The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) Script

Mr. Carroll, You have a fish on your line.

Mr. Carroll! You've caught a fish.

Mr. Carroll.

Darling, didn't you hear Macgregor?

You've caught a fish.

From this distance, that takes real talent.

Macgregor, throw that whale back!

The way I feel, I don't want even fish to be unhappy!

Ha ha!

Dearest.

Geoffrey.

Look, Sally, I came to Scotland to work.

When we left the inn this morning, How many sketches did you promise I could make?

Um...

Correct.

And how many have I made?

Also correct.

Geoffrey.

Yes, Sally.

I just thought of something.

Do you realize it's almost our anniversary?

Anniversary?

Yes, of course, darling.

At 4:00, we will have known each other two weeks.

Two weeks.

Two weeks of the only real happiness I've ever known.

I love you, Sally.

I love you.

Mr. Carroll.

Look lively, if you don't want miss Morton to get wet.

Look at them clouds.

Sally: Mr. Macgregor, it can't rain.

It's been fine all day.

He's right. It's started already.

In Scotland, that's always a sign of storm.

Rain comes fast in this country.

Here, you take this coat.

Where can we go?

You'll take your Lassie to yon shelter, And be sharp about it.

I'll get the rods and the other gear.

We were lucky to find this place.

You stay here. I'll go help Macgregor.

All right.

Oh, darling, take your coat.

Darling! Darling!

You take these, Mr. Carroll.

I'll find my own shelter.

Macgregor, you're a man of tact.

Aye.

Ha ha ha!

Macgregor's a quaint little man.

Know what he's doing?

What's the matter?

This fell out of your pocket.

You evidently forgot to mail it When we left the inn.

It's addressed to a Mrs. Geoffrey Carroll.

My wife.

Why didn't you tell me?

I tried from the start, but I couldn't.

There's a child, too.

Are you separated?

No.

That letter was to ask for a divorce.

Have you been married long?

We've been together 10 years.

She's been an invalid since the child was born.

Do you think I'd marry you?

I'm afraid you don't know me very well.

I know I love you.

Why didn't you tell me before?

I didn't want to lose you.

It would've saved so much hurt.

Now it's no use.

I don't believe that.

Before I found you, I was finished.

There was nothing.

I couldn't think. I didn't care.

We mustn't lose each other.

We couldn't if we tried.

No. No!

Miss Morton, where are you going?

You'll catch your death of cold.

Do you hear me?

You'll catch your death!

Death, death, death!

You'll have to sign for this, sir.

Of course.

There you are. Snug as a bug in a rug.

This will be October the 2nd.

There you are, sir. Oh, excuse me.

Blagdon's cash chemist.

Horace Blagdon speaking.

Oh, hello, alf.

Who?

Oh.

Who ran second?

Oh. Well, um, Call me before the last race.

Good-bye.

Out of the money?

As usual.

You see this scar, Mr., uh, fleming?

A horse kicked me when I was 9.

I've been trying to get even with horses Ever since.

It ain't quite worked out.

Five shillings, please.

All right.

Thanks a lot.

Quite all right, sir.

Always glad to be of service.

Good afternoon.

Good afternoon, Mr. fleming, sir.

Fleming?

Mother.

Hello, father.

Hello, bee.

How's your mother?

About the same. Not well.

She's resting now.

I wish there was something more We could do for her.

I know.

Any sale today?

Same old routine.

I have what the English call definite promise, But that doesn't pay cash.

It will one day. You're a genius.

It's a pity that only you And your mother and I recognize that fact.

When you finish this one, they'll all know.

The angel of death.

You think it's good, huh?

I should say I do.

It's frightening, of course.

Makes me shiver sometimes, But it's so definitely mother.

Oh.

Yes.

Do you think she'll live Until you finish the picture?

Of course. What do you mean?

We both want her to live Because we love her.

That doesn't mean she will live, does it?

Come here, bee.

You feel much closer to mother than me, don't you?

I don't know.

I hadn't thought of it, But, yes, I believe I do.

Why?

Well, for one thing, You've been away so much.

Painting in Paris, Then in your own country.

So many trips.

I suppose that's true.

I've always been here with mother alone.

Naturally I feel closer to her.

Mm-hmm. I suppose so.

You mustn't misunderstand me, father.

I love you, too, And I admire you tremendously.

It's just that...

I understand. I understand. Time for mother to have her milk.

I've kept it warm.

Here, I'll do that.

I'll take it to her.

Good. She likes to have you do that.

I'm glad.

Put my hat and coat away.

I won't be going out.

Certainly, father.


Bee.

Yes, father?

Starting tomorrow, you're going to a private school.

School? Tomorrow?

Yes.

Your mother's done a wonderful job with you, But it's time you mingled with other children.

Oh, I don't mind the idea of school.

I rather like it.

But with mother ill and the money...

You let me do the worrying.

We'll talk it over with your mother later.

Father.

Yes?

I'll do anything you say, always, Because I know you're doing What you feel is right.



* sweet lass of Richmond hill

* sweet lass of Richmond hill

* I'd crowns resign to call thee mine *

* sweet lass of Richmond hill *

You knocked?

I did. Is Mrs. Carroll at home?

Depends. What name shall I say?

Pennington. Charles Pennington.

Has a nice flow.

Charles Pennington.

Uh-huh. Might as well come in.

Thank you.

I heard someone singing outside.

Was that Mrs. Carroll?

Oh, might have been.

People sing in the spring.

What a memory you must have.

What's that?

Oh, nothing. Just a passing thought.

Hmm. As I always say, When you work for an artist, You can expect anything.

Wait in here, if you please.

Mrs. Carroll.

Mrs. Carroll, there's a man to see you, Name of Pennington.

Who?

Charles Pennington.

* I'd crowns resign to call thee mine *

* sweet lass of Richmond *

Tremendous, isn't it?

Hello.

Hello.

What did you say?

I said it was tremendous.

Yes, but creepy.

Only at first. You get accustomed to it.

Then you think it's wonderful.

She was my mother.

Died less than two years ago.

I'm sorry.

You needn't be. We all die.

I've heard a rumor to that effect.

It isn't exactly like mother was Because it isn't a portrait.

Yet it's like her.

Father says it's representational.

Represen... father took the very word Right out of my mouth.

Are you a painter?

No. I'm a lawyer.

Well, we can't all be painters, can we?

You're from London.

Mm-hmm.

We used to live there.

It's quite a change then.

You're only 40 Miles away, But here in Ashton, you only see churches.

True, but the churches are beautiful, And I love the sound of the bells.

Penny!

Penny!

Hello, Sally.

Penny.

You look fine. It's good to see you.

Bee, you needn't leave.

He's an old friend of mine.

We've already met. He's nice.

Quite nice.

How old is she? 45 or 50?

Does give that impression. She's sweet, though.

Sit down. I'm so excited.

It's been so long.

A year and six months.

Your wedding is clear in my mind.

Took that long to forgive me for walking out?

That's all forgotten.

Is it really?

Now that you come to mention it, no.

I didn't think so.

I was so wrong.

I shouldn't have run off Without giving you some word, But when Geoffrey came back...

When I met Geoffrey, It was simply as if nothing else mattered.

I understand.

All I have to do is see you.

You're as happy as you look?

Do I look as happy as I am?

That's all that matters.

He's good to me.

He'd better be.

I'd like to meet him.

He's upstairs. I'll call.

I'm not your only visitor.

A Mrs. Latham and her daughter...

They're clients of mine.

Oh, then you didn't come just to see me.

That's what they think.

Mrs. Latham wanted to see your garden.

I volunteered to pave the way.

They'll be here shortly.

I'll be glad to meet them, But I'll have to change.

Have a drink. Have a cigarette.

They're over there. I'll be right back.

In case I wasn't clear, it's grand to see you again.

Really grand.

Thanks.

In case I wasn't clear...

Oh, Sally.

Christine, there'll be other visitors.

Take them to the garden. Tea for five.

Tea for five? Bread and butter?

Yes, and cucumber sandwiches.

Cakes, too?

If there are any.

We haven't got any.

Then don't serve them.

I will.


Geoffrey.

Geoffrey, darling. Geoffrey.

Geoffrey, what... What are you doing?

Something I should've done weeks ago.

I'm sick of it.

Sweetheart, you shouldn't have done that.

Someone might have bought it.

I don't care what other people think.

You liked it once.

I must be slipping.

You can't always paint masterpieces.

I can always try.

I don't understand it, Sally.

This fine old house, The most beautiful surroundings I've ever known, And you.

I have everything here.

Why isn't my work better?

What's wrong?

Nothing's wrong. You've been working too hard.

That's the only way.

No more today. You've got to change.

What for?

Come, Rembrandt.

What goes on?

People are coming. Mrs. Latham and her daughter.

Who are they?

You'll see. Penny's invited them.

He's downstairs.

Who's Penny?

Charles Pennington.

I told you all about him... my ex-fiance.

What's he doing here?

I'll break his neck.

Don't be silly. You're not jealous of Penny.

You got some wrong information.

I'm jealous of anything or anybody That takes your mind off me.

I like that.

But we must hurry.

They'll be here any minute.

Nope. You'll have to get along without me.

I'm not going downstairs.

What nonsense. Of course you are.

You wouldn't insult my friends.

Friends? You've never even seen them.

I've seen Penny before.

Oh, Penny again.

This is the beginning of a beautiful hatred.

Now, Geoffrey.

If I do see them, what'll you give me?

What do you suggest?

A kiss.

But there isn't time.

You see.

They're here already.

Sorry.

I don't think that's...

No kiss, no change.

Oh. Oh, Geoffrey.

Another Duke of Wellington.

Huh, not bad.

Cecily.

I think our Victor hugos are much better.

Don't you agree with me?

Yes, mother.

Charles.

Mm-hmm.

Geoffrey Carroll has money, hasn't he?

Otherwise he couldn't afford this.

This is Mrs. Carroll's house.

Her father left it to her.

Carroll's doing well himself.

Had an exhibition in London recently.

Really? I hadn't heard.

Rather successful, too.

What's his background?

What part of America is he from?

He doesn't talk about it.

If he doesn't talk about it, He's not from Boston.

Uh, green fly.

May I ask why this sudden interest In Geoffrey Carroll?

Nothing sudden about it.

No great interest.

I rather like his work.

Isn't that reasonable?

Yes.

That's why it doesn't sound like you.

Hello.

Sorry we've kept you waiting.

Not at all. This is Mrs. Latham, miss Latham.

Mrs. Latham. Miss Latham.

My husband, Geoffrey Carroll.

How do you do?

And Geoffrey, this is Penny.

I don't think I'm going to like you.

Pity. I was just about to kiss you.

Tea!

Tea, everybody.

Clear the table, somebody.

I'll do it.

Lay the cloth.

Thank you.

Those cakes you wanted if I had any...

There are none left.

Lovely idea, having tea outside.

I've never liked it since a wasp stung me.

Charming, these country servants.

Yes, so refreshing After the town-bred variety.

Has she been with you long?

Practically came with the house.

Milk, sugar, everybody?

Both, please.

Two lumps.

I don't take tea.

A cocktail, perhaps, miss Latham?

No, thanks. I'm guarding my diet.

Guarding it? You've practically got a deathwatch on it.

It's awful the way these modern young women Will torture themselves for beauty.

It's my opinion That beauty is worth any sacrifice.

Any sacrifice?

That's what I said.

When I say something, I mean it.

Do you always speak the truth?

Always.

Geoffrey's the most honest person I've ever met.

How nice.

That, um, that one-man show you had recently...

Was it a success?

Moderate.

The critics were kind. I didn't sell much.

You should have. It was stimulating.

Thank you.

You saw it, Cecily?

Yes. In fact, it was then I decided I wanted Mr. Carroll to paint my portrait.

Oh, it was then.

Are you very expensive?

Very, and I always paint what I see.

Some people find that embarrassing.

I should love it.

It sounds so ruthless.

Some other time. Not right now.

Oh, he'll get around to it.

People must suggest ideas to him Before he paints them.

Oh? Don't I suggest an idea to you?

Yes, but nothing I'd care to paint.

Uh, more tea, Mrs. Latham?

No, thanks.

I wanted to see the entire garden, But it's now rather late.

Yes, and it's now rather chilly, too.

Just a few more minutes, mother.

I've never been insulted so delightfully.

Have you some paintings here?

A few.

Would you show them?

With the utmost reluctance.

How charming.

Coming, mother?

What for?

Chaperon.

Since when have you wanted a chaperon?

Since I met Mr. Carroll.

Penny, Mrs. Latham, Please don't misunderstand Geoffrey.

He's just exercising The artist's privilege of being difficult.

Oh, my dear, don't apologize.

I haven't enjoyed myself so much in years.

Charles, did you notice Cecily's face When he said,"with the utmost reluctance"?

Ha ha ha!

Wonderful. Ha ha ha!

Sorry, but we had to meet this way, Or it never would've happened.

What wouldn't have happened?

Why don't you stop talking in riddles?

In its place, I like that strong talk, But you can forget it now.

We're alone.

Well?

Three times I flirted with you in the village, And three times, you ignored me.

Am I that frightening, Geoffrey?

I thought you came in here To look at pictures.

This one caused some comment.

The angel of death.

Yes, I know. It's fine.

Brilliant, really.

Who was the model?

Huh?

Who was the model?

Oh, my first wife, shortly before she died.

Strange it should be displayed so prominently here.

Doesn't your present wife ever object...

She does not.

To Sally, my work is just my work.

She's not silly.

I would be.

I don't doubt that.

Here's another one you may like.

A little more cheerful.

Ah, the second Mrs. Carroll.

Very nice.

Very nice, indeed.

Tell me, Geoffrey.

Do you always marry the women you paint?

Excuse me. Your mother is waiting in the car.

Whenever you're ready.

I was just leaving.

Thank you, Mr. Carroll.

It's been most intriguing.

Mr. Carroll: Good afternoon.

I still want him to paint my portrait.

Be my ally, Mrs. Carroll.

Try to persuade him.

I will.

Au revoir.

Delightful having you for tea. Please come again.

Cecily: Thank you so much.

Good-bye.

Why were you so rude, Geoffrey?

It was the way I felt.

I can't blame you too much.

That girl annoyed me.

There was something about her That got on my nerves.

Obviously.

You disliked her so swiftly.

Had you seen her before?

No, but that wouldn't...

What's wrong, Geoffrey?

Oh, nothing.

My nerves are just a little jumpy.

I'll take a walk.

I'll get your hat. Want me along?

No.

That's a promise.

Oh, Sally.

The Lathams, I take it they're pretty rich.

They sound that way, don't they?

I wonder if I'm foolish, Turning down that job.

I don't like it, but what do you think?

Oh, I suppose we could use the money, Although we won't starve without it.

It's entirely up to you, darling, as always.


Gather around! Gather around! Gather around!

I have an 'orse!

I have an 'orse!

I have an 'orse!

I ain't saying it might win.

I ain't saying it could win.

I ain't saying it should win.

What I'm saying is it must win, And I'm staking my reputation on same.

I know me horses.

10 years in the stables of lord derby.

Eight years in the stables of blubber shore.

I know what I'm talking about.

So what about it?

Excuse me, old boy.

Here's a gentleman who knows What he's talking about.

How much?

To you, a quid.

I'm sorry.

But today, 10 Bob.

I'll have a look.

I know my gentlemen.

Thank you very much.

I have an 'orse! I have an 'orse!

I ain't saying it might win.

I ain't saying it could win.

I beg your pardon.

You've overlooked my change. I gave you a pound.

Of course I did. Fancy me.

I'll tell you what I'll do.

Look out! The cops!

I'm afraid that's the last You'll see of your change.

What's the horse's name?

He's probably written it In vanishing ink.

Such queer people.

When I visit a racecourse, I promise never to go again.

It's a three-day meeting...

Hardly a racecourse.

It's a waste of time.

I'm having a lot of fun.

Besides, you suggested this outing.

That was yesterday.

I should have kept working this morning.

Painting Cecily's portrait Isn't the easiest job in the world.

From you, that's practically a compliment.

Father! Sally!

We just had the most interesting experience.

Now, bee...

Mr. Pennington was just Done in the eye.

I bought a tip.

The tout welshed with the change.

What was the tip?

Dancing boy.

We're all betting on him.

All but me. My ticket's on blue Monday.

Come on! You can do it!

Come on, blue Monday!

Come on!

Come on, blue Monday!

Darling, he's winning!

Come on, blue Monday!

Drive him, jockey!

Blue Monday did it!

I told you he'd win.

You did. You're the only winner In the party, too.

I'll cash your ticket.

We'll stay for one more race.

This time I'll pick a winner.

I'll be right back.

Sally.

Yes?

Do me a favor. Pick a horse for me.

Look out, Mr. Pennington.

Father's very jealous.

He doesn't like Sally To do favors for anyone but him.

How lovely for you.

Like living in a harem?

I don't mind a bit, As long as there are no other wives.


Fancy anything in the next race?

Ethel k. Looks good.

A nice price, too.

You know me. If the price is right...

Yes, I know you.

It's a nice idea, us meeting like this.

Gives me a chance to combine Business with pleasure.

I don't want you around my house again.

I'll watch it in the future.

This is the best I can do right now.

Oh. How much?

400.

And the balance?

I'm finishing a portrait In about two months, maybe less.

I'm a patient man.

Comes of waiting for the winners at the races.

Well, good afternoon, Mr. Carroll.

Good day, sir.


What's the verdict, Dr. tuttle?

Can I get up?

Well, yes and no.

What does that mean... yes and no?

As you insist on having your dinner party, You should move about a bit.

I'll get up at once.

It would be better for you to be quiet.

Now I don't know where I am.

Excitement is bad for you.

If I can get up, I promise to remain cool, calm, Soothing, and charming.

In that case, Mrs. Carroll, No, I wouldn't advise it.

I don't want to seem harsh.

We just want you to get well quickly.

You've been telling me that for three weeks.

What's the matter?

What's wrong with me?

Actually, nothing very serious.

Then why do I sometimes feel so weak?

Why do I have these splitting headaches?

Just a case of nerves...

Nerves, pure and simple.

I'll see you at dinner tonight.

You're not to worry your little head.

We'll have you right as rain in no time.

Right as rain.


Ah, Christine.

Been cleaning the silver?

That's right, doctor.

You've got a great sense of perception.

How's Mrs. Carroll?

Improved, I'm glad to say. Much improved.

By the way, have you heard the latest About the burglar?

Last night he...

I know... Heard all about it.

Oh. Where's your master?

Up in heaven.

I beg your pardon?

If you're talking about my master, He's up in heaven.

If you're talking about my employer, He's in the garden.

What's he doing there On a day like this?

Minding his own business.

Minding his own... Hmph.

Nosy old fossil.

Drink hearty, doc.

Oh, good morning, Carroll.

Good morning.

Purely medicinal purposes.

I thought I'd stave off a cold.

There's quite a chill.

Sure, I know. Have another.

It might get chillier.

No, thanks very much.

Moderation in all things...

That's my motto.

Have you heard that the burglar's on the prowl again?

Yes, I heard.

Oh. Who told you?

Christine.

Probably told you wrong.

Women never get their facts straight.

Now, as I understand it...

If you don't mind, doc, There's something more important I'd like to discuss.

How did you find Sally?

Better than she's been for weeks.

I'm glad to hear that. I've been worried.

I was over at miss Latham's Finishing a portrait, And some people there mentioned a nerve specialist...

A Dr. Franklin, I believe.

You mean you'd like a second opinion?

Would you have any objections?

None whatsoever.

If it would put your mind at ease, I'd welcome another doctor's opinion.

In that case, we won't have anyone else.

Huh?

I was testing you.

If you weren't sure, You'd complain about another doctor.

Your opinion's good enough.

Sally swears by you.

Swears at me.

I don't blame her sometimes.

She hates being ill.

Funny thing, most women love it.

Don't they, though? Here you are.

I've already had my quota...

Just one to keep out the cold.

Well, have another one.

If you insist. I don't really want it.

Thank you.

That's very good. Very good.

Well, I must be off.

Mrs. Carroll getting Her milk regularly, of course?

Of course.

The main thing is for her to be kept As quiet as possible.

By the way, that reminds me.

She mentioned something about a picture You're doing of her.

No strain, is it? The posing, I mean.

Picture. Oh, yes.

I'm doing a portrait of her.

I'm working entirely from sketches.

She hasn't seen it yet.

It's going to be somewhat of a surprise.

Good morning, Dr. tuttle.

Good morning, my dear.

How is Sally?

She's much improved this morning.

I'm so glad. Good-bye.

Good-bye.

I'll see you soon.

Sooner than that.

You're giving a dinner party tonight.

I'd forgotten. I'll see you then.

Remember, you're not to worry about Mrs. Carroll.

We'll have her right as rain in no time. What a morning!


What are you reading, dear?

I'm looking at some famous paintings.

That van gogh was marvelous, wasn't he?

Yes. He was pretty good.

"Vincent van gogh... Born 1853. Died 1890.

"The last years of his life were passed In the shadow of insanity."

Isn't a pity such a brilliant man went insane?

Give me that book.

I haven't...

Give me that book!

Sometimes you say Rather startling things for a child...

Possibly because you're alone so much.

I wish you could play more with other children.

I would if the other children Weren't quite so childish.

I'm very happy.

Bee, have you seen Sally this morning?

No. Not yet.

I think you should.

She gets pretty bored.

Try to cheer her up, will you?

Certainly, father. I'll do my best.

May I take my...

Oh. Excuse me.

She'll tell Sally, I suppose.

I'm sure she won't.

I wouldn't care if she did.

I would.

Why did you come here?

Two reasons.

This is the first one.

You're beautiful...

Everything about you.

You didn't need the rose.

It's a Victor Hugo...

Mother's greatest pride and joy, Except for me, of course.

And reason number two For this visit, darling...

I'm going away.

Back to London?

South America. Rio.

South America? Rio?

I was there years ago.

It was wonderful.

There was a boy.

He couldn't speak English, But then, of course...

You don't mean that about going away?

Yes, I do, Geoffrey.

I'm sailing on Saturday.

Thursday night, Friday, Saturday...

48 hours.

You're not going anyplace without me, ever.

I am.

I'm going to Rio.

I can't stand this anymore.

While you painted, we were together.

I had some excuse for watching you, Hearing you speak, touching you.

But now what?

Silly dinner parties like tonight, A sigh across a garden...

It's not easy for me.

These things aren't easy.

Geoffrey, it's summer down there.

At night, even the stars are warm.

You could paint there.

You'd be free...

From people, from money troubles.

Yes.

Yes, that's right.

Those are my plans. I...

48 hours. The two of us alone.

No. No, not now. Not yet.

Why?

You know why.

I could understand if you loved Sally, but you don't.

If I left her now, i...

She'll have to be hurt sometime.

Do as I ask, will you?

I swear to you, as soon as Sally's well again...

No, Geoffrey. It's useless.

I can't have you because you're afraid.

That's it.

You're afraid to do anything about it.

Don't you ever tell me I'm afraid of anything!

Now leave me alone!

Leave me alone!


Telephone, Mr. Carroll.

What's that?

Telephone.

Telephone?

It's from London again.

Did you say I was here?

Why not? You're here, aren't you?


Hello?

What about the 200?

I told you not to call me here.

I want the money.

Don't be a fool. Things aren't settled yet.

I'm not interested. Get it here!

All right. I heard you.

Shall I meet you at the station?

I'll drive in.

What time?

Late this afternoon. I'll be there.

Who's this?

It's you.

Who? Me?

Oh. That's very good.

Why did you act that way with miss Latham?

I'm sorry, father.

I don't like her very much.

Her visit was about you.

I wanted to find a good school for you.

She suggested weatherly.

Weatherly?

You like the idea?

Oh, father.

That's a lovely school...

The best in england.

The secretary of the school phoned.

I'm driving in to see him.

My, that is something.

When do I leave, father...

If you make the arrangements?

Tomorrow. Maybe tonight.

Their autumn term started about a month ago.

You should be there soon.

Start packing, and I'll phone you later on.

Yes, father.

May I say I'm very pleased.

"The weatherly school For the daughters of gentlemen,"

If you don't mind.

One more thing...

Don't mention this to Sally.

The way she's feeling, it might upset her.

Certainly. I believe you're right.

We'll tell her about it when I get back.

Open the garage door for me, will you?


Sally, darling.

What are you doing down here?

I got tired of looking At those four walls.

You can come look at four new ones.

Aren't you glad I came down?

You know I am.

Who was here this morning?

Oh, you mean tuttle?

No. I thought I heard a woman's voice.

There wasn't anybody here.

You probably heard me talking to bee.

Oh. Mmm.

This feels good.

I'll bet it does.

You've been a pretty sick girl.

You've been pretty swell about it, too.

I don't know about swell.

Those headaches make me furious.

Oh, darling, I suppose I'm just sick of being sick.

I don't know whether he said anything to you, But tuttle was very encouraged.

Tuttle? If they took The word"nerves" from him, He'd be out of business.

They say he's good, but don't you think We'd be safer with a second opinion?

I asked him about that.

What did he say?

He almost had an attack of nerves himself.

He didn't like the idea, Said it would be a waste of money.

He's probably right.

Geoffrey, want to make me Very happy?

What, dear?

Let me see the picture You're doing.

No.

But why? I've always seen your work.

Nobody will see this one until it's finished.

When?

Soon. Very soon, now.

It may be one of those masterpieces we talked about.

I hope so, darling.

I got a phone call. I forgot to tell you.

What about?

A job.

A commission?

Uh-huh. An important one.

I'm leaving for London right now.

Oh, darling. I'm so happy for you.

Even if it ruins our little dinner party.

I'll be back in plenty of time.

Who's coming?

Mrs. Latham, Cecily, The exciting Dr. tuttle, and Penny.

Penny? Is he here again?

For a London lawyer, He works less in London Than any lawyer I know.

What's he always here for?

Well, if you must know, He's still in love with me.

That's interesting.

Geoffrey, you won't be nasty About Penny, will you?

If you are, I'll be nasty about Cecily.

What do you mean?

You know what I mean.

You heard me. What do you mean?

I mean, darling, That she's in love with you.

Oh, yes, she is.

Women are never wrong about women.

She wouldn't hesitate to take you from me, If she could, But she can't, can she?

Father! Father!

Your car has been in front of the door...

It's good to see you downstairs.

You're feeling well again?

Better than I've felt in a long time.

I'd better be going.

Your car's been out in front.

I put it there this morning.

How could I forget a thing like that?

Be careful. It's a terrible day.

I will. So long.

Good-bye, father.

Anything you want in London?

Only to have you come back.

Good luck, darling.

Bee, would you mind telephoning Mrs. Latham for me?

Certainly.

Bee: Ashton 427, please.

Hello. Are you there, Mrs. Latham?

This is bee. One moment, please.

Sally wants to speak with you.

Thank you, dear.

Hello.

Much better, thanks. And you?

Good. May I ask a favor?

Our garden is absolutely barren.

Could you possibly spare A few of your hothouse roses For the table tonight?

Oh, the Victor hugos would be wonderful.

You'll send them over?

Thank you so much.

See you tonight, then. Bye.


Christine!

Christine!

Christine.

Yes, ma'am.

Was Cecily, uh...

Was miss Latham here this morning?

No. Not that I saw.

Oh.

I think I'll rest now.

Don't call me 'til late this afternoon.

I'm feeling tired now.


Oh, Christine, it looks lovely.

It should.

I worked at it hard enough.

Did you get some rest?

Yes, thank you.

Mrs. Latham sent the roses.

I know. I asked her for them.

Have you seen the child since this morning?

Bee? No. Why?

She's upstairs, packing.

Packing?

She's going off to school.

Didn't you know?

Well, yes, in a way, but...

It has to do with a call Mr. Carroll had from London.

You'd better ask the child.

Yes, of course.

That call from London...

Do you know who it was?

Yes. He's called several times before.

His name is Blagdon.

Blagdon.

Oh, I see. I see.

"Blouses, white, six.

Stockings, black cotton, one dozen pair."

Oh, dear.

Sally!

What's all this about school, bee?

What's happening?

Oh, Christine told you. She shouldn't have.

Why not?

Father said not to bother you until we were sure.

You seem quite sure.

It's the weatherly school, one of the best.

Aren't you happy for me?

Of course, darling. I'm delighted.

Only I can't understand why your father...

Well, let me help you.

Do you have everything you'll need?

Oh, no, not half.

Here's a list from the last school I went to.

It says,"three serge."

Well, here they are, But they've grown much too short, Or I've grown much too long.

We'll get you a complete new outfit, dear.

For the time being, these will have to do.

You sound as though you were leaving tonight.

I'll bet I am.

What?

I know father when it comes to these matters.

Last time I went, he decided on Wednesday, And on Thursday, there I was, in school.

That was sudden, wasn't it?

One of the teachers helped me with my clothes.

Mother was too ill to do very much.

I know.

Mother had such wonderful taste.

We did all our shopping together.

That must have been fun for you.

But...

Going to all those shops...

Didn't that make her very tired?

Tired? Mother?

Nothing ever tired her.

She was wonderful at sports.

She beat father at tennis often.

Father didn't like that very much.

I don't understand. If she was an invalid...

An invalid?

Where did you ever hear such a thing?

I don't know.

Someone told me once...

Well, i... I took it for granted.

Oh, no. You're very wrong.

She was in perfect health until... Father's keys.

I forgot to return them Before he left. Sally?

Yes.

You haven't seen father's New portrait of you, have you?

No.

Neither have I. The studio key is here.

Let's steal in and see it, shall we?

Darling, does it hurt you To talk about your mother?

No. Not anymore.

Then tell me... You were saying She was in perfect health.

When did she become ill?

I remember only too clearly.

It was shortly after father returned From a trip.

A trip to Paris... Or America?

No. It was a short vacation for him, really.

He'd gone fishing in Scotland.

When he came back, He began to paint mother as the angel of death.

Finest thing he's done, too.

It was far from easy.

Mother would have those splitting headaches, And she'd feel so terribly weak.

Then she'd be a bit better, But not for long.

She... Sally, why do you ask me these things now?

Oh, there's no special reason, dear, Except that... well, if I know everything, I won't hurt your father By stirring up unhappy memories.

I...I wouldn't have mentioned it at all If I hadn't been ill myself.

But yours is only a nerve condition, Sally.

Everyone knows that.

Yes. Yes, that's just it.

I'm really not sick at all.

Your father is so considerate...

He's always been the same.

He insisted on taking care of mother, Bringing her the milk himself, Trying in every way to...

Where are you going?

You, uh... You don't seem to have enough handkerchiefs.

I'll get you a dozen of mine.

Sally... You're very sweet.

I'll miss you when I'm away.

Perhaps you won't leave that quickly.

Maybe Mr. Blagdon can't place you.

You'll see.

I know father...

Blagdon? What's he got to do with it?

He's arranging things, isn't he?

That horrible man?

He's not the secretary of the weatherly school.

But... You do know a Mr. Blagdon.

Oh, yes. He's been here several times.

Father always meets him outside, And I can understand why.

I spoke to him once.

He's most unpleasant.

What does this Mr. Blagdon do?

What's his business?

He's a chemist, And that proves there can't be any connection.

What does a chemist know about schools?

I'll get you those handkerchiefs.


[Church bells ringing]


It's all very clear now.

It's all very clear now.

It's all very clear now, isn't it?

The lies, the headaches, The chemist, the milk.

He poisoned her. Now he's poisoning you.

No! No!

Don't be a fool. You know it's true.

He wants Cecily, not you.

He wants to get rid of you Like the first Mrs. Carroll.

No! It isn't true! It isn't true!

No!


Hello.

All right, Christine. I'll take it.

Hello. Yes, Geoffrey.

Dear, I'm afraid I'll be a little late.

The deal's almost set, But we haven't agreed on price yet.

Go ahead with dinner. I'll get home soon.

What? Bee told you?

Oh, I wanted to surprise you.

When does she leave?

So soon?

Yes, she'll be ready. She's packing now.

All right.

Good-bye, Geoffrey.

Oh, Geoffrey! Oh, Geoffrey!


Mr. Santa claus in person.

Come in, Mr. Carroll.

I thought you wouldn't show up, Which would have been a deep disappointment To yours obediently.

Mind how you go.

Take your wet things off.

Make yourself at home.

Thanks.

Now, we're busy men, So let's get down to business.

Did you bring the 200?

I brought you this.

Very nice of you.

You're a real gentleman, I must...

Hundred?

Only a measly hundred pounds?

You'll have to do better than this.

That's the best I can do.

Tell the police, But you'll have some things to explain, too.

Ohh...

I thought you were intelligent.

All I have to say is, I just found out about the signature And reported it accordingly, like a good citizen.

I wouldn't count on dragging me into it, Not if I was you.

What a nice guy you are, Blagdon.

Let's have no hard feelings.

We're reasonable men.

Supposing I give you till, uh...

The week after next to get the other hundred?

Is it a go?

Where would I get it?

That's entirely your business, Only... Get it!

This hundred will wait for its pal, the other hundred.

What would happen if I didn't show up?

If I went somewhere else to live?

Oh, I wouldn't advise that, Mr. Carroll.

The world's a small place, you know.

Uh... So I've heard.

I suppose you've been losing money At the races again.

You shouldn't play so many long shots.

That's a sucker's game.

I'm an optimist. Always was, always will be.

I got a red-hot tip...

Put that down, Mr. Carroll!

It won't help!

I'll give you the signature book.

I won't have anything on you!

I'm a reasonable man!

They'll hang you...

Oh! Oh!



Bee, I want to see that picture. Now.

Your new portrait, you mean? Oh, good!

Where did I put the keys? Here they are.

Father's been so mysterious. Let's not tell him.

It'll be our secret.

Yes...

Our secret.

I talked to your father.

You're to leave on the 11:00 train tonight.

See? I know father pretty well, don't I?

You're to be all packed.

He'll drive you to the station.

Christine is going with you.

His instructions were very definite.

I'm glad you decided to see it with me.

I bet it's the most thrilling thing he's done.

This must be very special Because this is the first time He wouldn't show...

I can't open this.

Let me try.

No... No. Maybe it's just as well.

Sally, please, I want so much to see it, And I'm leaving tonight. Please.

Somehow, I...

I hate to open another door.

What do you mean?

Nothing.

That must be it.


Sally, dear! Sally!

Sally, dear! Sally! Sally! All right. All right!

You don't have to knock the house down.

Good evening, Christine.

Good evening.

Don't you know it's unlucky To enter with an open umbrella?

I'm not superstitious.

I am. Ladies, please remove your wraps upstairs.

The gentlemen will wait in the drawing room.

Is Mr. Carroll upstairs, Christine?

Neither upstairs nor down, miss.

He hasn't come back from London.

Don't worry, dear.

He knew I was coming, so he'll be here.

Thank you for coming, mother.

Oh, mustn't forget my paper.

A newspaper at a dinner party?

Will you read a speech?

There's some very interesting news In the late edition about the burglar.

Christine, this miserable weather and all.

Did you put whiskey out?

I knew you were coming, didn't I?

Good, good.

Christine, I must compliment you.

I feel that if you were thoroughly polished, You'd be a rough diamond.

Care for a spot, Pennington?

No, thanks, old man.

Look at that paper I brought.

It seems that our friend the burglar May turn out to be the Yorkshire strangler.

If that's the case, We're not safe in our beds... look out!

Don't point that at me.

It's your own fault, doctor.

My fault you're fiddling with a deadly weapon?

All you do is talk about the burglar.

You've got half the women Scared of their own shadows.

Mrs. Latham insisted I carry this.

Sorry if I frightened you.

See what an effect you're having?

I had no intention of upsetting... Yes?

Oh, Dr. tuttle.

What is it?

You're wanted upstairs. It's Sally.

Has she had a relapse?

They want a doctor, not a lawyer.

She's in her room.

Nice, quiet, little dinner party.

What's wrong with Sally?

Bee says she fainted a while ago.

She looks healthy.

That's no guarantee.

Still in love with Sally, aren't you, Charles?

Perhaps.

Why don't you do something about it?

It's wrong to come between husband and wife.

You might remember that, too.

Sally's in love with Geoffrey.

Leave it that way.

I hate to leave things as they are.

You've never tried.

Stop being smug. The important thing is to be happy.

At whose expense, darling?

Not yours, my sweet.

I ought to be quite useful to you.

Want to eat your slightly frosted cake And still have it, too?

I don't understand you.

You will, Charles.

Cecily, you're the most exasperating woman...

The police are absolutely helpless.

I'd set a trap for the burglar...

How's Sally?

What? Fine. Just a slight attack of nerves.

Minor. Very minor.

I'm going upstairs to see her.

No need. She'll be down directly.

Extraordinary fellow.

Reminds me of a patient I had in 1920.

I remember one day I was...

Oh, it doesn't matter much.

I think I'll have a spot of whiskey.

The host in London and the hostess ill.

Did she say when Geoffrey might be back?

No, but I think we'll dine without him.

Pennington, tuttle, Sally, you, and I.

Sounds like a jolly evening, doesn't it?

Who is it?

Penny. May I come in?

What's the matter, Sally?

What happened?

Oh, I...

It's just this stupid illness.

Are you sure?

You look as if you've been seeing ghosts.

Do I?

Sally, there's something frightening you.

Has tuttle been babbling about this infernal burglar?

Yes. He harps on it all the time.

What with Geoffrey away and the storm, i...

But I'm all right now. Honestly I am.

Let's go on down.

Later I want to have a long talk.

It's about you.

Not tonight, Penny. Tomorrow.

There are things I must find out Before we have our talk, And my mind would be ever so much clearer...

Tomorrow.


Father!

Is everything arranged?

We're leaving in a few minutes.

Is Christine ready?

She's waiting in the kitchen.

No hitch in the arrangements?

I said everything was settled.

Where is everybody?

Mrs. Latham and Cecily are getting their wraps.

You're very late. The party is over.


Hello. Nice time to arrive.

Never mind that.

Have you told anyone about your sailing?

Mother knows I'm packing. That's all.

You feel the same as before?

Of course. Why?

I'm telling Sally about us tonight.

I'm leaving with you on Saturday.

Mrs. Latham: Cecily!

I hate to leave.

You've been strange all evening.

I didn't mean to be.

What time do I see you tomorrow?

I don't know.

This burglar scare is absurd, But I'm leaving this with you just the same.

Oh, Penny, you make me feel so ridiculous.

Please.

There.

You won't need it, But perhaps you'll feel better Just knowing it's here.

Oh, Pennington, old fellow, We'd better be toddling along.

The ladies should be ready.

Good-bye, my dear.

Thank you very much. I've had a fine time.

I'm glad.

I'm sorry that Carroll couldn't be with us.

Tuttle: Speak of the devil, and up he pops.

You're late, old boy.

My apologies.

Pennington: I'm glad you're home.

Sally's been ill.

Nothing important. I'm fine.

Tuttle: She's right as rain.

Now that you're here, how about a nightcap?

The ladies...

No!

Tuttle: Hmm?

Some other time.

Cecily wants to leave.

I'm driving bee to the station.

I wouldn't touch another drop anyway.

Carroll.

What is it?

I meant it... She's been ill.

Any idea what's wrong?

Nothing definite.

Tuttle frightened her with blabber About the burglar being the Yorkshire strangler.

All I know is, she's just not well.

I'll look in on you tomorrow.

I'll be fine.

Good-bye, Sally.

You've been so nice about everything.

Good night, Geoffrey.

Good night.

Tuttle: Thank you again, Sally.

Take care of yourself.

What is it?

Why are you staring at me like that?

I wasn't staring, Geoffrey.

Christine, bee, hurry up, will you?

Bee: Coming now, father.

I wish bee wasn't leaving. Not tonight, anyway.

Why not tonight? What's the difference?

None, I suppose.

Oh, well, I'm ready.

Why we're going in this weather I'll never know.

I'll get the first train back tomorrow.

You'll get some rest If you know what's good for you, Which I doubt.

Good-bye, dear.

Good-bye, Sally.

You'll come see me, won't you?

Just as soon as I'm able.

I'll look forward to it.

Thanks for our long talk.

It was wonderful.

Talk? What talk?

Woman talk. Heart-to-heart.

Nothing a man would understand.

Oh.

Good-bye, Sally.

Good-bye, dear.

I'll be back as soon as the train leaves.


Who is there? Who is it?

Geoffrey.

I changed my mind about going.

The minute I got outside I realized I shouldn't leave you alone.

Christine's driving.

Sorry you were delayed so long in London.

Just one of those things.

Party go off o.K. Without me?

Yes. It was all right.

Might have been better if you'd called it off.

Pennington was right. You're tired.

Don't you think you should go to bed?

I want to talk to you.

About what?

Well? What is it?

What do you want to talk to me about?

I'm worried, Geoffrey. Frightened.

Frightened? What do you mean?

Well, your...

Your trip to London today.

You said it was a commission.

It was really to arrange For bee's school, wasn't it?

Yes. But that's not what you wanted to ask me.

What's the matter with you?

What happened today?

Nothing.

Something must have happened.

You've changed. I don't know you.

Nothing's happened. You're imagining things.

I'm not imagining the change in you.

You hear something that upset you?

What could I have heard?

I don't know.

It's a small town.

People talk... Gossip.

There is one thing I want to know.

Yes?

You told me when we first met That your wife Had been an invalid for many years.

Was that true?

If it wasn't, I wouldn't have said it.

Then she... Was an invalid?

Yes.

Where are you going?

Upstairs.

Wait. Bee said she had a talk with you.

What did she tell you?

Nothing. I helped her pack.

I'm tired. I'm going up to bed.

I'll bring your milk up in a minute.

Then I... I think I'll have it Down here, if you don't mind.

Anything you say. I'll get it.

Hello.

Number, please.

Hello. Ashton 134.

[Footsteps approaching]

I'm sorry I was out of line before.

It's been a long day. This rotten weather.

I'll answer it.

No. I'll take it.


That was your friend Pennington.

Just got home. Wanted to know if you're all right.

I assured him you were.

All finished?

Yes.

I'm going upstairs now. I'm very sleepy.

I'll read for a while.

Call me if you want anything.

Yes.






Sally.

Sally, may I come in?

Sally, are you asleep?

There's something I forgot to tell you.

What is it?

Get up a second.

I'm so tired, Geoffrey. Please.

You've locked the door.

Have I? Never mind.

I want to come in. I've got to come in.

Please don't wake me this way, Geoffrey.

I'm so exhausted.

I've taken a sleeping tablet.

Good night, Geoffrey.

Sally!

Open the door! Open the door!


Hello.

Number, please.

Hello. Ashton 134.

Yes.

Hello. Hello, Penny.

Listen, get the police and...

Hello.

Hello!

Hello, Penny?


Hello. Hello.

Aah!

You locked the door, didn't you?

You found out what I was planning to do.

You found out I was trying to kill you.

That's why you locked the door.

Let me go, Geoffrey.

You'll never see or hear from me again.

No.

You can't go away now.

It would spoil all my plans.

Sally: I won't spoil anything.

I'll help you... Anything you want.

Darling, you're sick.

Oh, think, Geoffrey, think.

You can go to that door.

You can walk out of this house Free to do anything you want.

No one will ever know.

Oh, no, Geoffrey. No.

What do you want?

It isn't what I want. It's what's got to be.

You don't understand. My painting of you is finished.

Yes, I've seen it.

You have?

I didn't know that. Then you must understand.

It happened once before, and then I found you.

You made my work live again.

Now there's nothing more from you, So I must find someone new.

Someone...

I've tried to...

Not to hurt you.

You would have just gone to sleep.

But you wouldn't have it that way!

Geoffrey, they'll...

Don't worry about me. I've worked it out.

They'll think it's the burglar.

Who gave you that?

Open the door and let me go.

No. I can't let you go now.

If anyone ever knows, It'll destroy everything I've...

Give me the key.

Give me the key, Geoffrey. Sally!

Pennington: Sally, are you all right?

If you don't open the door, We'll break it in.

Aah!

Geoffrey!

Geoffrey, don't! They'll hang you.

Oh, Geoff...

Pennington: Sally! Sally!

Open this door!

Sally!

Sally!

Open up at once! Open this door!

Sally.

Sally.

But, inspector, the police Shouldn't have been brought into this.

You...

You wouldn't understand.

I had to do this So I could go on with my work.

You'd better come with us, sir.

It isn't right, I tell you.

We'll talk it all over, sir... quietly.

Yes.

Quietly.

Quietly.

Sally, are you all right?

Yes, I'm all right.

I'm all right...

Now.

Just a moment.

Before we go, Would you gentlemen like a drink?

A glass of milk, perhaps?