Hello, Duke. Hello, Mike.Any luck today? I figured out a swell racket, and everything was going greatuntil the cops came along. Too bad it didn't work. If them cops would stickto their own racket, we'd get somewherein this country… without a lot of thisrelief and all that stuff. Mike, I wouldn't worry.Prosperity's just around the corner.
Yeah. It's been there a long time.I wish I knew which corner. Well, Duke, I'm gonna turn in. – Bonsoir.- Bonsoir, Mike. This is the place, all right.That looks like one of them. – Looks pretty tough to me.- Stall Irene. I'll talk to the fellow. – I told you about this place.- We got here first. Well, she's not gonnaget ahead of me. – Good evening.- How'd you like to make five dollars? Huh? I didn't quitecatch what you said.
I said, how'd you liketo make five dollars? – Five dollars?- Five dollars. Well, I don't wantto seem inquisitive, but what would Ihave to do for it? All you have to do is goto the Waldorf Ritz Hotel with me, I'll show you to a few people,and then I'll send you right back. May I inquire just whyyou would want… to show me to peopleat the Waldorf Ritz? Oh, if you must know,it's a game… a scavenger hunt.
If I find a forgotten man first, I win.Is that clear? Yes, quite clear. Shall I wear my tails,or come just as I am? You needn't be fresh. Do you wantthe five dollars or don't you? Madam, I can't tell youhow flattered I am… by your very generous offer. However, I'll have to take it upwith my board of directors. – Don't you touch me!- No matter what my directors advise, – I think you should be spanked.- George, do something!.
Are you in the habitof hitting ladies? I'm in the habit of hitting gentlemenalso, if that'll interest you. – Aren't you going to do anything?- Let's get a policeman. – Who are you?- I'm Irene. That was my sister Corneliayou pushed in the ash pile. – Like me to push Cornelia's sister?- I don't think I'd like that. – Then you'd better get out of here.- Oh, you bet. Wait a minute!Sit down! I'm sitting.
What's up, Duke?Need some help? No, thanks, boys.Got everything under control. Are you a memberof this hunting party? I was, but I'm not now.Are they all forgotten men too? Yes, I guess they are, maybe. Why? I couldn't help but laugh. I've wantedto do that since I was six years old. – You wanted to what?- Oh, push Cornelia in a pile of ashes. That was Faithful George with her.That isn't really his name. He gets in everybody's hair.His father's the broker.
That's very enlightening. Cornelia thought she was going to win,and you pushed her. Could follow an intelligent conversationfor just a moment? – I'll try.- Well, that's fine. Do you mind telling mejust what a scavenger hunt is? Well, a scavenger huntis exactly like a treasure hunt. In a treasure huntyou try to find something you want. In a scavenger hunt you try to findsomething that nobody wants. – Hmm, like a forgotten man?- That's right.
The one that wins gets a prize,only there really is no prize. It's just the honor of winning.The money goes to charity. That is, if there's any money left over,and there never is. Well, that clearsthe whole matter up beautifully. I've decided I don't want to play anymore games with human beings as objects. It's kind of sordid when you thinkof it, when you think it over. Yeah, well, I don't know.I haven't thought it over. I don't like to change the subject, butwhy do you live in a place like this? There's so manyother nice places.
– You really want to know?- Oh, I'm very curious. Because my real estate agent felt thealtitude would be good for my asthma. – Oh, my uncle has asthma.- No! Well, now there's a coincidence. Well, I suppose I shouldbe going now, shouldn't I? That's a good idea. I want to see who won the game.I suppose it was Cornelia. She probably got anotherforgotten man by now. If you took me with you,you'd win the game? Is that the idea?.
Well, I might if I got there first. But after seeing what you didto Cornelia, I'm not saying anything. But you'd win if yougot back first with me? It'd be awfully nice of you,but I don't like to ask. Let's beat Cornelia. – It wouldn't be asking too much?- Mm-mm. See, I've got a sense of curiosity,just the same as you have. I'd really like to seejust what a scavenger hunt looks like. – But I told you!- Yes. I'm still curious.
Well, come on. Thank you. – My name's Blake.- My name is Bullock. The place slightly resemblesan insane asylum. Well, all you needto start an asylum… is an empty room andthe right kind of people. That's right. Oh, good evening, Mrs. Jordan.Look what I brought with me. Oh, why, look!.
– And the baby came along too!- Here. Take a look at the dizzyold gal with the goat. I've had to look at her for 20 years.That's Mrs. Bullock. Alexander! – Alexander! Alexander!- I'm terribly sorry. How do you think I feel?All right, Angelica! Alexander, Alexander, come here.Look at the pretty goat. Carlo and I found him in the Bronx.Isn't he just sweet? – He doesn't smell very sweet.- Oh, Alexander never did like animals.
Come on, goat, goat, goat.Come on. Come on. – Are you talking to me or that thing?- Oh, Alexander! Don't be afraid of the stairs. Angelicawon't let anything happen to you. Quick, quick, quick.Come on. Quick, quick. Come on, goat, goat, goat.Come on. I have a goat!I have a goat! I have a goat! Will you pleasepay attention to me? I'm Mrs. Bullock,and I have a goat.
I have a goat!I have a goat! I have a goat!I have a goat! I know you've got a goat. Will youplease get Mrs. Bullock's goat? Get those thingsout of the way. I have a little baby goat. What am I supposedto do with that? – What else do we have to find?- What? What else do we have to get? All you have to get is one forgotten manand a bowl ofJapanese goldfish.
What? Get that thingout of the way! What? I said, a forgotten manand a bowl ofJapanese goldfish. One man… Let's go. AJapanese man. A man and a bowlofJapanese men. – I can't remember what he said.- How about going home? – What are you talking about?- How about going home? We just havetwo other things to get. A bowl ofJapanese menand a forgotten goldfish.
– Goldfish!- I don't know about the goldfish! But if you want a forgotten man,you'll find me home in bed! I can't concentrate, Alexander.Come along, Carlo. Goldfish… – Are all these people hunters?- Oh, no, we work in groups. Some are hunters,and some are receivers. – Sounds like a bankruptcy proceeding.- I never thought of that. – Who receives me?- I have to take you to the committee. – You don't mind, do you?- I can hardly wait. Wait a minute!What have you there?.
This is Godfrey.Is Cornelia back yet? I haven't seen Cornelia.Where did you find him? Oh, Mr. Guthrie!Come on this way. Mr. Guthrie!Mr. Guthrie! I have a forgotten man. I have a forgotten man!Mr. Guthrie, this is Godfrey. He's a forgotten man!Mr. Guthrie! – A forgotten man!- His name is Godfrey. – A forgotten man? You got all eight.- Yes.
Ladies and gentlemen,please, quiet, quiet. Miss Bullock has a forgotten man. Do you mind stepping upon the platform, please. Yes, get right upon the platform, Godfrey. – Mind if I ask you a few questions?- Fire away. – What is your address?- City Dump 32, East River, Sutton Place. – It's rather fashionable over there.- In spots. – Is that your permanent address?- The permanency is questionable. See, the place is beingrapidly filled in.
– Mind if I ask a personal question?- If it isn't too personal. – Are those whiskers your own?- No one else has claimed them. I must ask that questionbecause one group… tried to fool the committee by trying toput false whiskers on one of their own. – May I, uh… May I, uh…- What? Oh, it's a pleasure. One more question.Are you wanted by the police? Ah, that's just the trouble.Nobody wants me. – Oh, very good answer.- Splendid, Godfrey.
You mean, nobody wants him?Nobody at all? – Nobody.- Oh, that's too bad. On the contrary,I sometimes find it a great advantage. The committee is satisfied.Miss Irene Bullock… wins 20 pointsfor a forgotten man… and 50 points extrafor bringing in the first one. – Oh, bravo!- Speech! Speech! Group ten… – Speech! Speech!- Group ten wins the silver cup.
– Oh, thank you.- Speech! Speech! – They want a speech. Come on!- Speech! My purpose in coming heretonight was twofold. Firstly, I wantedto aid this young lady. Secondly, I was curious to see… how a bunch empty-headed nitwitsconducted themselves. My curiosity is satisfied. I assure you it will bea pleasure for me… to go back to a societyof really important people.
– What did he call us?- Nitwits. – Nitwits? What are they?- I don't know. The man's perfect! I've been wanting to say that,but I didn't have the nerve. Oh, Godfrey!Oh, Godfrey! Oh, Godfrey,I'm terribly sorry. – That's all right.- I'd never brought you here. This is the first time I've ever beatenCornelia, and you helped me do it. Well, that makes mea Cornelia beater, doesn't it?.
You've done something for me.I wish I could do something for you. – Why?- Because you've done something for me. No, I don't see. But I could use a job,if you've got one. – Can you “buttle”?- “Buttle”? We're fresh out of butlers.The one we had left this morning. Irene, they're calling for youin the jade room. – Don't you want your cup?- Tell them to keep their cup. You can't talk to this man.What will people think? I don't care what they think.Godfrey's gonna be our butler.
– He's gonna be whose butler?- He's gonna work for us. Oh, that's ridiculous.You don't know anything about him. He hasn't any recommendations… The last one had recommendationsand stole all the silver. That was merely a coincidence. People that take in stray catssay they make the best pets. I don't see what catshave got to do with butlers. You mustn't pay any attentionto my daughter. She's very impulsive. – I'm not impulsive!- Don't shout at your mother.
– I will shout!- Oh, Mrs. Meriwether, Irene is shouting. – You mean it's all over?- Yes, she always shouts when she wins. Run along, my good man. Thank you somuch for coming. Thank you so, so much. He will not run along! I think I'd better. My word! There's Cornelia,and she has another one! You're a little late, Cornelia.I've won the game. – Oh, you have?- Where do I get my five bucks? Bucks? What…Will you talk to your sister?.
She wants to hire this manas a butler. Why not? He might makea very good butler. I'm sure I'd makea very good butler. Hey, where do I getmy five bucks? Bucks? Bucks? What's he talkingabout? What's he talking about? – Five bucks!- I promised him five dollars. Well, give him the five dollars and thebucks too, and get him out of here… before your sisterhires him as a chauffeur. Why did I have to find outthere's insanity on your father's side?.
Come along, Cornelia. I hope, Godfrey,that you're very good at shining shoes. I think we'd better dropthe whole idea, don't you? I should say not. You're gonna makethe best butler we ever had. And here. You'll needsome clothes and things, you know. Oh, well, I… I told G. To lay out my other coat. You have a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you.
Well, then… good night. Oh, uh, just one question. – What?- Where do you live? Oh, 1011 Fifth.Funny, I never thought of that. – No, you didn't.- No. 1011 Fifth.Well, good night again. Good night, Godfrey. – Good morning.- Good morning. – I'm the new, uh…- Yes, I know. You're the new butler.
– How did you know?- There's one every day at this hour. They're dropping in and outall the time. Why is that? Some get fired,some quit. – Is the family that exacting?- No, they're that nutty. – May I be frank?- Is that your name? – No, my name is Godfrey.- All right, be frank. You're, uh,quite an enthusiast. Don't you worry about me.I'm a seasoned campaigner.
Uh, may we be friends? Oh, I'm friendswith all the butlers. Sit down. What's a three-letter sea birdwith an “R” in the middle? That's… Oh, I…I don't know. You're no help.Where'd you get the trick suit? What's the matter with it? Well, it might look betterif you took the rental tag off the coat. Oh… thanks. Does the butler have quarters herein the house, or is that necessary?.
Oh, you won't need any quarters.Hang your hat near the door… so you can get it quicklyon the way out. What's that? That's the old battle axe.She usually rings about this time. – The old battle axe?- Mrs. Bullock. She's the mother type. – Well, don't you do anything about it?- Mrs. Bullock or the buzzer? – The buzzer.- Not the first time. If she has a hangover, she'll ring againin a minute in no uncertain terms. Then, brother, you bettergrab her tomato juice and get going.
Ah, there she blows. Well, Cupid, this isyour big opportunity. Shall I take it to her? You might as wellknow the worst. – I want to warn you, she sees pixies.- Pixies? – You know, the little men.- Oh, those. I know how to take care of those.Have you any Worcestershire? What are yougonna do with that? Do unto others as you wouldhave others do unto you.
What do you want to do?Scorch her windpipe? There's nothing like a counterirritant.Where do I find her? You better go this way.It's quicker. The upper landing,to the left. – Just which is her…- That's her cage up there, first door. – Oh. Wish me luck.- Happy landing. What day is it, Molly? – I'm not Molly.- Who isn't? I'm not.
Stop jumping up and down,so I can see who you are. – I'm not jumping.- That's better. – What's your name?- Godfrey. Are you someone I know? We met last nightat the Waldorf Ritz. Oh, yes, you werewith Mrs. Maxton's party at the bar. Or were you? I'm the forgotten man. So many peoplehave such bad memories.
That's so true. Why do they keep playingthat same tune over and over again? Why do they? Don't you hear it? Oh… yes, yes, I do,in a way. Always the same tuneover and over again. May I, uh… May you what?Where are you? What's that?.
Pixie remover. Oh. Then you see them too. We're old friends. Yes, but you mustn'tstep on them. I don't like them, but I don't liketo see them stepped on. I'll be very careful.I wouldn't hurt them for the world. – What am I supposed to do with this?- Drink it. And they'll go away very quickly. Very, very quickly.
You must never be rough with them.You must always send them away quietly. – Is that better?- Yes. You're a great help. Go away, little men.Go away. Shh, shh, shh. Oh, but… Oh, you haven'ttold me who you are. I'm Godfrey, the forgotten man.I'm the new butler. – Are you that ugly man with the beard?- The same. Oh, you've changed.I should never have known you. – Thank you.- You're very comforting. I hope I'll see more of you.
Maybe I'd better not drink any moreof this, or you might go away too. I put your hatat the foot of the stairs. You can go outthe front way. – I think I won the first round.- You're still working here? – Haven't heard anything to the contrary.- You just got by the cub. – Try the lioness.- Oh, which is she? Her name's Cornelia.She's a sweet-tempered little number. – Yes, I met her last night.- You've got a treat coming. You never met her in the morning.Second door.
Who are you,and what are you doing in here? Get out! I don't wanta hobo serving my breakfast! Don't ever come here again,if you know what's good for you. I'm afraid I lostthe second round. Hey, I want the new butlerto bring me breakfast! Opportunity never stops knockingin this house. Want to try again? – How is she in the morning?- Not as violent, but more insidious. Here goes. I'll leave your things right up here,so you won't forget them.
Good morning.I brought your breakfast. A- Are you the new butler? – Don't you remember last night?- What happened to Godfrey? – I'm Godfrey.- Oh, you look so different. What happenedto those nice whiskers? Turn around.Let me look at you. You're the cutest thingI've ever seen. Thank you.Will there be anything else? Yes. Sit down and talk to me.I like to talk in the morning…
Especially if you've beensomewhere the night before. Don't you think it'd be betterif I talked standing? No. If you're uncomfortable,I get uncomfortable, I get uncomfortable and forgetwhat I have to say. If you insist. But it doesn't seem in verygood form for a butler. Oh, you're more than a butler.You're the first protege I ever had. – Protege?- You know, like Carlo. – Who is Carlo?- He's Mother's protege!.
You know, it's awfully niceCarlo having a sponsor, because he doesn't have to work andhe gets more time for his practicing. – And that makes a difference.- Yes, I imagine it would. Do you play anything?Oh, I don't mean games. – I mean the piano and things like that.- Well, I… It doesn't reallymake any difference. It's funny how some thingsmake you think of other things. Yes, very peculiar. – Makes me feel so mature and grown up.- What does?.
Having a protege.You're the first one I ever had. – You've never had others?- You're the first, and it's thrilling. Not only does it occupy my mind,but it's character-building too. Mm-hmm. Just whatdoes a protege have to do? Well, you just go on buttling,and I sponsor you. Don't you see? Yeah, it's getting clearer. It's really not much work,and it's gonna be such fun. I'm sure it's goingto be heaps of fun. For instance, if Cornelia got mean, youwouldn't have to do anything about it.
I'm your sponsor,and I'd just take a sock at her. I hope that'llnever be necessary. I just wantedto give you the idea. That's fine, but a protegehas certain responsibilities also. For instance, if someone should ringfor me now and I didn't answer, that would reflect upon youbecause you're my sponsor. – Don't you see?- Yes, I never thought of that. You don't know how nice it is havingsome intelligent person to talk to. It's been very enlighteningto me too.
Oh, I just thought of something.Do you know what you are? – I'm not quite sure.- You're my responsibility. – That's very nice.- See you in church. Good morning.Fine morning, sir. Yes, it is a fine morning. Don't be in a hurry. You see,I'm the old-fashioned type. And I was also middleweight championwhen I was in college. I thought you might like to know thatbefore this thing starts.
Well, you see, sir,I'm the new butler. I just served Miss Ireneher breakfast. Do you always take a change of wardrobewhen you serve breakfast? Well… I thinkthis young lady can explain. He really is the new butler,Mr. Bullock. I can't imagine how his thingsgot in the hallway. I still don't get it. But if you arethe new butler, why didn't you say so? I'm very sorry, sir.May I? There's a man at the door to see you.I think it's another process server.
– Another one?- Yes, sir. Well, here I am againwith another little present… Yes, I've heard that before. Which oneof the family is it this time? Miss Cornelia. Last night, she bustedup a few windows along Fifth Avenue. – I'm sorry, but girls will be girls.- Good-bye. In this family,it's one subpoena after another. Mr. Bullock, there's a handsomecab driver waiting in the kitchen. – What's he want?- He wants $50 and his horse. What horse?.
The one Miss Irene rodeup the front steps last night. Where is his horse?I haven't got it. It's in the library,where Miss Irene left it. Well, do you beginto get the idea? Come here, my man. Do you like your place here,so far as you've gone? I find it very entertaining. Yes, we are a veryentertaining family. You really think you'regoing to like it here?.
I must admit it's more desirable thanliving in a packing case on a city dump. Oh, that's where I met you,isn't it? – Yes, miss.- Oh, yes, yes. I remember now. We were playing some sort of a game…a scavenger hunt, I think. We needed a forgotten man. I asked youto go to the Waldorf Ritz Hotel with me, and I'm a little bit hazy as tojust what happened after that. – I pushed you into an ash pile.- Oh, yes, of course you did. It was very amusing.They were nice, clean ashes. – I'm very sorry, miss.- I didn't mind at all.
It was very amusing.Have you a handkerchief? There's a spot on my shoe.Would you see what you can do about it? I could have you fired, you know?But I like to see things wriggle. When I get through with you, you'll go back to your packing caseon the city dump and relish it. People don't make a practice of pushingCornelia Bullock into ash piles. I'll make your life so miser… – Hello, Godfrey.- Greetings, Irene. – I like your new monkey suit.- Thank you for picking it up.
– It fits very well for a hand-me-down.- I'm more or less standard. How do you likemy new pajamas? I think they're very nice.Thank you. – I heard what you said to Godfrey.- So what? – So you leave him alone!- Who's gonna make me leave him alone? If you don't,you'll get a good sock from me. – Oh, the physical type.- What I say goes. Since when did you startfalling in love with butlers? I'm not in love with him.He's my protege.
Oh, your protege. That's whyyou're picking out his suits for him. Suppose Father hears about this. Howlong do you think Godfrey will last? Father isn'tgoing to hear about it. You seem terribly sureof everything. If Father hears about Godfrey, he's also going to hear about youand that college boy. I don't knowwhat you're talking about. But if Father does hear about it, I'mlikely to do a little socking myself. Little Red Riding Hood didn't haveenough charm to trap a wolf her own age,.
So she falls in love with the butlerand lives happily ever after. – If you know what I mean.- I know, if you know what I mean. – May I come in?- You're in, aren't you? Very interesting book.The Greeks of the Middle Ages. Oh, Irene would like that. You lovethe Middle Ages, don't you, dear? Ahh. Oh, Carlo!Who's giving the concert tonight? – The great Kalininski.- Oh, the pianist? – No, cellist.- What difference does it make?.
Oh, it's so nice to see you two girlshaving a pleasant chat. Or is it a pleasant chat? Well, well, well! Imagine the Bullocksgathered together in one room. – Don't forget Carlo.- I'm not going to forget Carlo. Don't bother about me.I feel like one of the family. Don't you go away. You don't mind if I discuss a few familymatters, do you, Carlo, old boy? – No, not at all.- Oh, Alexander, you're not going to bring up thosesordid business matters, I hope.
I've just been going overlast month's bills, and you people have confused mewith the Treasury Department. Don't start that again, Dad. I don't mind giving the government60% of what I make. But I can't do itwhen my family spends 50%! Well, why should the governmentget more money than your own family? That's what I want to know.Why should the government get more? Well, that's just the waythey have of doing things. Oh! Money, money, money!.
The Frankenstein monsterthat destroys souls! Please don't say anything moreabout it! You're upsetting Carlo! We've got to cometo an understanding right now! – Either Carlo is or I am.- Am what? Well, one of us has got to,and that's all there is to it. You're inebriated. You don't knowwhat you're talking about. Who would know what they're talkingabout, living with a bunch like this? There's one thing I do know.What this family needs is discipline. I've been a pretty patient man.
But when people start ridinghorses up the front steps… and parking them in the library,that's going a bit too far. – Horses?- Are you insinuating I rode a horse? Maybe that wasn't a horseI saw in the library. I'm positive I didn't ride a horse.I didn't have my riding costume on. – Irene rode the horse up the steps.- What horse? Don't play innocent.I begged you not to do it. I didn't ride a horse!But if I did ride a horse, who broke those windowson Fifth Avenue?.
– What windows?- You know what windows! And how about that college sap?Yah, yah, yah! I don't care who broke the horse,rode the window or yah, yah, yah'ed. But this family's got to settle down! Will you stop bellowing!Look what you're doing to Carlo. – Hang Carlo!- Ohhh! You've exhausted my patience!- Did you make these? – I helped.- They must be wonderful. – I'd like to help, if you'll let me.- I'd feel honored.
You might as well face the situation.I've lost a lot of money. – You have?- Yes, I have. Maybe you left itin your other suit. If things keep on, it won't be longtill I don't have another suit. Which ones are poisoned? Thank you. While we're on the subject, how aboutthis business of certain people… picking up anybody they find on the citydump and dragging them into the house? – We might all be stabbed and robbed.- Who's going to stab who?.
We don't know a thingabout certain people. Someone should speak to Ireneabout picking up strays. – What's a stray?- You shut up! – Me?- No. Cornelia. I will not shut up.My life is precious to me. – It won't be in a minute.- Now, now, children. Come, Carlo. Come and getsome nice hors d'oeuvre. I think we should get our helpfrom employment agencies. I don't knowbut I agree with Cornelia.
What are you all talking about? You upset Carlo,and now you're upsetting Irene. Don't you remember herbreakdown last summer? I certainly do. That's why I'm notpaying any attention to this. If Mother can sponsor Carlo,why can't I sponsor Godfrey? Godfrey knows I'm not being personal, but none of us would like to wake upsome morning stabbed to death. You mustn'tcome between Irene and Godfrey. He's the first thing she's shown anyaffection for since her Pomeranian died.
Now, now, Irene.You mustn't have a spell. Carlo, quick, quick,give me a sofa cushion. Here. Come, darling, lift upyour head like a good girl. There now, darling, don't cry.Now, now, darling. She's not having a spell.That's old stuff. Darling. – What is all this nonsense?- Will you be quiet! You never did understand them.Why don't you get a doctor? – I don't want a doctor!- Do you want an ice bag?.
– I want to die!- You mustn't do that. She makes me ill.Let's get out of here. Carlo, do the gorilla for Irene.It always amuses her. – I'm not in the mood.- Stop eating and get in the mood. – Here.- All right. I'll do it,but my heart won't be in it. Irene, be a good girland sit up and look at Carlo. You know it always amuses you.Come on, quick. Go ahead, go ahead!.
Go on, Carlo. Quickly.Look, Irene! Look at Carlo! Isn't that lovely?Oh, isn't that clever, Irene? Look! Carlo, come down.She can see you better. She's starting to laugh.Isn't he clever? Carlo, come downwhere Irene can see you. She's starting to laugh. Isn't that funny?Oh, he's on the door. Look! Look! He frightens me! No, darling, you mustn't be frightened.He's just playing.
Darling, look at Carlo. – Look, darling, look. Isn't he clever?- No! Why don't you stop imitatinga gorilla and imitate a man? You wouldn't know an artistif one came up and bit you! This familydoesn't need any stimulant. I'll be in my room.You can repeat this order in 30 minutes. Someday I'm going gorillahunting, and I won't miss. Has Cornelia gone? Yes, darling, she's gone.
– Where's Godfrey?- He's here. Don't go away, Godfrey. We'll be latefor the concert. I'll be right with you.Godfrey's right here. Godfrey, come over hereso Irene can look at you. – Here's Godfrey, darling.- Where? Right here. Look. Say helloto Irene so she'll know who you are. – Hello.- Oh, hello, Godfrey. And he's promised to stay on.Haven't you, Godfrey? – If I'm wanted.- Of course you're wanted, isn't he?.
– Yes. Go away.- I'm going. Take good care of her. Yes, Carlo, I'm coming.Good-bye, darling, good-bye. I beg your pardon? I'm sorry,but I didn't quite hear… I said, I'm not reallyhaving a spell. Hey, cook, you'd betterput this back on the fire. Looks like we've lostmost of our customers. Well, what's the matter, handsome?Did something frighten you? What kind of familyam I up against?.
There are some thingseven I can't answer. Do they go on this wayall the time? – Oh, no! This is just a quiet evening.- Quiet evening? If I were you, I'dget rid of that lip rouge. Makes you looka little like Cupid. You'll find Godfreyin his room. How did you knowI want to see Godfrey? I don't know.It just came over me. Oh, you…you can't come in here.
Why not?It's our house, isn't it? One room is justlike any other room. Besides, I want to talk. I'm terribly sorry,but we can't talk here. Don't you think it's indecent of youto order me out after you kissed me? After I kissed you,did you say? Isn't it funny? This morning you weresitting on my bed; now I'm on yours. We'll overlookthat startling coincidence. – Uh, will you sit over here, please?- The bed's comfortable.
– If it isn't, I'll get you another.- We'll have our talk here. If you want a new bed,you can have it. Uh, the bed'svery comfortable, thank you. Much more sothan I am at the moment. Any time you're uncomfortable,you just let me know. Thank you. Hasn't anyone ever told youabout certain proprieties? You use such lovely big words.I like big words. What does it mean? I'll try to simplify it. Hasn't your mother or anyoneever explained to you…
That some things are properand some things are not? She rambles on quite a bit,but she never says anything. – But you want me to remain, don't you?- Oh, of course! And I want to justify your faith in meby being a very good butler… and filling the void created by thedeath of your late, lamented Pomeranian. Oh, I've forgotten about him.He had fleas, anyway. Besides, you're different. You usebig words, and you're much cuter. – May I tell you a story?- I'd love it. Once there was very sentimentallittle girl with a very kind heart,.
And she helped a manwho was very grateful. Then she became a nuisance and undidall the fine work she had done. – Is it someone you know?- Her name is Irene Bullock. If she was a smart girl, she'd pick outsome nice chap in her own social set… and marry him andlive happily ever after… and never, never enterthe butler's room again. – I never can come in here again?- Never. – When can we talk?- When I'm serving breakfast, I can say good morning andyou can say good morning.
– But you must never come into my room.- You'll be sorry! – I'm only trying to be helpful.- You're being mean! I'll do something!You wait and see! You'll be sorry! You'll be sorry! #Ochi Chornie # #Ochi Chornie # #Ochi Chornie # #Ochi Chornie # That's a very pretty tune.What's the name of it?.
#Ochi Chornie # Oh, that's the name too.I thought it was just the words. I like it becausethe words are all the same. That's probably why “The StarSpangled Banner” is so confusing. Nobody seems to know the words. Except, perhaps, Godfrey.He seems to know everything. – Do you know the words?- The words? Yes, yes. “The Star Spangled Banner. “Nobody seems to know the words. Do you know them, Godfrey?.
I suppose I know as manyas the average person. I feel ashamed of myself.I should know them all. After all, my ancestorscame over on the boat. Not the Mayflower,but the boat after that. What did your ancestorscome over on, Godfrey? As far as I know,they've always been here. They weren't Indians,I hope. One can never be sureof one's ancestors… You know, you haverather high cheekbones.
Yes, ma'am.Thank you, ma'am. These flowers came for Irene.Where shall I put them? Well, ask her.There she is now. Yes, ma'am. Psst, Carlo.Did you notice his cheekbones? These flowers just came for you, miss.Where shall I put them? What difference does it makewhen one's heart is breaking? Yes, miss.Shall I put them on the piano? Life is but an empty bubble.
You don't sound very cheerfulfor a girl who's giving a tea party. Why should anyonebe cheerful? Oh, is Irenegiving a tea party? – You're not invited.- I'll invite myself. – Let's stick around, George.- Sure. Why not? All I have to say is,some people will be sorry someday. – Naturally, everybody will be someday.- For what? Some people will know for what,and then it will be too late. This conversationis very confusing.
Now, now, Irene.You mustn't confuse Carlo. He's practicing. Do you know any goodfuneral music, Carlo? Shut up! Are you actingfor anybody in particular? Godfrey might be interested, ifhe'd only turn around and look. Oh, I rememberthat pose so well. – I learned in dramatic school. Eight?- Yeah, that's number eight. Am I spoiling your act, dear?.
I'll spoil something of yours someday,and it won't be your act. Do you suppose Miss Irene wouldlike sandwiches served in here, or shall I createa sort of buffet? Where do you wantthe sandwiches served? – What is food?- Something you eat, silly. Do you want the sandwichesserved in here, or don't you? What difference does it make?Some people do as they like… with other people's lives,and it doesn't make any difference. – What did I call?- Five, hearts.
Was it hearts?I meant spades. I can't change, can I?That music has me so confused. Carlo, please! Hi, Irene.Why the shroud? Listen, Van Rumple, just becausesome people have a million dollars… doesn't mean they can puttheir arms around other people. Brrr!Where's the bar? Don't take her seriously. The servantproblem's been bothering her lately. No, thank you.I'm not hungry.
No, thank you. – Four, clubs.- Oh, just a minute, Godfrey. Uh, bye. – Hello, everybody!- Hello, Tommy. – Oh, Tommy Gray!- Hello there. What's the matter with you,Godfrey? Are you ill? Come along, Tommy,and give Angelica a hug. How's everything in Boston?All the beans and things? We're rounding them upand putting them in cans. – How are you, darling?- What does it matter how I am?.
– The whole thing is only a delusion.- What thing? – You wouldn't understand.- Well, I don't so far. I'm famished.How about something to eat? Oh, Godfrey,bring Mr. Gray a sandwich. It's your play. Well, come around hereMr. Gray's not an acrobat. What's come over you? You're beginningto act like the rest of the family. – Hey, wait a minute!- What's the trouble? Godfrey Parke, you old mug! – Oh, do you know Godfrey?- We went to Harvard together.
I'm afraid you've confused me withsomeone else. I'm Smith, remember? Sure, you're Smith.We did go to college together? – Or did we?- A butler with a college education. – He's not really the butler?- And a very good one. You mean, this is not a gagjust for my benefit? Mr. Gray neglected to tell you that whenwe were in Harvard, I was his valet. – Was he a good servant, Tommy?- Excellent. – What's the idea?- I'll tell you later. – Mr. Gray never complained.- When?.
No, I had very few complaintsabout Godfrey's work. I'll tell you tomorrow.It's my day off. Strange, you never gaveMr. Gray as a reference. You see, I left Mr. Gray undervery unusual circumstances. – What circumstances?- I'd rather Mr. Gray told you. Well, don't go away.Come here and tell us all about it. Godfrey's a very mysterious person.Nobody seems to know about him. – Don't go away, Godfrey.- No, no, don't go away, Godfrey. You see, I didn't want to sayanything about this.
But, you see, Godfrey had been workingfor us as a butler and whatnot, and things had beengoing along very well… when all of a sudden it happened… just like that. You're sure you want meto tell all this, Godfrey? Well, you see, as I said, he'd been working for us for some time,when one day he came to me and said, “Mr. Gray, I trust my workhas always been satisfactory. ” I said, “Why, of course. I've never hadmore satisfactory work in all my life. “.
And he said,”Thank you, Mr. Gray. ” He was alwaysa very courteous man, Godfrey. Godfrey is still extremely courteous,especially in the morning. Well, it's not much of a story.Maybe we'd better skip it. Come on, Tommy, finish it.You can't stop in the middle. – Where was I?- Telling us how polite Godfrey was. And that's where I said thatGodfrey was still very polite. Thank you, Mrs. Bullock. It'sa pleasure to have you say so publicly. That's my nature. I never say anythingbehind your back I won't say in public.
That's what I admireabout you, Angelica. That's nice of you, Tommy.What about the story? Well, anyway, Godfrey said, “I trustmy work has been satisfactory, sir. ” That was about the gist of it,wasn't it, Godfrey? Those may not have been my exact words,sir, but that was about the gist of it. We'll settle for that.You said he was very satisfactory. He said thank you,and then what? – I had to take an attitude.- What kind of an attitude? Well, the only kind I could taketoward a faithful servant.
But Godfrey decided in favorof his wife and five children. – Five children? My, my!- Five. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Was his wifean Indian woman? She was rather dark. We used to takeher on hunting trips to stalk the game. Godfrey! Why didn't you tell meyou had five children? Why shouldn't Godfreyhave five children? If a woman in Canada can have fivechildren, why can't Godfrey? You see? I owe the creation of my familyto Mr. Gray's generosity. Well, if other people can havefive children, so can other people.
Personally, I think two are plenty,and Bullock agrees with me. Listen, everybody, I wantto make an announcement about something. What do you wantto announce? – I'm going to be married.- Married? To whom? – Well, you'll find out soon enough.- Not Charlie Van Rumple? – Yes, Charlie Van Rumple. Where is he?- He's at the bar. I've had my arm around her before, but this is the first timeI ever felt that chill. – Congratulations, old boy.- Congratulations about what?.
– Your engagement, you slug.- What engagement? Why, you're engagedto Irene, aren't you? – Am I?- Don't be ga-ga! Come on! – I hear we're engaged.- You said it. – When did it happen?- Just now. – What's all the excitement?- I think she's got herself engaged. Oh, has she again? It mustbe that nice boy in the brown suit. Let's go and congratulate them. You're a lucky boy.
I know I am.I'm not Van Rumple. – Oh, you're not? Which one is he?- There he is. You'll pardon me, I hope. – You're Van Rumple, aren't you?- Oh, yes. – Oh, you'll take good care of her.- I imagine so. My mind's a little cloudy.I don't even remember proposing. You're always proposing. – Which one did you take me up on?- All of them. How do you think Godfrey'llfeel about your engagement?.
– What has Godfrey got to do with it?- I wonder. – You mind your own business.- All right, let's have those. – Come on, everybody.- Are you going to congratulate Irene? – She just got herself engaged.- I'd be very happy to. Godfrey, come congratulate Irene. May I congratulate you, Miss Irene? I wish you allthe happiness in the world. Just leave her alone.She'll be all right in a minute. – Is she mad at me?- She's not mad at anybody.
Women always cry at their ownengagements and other people's weddings. – Why?- I don't know why, but they just do. Irene is so peculiar. She shouts whenshe weeps and cries when she's happy. – Alexander, you missed the excitement.- What's going on? I knew what I wanted to say,but somehow it slipped my mind. – What's the matter with Irene?- Oh, yes, that's it! – Irene's got engaged.- To whom? Van something or other. I think he'sthat boy with his arm around that girl. – He's got lots of money.- He'll need it.
Godfrey, let's you and Ihave a good cry. How about lunchby my hotel tomorrow? Yes, sir. Do you prefersoda or ginger ale? – Both. 12:00?- Very good, sir. Make up your mind just who she's goingto marry. I'd like to meet the guy. I don't know, Alexander. It's one of thoseboys in there. Come along, now. You're not eating wellthis morning, sir. – You notice everything.- Business trouble, sir? What made you ask that?.
Well, sir, butlers can't help pickingup scraps of news, shall we say? We shan't sayanything about it. I thought I might beof some help, sir. I dabbled in the marketat one time. One dabbler in the familyis quite enough. – Very good, sir. Your eggs.- No, thank you. Godfrey, you seem to bea pretty good sort. Have you noticed anything queerabout me lately? Nothing particularly, sir.
I sometimes wonder whether my wholefamily's gone mad or whether it's me. I know how you feel. I've felt thatway many times since I've been here. Then why do you stay here?I have to; you don't. It's much more comfortable than livingin a packing box on the city dump, sir. Besides, I'm rather proudof my job here. – You're proud of being a butler?- Proud of being a good butler. And I may add, sir, a butlerhas to be good to hold his job here. Say… who are you? I'm just a nobody, sir.Coffee?.
Godfrey, here I am.So you've turned up at last, eh? I began to thinkyou had fallen down the kitchen sink. Sorry I'm late, Tommy.It's hard to make beds full of people. Waiter! You seem to do everythingexcept put out the cat. I suppose I'd do that too,only we have no cat. The same for me.What will you have, Jarvis, my man? Make it a rousingold lemonade. Lemonade? You sureyou can handle it? Oh, yes, I'm the type whocan take it or leave it alone.
You see, now that I'm a working man,I have to keep my wits about me. I'm beginning to wonder if you've gotany left. Don't avoid the issue. I've been sitting herelike a snoopy old maid… with her ears flapping in the breeze,waiting to hear the dirt. What dirtwould you like to hear? Well, when I see one of the Parkesof Boston serving hors d'oeuvre… I think I'm entitledto a pardonable curiosity. Why tell you somethingthat you won't understand? You've fallen off so many polo poniesthat your brain is scrambled.
But I still want to knowwhy you're buttling, when your family is telling everybodythat you're in South America. A family has to say somethingto save its face. The Parkes disgracevery easily. I'd like to see their faces when theyfind out that you're a butler. – They're not going to find it out.- Come to the point. Well, there isn'tmuch of a point. Do you remember that littleincident up in Boston? You still have that womanon your mind?.
No, not anymore.But I was pretty bitter at the time. So I gave her everything I hadand just disappeared. You know, the Parkes werenever educated to face life. – We've been puppets for ten generations.- And? Tommy, it's surprisinghow fast you can go downhill… when you beginto feel sorry for yourself. And boy did I feel sorryfor myself! I wandered downto the East River one night, thinking I'd just slide inand get it over with.
But I met some fellowsliving there, on a city dump. They were people who were fightingit out and not complaining. I never gotas far as the river. Would you do mea big favor? – Who do you want killed?- I'll do my own killing. Go around the corner and telephonethis place and ask for Tommy Gray. When you get him on the wire,keep him there. – What's this all about?- Don't ask too many questions. Okay.
And so out of the ruinsof Godfrey Parke… a new edifice has sprung upin the form of Godfrey Smith. And, I may add, the edificeis going to keep on springing. Do you intendto remain a butler? No, I havesome other ideas in mind. But you wouldn't understandthose either, so we won't go into that. – Will you do me a favor?- Maybe. I have a friend in town,a very eminent brain specialist. I'd like himto examine you.
I'll submit to an examination,if you will also. That's a bet. – Are you Mr. Gray?- Yes. – You're wanted on the phone.- On the phone? What the… Back in a minute, Godfrey. – Well, the mystery's solved.- The mystery? Yes. Now I know whata butler does on his day off. When you worked for Mr. Gray,were the two of you always this chummy? You see, I worked for Mr. Graya long time, and we got to be…
Yeah, that was underthe name of Smith, wasn't it? Or did I hear him mentionthe name of Parke? He may have said that we used to takelong walks in the park. – A sort of custom.- Oh, yes, I see. Well, if you can be so chummywith the Grays, why can't you be chummywith the Bullocks? – I try to keep my place.- Why? You're very attractive. – As a butler?- No, as a Smith. – You're a rotten butler.- Sorry.
Are we going to be friends? I feel that on my day off, I should havethe privilege of choosing my friends. You can't go on like this forever. You really like me, and you'reafraid to admit it, aren't you? Do you want me to tell youwhat I really think of you? – Please do.- As Smith or as a butler? – Choose your own weapon.- You won't hold it against me? – It's your day off.- Very well. You belong to thatunfortunate category…
That I would callthe Park Avenue brat. A spoiled child who'sgrown up in ease and luxury, who's alwayshad her own way, and whose misdirectedenergies are so childish… that they hardly deserve the commenteven of a butler on his offThursday. Thank you for a very lovely portrait. Hiya, Cornelia.What are you doing here? Godfrey and I were discussingtomorrow's menu. – Well, don't run away.- I'm in an awfully big hurry. Good-bye.
I'll see youdown by the ash pile. – What did she mean by that?- A little joke we have between us. Oh, I see.Ajoking butler. What's the matterwith that stuff? I think I'll switch.I'm more at mood. Now we're gettingsomeplace. Waiter! Another one of these. – He's not back yet, is he?- Not yet. Would you mind putting theseflowers in his room?.
– I can't go in there anymore.- I can't, either. – You won't tell him they're from me?- If you don't want me to. Oh, I don't want himto know. It's his, isn't it? – Do you always sew his buttons on?- Sometimes. I'd like to sew his buttons onsometime when they come off. – I wouldn't mind at all.- He doesn't lose very many. – Oh, he's very tidy…- Yes, he's very tidy. – What does he do on his day off?- He never tells me.
He's probably sitting somewherewith some woman on his lap. He's the meanest man I know. I think he's very mean. I suppose he's sittingsomewhere with somebody on his lap… who doesn't care for him at all. As far as I know, maybe his childrenare there too, calling him, calling him. Oh, I can't bear it. Please don't. You too?.
Oh, Molly, I knowexactly how you feel. Good evening. How about a quartet? Ehh! # For tomorrow may bring sorrow # # So tonight let us be gay # “'Courage,' she said,and pointed toward the land. “'This wave will roll ashorebut soon. ' “And the afternooncame into a land…
Into which it seemedalways afternoon. ” “All around the coastthe languid air did swoon. ” – What's the matter, darling?- Nothing. – She's been eating onions.- Onions make me sleepy. Irene loves onions.When she was a little girl, she was always stealingonions from the icebox. You know, sometimesI wonder if my children are all there. “Like a downward smoke,the slender stream along the cliff… did fall and falland fall to the sea. “.
Evening. I thought I told you to send thatgray satin evening dress to the cleaner. – Gray satin?- Why can't you do as you're told? With pleasure. Seems to me that every time you pick upa paper, somebody's been murdered. Imagine a man drowninghis wife in a bathtub. Maybe it's the only wayhe could get her to take a bath. Well, if anyone ever drownedmy Duke in their bathtub, his mama would bevery sad, she would.
Will there beanything else, madam? I haven't asked for anything, so I don'tsee how I could want anything. I beg your pardon.I thought you were Miss Cornelia. You thoughtI was Cornelia? Forgive me, but you seem to be lookingyounger every day, if I may say so. You certainly may. Thank you very much. Did you send Godfreyupstairs for anything? Did I? No, I'm quite sure I didn't.Why? I just wondered.
I was in the Kerry Bar today.That place is getting run down. They're cateringto a very low class of people. You shouldn'tgo in there, my dear. Darling, what's the matter?You're not eating anything. Nobody caresif I starve myself to death. What's the matter with you? I don't mind dying,if other people don't. She's in love.Haven't you heard? It's probably her engagement. Severalof my girlfriends acted just like that.
– Maybe her stomach is upset.- Nobody asked you! There goes the profits. I beg your pardon. I don't know what's the matter withGodfrey. He's been acting so peculiar. But he did pay mea nice compliment. He's always payingother people compliments. Why don't you eat? Look at Carlo.He's had two helpings of everything. Leave her alone. Carlo's eatingenough for both of them. He ought to be strong enoughsoon to give that concert.
You can't rush genius. He could give a bang-up concertright now with a knife and fork. Why do you always pick on Carlo?Why not try someone else for a change? Wait a minute, Mother. Come here, Dad.Something terrible has happened. What is it?What's happened? You look frightened.You're as white as a sheet. Let's go into the living room,where we won't be overheard. Cornelia, what is it?Are you ill? Come, come, sit down here.Let me get you an aspirin or something.
– I'm all right.- What's troubling you? Do you remember the pearl necklaceI got for my birthday? – Why, yes!- What about it? – It's disappeared.- Maybe somebody stole it. Will you fill your goband keep out of this! – I was only trying to help.- We don't need your help. – When did you find out?- I put it on my dressing table. I went upstairs just now,and it was gone. – And it cost such a lot of money.- I'll say it did.
– What are we going to do?- I'll go call the police. Never mind, Dad.I've already called them. Oh! Mm-mm. Well, what I want to know is,when did you miss the pearls? During dinner I went to my room,and they were gone. – She's always leaving them.- Nobody asked you anything. If you're going to be rude to mydaughter, you might take your hats off. When we're on criminal cases,lady, we keep both hands free. You mean to implythat I'm a criminal?.
All I know isthat it's an inside job. – Who's that?- It's Mother's protege. No wise cracks.Is that your son? That? Say, listen, I've madea lot of mistakes in my life, but I'll be hangedif I'll plead guilty to that. Stop picking on Carlo! He wouldn't have time to steal anything.He's too busy eating. – Who are you?- Guess. – Where is Godfrey?- He isn't feeling very well.
– Who are you staring at?- Just a minute, sister. If I thought that were true,I'd disown my parents. So you got a passion for jewelry, huh? Yes, and I got a passionfor socking cops. – Where are they?- Most of them are in cemeteries. – Where is the necklace?- Maybe I swallowed it. You mustn't accuse Molly.She's been with us a long time. – That in itself is some recommendation.- Thank you, Molly. You're welcome.I'll turn down the beds.
– Who is this Godfrey?- He's the best butler we ever had. Oh, I'm sure Godfrey didn't take them,though we don't know much about him. Godfrey wouldn't touchthose old pearls with a fork. Just a minute. What do you meanyou don't know much about him? We didn't get himfrom an employment agency. – My sister found him on a city dump.- Oh, I see. – Are you accusing Godfrey?- I only want my necklace. It's so silly to think of Godfreywearing a pearl necklace. – Where is this butler?- He's probably in his room.
– Where is that?- It's back this way. That's his room over there. Godfrey, if you've got 'em,hide 'em! – Hey, what kind of a joint is this?- All right, lady. Hello, men. – Where are they?- Where? That's what I said.Where? #Where oh wherehas my little dog gone # Come on, snap out of it!.
– You notice he's been drinking.- He has not been drinking! I don't blame him if he has.This family's probably got to him too. Do you mind if we searchyour room, Godfrey? Somebody lost? There seems to bea pearl necklace missing. – Do you know anything about it?- Well, let's look for it. – That's too bad.- It's too bad for you. I wouldn't be so cocksure of everything.This is a serious matter. The pearls couldn't justget up and walk away.
She probably threw themout of the taxi. Let's look under the rug.Maybe that's where I put it. We'll do the searching,Godfrey, old boy. – It's a pleasure.- This is all very silly. I can imagine a woman stealing pearls,but what would Godfrey do with them? – Look under the mattress.- Yes, there's a dandy place. Well, they're not here. They must be there. Just a minute. What makes you so surethey oughta be under the mattress?.
I read that that's where peopleput things when they steal them. – Oh, yeah?- Say, what are you up to? I'd like to talk to you boys outsidefor just a minute, if you don't mind. – I'm terribly sorry, Godfrey.- I told you so. We're all terriblysorry, Godfrey. Come, Cornelia. Yah, yah, yah, yah! I wanna apologize for my family.They're all slightly hysterical. – We got an idea what you're up against.- I'd like to let the matter drop. She probably mislaid her necklace.I'm not certain she had one.
There's something phonyabout the whole thing. That's all a mistake.And if you don't mind, I'd like to send a little checktomorrow to the pension fund. – Okay, Mr. Bullock. Thanks very much.- Good night. – The whole thing's forgotten.- Good night, boys. Just what have you gotto say for yourself? Aren't they going to doanything about it? No, and it's a good thingfor you that they're not. And something else. If you don't findyour necklace, the joke's on you…
Because it's not insured. Cornelia lost her pearls,and I've got mine! Cornelia lost her pearls,and I've got mine! Cornelia lost her pearls,and I've got mine! Well, here we are, Tommy.The village of forgotten men. – How do you like it?- I don't know but I prefer Newport. It's a matter of choice.Unfortunately, these men have no choice. I still prefer Newport. What is thatdelightful aroma?.
Oh, that's Old Man River.You get used to it after a while. Do you mean to say that peoplereally live in this place? Well, they go throughthe motions. Tommy, observe yonstructure on your left. That was the birthplaceof the celebrated butler Godfrey Smith. – Where are the ashes of Godfrey Parke?- Scattered to the winds. – Hello, Duke. Well, well.- Hiya, Mike. – How's tricks?- Meet Mr. Gray. Mr. Flaherty. Mr. Gray, pardon my wet paw.I've been washing my lingerie.
– That's okay.- Hey, Bob, look who's here. – Hi, Bob.- Well, bust my false teeth! Say, thanks for the beans.They got here just in time. What's up? The beans was marvelous.We ate everything but the can. Don't thank me.Thank Mr. Gray. He's got a corneron the bean market. Is that the same cornerthat prosperity's just around? No, that's another one.Hello, Arthur. – Hello, Duke.- Meet Mr. Gray. Mr. Bellinger.
You look as though you've got a job too.Is this an epidemic? Hey, Mike. Let's get goin'. Duke, we gotta run along.This is moving day. We gotta help the boys move theirshacks. The trucks are crowding in. We oughta be in the riverby early spring. We might be able to floatby that time. See you again Duke. Right. That fellow with the bundle of woodis Bellinger of the Second National. When his bank failed,he gave up everythingso his depositors wouldn't suffer.
– Not really?- Really. There are two kinds of people:Those who fight the idea… of being pushed into the riverand the other kind. After all, things have alwaysbeen this way for some people. These men are notyour responsibility. There are different waysof having fun. You have a peculiarsense of humor. Here we have some veryfashionable apartment houses, over there isa very swanky nightclub…
While down here men starvefor want of a job. – How does that strike you?- What's this leading to? Tommy, there's a very peculiarmental process called thinking. You wouldn't knowmuch about that. But when I was living here,I did a lot of it. One thing I discovered wasthat the only difference betweena derelict and a man is a job. Sit down over here and rest your wearybones. Let me tell you what I want. Well, I'll listen, but I still thinkyou belong in a psychopathic ward. You may be right, but let me tell youmy plan, and listen with both ears.
I have an idea… Did you and Irene have a good timewhile you were in Europe? Oh, as good a time as anyonecould have with Irene. – You should be more civil to Carlo.- Why? – I don't mind. Cherchez la femme.- That will hold you. Carlo always has such a clever answerfor everything. Darling, do you wantsome coffee? – No, thank you.- She didn't eat any dinner, either. – You had plenty.- I can't say anything!.
– You never do.- Oh, what's come over you? We spend good moneyto send you abroad, and you're worse offthan when you left. – Her liver is probably upset.- Take a liver pill. – I don't want a liver pill.- You mustn't get upset. You've broken many beforeand never acted this way. She's upset because Godfrey didn't falldown in a faint when we got in today. Why should Godfreyfall in a faint? He didn't make enough fussover her homecoming to suit her.
Well, Godfrey'snot the fussing kind. Shh. Godfrey, I was just telling my daughtersyou missed them while they were away. Oh, yes, I did.Very much, indeed. – We missed you too, didn't we, Irene?- Yes. – I missed you, also.- It's nice to miss everybody. Then it makes it so nicewhen we get together again. There, there, darling.It's nice to see you cheerful. – You do have a way with you, Godfrey.- Thank you. There's no use denying the factthat Godfrey has a way with him.
We must be running on.Cornelia, cheer her up. I'm a cinch. Do you feel better now thatyou know Godfrey missed us? He missed me more.I could tell by the light in his eyes. Why don't throw yourselfin the man's arms? You can't rush a manlike Godfrey. You're gettingpretty old, you know? He's really in love.He's just hard to break down. I could break him downin no time at all.
– He'd have nothing to do with you.- How do you know? Because he wouldn't.Don't you try anything. I'm not saying I will,and I'm not saying I won't Come to think of it, Godfrey andI have a little unfinished business. You better leave it unfinished, unlessyou want to be wearing a lamp for a hat. Did you mean itwhen you said you missed me? Oh! Yes,of course I did. I mean, did you missCornelia and me or just me? – Well, I missed both of you.- Not just me?.
Oh, I may have missed you a littlemore than I did Cornelia. Why? I'm glad, because if you missed Corneliamore, you'd probably miss me less. – That sounds very logical.- That's all I wanted to know. – You look so cute in your apron.- I'm not trying to look cute. Molly has a cold,and I'm doubling for her. What's funny about that? – She hasn't got a cold.- No? She's got the same thing I've got,only you won't let me talk about that. – You'll lose your temper.- Well, not seriously.
– Will you let me do something?- What do you want to do? – Wipe.- Oh, all right. – You can tell me all about your trip.- You won't get mad? – Why should I?- Because everybody was Godfrey. Every… I don't wantto seem dull, but I do seem to have a little troublefollowing you at times. Well, for instance, when I'd gointo a restaurant in Paris, I'd close my eyes and say,”The waiter is Godfrey. I'm home, and he'sserving me dinner. “.
– It made everything taste better.- Why? – Haven't you any sense?- I'm afraid I haven't. When I'd get in a cab,the driver was Godfrey, and I'd say,”This is his chariot, and he's taking meto his castle on the mountains. ” Suppose you come down out of themountains and tell me about your trip. We went to Venice, and I went for a ridein one of those rowboats. Not a matador. That was in Spain.But something like a matador. Do you, by any chance,mean a gondolier?.
That was the name of the boat. The manthat pushed it sang a beautiful song. – It was beautiful.- I see. – So the man was Godfrey.- I didn't even mind the smell. It was very convenient to take a tripabroad without leaving the kitchen. Oh, you have a wonderful sense of humor.I wish I had a sense of humor. But I never can thinkof the right thing to say. Do you mind if I talk for a little bit,while you catch your breath? I'd love it. While you've been away,I've been doing some things also.
I've been trying to do things thatI thought would make you proud of me. Oh, I was proud of youbefore I went away. Yes, but I meanprouder still. You see, you helped meto find myself, and I'm very grateful. You'd make a wonderful husband. I'm afraid not. – I know how you feel about things.- How? Well, you're grateful to me because Ihelped you to beat Cornelia,.
And I'm grateful to youbecause you helped me to beat life. But that doesn't mean thatwe have to fall in love. If you don't want to,but I'd make a wonderful wife. Well, not for me,I'm afraid. You see, I like you very much. But I had a very bitter experience. But I won't bore you with that. – Maybe she wasn't in love with you.- Well, maybe not. However, that'sbeside the point.
You and I are friends. I feel a certainresponsibility to you. – That's why I wanted to tell you first.- Tell me what? Well, I thought it was about timethat I was moving on. Godfrey! Now, please. – I won't cry, I promise.- That's fine. After all,I'm your protege. – You want me to improve myself?- Yes.
You don't want me to go on beingjust a butler all my life, do you? – I want you to be anything you want.- Well, that's very sweet. – When are you leaving?- Oh, pretty soon. But I'll call you upevery now and then. We'll have long chats.I'll tell you how I'm getting on. – Oh, we'll have lots of fun.- Are you going back to her? – To whom?- That Indian woman. Indian… Oh! She was justa fabrication.
Oh! Then, you weren'tmarried to her? No, she was just a productofTommy Gray's imagination. – Then there wasn't any?- No! Well, there couldn'thave been five children. Well, naturally. That makes a difference. Yeah, that makesa difference. Did you ring, miss? You needn't be so formalwhen we're alone.
Shouldn't that rather increasea butler's formality? – But you're not a butler.- I'm sorry if I've disappointed. You might drop that superiorattitude for a moment. There's a little matter I've wanted totalk over with you for quite a while… called “The Mysteryof Milady's Necklace”… or “What Happenedto the Pearls?” Pearls? Necklace? Oh, you mean theone that disappeared last fall? – The same.- Didn't that ever turn up? Oh, yes, it turned up,but not in my possession.
I know the first part of the story, butI wondered what you know might know? – I can't imagine.- One other story might interest you. I met some peopleon the boat coming over. A Boston family,quite distinguished. They knew a great dealabout a family called… the Parkes. The old Mayflower crowd.Very upper crust too. Never been a breathof scandal. It would be an awful shame to seethem made the laughing stock of Boston. I should hate to see anyonemade a laughing stock.
Let's you and I take a long taxi rideout Van Cortland Way. Perhaps we couldexchange secrets. – Is that a command?- As you like. I'll be waitingaround the corner. Which corner?This one or that one? This corner. It's impossible to exchangeintimate secrets here. The traffic's almost as heavy as it isat Grand Central Station. Don't forget, darling.Fifteen minutes.
Please, Godfrey,you can't go with Cornelia. But I didn't say I was goinganyplace with Miss Cornelia. I know, but you will. She alwaysmakes everybody do just as she likes. But why should you carewhether I meet her or not? I do care, that's why.Cornelia's the one who doesn't care. I think I should decidethose things for myself. Oh, Godfrey, I don't wantto be annoying, but I… Oh! Oh, see here…You-You can't do that. Uh, please, snap out of it.
Ohhh, this isthe craziest family. Now see here, stop this nonsense.Do you hear? If you're faking one of your spellsto keep me from meeting Cornelia, you're on the wrong track,you hear? – Do you hear?- Mmm. Must be some smelling salts. Are you feeling better?No? Just a minute. Godfrey knows how to take careof little Irene.
Yes, indeed. Just lie there quietly, and Godfreywill take care of everything. Godfrey knows just howto take care… of these nasty old faints. That's the girl.Come right up here. There you are.Godfrey will soon fix Irene. Yes, indeed.Just leave everything to Godfrey. Godfrey will take careof everything. Now, you just sit right downthere like a good girl,.
And in just a minuteyou'll forget that you had any trouble. I thought so. Let that be a lesson. Godrey! Oh, Godfrey,don't go away! Oh, Godfrey,now I know you love me. – I do not love you!- You do! What is the meaning of this,may I ask? – Godfrey loves me!- What are you talking about? – Godfrey loves me!- Godfrey, I demand an explanation! – I think perhaps I had better resign.- Yes, that's a good idea.
– What do you think your father'd say?- I don't care. Godfrey loves me. You put on some dry clothesand come downstairs. – Godfrey loves me!- I never heard anything like this! Shut that thing off!I feel gloomy enough as it is! – Something terrible has happened.- What? – Godfrey pushed Irene into a shower.- What's terrible about that? He's in love with her. I can't makehead nor tail out of the whole thing. I can't make head nor tailout of what you're saying. The only thing is to sendhim back where he came from.
Imagine, falling in lovewith a butler. If you're going to feel sorryfor anyone, feel sorry for Godfrey. – Alexander!- Don't “Alexander” me! I've got somethingmore important to talk about. Don't tell me you're goingto talk about money matters. – Money, money, money!- Yes, I am. But before I start, I'm going to havea little talk with Carlo. – What are you going to do?- This is private, just for Carlo's ears. You don't mind if we havea little chat, Carlo, old boy?.
You know, for some time,Carlo, I've felt… – What did you say to Carlo?- I said good-bye. – Did he go?- He left through the side window. – Where is he going?- I don't know, but he won't be back. – Now, sit down and do some listening.- I've never seen you like this. Sit down!What's come over you? – You're just in time to listen.- Do you want Godfrey to listen? Yes, I want Godfrey to listen.This concerns him too. You might as well all know,point-blank, we're about broke.
You mean we haven'tany money left? We've got this house, a few oddsand ends, and that's about all. Not only that, I've lost all of my stockin Bullock Enterprises. I've borrowed some of the stockholder'smoney trying to recoup my losses. I don't know where I'm going to end up.Maybe in jail. – Alexander!- But if I do end up in jail, it'll be the first peaceI've had in 20 years. And I don't want any of youto chortle about Godfrey. You may all end up on the dump.
– What are we going to do?- May I intrude, sir? I'm afraid things are notas bad as you make out. – What do you know about it?- Well, sir, I've known for a long time the Bullockinterests were in rather a bad way. I offered to help you once,but you declined that help. So I took the liberty of dabbling in themarket on my own account. Here, sir. – What's this?- That's most of your stock. I knew it had been dumpedon the market, so I sold short. I don't understand. You sold short.You mean gentlemen's underwear?.
Wait! You mean that you've been makingmoney while I was losing it? I did it in your interest, sir.The stock has been endorsed over to you. I don't understand.You did this for me? Well, sir, there comes a turning pointin every man's life. A time when he needs help.It happened to me, also. This family helped meI hope I repaid my debt. Some of the money went into a projectof my own. I hope you won't mind. Do you mean that you didall that on $150 a month? Well, hardly. You see,with the aid of Tommy Gray,.
I was able to transmutea certain trinket into gold, then into stockand then back into pearls again. Thank you, dear lady,for the use of this trinket. Oh, Godfrey!Then you did steal them! Well, I, uh… Perhaps Miss Corneliahad better explain that. – You win.- What is this all about, anyway? I put the pearlsunder Godfrey's mattress. Thank you, Miss Cornelia.I wanted you to say that. – But why?- You wouldn't understand.
Here, Godfrey.These are rightfully yours. Oh, no, thank you. I repaid my debt,and I'm grateful to all of you. If anyone's indebted, we are, afterthe way some of us have treated you. I've been repaid in many ways.I learned patience from Mr. Bullock. I found Mrs. Bullockat all times, shall we say, amusing. That's complimentary, and don't forgetyou said I looked as young as Cornelia. – What good did you find in me, if any?- A great deal. You taught me the fallacy offalse pride. You taught me humility. I don't understand you.
Miss Cornelia, there have been otherspoiled children in the world. I happened to beone of them myself. You're a high-spirited girl. I can only hope that you use thosehigh spirits in a more constructive way. And so… good day. You know,I hate to see Godfrey go. He's the only butler we ever hadwho understood women. Well, Molly, you told me to leavemy hat near the door. Remember? I hate to see you leave,Godfrey.
– Oh, Molly, you've been swell.- The house will seem empty. Well, I guess the bestfriends have to part. Will you say good-byeto Miss Irene for me? I don't think I can go throughthat ordeal right now. You're sweet, Molly. Good-bye. What is it? What's the matterwith Cornelia? What's the matter with everybody?Mother, what's the trouble?.
– He's gone.- Who's gone? – Godfrey.- Where? And Carlo's gone out of the window.Everybody's gone! Oh, Molly, has he gone? Poor Molly.He's not gonna get away from me. Order the car, Molly.I'll be right down. – Hello, Duke.- Hi, Mike. Say, businesslooks pretty good tonight. I'll say it is. Mayor Courtney'shere tonight with a big party.
I'll have one of the boysbring these down, Duke. – Hello, Duke.- Hello. We can't complain about this. Complain? Why, we gotthe Meriwethers here! – So I heard.- Big stuff, huh? This is all Greek to me. Oh, here's our wandering butler now.Explain it to him. – Hello, Duke.- Arthur. I've got an estimate from the contractoron your housing plan for the winter. He figures he can petition offour present buildings into compartments,.
Take care ofat least 50 people. It'll cost $5,800,but that includes steam heat. Forgotten men with steam. Sounds likesomething that ought to be on the menu. I'll talk with youabout it later, Arthur. I've still got an interest in thiscompany. When do you pay dividends? We're giving food and shelter to 50in the winter and employment in summer. – What more do you want?- You're the most arbitrary butler ever. – Ex-butler.- Fired? I quit. I felt thatfoolish feeling coming on again.
– You mean Irene?- What do you know about that? Nobody knows anything about her love,except all of Upper New York. Guess I got outjust in time. Why don't you marrythe girl? – I've had enough of matrimony.- What's wrong with butlers? Lots of society girlsrun away with their chauffeurs. Never mind about that. Supposeyou write me out a check for $5,000? – For what?- A new dock. Perhaps we'll getsome of the yachting trade.
Well, how aboutan airplane landing? We'll come to that later. Say, mister, what happenedto the city dump that was here? Well, this is it, butmost of it's been filled in. – What happened to those forgotten men?- Forgotten men? – Oh, we got most of them out in time.- Where's Godfrey? – You mean Mr. Godfrey Smith?- Yes. Well, lady, his office is right overthere where it says “office. ” Oh, just where it used to be.Thank you. Come on, Clarence.
Say, wait a minute!What is this? A basket party? – Good evening, Mr. Courtney.- Good evening. – Lovely evening.- Yes. Good evening. Well, there you are.Business is fine. I'm stuck, you're nuts,and I'm going back to Bostonbefore I disgrace my family. – Good riddance.- Oh, Godfrey, company has come. – Hello.- What are you doing here? Yes, what are you doing here?Don't let him off the hook.
You must leave at once.Do you hear me? We got rid of her. If I can helpyou in any other way, let me know. Oh, my, how you'vefixed this place up, Godfrey. – It's much nicer than before.- Oh, you noticed that? – Are the forgotten men having a party?- It's their annual reunion. – I saw the mayor. Is he one too?- He's the guest of honor. Oh, it's a lovely view. – The bridge is always there?- Most always. Oh, you have a kitchen!I'm gonna like this place.
What's over here?Oh, is this where you sleep? That's the general purposeof the room. Any observations? I think it's very cute,but we'll have to change the wallpaper. – What do you mean “we”?- Oh, I don't like green wallpaper. You won't have to look at it.You're going home right now. – Oh, but I can't go home.- Why not? – I can't go home after what happened.- What happened? You know what happenedjust as well as I do. – Now see here…- Oh, go on and lose your temper.
I love it whenyou lose your temper. Why can't you let me alone? Because you're my responsibility,and someone has to take care of you. – I can take care of myself.- Look me in the eye and say that. You love me,and you know it. There's no sense in struggling againsta thing when it's got you. That's all there is to it. Oh, that's Clarence. I'm sorry I was delayed,Miss Irene.
– I had to go around the back way.- Put the wood over there. You can put the groceriesright there in the kitchen. – That's fine. Thank you, Clarence.- What's the idea? I brought some wood and food.It should last us for a week. It's a wonder you didn't bringa minister and license. I never thought of that. – May I come in?- Oh, Mr. Courtney. Mr. Gray said there were a couple ofpeople here who wanted to get married. – Are you it?- Can you marry us without a license?.
It may get meinto a lot of trouble, but I guess I've knownyour family long enough. – Who are you going to marry?- Godfrey. This is Godfrey. Oh. How do you do, Godfrey? Does your fatherknow about this? Everybody knows about itexcept Godfrey. Well, I guess we betterhave a witness. – Clarence, stand right down here.- What? That's fine. Right there.Come on, Godfrey. Right there.
Well, now, uh,join hands, please. – No, the right hand.- Oh. Stand still, Godfrey.It'll all be over in a minute.
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