- 1. Mrs. Alsop's out!
- 2. Mrs. Alsop's out!
- 3. - Did you turn off the gas?
- What gas?
- 4. - Which is her room?
- Er, this one.
- 5. We must move her.
Where's the landlady?
- 6. - Not home.
- Where's your room?
- 7. Two floors up.
- 8. Take her shoulders,
I'll take her feet.
- 9. Come on, Miss.
- 10. Pick up my bag.
- 11. Sorry,
you'll have to do that yourself.
- 12. Open the windows.
She needs lots of fresh air.
- 13. So do I.
- 14. - Shall I call an ambulance?
- No time.
- 15. She needs an emetic first.
Glass of water, please.
- 16. Here it is.
- 17. I need 2 quarts of warm water
and some towels.
- 18. Towels, coming up.
- 19. You found this bottle
clutched in her hand?
- 20. Certainly did, from your dispensary.
- 21. I see.
How long have you known this girl?
- 22. About five minutes.
- 23. She'll need looking after
for a couple of days.
- 24. - How about the ambulance?
- It isn't necessary now.
- 25. She's out of danger.
- 26. Besides, sending her to a hospital
would start an inquiry.
- 27. And attempted suicide means jail.
- 28. However, in a couple of days
she'll be fully recovered.
- 29. Meanwhile, let her rest quietly.
- 30. If she's thirsty
give her orange juice.
- 31. And tomorrow,
if she has an appetite
- 32. a little chicken broth,
but no tinned food.
- 33. Now, if you'll be at my dispensary
in ten minutes
- 34. I'll have a prescription for you.
- 35. - For me?
- No. For her, of course.
- 36. Headache?
- 37. Where am I?
- 38. In my room.
I live two floors above you.
- 39. What happened?
- 40. I came home this evening and
smelled gas coming from your room
- 41. so I broke in the door,
called a doctor,
- 42. and together we brought you here.
- 43. Why didn't you let me die?
- 44. What's your hurry?
- 45. Are you in pain?
- 46. That's all that matters.
The rest is fantasy.
- 47. Billions of years it's taken
to evolve human consciousness
- 48. and you want to wipe it out.
- 49. Wipe out the miracle
of all existence.
- 50. More important than anything
in the whole universe!
- 51. What can the stars do?
- 52. Nothing...
but sit on their axis!
- 53. And the sun,
- 54. shooting flames 280,000 miles high...
- 55. So what?
- 56. Wasting all its natural resources.
- 57. Can the sun think? Is it conscious?
- 58. No, but you are!
- 59. Pardon me, my mistake.
- 60. Here you are, and there you go!
- 61. Well, bless me. Heavens alive!
- 62. Look at that. Look at me door!
- 63. House breaking, that's what it is!
- 64. I suppose she's taken her things.
She'll go to jail for this.
- 65. I knew she was no good.
- 66. That quiet type.
- 67. Still waters that run deep
- 68. That's funny,
she hasn't taken a thing.
- 69. And she won't, either.
- 70. Not until she's paid 4 weeks rent.
- 71. Smashing in a door!
- 72. Nice festivities
going on behind my back!
- 73. Well, she's out now
and she'll stay out!
- 74. Mr. Calvero! Oh Mr. Calvero!
- 75. Is that you, Mr. Calvero?
- 76. Your laundry.
I was about to leave it on your bed.
- 77. Just a moment!
- 78. Hold it, hold it!
- 79. Hold everything!
- 80. You dropped these.
- 81. And here's your oranges.
- 82. Thank you.
- 83. So this is
how she spends her evenings.
- 84. You take your hands off me!
- 85. What's she doing in your room?
- 86. The opposite of what you think.
- 87. I'd like to know
who smashed in the door downstairs.
- 88. - I did.
- You did!
- 89. You have a leaking gas pipe.
- 90. I have a what?
- 91. I mean that room
has a leaking gas pipe.
- 92. There's something fishy about this.
- 93. - Who is she anyway?
- You ought to know by now.
- 94. Came six weeks ago.
Said she was a working girl.
- 95. That's what they all say.
Why are you so interested?
- 96. The girl tried to kill herself.
- 97. Took poison, turned on the gas.
I came home just in time.
- 98. I'll call the police
and get an ambulance.
- 99. It'll be in all the papers.
You don't want that.
- 100. She's not staying where she is.
- 101. My good woman, I don't want her!
Let her go back to her room.
- 102. I should say not.
Besides, it's rented.
- 103. You can't throw her into the street!
- 104. She's not going back
to her own room.
- 105. Then she'll have to stay
where she is.
- 106. What? And scandalize my household!
- 107. We could be man and wife
for all anyone knows.
- 108. Oh, could you?
Well, you'd better not be.
- 109. You'd better get rid of her,
- 110. Man and wife!
- 111. You watch out for that hussy.
- 112. She's no good. And she's been sick
since she came here.
- 113. It wouldn't be dandruff, would it?
- 114. Ready?
- 115. I am an animal trainer
- 116. A circus entertainer
- 117. I train animals by the score
Lions, tigers and wild boar
- 118. I've made and lost a fortune
In my wild career
- 119. Some say the cause was women
Some say it was beer
- 120. Then I went through bankruptcy
And lost my whole menagerie
- 121. But I did not despair
I got a bright idea
- 122. While searching
through my underwear
- 123. A thought occurred to me
- 124. I'm tired of training elephants
So why not train a flea
- 125. Why should I hunt for animals
And through the jungle roam
- 126. When there's local talent
to be found right here at home
- 127. I found one but I won't say where
- 128. And educated him with care
- 129. And taught him
all the facts of life
- 130. And then he found himself a wife
- 131. I give them board and lodging free
- 132. And every night they dine off me
- 133. They don't eat caviar or cake
- 134. But they enjoy a good rump steak
- 135. Off my anatomy
Off my anatomy
- 136. It is an odd sensation
- 137. When after meals they take a stroll
Around the old plantation
- 138. Now I'm as happy as can be
- 139. I've taught them lots of tricks
- 140. And now they're both supporting me
They're both supporting me
- 141. So walk up, walk up
I've the greatest show on earth
- 142. Walk up, walk up
And get your money's worth
- 143. See Phyllis and Henry
Those educated fleas
- 144. Cavorting and sporting
On the flying trapeze
- 145. So any time you itch
Don't scratch or make a fuss
- 146. You never can tell you might destroy
Some budding genius
- 147. Phyllis! Henry! Stop that!
- 148. What do you think you're doing?
- 149. You ought to be ashamed
of yourselves, fighting like that!
- 150. Alright. Phyllis, stay in the box!
- 151. You should have done that
before I opened the box.
- 152. Do you hear? Come on!
- 153. Do you want me to squeeze?
- 154. Stop that now!
- 155. Come up from there!
- 156. Phyllis, you hear?
Remember you're on a diet.
- 157. Phyllis, have you gone mad?
- 158. Stop that, do you hear? Stop it!
- 159. Phyllis, do you hear?
Come up at once! You go too far!
- 160. Phyllis, what are you doing?
- 161. Crazy little creature!
- 162. Phyllis, Henry wants you.
- 163. Come, Phyllis.
- 164. Phyllis, stop that.
- 165. Phyllis, come out here!
- 166. Where do you think you're going?
- 167. Phyllis! Stop that now!
- 168. Do you want me to scratch?
- 169. That's not Phyllis.
- 170. Where's Phyllis?
- 171. Oh, there she is!
- 172. Are you awake?
- 173. Your husband said to look in on you.
- 174. - Who?
- Your husband.
- 175. He said to warm up
some chicken soup for you.
- 176. Husband?
- 177. Let me help you. Come on.
- 178. You haven't eaten a thing all day.
- 179. A nice warm soup will do you good.
- 180. Thank you, no.
- 181. Your wife won't eat.
- 182. Well, that's a blessing
to a poor married man.
- 183. How do you feel?
- 184. Much better, thank you.
- 185. Good.
- 186. Pay no attention
to this wife business.
- 187. It's a front of respectability
for the new housemaid.
- 188. However, as soon as you get well
you'll be free and divorced.
- 189. I think I'm well enough now.
- 190. Not quite. I think
you'd better stay another day or so.
- 191. You're very kind.
- 192. I think I'm able to get back
to my room now.
- 193. I'm afraid that isn't possible.
- 194. Why?
- 195. Mrs. Alsop's rented it.
The people are moving in today.
- 196. Oh, I see.
- 197. However you're welcome to stay here
until you know what you want to do.
- 198. What can I do? I'm helpless.
- 199. Why didn't you let me die
and get it over with!
- 200. That's no way to talk. You're alive
and you better make the most of it.
- 201. I'm destitute. Ill.
- 202. Listen...
- 203. I don't know what's wrong with you,
- 204. but if you're ill,
and if it's what Mrs. Alsop thinks,
- 205. you should do something about it.
It isn't hopeless.
- 206. If it's, uh...
- 207. You know what I'm talking about.
- 208. I don't think I do.
- 209. Well, let me put it this way.
- 210. A young girl, alone,
thrown into the world, gets ill.
- 211. If it's anything like that,
you can be cured.
- 212. There's a new drug performing
miracles, curing thousands.
- 213. If it's anything of that nature
don't be afraid to tell,
- 214. maybe I can help.
- 215. I'm an old sinner,
nothing shocks me.
- 216. It's nothing like that.
- 217. Are you sure?
- 218. Positive.
- 219. But you have been ill?
- 220. Yes. I was five months
in the hospital with rheumatic fever.
- 221. Is that all?
Then what are you complaining about?
- 222. It's ruined my health.
I can't work.
- 223. What do you work at?
- 224. I was a dancer.
- 225. A dancer!
- 226. A member of the Empire ballet.
- 227. And I thought you were a...
- 228. So, you're a ballet dancer.
- 229. Pardon me, we haven't met formally.
What is your name?
- 230. Thereza Ambrose.
But I'm called Terry.
- 231. Charming. How do you do.
I'm also in the business.
- 232. My name is Calvero.
Perhaps you've heard of me.
- 233. You're not the great comedian?
- 234. I was.
However, we won't go into that.
- 235. Whatever brought you
to this state of affairs?
- 236. I'll health, mostly.
- 237. Then we'll have to get you well.
- 238. It isn't the ideal spot
- 239. but you're welcome to it,
- 240. if you can put up with being
Mrs. Calvero. In name only!
- 241. It won't inconvenience you?
- 242. Not at all.
I've had five wives already.
- 243. One more or less
makes no difference.
- 244. Moreover, I've arrived at the age
- 245. where platonic friendship can be
sustained on the highest moral plane.
- 246. Now let me see, your mother was
a dressmaker and your father a lord?
- 247. The fourth son of a lord.
That's quite different.
- 248. How is it he married your mother?
- 249. She was
one of the family housemaids.
- 250. Sounds like a novelette.
- 251. - Did he have any money?
- No, the family cut him off.
- 252. So your sister's
the only one living?
- 253. Yes, and she's in South America.
- 254. Tell me, was it just ill health
that made you do what you did?
- 255. - That, and...
- And what?
- 256. The utter futility of everything.
- 257. I see it even in flowers,
- 258. hear it in music.
- 259. All life aimless,
- 260. What do you want a meaning for?
- 261. Life is a desire, not a meaning.
- 262. Desire is the theme of all life!
- 263. It makes a rose want to be a rose,
and want to grow like that.
- 264. And a rock want to contain itself
and remain like that.
- 265. What are you smiling about?
- 266. Your imitation
of a rose and a rock.
- 267. I can imitate anything.
- 268. Ever seen a Japanese tree?
They're lopsided, they grow this way.
- 269. Of course pansies grow this way.
- 270. The dark ones frown and go like that.
- 271. However, the meaning of anything
- 272. is merely other words
for the same thing.
- 273. After all, a rose is a rose.
Not bad, should be quoted.
- 274. Think how meaningless
life was a moment ago.
- 275. Now you have
a temporary husband and a home.
- 276. Here's your drinking water,
and in case of any emergencies,
- 277. the first door on the left,
the same on each floor.
- 278. Good night.
- 279. Spring is here!
- 280. Birds are calling
- 281. Skunks are crawling
- 282. Wagging their tails for love
- 283. Spring is here!
- 284. Whales are churning
- 285. Worms are squirming
- 286. Wagging their tails for love
- 287. What is this thing
Of which I sing
- 288. That makes us all bewitched?
- 289. What is this thing
That comes in Spring
- 290. That gives us all the itch?
- 291. Oh, it's love
- 292. It's love,
It's love love love love
- 293. Pardon me,
but have you a fly swatter?
- 294. I beg your pardon.
- 295. If you beg around here,
I'll call the police.
- 296. I repeat, I beg your pardon.
- 297. I don't care what you've eaten.
- 298. I've eaten nothing.
- 299. Poor dear.
Here, get a sandwich.
- 300. - Sir, I demand an apology!
- I don't know you.
- 301. Who are your people?
Are you in the social register?
- 302. - My name happens to be Smith.
- Never heard of them.
- 303. That shows you're asinine.
- 304. I should have worn my overcoat.
- 305. You've interrupted me
in the middle of my sonnet.
- 306. In the middle of your what?
- 307. Not in the middle of my what,
the middle of my sonnet.
- 308. My ode to a worm.
- 309. Oh worm, why do you turn
into the earth from me?
- 310. 'Tis Spring! Oh worm!
- 311. Lift up your head
- 312. whichever end that be
and smile at the sun
- 313. untwine your naked form
and with your tail, fling!
- 314. High the dirt in ecstasy!
- 315. 'Tis Spring! 'Tis Spring!
- 316. Ridiculous!
A worm smiling at the sun!
- 317. - Why not?
- A worm can't smile.
- 318. Did you ever appeal
to its sense of humor?
- 319. - Of course not.
- Well then!
- 320. But it doesn't make sense.
- 321. Why should poetry
have to make sense?
- 322. Don't you know there's such a thing
as poetic license?
- 323. I've given you no license.
- 324. Oh no, don't!
- 325. This thing is so much bigger
- 326. At this moment
I'm grasping the meaning of life.
- 327. What a waste of energy.
- 328. What is this urge
that makes life go on and on?
- 329. You're right.
What does it all mean?
- 330. Where are we going?
- 331. You're going south.
Your hand's in my pocket.
- 332. Naughty.
- 333. - How did it get there?
- Pure magnetism, old dear.
- 334. Why are you antagonistic
- 335. Must we be serious?
- 336. You make it difficult to know you.
- 337. Read my memoirs
in the Police Gazette.
- 338. - You're a funny man.
- 339. To talk about worms
the way you do.
- 340. Why not? Even flies are romantic.
- 341. - Flies?
- Oh yes.
- 342. Coming from the stable
to the table,
- 343. chasing each other over the sugar
and meeting in the butter.
- 344. - You've read "The Life of the Bee"?
- No, I haven't.
- 345. The bee's behavior in the beehive
- 346. Really?
- 347. - Gezundheit!
- It certainly does.
- 348. - I beg your pardon?
- The dress. It goes on tight.
- 349. You're awful dusty tonight, my dear.
- 350. Where do they keep you?
On the top shelf or something?
- 351. Fuller's earth? Johnson's powder?
I know! Cornstarch.
- 352. Just think!
All life motivated by love.
- 353. How beautiful.
- 354. - By no means beautiful.
- It certainly is.
- 355. No, it's vile, wicked, awful!
- 356. - I like you.
- 357. You're sensitive. You feel things.
- 358. Don't encourage me.
- 359. It's true. So few people
have the capacity to feel.
- 360. Or the opportunity.
- 361. Allow me.
- 362. Use it only for what you wish.
- 363. Come in.
- 364. Good morning. How do you feel?
- 365. - Better, thank you.
- 366. What a day!
- 367. The sun's shining, the kettle's
singing, and we've paid the rent.
- 368. There'll be an earthquake,
I know it.
- 369. What would you like for breakfast?
- 370. We have eggs, bacon,
cheese, spring onions...
- 371. That's broken my dream!
- 372. I dreamt we did an act together,
all about Spring.
- 373. Interesting.
- 374. I get lots of ideas in my dreams,
then I wake up and forget them.
- 375. You know, I've been dreaming a lot
about the theater lately.
- 376. Doing my old acts all over again.
- 377. Kippers. Aren't they superb!
- 378. What's wrong?
- 379. It's my legs! I tried to get up
this morning and I collapsed.
- 380. I can't even stand.
- 381. You got up too soon.
- 382. No, it's not that.
I have no feeling in them.
- 383. They're paralyzed. I know it!
- 384. Don't upset yourself.
After breakfast we'll call the doctor.
- 385. I'd better go to a hospital.
- 386. You know best,
but see what the doctor says first.
- 387. I can't stay here,
causing you all this trouble.
- 388. I'm not complaining.
- 389. You should, I'm such a bore.
- 390. But it's not my fault.
You would save my life.
- 391. Well, we all make mistakes!
- 392. I'm sorry.
- 393. You should be. A young girl like you
wanting to throw your life away.
- 394. When you're my age,
you'll want to hang on to it.
- 395. Why?
- 396. Well, at this stage of the game
life gets to be a habit.
- 397. A hopeless one.
- 398. Then live without hope.
Live for the moment.
- 399. There are still, there are still...
- 400. There are still wonderful moments.
- 401. But if you've lost your health!
- 402. My dear, I was given up for dead
six months ago, but I fought back.
- 403. That's what you must do.
- 404. I'm tired of fighting.
- 405. Because you're fighting yourself.
You won't give yourself a chance.
- 406. But the fight for happiness
- 407. Happiness...
- 408. - There is such a thing.
- 409. Listen, as a child I used to complain
to my father about not having toys
- 410. and he would say this
is the greatest toy ever created.
- 411. Here lies
the secret of all happiness.
- 412. To hear you talk, no one would
ever think you were a comedian.
- 413. I'm beginning to realize that.
It's the reason I can't get a job.
- 414. Why?
- 415. Because they have no imagination.
- 416. Or think because I'm getting
on in years I'm old, all washed up.
- 417. Never! After hearing you talk.
- 418. Perhaps I drank too much.
- 419. There's usually a reason
- 420. Unhappiness, I suppose.
- 421. No, I'm used to that.
- 422. It was more complicated.
- 423. As a man gets on in years
he wants to live deeply.
- 424. A feeling of sad dignity comes upon
him, and that's fatal for a comic.
- 425. It affected my work.
- 426. I lost contact with the audience,
couldn't warm up to them.
- 427. And that's what started me drinking.
- 428. I had to have it before I went on.
- 429. It got so I couldn't be funny
without it. The more I drank...
- 430. It became a vicious circle.
- 431. What happened?
- 432. A heart attack. I almost died.
- 433. And you're still drinking?
- 434. Occasionally, if I think of things.
- 435. The wrong things I suppose,
as you do.
- 436. What would you like
for your breakfast?
- 437. What a sad business, being funny.
- 438. Very sad if they won't laugh.
- 439. But it's a thrill when they do.
- 440. To look out there
and see them all laughing,
- 441. to hear that roar go up,
waves of laughter coming at you.
- 442. Let's talk of something
- 443. Besides I want to forget the public.
- 444. Never. You love them too much.
- 445. Maybe I love them,
but I don't admire them.
- 446. I think you do.
- 447. As individuals, yes.
There's greatness in everyone.
- 448. But as a crowd, they're like
a monster without a head
- 449. that never knows which way
it's going to turn.
- 450. It can be prodded in any direction.
- 451. I keep forgetting about breakfast.
How about some poached eggs?
- 452. Come in.
- 453. - A telegram.
- Oh, thank you.
- 454. Are you all right?
- 455. This is what I've been waiting for.
- 456. Good news?
- 457. Redfern, my agent, wants to see me.
- 458. Wonderful!
- 459. You're right.
This is the turning point.
- 460. Those managers have been holding
out on me, breaking my morale.
- 461. But now they want me!
- 462. And now I'll make them pay!
For their contempt and indifference.
- 463. No, I'll be gracious.
- 464. That'll be more dignified,
put them in their place.
- 465. I'm to be at Redfern's office
- 466. I'll call the doctor
and tell him about your legs.
- 467. But I forgot your breakfast!
- 468. How about some nice kippers?
- 469. Nothing for you, or you, or you...
- 470. Nothing for you.
- 471. - Anyone waiting?
- Miss Parker.
- 472. Anyone else?
- 473. Yes, Calvero.
He's been here since three.
- 474. I forgot all about him.
Show him in.
- 475. Good afternoon, Calvero.
- 476. Sorry about yesterday. I was held up
over some important business.
- 477. However, I've good news for you.
- 478. I can get you a week
at Middlesex Music Hall.
- 479. At what terms?
- 480. I don't know yet,
but I wouldn't bother about that.
- 481. No bother at all.
- 482. However, if money's no object,
- 483. - what billing am I to get?
- I wouldn't bother about that either.
- 484. I'm not to get star billing
- 485. I'm not sure
we can book you there.
- 486. You think I'd allow those managers
to throw in my name
- 487. with a lot of nondescripts
just to build up their reputation!
- 488. Calvero's still a name
to conjure with!
- 489. You're mistaken.
Today it means nothing.
- 490. Then why do they want me?
- 491. They don't want you.
They're doing me a favor.
- 492. Very kind of them.
I hope you appreciate the fact.
- 493. I'm going to be perfectly frank
- 494. I've been talking Calvero
to them for over six months.
- 495. Your name is poison.
They don't want to touch you.
- 496. They couldn't if they tried.
- 497. I'm sorry, but you must
be made to realize the facts.
- 498. You're succeeding splendidly.
- 499. I'm trying to help, that's all.
But you must cooperate.
- 500. Whatever you say, I'll do.
- 501. That's the spirit.
- 502. As soon as the contract's confirmed,
I'll let you know.
- 503. However, cheer up.
- 504. If my name is poison to them,
I won't use it.
- 505. - I'll go by another name.
- I think that's a splendid idea.
- 506. Well doctor, how is our patient?
- 507. The condition is cleared up, but
I find nothing wrong with her legs.
- 508. Didn't she tell you
she's had rheumatic fever?
- 509. Yes, but I don't think she has.
- 510. The heart would have been affected
and it's perfectly sound.
- 511. I believe it's a case
- 512. What's that?
- 513. A form of hysteria that has
the characteristics of paralysis
- 514. without being so.
- 515. How do you account for it?
- 516. In her case, I'd say
it's psychological, self-imposed.
- 517. Having failed at suicide,
she's decided to become a cripple.
- 518. Is there any way I can help?
- 519. Primarily she must help herself.
It's a case for a psychologist.
- 520. Doctor Freud.
- 521. Well, I'll see what I can do.
- 522. - Good day, Doctor.
- Good day.
- 523. Tell me more
about your sister Louise.
- 524. There's nothing more to tell.
- 525. When she couldn't find work
she was driven to the street.
- 526. How old were you
when you discovered this?
- 527. About eight.
- 528. Tell me about it.
- 529. It was after my mother died.
I loved Louise.
- 530. She was everything to me,
supported me, had me taught dancing.
- 531. Then one day I realized
what she was doing.
- 532. I was coming home from dancing
with the other girls
- 533. and I saw her, and the other girls
saw her, walking the street.
- 534. What did you do?
- 535. I just ran and wept.
- 536. Ran and wept.
- 537. Then what happened?
- 538. I tried to forget.
- 539. I was sent to boarding school. At 16,
I left and joined the Empire Ballet.
- 540. Louise went to South America.
I haven't heard from her since.
- 541. Up to that time,
you had no trouble with your legs?
- 542. No.
- 543. When did it start?
- 544. About two years later.
After Melise joined the ballet.
- 545. Who's Melise?
- 546. One of the girls
from the dancing school.
- 547. One who was with you
when you found out about Louise?
- 548. Mr. Freud would say
that since meeting this girl again,
- 549. you don't want to dance.
- 550. Why?
- 551. You've associated it
with the unhappy life of your sister
- 552. who paid for your lessons
through a life of shame.
- 553. You've been ashamed to dance
- 554. I'd despise myself
if I thought that.
- 555. That's the trouble, you do.
- 556. That's the trouble with the world.
We all despise ourselves.
- 557. Streetwalking!
- 558. We're all grubbing for a living,
the best of us.
- 559. All a part of the human crusade,
- 560. written in water.
- 561. But enough of that.
- 562. Ever been in love?
- 563. No, not really.
- 564. I think it was more
a feeling of pity.
- 565. The plot thickens.
Tell me about it.
- 566. It's a ridiculous story.
I hardly knew the man.
- 567. It was something I built up
in my own mind.
- 568. It was after I came out
of the hospital.
- 569. I took a job
at Sardou's stationary shop.
- 570. He was one of the customers,
a young American.
- 571. He used to buy music paper
- 572. in large and small amounts,
according to his finances.
- 573. He seemed so lonely,
so helpless and shy.
- 574. There was something pathetic
- 575. I wouldn't have noticed him,
but someone tried to elbow in.
- 576. When I ignored the other man,
he smiled in gratitude.
- 577. The old charwoman who worked where
he lived told me he was Mr. Neville,
- 578. a composer,
and that he occupied the top room.
- 579. There were days I knew he went
without food to buy music paper.
- 580. I could see it in his eyes.
- 581. The haggard look.
- 582. Sometimes I'd throw in
a few extra sheets.
- 583. Once I gave him more
than his proper change,
- 584. which he might have noticed,
but I wasn't sure.
- 585. Often after work I'd stroll by his
house and hear him playing piano,
- 586. repeating musical passages
over and over again.
- 587. And I'd stand listening,
excited and melancholy.
- 588. Well, what then?
- 589. Then for weeks I never saw him.
- 590. The charwoman told me he was ill.
Creditors had taken his piano.
- 591. Eventually he came into the shop
looking very pale
- 592. and asked for two shillings worth
of large orchestral sheets,
- 593. placing a two shilling piece
on the counter.
- 594. I knew it was his last.
- 595. If I could only help him!
If I only dared!
- 596. I could lend him money.
I wanted to tell him so.
- 597. But I was also shy.
- 598. Nevertheless
I was determined to help.
- 599. I gave him some extra sheets
and as he was about leave
- 600. I called him back:
- 601. You've forgotten your change.
- 602. There must be a mistake, he said.
- 603. Not at all, I answered.
- 604. You gave me half a crown,
here's sixpence change.
- 605. Then I realized I had created
a ridiculous situation.
- 606. To make matters worse
in came Mr.
- 607. Can I be of any assistance?
- 608. It isn't necessary, I said quickly.
- 609. The gentleman gave me half a crown
and forgot his change.
- 610. However,
Mr. Sardou made him take it.
- 611. But as soon as he left
Mr. Sardou went through the till
- 612. and finding no half crown there,
- 613. The discrepancy was discovered
and I was discharged.
- 614. What did you do then?
- 615. I tried to get back to dancing,
then I collapsed with rheumatic fever.
- 616. Did you ever see
this young composer again?
- 617. Yes, five months later.
After I came out of the hospital.
- 618. I saw him from the gallery
of the Albert Hall.
- 619. His symphony was played there.
It was a great success.
- 620. Of course you're in love with him.
- 621. I don't even know him.
- 622. You will.
Life is a local affair.
- 623. I can see it happening.
- 624. You'll be at the height
of your success and he'll call on you,
- 625. and tell you he met you
at some super party.
- 626. Won't I recognize him?
- 627. Oh no. He's grown a beard.
- 628. He'll tell you
he's composed a ballet for you.
- 629. And you'll realize who he is,
you'll tell him who you are
- 630. and how you met,
and how you waited on him.
- 631. And gave him extra music sheets.
- 632. And that night you'll dine together
- 633. on a balcony
overlooking the Thames.
- 634. It'll be summer.
- 635. And you'll be wearing
- 636. And he'll be conscious
of its fragrance.
- 637. And all London
will be dreamy and beautiful.
- 638. And in the elegant melancholy
- 639. as the candles flutter
and make your eyes dance,
- 640. he will tell you he loves you.
- 641. And you will tell him
you have always loved him.
- 642. Where am I?
- 643. Yes, life can be wonderful
if you're not afraid of it.
- 644. All it needs is courage, imagination
- 645. and a little dough.
- 646. Now what's the matter?
- 647. I'll never dance again!
I'm a cripple.
- 648. - Pure hysteria! It's in your mind.
- It isn't true.
- 649. - Otherwise you'd fight!
- What is there to fight for?
- 650. Ah, you see? You admit it.
- 651. What is there to fight for?
- 652. Life itself! Isn't that enough?
- 653. To be lived, suffered, enjoyed!
What is there to fight for?
- 654. Life is a beautiful,
- 655. Even to a jellyfish.
- 656. What is there to fight for?
You have your art, your dancing!
- 657. But I can't dance without legs!
- 658. I know a man without arms
- 659. who can play a scherzo on a violin
and does it all with his toes.
- 660. The trouble is you won't fight.
You've given in.
- 661. Continually dwelling
on sickness and death!
- 662. But,
- 663. there's something
just as inevitable as death
- 664. and that's life.
Life, life, life!
- 665. Think of the power
that's in the universe!
- 666. Moving the earth, growing the trees!
- 667. And that's the same power
- 668. If you'd only have courage
and the will to use it.
- 669. Good night!
- 670. Faster, faster.
Come on, dance!
- 671. Beautiful.
- 672. I fooled you that time.
- 673. Take that away.
- 674. What's the news?
- 675. Europe in a race for armaments.
- 676. Anything interesting?
- 677. A write-up about Mr. And
Mrs. Zanzig, the mind readers.
- 678. I played with them years ago.
- 679. They say they can transfer thoughts
to each other.
- 680. Nonsense!
- 681. Then how is it done?
- 682. Not transference. I was with him once
when he sent his wife a telegram.
- 683. More coffee?
- 684. Just a half cup.
- 685. I'm sorry, I didn't intend...
- 686. Oh no, it's good exercise.
- 687. Look at you,
hopping around like a two year-old.
- 688. I think there's an improvement.
- 689. Definitely.
- 690. - But I get so nervous doing nothing.
- 691. I welcome every new hole
in your socks.
- 692. Housework and cooking,
what more do you want?
- 693. Keep fighting, that's all.
- 694. That reminds me,
Mrs. Alsop's on the warpath again.
- 695. She wants to know how long
I'm going to stay.
- 696. Tell her to mind her own business!
We pay our rent.
- 697. Oh no, there's a month owing.
- 698. Since they postponed the Middlesex
opening, it's upset everything.
- 699. Don't worry.
I can handle the old girl.
- 700. All she needs
is a little pinch and a pat.
- 701. Don't you think
I should go to a hospital?
- 702. I do not.
- 703. You'd have one problem
off your hands.
- 704. After the Middlesex,
our problems are over.
- 705. You know, preaching and moralizing
to you has really affected me.
- 706. I'm beginning to believe it myself.
- 707. I haven't taken a drink
since I've known you.
- 708. Wonderful.
- 709. And I'm not going to,
even on opening night.
- 710. You don't need it.
- 711. You're excruciatingly funny
- 712. Oh, yes.
- 713. - What's that?
- Maybe a letter from Redfern.
- 714. Just the man I want to see!
- 715. How thrilling!
- 716. This is no joke. When are you
getting rid of that girl upstairs?
- 717. - Don't be jealous.
- 718. What have you done to your hair?
- 719. Where are your spit curls?
- 720. Never mind all that!
You owe me four weeks' rent.
- 721. - Have I denied the fact?
- You'd better not.
- 722. Sybil, you really want to hurt me,
don't you? You little minx.
- 723. Behave yourself!
- 724. I get so full of nonsense
when I'm around you.
- 725. You fool!
- 726. What about that girl upstairs?
- 727. Now, now. Be patient.
- 728. You'd better
get rid of her this week.
- 729. Bear with me. I know
it's been a trial for both of us.
- 730. Both of us!
Who are you kidding?
- 731. You!
- 732. You wonderful
little plum pudding, you!
- 733. But we must behave ourselves.
- 734. That takes care of the rent.
- 735. - Was there any post?
- No. That was for Mrs. Alsop.
- 736. Oh for the life of a sardine
That is the life for me
- 737. Cavorting and spawning
- 738. Under the deep blue sea
- 739. To have no fear of a fisherman's net
Oh what fun to be gay and all wet
- 740. Oh for the life of a sardine
That is the life for me
- 741. Funny thing,
- 742. I dreamt I was a sardine.
- 743. I dreamt it was lunchtime,
and I was, uh...
- 744. swimming along,
looking for a little bit of bait
- 745. and I found myself passing
a large bed of kelp.
- 746. And there on it, I mean in it,
- 747. was the prettiest little fin
you've ever seen.
- 748. That's what we call them
in the fish world: fins.
- 749. The way she maneuvered her tail,
- 750. with such finesse.
- 751. She seemed to be in trouble.
- 752. All right old boy,
let's all go home.
- 753. Yeah, you're right. Good night.
- 754. I beg your pardon.
- 755. Blasted! These shoes are too tight.
- 756. Good night.
- 757. What are you doing up so late?
- 758. I just couldn't sleep.
- 759. Then I saw the partition doors open,
so I got up an hour ago.
- 760. Some hot soup?
- 761. No, thanks.
- 762. You look tired.
- 763. Do I?
- 764. I know you're worried,
- 765. but the Middlesex contract's signed,
it's just the delay.
- 766. There's no delay.
- 767. What do you mean?
- 768. It happened tonight.
- 769. The Middlesex?
- 770. Why didn't you let me know?
- 771. I didn't want you to go through
the suspense of it.
- 772. Then forget everything now,
and get a good night's rest.
- 773. They walked out on me.
- 774. They haven't done that
since I was a beginner.
- 775. The cycle's complete.
- 776. But you've changed your name!
They didn't know you.
- 777. No, I wasn't funny.
The trouble is, I was sober.
- 778. I should have been drunk
before going on.
- 779. I still insist
they didn't know you.
- 780. Just as well they didn't.
- 781. Naturally! You can't expect too much
the first performance.
- 782. You haven't worked in a long time.
- 783. But you'll see, tonight
when you go back it'll be different.
- 784. I'm not going back.
- 785. Why?
- 786. They've terminated the contract.
- 787. But they can't do that!
- 788. They can. They have.
- 789. You were engaged for the week!
You can insist.
- 790. It's no use. I'm finished.
- 791. Through!
- 792. Nonsense.
- 793. Are you, Calvero, going to allow
one performance to destroy you?
- 794. Of course not!
You're too great an artist.
- 795. Now's the time to show them
what you're made of. Time to fight!
- 796. Remember what you told me,
standing there by that window?
- 797. Remember what you said?
- 798. About the power of the universe
moving the earth?
- 799. Growing the trees,
and that power being within you?
- 800. Now is the time to use that power,
and to fight!
- 801. Calvero, look! I'm walking!
- 802. I'm walking!
- 803. I'm walking!
- 804. Just think, I can walk!
- 805. Well, I can't any further.
I have to quit right here.
- 806. Do you realize
it's almost five o'clock?
- 807. I know. But I couldn't stay
in that room another minute.
- 808. I don't blame you.
- 809. Cheer up.
- 810. Look, the dawn is breaking.
- 811. That's a good omen.
- 812. I know it. It will be.
- 813. It must be.
- 814. Don't be discouraged.
You'll get on your feet again.
- 815. On my what again?
- 816. But think how fortunate we are!
- 817. At least we both have our health.
- 818. Now I can get a job. There's always
chorus work to keep us going.
- 819. Us?
- 820. Yes.
- 821. Us.
- 822. You and me. Together.
- 823. - Mr. Bodalink!
- What is it?
- 824. - The front office, sir.
- Thank you.
- 825. Terry, I was about to leave you
a note about Calvero.
- 826. Have him see me tomorrow morning
before your audition.
- 827. - He's all set for the part.
- 828. Just a minute.
- 829. Why, Terry!
I didn't hear you come in.
- 830. How could you?
- 831. Allow me. My friends,
- 832. Mademoiselle Thereza.
- 833. How do you do.
- 834. We're just having a little beer,
Bach and Beethoven.
- 835. Isn't it rather late for music?
- 836. Not if we play a nocturne.
- 837. Proceed with the butchery,
- 838. only make it soft,
- 839. - I'll stick to beer if you don't mind.
- Coming up!
- 840. But what will Mrs. Alsop say?
- 841. A fine thing! After climbing up
three flights of stairs,
- 842. I've just discovered I've got nothing
but a lot of empty beer bottles.
- 843. Why, Terry, is the show out?
- 844. I didn't realize it was that late.
- 845. It's very late.
- 846. That's our cue, we'd better go.
- 847. You're not going!
We were just about to celebrate.
- 848. - But it's almost one o'clock.
- So what?
- 849. Wait a minute!
- 850. Calvero gave me three horses
and I doubled up on them!
- 851. Now that only happens
once in a lifetime.
- 852. Wait a minute. Those stairs
are steep. I'll lead the way.
- 853. That's all right, I can handle myself.
Don't you worry about me.
- 854. Good night.
- 855. I'm sorry, my dear. I'm drunk.
- 856. It's your health I'm worried about.
You know what the doctor said.
- 857. Yes, I shouldn't drink.
It's bad for the heart.
- 858. What about the mind?
- 859. I suppose that should be clear and
alert so I can contemplate the future.
- 860. The prospects of joining
those gray-haired nymphs
- 861. that sleep
on the Thames embankment at night.
- 862. You'll never join them
while I'm alive.
- 863. Oh, I forgot to get your supper!
I'm no good.
- 864. I'll get it later on.
First I'm going to put you to bed.
- 865. But you've had nothing to eat.
- 866. Did you take your medicine?
- 867. What medicine?
- 868. You didn't.
It's to give you an appetite.
- 869. I've quenched my appetite.
- 870. You'll be ill again,
if you don't eat.
- 871. Well, I much prefer to drink.
- 872. A man's true character comes out
when he's drunk.
- 873. Me, I'm funnier.
- 874. Too bad I didn't drink
at the Middlesex.
- 875. I've got good news for you.
- 876. Mr. Bodalink wants to see you
- 877. Who's he?
- 878. Our dance director. He wants you
to play a clown in the new ballet.
- 879. I'm through clowning.
- 880. Life isn't a gag anymore.
I can't see the joke.
- 881. From now on, I'm a retired humorist.
- 882. You'll feel differently
in the morning.
- 883. No, I hate the theatre!
- 884. Someday I'll buy
an acre of ground somewhere
- 885. and raise a few cut flowers,
and make a living that way.
- 886. What do you think?
It's all settled. I play the clown.
- 887. Let's sit down over here
and you can tell me all about it.
- 888. Of course, the salary isn't much.
- 889. Two pounds?
- 890. But it's a foot in the door.
Naturally I'm not using my own name.
- 891. This Bodalink's a nice chap.
Says you're quite a dancer.
- 892. If you'd have come to the theatre,
you might have known it.
- 893. Why didn't you tell me
you were auditioning?
- 894. I wanted to surprise you.
- 895. I'm not sure of the outcome.
It depends on Mr. Postant.
- 896. Postant!
I thought he'd retired years ago.
- 897. Why, do you know him?
- 898. Last time I worked for Postant,
I was the headline here.
- 899. Footlights!
- 900. Your hands are quite cold.
- 901. I think I've got the girl. Young,
sympathetic, a brilliant dancer.
- 902. Bring her on!
- 903. Thereza, please!
- 904. You understand
it's purely improvising.
- 905. That's how I always judge a dancer.
- 906. This is Thereza, Mr. Postant.
- 907. - How do you do.
- How do you do.
- 908. You'll be dancing to Mr. Neville's
music. Listen to it first.
- 909. This is Mr. Neville, our composer.
- 910. - How do you do.
- How do you do.
- 911. I believe we've met before.
- 912. Really?
- 913. It's 12:30, we'd better call lunch.
Lunch everybody! Back at 1:30.
- 914. Allow me to congratulate
the next prima ballerina.
- 915. You're sopping wet, my dear.
Get your coat.
- 916. Put in on and then
we'll talk business.
- 917. Allow me.
- 918. - May I also congratulate you?
- Thank you.
- 919. Come dear. We'll meet at my office
at 2:30 and fix up her contract.
- 920. But we're rehearsing at 2.
- 921. Make it 6, after rehearsal.
- 922. Run up to your dressing room
before you get a chill.
- 923. - Where's Neville?
- 924. All right Frank,
turn off those lights.
- 925. Here I am.
- 926. I was looking for you outside.
- 927. What are you doing
sitting in the dark?
- 928. I'd be ridiculous in the light.
Look at me, I'm shameless.
- 929. But I can't help it.
- 930. My dear, you are a true artist.
- 931. True artist.
- 932. This is absurd. Ridiculous.
- 933. I've waited for this moment.
- 934. I love you.
- 935. I've wanted to say it for so long.
- 936. Ever since the day you thought
I was a woman of the street.
- 937. You took me in,
- 938. cared for me,
- 939. saved my life,
- 940. inspired it.
- 941. But above all that,
I just love you.
- 942. Please, Calvero, marry me.
- 943. - What nonsense is this?
- It isn't nonsense.
- 944. My dear, I'm an old man.
- 945. I don't care what you are.
- 946. I love you.
That's all that matters.
- 947. Latest news, express!
- 948. While you're having lunch,
I'm going to see about my wig.
- 949. Then I'll go with you.
- 950. You'd better have lunch first.
I might be delayed.
- 951. I'll see you back at the theatre.
- 952. Have a good lunch.
- 953. Oh, hello there.
- 954. I'm the man at the piano
who played a moment ago.
- 955. It's quite crowded.
- 956. Always is at lunch time.
- 957. Two?
- 958. Very well.
- 959. Your order, please.
- 960. Bacon and eggs, toast and tea.
- 961. The same.
- 962. That's always safe.
- 963. Beautiful day to be rehearsing.
- 964. Although the papers
are predicting more rain.
- 965. Really?
- 966. What's the joke?
- 967. I finally have the chance to talk
to you and I've nothing to say.
- 968. What is more eloquent than silence?
- 969. - I'd better change tables.
- I won't bite.
- 970. I'm not too sure. I was
severely frostbitten a moment ago.
- 971. What do you mean?
- 972. This morning.
When we were introduced.
- 973. I don't understand.
- 974. My reception was rather cool,
- 975. I still don't understand.
- 976. I'm sorry.
- 977. I seem to be getting
a little involved.
- 978. You see, I had an idea
that we'd met before.
- 979. Well, perhaps we have.
- 980. If we haven't,
then you have a twin sister.
- 981. Who is she?
- 982. Do you really want to know?
- 983. Yes.
- 984. A young girl
who used to work at Sardou's,
- 985. a stationary shop
where I bought music paper.
- 986. A very shy, reticent girl.
- 987. She seldom spoke.
- 988. But her smile was warm
- 989. I read many things into it.
- 990. I also was shy.
It was a bond between us.
- 991. She used to give me
extra music sheets,
- 992. and occasionally extra change.
- 993. Which, frankly, I accepted.
Hunger has no conscience.
- 994. The day after my symphony
played the Albert Hall,
- 995. I went back to the shop,
- 996. but she'd gone.
They said she'd left months ago.
- 997. You haven't seen her since?
- 998. Well, have I?
- 999. Yes, you have.
- 1000. I know.
- 1001. I lost my job giving you
those extra music sheets.
- 1002. - You won't hold that against me?
- Of course not.
- 1003. I was very young then.
- 1004. You're very young now.
- 1005. I don't know.
Soon I shall be an old married lady.
- 1006. Then I wish you lots of happiness.
- 1007. Thank you.
- 1008. I wish that waitress would hurry.
- 1009. Before we do the choreography,
I'll explain the story.
- 1010. It's about Harlequinade.
- 1011. Terry is Columbine.
She is dying in a London garret.
- 1012. Harlequin, who is the lover,
and the clowns, are at her bedside.
- 1013. She asks to be carried
to the window.
- 1014. She wants to look upon the rooftops
one last time.
- 1015. The clowns weep. She smiles.
- 1016. Their clothes are not for sorrow
but for laughter.
- 1017. She wants them to perform,
do their tricks.
- 1018. The clowns can do their comedy.
- 1019. - While she's dying?
- 1020. Let me see, where am I?
- 1021. As the clowns perform,
she becomes delirious.
- 1022. Spirits of Columbines
dance before her.
- 1023. Then she dies.
That's the first scene.
- 1024. Next is the graveyard
where Columbine was buried.
- 1025. Harlequin, her lover,
enters in the moonlight.
- 1026. He tries to resurrect her
from the grave.
- 1027. But he fails.
- 1028. The spirits tell him not to grieve.
- 1029. His love is not in the grave,
- 1030. Then Terry appears.
- 1031. That's your solo, then the finale.
- 1032. We'd better get a move on.
It's only 3 weeks to the opening.
- 1033. Calvero!
- 1034. What is it?
- 1035. - How's it going?
- Wonderful. Thumbs up.
- 1036. - I wish the dance was over.
- You've nothing to worry about.
- 1037. I'm scared. Pray for me.
- 1038. God helps those
who help themselves. Good luck.
- 1039. - I can't go on!
- 1040. My legs! I can't move!
- 1041. It's nerves. Just move.
- 1042. No, I can't move. I'm paralyzed!
- 1043. Pure hysteria!
There's your cue, get on stage!
- 1044. No, I'm falling!
It's my legs, they're paralyzed!
- 1045. Get on that stage!
- 1046. See? There's nothing wrong
with your legs.
- 1047. Whoever you are, whatever it is,
just keep her going, that's all.
- 1048. I've lost a button.
- 1049. One of these.
- 1050. It's all right.
- 1051. Where's Calvero?
He told me to wait for him here.
- 1052. I'll send the call boy
to look for him.
- 1053. Supper is served.
You're sitting next to Mr. Postant.
- 1054. Supper is now being served
in both lounges.
- 1055. Come along, my dear.
You're next to me.
- 1056. Bodalink, you're down there
my dear fellow.
- 1057. Destiny must be a headwaitress.
- 1058. Why?
- 1059. She seats us together again.
- 1060. She might be your nemesis.
- 1061. I think I'll stand up
under the punishment.
- 1062. However, my congratulations.
Tonight you were wonderful.
- 1063. That's what they call
the old army game.
- 1064. Neville, they tell me
the army's caught up with you.
- 1065. You've joined the army?
- 1066. On the contrary, the army joined me.
I was drafted.
- 1067. That's awful!
- 1068. I agree.
It's carrying the war too far.
- 1069. However, there's the possibility
of joining up here.
- 1070. Would you like to dance?
- 1071. I appeal to your patriotism.
You can't refuse a soldier.
- 1072. Governor, I remember
when you played Widow Twankey
- 1073. at the Theatre Royal,
Birmingham, in 1890...
- 1074. Go easy there laddie, go easy.
- 1075. Let's have a drink.
- 1076. Calvero, old boy,
how's the world treating you?
- 1077. Rather aggressively at the moment.
- 1078. You don't know me.
Rather aggressively at the moment.
- 1079. You don't know me.
- 1080. The fact is most gratifying.
- 1081. Is that supposed to be funny?
- 1082. My man, you will never know.
Have a little drink.
- 1083. Only have it
at the other end of the bar.
- 1084. Pardon me, Miss Thereza is waiting
for you in the dress circle.
- 1085. What is it?
- 1086. Miss Thereza is waiting for you
in the dress circle.
- 1087. Will you kindly tell her not to worry,
I've gone home to bed.
- 1088. Very well, sir.
- 1089. What's happened to Calvero?
- 1090. He left word that he was tired
and had gone home to rest.
- 1091. I must go at once. Say good night
to Mr. Postant for me.
- 1092. I'll get you a cab.
- 1093. I'll walk home.
- 1094. He must be asleep, poor dear.
Too much excitement for him.
- 1095. I'm beginning
to feel the strain myself.
- 1096. Then I'll be going.
- 1097. Shall we see you
before you leave for camp?
- 1098. I leave this morning.
- 1099. Good bye, Terry.
- 1100. No, don't!
- 1101. Say you love me, just a little.
- 1102. Please!
- 1103. I've tried to fight it, but I can't.
- 1104. Please, it's useless.
- 1105. You're as helpless as I am.
We love each other.
- 1106. I never said I loved you.
- 1107. Every look, gesture says it!
- 1108. No, don't say that!
- 1109. I know how devoted
you are to Calvero,
- 1110. but marrying him isn't right.
It isn't fair to you.
- 1111. You're young, just beginning life.
- 1112. This devotion is idealistic.
- 1113. But it isn't love.
- 1114. No, you're wrong.
I really love him.
- 1115. You pity him.
- 1116. It's more than pity.
- 1117. It's something I've lived with,
- 1118. It's his soul, his sweetness,
- 1119. Nothing will ever separate me
- 1120. Good night, Terry.
- 1121. Good bye.
- 1122. Listen to this one:
- 1123. "With ease, Thereza pirouetted
and flexed radiant authority.
- 1124. "She was light,
- 1125. "A Diana spinning
wisps of beauty about her."
- 1126. Very good.
- 1127. Well, you've done it.
- 1128. How's it feel to wake up famous?
- 1129. That's right, have a good cry
and enjoy it. It only happens once.
- 1130. Let's marry, soon.
- 1131. If we could only get away.
That house in the country,
- 1132. where we could have
peace and happiness.
- 1133. Happiness.
- 1134. The first time I've ever heard you
mention that word.
- 1135. - I'm always happy with you.
- Are you?
- 1136. Of course. I love you.
- 1137. Wasted on an old man.
- 1138. Love is never wasted.
- 1139. Terry, you're like a nun, shutting
everything else out for my sake.
- 1140. It isn't fair, wasting your youth.
- 1141. You deserve more than this.
- 1142. Let me go away.
- 1143. What's come over you?
- 1144. I can't help it!
If I only had the strength to leave!
- 1145. But I stay on, tormenting myself.
- 1146. The whole thing is false.
- 1147. In the few years I have left,
I must have truth.
- 1148. That's all I have left.
- 1149. Truth.
- 1150. That's all I want.
- 1151. And if possible, a little dignity.
- 1152. If you leave me, I'll kill myself.
- 1153. I hate life!
The torment, the cruelty of it.
- 1154. I couldn't go on without you!
Don't you understand, I love you!
- 1155. - You want to love me.
- But I do, I do!
- 1156. It's Neville you love.
I don't blame you.
- 1157. That isn't true.
- 1158. He's the composer
you knew at Sardou's.
- 1159. Yes. I didn't tell you
because I thought it...
- 1160. Inevitable.
I prophesized it, remember?
- 1161. A balcony overlooking the Thames!
- 1162. But it isn't true!
- 1163. In the twilight
he will tell you he loves you.
- 1164. And you will tell him
you've always loved him.
- 1165. But I don't love him! I never did.
- 1166. It was his music, his art.
- 1167. He meant a world
that had been denied me.
- 1168. You look so well together.
- 1169. But I don't love him! I never did.
- 1170. Please, you must believe me!
- 1171. Dancing's excellent,
but the comedy's poor.
- 1172. We'll have to get rid of that clown.
- 1173. I've called Blackmore's Agency,
they're sending down another man.
- 1174. You know who that clown is?
- 1175. I don't care if it's Calvero himself.
He isn't funny.
- 1176. - But that's who it is.
- 1177. Calvero,
only he's under another name.
- 1178. Why the devil didn't you tell me?
- 1179. He didn't want it known.
- 1180. Poor old Calvero. Well, that's
different, we'd better keep him.
- 1181. After all,
the comedy isn't too important.
- 1182. But I didn't see him
at the supper party on opening night.
- 1183. He didn't show up.
That's why Thereza left so early.
- 1184. What's he got to do with her?
- 1185. Believe it or not,
she's going to marry him.
- 1186. That old reprobate?
- 1187. Bless my soul,
there's hope for me yet.
- 1188. It's time for rehearsal.
- 1189. Wait a minute.
- 1190. I'll call Blackmore's and cancel
that fellow before he gets down here.
- 1191. If you finish rehearsing early,
don't wait for me.
- 1192. I've so many things to do,
but I'll be home by six.
- 1193. - Calvero?
- 1194. I haven't seen you in ages!
Where are you working?
- 1195. Nowhere. I'm looking for a job.
- 1196. Blackmore sent me down
to see this new ballet.
- 1197. The Harlequinade?
- 1198. I understand the clown's
not very good
- 1199. and I could get the part.
Wish me luck.
- 1200. - Good luck, old man.
- 1201. Mrs. Alsop!
- 1202. What is it?
- 1203. What on earth is the matter?
- 1204. Calvero, where is he?
Have you seen him?
- 1205. - What do you mean?
- He's left me!
- 1206. He's gone!
- 1207. Would you like to contribute?
- 1208. Captain,
would you like to contribute?
- 1209. No, that's all right, put it in.
- 1210. I've no false pride.
- 1211. Sit down, have a drink.
- 1212. Thank you, old man, not during
office hours. But I'll sit down.
- 1213. May I?
- 1214. How are you?
- 1215. Never felt better in my life!
- 1216. And how is the army treating you?
- 1217. Not so bad.
- 1218. I get up to London every other week.
- 1219. Have you seen Terry?
- 1220. How is she?
- 1221. After you left she was quite ill.
- 1222. But she's all right now?
- 1223. She's been touring the continent.
Since she got back she's much better.
- 1224. Good.
- 1225. She never told me
what happened between you.
- 1226. What could happen,
but the inevitable?
- 1227. You see a great deal of her?
- 1228. Good.
- 1229. Somehow I knew
it would work out that way.
- 1230. Time is the great author.
- 1231. It always writes
the perfect ending.
- 1232. Great Scott!
- 1233. How do you do, Mr. Postant?
- 1234. Just a moment.
You're just the man I want to see.
- 1235. Would you like to contribute?
- 1236. Are you with that outfit outside?
- 1237. I am, sir.
- 1238. Oh, thank you.
- 1239. You oughtn't to be doing this!
- 1240. Why not? All the world's a stage.
- 1241. And this one is the most legitimate.
- 1242. I must go, or my confreres will
think I've run off with the takings.
- 1243. Thank you, gentlemen.
- 1244. Don't you think
I should tell Terry I've seen you?
- 1245. Knowing I'm doing this sort of thing
might upset her.
- 1246. Although I don't mind it.
- 1247. There's something
about working the streets I like.
- 1248. It's the tramp in me, I suppose.
- 1249. Wait a minute. Why don't you
come and see me at my office?
- 1250. - What about?
- 1251. I never discuss business,
I leave that to my agent. Call him up.
- 1252. However I'm booked up solid,
- 1253. Au revoir, Gentlemen.
- 1254. Driver, stop!
Please, turn around.
- 1255. Keep the change.
- 1256. Cyrano de Bergerac,
without the nose.
- 1257. Let's sit down.
- 1258. So they told you, huh?
- 1259. I've been searching
all over London for you.
- 1260. The same Terry.
- 1261. Am I?
- 1262. A little more grown up, that's all.
- 1263. I don't want to grow up.
- 1264. None of us do.
- 1265. But I had to, after you left.
- 1266. It's all for the best.
All for the best.
- 1267. Perhaps.
- 1268. I don't know.
- 1269. But something's gone.
- 1270. Gone forever.
- 1271. Nothing's gone,
- 1272. it only changes.
- 1273. I still love you.
- 1274. Of course you do.
- 1275. You always will.
- 1276. Calvero, come back.
- 1277. You've got to come back!
- 1278. I can't.
I must go forward.
- 1279. That's progress.
- 1280. Then let me go with you.
- 1281. I'll do everything in the world
to make you happy.
- 1282. That's what hurts.
I know you will.
- 1283. Mr. Postant said
he'd give you a benefit.
- 1284. I don't want his charity.
- 1285. It isn't charity.
- 1286. He says it'd be the greatest
event in theatrical history.
- 1287. I'm not interested in events.
- 1288. But I would like a chance just
to show them I'm not through yet.
- 1289. Of course.
- 1290. I've still got ideas, you know.
- 1291. I've been working on,
working on... a comedy act,
- 1292. for myself and my friend.
- 1293. It's sort of a musical satire.
- 1294. Wonderful!
- 1295. You know he's a very good pianist,
and me with the violin...
- 1296. A lot of very really
really very funny business.
- 1297. Come in.
- 1298. Sit down, my dear.
You look tired.
- 1299. I've been working with the claque,
going over Calvero's jokes.
- 1300. I gave them cue sheets so
they'll know exactly where to laugh.
- 1301. Are the jokes as bad as all that?
- 1302. I'm worried. If he fails tonight,
it'll kill him. I know it.
- 1303. He won't fail. The audience
will be most sympathetic.
- 1304. But he doesn't want sympathy.
He keeps saying that.
- 1305. He wants to be a genuine success.
- 1306. What does he expect?
You know he's not the man he was.
- 1307. He mustn't be told that!
- 1308. Tell me, my dear,
- 1309. are you still going to marry him?
- 1310. I'll do anything in the world
to make him happy.
- 1311. He's a very lucky man.
- 1312. He's a very, very lucky man.
- 1313. I never thought we'd come to this.
- 1314. Here we have the star dressing room
without a dresser.
- 1315. Oh well, I guess we can put up
with it for one night.
- 1316. Fred, the stage manager.
- 1317. Come in, Fred.
- 1318. Like old times,
seeing you in this room again.
- 1319. What's on your mind?
- 1320. You've got 10 minutes, because
there's 20 other acts to follow.
- 1321. You're in a song first,
finishing up with a musical act.
- 1322. I'll ring down
after you fall in the drum.
- 1323. No, after I'm carried off
in the drum.
- 1324. Right you are. Thank you, sir.
- 1325. If anybody else says it's like old
times, I'll jump out the window!
- 1326. First the doorman,
then the call boy,
- 1327. now the stage manager.
- 1328. It's me, Postant.
- 1329. It's like old times seeing you here
again putting on your war paint.
- 1330. I'll be down
watching the other acts.
- 1331. Yes, like old times.
Only in those days you were drunk.
- 1332. I'm supposed to be funnier
when I'm drunk.
- 1333. Maybe, but you were killing yourself.
- 1334. You know, anything for a laugh.
How's the house?
- 1335. Packed. Every face card in Europe
is out there:
- 1336. kings, queens, jacks...
- 1337. - Is Neville out there?
- Yes. Came up specially.
- 1338. And what a program!
- 1339. Take a look at that. Every star
in the business is appearing.
- 1340. It'll be something,
following all this talent.
- 1341. Don't worry. Tonight you'll
make them look like amateurs.
- 1342. That's all any of us are. Amateurs.
- 1343. We don't live long enough
to be anything else.
- 1344. Well, as one old amateur
- 1345. - Good luck.
- Thank you, Mr. Postant.
- 1346. Come in.
- 1347. How do I look?
- 1348. Funny.
- 1349. I know what you're thinking,
my health and all that.
- 1350. But I had to take a drink.
- 1351. There's a creamy white light
turning off and on in my stomach.
- 1352. And that's not so good,
if I'm to be a success tonight.
- 1353. Is it really worth it?
- 1354. Not that I care for success,
but I don't want another failure.
- 1355. Whatever happens, there's always
that little home in the country.
- 1356. This is my home. Here.
- 1357. I thought you hated the theatre.
- 1358. I do. I also hate the sight of blood
but it's in my veins.
- 1359. Come in.
- 1360. Mr. Calvero, on stage please!
- 1361. Good luck, sir.
They're all waiting for you.
- 1362. Thanks.
- 1363. I don't like it.
- 1364. Everyone's so kind to me.
- 1365. Makes me feel isolated.
- 1366. Even you make me feel isolated.
- 1367. Why do you say that?
- 1368. I don't know.
- 1369. I really don't know.
- 1370. - Oh, your change.
- No, no.
- 1371. Of course!
- 1372. All right, turn it off up there!
- 1373. Your change is all ready.
- 1374. Good luck, my darling.
- 1375. - Aren't you going to watch?
- I can't.
- 1376. But remember I love you.
- 1377. Really?
- 1378. Always. With all my heart.
- 1379. Ready, Mr. Calvero?
- 1380. Good luck, my darling.
- 1381. Let her go!
- 1382. I'm an animal trainer
A circus entertainer
- 1383. I've trained animals by the score
Lions, tigers and wild boar
- 1384. That's not Phyllis!
- 1385. Where's Phyllis?
- 1386. There she is!
- 1387. When I was three
My nurse told me
- 1388. About reincarnation
- 1389. And ever since
I've been convinced
- 1390. Thrilled with anticipation
- 1391. That when I leave this earth
- 1392. It makes my heart feel warm
- 1393. To know that I'll return
- 1394. In some other form
- 1395. But I don't want to be a tree
- 1396. Sticking in the ground
- 1397. I'd sooner be a flea
- 1398. I don't want to be a flower
- 1399. Waiting by the hour
- 1400. Hoping for a pollen to alight on me
- 1401. So when I cease to be
- 1402. I want to go back
I want to go back to the sea
- 1403. Oh for the life of a sardine
That is the life for me
- 1404. Cavorting and spawning
- 1405. Under the deep blue sea
- 1406. To have no fear for storm or gale
Oh to chase the tail of a whale
- 1407. Oh for the life of a sardine
- 1408. That is the life for me
- 1409. You're 3 minutes over!
- 1410. It's the audience.
- 1411. Bow and finish.
- 1412. I've another act to do.
- 1413. Bow and finish!
- 1414. What am I to do?
- 1415. Just finish.
There are 15 other acts to follow.
- 1416. Look, I've got Postant
on the telephone!
- 1417. Please, please.
Will you give me a chance?
- 1418. What's wrong?
Why isn't he doing an encore?
- 1419. I can't keep the other acts waiting.
- 1420. That's your problem.
He does an encore.
- 1421. Do your encore!
- 1422. Mmm, you darling!
- 1423. - Here, take this.
- What is it?
- 1424. I have a terrific pain
in my back and chest.
- 1425. Dr. Blake is in the house.
Shall I get him?
- 1426. Yes, get him at once!
- 1427. - What's wrong?
- He's hurt his spine.
- 1428. - Did you send for the doctor?
- 1429. Then carry him
to his dressing room.
- 1430. I'll tell the audience
there's been an accident.
- 1431. No, don't do that!
Carry me on.
- 1432. I'll talk to them.
You'll ruin the evening.
- 1433. On behalf of my partner,
- 1434. This is a wonderful evening.
- 1435. I'd like to continue,
but I'm stuck.
- 1436. Take off his makeup.
- 1437. Is there a couch
in his dressing room?
- 1438. No, but there's one
in the prop room.
- 1439. Take him in there.
- 1440. Everyone else must wait outside.
- 1441. Where's Calvero?
Where is the old scoundrel?
- 1442. I want to congratulate him.
- 1443. In the prop room.
He's had an accident.
- 1444. Here's the doctor now.
- 1445. I want an ambulance at once.
- 1446. Is it serious, Doctor?
- 1447. Very. It isn't his back,
it's a heart attack.
- 1448. - Is he in pain?
- Not now. I've given him something.
- 1449. I'm afraid he won't last the night.
- 1450. What have they been telling you?
- 1451. Are you all right?
- 1452. Of course.
- 1453. I'm an old weed.
- 1454. The more I'm cut down,
the more I spring up again.
- 1455. Did you hear them?
- 1456. I don't mean the claque.
- 1457. Wonderful!
- 1458. That's how it used to be.
- 1459. That's how it's going to be
from now on.
- 1460. We're going to tour the world.
- 1461. I've got ideas.
- 1462. You doing ballet, and me comedy.
- 1463. And in the elegant melancholy
- 1464. he will tell you he loves you.
- 1465. It doesn't matter.
It's you I love.
- 1466. The heart and the mind...
what an enigma.
- 1467. Miss Thereza, you're on, please.
- 1468. I won't be long, my darling.
- 1469. I believe I'm dying, Doctor.
- 1470. But then, I don't know.
I've died so many times.
- 1471. Are you in pain?
- 1472. No more.
- 1473. Where is she?
- 1474. I want to see her dance.
- 1475. Wait a minute.
- 1476. Bring the couch into the wings.
- 1477. I must see about that ambulance.