Raggedy Man (1981) Script

[ Dog Barking ]

[ Clock Ticking ]

[ Automobile Passing ]

[ Clock Ticking, Dog Barking ]

* [ Big Band Music Plays On Jukebox ]

* [ Big Band Continues On Jukebox ]

Come on, Harry. Come on, honey.

[ Fluttering Sound ]

For over three years now, I have run... this office.

I make... fifty-five... dollars... [ Ringing ] a month--

Which is not enough to keep a boy alive.

Good morning, Miss Waller. Just a moment.

I am hoping... you had a chance... to look into... a transfer...


As we've discussed all these months since I took this job.

[ Fluttering Sound ]

I swear, Henry. Why is it you're always up in that tree?

I'm looking for Tojo. Have you seen him?

No, I certainly ain't seen Tojo.

Hey, wait a minute.

Damn, boy. Watch that fool thing, will ya?

Here's what they look like.

Why don't you plant a garden or somethin'?

No, sir. I'm not getting an answer on that line.

Would you like me to place the call again later?

You oughta keep them two boys of yours in the backyard.

We can't have them bothering everybody that walks up here.

Good morning, Mr. Rigby. Bad for business.

Henry settin' up in that tree all day!

He looks like a damn idiot!

Well, if looks were gold, you wouldn't exactly be a rich man yourself, would you, Mr. Rigby?

These the receipts? Yes, sir.

Mama. Would you like a cup of coffee?

Mama. No, thank you.

Mama. Honey, I'm at work now.

[ Sighing ] Mr. Rigby, you know my situation.

I'm a divorced woman-- A war is going on, Nita.

Nobody's on easy street. Oh, yes, sir. I know that.

But I've got two fine young boys to think about.

Harold Allen and-- William Henry! [ Clinking ]

Henry's gonna be in the first grade this year.

Harry's gonna be-- Yes, sir. I know that!

Well, what I was wondering is... have you had any luck on that transfer for me?

I'm workin' on it.

Yes, sir.

Well, how you doin' on it?

Something'll turn up.

I don't see where Clarence Miller paid this month.

He paid. It's there.

Oh, yeah. Here it is.

If it was a snake, it woulda jumped up and bit ya. Huh?

Uh, the transfer, Mr. Rigby, remember?

We talked about something secretarial with regular hours?

[ Typewriter Keys Clicking ]

This is me typin', Mr. Rigby.

Look, Herman Calloway's late again.

You tell him if he can't pay on time, we'll just have to disconnect him.

Mr. Rigby, I'm sure I could get another job somewhere else if you'd ju--

I'm sorry, Nita, but you're frozen here.

Yes, sir.

But they might just change my status if you'd recommend it.

Oh, Mr. Rigby.

I'd really like to situate myself in a better situation.

The way things are now, I hardly get a chance to kiss my boys good night without--

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

Number, please.

One moment. I'll connect you.

Mr. Rigby?


* [ Mariachi Music Plays On The Radio ]

Pool shooters and domino players. And beer drinkers!

Hey, Arnold, look. There's her two little boys again.

Hey! You boys, what are you lookin' at?

Hey, hang on there. Where're y'all goin' so fast?

Home. Home? Home to Mama, eh?

That ain't no bad deal.

Why ain't y'all off fighting the war?

You're a real little smart aleck, you know that?

I don't like him, Calvin.

Come on, Henry. We've gotta go.

Hey. Y'all don't want an Orange Crush or somethin'?

I'll take me an Orange Crush. You're gonna have to win it.

We ain't gonna just give it to you.

Come on, Henry. They're just teasing you.

What do I have to do?

Set down there with your legs around this puddle.

We'll show you.

It's an old Indian game, ain't it, Cal?

Yep. I learned it from an Indian chief.

Now, here's the bet.

I bet Arnold there can wipe up that puddle before you can stab his hand.

Henry, let's go. You just hold your horses.

Okay, you ready? We got a Orange Crush on the line here.

I don't wanna hurt him. You're not gonna hurt him.

[ Calvin ] No, he likes it.

Yeah, I like it. Makes my hand feel good.

[ Laughing ] Looky here! This boy wet his britches!

I hope old Tojo gets you!

You better git, you little monkey, before I take a mind to paddle your behind.

You and your brother both!

Loony old raggedy man son of a bitch.

[ Crickets Chirping ]

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

[ Ringing Stops ]

[ Static, Scanning Dial ]

[ Door Closing ] * [ Mexican Music ]

Where you been? Out back, takin' a leak.

I'm about ready to ask her out. Ain't you?

Tonight? Yeah, tonight. What the hell?

We can't put it off forever.

I don't know.

Well, what are you afraid of? Every time, you back off.

She won't go. Ain't no need to ask her.

How you know that? Hell, you don't even know her!

I don't care.

She ain't goin' out with us. Nobody else, neither.

She keepin' herself special.


You remember how we used to get to itchin'... when they had us in them tight little cells in Huntsville?

Same thing happens to a woman. Especially one that's already been married.

Know what I'm sayin'?

She ain't that way.

Arnold, she's just like us.

She ain't got nobody.

You'd like to do her a favor, wouldn't you?

[ Chuckles ]

Arnold, how's it gonna look, both of us goin' up there to ask her out?

Well, it's both of us gonna be takin' her out, ain't it?

Yeah, but you better let me do the askin'!

Hell, I can do the askin' as good as anybody can, by God!

Fine, then, Arnold. Go on up there and do the askin'.

[ Knocking ] [ Blowing ]

Yes? Mrs. Longley?

Yes. Could I help you? My name's Calvin Triplett.

General haulin'. Maybe you seen my truck goin' by sometime.

Do you need to use the phone, Mr. Triplett?

No. I was just hopin' to talk to you for a minute.


I mean, how ya doin'?

Everything goin' okay?

Just fine.

I was wonderin' if maybe you wouldn't like to go out with me sometime?

Um, well, I--

I work most of the time. I don't get to go out much.

That must get old, all that workin'.

It's all right. There's a war.

Yeah, I know. Everybody gotta take a break once in a while.

You oughta let me take you out and show you a good time one of these nights.

I know how it gets, bein' all cooped up like you are.

I'm sorry. It's nice of you to offer, though.

Good night. How 'bout if I brought you a Coke sometime?

We could sit in there and visit.

What would you think about that?

That'd be fine, but this is a company here.

They don't permit people comin' in to visit, you know, unless it's strictly-- strictly business.

All business in there, huh? Yeah.

I mean, we live here, but it is a business.

I guess I'll just have to think up some business with you, won't I?

I have to go now, Mr. Triplett. Good night.

I told you she wasn't that way.

She's gotta work. Ain't got time to go out.

I'm gonna go up there and talk to her sometime.

Nothin' else. Just talk a little.

[ Thunderclap ]

[ Thunderclap ]

[ Thunderclap ]

[ Knocking ]


I'm sorry to wake you. The man at the gas station said you had a pay phone here.


Phone's over there.

I appreciate it.

I'm sorry. That's okay.

Just give me a minute.

Thank you, ma'am.

Number, please.

Is that you, ma'am?

Sorry, habit.

That's n-- That's number 1-8-2. It's in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Operator, this is number zero in Gregory.

The number is 1-8-2.

Ardmore, Oklahoma. My party's holding.

It'll be just a minute.

That's gonna be 65 cents for the first three minutes after they answer.

Yes, ma'am.

It's ringing.

Maybe nobody's home.

They're probably asleep.

Hello, Mr. Quinn?

This is Teddy.

I'm callin' from Texas.

Yes, sir, I sure am fine. How are you?

That's good. I'm glad.

That's real good.

Mr. Quinn, may I speak to Jalene?

I'm hitchhikin' in from Texas.

I got a four-day liberty, and I want to let her know I'm on the way.


Well, why not, Mr. Quinn?


When was that, Mr. Quinn?

Mr. Quinn, you're teasin' me.

No, sir, uh--

No, sir, I guess you wouldn't.

Who to, Mr. Quinn?

Him? Really?

[ Muttering ] Yeah.

Uh, no, no, uh--

No, I'm all right. Just kinda caught me off guard, I guess.

W-Well, I know Mrs. Quinn always liked him a lot.

Yes, sir. I know that.

Well, you must be proud.

That guy's got a big reputation around town.

Oh, yeah.

People say he's the sorriest son of a bitch in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

All through?


You better hang up. You're still on long distance.


Sixty-five cents? Mm-hmm.

Let's see here.

There's twenty-five,

fifty... and sixty-five.

Thank you. Thank you.

I appreciate it.

Would you like a cup of coffee?

Maybe the rain'll slow down out there in a bit.

Oh, well--

What's a little water to a sailor, anyway?

Thanks, though.

[ Loud Thunderclap ]

Sugar? No, I wouldn't want to take any of your sugar.

Oh, that's okay. I don't get the chance to bake much anyway.

Besides, I have to hide it or Henry'll eat it by the handfuls.

Henry's your husband. No, one of my boys.

Oh. I have two of them. Henry and Harry.

Henry's the little one.

Your, uh, husband's off in the war?

No, I'm divorced.


Look at me. Let me get you another cup.

No, this is just the way I like it.

You just out of boot camp?


I'm gonna be a gunner's mate.


Oh, for heaven's sakes.

It'll come back on in a minute.

You there?

Yeah, yeah, I'm right here.

What's a gunner's mate?

That's the guy that passes him the ammo.

Oh. Yeah.

Passes who the ammo?

The gunner. Oh, yeah.

When are you shipping out? I got three more days.

You know where you're going?


I guess I'll find out when I get there, though.

They don't tell us much.

Do you want a Lucky? No, thank you.

I'm Teddy Roebuck, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Nita Longley, Gregory, Texas.

The lights. Yeah.

Well, I'll put your sugar up. Okay.

I appreciate the coffee. That's all right.

Good luck. Thanks.

[ Thunderclap ]

[ Thunderclaps ]

[ Birds Twittering ]

Look. What's that? Shh. I don't know.

Who are you? Put those hands up!

Uh, yeah, look. I don't want any trouble. I'm just passin' through town.

[ Harry ] Hey, you're a sailor. You bet.

[ Henry ] You better keep those hands up!

Henry, you can put the gun down now. He's one of ours.

Thank you. Boys, run get Mrs. Lester right quick.

It's Washington. Look, I hope you don't mind.

I laid down-- No, that's okay.

Hurry, Jean.

Is it Jim? Jim?

[ Nita ] Jean, hurry, they're holding.

Here. Wha--

Operator, your call is ready. I'll connect you.

I don't know.


Yes, it is.

[ Gasping ] [ Baby Crying ]

What did you do to her?

[ Crying ]

Thank you. Thank you!

Her husband's been wounded, but he's comin' home.

Well, that's just fine.

Why don't you boys walk Jean home, okay?

You ain't leavin', are ya?

Well-- You wait right here. We'll be right back.

All right.

Boy. [ Chuckles ]

You get a little bit of everything through here, don't you?

Yeah. Seems like it sometimes.

You get a lot of phone calls like that?


[ Loud Clattering ]

[ Clattering Stops ]

[ Clattering Resumes ]

He's kinda messed up.

Faster, Mommy, faster.

Oh, shoot. I'm hurryin' as fast as I can, honey.



Faster, Teddy, faster!

[ Laughter ]

[ Henry ] Faster, Teddy, faster!

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

[ Whistling ]

[ Laughing ]

[ Whistling ]

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

Hey, Mama. Come on!

[ Henry ] Yeah, come on, Mama. No, honey, I can't.

Please? Yeah, please?

[ Harry ] Come on.

[ Henry ] Please?


Here, Nita. Take it. Oh, no.

No, take it, take it.

Oh! All right, run with it!

Run with it! Come on!

[ Laughing ] [ Switchboard Ringing ]

I'm gonna answer that.

Oh, Mama!

[ Henry ] Oh, Mama.

Oh, I'm sorry.

[ Ringing Continues ]

What are we gonna do tomorrow, Teddy?

I'm afraid I go back tonight, Harry.

Teddy, don't go. You don't have to go.

Does he, Mama? No, really, now.

I don't wanna wear out my welcome.

You're not gonna wear out your welcome. Is he, Mama?

Honey, Teddy's got more important things--

See? She said you could stay. Didn't you, Mama?

Really, you're welcome to stay if you want to.

See? Will ya?

Yeah, will ya? Shoot. Come on!

Well, I got a couple of days of liberty left.

You sure it's all right, Nita? Really?

No, really, it's fine. We'll just make a pallet for him in the front room.

Hot dog!

Hot dog!

Mrs. Longley? Oh, Mr. Calloway. How are ya?

I'd be doing better if the end of the month didn't come around so fast.

Sorry I'm late with this.

Fifteen-twenty, isn't it? Yes, sir.

He owes money. [ Nita ] Shh.

Fourteen, 50, 75, 15, 10 and 20.

Fifteen-twenty. I'll get your receipt.

Thank you.


How ya doin'?

Oh, just fine. How are you? Okay.

This is Teddy. He's stayin' with us.

Well, isn't that nice?

Well, uh-- How's the war goin'?

Oh, pretty good.

Sure wished I could be over there with you boys.

Yes, sir. I wish you could too. I got a store to run.

Shirts, shoes, whatnot. You know how confinin' that is.

But someone's gotta keep that home front goin'.

Yes, sir. We don't necessarily like it, but we gotta do it.

Yes, sir. We understand that.

Yep. Truth is, don't like it at all.

I'd rather be over there with you boys.

Yes, sir. Well, we know that.

Mr. Calloway, got your receipt. Oh, fine.

Well, you give 'em a good lickin' for me, okay?

You bet. Nice boy.

Brother? Cousin? No.

Mama, is Teddy gonna be our daddy? Henry.

Just asking. Oh, kids. [ Nervous Laughing ]

Yeah, kids.

That don't look good, that, uh-- that young man in there.

Mr. Calloway, if it's givin' you any ideas, why don't you call Mrs. Thompson?

She's always glad to hear from you about this time every day.


[ Dog Barking ]

I don't see any spiderwebs. Better make sure.

It's okay. You go first.

Mama. What, honey?

Is Teddy gonna stay with us? For a few days he is.

We like him.

I know, honey. I like him too.

Do you, Mama? Mm-hmm.

Old Tojo ain't gonna get him, is he, Mama?

No, I don't think so, honey.

[ Switchboard Ringing ] Okay, you kids go to sleep.


Number, please. That thing was about to eat me up!

Number, please.

I'm sorry.

Well? What'd I tell ya?

I thought she weren't supposed to have no visitors over there.

That's the line she give me.

She lied to us. Didn't she, Calvin?

She's a divorced woman, Arnold.

You know about 'em, don't you?

Where the hell you been not to know?

Where you goin'?

Coffee's ready. Can I get you a cup? Oh, I'd love one.

You bet.

You know, today sure has been fun for me.

For the boys too. They're in hog heaven.

Yeah, I know it.

They don't get a chance to play with much of anybody around here.


I don't mean to pry,

but does their daddy ever come visit?

No, he never has.

That's a shame.

Well, our marriage ended kinda messy. I guess that's why.

I heard he joined the army when the war broke out, but we never heard from him.

I have trouble understandin' that.

[ Shuffling Footfalls ]

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

Number, please.

Hello, Mr. Calloway.

You don't have to worry about that, Mr. Calloway.

Well, I don't listen in to conversations, anyway.

You could have been talkin' about shoes and socks, for all I know.

And other dirty laundry.

Yes, sir.

Yes, sir, I do know it's just your business.

Yes, sir, well--

Well, I'll remember that.

Yes, sir, I will.

And thank you too.

[ Sighing ]

Thank you. You bet.

Listen. What would you think about me takin' the boys... over to Corpus Christi to see a picture show?

Oh, Teddy. It's so far. It's just a few miles.

We can go on the bus.

Well, they'd love it.

Neither one of them's ever seen a picture show before.

All right.

Any chance of you comin' along with us?

Goodness, no! Oh, come on and go!

Oh, Teddy, I just-- I couldn't!

Who'd run this? You can get somebody to run that thing.

Mr. Rigby'd have a fit.


John Wayne.

Teddy. I wish I could, though.

* [ Radio: Big Band ]

* [ Continues ]

*If you ever go down Trinidad

*They make you feel so very glad *

*Calypso sing and make up rhyme *

*Guarantee you one real good fine time *

*Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola *

*Go down Point Cumana

*Both mother and daughter *

*Workin' for the Yankee dollar *

*Oh, beat it, mon, beat it *

*Since the Yankee come to Trinidad *

*They got the young girls all goin' mad *

*Young girls say they treat 'em nice *

*Make Trinidad like paradise

*Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola

*Go down Point Cumana

*Both mother and daughter

*Workin' for the Yankee dollar * [ Switchboard Ringing ]

*Oh, you vex me, you vex me *

Comin' in low. Hey, hey! Get up! Get up!

Is that what happens?

[ Car Horn Tooting ]

[ Whispering ] What the hell--

[ Car Horn Continues ]

[ Car Engine Starting, Horn Continues ]

Start working Selby and MacIntosh as a team. They're about ready.

Okay, Jim. Don't worry about a thing.

I'll try and take care of things while you're away.

Okay. And no gin rummy with Brooke!

She's my pigeon.

'Bye, pigeon.

[ Car Door Closing ]

[ Knocking ]

There's no one out there, Mrs. Longley.

Well, there was somebody.

And there was that man kinda watching the house this afternoon.

What man is that?

He pushes a lawn mower around town.

You mean Bailey? Face all buggered up?

Well, I never saw that.

Oh, I think he's all right.

Been around here a couple of years, mowin' lawns and stuff.

You just had a window peeker. I wouldn't worry about it.

Wait a minute, Sheriff!

I do worry about it.

I'm in here by myself with just two little boys.

[ Sighing ] Well.

It was my understanding that, uh, you had a young friend over here-- a sailor, I believe.

People do talk, Mrs. Longley.

And what do they say?

Well, they say, um--

An experienced woman like yourself is-- You mean a divorced woman.

A divorced woman like yourself has got no business with some young boy over here.

It's nobody's business what I do.

This town doesn't own me.

Well, people wondering what kind of deal you run over here, anyway.

This is a telephone office. They want to feel like they can depend on you.

There's a war going on, you know.

Well, thank you for coming by, Sheriff Watson.

Good night. Good night.

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

[ Dog Barking ]

Up. Give me your gum.

* [ Jazz On The Radio ]

Those are the cutest little sailor suits.

You shouldn't have done that.

Aw, listen, I was glad to do it.

[ Clink ]

I brought you something too.

It's for me? Yeah.

What is it? I'm not gonna tell ya. You gotta open it and see.


Uh... well, they're rayons.

But the lady at the store said they was just as sheer as nylons, though.

Oh, they are! Look how sheer they are.

* [ Jazz Continues ]

*If there's a gleam in her eye *

*Each time she straightens your tie *

*You'll know the lady's in love *

*With you [ Switchboard Ringing ]

* [ Indistinct ] [ Ringing Continues ]

[ Ringing Stops ] *...the lady's in love with you *

*And when your friends ask you over *

*To join their table

*But she picks a faraway booth for two *

*Well, sir, here's just how it stands *

*You've got romance on your hands *

*Because the lady's in love *

*With you

[ Dog Barking, Crickets Chirping ]

[ Birds Chirping ]

[ Whippoorwill Calling ]

[ Together ] One, two, three, heil Hitler !

One, two, three, heil Hitler !

One, two, three, heil Hitler !

Morning, Miss Pud, Miss Beulah! One, two, three, heil Hitler!

Boys, stop that. One, two, three, heil, Hitle !

Did you hear me? Henry! One, two, three, heil Hitler!

I want y'all to march in the house right this instant... and wash those silly moustaches off your faces.

Heil Hitler! We're just playin', Mama.

[ Sighs ]

They saw it in a newsreel, Nita.

Oh, Lord, Teddy. Couldn't you've just stayed inside?


Hi. How y'all doin'?

Well, I never!


I'm sorry.

Cripes! Use some sense, walkin' out in front of them half naked.

I just put my shirt on.

I've gotta live here, Teddy.

And there's already enough talk.

Excuse me. Good morning.

[ Lowers Voice ] Was a good morning.

Are ya in?

I'll tell you what.

You guys get on home with the groceries, and I'll go get the mail.

Pick a hand.

Open your mouth.

Okay, see you at home. Okay.

*You're in the navy now You're not behind the plow *

*Digging a ditch You'll never get rich You're in the navy now *

[ Car Horn Honks ]

[ Engine Sputters, Stops ]

Well, now, would you look here, Arnold?

Them damn boys went and joined the navy.

Got 'em tiny little sailor suits, don't they?

Y'all better get out of the way.

Aw, now, we just tryin' to be friendly.

We figure maybe we owe you them Orange Crushes... for that joke we played on you the other day.

It wasn't funny!

[ Laughing ] Wasn't funny at all, was it?

Well, come on in here and let us make it up to you, then.

No, Henry. Let's go. Come on. Let's have an Orange Crush.

Y'all come on. Ain't often we treat.

Henry, I said no!

You're not the boss of me!

[ Slaps Counter ] Give us an Orange Crush for this sailor boy.

He's about to ship out.

How's that drink? All right? Just fine.

How's that mama of yours been doin'?

Just fine. She got her boyfriend stayin' over there with her?

[ Door Opens, Closes ] You mean Teddy?

Come on, Henry.

They been takin' their clothes off together over there?

Don't fool with these boys. Come on, Henry. We gotta go.

You ain't goin' nowhere. [ Laughing ]

[ Harry ] You let me go! Let me go! Let me go!

You want your butt whipped? No, he don't.


Goddamn, if it ain't the rest of the U.S. Navy, Arnold!

Harry, go stand by the door.

Henry, you get down off the bar.

We're talkin' here. Ain't we?

I'm gonna kick you if you don't move. [ Teddy ] Henry?

You ain't gonna do no such damn thing. Oh, yeah?

[ Grunts ]

Back off, you boys!

[ Grunting Continues ]

[ Grunting, Gasping ]

[ Groaning ]

[ Clattering ]

[ Grunts ]

[ Moaning ]

Teddy! [ Calvin Grunts, Falls ]

[ Grunting Continues ]

Let go of me! Goddamn it!

Let me go! Teddy! Teddy!

[ Gunshot ]

Siguiente van a ser tu sesos. Agarre tu hermano y vete pronto.

[ Sighs ] Thank you.

Come on.

Don't, Nita!

Good night nurse, Harry! What were you kids thinkin' of goin' into a place like that?

I just can't get over it. What were you thinkin' of, Harry?

Nothin'. Nothin'?

You weren't thinkin' of nothin', were you? Henry?

I wasn't thinkin' of nothin', either, Mama.

Well, from now on, I want you kids here!

I do not want you gallivantin' all over this town!

That's over and done with. I want you here, or in the yard and nowhere else!

But, Mama-- No, sir.

Not one word, Harry. I won't have it!

As old as you are, not showin' any more sense than a rock.

Nit-- Ow! Good G-- Sorry.

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

[ Nita ] Number, please.

Just scared her. She'll get over it. Hello, Miss Ola.

No, I'm fine. Can I help you?

[ Sighs ] Look at these shoes.

How 'bout if you boys were to take these out on the porch and clean 'em up for me?

Yeah? It's 2:18, Miss Ola.

No, ma'am, I don't believe everything that comes over the radio, either, but they're usually pretty close on the time.

Yes, ma'am. You're welcome.

You kids, do not leave this yard!

Don't be too hard on 'em, Nita.

I can't keep an eye on this switchboard and them too... if they're runnin' here, there and yon all over town.

Yeah, well, you can't lock 'em up, either. They're just kids.

I know they're kids, Teddy. They happen to be my kids!

I meant what I said.

And don't you go tellin' 'em anything different.

[ Sobbing ] God, I feel so-- so... caught!

Nita. Ohh! [ Sobbing Continues ]

Hey, you oughta quit this job. You can get somethin' better.

I can't quit this job. I'm frozen here.

They can't do that. Can they?

They can do whatever they want in wartime.

Look what they're doin' to you. They're stickin' you on a ship, you don't even know where to.

Yeah, but I wanna go.

I mean, I'm not afraid to go. Not anymore.

There's a whole world out there you don't know anything about.

That's okay with me. I'm not gonna run and hide from it.

No, I know you're not.

I want you to leave, Teddy.

I still got one more day.

No, I want you to go on and go.

This doesn't work for us.

I can't make it work.

I'm sorry.

Here you go, Teddy.

Here you go, Teddy.

Whooee! Don't these look snappy!


You know, maybe some rainy night... and you'll hear a knock at the door, it'll be me again.

Maybe. Yeah.

[ Ringing ] I love you, Nita.

Number, please.

Oh, hi, Doc Wood.

Just a minute. Let me get a piece of paper.

At the Phelps 'til 9:00.

Then to the Higgins.

Where ya goin'? I got a call from a ship. They want me to come on in.

Do ya have to go? Yeah, I have to.

[ Sobbing ] You don't have to go.



You know what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna name this shoe Henry, and I'm gonna name this shoe Harry.

Henry and Harry? You bet.

And that way, wherever I go, it'll be Henry and Harry right there with me.


[ Sobbing ]

You take care of your mama.

We will.

[ Sobbing Continues ]

Good-bye, pigeon.

[ Sobbing Continues ]

[ Teddy ] Henry and Harry. Henry and Harry.

[ Together ] Henry and Harry. Henry and Harry.

Henry and Harry. Henry and Harry.

[ Teddy Continues ] Henry and Harry.

Did you make Teddy leave?

Eat your supper, Harry. And, Henry, eat!

You made him leave, didn't you?

Honey, he was gonna have to leave tomorrow anyway.

Now let's just eat our supper, okay?

We're not gonna stay around the house like you said.

You're gonna do what I tell you to do, young man. I'm your mother!

You're not a mother, you're a telephone operator.

I know you're upset, Harry, but things--

You made Daddy leave too!

Don't talk to me in that tone of voice!

Now eat your supper! Both of you!

We don't wanna live here anymore.

I don't wanna live here, either, Mama.

We wanna go live with our daddy.

Well, whatever gave you the idea he wants y'all?

Did he write you a letter or somethin'?

I don't hear him knockin' at the door.

He wants me and Henry. He just don't want you.

We'll just give it to the chickens.

[ Dog Barking ]

Now go to bed, both of you! Right this instant!

Come on, Henry.

[ Door Closes ]

[ Dog Barking ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Crickets Chirping ]

[ Sighs ]

Mr. Rigby?

Yes, sir, I do know it's late.

[ Dogs Barking ]

[ Boys Yelling ] Hey, watch out there, kids!

What do you think you're doin', huh? [ Laughing ]

[ Yelling Continues ]

Come in, Mr. Rigby.

[ Sighing ] Now, what is it that's so important...

I had to come all the way over here?

[ Sighing ]

We've been through all this.

Yes, sir, but you haven't been listenin' to me.

You know there's a war.

Yes, I know there's a war, and I know things are bad all over because of the war.

And everybody's gotta work. And you know, I'm not afraid to work, Mr. Rigby.

Well, this is not a bad place.

I've seen worse.

[ Sighs ] The boys in the Philippines don't have it this good, I bet.

No, sir, I'm sure they don't, but I-- Everybody's makin' sacrifices.

I make 'em too. I make 'em all the time.

Yes, sir, but when I took this job, you said it was gonna lead to somethin' with regular hours.

This was supposed to be a stepping-stone, remember?

Don't you get uppity with me now, Nita.

I'm askin' for help, Mr. Rigby.

Now, if the company can't give me a transfer, I'd at least like to be free to look for a job on my own.

Well, you're frozen here, Nita. It's not my doin'.

They've got laws in wartime. Now, let's stop this nonsense!

No, sir.

What are you doing? MX, this is number zero in Gregory.

Yes, thank you. I'll hold.

My God, Nita, there is a war going on!

Will you please stop tellin' me there's a war! I know there's a war!

It all comes through here!

Tommy Patterson got his arm blown off!

And Billy Patrick's comin' home in a box!

And Charlie Jones isn't comin' home at all, because they couldn't find enough pieces!

So don't tell me nothin', Mr. Rigby!

I hear the wives and the mamas and the daddies cryin' and sayin', "No, no, no!"

I hear it! Day in and day out I hear it!

So don't you stand there and tell me there's a war!

I can tell you plenty about there bein' a war!

San Antonio. The number's 2872.

Are you callin' the company?

I've got my own boys to think about, Mr. Rigby.

Yes, personnel office, please.

Nita Longley, you won't get a job anywhere else. I'll put the word out on you.

Do what you have to do.


Personnel office?

I'll tell you what, Mr. Rigby.

No law is gonna keep me from doin' right by my boys.

War or no war, frozen or unfrozen!

You cannot stop me from making this call.

Ah, you're not frozen. MX, this is number zero in Gregory.

You don't make enough money to be frozen. Yes, thank you. I'll hold.

You're not frozen!

You'd do that to us?

This is a company, Nita! I've got responsibilities!

A company?

[ Scoffs ] A company!

Excuse me!

You oughta thank your lucky stars I even gave you a job.

A woman in your situation, divorced with two kids!

The fact is, Mr. Rigby, that's a fine situation for me to be in!

Nita, you come back here!

[ Switchboard Ringing ]

Mama, where we goin'?

Yeah, Mama, where we goin'?

[ Dog Barking ]

Good morning, Mr. Bueford. Good morning, Mrs. Longley.

I'd like three tickets. One adult and two child. Where to, Mrs. Longley?

San Antonio. One way.

Will this be today? No, sir, that'll be tomorrow.

All right. And your bus will leave 7:10, and that will be six dollars, please.


Five, six.

Thank you.

Thank you. See you in the morning.

Mornin', Miss Pud, Miss Beulah.

We're moving!

[ Ringing ]

You kids play outside for a little bit, okay?


Nita Longley, don't you ever, ever leave me settin' there again!

Just who the hell do you think you are?

I'm the lady who just quit this job! That's who I am!

[ Engine Starts ]

Y'all come on. We got our packin' to do.

[ Dog Barking ]

Mama, did our daddy love us?

Maybe we'll find ourselves a new daddy someday.

You really think so? We just might.

We'll be there watchin' in case a good one walks by.

Mama, are we gonna live in a telephone office?

No, sirree! I'm gonna get a job at one of the military bases.

There's a lot of paperwork during a war.

They need people who can type. And I can sure type.

William Henry Longley, I'm gonna paddle your little back porch!

Give me that sugar bowl!

[ Boys Laughing ]

[ Kissing ]

[ Laughing ] Oh! Hey, don't tickle me! No, please, don't!

[ Fluttering ]

[ Crickets Chirping ]


[ Tapping ]

[ Clock Ticking ]

[ Knock At Door ]

[ Crickets Chirping ]

Could I help you?

Uh, excuse me, ma'am.

I'm sorry to be botherin' you this time of night. I need a telephone.

Well, it's awfully late. We're closed.

I know, ma'am. I'm broke down out on the highway.

I need to call somebody to come and git me.

[ Sighs ] Well, all right.

Just give me a minute, though, and the phone is, uh, in here on the wall.

Thank you, ma'am.

Thank you.

Number, please.

Number, please!


I don't have a number.

Well, then, uh... what's the name, please?

I'll have to look it up.

Nita Longley.

[ Gasps ]

I told you I'd think up some business with you one of these days.

Didn't I?

[ Snickering ]

I'm gonna have to call the sheriff.

Oh, no!

[ Snickers ]

[ Shuddering ]

[ Gasps ]

Please. I've got two little boys.

I'll tell you what, ma'am.

You don't give us no trouble, and we won't give them boys none.

Please don't do this.


[ Gasps, Grunts ]

[ Snickering ]

Make 'em bounce.

Make 'em bounce! No!

[ Harry Pounding ] Mama? Mama!

[ Whimpers ]

[ Clock Ticking ]


[ Calvin ] Shh.

Who was it? Sailor?

Go see.

Go on!

[ Crickets Chirping ]

[ Harry ] Mama? [ Clattering ]


[ Whimpering ]


[ Muttering, Straining ]

Arnold, where are you?

Hey! Who is that? [ Whimpering ]


[ Grunts ] Ohh!

Ow! Oh, God! [ Muttering ]

[ Straining ] Arnold! Arnold!

[ Whimpering ]

Harry! Honey, where's Harry? Where's Harry?

I don't know.

Oh, God! He must be outside.

Honey, listen to me.

I want you to crawl under the bed and don't move for nothin', ya hear me?

Not nothin'!

[ Crying ] Okay, honey, hurry!

[ Harry Pounding ] Mama? Mama!

[ Pounding ] Mama?

[ Shuffling ] Mama, is that you?

[ Gasps ]


[ Rattling Door ] Mama!

Mama! Mama!

[ Gasps ] Oh, Mama!

[ Screams, Whimpering ]

Harry! Harry! Harry! Run!

Harry, run!


[ Grunts, Gasps ]

Come on! [ Man Groans ]

Come on, Harry. [ Panting ]



[ Clattering ]

[ Clattering Continues ]

Come here.

Don't move.

[ Door Unlocking ]


[ Deputy ] Mrs. Longley and the boys all right?

[ Sheriff ] Yeah. Yeah, they're okay. Still a little scared.

And I don't see any reason to keep 'em around here for this sorry mess.

[ Engine Idling ]

Our daddy saved us, didn't he, Mama?

Yes, he did, honey.

Must've loved us a l-- a lot.

More than anybody else in the world.

More than anybody.

[ Harry ] Mama, I hope we see Teddy again someday, don't you?

[ Nita ] I hope so too, honey.

[ Henry ] Mommy, when are we gonna get there?

[ Nita Laughs ] Oh, Henry!