Hot Saturday (1932) - full transcript

Bank employee Ruth Brock has a reputation around town for being fast-and-easy but none of the panting suitors has made her yet. She disillusions them one after the other, but the last lad is a bad sport and starts a gossip scandal, among the hens and roosters, about her and a millionaire playboy and Ruth loses her job. Figuring that as long as she has the name, she might as well play the game, she looks him up.

Make it a certified
check for 183 dollars and...

- Twenty eight cents.
- $183.28?

Yes and make it payable to the
Hartford Wholesale Produce Company.

The Hartford Wholesale Produce Company.

- Shoot that down to Ruth Fred.
- Ok.

- For Ruth.
- Yeah I know. Hey, forward pass, frog face.

My check book positively said 11 dollars
a 21 cents, you know what happens?

This check gets thrown back in my lap...

for five years I do business here
and now I should get insulted?

You didn't make any checking
deposit last Saturday, only savings.

Oh, is that so?

Still I'm laughing, I was
telling Mrs. Ginsberg this morning that...

someday I'll be a millionaire
like this Romer Sheffield.

Goodbye Mr. Ginsberg.

- No.
- Oh, have a heart Ruth,

- I get no pleasure out of life.
- For the fifth time, no.

- Just you and me alone.
- I thought that was coming, no thanks.

Well, why not?

One session of your
football technique lasts a lifetime.

You might as well give up, frog face.

I'm going to ask Ruth
out this Saturday myself.

- Any fleas?
- Back in your cage gorilla.

The girls fluttered when
he asked them to dance.

Scram rube.

- How about it baby?
- You take a lot for granted.

Takes a lot to satisfy me,
shall we make a hot Saturday of it?

Oh, that depends upon the degree of heat.

You can run the temperature, what do you say?

The whole crowd is
going out to Willow Springs.

Ok, I'd be bored to death staying in town.

There you are Eva.

Now, run along and drive your Aunt
Minnie around for her shopping.

- Of course Father, thanks a lot.
- Alright.

Father, may I have the car
tonight and Saturday night?

It doesn't seem proper for you to
take the car out at night so much.

It may lead to undesirable...

- Why Father.
- Undesirable gossip, it's indiscreet.

- You know I'd never do anything unbecoming.
- No, no, no, of course I...

Well, I guess it'll be alright.

- Thanks dear, goodbye.
- Goodbye.

- Hey Eva,
- Hello Archie, what's on your mind?

Well look Eva, Conny is
taking Ruth Saturday, isn't he?

- So what?
- Well, how about you going with me?

- It's a date.
- Oh, that's swell.

- You haven't been out with me for a month.
- Saturday after lunch.

Dad is giving me the closed car.

Better yet, my feet get cold
when I'm parking those roadsters.

Hey, hey.

- And I said to the Reverend Botts that I...
- Hello Eva, how are you dear?

How do you do?

And I told the
Reverend Botts that I thought...

the City Council should call on that Romer
Sheffield and demand that he leave town.

The idea of bringing her out here to his
summer home and living with her openly.

- It's a disgrace to the community.
- You're absolutely right.

He's a vile influence too.


- Romer.
- What?


- Well, we must be going.
- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.
- Bye.

- Only be a minute Camille.
- Alright.

- Oh, good morning Mr. Sheffield.
- Hello Conny, how are you?

- Just fine thank you, I'm pretty busy.
- Good, then the bank is still solvent, eh?

- Oh, yes sir.
- Yes Mr. Smith.

Yes Mr. Smith, I rechecked
your statement personally.

- The balance is correct.
- Good morning Miss Brock.

Oh, good morning.

Perhaps you failed to
deduct the government tax.

Yes, there's a two cent tax
on every check you write.

Oh, no, no, not just for Democrats,
the Republicans have to pay it too.

Alright, goodbye Mr. Smith.

What can I do for you Mr. Sheffield?

Just talk to me, will you?
I like to hear you talk.

- I haven't time.
- Yes. I've noticed that.

Somehow, every time I come into the
bank you always manage to be busy.

- You know, I think I'll phone next time.
- Phone?

Well, you seemed pretty
patient with Mr. Smith.

Did you ever talk to Mr. Smith?

No. I imagine it must be quite an experience.

It is.

You know, I like your hair
done that way, it's very becoming.

Did you have any business to transact?

Come to think of that I did.
Look, I want this check deposited.

30,000, checking or savings?

- Checking, by all means.
- Third window down Mr. Billings.

Look Miss Brock, don't you think you
could take personal charge of my account?


Well, I'd, I'd have an excuse to
become better acquainted with you.

Second, I've already mentioned
your hair, third, you have blue eyes.

- Fourth...
- Is this an inventory?

Now look, I'm serious. Let me go on, won't
you? I'm more interesting when I'm serious.

You're considered much too
dangerous for local consumption.

I see, ruled out, eh?

Well, well, Conny
Billop seems more fortunate.

Oh, I imagine he'd change
places with you most anytime.

Incidentally, it looks as
though there's a man wanted.

Oh, I know, I know, she's
glaring in here and thumping her...

- compact on top of the car door, isn't she?
- Yes.

You know, the enamel is
getting all worn off there.

Oh, I guess I'll have to go and
see what I can do about it.

Say, what's the matter? Does everyone
in this town have high blood pressure?

- Well, how was she today?
- Purely business my dear.

Oh yes? Selling short or bulling the market?

I suggest we stop
talking about Wall Street, eh?

If you think you can park me
out here while you go in there...

flirt with some dizzy
little bank clerk, you're crazy.

Alright, I'm crazy.

- Did she catch the train alright?
- Yes sir.

- Good, any parting message?
- Yes sir, she said you could go to he...

- the devil.
- Well, that's nice of her, here you are.

- Oh, thank you sir.
- Don't mention it.

Did she say anything else?

Yes sir, she said she was going
to Florida on Mr. Howard's yacht.

- Good, she probably get a nice coat of tan.
- Yes sir.

Oh, that will be all Frank. 9 - 9 - 4.

- Boy, I don't know my own strength.
- Yeah?


Oh yeah, he's here.

- For you Conny.
- For me? Ok.

Hey, keep your eye on him, will you? I
don't want him pushing them in with his hand.

Yeah? Oh hello Mr. Sheffield.

Yeah, that landlady usually
knows where everybody is.

Say Conny, I've noticed your crowd goes
out to Willow Springs every Saturday.

Yeah, that's the only excitement
there is around this burg.

Well, why don't you all drop
in here Saturday afternoon?

There's lots of drinks and
I'll rummage up some food.

Say, that would be
swell, you bet I'll invite them.

That's fine, then I'll expect you.
Stay as long as you like, no limit.

Alright, goodbye.

Boy, this Saturday is
going to be some Saturday.

What's up?

That was Romer Sheffield, want me to invite
the crowd out to his place for a party.

Oh, we can't go out there.

The town would burn down to the ground if
we took the girls within a mile of that guy.

Oh, stop griping, nobody
needs to see where we're going.

We can take the side road up
Willow Creek into his place.

Well, how about
the girls? You think they'll go?

- Sure, they'll eat it up.
- Yeah, I know but...

Oh listen Archie, you start griping every
week about spending 3 bucks for bootleg gin.

Here you got a swell chance
to get some real liquor for nothing.

Say, that is an idea, ain't it?

- Be out in a minute.
- I'll give you odds it's 15 minutes.

- Fifty cents to a dollar.
- Taken.

- Hello Dad.
- Hello Ruth.

- It's funny, I forgot it was Saturday.
- Until you saw this pay envelope, eh?

Well, what is it this time?

Well, to tell the truth, an
unusual thing happened this morning.

- I found that I'd run out of cigars.
- You better start smoking cigarettes.


Ruth, your mother is on the warpath.


- Oh hello mother.
- There's moths in the house again.

I want you to change your dress
and go up to the attic right away...

and get them blankets out of the
trunk and hang them in the sun.

And you'd better look
after the winter clothes too.

Oh Mother, I can't, not now.
I promised to go out with the crowd.

Well, that's no excuse
when there's work to be done.

Well, I didn't intend it as an excuse.

You know Saturday is the only
time I ever get to go anywhere.

I can think of lots better ways
of spending it than dancing and...

flirting till all hours of the night with a
lot of good for nothing young puppies.

Well, I can't, not in this town.

You mark my words young
lady, you'll live to regret it...

and you won't get any
sympathy from me either.

- Iceman.
- You don't have to tell me.

We owe him 3 dollars and 43 cents.

- And the milk company called up today.
- Oh yes Mother, I know.

- And where's the rest of it?
- Oh, I gave $2 to father.

Oh, you did?



Oh, stop yelling like that
or you won't get a nickel.

Hello Sis.

- What were you doing in my bureau?
- Who? Me? Why, I wasn't anywhere near it.

Where's that new pair
of shorts I just bought?

New shorts?

No, I haven't seen them.

Hey, let go of me,
what's the idea? Let go of me.

Bottoms up Mrs. Van Astorbilt.

I didn't mean it, I didn't mean it.
Have a heart, will you Sis?

A brief pull and then silence.

I didn't mean it, I didn't mean it.

None the worse for wear.

Alright, if that's the way you feel about it.

Nobody wears them nowadays anyhow.

Oh, good afternoon Senator.

- Have a cigar.
- Thank you.

- Any mail from the Administration?
- No, just a letter from Chicago.

That's funny. I wrote Herbert last
week about that river project.

- Well, he may write to you next week.
- He'll probably telegraph.

That's very possible.

- Have a cigar Conny.
- Oh, thanks.

- Ah, thanks again Senator.
- Don't mention it.

You know, this public life is very strenuous.

- No wonder you smoke so many cigars.
- Well, friends, you know.


- Twelve minutes, pay up Conny.
- Right you are, here.

Here you are Dad,
better lay in a fresh supply.

- Thanks, have a good time.
- The chances are in our favor.

Tell Mother I'll murder the moths tomorrow.

- Say Ida..
- Where's that 2 dollars?

Wait till you hear this Ida.

Who do you think is getting here on the 5:15?

- Who?
- Bill Fadden.

- He is?
- Yes, listen.

Looking forward to seeing
the old stamping ground again.

Going to camp on you Saturday
night unless you lock me out.

I imagine seven years
have changed Ruth a lot...

but somehow I still expect to
find her in pigtails, regards Bill.

Isn't that just like Bill?

- I wonder if he's changed much.
- Oh, It'll be fine to see him again.

I just wish Ruth had more friends like Bill.

Wealthy, good family and
he's got a fine position too.

- Ruthie, Ruthie...
- She's gone already.

- She would be.
- But, she can see Bill tomorrow.

That's it, go right
ahead and stick up for her.

Where's that 2 dollars?

Well, I'll need that
you know, to entertain Bill.

Well, I swan.

♪ Far, far away. ♪

One minute more.

- Come on babies, bite.
- Don't you recognize caviar when you see it?

Have another, won't you?

- Yeah, the visiting firemen.
- Park at the bushes.

- Hey, hide it behind the house.
- Ah, go lay an egg.

I haven't got the strength.

I'll go park the bus.

- Hello Ruth.
- Hello.

You seem got a party going on Mr. Sheffield.

Yes, so they tell me.

Now look, would you mind
if I do you a great favor?

Yes, but go on.

Well, if you use the word Romer instead of
Mr. Sheffield I'll promise to call you Ruth.

- I'm overcome.
- Splendid, then you need a drink, come on.

- Oh, how cute, I'll take vanilla.
- Well, vanilla it shall be lady.

- Oh, don't tell.
- Hello, everybody.

Oh hello Conny, here you are.
Thanks for organizing the party.

Why, it was no effort at all, they
could hardly wait till Saturday.

One vanilla coming
up with courtly gesture lady.

Say, this is great
stuff, bottled in bond, I bet.

Glad you like it Conny, there's a lot more.

I'm afraid you won't be
saying that by nightfall.

She isn't making much of a play for Romer.

Well, it looks like he's enjoying it.

Probably enjoyed that Renault girl too.

Hey, One Lung, bringy
two drinky, very tall, savvy?

What will it be gentlemen,
Scotch, Bourbon or Cognac?

Two Cognacs.

- Hello Eve, have a drink?
- No, thanks.

How they going?

Not fast enough to keep
me from dancing with you.

Oh, let's make it later Eve, Ruth is waiting.

Oh, let Ruth entertain
Romer for a few minutes.

You didn't bring us
here to high hat us, did you?

Oh, don't look at it that way Eve.
Sure, I want to dance with you...

- but...
- Well, now's your chance.

I've been wanting to thank you
for having Romer invite us here.

I thought Archie said you were shocked.

Well, what I didn't know
it was going to be like this.

- Well, what do you say?
- Ok.

Oh, come on.

That's your boat, isn't it?

Yes Frank is been taking some of the crowd
for a ride, like to go down and watch them?

- Yes, I'd love to.
- Ok, come on.

Come on, let's walk along the shore.

There are lots of lovely rocks
and nice little mud puddles.

Oh, that doesn't sound very
pleasant, you must be looking for work.

Ah Lady Lady, will you give me a job?

- I haven't had work since...
- Since Camille left town?

- Hey Joe, where's Ruth?
- She went somewhere with Romer.

He's got a crust dragging
her away from the party.

Don't be a chump all your life,
she probably did the dragging.

She'd ditch you any day for Romer.

Oh, yeah? Well, I'll find
out when they get back.

Lovely back darling.

- Pleasant here, isn't it?
- Oh, yes.

Would've been a
shame for you to have missed it.

I'd began to think you
weren't coming to the party.

Well, I begun to think I didn't.

There now, you see, we'll
have to start all over again.

Pleasant here, isn't it?

- How are your folks?
- Oh Father smoking, mother fuming.

- Worried about you?
- About me? Of course not.

No, I'm supposed to be murdering moths.

- Mother hates for me not to.
- What a wise mother.

She knows what the moths
do when the flame is away.

Does she know you're with me?

- I'm with Conny, didn't you know?
- Well, all is faith, you know.

Why, I'd murder just to see
the soft green shadows through that...

- pine tree on your lovely hair.
- A girl is pretty helpless alone with you.

- Why?
- Nothing to resent but compliments.

And they're said to paralyze a lady.

Really? Well.

You know, your hair is like
the sun glowing on the waters.

And your eyes are like the evening skies
that send their first stars down to lovers.

Your lovely arms...

Isn't this one
feeling just a little paralyzed?

Goodness me Mr. Sheffield,
yes, but I recover just like that.

I think I'm able to be up and about.

- In fact, I'd like a wee cocktail.
- Oh please don't go so soon.

Well, a girl can't go on forever
calling her little policemen.

Alright, I'll promise,
so help me, to be good.

But there's the most divine little
spot further along the shore.

Let me show you it, will you?

Promise I can have it
without a stroke of paralysis?

Yes, you can see it without a stroke
of any kind. Come on, be a good winner.

I can't resist you, except
when you're dangerous.

- Oh hello Conny.
- Well, it's about time you're getting back.

Oh, I'm terribly sorry Conny.
I guess it's entirely my fault.

Yeah, I thought it would be.

Yes. Well you see, we got to
talking about mutual friends.

Say Conny, did you ever
read Alice in Wonderland?

- Say, what are you trying to do? Kid me?
- Hey, shake a leg.

- See you over there.
- Don't fail us Romer.

- Is everyone gone?
- Nearly everyone, they're over the Springs.

- Gee, I'm sorry they broke up so early.
- But they all want you to come over there.

No, I don't think I will.
Thanks awfully Conny.

- Make it snappy Ruth, I'll go get the car.
- Alright.

- I'm sorry Conny acted that way.
- Oh, I don't blame him.

- Archie...
- Oh hello.

Well you know, I
could've bet that this thing...

wouldn't hold two
quarts, but it holds four, look.

Well Archie, I'm glad you're still here
because I want you to do me a favor.

Oh, sure.

Look, I can't join the crowd over at
the Springs, would you mind taking these...

- two quarts over with my compliments?
- Oh, sure I will.

Well, I got to get the car.

- Gee, thanks a lot Romer.
- Don't mention it.

- Was swell, goodbye.
- Good bye.

So long Ruth.

- That was awfully decent of you Romer.
- Oh, Sometimes I surprise myself, really.

- Oh, so you finally got back.
- Yes, you sound surprised.

- You expect me to be gone all night?
- Well dear, I didn't know.

You see, a girl in your
position can afford to be so much...

more unconventional in
her pleasures than I could.

- What's the matter?
- Oh, shut up.

- I didn't say anything.
- I know you didn't.

And then why did you tell me to shut up?

Well, how do you like my guest room?
Light, airy, comfortable and modern.

Why look further?

I wouldn't be
interested in a short term lease.

- Goodbye Romer.
- Bye bye.

Well, this is once you
didn't keep me waiting.

I didn't dare.

♪ Open all the
windows, turn the fan on too. ♪

♪ I'm a blaze, I'm in
a daze, I'm burning for you. ♪

♪ Call the fire engine
and the whole darn crew. ♪

♪ Tell them all to hurry
because I'm burning for you. ♪

♪ I try to cool off but when you say no. ♪

♪ I'm a volcano, what can I do? ♪

♪ Would you let me
smother, leave me in a stew. ♪

♪ Go on and tell your
mother, that I'm burning for you. ♪

♪ Open all the
windows, turn that fan on too. ♪

♪ I'm ablaze, I'm in a
daze, I'm burning for you. ♪

♪ Call that fire engine
and the whole darn crew. ♪

♪ Tell them all to hurry
because I'm burning for you. ♪

♪ I try to cool off but when you say no,
I'm a volcano, what can I do? ♪

♪ Would you let me
smother, leave me in a stew. ♪

♪ Go on and tell your
mother that I'm burning for you. ♪

Let's grab a boat and cool off or have you
run away from the crowd enough for one day?

Oh Conny, why do you keep harping on that?
You know I'd love to go out on the lake.

Ok, let's get out before
somebody else horns in on the ride.

- Conny is a fool.
- Why?

Letting Ruth drag him off outside just
like the rest of the fellows that chase her.

He's no fool.

- Enjoy your ride?
- Was great.

- It's much nicer out here.
- I'll say it is.

- Let's have one of your best putt-putts.
- This is it.

Hop right in beautiful and
pick yourself a nice, soft seat.

- Ok.
- Alright.

Oh please don't Conny.

- Come on, you're too far away.
- No, I'm alright where I am.

Can't you ever enjoy a boat
ride without kissing somebody?

Oh alright.

Pretty cove?

Yes, it is.

- What's the idea?
- Why not?

You're not going to
high-hat me all day, are you?

Oh Conny, be your age, you
know I don't like that caveman stuff.

You'll love it beautiful.

I came out here to cool off,
not to have a wrestling match.

Oh, I see, you like Romer's
petting better than mine, eh?

I don't like the way your
ears have put on, let's go back.

And make a sap out of me
twice in one day? Nothing doing.

I got a little coming to me.

What do you expect for a
boat ride? Marlene Dietrich?

Oh, don't play dumb,
you've been on these parties before.


- Good night Eva.
- Good night.

- Good night Archie.
- Eva, Conny isn't back yet.

You ever know Ruth to bring
a fellow back this early?

- Sure.
- Who?

- Me.
- Oh, Archie.

- Hello.
- Why hello Ruth.

- Here, take this cushion.
- I'm too tired to move.

Come on.


I suppose you're wondering why I'm here.

Well, you're here, I can't
think of anything more important.



Would it interest you to know that I've...

wanted you ever since
I first saw you in the bank?

You're supposed to see
things you want in banks.

Yes and the moment you go to get them,
burglar alarms start ringing all over town.

May I pay you a compliment?
No, no, not one of those hay makers.

It's just this, I've known many women.

Never have I met one so warm,
so desirable and so unapproachable.

You know, I surprise myself
admiring the mind in you.

You don't mind my
mentioning it since it's there, do you?


As a matter of fact
it all comes down to this...

a man would've to be very stupid to
touch you without first knowing your heart.

There, you didn't think brains
could do that for you, did you?

I hadn't given it much thought.

- Is Listerine good for brains?
- Love, they tell me, is better.

If it lasts.

Well, what does it matter, so
long as one finds happiness?

Did you ever regret being happy?

No, but I would if that
happiness meant being...

sneered at and scorned and talked about.

You don't know what it is to live in a small
town, you can only play on the surface.

And even if you're honest about that, you're
not safe from a lot of evil minded people.

The only security in a place like this
is settling down and getting married.

Marriage, ownership,
dreadful thought, isn't it?

One drink for Sheffield.

Say, tell me something.

How can you be so morbid
after what happened last night?

What about last night?

Well, for heaven's sake girl, don't
you remember where you were?

- I was home in bed, asleep at 10:00.
- No, no, no, there must be some mistake.

You and I were in Venice.

And our rooms opened onto the
Gardens and the Grand Canal.

And we watched
the moon play across the walls...

and listened to that gondolier
singing as he paddled down the canal.


a check of yours for 10,000 dollars came to
the bank today made out to Camille Renault.

It was torn, you wanted us
to put it through, didn't you?


You know Ruth, you're strangely
honest, sometimes painfully so.

- Will you make me a promise?
- What is it?

Well, if ever you find out
you're wrong about what you...

think is security and
happiness, would you let me know?

Even if I'm in Switzerland,
will you send me a cablegram?

- Well, I'm not wrong, but I'll promise.
- Good. Let's drink to it.

To what?

- To your being wrong.
- Oh no, thank you.

- Somebody is coming.
- No, sit still, it's just a car passing.

Hello Conny, I couldn't imagine who it was.

Yeah, I'll bet you couldn't, where's Ruth?

- Why, hasn't she been with you?
- Quit stalling.

Now, who was the
girl I just saw go in the house?

You know Conny, you
seem to have an amazing curiosity.

Yeah, enough to find out if that was Ruth.

Don't you think it's more
agreeable here on the veranda?

No, I don't.

Suppose those aren't Ruth's shoes, eh?

Conny, I think you ought to go into town.

Yeah? Well, Ruth is
going with me, you big stiff.

You know, it's much cooler in town.

You'll remember this.

Yeah, that's right, I always
remember pleasant experiences.

Oh, Ruth, Ruth.

- The young lady has gone sir.
- Where?

She told Frank you
wished him to drive her home.

Frank, wait a minute.

- You forgot these.
- Oh, thank you.

- Good night.
- Good night.

Let me out here.


Thank you.

So she ditched Conny again
and went back to see Romer.

Yeah, it sure looks like.

And afterward he
sends her into town in his car.

- Why didn't she stay all night?
- Hot potatoes.

Who are you?


Bill Fadden.

I can hardly believe it's you.

- It is.
- Are you sure?

Turn around.

Haven't changed a bit.

Where are your pigtails?

Oh, well, a girl has to grow
up and bob her hair sometime.

Well, go on, eat your pie
and tell me all about it.

What you doing here and why?

I've got to do a geological
survey for the oil company.

- Where?
- Up around Black Mountain.

I want to pitch camp in the old Indian cave.

So you turned out to be a geologist.

Yeah, anticlines, fossils,
sedimentary deposits and all.

Sounds awful.

It's a great game Ruth, I'm out
in the field 10 months a year.

Are you still afraid of girls?

No, I'm not very used to them.

- Never see any from one month to another.
- Oh and couldn't figure them out if you did.

Well anyway, I...

I wanted to see you again, a lot.

- Did you have a good time tonight?
- Sure.

- Great.
- Dance?

Your father told me they've built a new
dance alright down on the lakefront.

- Yes.
- Willow Grove or something.

- Yes.
- Now, that's too bad.

- I guess the lake isn't the same anymore.
- The same?

I was just remembering
how peaceful it used to be.

Oh, I guess you'd find it changed alright.

- Good night, see you in the morning.
- See you at breakfast.


- Oh hello Conny.
- How about a date this afternoon?

Why don't you call up Ruth?
She ought to be very interesting now.

Oh, I'm fed up with her.

Why? Because she ran
out on you again last night?

Well, how did you know?

Because I saw her coming
home in Romer Sheffield's car.

You did, eh? What time?

- Oh, about 2:30 this morning.
- Ruth Brock?

What time did she leave you?

Why, when we left the dance, she
ducked while I went out to get a boat.

Why, that was only about 10:00.
Didn't she even go out in the boat with you?

Well, if she had, she would've
come back with me, wouldn't she?

Then she must've been at Sheffield's
house for more than four hours.

How awful alright Conny.

Come out about 2:30
this afternoon, yes. Goodbye.

Do you mean to say that you actually saw
Ruth Brock in Romer Sheffield's car?

Yes auntie, isn't it terrible? She must've
been at his house for more than four hours.

Oh, I didn't think
Ruth was that kind of a girl.

Oh, I've seen it coming for a long time.
She's always been encouraging men.

- Number please.
- Hello hello Matilda?

Matilda, I've just heard the most awful news.

Ruth Brock was in Romer Sheffield's
house with him alone last night.

Yes, yes, from about 10:00 until 2:30.

And then he sent her home
to town in his car. Yes.

Number please. Number please. Number please.

An affair with Romer Sheffield.

Yes, yes. I'll call you back later.

Number please.

Yes, someone saw them silhouetted against
the curtain of the upstairs bedroom.

He was holding her in his arms.

Yes, she was there till 3:30.

Number please.

She spent the night with him, they saw her
coming into town this morning in his car.

- Just at dawn.
- Number please.

- How long you going to be gone Bill?
- Oh, about a week.

I want to make some pictures and
maps and get some rock specimens.

I wish you didn't have to go so soon.

It's probably just as well.

If I didn't, I think I'd find myself
falling in love with you again.

- Again?
- Sure.

When we were kids,
I used to think you were swell.

In spite of the pigtails.

But now you know better, don't you?

I'm beginning to
doubt it, I never forgot you.

I've always remembered you too Bill.

- But memories can't turn to love in one day.
- All ready Mr. Fadden.

Right with you.

Wish you could drive up and spend
an afternoon exploring with me.

Around Black Mountain
with compass and camera.

- That's about it, you think you could?
- Bill, I'm a working girl.

- But I may be able to get a day off.
- Good, I hope so.

Headquarters, the cave.

- Goodbye.
- Goodbye Bill.

Bye bye.

- Yes indeed and I believe every word of it.
- There isn't a doubt.

Oh Mrs. Winchell Mrs. Starr, how do you do?

Hello Ruth darling.

Oh Miss Brock, I've decided to
dispense with your services.

I'm giving you two weeks'
salary in place of notice.

But why Mr. Randolph?

There isn't enough work for Mr.
Franklin to need you any longer.

That's not the reason Mr. Randolph.

I had plenty of work to do.

What is it?

I don't care to argue
the matter with you Miss Brock...

except to say that the moral conduct of our
employees is a very important consideration.

That's all Miss Brock.


Hello Ruth.

- Where's Mother?
- Out somewhere.

Why, what's the matter
honey? You've been crying.

I just got fired.

You did? What for?

Well, it seems I'm an immoral woman.

And immoral women
shouldn't work in banks, you know.

- They might corrupt the young dollar bills.
- Did Ned Randolph call you that?

- What you going to do?
- I'm going to make him eat every word of it.

- The lying, ungrateful dog, I gave him...
- No, no Dad, it wouldn't be any use.

So you got yourself fired from
the bank and came sneaking home.

Bad news sure travels fast.

Well, what have you got to say for yourself?

- Mother, I didn't do anything...
- Don't you stand there and lie to me.

Why, the whole town is talking
about you and sneering at you.

I might've known you'd do
something to disgrace the family.

Painting your face and staying out
nights with a lot of rotten young whelps.

You would end up in a vile
affair with Romer Sheffield.

- Why Mother, how can you say such a...
- Ida, that's a lie.

Is it? Well, ask her.

Weren't you alone in his
house with him at night?

Didn't his car bring you into town?

- Yes, but I...
- You...

- Stop that Ida.
- Don't you try to defend her.

All my life I've sweated and slaved
trying to make a decent woman out of her...

to give her every advantage and
now look, look how she repays me.

Oh, how we going to live?
Where's the next dollar coming from?

So that's all I mean to you.

You're not worried
about the scandal, it's just...

money, no one will hire me.


Ruth, Ruth.

I, I'm sorry.

You were drenched and all in.

- I thought that...
- You don't have to apologize Bill.

You were ice cold
and I couldn't bring you to.

You better drink this now.

I tried to give you some
before but it choked you.

Are you alright now?

But I thought I'd shake to
pieces before I got up here.

You probably staved off a grand case of flu.

You shouldn't have
tried to climb in this storm.

I didn't care about the rain or anything.

I just wanted to see you.

- You wanted to see me that much?
- Yes.

- Don't cry Ruth please.
- I can't help it.

I never wanted to see
anyone so much in all my life.

I'm glad you feel that way.
Ruth, it's been the same with me.

I'm a clumsy ox around women,
I don't know how to say it, but...

I've been in love with you for a long time.

I wanted to tell you
yesterday and lost my nerve.

Last night I couldn't sleep thinking of you.

I need you Ruth.

Are you going to laugh at me
or marry me or cry some more?

I'm going to do all three at once.

- Bill.
- Yes?

- Can we be married right away?
- Sure, we'll tell your family tonight.

Ruth ought to be home by now.

I'm worried, driving around in the rain.

Worrying? Well, you
better stop that right now.

I've worried all my life and you
see all the thanks I get, I'm through.

- Annie.
- Of course I love you Bill.

- Annie, come to dinner.
- In a minute.

You swept me off my feet...

and carried me away, swooning.

Right now.

Oh alright.

- Soup is getting cold.
- Ida, Ruth will be here any minute now.

Well, I'm not going to
wait dinner any longer.

- Ruth?
- Yes Mother.

Well, it's about time you were...

Why Bill, we didn't expect you back so soon.

- This is a surprise.
- We've got a bigger one for you.

Ruth and I going to get married.

Bill, that's great news. I'm
tickled to death, have a cigar.

- Thanks.
- Oh, Ruth, how marvelous and Bill, well.

- Dad.
- My baby.

We're so happy to
welcome you into the family.

Oh, he's not in the family yet Mother.

Well of course, but it won't
be long now, will it Bill?

Nobody has long engagements nowadays.

Well, we're going to file our
application tomorrow Mother.

We have to wait three days anyway so...

Bill is going back up to
the mountain to finish up his work.

- Oh, that's fine.
- And Sunday we leave for Chicago.

Well. Oh, Annie, Annie, come in here,
dear and congratulate your sister.

She's going to get married.

- To Bill?
- Yes dear.

- Oh, gee.
- Annie.

Ruth gets the best of everything.

- Can't you wait a little while Bill?
- Maybe.

Sure he will, won't you Bill?

- Are you happy?
- Oh, so much so.

I don't know what I'd do if I ever lost you.

You couldn't lose me.

You talk like a little
girl afraid of the dark.

Well, sometimes the dark can be
pretty awful when you're alone.

You going to be with me from now on
and we taking tonight to celebrate.

- The world is yours, where do we go?
- Oh, I don't know, anywhere.

Say, there's some of the
crowd we went to school with.

Bull Con, Eva Joe.

- Why, it's Bill Fadden.
- Hello Bill.

- Hi Bill.
- Howdy.

- He's with Ruth, let's go over.
- Sure, come on, let's go.

Wonder when he got back.

- Hello Joe.
- How are you Bill?

Look, he's grown out of short pants.

- What you doing, wearing stilts?
- Hello Conny hello Janet.

- Hello Bill.
- Why hello Eva, how are you?

Fine thanks hello, Ruth.

My, it's nice to see you
again Bill, after all these years.

- You're handsomer than ever.
- I shaved this morning.

- We miss you at the bank Ruth dear.
- You'll have to go on missing her.

- We're going to get married Sunday.
- You are?

Well, congratulations Ruth.

Congratulations, you big
hound, stealing our prize gal.

- We all resent you Mr. Fadden.
- I don't blame you much.

Go telephone for the hearse Archie, get
the fireman's band, we'll have a wake.

I'll go you one better than that.

We're going out to Willow
Springs tonight to celebrate.

Why don't all of you join us
and we'll make a real party of it?

How about it Ruth?

- Oh, that'll be fine.
- Yes, won't it?

- What about females?
- Invite anyone you want.

The more, the merrier.

Don't worry, we'll ring in the whole crowd.

It isn't very often a big butter and
egg man comes to town to give a party.

No, we only had one,
and that was last Saturday.

We'll try to make this one top it.

- So she hooked Bill Fadden, eh?
- Isn't that just lovely?

- You know who we'll invite, don't you?
- Who?

- Sheffield.
- Oh Conny, you're a genius.

No, I just want to see a few
people fall over backward.

Say, when this surprise coming off?

Don't get excited, it'll be here.
Just keep your eye on the door.

- It better be good.
- It will be.

I wish we could dance
every dance together Bill.

So do I, catch up a little
on the seven years I've missed.

I hate to think of all the times you've been
here dancing in some other fellow's arms.

- Jealous?
- Who wouldn't be?

- Hello lovebirds, having a good time?
- We're not exactly bored.

- Don't forget Bill, the next dance is mine.
- I won't.

You're at Willow Springs, you know Bill,
you have to take your girl for a boat ride.

- Is that the custom?
- Oh, that's a very old custom.

- Is that true?
- Oh why, he's exaggerating.

- Have you gone riding much?
- Why, of course, lots of times.

- Why?
- Oh, nothing I guess.

Look, there's Romer.

That's him alright, so that's
what Conny had up his sleeve.

- Well, I think it's a dirty trick.
- You said it.

- Oh, where's Miss Randolph's table?
- She's with a party at the end table.



- Hello Romer.
- Hello there, looks like a good party.

Will be from now on.

- Where's Ruth?
- Oh, she's dancing somewhere.


- What's the matter?
- Oh, nothing.

Bill, let's slip away from
the crowd and get a boat.

- Now?
- Yes.

- We got to dance with the others sometime.
- Well, we can do it later.

I want to be alone
with you some of the evening.

Alright honey, we'll duck out
as soon as we finish this dance.

- Hello Ruth, may I cut in?
- Bill, this is Mr. Sheffield.

Mr. Fadden, my fiancee.

- Mr. Fadden, my congratulations.
- Thank you.

May I finish this dance?

- Certainly.
- Thanks.

- Well, it's not much to say, is there?
- No.

Well, I've never lied to you,
so I'm not going to congratulate...

you or wish you happiness, just good luck.

Thank you.

- Seems like a fine fellow.
- Yes, he is.

You know, I wouldn't have come if I'd
known, Eva didn't say anything about it.

- Eva invited you here?
- Yes.

You know, when I came here tonight I didn't
think our first dance would be our last.

I hope it's a long one.

Well, you see it wasn't.

- You mind if I leave you here?
- Aren't you coming back to the table?

No thanks, I think I'll
just step out of the picture.

I've caused you enough embarrassment already.

- You're very kind.
- You shouldn't say that, hurts my vanity.

- Hi Archie.
- So Romer was your surprise?

Yeah, did you see Ruth's
face when she spotted him?

She pushed Bill all over the floor
trying to keep them from meeting.

Yeah, I saw it, you heel.

For two cents I'd push your
face down into your neck.

- Oh, you don't like it?
- No, I don't like it.

Ruth had enough trouble getting fired...

from the bank and having
the whole town on her neck.

Give her a break,
she's engaged to be married.

Why should you try and bust it up?

Somebody ought to do that sap a favor and
tell him he's getting a second hand bargain.

I still hope that someday I'll
have to pay for that cablegram.

Goodbye Romer.

No, not goodbye, I hate goodbyes.

What's the matter? Did he see me coming?

- What do you mean Bill?
- Afraid of my finding out about you two?

There's nothing to find out Bill.

Except that you got fired from
the bank on account of him.

Why did you lie to me if it wasn't true?

Why were you anxious to leave the
dance when you saw him coming?

Well, I was panicky Bill.

I didn't want to see him.

I was afraid that...

you'd find out the things that people
are saying about us and believe them.

If it wasn't true, what did
you have to be afraid of?

I was afraid of losing you Bill and
the only happiness I've ever known.

So you tried to rush our marriage.

Even your family tried to
hurry us before I could find out.

- And you expect me to believe you.
- No Bill, you got to understand.


I can't understand their being out all night.

Well, thank heavens she'll soon be married
and all this worrying will be over with.

Why Bill.

- Will you ask Ruth if I can see her?
- Well, what's...

Why, what's the matter Bill?

We quarreled last
night and I want to talk to her.

- Tell her I've got to talk to her.
- Well Bill, she hasn't come down yet.

I don't know, maybe she's still asleep.

But I tell you Bill, sit down
here and I'll go right up and see.

- Give him a cup of coffee Pa.
- Sure.

Hello Mother, where's Father?

What are you trying to do, throw away
your only chance of getting married?

Coming in at this time of the morning
in an outfit like that, are you insane?

- I'm sane for the first time in my life.
- Now Bill Fadden is in that room.

You get upstairs and change your clothes
in a hurry, you can do your explaining later.

I'll do all the explaining
I'm going to do right now.

Well Bill?

Ruth, I was a fool to
say those things last night.

- It doesn't matter now.
- Oh yes, it does.

We can't let a quarrel
like that stop our marriage.

We'll be happy, you got to forgive me.

It isn't a case of my forgiving you now Bill.

The things you believed
of me last night were lies...

but this morning they're the truth.

I spent last night at Romer's house.

And you couldn't forgive that, could you?

No, I didn't think you could.

Never mind Dad, I
only came back to say goodbye.

- But where are you going?
- I don't know, but I'll write Mother.

Goodbye Dad.

- Where to Romer?
- New York.

- I owe a minister a bet there.
- What about?

Well, he bet that someday I'd meet a girl I'd
never want to lose and that he'd marry us.

Say, did anyone ever
tell you that your hair is...

Is beautiful?