has a happy ending. I think that's nice, don't you?

It's all right. Will you read me another?

I would, but I think your mother would rather you went to sleep now.

Are you tattooed?

No. Are you?

Not now, but I'm gonna be when I grow up.

I can turn out my own light.

Of course you can.

But I'm not sleepy.

You will be when the light's off.

The sandman will come and pour sand over your eyelids.

Not sand. Cookie crumbs.

Good night, Bunny.

I'm hot!

There. That'll let in some air.

Can I have my elephant, please?

Now, you turn off the light, Bunny.

Good night. Good night.

♪ We stole soul to soul ♪

♪ A short vacation ♪

♪ On Inspiration Point we'll spend ♪

♪ And in the station house ♪

♪ We'll end ♪

♪ The city's bustle cannot destroy ♪

♪ The dreams of a girl ♪

♪ And boy ♪

♪ We'll turn Manhattan ♪

♪ Into an isle of joy ♪♪



Got a minute? When are you on again?

Whenever I feel like it.

Whenever anybody else feels like it.

I liked that last song. Thanks.

You give your singing a lot of, uh, character.

That's what I like about it... character.

Straight from the shoulder, like your letters.

Jed, I asked you not to come. I'm cynical about letters.

I never believe what they say. I read 'em, tear 'em up and forget 'em.

I meant what I wrote.

Drink, mister?

Rye and soda.

You wanted to call it off?

That's right.

Well, I've got a very bright idea. Let's call it back on again.

The man doesn't understand.

I'm not having any more.

Mix it? Yeah.

I thought we were pretty good together.

We were lovely together.

Then why stop?

I'd like to know why.

After the last time, after you left, I took a long look at you.

And I decided, so far, no good.

What's been wrong with it?

Nothing much. It's what was going to be wrong with it.

Call it the old blank wall... the future without a future.

You know, I met a girl right here at this bar six months ago.

Six months and a week.

I asked her to sing a song. She did.

And it gave me goose flesh and notions.

"Look," I said... Here.

I said, "Look, I believe in a drink, a kiss and a laugh now and then.

That's the way it'd be." "Fine," she said. I can hear her saying it now.

"Fine, I like to laugh."

I still like to laugh, but not at myself.

I just don't want it anymore.

Life's too long.

All right. I'll send you a valentine.

What do you want? Hearts and flowers?

Forever and ever? Love?

Don't be afraid to say it. It's not a dirty word.

Would you care for a photograph of yourself and the lovely Miss Lesley?

No, thanks.

You can have 'em on match covers or a souvenir postcard.

Or just in a folder?

Go away, lady.

They're in sepia. Will you just go away?

"Beware of a high forehead," my mother said.

Listen, if she needs the money, I'll give it to her.

I just don't like being sold something I don't want.

Take the picture, Janie.

Don't mind him.

Yeah. He's like my husband.

He's mean, but he don't... mean it.

I'll bring it shortly, sir... the picture.


Pardon me. I have to sing a love song.

Another rye, please.

You married?

Sure. Who's not?

You and your wife fight, argue all the time?

Some of the time she sleeps.

Seventy-eight percent of the pilots in Skyway Airlines are married.

See, you get married, you become a statistic.


Stay single, and you wind up talking to bartenders.

♪ Lull ♪

♪ There's a lull in my life ♪

♪ It's just a void ♪

♪ An empty space ♪

♪ When you are not in my embrace ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ There's a lull in my life... ♪

I'll bring it shortly, sir.

♪ The lull ♪

♪ In my ♪

♪ Life ♪♪

What am I supposed to do about it?

Fly back to Chicago.

Find yourself another bar. Find another girl.

Or find a wedding ring?

Marriage isn't always the answer to everything.

Who was talking about marriage?

Weren't you?

No, but I'm sure that's all you thought I had on my mind.

And that's where you're wrong. It's just the point.

I wouldn't want to marry you. Why not?

It has something to do with the way you are.

They're all finished, mister.

We got a new process. Develops them right away.

Instantaneous. The patent is pending.

You can take your choice.

There's the postcard, the folder, the matches, the handkerchief and the ashtray.

A dollar per each. Except the ashtray.

He's two dollars.

I'll take one, "per each."

Oh, thanks. Thanks a lot.

He's a doll.

See you. Yeah.

Little Miss Larceny.

She's a nice kid, Jed. Mm-hmm.

Reminds me of a chicken thief I used to know.

Just once, I wish you'd try to judge somebody without being glib.

I bought her gruesome pictures. Why get angry about it?

I'm not angry. I'm just furious.

And there, if you care to know, is the reason I wouldn't marry you even if you wanted me to.

What's the reason?

That camera girl. Any girl. Any person.

The way you treat people. The way you think about them.

All you can focus on is the cold outside of things, the simple facts.

Not any causes or whys or wherefores.

Oh, you're sweet and you're fun and you're hard.

And you lack something that I ask for in a man.

And what's that?

An understanding heart.

Are you through?

Good and through.

Please, let's make this the sweet end of it.

I'm convinced. I'll go along with that.

Yes, go along.

Eight, sir? Yeah.

I hope the liquor was satisfactory, sir.

Say, do you double as manager of this hotel?

I like to take an interest. I've been here 14 years, sir.

Really? You're lucky to have such a steady job.

Oh, it has its ups and downs, sir.

Most people laugh at that one, sir.

Good night, sir.

Good night.

♪ How blue the night ♪

♪ How long the day ♪

♪ How blue the night ♪

♪ With you away ♪

♪ How strange it seems ♪

♪ Just living in dreams ♪

♪ I'm left in the moon glow ♪

♪ But where did the moon go ♪

♪ The stars on high ♪

♪ That used to burn ♪

♪ Are standing by ♪

♪ For your return ♪

- Hello. ♪ Until his arms ♪

- Hello. ♪ Are holding me tight ♪

♪ I'll be so blue ♪

♪ Oh, how I long for you ♪

♪ You say we're through ♪

♪ Still I belong to you ♪

♪ How strange it seems ♪

♪ Just living in dreams ♪

♪ I'm left in the moon glow ♪

♪ But where did the moon go ♪

♪ How bright are the stars ♪

♪ Tonight ♪

♪ I need your ♪

♪ Arms tonight ♪

♪ Until those arms ♪

♪ Are holding me tight ♪

♪ How blue... ♪

Number, please.

Room 809, please.


Hello, are you the girl in 809?

Why, yes. Who is it?

I'm the guy in 821 across the court.

Can I ask you a question?

Why, I don't know. I suppose so.

Are you sure you want me?

Yeah, you're the one I want, all right.

Are you doing anything you couldn't be doing better with somebody else?

I guess I'll have to hang up.

Why? You can't get hurt on a telephone.

Who are you?

I told you... the man across the way.

A lonely soul.

You sound peculiar.

I'm not peculiar. I'm just frustrated.

And I got a bottle of rye.

And as I was saying... what are you doing?

What's your name?

Uh... Billy.


What's the matter? Don't you like "Billy"?

I was just daydreaming.

Say, I got a big idea.

I'll come over, and we'll spin a few stories.

How about it?

Th-There's somebody at the door. I'm going to hang up now.

Your call, sir. May I have your call, please?

It's me, Nell. Eddie.

Oh, that's no way, Nell!

That's no way.

They're too big.

I only had an impulse, Eddie. I'm sorry.

But if fits... practically.

I came up for a minute to see how you are, and look.

I just put on a drop.

You want these folks to pay you, don't you?

I just wanted to see how they'd look on me for a few minutes.

Sure, sure.

The little girl go to sleep okay?

She'll be quiet.

Guess where I put it.


The perfume.

Behind my ears.

It's called... Liaison.

Yeah? Well, whatever that means, you'd better wash it off you.

I will.

And get those things off you too.

All right.

You could have stuff like this, Nell... kimonos and rings... and toilet water with Italian names.

A handsome girl like you.

No, I can't. I can't.

Give yourself a little time. That's all.

These people are married. That's what you have to be.

Sure, I know.

You're still moonin' about that guy.

Well, guys get killed. That's all.

That's the way you gotta look at it, but there's others.

There's others. There's fellows all over New York.

You mean, maybe there's somebody like him?

Why not? Another fellow could pop up anytime... a real nice fellow.

You'll see. Maybe tomorrow or next week.


Did you leave the elevator door open?

Oh, yeah. Hadn't you better get back?

Yeah. Now get out of those things, will you, like a good girl, Nell?

Right away, Eddie.

I tell you, I'm off duty in a little while.

I'll bring you up a Coke.

No, never mind. I don't like Cokes.

No trouble. And, please, don't get into any more mischief.


Does that mean come on over?

Yes, if you like.

Two minutes.

Just a minute.

Be right there.

Be neighborly. Ask me in.

All right.

Did you ever take two called strikes, then hit a home run?

I don't know what you mean.

Well, you can never really tell on a phone, you know.

You might have been a droopy-lookin' job.

You like the way I look?

I like.

That's quite an aroma.

Oh, I must have spilled some perfume.


Got some glasses?

I'll get some.

Oh, thank you.

A lot or a little?

Either way.

It doesn't really matter.

Is something wrong?

No, nothing.

Mind if I sit down?

That's a pretty negligee.

I got it in Paris.

Staying long?


New York. Oh, no.

No, I'll only be here a few days.

I'm going to South America.

Well, now that's funny. So am I.

You came over to flirt, didn't you?

Well, I guess that, uh... was the general idea.

I don't mind, as long as you're not grouchy about it.

Oh, I'm never grouchy.

Ruth? Your name.

No. It's Nell.

First initial is "R."

Oh, that's my sister's suitcase.

She's out.


How are you going?

To South America.

Oh. By sea.


Are you really going? Mm-hmm.


By turtle.

I own a big turtle. I'm gonna ride on his back.

Well, someday I will.

I'm going to go down there and drink a lot of coffee.

I'm going to talk to all the parrots.

Maybe we'll go together, Billy.

What is it now?

I ran out of girls like you when I was 14.

And the name is Jed, not Billy.

And what's his name and where's my hat?

They... They belong to my sister's husband.

He's out of town, and I'm staying here with her.

All right. I'm sorry.

Sometimes I'm cynical.

I just focus on the simple facts.

I like you.


I'll probably dream about you tonight.

Don't be rash.

What do you do in life?

I mean, your occupation.

Are you a salesman or a businessman?

No, you couldn't be a businessman. You're too young.

I fly a fat cat between here and Chicago.

No, I'm serious.

So am I. A fat cat is a 60-passenger airplane.

You're a pilot.

That's right.

Anything strange about that?

Yes. That's strange.

Did you fly a bomber during the war?

Who didn't?

You came home and you'd lost step.

You didn't have any plans.

I thought of becoming a financier.

But I was broke, so that made it...

You didn't have any profession.

You said, "Why not do what I've been doing... flying?"

Yeah, something like that.

"There's money in cargo from the States to the islands."

You crashed... in the water.

I've cracked up a couple of times, water and land...

In the ocean in '46 on the way to Hawaii.

But you weren't killed. You were only lost.

Wait a minute. It was in Lake Michigan.

My number one caught fire...

You were rescued! You came back!

Well, why get so excited about it?

I'm Bunny. Who are you?

Wow, this is getting real clubby.

You go back now. Go back.

Who are you?

I'm the electrician. I came to fix a fuse.

I don't believe you.

The light's been on all the time.

I can see under the door.

She yours?

No, she doesn't belong to me. This isn't your room.

You go back in there and go to sleep.

I won't. I won't.

Take it easy, kid.

You're a gang. That's what you are.

You came to steal my mother's things.

Stop talking like that!

She's not supposed to be in here.

You take off my mother's dress.

Say, what is this? You are to go to bed.

Little girls aren't to be up at this hour of the night.

You can't make me do anything! You're only supposed to be minding me!

Well, roll me over. So that's it.


If you don't pay any attention to them, they stop.

Why didn't you tell me you were working here?

I'm not. I'm just doing it for the night.

I know. You're an heiress.

Tomorrow morning, you ride through your estate, sidesaddle.

She made you say that.

I think I'd better leave before twins pop out of the closet.

It's only a little after 9:00. They won't be home till late.

You know, you're a gal with a lot of variations.

If you go, then none of it can be true.

None of what?

Half the time, I don't know what you're talking about.

None of anything.

I haven't had earrings on for three years.

All through high school, I never had a dress to wear out at night.

If I liked a boy, my folks would whip me.

When I went away from them, I didn't cry.

A month ago, I came here on a bus from Oregon.

At night on the highway, we'd pass those big trucks... with those little lights all over them, like Christmas trees.

And then I was here.

And I'd walk down the street, look in the beautiful stores.

Eddie calls it window wishing.

Then I got this job tonight... and this was hanging up.

And the earrings.

I couldn't help it.

I was gonna put them back.

I've never been in a hotel before.

Here, take this.

I'm sorry I made fun of you.

Things will be better. They even up.

Bad breaks, good breaks.

Eddie talks that way too.

Who's Eddie?

My uncle. I live with him now.

He runs the elevator here.

Oh, yeah. Nervous little guy?

Yeah. He's nice sometimes.


Other times, he's like my folks.

He makes me remember them.

He tries to get tough.

He doesn't have any respect what people really want.

I know what I mean.

You mean, he hasn't got an understanding heart.

Yes. That's it exactly.

He's not the way you are at all.

Ah, the female race is always cheesing up my life.

Girls love you. Mm-hmm.

I'm king of the wild horses.

Honest, I like you.

Listen to that. You ought to quiet her.

She'll stop.

She's not gonna stop.

What are you doing?

Maybe a drink of water. They say kids always like a drink of water.


Come on in, Bunny.

Come on. Don't be scared.

It's all right. I won't hurt you. Come on.

That's a girl.

That's it.

Aw, that's swell.

You know, you scared me too.

You're not the electrician?

No, I was joking.

I'm a friend of Nell's. I just dropped by for a minute.

Would you like a drink of water?

You wouldn't want me to read you another story, would you?

If you're frightened, that's silly.

Maybe she'd like to hear some music.

♪ In Tennessee ♪ How's that?

♪ I'm going to pack my things ♪

♪ And catch the very next train ♪

♪ To the onlyplace for me ♪ See, you don't have to cry if you don't want to.

♪ Is this the Chattanooga choo-choo ♪ Oh, no.

♪ Track 22 ♪ I'm hot and sticky.

Come over here. We'll let some air blow on you.

♪ I can afford to board ♪ You'll be cool, and you can go to sleep.

I'm not sleepy.

Yes, you are.

I wanna see the people.

♪ I'll leave the Pennsylvania Station a quarter to 4.'00 ♪ Look! There's a man.

What's he doing?

He's reading a paper.

♪ Than to have your ham and eggs in Carolina ♪ Down there. There's a man and a woman.

You won't cry anymore, will you?

What are they doing?

♪ There's going to be a certain party at the station ♪ I don't know.

There's a man up there too. I saw him.

Oh, don't be an old snoop.

Noisiest place I've ever known.

♪ Tell him I'll never roam ♪

♪ So Chattanooga choo-choo ♪

♪ Won't you choo-choo me home ♪

♪ Chattanooga choo-choo ♪ I wasn't going to fall. Sure, sure.

I know you weren't, honey. I'm sorry I scared you again.

You didn't scare me.

Are you ready to go to bed yet?

Yes, ma'am.

You'd better tuck her in.

All right. You won't go yet?

No. Go ahead. Tuck her in.

After all, if anything dreadful is going on upstairs, it's our duty to do something about it.

Don't be a peeping pansy. Leave 'em alone.

I think you should call the house detective.

That one.

He couldn't detect a monk in a convent.

Well, heaven only knows what's going on right across the way.


There's always a drink or a laugh or a song... going on in the Roundup Room, folks.

Lyn Lesley, our popular singer, is with us every night until 10:00... singing the songs that you'd like to hear.

After that, we present the Rounders and their music for easy listening.

Why not come down and join us?

Right now...

It's wicked to come between people.

Do you have a doll at home?

Yes. Josephine.

What if it cried and pestered and spied on you?

You'd want to get rid of it, wouldn't you?

You'd have to.

You turn over and go to sleep.

Don't utter one sound.

Then we'll all live happily ever after... you and Josephine and me.

Is that a bargain?

Yes, ma'am.

To the power of the press.

Shorter and funnier editorials.

All I know is what I read in the papers!

Ladies and gentlemen, you might as well enjoy yourselves while you can.

The speech making is going to begin in about ten minutes.

But you haven't any reason to leave now.

Sure, I have. I want to. But she'll be quiet.

It's not her. I've got an appointment. I have to be someplace by 10:00.

I'll go with you.

Thanks. I don't think that would work out.

Let's go dancing. Take me down to that bar.

What's the matter with you? You're supposed to be here with that kid.

Then stay. She won't bother you anymore.

You bother me. I can't figure you out.

You're silk on one side and sandpaper on the other.

I'll be any way you want me to be.

Why? Why is it so important?

Because... I belong with you.

Oh, now look. I'm just a guy from across the court.

No. Didn't you ever have the feeling that, maybe without even knowing why, if you just let somebody walk away from you, you'd be lost?

You wouldn't know which way to turn or where to find anybody to take their place.

Yeah, I had that feeling earlier tonight. I've got it now.

You see? That's why I've got to go.

From the beginning, I knew you were the very best.

Even before you came over here, I knew.

Every time you looked at me, I wanted to kiss you... like now.

I did it with a razor.

My father's.

You did that to yourself?

When Philip was given up for lost.

Your husband?

I was in another hotel room, once.

The night before he flew out over the ocean... the last time... he said we'd be married when he came back.

I'd phone him once in a while.

So you see why I want to stay. It's so pretty here.

It's me, Nell. It's Eddie.

No, Eddie, no!


Not now, Eddie.

I've got some Cokes. Open up.

What's the matter? If he found a stranger here, he'd...

There's nothing wrong.

No, he wouldn't believe me.

He'd punish me, and he might even...

Might even what?

Just for a minute.

Oh, well, hurry it up!

It's me, Nell. It's Eddie.

Open up, Nell.

All right, Eddie.

I'm off now. I can wait around till they co...

What are you trying to prove?

You smell like a cooch dancer.

Eddie, go on and wait for me in the lobby.

It'll look funny if you're here when...

Not so funny as them finding you, all decorated with her clothes.

I forgot, Eddie. I just forgot.

Yeah. And listen.

The operator tells me you been on the phone.

Are you acting that way again?

I've been an elevator jockey for 14 years.

Ain't that enough to get out of life without any more trouble?

Eddie... I tried to set you straight.

Eddie, would you like some glasses for those Cokes?


I'll rinse these out.

How much longer? Shh!

How much longer?

I told you before, I don't want any.

Well, then why the two glasses?

All right.

You left the water running.

No. I mean, leave it.

The handle came off the faucet. It's broke.

I'll notify somebody. No.

I'll do it later. I wish you'd leave me alone.

Why are you so restless? You're ticking like a clock.

Drink your drink and go on home.

I'm all right. I can find the bus.

I thought everything was clearing up.

I thought you were getting better.


And now I wonder about everything.

Why don't you ring the room and see how Bunny is?


The house phones are just around the corner.

I saw them as we came in. Oh, stop worrying.

"Bunny's perfectly able to take care of herself."

Oh, go on, honey. Go on. All right. I want to.

Be back in a minute.

Sure, I can be regular, but first you'd better take that thing off.

Yes, you can. Right in the closet.

Eddie, if I do, then will you go?

I might.

You gotta calm down more.

You seemed okay until tonight.

Shouldn't be any trouble at all.

Be a good girl.

I was glad we told them to send you on to New York.

I was glad we signed the papers. Everything.

There. It's off.

And that.

Them too.

Take off the other one.

I want you looking like you looked when I brought you up here.

You stop it now! All of you!

I should have known better! You're not cured.

Don't you say that!

Put that down!

You're just like my folks.

You want me put away again!

Talk sense!

It wasn't their fault.

They didn't send you to that institution.

The doctors did.

You're trying to keep Philip and me apart.

Everybody bothers us.

We're never alone for five minutes.

You're like them... call it a sin to be with a man, even to go to a picture show or a soda.

I can't even see him without sneaking out.

Wait a minute!

Nobody's going to come between Philip and me.

If that's what you came here for...

You've got a man in there!



Hello? Oh, yes, Mrs. Jones.

Bunny's asleep.

That's good.

What's that noise I hear?

It's a fire engine down the street.

I don't hear it in the lobby.

We're on the other side of the building.

Oh. Oh, yes. I guess that's it.

You go ahead. Have a good time.

We are. Mm-hmm.

Good-bye. Bye.

Hmm. Oh.

Oh, I beg your pardon.

It's quite all right.

Well, I'm just going to see about this.

Probably a nightmare.

No, now take it easy. Just hold tight.

That's it.

Get my... Get my bearings.

I think I'd better get a doctor.

Oh, don't do that.


I... just got the wind knocked out of me.

You're wrong, boy.

You almost got the brains bashed out of you.

Look, it's all a mistake.

It'll be all right.

Now, take it easy.

I guess you'll be all right. You want to sit up?

Yeah, please. Please.

Please, leave us alone.

I'll be here.

I'll take care of the kid until her folks get back.

Uh, all right. Take care of yourself.

I begged him not to interfere.

Now look, my odd bird.

Everybody's entitled to his own little kinks.

But nothing like this. He insulted me.

That's no reason for murder. You're going?

Yes. Your uncle's alive, the kid's quiet and I told you I had another date, right now.

Everybody interferes.

Maybe you won't ever come back. It's dangerous over the ocean.

What could I say? What could I tell anybody?

What would become of me?

Nell, we'll talk about this another time.

But tonight I've got a problem of my own to settle.

Two floors above mine, when looking to the right.

It's none of our business.

If it's what I think it is, it's going to be the manager's business.

Open it.

Please, sir. My job.

If you make a fuss... I'm not gonna make a fuss.

If she sees me or you, she'll complain.

I know them. She always complains.

I'm in a hurry.

Please, don't make me lose my job.

Well, all right.

Thank you, sir.


Before I call the hotel manager, I think it only fair to ask whether you can explain.


What is going on in these rooms?

You see, miss, when we heard the child crying...

And screaming...

Who are you?

I am someone who will call downstairs... if I do not get an explanation.

I don't know what you mean.

You certainly must have heard all that crying.

Do you have a young child inside?

Yes. Is she yours?

I'm in charge of her.

Bunny. Bunny, you asleep?

Where are her parents?

They're out.

Didn't they leave a number or anything?


That's certainly strange, I must say.

We feel it's our duty to look into this.

After all, we did see the little girl at the window.

I've told you everything.

We'd like to come in, just the same.

I've told you again and again.

Now, miss, why don't you let us speak to the child?

Then we'll be reassured.

Speak to her? You're strangers.

There's nothing to do but to call the authorities.

No, don't do that.

I told you she's asleep in there. She's not to be disturbed.

I knew there was a man up here.

No! No! Don't let him leave.

That was the child's room he came out of.

He mustn't get away. I'm frightened.

Will you explain this at once?

Who is that man?

He came in here before. I couldn't help it.

You mean he forced his way in?


That's why I couldn't explain. He wouldn't...

He threatened you?

That's why the child was screaming.

Now it's over. He's gone.

Oh, no, it's not. Perhaps he can be caught.

Give me the house detective, immediately!

Now aren't you glad you came up with me?

Oughtn't you take a look at her?

She'd cry if she wasn't all right.

Yes, it certainly is important.

It's over.

Is this the house detective?

It certainly is about time!

Officer, I'm in room 809. It's all your fault.

There was a man. He's trying to get away right now.

He broke in! He intruded!

If I were you, I'd certainly look into it.

You chased him away.

If you'll just listen. We had a bargain.

I'm trying to tell you, officer.

You devil.

He wore a dark suit, and I believe he had dark hair.

He had on a bright red necktie.

And a red necktie.

Do you recall anything else, young lady? Was he good-looking?

Miss, was he good-looking?

Yes, he was very good-looking.

He was handsome, all right.

That's a good lead.


Ah, yes, there's bad news tonight.


Good night, Joe. Good night.

Lyn. Wait a minute.

What is it?

I want to talk to you.

We talked before. We wrangled before.

Let's give ourselves a chance to make some sense, huh?

Here, I-I'll buy you a drink.

I'm not thirsty.

All right, then buy me one.

No, I won't.

I'll buy you both one.

No, thanks. Not for me.

What's the matter with you?


You want to hear a story?

Anything serious?

A girl I met.

A girl?

When I left you before, I went upstairs.

I got to my room and...

McKinley Hotel. Good evening.

What goes, Pat?

Mrs. Ballew has found a man under the bed.

You catch him, Rochelle.

He should be passing here any minute.

Hey, you ain't smilin'.

Pat, I think you'd better take a look around.

Oh. Been listening in again?

Oh, no, no, no.

I just think you'd better.

All right. For you.

And did he... did he try to kiss you?


You've had a dreadful experience tonight, young lady.

Is there anything we can get for you?

I don't want you to ask me any more questions.

We'd better go now.

Unless you'd like me to stay...

Emma, for once be quiet!

We're leaving.

Yes. I want you to leave me now.

There's something I have to do... by myself.

If you ever dare to speak that way to me again...

Be quiet!

Well, what is it?

That noise. I thought of Bunny just then.

Who's the softy now?

If you're nervous, why not run up now instead of later?

He'll gabble forever.

All right.

Listen, hurry back so you don't miss my gabble.

And yet... yet she was kind of pathetic.

Real steady one minute, and all mixed up the next.

You don't believe me.

It just doesn't sound like you to care whether she was one way or another.

Why'd you leave her?

Because comes a time in the affairs of man... when he's had too many.

What are you staring at?


I've never heard you talk like that before.

Where are you?

Where are you?

I've been getting a strange program from the eighth floor all night.


If only you'd given me a little longer. He was in love with me.

We would've been married.

You didn't want me to have him from the beginning.

You wouldn't let me wear the pretty things.

Even when I told you about the doll.

Just a moment.

Jimmy... find Pat.

Why? What's the... Find him!

We were in 809. The little girl was in 807.

Eddie was in the closet, and these new characters were at the door.

Then what?

Well, then I went into the kid's room.

Her toy elephant was on the floor, and she was asleep...

What's the matter?

The little girl.

She was on the wrong bed, and she didn't move.

I've got to go back. Wait for me.

Come, boy, come. Come here. Oh.

Oh, please give him a few moments longer.

Oh! Oh! Oh, Rio!

You sent those people around.

You devil!

Pat, it's 809. I'm frightened. I think something's happened.


You all right?

Come on. Let's help you out of these.

My goodness, Bunny! What have they done to you?

Oh, Mommy, that lady...

I know, dear. I guess we've never seen anybody like her.

I've been trying to get out. What happened?

Plenty. Here, you'd better sit down.

Honest, sir, it wasn't all my fault.

They told us she was practically cured.

What do you mean? She was in an institution?

Three years, in Oregon.

She only got out last month.

They said to bring her east, to a new place.

She seemed fine. Little things, maybe.

And until tonight, just before she hit me, she started talking weird... about Philip... that was a guy of hers... as if he were alive.

Take it down and tell Mulvey to call the station.

We thought if she'd get out among people...

Eddie! What works?

Hold it right there, mister.

Not him, Pat. He's a guest. It's my niece.

She's gone!

I do look terrible.

Something happen, lady?

My dress is torn.

I'll have to get a new one.

You won't know me in it.

Do you need some help, lady?

You tell them I didn't mean it.


Get as many boys as you can and put 'em on every floor.

And get a man up on the roof.

Tell them to be careful, Pat. I don't know what she might do.

She's violent, so go easy.

Rochelle? Listen, give me the bell captain.

I can't find her. She's not in the hall, not on the fire escape.

Maybe she went down the stairway.

Tell somebody to check it down there?

What's that? You spotted her? In the lobby?

Watch her close. She's a maniac. She may be a killer.

Yeah. Yeah. Tell 'em to move around behind her...

Hey, you!

You and I have got some tall explaining to do in there.

Look, I'll be up her for a couple of minutes.

Try and keep things as quiet as you can down there.


Don't do that. You don't want to do that.

How do you know my name?

Jed told me.

Jed? Who's he?

You were with him before, upstairs.

No. That was somebody else.

Why don't you...

Somebody entirely else.


I didn't think you were ever coming back.

Give me that, Nell.

Give it to me.

They told me you were buried in the sea.

I don't want to harm anybody.

I know. I know.

What do you people want?

What are you staring at? This isn't a midway.

Get back to your own business and leave us alone, please!

All right, Jack.

All right, folks. Clear out, please.

All right, leave 'em alone.

Come on. Sit down, Nell.

Nell, I've got to make you understand.

The man you think I am was killed in the Pacific.

I was never in the Pacific. I never flew to Hawaii.

In '46.

Nell, in '46 I was in England.

I stayed there for a year after the war.


Remember him, Nell? Remember Philip?

Oh, yes.

What did he look like? Now, think back.

He had brown eyes... and shiny black hair.

I'm Jed, Nell. Jed.

People's names.

This is my girl. I'm in love with her.

You're not Philip. You never were.


Philip has black hair.

Is she the one?

Just a minute. Just a minute.

Philip's dead, Nell.

Do you know that now?


Do you know it?


Will you come with me, miss?

You're going to a hospital, Nell.

Not back there!

No. Here in New York. We're going to help you.

People who love each other...

Jed, you care what happens to that girl, don't you?

She didn't want to hurt the kid.

She didn't want to hurt anybody.

You do care.

Come on. I'd like to buy you that drink now.