Arsenic and Old Lace 1944 Movie Script I'll knock your block off, you big stiff!
You're a bum! Strike! You're out! Elmer, here it is. -I knew you'd find it. -Boy, I could sure use a drink. I wonder if any big shots are getting married today? Looks like the same suckers get married every day. Come on. Hey, the guy with the cheaters. Now what's he hiding from? -Hey, isn't that Mortimer Brewster? -Mortimer Brewster, the dramatic critic? No, it's not him. But what a scoop it'd be! The guy who wrote The Bachelor's Bible getting hooked. It's too good to be true. Let's snap the mayor in his new fire helmet and go. Let's stick around, see who the guy is. "Two by two they come and go" Good morning, children. Your name, please? -Elaine Harper. -Speak a little louder. Elaine Harper. Thank you. Yours? -Mortimer Brewster. -How's that?
Mortimer Brewster. Speak up, sonny. There's nothing to be afraid of. I want to keep this undercover. Love her? Of course you love her. You're marrying her, right? You don't understand. Come here. I don't want this to get out for a while. I'm Mortimer Brewster. You're who? Mortimer Brew-That's him! Mr. Brewster! Now, look-Goodbye, dear. Don't you understand? How can I marry you? Me, the symbol of bachelorhood. I've sneered at every love scene. I've written four million words against marriage! Not only hooked, but to a minister's daughter, and a girl from Brooklyn. Look at the way you look! What is that contraption you've got there? A pin I borrowed from your aunts. You know, "Something borrowed--" I know, "Something borrowed, something blue." Old, new. Rice and old shoes.
Carry you over the threshold. Niagara Falls. All that silly tripe. Is this what I've come to? I can't go through with it. I won't marry you. That's that. -Yes, Mortimer. -What do you mean, "Yes, Mortimer"? Aren't you insulted? Aren't you going to cry? -No, Mortimer. -And don't "No, Mortimer" me, either! Marriage is a superstition. It's old-fashioned. It's.... O'Hara, don't be a jerk. You don't realize... ...l'm turning over to you the nicest, best beat in Brooklyn. Now look at that old church. And them old houses. Did George Washington ever sleep here? Of course he did. This whole neighborhood just stinks with atmosphere. -And look at that old house. -The original owners still there? Don't crack wise about the Brewster sisters. They're two of the dearest, sweetest old ladies that ever walked the earth. They're out of this world. They're like pressed rose leaves. Pressed rose leaves? The old girls must be kind of hard up.
... He used to come to see us only occasionally. Reverend Harper.because he's a dramatic critic and takes your daughter to the theater. But you can bet if anybody came looking for a room..but no man with this published attitude.. You know I'm not a swearing man. Sister Martha and I are so happy.. watch your language.. You'd be surprised
. He's so very much in love with her. dear. No.. ." either.. I must be catching cold. ... . at any time... and now. Is Lieutenant around? So what are they renting rooms for? They don't. I do hope you don't disapprove of Mortimer. That's their way of digging up people to do good to.. It's not that I disapprove of his being a critic. We mustn't be angry with Mortimer.Their old man left them fixed for life. . Don't you call them "the girls. Bless you.should take any man's daughter anyplace. It was Reverend Harper who sneezed.... Brophy. Remember now.they wouldn't go away without a good meal and a couple of bucks...he's in Brooklyn six nights a week...
They're all packed. How do you do. by the library door. Gentlemen. we came for the toys. -So these are the toys? -How's Mrs. -How do you do. run upstairs and bring down your Army and Navy from Aunt Martha's room. This is Officer O'Hara. sir? It's nice to meet you. Will you excuse me? No. The toys are on the chair up here. No. I'll go. Brophy?
. the new man on the beat.what they'd consider swearing. Splendid! Thank you. Thank you. Teddy. no. He's taking over my beat. That's splendid work you men do. At ease. Charge! It gives us something to do at the station. This is Officer O'Hara. fixing up discarded toys for the kids at camp. Harper from the church next door? Hello. Mr. Teddy. dear. absolutely nothing to report. You know the Reverend Dr. Brophy. -Miss Abby. You get tired of playing cards. we have nothing to report. -Come right in. gentlemen. what news have you brought me? Colonel. miss? -Welcome to our neighborhood.
He's an interesting character. thank you. Gentlemen. Please don't bother. you promised me you wouldn't do that anymore.. Reverend. .. They're afraid of him.... There's a lot of worse guys he could think he was. if I know what pure kindness and absolute generosity are. that this nice family should be hatching a cuckoo?
.. still. Now don't do that again.She's better. But a little weak. Isn't it a shame..it's because I've known the Brewster sisters. Isn't it a shame. Look. Father. Stop the nonsense! I won't be a minute. I'll make a note. You've done so much already. I'll get some beef broth for you to take to her.. Teddy.. Sarge.and the neighbors raised Cain. I promised I wouldn't swear. But I have to call a Cabinet meeting to get those supplies. ... Do you hear me? He used to do that at night. but what the heck-What's going on here? -He's quite harmless. That's right. -He thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt.
Miss Brewster. -Don't mention it. -But the Oregon goes to Australia. Yes..Well. put it back. No. how do you do? Miss Martha. You bet I will. Colonel. -Now. now. isn't this nice! -Good afternoon. Brophy. this is grand. He's taking over my duties. Officer O'Hara. Sarge. it goes to Australia. Be sure it's good and hot. -How do you do? -Good afternoon. Dismissed!
. The Army and Navy are ready for action. -Thank you.. Hey. So long. How do you do? -I'm very glad to know you. Here's the broth for Mrs. Colonel. What's this? The Oregon? Teddy. and thank you very much. you're back. Thank you. dear. -The children will go crazy. -Not at all. -These are lovely. It'll make a lot of kids happy. Martha.. Teddy. -Reverend.
Bless you! Have you tried to persuade him he wasn't Roosevelt? -Oh. and we suggested it. That is quite a problem. Do you remember. Well. Young man. you're happy. Our only worry for Teddy is after we're gone. Mortimer's made all the arrangements for Teddy... -Charge! Charge the blockhouse! Blockhouse? The stairs are always San Juan Hill. indeed. a long time ago. let that be a lesson to you. Goodbye. I must be going. no! -He's so happy being Teddy Roosevelt.
.. and what's more important. -Don't mention it.. if he's happy.. . -Careful of the step with the toys. we thought if he'd be George Washington. -Well. Martha? Once. Yes. -Good night.. And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn't be anybody...it might be a change for him.-Goodbye and thank you..
to go to Happy Dale Sanitarium after we pass on.. He won't interfere with our plans for Mortimer and Elaine. -I'll run right downstairs and see. You're going to Panama and dig another lock for the canal. -No.. Splendid idea! A very pleasant place. I do believe he's beginning to see the light. sweet Reverend Harper. Martha. why? Good news for you. Charge! Abby! While I was out? Yes. dear. You know. Delighted! That's bully! Just bully! I shall prepare at once for the journey. -But all by yourself. Dear. And dinner's going to be late. too. I'm sure we needn't worry about him.. There wasn't time.
. And I was all alone. dear. Did you just have tea? Yes. I just couldn't wait for you. -I got along fine. and Reverend Harper was coming. I didn't know when you'd be back. So.
Mortimer. keep them. -It's Elaine! -Hello. buddy. -What's the matter with it? -Father preached about it only last Sunday. -You've got to drive us to the station. And her brooch. -But that was only Sunday.Well? Just look in the windowseat. Mortimer. Elaine! -What did she mean? You don't suppose they've gone and-Listen. Here's your hat. you're going to love me
. -This old cab has seen osculation but.. If you find her hairpins. There they are. right out here with everyone looking. -You ain't seen anything yet. -Take her hat.. Hold on to that. Please! For heaven's sake! But. I don't like that look in your eyes.. Let everyone in Brooklyn over 16 look. He did? What did he say? -He was against it. -But. right out here with everyone looking? Yes. Wait a minute. But. darlings. Just throw it.
for my mind. you see! You see? That's what I mean. certainly! We're going to go the whole hog.. You'll see it often. We've a room on the train. No. You know what we're doing? Wasting time.. Niagara Falls! Everybody ought to go there. the bridal suite in the hotel. Look.
. Mortimer! " You better get used to it. Yes. Go on. It goes just before this. I started packing the day after I met you.. too? One thing at a time. You should've seen my secretary's face. You'll run his cold into a pneumonia. I don't have to. don't tell your father.. I'll go tell my aunts and you tell your. why don't we wire him from Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls? That's why you stopped at your office. That's what I hate about women. He's a dear. There. There's that look again! "There's that look again. .. I can handle Father..and tomorrow morning we go over the falls in a barrel.. darling. hurry and pack.
Benson's Florists? This is Mortimer Brewster. -Can I use the telephone? -Of course. hurry. And throw in a flock
. When you whistle. -Father may want to pray over me. Grand Central Station. Did you send those roses to Mrs. it's me. What? Now? No. Hurry. Elaine and I are married. Hold on to your bustles. darling. how wonderful! Isn't it wonderful? They're married! Don't pretend to be so surprised either. -It'll be a few minutes. dark streak of light. We're married. If you see a tall. not now! Look surprised when he tells us. Brewster? Good. here. too wonderful? And to think that it happened right here in this room! Now.I wonder what Mary's doing now? -The train leaves in an hour. -Whistle when you're ready. you two old frauds. Oh. open the front door fast. Send four dozen more to drawing room A. Isn't it too.
a wedding cake. You know how your books upset him. -And. I'm going to burn all my books. I'll let the Reverend light the first match. Did everybody know I was getting married. -You won't have time to bake a cake. Oh. I do hope the Reverend isn't too angry. dear. But before you go. Of course. A taxi's waiting. you've got the nicest nephew in the world. Did I leave some notes here for my new book? You mean Mind Over Matrimony? Where are they? -I hid them someplace--Come along. too.of orange blossoms. I'll open a bottle of wine and we'll sing. It's been ready since-I bet it's been ready since the first day I met her. And we'll invite a few neighbors in.
. It's all ready. We're going to Niagara Falls. I've got the two nicest aunts in the world. of course. Well. we can have our celebration. except me? We knew you'd find out about it in time. I'll run along and get everything ready.
what a face! I remember now. Mr. President? -Bully. Do you remember how he used to cut worms in two with his teeth? Jonathan? He's probably in prison or hanged or something by now. Let's find them before Elaine sees them. Isn't it wonderful? Well. "Oh. Yes.Now you behave. I'm off to Panama. Just bully. I know. One of those whodunits called Murder Will Out. A new lock for the canal. thank you. Just the thought of Jonathan frightens me. Really? A honey of a lunatic. You ought to put that in the fire with my books. reminded me of Jonathan. goodbye. had a character in it. My. -Find those notes? What's wrong? There's a baby picture of your brother Jonathan. dear. He'd scare grownups with it. dear!
. Mortimer! -How are you. Mr. tell the news to Mother" -Oh. I saw a play. Oh. you know. President. -What news have you brought me? -The country's squarely behind you. Goodbye. Hello.
You know how we've always planned to send Teddy to Happy Dale? Yes. look. Yes. what a play. darling! Never mind that now. darlings! Nonsense! There's a body in the windowseat! Yes. -You know? -Of course. Yes. Well. That's after we're gone.Yeah. dear. the first thing you see is a dead body. -There's no such hurry as that. When Teddy's working on the canal. but I've got an awful shock for you.
. We know. The next thing-Hey. Get him up here now. Now. you can't get his mind on anything else. When the curtain goes up. Teddy's got to go to Happy Dale now. At once! -He's in the cellar. but it has nothing to do with Teddy. listen. darlings. I'm frightfully sorry. Teddy's killed a man. we talked with Reverend Harper about it. -Happy bridegroom! -Congratulations. darlings. dear. mister.
Wait! Stop all this. men just don't get into windowseats and die. Forget? We never dreamed you'd peek. You put it in the wine?
. No. Now look. How did the poison get in the wine? We put it in wine because it's less noticeable. You just forget about it... What the.. except that he's a Methodist. When it's in tea.Now. Mortimer. how did he die? Mortimer.. The gentleman died because he drank some wine with poison in it. Forget you ever saw the gentleman. it has a distinct odor. He's a Methodist? lsn't that nice... You mean you. That's all you know? What's he doing here? -What happened to him? -He died. Who is he? He's a Mr. Hoskins. That's really all I know about him. Aunt Martha. dear. don't be so inquisitive. He died first. Adam Hoskins.
but this time we'll go where we want to go. The dears.. tomorrow or next day. That wouldn't have been very nice. Abby. And I put Mr. . Junior's not going to drag me into another one of those scary pictures. Operator? Can you hear my voice? You can? Are you sure? Then I must be here.. Isn't Halloween a wonderful time for them?
. Hoskins in the windowseat. But she wants us to take Junior to the movies again. while I was out I dropped in on Mrs. Now. You knew what you'd done and didn't want Reverend Harper to see the body? Well. I do think that Martha and I have the right to our own little secrets.Yes. you know all about it and just forget about it. Look at me.. Yes. not at tea. She's much better. They ought not to be allowed to make pictures just to frighten people. darling. Schultz.. It's first-degree. Mortimer.because Reverend Harper was coming. We must do that.
Hodgekiss in the cellar? Yes. We told you to forget the whole thing. -We can't turn you over to the police. here. dear. -But Mr. dear. Hodgekiss--Hoskins. Whatever his name is. you behave. Look. I want to know what we're going to do! We're going to celebrate. dear. -We'll let you lick the bowl. dear. You're too old to be flying off the handle like this. you can't leave him in there. digging the lock.
. They have so much fun. You're going to bury Mr. Mortimer. Hoskins. Forget? Can't I make you realize that something has to be done? Now. I know what his name is. I want to know what we're going to do. it is. That's what we did with the others.Yes. Teddy's down in the cellar now... don't be so impatient. Mortimer. Mr. Celebrate? There's a body in the windowseat! Yes. Aunt Martha. Now. -Lick the bowl? I don't want to. We don't intend to. -Stop worrying about it. You can't..
Let me see now. Abby. and that makes it 12. It does? Well. isn't it. I get them mixed up sometimes.. I really don't think you should count the first one. dear. Abby. When you say "others. Hoskins first came in. I didn't mean--
. she's probably right. This is 1 1. dear. This one is only 1 1 . This makes 12.. I think you're wrong. Hello. because I remember when Mr. No. For heaven's sake. . dear..-Others? -The other gentlemen. what do you think happened to him? Hello? Not now.it occurred to me that he'd make just an even dozen. Abby? No. But. I was counting the first one. Makes it 12. keep your shirt on! Elaine. dear. Whatever is the matter with Mortimer today? Why." do you mean "others"? -More than one "others"? -Yes. dear.. Abby. Abby usually is.
. Midgely was a yellow-fever victim.. . .. He was a Baptist. you see.that if we could help other lonely. Twelve! Yes. when his heart attack came.Now. Midgely. dear... ..... then and there..and he sat there dead in that chair. He was such a lonely.. So..looking so peaceful. who was the first one? Mr..... And that meant he had to be buried immediately.. . Abby thinks we should count the first one.. let's see.. . . You mean. We felt so sorry for him.we would. Just sit down.. we all took him down to Panama. Remember. Martha? We made up our minds. you poor. Where were we? Twelve. Why.. he dropped dead right in this chair? And then.. And then.. Never mind about that... old gentleman. old men.to find that same peace.. All his kith and kin were dead.and he thought Mr..
.. Tell me. Teddy came up from digging in Panama..
then add half a teaspoonful of strychnine.. -Mortimer. You've eaten enough of her piccalilli. .... -What? Do you remember those jars of poison on the shelves... dear. Should have quite a kick.. now you see? That's why we told you not to bother about it. so. just a pinch of cyanide. What about the others? All 12 of them didn't walk in here and drop dead.. Wait a minute! Come here..l take one teaspoonful of arsenic.... one of our gentlemen found time to say: "How delicious! "
.. .in Grandfather's laboratory all these years? You know your Aunt Martha's knack for mixing things. No... Of course not! Well. And then. There....and put him in the lock and gave him a decent Christian burial.. darling. ... As a matter of fact. for a gallon of elderberry wine.because we know exactly what's to be done. .. dear. Well.
Everybody knows he's crazy.. Winchell? No. I can see the headlines now: "Murder lncorporator Rides Again" right across the front page. A sip of wine! Wine! I'm beginning to think the cat's in on this. darling.He did? Well. we mustn't be standing here gossiping all night. wasn't that nice of him? Abby. Singing away. Who can I call up? Dewey. digging locks. I couldn't eat a thing. Old Judge Cullman! I wonder if I got his number. Teddy! Of course.. We must get that cake frosted. Let me see. Let me see. Got him working on a yellow-fever victim. Happy as a lark. Winchell's no good... You newlyweds! A sip of wine will give you an appetite. He's wonderful. What am I doing with tickets? Information. Information? Get me the number of Judge Cullman
. Don't worry about the cake. La Guardia. That'd be nice. a sip of...
please. -Run on home. Something's happened. lose your nerve? Where's that look I was going to see so often? Stop! Don't whistle in my ear. You and your gags! Where's your hat? The bags are in the taxi. I heard you whistle. What are you doing here? What am I doing here? Didn't you hear me whistle? Whistle? Oh.on North Shore Road. I'll call you up tomorrow. what's the matter? What happened? Those flowers are so beautiful. would you call me back? Wouldn't it be marvelous if he wasn't there? Hey. What'd you do. -How do I look? -You look fine. What's wrong? Look at your hair. -Tomorrow? You know I always call you up every day or two.
. yes. dark streak of light. Yeah. What color is it? Has it turned? Darling. you! Thought you were tall. Brooklyn. -Come on! -I'm so sorry.
It's very. You better go home! -But. But it's a matter of life and. we were married today. It won't wait until tomorrow.. -Go to bed. Judge. You smell so nice. The police want to throw him into a state institution. A thing happened.
. Elaine. Judge. about Teddy.. Judge. very important. Elaine! Will you get out of here? What on earth is going on here? I don't know where I stand! -Anywhere. we'll let it! -Wait a minute! Listen. but don't stand there! -But Niagara Falls! -If it does. darling.. You can't marry me and then throw me out! I'm not throwing you out of the house! Will you get out of here? I'm sorry.If I could only tell you. I'll tell you why I called you. We've got to do something immediately. he's-It's his bugle blowing. I've got to come over and see you right away. It's about Teddy. get some rest! Rest? Who? Judge Cullman? This is Mortimer Brewster.
I understand you've got a room to rent. Don't like it.How do you like that? -I read an ad here about a room to rent. -Shut up! If you sign the papers and Teddy commits himself. Do step in. Doorbell's ringing. And this is my sister. Another Miss Brewster. dear. we're just setting the table for dinner. It's a wonderful place. Operator? Give me long distance. Happy Dale. Now. please. we can get him to Happy Dale. I'm Miss Brewster. -My name's Gibbs. I'm sorry. New York. Long distance? I want the Happy Dale Sanitarium. Are your family Brooklyn people? -Haven't got any family. How do you do? Come in. -Well. You will? Fine! I'll be over as soon as I've made another call. do sit down. -Are you the lady of the house? -Yes. this would be a nice comfortable chair. -Is Brooklyn your home? -I live in a hotel. -All alone in the world?
you've come to just the right house. Happy Dale. The room's upstairs. but the cemetery's full of them.-Well. I'd like to see the room. Well. Well. Elderberry? I haven't tasted elderberry wine since I was a boy. -Operator! I don't want the Happy Dale Laundry! I want the Happy Dale Sanitarium! Sanitarium! Sanitarium! Yes.
." Got that? Is there always this much noise? He doesn't live with us. -Thank you. Please. -Dale. "A" Iike in "arsenic. I don't think I'll like it." when you dig a lock. skoal. we make this ourselves. Won't you try a glass of our wine before we start up? Never touch it. Martha. It's elderberry wine.. That's right. like a broken record! -Have your own elderberry bushes? -No.. -No.. -Do sit down. "D" Iike in "dig. Well. I can see the headlines now.
killed? They're nuts! You're telling me! Look... Get out of here! Do you want to be poisoned. Oh... Don't do that. What I mean is. operator! What's taking so long? It's only across the river! I could swim it faster! Yes! Hello! Hell-What-What.Hello.but it's not only against the law. People wouldn't understand. He wouldn't understand. madam. you can't do things like that! Now I don't know how I can explain this to you. Not that. murdered. .. they're busy? Busy? They're busy and you're dizzy! No. piffle! It's not a nice thing to do. This is developing into a very bad habit! Who? Happy Dale Sanitarium?
. I'm nervous. I'm not drunk... it's wrong. but you've given me an idea! Darling.
Mr. Mr. How are you? Do you remember our conversation about committing my brother to Happy Dale? You do? Well. if your mind is made up. Thank you. Well.-. Brewster? How are you? Mr. . Mr. please. I see. How do you do. Of course. do you-I'm fine.. Witherspoon. I'd hoped we wouldn't have him for some time yet. Brewster. operator. if he thought that-Mr. dear. Thank you. Bonaparte. And if-Oh. Oh. Witherspoon. Happy Dale? Let me talk to Mr. Have you had the papers drawn up? No. dear. Well..and it would lead to trouble.That's amazing. Oh. We have several Theodore Roosevelts at the moment. Witherspoon. now. we want to commit him there immediately.. Well. Yes.What? All right. That's too bad. but I'll do it now and call you as soon as I have them. Witherspoon speaking.. we're a bit short of Napoleons at present.
. Mr. thanks.
Now listen. you'll do that little thing for me... What on earth could happen to us? Well. dear. Mortimer.. -Couldn't that wait until I get back? -You could join us in the hymns! Yes.Another Roosevelt. I love you both very much. won't you? Where's my hat? There it is. darling. I mean. What do you want us to do? Don't do anything. we'd have to know what it was first. You know I'd do anything for you. don't do anything! Don't let anyone in the house and leave Mr. darling. -But. Anyway.. don't you? Yes. I'll sing with you. Whosit where he is. Well.. Oh. I wouldn't want anything in the world to happen to you. I can't concentrate. Get off that thing. dear. I can't talk to you. but I want you to promise me something. -What? We were planning to hold services before dinner. I want you to do one thing for me. I'm going to Judge Cullman's..
. like good girls.
Hoskins' hat! -Do you still want me to wait? -Yes! Call me a cab! -Hey. Why? He's just been married. You promise? Good. cab! Here you are. Oh.I'll dance with you. Wait a minute! What am I doing? Fancy getting nice Mr. What is it? Mr. You know. Hoskins' hat all mussed up. don't let anybody in the house until I get back. The poor dears. I can go faster that way. well. I'll sit with you! Yeah. Shame! Such a nice hat. I believe that always makes a man a little nervous. that's right. Remember. anything. What? Stop that.
. Yes. What were you saying about Mortimer? I think I understand why he seemed so upset. Mortimer didn't seem to be quite himself today. Sure. I'm so happy for Elaine. -Don't open it.
It's two men. Drink. we'll need another hymnal. We'll just have to pretend we're not at home. doctor. they're strangers to me. There's one up in my room. Look.Abby! If Mortimer's coming back for the services. As if we were expected.
. The family must still live here. dear. Johnny. I'm so hungry. Yes. A fatted calf?. As a boy. -Are you sure? -Yes. -You look. -Let me look. We promised Mortimer we wouldn't let anyone come in. it's a good hideout. and I've never seen them before. Come in. Now I'm glad to escape back into it. This is the home of my youth. I couldn't wait to escape from this house. -Do you recognize them? -No. I'll go. I hope there's a fatted calf awaiting the return of the prodigal. Johnny. Johnny.
..that Grandma Brewster bought in England. Your nephew. I see you're still wearing the lovely garnet ring.. Einstein is responsible for that. Have you been in an accident? My face. so don't pretend you are. You just get out of here.to hide the scar where Grandfather's acid burned you. Dr. . Aunt Martha. Jonathan. It's Jonathan. Do you remember when we took the little Schultz boy to the movies. Aunt Martha. But I've seen that face before. his voice is like Jonathan's. Who are you? What are you doing here? Aunt Abby.. He's a plastic surgeon. And you.A good omen. You get out of here! I'm Jonathan... You're nothing like Jonathan.. you know. Why. still the high collar. No. you're not...
...and I was so frightened? It was that face. Take it easy, Johnny. Take it easy. Don't worry. The last five years, I give him three different faces. I give him another one right away. That last face. I saw that picture, too... ...just before I operated. I was intoxicated. You see, doctor, what you've done to me? -Even my own family think I'm--Johnny, Johnny! You are home in this lovely house. You know... ...how many times he tells me... ...about Brooklyn, about this house and about his aunts... ...he loves so much? They know you. Please tell him so. Jonathan... ...it's been a long time. Bless you. It's good to be home again. We mustn't let what's on the stove boil over. If you'll excuse us for a moment, Jonathan. Unless you're in a hurry to go somewhere. Where do we go from here? You know, we got to think fast.
The police got pictures of that face. I got to operate on you right away. We got to find someplace. We got to find someplace for Mr. Spenalzo, too. Don't waste any worry on that rat. But we got a hot stiff on our hands. Forget Mr. Spenalzo. But, Johnny, we can't leave a dead body in the rumble seat. You shouldn't have killed him. Just because he knows something about us, what happens? We come to him for help and he tries to shake us down. Besides, he said I looked like Boris Karloff. That's your work, doctor. You did that to me. Please, Johnny, take it easy. We'll find some place and I'll fix you up right away. Yes, tonight, but I have to eat first. This time, I want the face of an absolute nonentity. Yes. I know exactly what I'm going to do. You see, I'm going to take this piece here and lift it up-Be careful about the stitches this time. You leave that up to me.
I'll give you nice ears and--You were careless last time. -And new stitches. And on the eyes I'll do a Schmidt. That's my specialty. -I take it together like this--Leave the eyes alone. Leave the nose alone. Poor Teddy. I imagine it's for the best. "Ours not to reason why, ours but to do--" Sign right here, please, Judge. Excuse me. Right there. Sometimes I think, with the world in its present chaotic state-Yes, we'd all be better off at Happy Dale. I sign here as next of kin, don't l? Only last week I created a mild sensation... ...at the Bar Association, when I said-Goodbye. Good luck, Judge. Thank you. Tell Martha and Abby I'll be over this week. I've been feeling rather lonely. No! Never tell them you've been lonely. Never! -Why, I don't--Judge! Tell me, are you a drinking man? Why, no. I never indulge. Good! Then you'll live longer. Of course a little wine now--
No! For heaven's sake, no wine! I may be committing the wrong Brewster. Well, I'm sure you both want to get to wherever you're going. My dear, sweet aunties, I'm so full of your delicious dinner... -...l'm unable to move a muscle. -Yes, it's nice here. I found it! Gentlemen, be seated. Here it is, gentlemen. The story of my life, my biography. Here's the picture I was telling you about. Here we both are. President Roosevelt and General Goethals at Culebra Cut. That's me, General, and that's you. My, how I've changed! That picture hasn't been taken yet. We haven't started work on Culebra Cut. We're still digging locks. And now, General, we will both go to Panama and inspect the new lock. No, Teddy. Not to Panama. Maybe some other time, Mr. President. Panama is a long ways off. -Nonsense! It's just down in the cellar. -The cellar? We let him dig the Panama Canal in the cellar. -General Goethals?
-Yes, sir. As President of the US, Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy... ...and the man who gave you this job... ...l demand that you accompany me on the inspection of the new lock. I think it's time for you to go to bed. I beg your pardon. Who are you? I'm Woodrow Wilson. Go to bed. No, you're not Wilson. But your face is familiar. You're not anyone I know now. Perhaps later, on my hunting trip to Africa. You look like someone I might meet in the jungle. I think, perhaps, you had better go to bed, Teddy. He and his friend want to get back to their hotel. General Goethals, inspect the canal. All right, Mr. President, we go to Panama. Bully, bully! Follow me, General. It's down south, you know. Well, bon voyage! I must correct your misapprehension. You talked of our hotel. We have no hotel. We came here directly. This is not your home, and I'm afraid you can't stay here. Dr. Einstein and I need a place to sleep.
.. It would not be pleasant for any of us if. we can't just walk Mr. -Down here. We'll get the car and after they're in bed... Rather a good joke on my aunts. How do we get him in here? Yes. what do you think I find? -What? The Panama Canal. Spenalzo along. We expect to be very busy. six feet long. I forgot to tell you.
. I don't have to go into details. Spenalzo in through the door. Four feet wide. we'll bring him in through the window. See the hole he's digging. That's hospitality. Spenalzo. Bed.. I could be disagreeable. Come here. as a boy. He just fits! You'd think he knew we were bringing Mr. do l? Perhaps we'd better let them stay here tonight. . And it just fits Mr.You remember that..Doctor and I are turning Grandfather's laboratory into an operating room. They're living in a house with a body buried in the cellar. Quick..
A state secret? Yes. Dear me! This will be a shock to the General. No. That might be against the law. Hoskins downstairs right away. The car is all right where it is until morning. He said the canal was just the right size. What would the neighbors think? People coming in here with one face and going out with another. I think Teddy had better take Mr. And he's been so patient. What are we going to do? We're not going to let them spend more than one night in this house. You'd better get to bed. General Goethals was very pleased. Promise? You have the word of the President
. Hoskins? Mr. a state secret. Teddy. I don't want to leave it in the street. Hoskins! It can't be very comfortable for him in there. we must keep it a secret.We're moving the car behind the house. What are we going to do about Mr. there's been another yellow-fever victim. the poor dear.
Now. You can go right up..you come up and take the poor man down to the canal. You know.when I turn out the lights. You just come right along and see him now.. -And we don't go to bed this early. We've never had yellow fever there before. you were out. And then. -Where is the poor devil? -In the windowseat. Both of you. You two run along to bed. I've never even seen Mr. How are we going to keep it a secret? Teddy.
. And we'll come down later and hold services. We're bringing the luggage through here.. I think you'd better get back down into the cellar. Hoskins! My goodness! That's right. let's see. he's really very nice looking. I'm afraid we don't keep Brooklyn hours. But you must be very tired. when everything's dark here. Your room is waiting for you... Now get along. . It seems to be spreading. considering that he's a Methodist..of the United States... Cross my heart and hope to die. .
Now. Good night. Run along. When I tap on the glass. we'll all go to bed. I'll come back later. Where am l? Here I am. I'll wait until you're up and then turn out the lights. I'll open the window. For the instruments. And then together we take him down to Panama. He's all right. You go round and hand him through. Take the bags upstairs. and I'll stay here and pull. All right. you open the window. Yeah. Johnny. It's dark in here. Now! Turn out the lights. -All right. You go outside and push. Just off the laboratory. Aunt Abby. Aunt Abby. Doctor. -I'll be right up. Aunt Martha. I'll take a look around outside the house. But he's too heavy for me. We must be quick.-It's time I came home to take care of you.
Allez. I'm not very used to it. Now I have him.Who left this open? Okay. He's so heavy. Why did you say your name was Harper? It is Harper. I mean. Now I got him. Hand him over. What are you doing here? I came here to see my husband. up! Now. wait a minute. Mortimer. it's Brewster. wait a minute. Now I've got him! Johnny. -Be careful. I live next door. somebody's at the door. Help me. Now I have him. -But his shoe came off. You lost a leg somewhere. I'll manage Spenalzo. Help me. quick. Go open. I'm a brand-new Brewster. Doctor!
. Teddy? Who are you? I'm Elaine Harper. He's so heavy. Go. quick! Mortimer! Aunt Abby! Aunt Martha! Who is it? Is that you.
Where are Martha and Abby? What have you done to them? Perhaps we'd better introduce ourselves. I'm in this house every day. We happen to live here.. Einstein? A surgeon of great distinction. -I suppose you'll tell me you're Boris--I am Jonathan Brewster.. You don't live here.It's all right..
. -What do they say about me? Just that there's another brother named Jonathan. May I present Dr. ." Just what do you mean by that? Why do you come here at this time of night? I just thought I saw Mortimer drive up. And something of a magician. I've never seen you before. -You're Jonathan. That explains everything. Now that I know who you are.l'll just be running along if you'll kindly unlock the door. Einstein? Dr. that's all.. "That explains everything. they talk about you. Maybe you'd better explain what you're doing here. -You've heard of me? -Yes. It's okay.
the cellar. -You're hurting me! I think she's dangerous. Go back to your room. It's going to be a private funeral. No! Don't be a tomboy. -Tell these men who I am! -That's my daughter. But if he's not home. that's all! I see. a sneak thief. Weren't you just outside? lsn't that your car? -You saw someone at the car? -Yes. Don't play rough with the gentlemen. No visitors. You thought you saw someone drive up? Yes. I'll run--You've given two names. -What else did you see? -Just that. Alice. I came to see Mortimer. Charge! Doctor. Let go of me! Let go of me! What's the matter? What's happening down there? What's the matter? What are you doing there? We caught a burglar.
. Is that why you came over here? No.I suppose it was you.
Don't answer that! Where's Teddy? ls he upstairs? Never mind that now. darling. Mortimer.. Mortimer.. he--Wait a minute. Holy mackerel! It is Jonathan! I'm glad you remember. -Didn't I tell you not to let anybody in? -Who did you say it was? -It's your brother." Listen.-We'll call the police. Einstein. have you forgotten the things I used to do to you. "I've come back home. -Mortimer. Mortimer.
. -I'll handle this.when you were tied to the bedpost? The needles under your fingernails.... What's that? What's that thing that looks like a cigar-store dummy? -It's your brother and Dr. I talk. . -What? I've come back home. it talks! Yes. Do you hear me? Don't answer that. What are you doing with your best clothes on? Holy. Mortimer. Mortimer. Jonathan! -I've come back home. Go back to your room...
We invited Jonathan and Dr. Windowseat? Certainly not on the windowseat.. and I'll sleep on the windowseat. I'll sleep on the windowseat from now on. I'm staying here from now on. I remember. No. Now. I'm staying here tonight. be a good fellow. just a moment.. I'm going to sleep on the windowseat.Yeah. Go out and haunt yourself a hotel. How could I forget you? Where'd you get that face? Hollywood? Don't you two boys start quarreling the minute you've seen each other. Einstein to stay. Nothing to.
. So take that little squirt and beat it! Where's Teddy? I've got to see him right away.. Johnny can sleep on the sofa. -What about me? There's no room for anybody else here. We don't take up much room. Here's $10. Please. -What? -Just for tonight. Now look. -In fact.
Johnny. I'll take care of you. Wait! Who's this Mr. Mortimer. Elaine. Aunt Martha! No! It was Jonathan! He mistook her for a sneak thief. How do you like that? The guy stays away for 20 years and picks tonight to come back.Mortimer. beat it! It's all right. -Oh. Spenalzo? We can't leave him here in the windowseat. I'll tell you about him. Spenalzo. Spenalzo. Spenalzo? A friend of ours Johnny was looking for. Mr. Doctor. While we are packing. Don't bring anyone else in here. I've completely lost track of Mr.
. that. What? What's going to happen to Mr. you know what I do to people who order me around. Now. -Killed? Aunt Abby. darling? -I almost got killed. in just a little while. what are you doing here? -Mortimer! -What's the matter.
we were going over Niagara Falls... he was trying to strangle me! -Please! This is important! -That? Mr. He's some kind of a maniac. Well. Darling. I'm here now. I can't hear the man. Yes. I got things to do.and now you want to sleep on a windowseat! Windowseat. Brewster. Witherspoon...-It was worse than that.. Operator? Get me Happy Dale 2-7-0.... Witherspoon? This is Mortimer Brewster. I'm afraid of him. -What? Go on home like a good girl. We were married today. don't worry about it.your brother tries to strangle me. . Forget it. I don't understand you. a taxi's waiting. look. -But--Please. -You'd better run along home. Mr. But didn't you hear what I was just saying? Your own brother Jonathan. Well. please.
. . -He was going to kill me! -Wait.
. I know it's late. holy mackerel! I forgot the doctor! Please.
. Why don't you come down here anyway? While you're getting here. I'll get both signatures. Let me think about this thing. and push them all over Niagara Falls! Thank you. By the way. come right away. Yeah. darling. I'll get Teddy's and the doctor's signatures... windowseat..put them in a barrel. of course? By the doctor? Oh. Thank you. . but come down here and get my brother immediately! Please.. Teddy. you've had the papers signed by your brother and the doctor. well. be quiet! Can't you see I've got to get a doctor? What kind of a doctor? A family doctor? You can take your honeymoon. wedding ring.I've got the papers all drawn up. darling. What's the matter with her? Let me sit down.. signature. taxi. Hoskins! Ye gods! There's another one! Aunt Abby! Aunt Martha! -Come in here! -We're busy. Doctor..
Hoskins in the windowseat. where is Mr. Hoskins. I did. You admitted you put Mr. Hoskins? -He must have gone to Panama. he's mistaken. what is it? Where's Elaine? Didn't you promise not to let anyone in? -Jonathan just walked in. Yes. And if he came here to be buried in our cellar. dear. Hoskins! -By the way. -I don't mean Jonathan! I don't mean Dr. Mr. Hoskins! There! Who can that be? -Are you saying you've never seen him? -I certainly am. It is not Mr.
.No. you come in here now! Yes. This man couldn't have got the idea from Mr. -What? You buried him? -Not yet. This is a fine how-do-you-do! It's getting so anyone thinks he can walk in! Don't you try to get out of this! That's another one of your gentlemen! How can you say such a thing? That man's an impostor. Einstein! Who is that in the windowseat? We told you.
. Mortimer. I did. Martha. You just look and see what's in that windowseat. poor dear. what with Jonathan in the house.. How can I believe you? There are 12 men down there. and I mean now. handsome. Oh. But I will not read services over a total stranger! A total stranger.He's down there waiting for the services. Listen. And I've also decided that you're leaving. Let Aunt Martha see what's in the windowseat. or am I throwing you out on your ear? I've led a strange life... But you don't think I'd stoop to telling a fib! What do you think has happened? "A fib! " This may interest you. Don't. you come straight along here. I'm in no mood to debate the question. you admit you poisoned them! Yes. I've decided that we're staying. We haven't had a minute. dear. We've always wanted to hold a double funeral. Are you getting out. No.
This is our nephew. I've got some very good news for you. Come right in. I owe you an apology. Mortimer. Well? All right.. Listen. -No! Come in. You're my brother. -Pleased to make your acquaintance. Spenalzo? I knew he was a foreigner. Officer O'Hara! I saw the lights and thought you might have sickness. You got company? Sorry I disturbed you. you're a Brewster. too. -Glad to see you. Officer. You can't ask for more than that. -Yes. I'll give you a chance to get away and take the evidence with you. I'll have to call the police. do come in.. Einstein and that cold companion with him. what happened to Mr. Put down that telephone.Aunt Abby. in that case. -Pleased to meet you. And he's taking Dr.. Don't reach for the telephone. Jonathan. Jonathan is leaving. darling.
. Remember. Spenalzo can happen to you. -And this is another nephew.
Constantinople? Let's go into the kitchen. And where else would you eat? See you in a moment.Your face is familiar. Haven't I seen a picture of you? I don't think so. -Would you? What a break! I get wonderful ideas. This is your last chance. Officer O'Hara. Einstein and Spenalzo. You are? Well. You can tell me all about it. the writer and dramatic critic? Yes. Dr. If you don't leave here. I'll introduce Officer O'Hara to Mr. -Why? Stay until my brother leaves.
. I'll keep O'Hara busy to give you a chance to get out. Couldn't you whip up a sandwich? I hope you don't mind eating in the kitchen. I got to ring in. I'm working on a play now. but I can't spell them. why? What a break for me! I'm a playwright. well! -Maybe I can help you with it. well. -I'll be running along. I can spell like the dickens. Mr. All three of you: you. Spenalzo.-Are you "the" Mortimer Brewster.
Johnny. Look. take it easy. Okay. After that. Now get going! All three of you. Right with you. you lose your head. We're not going. Please. Two old ladies as a front. What? With a cop in the kitchen and Spenalzo in the windowseat? That's all he's got on us. O'Hara. This affair between my brother and myself has got to be settled. please. we're coming back here. We're sleeping right here in this house. Only Mortimer stands in our way. I never did like Mortimer. Come. Okay! Take the instruments and hide them
. Johnny. Just give me one moment. let's go. no. Please! Doctor.My play takes place in-I'll be right with you. We've got a wonderful setup here. Brooklyn ain't a good setup for you. you know when I make up my mind-When you make up your mind. But we've got trouble enough as it is. We'll take Spenalzo and dump him in the bay. We can make a fortune. No. Then if he tries to interfere-No.
-I like the first act. -I don't know. Well. -Legitimate? Of course. All right. you asked for it. Yes. Well. I'll be back in a minute. She was my mother.. Move fast. What are you doing still here? I thought I said beat it. I worked on it for 12 years. If you tell O'Hara
. we got an ace in the hole. -Excuse me. -You don't know what goes on in Brooklyn. I didn't tell you the first-I thought I told you. You stay out of this. -Officer O'Hara? -Coming. -My mother was an actress.. -Peaches La Tour was her name. -Come quick! -What's the matter? -You know that hole in the cellar? -Yes. Mortimer. -You're not going? -No. -Swell.in the cellar. We're not going.. rehash it. It's no fly-by-night idea.
Cellar? There's an elderly gentleman down there who seems to be very dead. There's a much more literary atmosphere in Kelly's. I assure you. The heck with ringing in! I want to tell you the plot. . You'd better ring in. Shall I bring them in here? You can't do that now. You ring in and I'll meet you at Kelly's. You can't tell me in front of those two fellas. Genius at work. How about the backroom at Kelly's? Fine place. I'm waiting to be born and the doctor-The doctor!
. This opening will kill you.l'll tell him what's in the cellar.. I'll meet you there later.what's in the windowseat. huh? Let's go where we can be alone. Bohemian atmosphere.. -What were you doing there? -What's he doing there? Now what are you going to tell O'Hara? Your aunts want to hear the rest. Why don't you both go down in the cellar? That's all right with me. Lowbrows...
-Can't wait! Doctor. Yes. Spenalzo! -Where are you going? -To the doctor's. I don't care who knows about Hoskins.. And speaking of services. Jonathan. . And you better feel the same way about Spenalzo. You haven't. We thought we heard you leave.... -I'll see you down there. Where are those papers? There they are. Perish the thought. I think we can start the services now.. Well. Where do you. Martha.. aren't you? You think you've got it over me. You're smug.will you make us some coffee while we take Spenalzo down to the cellar? No. I'm not! The moment I get Spenalzo. You won't stand me up... will you? This is a great play.Look. doctor.. When I come back. The moment the doctor signs. Did he look guilty! Well. you ring in and I'll see you later. That was just Mortimer.. dear aunties. You think I'm afraid to tell about Spenalzo because of Hoskins. I expect to find you gone. Wait for me! We'll wait for him. You've got to take him with you!
They're both dead. -But Mr. Spenalzo and he will get along fine together. Spenalzo. Hoskins.
.There's a friend of Mortimer's downstairs waiting for him. -Your gentlemen? Yes. Hoskins--Mr. Besides. Why. That leaves very little room and we're going to need it. Crowded? With what? There are 12 graves down there now. -A friend of Mortimer's? -Take his feet. there's no room for Mr. The cellar's crowded already. He must mean Mr. Mr. Hoskins is no stranger. Mr. Twelve graves. You mean. -He's one of our gentlemen. what we've been doing is a mercy. Hoskins? You know about what's down there? Of course we do. Doctor. And we won't have any strangers buried in our cellar. It's one of our charities. And he's no friend of Mortimer's. you and Aunt Martha have murdered 12-Murdered? Certainly not.
Johnny! We've been chased all over the world. 12. Johnny... -Thirteen.two in San Francisco.. He died of pneumonia. . There's Mr.... That makes 13. Phoenix? -The filling station. Arizona.. -Filling. and they do just as good as you do.. You got 12.. they got 12. You've done all that. Spenalzo out of here.right here in this house and buried them in the cellar? That's wonderful. one in Melbourne... -No.and they stay right here in Brooklyn. Don't brag.
. they got 12. What? You got 12. Three in Chicago and one in South Bend. You cannot count him. one in Phoenix.. . one in Sydney.. Then the first one in London. .So you just take your Mr. He wouldn't have died of pneumonia if I hadn't shot him. Two in Johannesburg. You cannot count the one in South Bend. I've got 13.. Spenalzo..
.. If you'd talk with him. And I've a pretty good idea who it is. The pixies won't be out till after midnight. Make yourself comfortable. Dr. that's easily taken care of. -Here? I'll bring Teddy out. I know Teddy blows bugles. -Who? What? Did I say.. .
. Here's the house l--There goes Hoskins.The old ladies is just as good as you are. All I need is one more. I wouldn't want to alarm the old ladies. I'll be right back. They are. -You better wait. That's all.. Gilchrist. -You wait here. but I can't commit a man just on that. but only you can help me. Just one more. seeing a doctor.. are they? Well. Pull up a tombstone.. -In the cemetery? It's Halloween.. This is most irregular. I'm a lucky man to have caught you at home. I'm sorry to have dragged you out of bed.l'm sure you'd be convinced.
the meter! "Looks good on me. Well now. Do you or do you not love me? How can you say such a thing? Darling. It wouldn't fit me. with a Maxim silencer. $22. may I present--Dr. Arlington is beautiful at this time of year.
. Welcome to Washington. of course I love you.-Hey. indeed. -Did you give him a 21-gun salute? -Yes.50! Oh. Not so good. yes. so good. looks good on you! Not the suit. -Mr. Livingstone! -Livingstone? -That's what he presumes.50. It gives me a chance to rest. is it not? Yes. So far. -Do you? -Yes.50! -What? $22. The doctor would like to have a few words with you. that's that. thanks. darling. President. No. Certainly." $22. Five more bucks and you'll own it.
. Darling.. I love you so much.. Darling. insanity runs in my family. Have you suddenly gone crazy? I don't think so. if the country insists. but it's only a matter of time.. This goes back to the first Brewster who came over on the Mayflower. You know how in those days the lndians used to scalp the settlers? He used to scalp the lndians. darling.
. It's way back before Teddy. I probably should have told you this before. That'll mean the last of the Roosevelts in the White House. Just because Teddy's strange. I can't go through with our marriage. would you want to have children with three heads? You wouldn't want to set up housekeeping in a padded cell.well.Then why have you been treating me the way you have? Darling.. Doctor. It practically gallops. -That's what you think. that doesn't mean-No. I don't quite know. but you see. -Of course. that's ancient history.. I'll run for a third term.. -What are you talking about? -Well.. but I won't be elected.
aren't they? They're the sweetest. Anytime you're in Washington. drop in to see me at the White House. What of it? So your family's crazy. all this doesn't prove a thing. No. Look at your aunts.. even they have their peculiarities. It'll just have to be undone. Papers! -I'll commit him to any place. Well. So you're crazy. -Those papers. go to bed!
. I've enjoyed this little talk very much. Thank you. -You will? I've just been appointed Ambassador to Bolivia! You see? Didn't I tell you? Don't worry about that. I.. but kiss me.. Goodbye. There's no use doing what you're doing. They're Brewsters. you better stop it. no.Darling. -Go away. All right! We'll find out whose house this is! I'm warning you. I'm crazy too. Just go on signing the papers. That's the way I love you. Ambassador. Aunt Abby. sanest people I've ever known.
. . All right. Spenalzo aren't out this house before morning. Is Teddy in his room? What is the matter with you? Running around getting papers signed at a time like this. Spenalzo in together. You know. Police! Wait! -You can't go for the police.. -Oh..It's a terrible thing to do to bury a good Methodist with a foreigner. This is all fixed up nice now.
. we didn't get any sleep for 48 hours. Martha and I are going for the police. I promise! -Then you get the wedding silver. The President will be very proud of his Panama Canal. no? You know what Jonathan's doing? He's putting Mr. Hoskins and Mr. Doctor. Where have you been? Getting some papers signed.we're going for the police. You're forgetting. Nice and smooth like a lake.. I'll get them out. If Jonathan and Mr. let him. Bed feels good already.
Doctor. go to bed. Mortimer. can't you? Yeah. But Johnny. I got to operate on your face tomorrow. Or the next day. No! I am tired. You can see that it's got to be done. no police! No police! Look.-Remember. I know that look. But the quick way. we'll do it. Okay. We'll do it tomorrow. Doctor. Look at me. I think. what?
. I just heard him upstairs. It's a little late to dissolve our partnership. not tonight! I'm sleepy. please! Two hours! And then when it was all over. I think this calls for something special. huh? The quick twist like in London. Not the Melbourne method. Johnny. perhaps. My brother. You forget. will you? Get out of those clothes! You look like a double blackout. Doctor. You are going to operate tomorrow. But tonight we are taking care of Mortimer. No. the Melbourne method. Okay.
President. Mr. it's the only way we can outsmart the other fellow. But I cannot sign anything without consulting my Cabinet. Yes. -Who's the other fellow? -That's the secret. mice? -You get out of this house. President. A secret proclamation? How unusual. -Please listen to me. You already have them on. Mr. I can't hear you. -Of course. A secret proclamation has to be signed in secret. Get out. President. Wait here. Oh. So I have. Mr. -I'll put on my signing clothes.
. I can't hear you. President. What is it. What a load off my mind. will you. I see! Very clever. Johnny's in a bad mood.The fellow in London was just as dead as the fellow in Melbourne. Get out! -Stop underplaying. please? -What? Speak up. Mr. could I use a drink! -Get out of here. Don't do that. Mr. Brewster. Boy. -Can't you see I'm busy? Thank you. This must be secret. Hey.
1919. You take care of yourself. but you go now. Brewster. Stop it.Are you really a doctor? Yes. -That's mine.. -What's that? Wait. You beat it before things start popping around here. Heidelberg. Please. please. Please go now. You have a nice little wife waiting for you. Please. little fellow. -Get out of here! -Will you stop it? Stop telling me about Jonathan. Please listen to me. Get going. I'll take care of him..he's a madman. Only for dramatic critics. He's a maniac! And then things happen. -I could use that. You've just been married. Heidelberg? How'd you hook up with Jonathan? I tell you later about that. Horrible things. But. Doctor! You get out of here! Look.. Mr. -My schnapps. Doc-. when Johnny's in that mood.Stop all this! What are you doing? Look. Don't those plays you see all the time
.. look. .
-What do you think he does? -I don't know.
. all waiting to be trussed up and gagged. When you get out of prison. He sits down! He deliberately pulls up a chair and he sits down in it. There's a man. He knows he's in the house with murderers and should know he's in danger. He's even been warned to get out. have yourself wheeled to the Garrick Theater.. Now listen to this. And does he go? No. He stays! This fellow doesn't even have sense to be scared or to be on his guard. he doesn't. Did anybody in a play ever act like they got intelligence? -How can somebody be so stupid? -You ought to have my job.teach you anything? Don't get me on the subject of plays! I've got to wait for Mr.. There's a play that's so bad. Isn't that great? So there he is. Witherspoon. At least people in plays act like they got sense. The murderer even invites him to sit down. What do you think they tied him up with? The curtain cord. it'll still be running when you get out..
He wasn't very bright. but does he? No! See. Yes. in a play or even in a movie. ... The more you struggle the more you strangle yourself. you may consider that a blessing. Large as life! He sits there waiting to be tied up and gagged. Doctor.. brother Heidelberg. That's right. Now get a load of this. But never.a fellow never sees or hears anything.Curtain cord? But didn't he see him get it? No. I dreamt of you. But what does he do? The big chump sits there.. This fellow's supposed to be bright. I've been away for 20 years. Mortimer... for me. Now. my dear brother.
..we go to work. were you out of my mind. the quick way. The big dope! You were right about that fellow. Please. . The silly chump sits down with his back toward the murderer. Look at the attitude. Johnny. In Melbourne one night.. Later on. All he has to do is look around.
Let's get it over with. And then they took it.-This must be an artistic achievement. Mortimer. there was some wine. I realize now that it was you who brought me back to Brooklyn. we're performing before a very distinguished critic. We both have a drink before we operate. I am so happy that we don't have to operate without a drink. -Please. To my dear. Where did they put it? I found some wine. You remember when we came in. But I cannot see this without the drink. That's all. Pull yourself together. dead brother. After all. We drink to you. I'll split it with you. Here. Where are your manners? Yes. That idiot! -He goes next. One moment. But I can't pull myself together without a drink. please. He goes next! -Not Teddy! Please!
. Please! All right.
The quick way. We're taking the bugle away from him. then the quick way. I see.. I'll help you. Where's the lights? You stood me up! I've been waiting for you for over an hour at Kelly's. Yeah.. sure.-We'll get to him later. The quick way. The colonel has to quit blowing that horn. -You won't at all! We have to work fast.. just-Maybe I'd better start at the beginning. It's all right. Did that really happen in a play you saw? How do you like that? You can't trust nobody. out of a clear sky.the door opens and a man with a mustache comes in. They practically stole that from my play.
. In the second act. You've got to hear the plot! My mother's making up.. Like a flash. -What happened to him? -Nothing. yes! If it has to be. . I'd better talk to him myself. He was explaining a play he saw and that's what happened to a man in the play.
. -It's probably over his head. will you marry me?" That's the first scene. That's the surprise! What a kick! Twenty-five years pass. Well. I'm in great danger. . So what do I do? I join the police force and become one of New York's finest. I'm walking along my beat.He says. I'm cleaning out a crooked laundry. You ain't heard nothing yet. ain't it? I can see it in your eyes.. there's me.. casual-like. in the meantime.. It's getting you. My mother doesn't say they're married. a fire breaks out.but a dope fiend with a knife is after me. Growing into a magnificent specimen. -Where have I seen that face before? -No. please. "Miss Peaches La Tour.. The scene changes. All of a sudden. What an effect! Firemen rush in and who's leading them? Mayor Fiorello La Guardia! What's the matter with him? -Probably your play put him to sleep. It's an evolving stage.. -What? -I personally like it very much.
. see? Little do I know it.
-I heard him... -What the Sam Hill's going on? -Sarge. So he came back.. Right in the middle of the second act. it turns out he's following me! Don't let nobody in... -Do you have to tie him up? Report in.. The neighbors are phoning in. That's the one that ran away. He says we've got to put him away someplace. Get me Mac. The Lieutenant's on the warpath. My play put him to sleep. Brewster's brother.. -Johnny. I figures I'll outsmart him. we came to warn the old ladies. Brophy.
. the cops! I sees the door handle turn. Why didn't you ring in? The whole force is out looking for you. . Did they send you here? No. Now. this is Mortimer Brewster. boys. -There's a vacant house on the corner. so I pulls out my gun.braces myself against the wall and I says: "Come in! " Hello. -The colonel blew that bugle again.when a guy that I'm following. who the heck is this? Mr. -He's going to help me write my play.
Mr. charming old ladies. I better let them know that I found you. Be careful what you say. Shall we bring him in? All right. The Lieutenant is on his way over.
. We found him. It wasn't that bad. You think my aunts are sweet. -Come down to the cellar. -Wait a minute. Leave him to me. Mr. -I'll show them to you. At the Brewster house. there's 13 bodies buried in the cellar! Yes. Brewster. was it? Tell the Lieutenant he can call off the big manhunt. Your aunts are friends of ours. I suppose you and my stool-pigeon brother will split the reward. Thirteen bodies. Yes.Have you got yourself in a mess! You're two hours overdue at the station. Brewster. reward! Now I'll do some turning in! Wait a minute. you've got me. So I've been turned in? All right. we'll hold him right here. don't you? Well. -Don't make trouble for them! Never mind. 13.
Such a fine day.I'll show you where they're buried. Amazing. Pat! -Look out! -He's got a gun. That's enough. please. All I did was cross the bridge and I was in Brooklyn. do I have to? Maybe I don't want to go down to the cellar. Let me tell you-I'll see you later. too. Pat. -Yes. You could use this in the third act. I got him.
. -Go on down the cellar with him. Everybody off. come to the cellar. I'll tell you the rest of my play later. look out! Amazing. Pat. look. Don't! Sarge! Look out. -Go to the cellar with him. He looks like Boris Karloff. Go on and fight. Go on down the cellar with him! Now. I got something better. that's enough. Look out! Fight. -Do I have to? Look at that puss. Don't bother me now. Well.
Thank you very much. Lieutenant! -We were just acting in self-defense.. -What happened? He put up a fight? This isn't the one who blows the bugle. dear..The papers are all signed. What do I care? Go ahead. please.
. Don't do that. I'd better call and see if Witherspoon has left. Telephone. I've tried it before-It did. Boris. Wish I could relax like that. -This is his brother who tried to kill O'Hara. Isn't that amazing? Oh. fight. -Come in.. brother. What has occurred? Never mind! Didn't I tell you I'd handle this? Well. I'll get every one of you! I hate cops. That won't have any effect. Pat. Get him. -All I said was he looked like Boris Karloff. I'll brain the first one that comes near me! A little higher. Kind of think he's wanted somewhere. That's fine. Turn him over. -Witherspoon.
In lndiana! He escaped from the prison for criminally insane. That's my brother.and that don't tip you off the guy's from a nuthouse? Thanks. About my not ringing in. .. pal. I want to-Where have you been all night? Don't tell me. You're suspended.you can at least read short detective stories. Thirteen bodies in the cellar. Now go on...
. too. He says 13 bodies are there. . The guy who helped him escape. That's the way they described him. You're going to have a long time on that play.. he's wanted. "He looked like Karloff." Why'd you knock him out? He tried to get us to go to the cellar.You "kind of think he's wanted somewhere"? If you guys can't look at the circulars we put up... I was right here writing a play with Mortimer Brewster. He's wanted. Report in. He's a lifer. Certainly. Bring him to and find out where his accomplice is...
I've been after these guys for 48 hours.
.Here. you've blown your last bugle. -Questioning of spies is my department. you. Get this gu y out of here. But I'm not myself today. Colonel. -What the blazes is this? -He's the one that blows the bugle. Falling for a story like that! Thirteen bodies buried in the cellar. Take him out and bring him to. We caught him at the White House. You're forgetting that as President I am also head of the Secret Service. Colonel. No wonder Brooklyn's in the shape it's in. I'm Mortimer Brewster. No sleep. This is a spy. keep out of that. Nothing to eat. Colonel. Dear me! Another yellow-fever victim? All the bodies in the cellar are yellow-fever victims. No. -Hey. With flatheads like you on the force. Howdy. I want to question him. But there are 13 bodies in the cellar! -Who are you? -I'm President Roosevelt. Who are you? What's your name? Usually.
You're his brother. He's scaring the neighbors with that bugle. He's got to be put away. take it easy. No arguments. Look. Witherspoon of Happy Dale Sanitarium. No arguments. I would like you to drive us back to the sanitarium. Read this. Any offers? I'm Mr. And that cockeyed story about 13 bodies being-I've been without sleep for 48 hours. I knew this would end up in a nuthouse! We like to think of it as a rest home. no argument. Captain. Last year there was a crazy guy. I'm liable to think anything. started a murder rumor. Witherspoon. -As long as he's going someplace. I know just how you feel. Just a minute. -Why not? He signed it Theodore Roosevelt! -Is your taxi engaged? -Losing dough every minute.
. -I'm waiting for Mr. I have come to get a Brewster. There's people dumb enough to believe that. Teddy's going to go to Happy Dale tonight. I had to dig up a half acre plot before I could prove--What's this? -What's the matter? -These papers aren't any good.
Let me explain. all I got to get is Witherspoon. The name Brewster is code for Roosevelt. -Hold him till I get there. Now. He's ready to talk. I'm so glad to see you. Supposing the spy steals this document and finds the name Roosevelt on it. it's chicanery. Think what that would mean to the safety of the nation! -No. This is fun. -That's fine. -Code for Roosevelt? -Take the name Brewster. -It crows! Where do you hunt in Africa? -On the veldt! -There you are! "Crowsveldt. -What is this? Come on! -He's come to.
. Brewster? Mr." Ingenious! My compliments to the boys in the code department. -And what does a rooster do? -Crows. That's all right! Do that again for me. Witherspoon is here. Never mind! Give me that pen. Take away the "B" and what have you got? -Rooster. You will take good care of Teddy? -Best of care of him.Mr.
I've never been there.And no wagon when he leaves. I want you to be just as harsh as you like. never. Something I've been working on. You never can tell. It's a dramatization of many incidents that have happened at Happy Dale. Captain! Captain! I want you to read this carefully.. It means a great deal to me. secretly. He'll be very happy at Happy Dale. -A pamphlet about Happy Dale? -No. You know. I shan't mind. Why? To take him away? Never. We always. I have one waiting now. it's a play. Taxicabs.
. I sometimes envy some of our patients. This is a particularly happy moment for me tonight. this is Mr. -The woods are full of them. Witherspoon. you know-Captain. -That's good... -I've never met a dramatic critic before. You do? It must be a nice place. You will personally see that Teddy's happy at Happy Dale? -He'll be very happy at Happy Dale. I have here something that will explain what we're trying to do.
Now I go on my hunting trip to Africa! Well. Aunt Martha. President. -What is this? No. my boy. Now you can take him away. Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out? Who. Taft..-Come. this isn't Mr. Mr. -Is this March 4? -Practically. your guide to Africa. I have good news for you. Isn't it wonderful? Charge!
. It's Mr. Witherspoon.. Aunt Abby. Goodbye. all signed. I'll be in my office vetoing some bills. This is Captain Rooney. I must get started immediately. The police? I'm sure! Here are the papers.. Your term of office is over. Mr. Happy man. Let's see. I'll bring down my equipment. you got it wrong. Bully! Bully! Wait right here. I'm on my way to Africa. President? Taft! No.
These little sane people will get lost in the shuffle. We promise to take his bugle away from him. You could arrange that. Teddy's been blowing his bugle again. too! -Yes. dear. Too dangerous. indeed? It's sweet of them. I've got it. Now. Dissension. And Happy Dale is full of staircases. -We won't be separated from Teddy. jealousy. Why not? Why not. he's come to take him. let's be sensible.
. you'll have to take us with him. -If he's going. No. we're going. The law is the law! Teddy's committed himself and he's got to go. Brewster's got nothing to do with this. -I'm sorry. We never take sane people at Happy Dale. How can you allow this? You promised. Oh. There are still murders to be solved in Brooklyn.It's all right. but impossible. he can't go now! We won't permit it. ladies. Just put them in and they'll get all mixed up. Here I am wasting my time when I could be doing some serious work. You've come to meet Teddy. haven't you? No.
I'll bring my bodies from the attic and you get yours from the cellar.. -I'll look in that cellar.
. Our cellar? Teddy's been telling around there's 13 bodies buried in the cellar. We're liable to have to dig up your cellar. Right now I wouldn't know what is and what ain't strange anymore.. . Mortimer. There are 13 bodies in our cellar. you wouldn't have to dig. and we'll send them to Happy Dale. -I'll tell you what we'll do. -How about it? -I'll be right there.It ain't only his bugle blowing.. What? Yes.and we'll get them all together. You just ask our nephew.. The graves are all marked. Charge! Isn't that amazing? You behave yourself. No. Captain! -What is this? -You mustn't mind Mortimer. You know very well there are Certainly there's 13 bodies in the cellar. Things are going to get worse. He's been a little strange all day. And there are hundreds more up in the attic.
There's one down there. Smile. Don't you think you can find room for the ladies? Just the ladies? Just the ladies! -How about it? -They'd have to be committed. -He got married today. -Your gentlemen? You'd like mine better. far away "There is a Happy" He got it. -Flowers? Sure. Hasn't got it yet. None of mine are gentlemen. -You mustn't mind him at all. I put neon lights on mine.. Spenalzo. Teddy committed himself..-We put flowers on them every Sunday. Where are they?
. humor them.. It's amazing. Humor them.. -But the other 12 are our gentlemen. . -Certainly. we'll sign the papers. Couldn't they? -All they have to do is sign the papers. "There is a Happy Dale far.who doesn't belong here and has to leave. a Mr. If we can go with Teddy.
Come along. Einstein. -Were you leaving. Dr. Dr. will you? I want this all cleaned up. ladies. Dr.I have them. I'm so sorry. Maybe I can understand him. Yes. -Here? -Yes. please. Especially since they won that old pennant thing. Einstein almost operated on me earlier. dear. please. please. The neighborhood here has changed so. right here. Einstein! Come here and sign some papers. It's on the right-hand side there. A doctor. here.
. Sign them up. Doctor. -A doctor? -Yes. It's absolutely compulsory that we have the signature of a physician. if you'll sign right here. -Come here. We've overlooked something. Ladies. Oh. I'm really looking forward to going. Thirteen bodies in the cellar. Doctor. Just sign right here. Doctor? -Yes. please. Now. I'm going out to talk to that spy. -Good night.
I'm Brewster. Hello. One hundred and forty pounds.Aren't you going to wait for Jonathan? I don't think we go to the same place. Don't mind me. Poses as a doctor. It's contagious. You've done Brooklyn a great service. It's your turn. We picked up that guy that's wanted in lndiana. Five-foot-three. Mac. Pop eyes. Thanks. on the desk. -Don't play games--You sign.
. That's great! Thanks. Okay. Talks with a German accent. The doctor has completed the signatures. will you? About 40. Mac. It's all right. Doc. Read it to me. Why didn't you say so? I'm all confused. Witherport. Witherspoon--You're Witherspoon. Einstein! -Now. yes. Mr. You sign as next of kin. His accomplice's description is on the circular. But Dr. Mr.
Mortimer. but that's just it. of course. dear. Now. Einstein--But it's not his signature. dear. you tell him. He's President. We don't want anything to go wrong. And you were born
. -What? -Your mother came to us as a cook. -What's wrong about that. -Me too. darling. you signed as next of kin. darling. -Well. Duffel? Pack his duffel. -What. You'll both be very happy at Happy Dale. President. -It's yours. We're very happy about the whole thing. Come up and pack my duffel. darling? -Martha. don't be worried. dear? -You're not really a Brewster. Will they investigate those signatures? -They won't look up Dr. Don't charge! We're really very worried about something. you know? And bring along my bugle. Well. -Here.-Spoon. -Mine? You see.
we didn't want to lose her. It's true! There are 13 bodies down there! But I saw them-What's all this screaming about? -But I saw them--It's way past her bedtime. And she was such a sweet woman and such a good cook. Mortimer--Goodbye! -'Bye. You mean I'm not really a Brewster? -Darling! -Don't feel so badly about it. darling! -What is all this? -They're going on their honeymoon. Quiet! -But. It's true.. Your real father was a cook. They're off to a flying start. He was a chef on a tramp steamer. I really did see--
. So brother married her.about three months afterwards. too. Where are you? Can you hear me? I'm not really a Brewster! I'm the son of a sea cook! It's true! I saw them.. I'm sure it won't make any difference to Elaine. -Goodbye... .
Brewster! I'm not a Brewster.You'll own two cabs! I mean the meter! Oh. Mr. its operators. Mortimer. Call me a cab. But. I'm a coffeepot!
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