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.

Reverend Harper. .. You know I'm not a swearing man.. He's so very much in love with her.they wouldn't go away without a good meal and a couple of bucks.. Sister Martha and I are so happy." either. . dear. We mustn't be angry with Mortimer... He used to come to see us only occasionally.. at any time.. You'd be surprised . Remember now. and now.Their old man left them fixed for life... .he's in Brooklyn six nights a week. I must be catching cold.because he's a dramatic critic and takes your daughter to the theater. watch your language. No... It's not that I disapprove of his being a critic..but no man with this published attitude... . It was Reverend Harper who sneezed.should take any man's daughter anyplace.. Bless you. I do hope you don't disapprove of Mortimer. Brophy.. . Don't you call them "the girls.. But you can bet if anybody came looking for a room... Is Lieutenant around? So what are they renting rooms for? They don't. That's their way of digging up people to do good to..

no. what news have you brought me? Colonel. -So these are the toys? -How's Mrs. This is Officer O'Hara. This is Officer O'Hara. The toys are on the chair up here. You get tired of playing cards. we have nothing to report. absolutely nothing to report. dear. run upstairs and bring down your Army and Navy from Aunt Martha's room. He's taking over my beat. You know the Reverend Dr. Will you excuse me? No.what they'd consider swearing. I'll go. Gentlemen. They're all packed. -How do you do. sir? It's nice to meet you. How do you do. Charge! It gives us something to do at the station. gentlemen. Brophy? . -Come right in. miss? -Welcome to our neighborhood. At ease. That's splendid work you men do. No. the new man on the beat. fixing up discarded toys for the kids at camp. Brophy. Thank you. Harper from the church next door? Hello. Mr. Teddy. Splendid! Thank you. Teddy. we came for the toys. -Miss Abby. by the library door.

I'll make a note. I'll get some beef broth for you to take to her.She's better. Look. Teddy.. . They're afraid of him. There's a lot of worse guys he could think he was. He's an interesting character... that this nice family should be hatching a cuckoo? ... Isn't it a shame. if I know what pure kindness and absolute generosity are... But I have to call a Cabinet meeting to get those supplies.. Isn't it a shame.. -He thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt. Please don't's because I've known the Brewster sisters. But a little weak. but what the heck-What's going on here? -He's quite harmless. Do you hear me? He used to do that at night.. Father. thank you. Sarge. Gentlemen. Now don't do that again.and the neighbors raised Cain.. still. You've done so much already. I promised I wouldn't swear. That's right. Reverend. Stop the nonsense! I won't be a minute. you promised me you wouldn't do that anymore. .

No. you're back. How do you do? -I'm very glad to know you. -Not at all. Officer O'Hara. Yes. dear. this is grand. Thank you. What's this? The Oregon? Teddy.Well. -Reverend. -How do you do? -Good afternoon. It'll make a lot of kids happy. Hey. -Now. now. -Don't mention it. Teddy... isn't this nice! -Good afternoon. You bet I will.. -The children will go crazy. Martha. Here's the broth for Mrs. it goes to Australia. Sarge. He's taking over my duties. and thank you very much. Dismissed! . So long. -But the Oregon goes to Australia. Brophy. Colonel. Be sure it's good and hot. put it back. -These are lovely. -Thank you. how do you do? Miss Martha. Miss Brewster. Colonel. The Army and Navy are ready for action.

. Our only worry for Teddy is after we're gone. and what's more important... . -Careful of the step with the toys. Mortimer's made all the arrangements for Teddy.. and we suggested it. Bless you! Have you tried to persuade him he wasn't Roosevelt? -Oh.. no! -He's so happy being Teddy Roosevelt... -Good night.. Martha? Once. indeed. if he's happy. you're happy. Well.. That is quite a problem. . we thought if he'd be George Washington. -Don't mention it. -Charge! Charge the blockhouse! Blockhouse? The stairs are always San Juan Hill. -Well.-Goodbye and thank you. I must be going. Do you might be a change for him. And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn't be anybody. Yes. a long time ago. let that be a lesson to you. Goodbye. Young man.

You're going to Panama and dig another lock for the canal. Delighted! That's bully! Just bully! I shall prepare at once for the journey. why? Good news for you. and Reverend Harper was coming. -But all by yourself. He won't interfere with our plans for Mortimer and Elaine. -I got along fine. You know.. . go to Happy Dale Sanitarium after we pass on... There wasn't time. I didn't know when you'd be back. sweet Reverend Harper. -No. dear. I just couldn't wait for you. Martha. Dear. -I'll run right downstairs and see. too. And dinner's going to be late. I do believe he's beginning to see the light. Charge! Abby! While I was out? Yes. And I was all alone. I'm sure we needn't worry about him. Splendid idea! A very pleasant place. So. Did you just have tea? Yes.

-But that was only Sunday. Just throw it. buddy.. -This old cab has seen osculation but. you're going to love me . Please! For heaven's sake! But. -It's Elaine! -Hello.. Mortimer. And her brooch. -You've got to drive us to the station. There they are. Let everyone in Brooklyn over 16 look. -But.Well? Just look in the windowseat. Hold on to that. keep them. darlings. Elaine! -What did she mean? You don't suppose they've gone and-Listen. right out here with everyone looking? Yes.. -What's the matter with it? -Father preached about it only last Sunday. Here's your hat. right out here with everyone looking. Mortimer. But. Wait a minute. -You ain't seen anything yet. -Take her hat. I don't like that look in your eyes. He did? What did he say? -He was against it. If you find her hairpins.

don't tell your father. certainly! We're going to go the whole hog. Yes.for my mind.and tomorrow morning we go over the falls in a barrel. I'll go tell my aunts and you tell your. I don't have to. too? One thing at a time.. Niagara Falls! Everybody ought to go there. I started packing the day after I met you.. the bridal suite in the hotel. you see! You see? That's what I mean. darling. There's that look again! "There's that look again. . Mortimer! " You better get used to it. You'll see it often. You know what we're doing? Wasting time. I can handle Father. Go on. He's a dear. .. Look. No... We've a room on the train. You'll run his cold into a pneumonia.. why don't we wire him from Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls? That's why you stopped at your office.. You should've seen my secretary's face. It goes just before this. hurry and pack. There. That's what I hate about women.

Brewster? Good. Did you send those roses to Mrs. -Can I use the telephone? -Of course. What? Now? No. how wonderful! Isn't it wonderful? They're married! Don't pretend to be so surprised either. not now! Look surprised when he tells us. dark streak of light. Send four dozen more to drawing room A. Elaine and I are married. hurry. And throw in a flock . it's me. you two old frauds. darling. Hold on to your bustles. Grand Central Station. If you see a tall. -It'll be a few minutes. here. -Father may want to pray over me. too wonderful? And to think that it happened right here in this room! Now. When you whistle. Isn't it too. -Whistle when you're ready. Benson's Florists? This is Mortimer Brewster.I wonder what Mary's doing now? -The train leaves in an hour. We're married. open the front door fast. Hurry. Oh.

We're going to Niagara Falls. -You won't have time to bake a cake. Did I leave some notes here for my new book? You mean Mind Over Matrimony? Where are they? -I hid them someplace--Come along. I'm going to burn all my books. -And. Did everybody know I was getting married. It's all ready. I'll run along and get everything ready. dear. Of course. I'll let the Reverend light the first match. Oh.of orange blossoms. . a wedding cake. And we'll invite a few neighbors in. I'll open a bottle of wine and we'll sing. of course. Well. except me? We knew you'd find out about it in time. I do hope the Reverend isn't too angry. A taxi's waiting. we can have our celebration. I've got the two nicest aunts in the world. too. You know how your books upset him. But before you go. It's been ready since-I bet it's been ready since the first day I met her. you've got the nicest nephew in the world.

Oh. Just the thought of Jonathan frightens me. you know. Isn't it wonderful? Well. Hello. Mortimer! -How are you.Now you behave. tell the news to Mother" -Oh. had a character in it. dear. Mr. "Oh. 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. what a face! I remember now. dear! . reminded me of Jonathan. Yes. -Find those notes? What's wrong? There's a baby picture of your brother Jonathan. My. -What news have you brought me? -The country's squarely behind you. goodbye. President. Mr. I saw a play. Let's find them before Elaine sees them. One of those whodunits called Murder Will Out. He'd scare grownups with it. I know. Just bully. Goodbye. thank you. I'm off to Panama. President? -Bully. You ought to put that in the fire with my books. A new lock for the canal. Really? A honey of a lunatic.

I'm frightfully sorry. look. That's after we're gone. Well. we talked with Reverend Harper about it. -Happy bridegroom! -Congratulations. but it has nothing to do with Teddy. but I've got an awful shock for you. listen. At once! -He's in the cellar. darlings. Get him up here now. dear. Yes. The next thing-Hey. Now.Yeah. the first thing you see is a dead body. Yes. mister. Teddy's got to go to Happy Dale now. We know. You know how we've always planned to send Teddy to Happy Dale? Yes. -You know? -Of course. darlings. darlings! Nonsense! There's a body in the windowseat! Yes. dear. When Teddy's working on the canal. When the curtain goes up. you can't get his mind on anything else. -There's no such hurry as that. Teddy's killed a man. what a play. . darling! Never mind that now.

it has a distinct odor. dear. Aunt Martha. When it's in tea. The gentleman died because he drank some wine with poison in it. Mortimer. Now look. men just don't get into windowseats and die. That's all you know? What's he doing here? -What happened to him? -He died. Who is he? He's a Mr.. don't be so inquisitive. Forget you ever saw the gentleman. He's a Methodist? lsn't that nice.. how did he die? Mortimer. Hoskins. except that he's a Methodist. Forget? We never dreamed you'd peek. How did the poison get in the wine? We put it in wine because it's less noticeable.. What the. No. He died first.. Wait! Stop all this. You put it in the wine? . You mean you..Now. Adam Hoskins.. That's really all I know about him. You just forget about it.

Operator? Can you hear my voice? You can? Are you sure? Then I must be here. darling. not at tea. We must do that. but this time we'll go where we want to go. while I was out I dropped in on Mrs. I do think that Martha and I have the right to our own little secrets. Look at me.. Now. tomorrow or next day.because Reverend Harper was coming. Schultz. Yes. It's first-degree. you know all about it and just forget about it. The dears. But she wants us to take Junior to the movies again. . She's much better. That wouldn't have been very nice. You knew what you'd done and didn't want Reverend Harper to see the body? Well... And I put Mr.Yes.. Mortimer. Junior's not going to drag me into another one of those scary pictures. They ought not to be allowed to make pictures just to frighten people. Hoskins in the windowseat. Abby. Isn't Halloween a wonderful time for them? .

Hoskins. Celebrate? There's a body in the windowseat! Yes.. You can't. I want to know what we're going to do. don't be so impatient. Mortimer. -But Mr. You're too old to be flying off the handle like this. -Lick the bowl? I don't want to. I want to know what we're going to do! We're going to celebrate. Aunt Martha. dear. you can't leave him in there. -Stop worrying about it. . That's what we did with the others. We told you to forget the whole thing. -We can't turn you over to the police. Hodgekiss--Hoskins.. Mr. it is. Now. dear. here. You're going to bury Mr. Teddy's down in the cellar now. digging the lock. They have so much fun.. I know what his name is. Whatever his name is. dear. dear. We don't intend to. Look. Hodgekiss in the cellar? Yes. -We'll let you lick the bowl. you behave.Yes. Forget? Can't I make you realize that something has to be done? Now. Mortimer.

dear. When you say "others. she's probably right.. . dear. I really don't think you should count the first one. No.-Others? -The other gentlemen.. Abby. For heaven's sake. dear. keep your shirt on! Elaine. dear. It does? Well.. Abby. Makes it 12. I didn't mean-- ." do you mean "others"? -More than one "others"? -Yes. This makes 12. because I remember when Mr. Abby? No. I think you're wrong. and that makes it 12. This is 1 1. But. Whatever is the matter with Mortimer today? Why. isn't it. I get them mixed up sometimes. dear. Hoskins first came in. Let me see now. Abby usually is. This one is only 1 1 . what do you think happened to him? Hello? Not now. occurred to me that he'd make just an even dozen.. I was counting the first one. Abby.

Midgely... Just sit down.... Why.Now. So. then and there..we would... And then. old men.looking so peaceful. dear. Where were we? Twelve... He was a Baptist. You mean. Midgely was a yellow-fever victim. you poor. let's see. He was such a lonely.. We felt so sorry for him. ..that if we could help other lonely.. . Abby thinks we should count the first one.. .. Twelve! Yes. Martha? We made up our minds.... we all took him down to Panama... ... old gentleman... you see.and he thought Mr. Remember. when his heart attack came. he dropped dead right in this chair? And then. .. And that meant he had to be buried immediately. Never mind about that. Tell me..and he sat there dead in that chair. Teddy came up from digging in Panama.. who was the first one? Mr.. . . All his kith and kin were find that same peace.

now you see? That's why we told you not to bother about it.. As a matter of fact.... for a gallon of elderberry wine. .... Should have quite a kick.. And then.. No..then add half a teaspoonful of strychnine. dear. .l take one teaspoonful of arsenic. -What? Do you remember those jars of poison on the shelves. dear. Of course not! Well. Well. so.. one of our gentlemen found time to say: "How delicious! " .. What about the others? All 12 of them didn't walk in here and drop dead. .. Wait a minute! Come here... You've eaten enough of her piccalilli.. Grandfather's laboratory all these years? You know your Aunt Martha's knack for mixing things. -Mortimer.because we know exactly what's to be done. . There.and put him in the lock and gave him a decent Christian burial.... just a pinch of cyanide.

. darling. Let me see. Let me see.. We must get that cake frosted. Teddy! Of course. Everybody knows he's crazy.. Winchell's no good. wasn't that nice of him? Abby. Winchell? No. Don't worry about the cake. That'd be nice. Old Judge Cullman! I wonder if I got his number..He did? Well. Happy as a lark. a sip of. Got him working on a yellow-fever victim. La Guardia. You newlyweds! A sip of wine will give you an appetite. digging locks. Singing away. I couldn't eat a thing. 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. He's wonderful. we mustn't be standing here gossiping all night.. Information? Get me the number of Judge Cullman .. What am I doing with tickets? Information. Who can I call up? Dewey.

-How do I look? -You look fine. I'll call you up tomorrow. -Come on! -I'm so sorry. What are you doing here? What am I doing here? Didn't you hear me whistle? Whistle? Oh. Yeah. I heard you whistle. you! Thought you were tall.on North Shore Road. What's wrong? Look at your hair. yes. -Run on home. please. would you call me back? Wouldn't it be marvelous if he wasn't there? Hey. dark streak of light. lose your nerve? Where's that look I was going to see so often? Stop! Don't whistle in my ear. Something's happened. What'd you do. -Tomorrow? You know I always call you up every day or two. Brooklyn. what's the matter? What happened? Those flowers are so beautiful. You and your gags! Where's your hat? The bags are in the taxi. . What color is it? Has it turned? Darling.

get some rest! Rest? Who? Judge Cullman? This is Mortimer Brewster.If I could only tell you. -Go to bed. Judge. You smell so nice. The police want to throw him into a state institution. 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. We've got to do something immediately.. . A thing happened. Judge. It won't wait until tomorrow. but don't stand there! -But Niagara Falls! -If it does.. Elaine! Will you get out of here? What on earth is going on here? I don't know where I stand! -Anywhere.. It's very. very important. he's-It's his bugle blowing. we'll let it! -Wait a minute! Listen. It's about Teddy. But it's a matter of life and. we were married today. darling. You better go home! -But. about Teddy. Elaine. I've got to come over and see you right away. I'll tell you why I called you. Judge.

Are your family Brooklyn people? -Haven't got any family. please. Doorbell's ringing. And this is my sister. Don't like it. we're just setting the table for dinner. Do step in. How do you do? Come in. Now. Long distance? I want the Happy Dale Sanitarium. -My name's Gibbs. Happy Dale. -All alone in the world? . dear. -Is Brooklyn your home? -I live in a hotel. You will? Fine! I'll be over as soon as I've made another call. -Well. -Are you the lady of the house? -Yes. we can get him to Happy Dale. I understand you've got a room to rent. -Shut up! If you sign the papers and Teddy commits himself. do sit down. Operator? Give me long distance. I'm Miss Brewster. I'm sorry. New York.How do you like that? -I read an ad here about a room to rent. It's a wonderful place. this would be a nice comfortable chair. Another Miss Brewster.

-Dale..-Well. Well. That's right. . I'd like to see the room. Happy Dale.. we make this ourselves. Please.. you've come to just the right house. Won't you try a glass of our wine before we start up? Never touch it. I don't think I'll like it. skoal. -Do sit down. -Operator! I don't want the Happy Dale Laundry! I want the Happy Dale Sanitarium! Sanitarium! Sanitarium! Yes. "D" Iike in "dig. -No. -Thank you. Well." Got that? Is there always this much noise? He doesn't live with us. Well. but the cemetery's full of them. The room's upstairs. I can see the headlines now. Elderberry? I haven't tasted elderberry wine since I was a boy. like a broken record! -Have your own elderberry bushes? -No. It's elderberry wine." when you dig a lock. Martha. "A" Iike in "arsenic.

Get out of here! Do you want to be poisoned. He wouldn't understand. Oh. they're busy? Busy? They're busy and you're dizzy! No. Don't do that. I'm not drunk..but it's not only against the law. I'm nervous.. madam. it's wrong.. This is developing into a very bad habit! Who? Happy Dale Sanitarium? . operator! What's taking so long? It's only across the river! I could swim it faster! Yes! Hello! Hell-What-What.Hello.. murdered.. but you've given me an idea! Darling. . What I mean is. killed? They're nuts! You're telling me! Look. you can't do things like that! Now I don't know how I can explain this to you... Not that. People wouldn't understand. piffle! It's not a nice thing to do.

we want to commit him there immediately. Witherspoon. we're a bit short of Napoleons at present. Well. How do you do. Witherspoon.and it would lead to trouble. . Brewster? How are you? Mr. That's too bad. Of course. Thank you. We have several Theodore Roosevelts at the moment. Bonaparte. Witherspoon speaking. Mr.What? All right. Have you had the papers drawn up? No. I see. Mr..-. Brewster. if he thought that-Mr. Oh. dear. Witherspoon. And if-Oh.. How are you? Do you remember our conversation about committing my brother to Happy Dale? You do? Well. Thank you. Oh. but I'll do it now and call you as soon as I have them. Yes.That's amazing. operator. thanks. please.. if your mind is made up. Well. Mr. do you-I'm fine. Happy Dale? Let me talk to Mr. I'd hoped we wouldn't have him for some time yet. now.. Well. dear. Mr. .

won't you? Where's my hat? There it is. I mean. . What do you want us to do? Don't do anything.. dear. Oh. don't do anything! Don't let anyone in the house and leave Mr. -But. we'd have to know what it was first. Anyway. -Couldn't that wait until I get back? -You could join us in the hymns! Yes. I'm going to Judge Cullman's... -What? We were planning to hold services before dinner. Whosit where he is. don't you? Yes. dear. Mortimer. Now listen. I can't talk to you. I want you to do one thing for me. you'll do that little thing for me.. Well. darling.. I love you both very much. but I want you to promise me something. like good girls.Another Roosevelt. What on earth could happen to us? Well. You know I'd do anything for you. I'll sing with you. I can't concentrate. I wouldn't want anything in the world to happen to you. darling.. Get off that thing.

What is it? Mr. don't let anybody in the house until I get back. I believe that always makes a man a little nervous. Wait a minute! What am I doing? Fancy getting nice Mr. Why? He's just been married. I'll sit with you! Yeah. I can go faster that way. Yes. Sure. The poor dears. Oh. cab! Here you are. Hoskins' hat all mussed up. well. What? Stop that. You know. You promise? Good. .I'll dance with you. -Don't open it. Shame! Such a nice hat. that's right. Mortimer didn't seem to be quite himself today. Remember. anything. Hoskins' hat! -Do you still want me to wait? -Yes! Call me a cab! -Hey. What were you saying about Mortimer? I think I understand why he seemed so upset. I'm so happy for Elaine.

Johnny. This is the home of my youth. I'm so hungry. We promised Mortimer we wouldn't let anyone come in. dear. we'll need another hymnal. they're strangers to me. Yes. I hope there's a fatted calf awaiting the return of the prodigal. Drink. -You look. Now I'm glad to escape back into it. Come in. As a boy. I'll go. -Are you sure? -Yes. doctor. . A fatted calf?. and I've never seen them before. There's one up in my room. We'll just have to pretend we're not at home. I couldn't wait to escape from this house. -Do you recognize them? -No. As if we were expected. Johnny. Johnny. The family must still live here. -Let me look.Abby! If Mortimer's coming back for the services. It's two men. it's a good hideout. Look.

He's a plastic surgeon. Einstein is responsible for that..A good hide the scar where Grandfather's acid burned you. You're nothing like Jonathan. You just get out of here.. Your nephew... Who are you? What are you doing here? Aunt Abby. . you know. Jonathan. . Do you remember when we took the little Schultz boy to the movies. Have you been in an accident? My face. Aunt Martha.. And you. But I've seen that face before. I see you're still wearing the lovely garnet ring. It's Jonathan.. Dr.. still the high collar. so don't pretend you are.. Aunt Martha. You get out of here! I'm Jonathan...that Grandma Brewster bought in England. you're not. No. . Why. his voice is like Jonathan's.

...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... 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...'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... 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.

.You remember that. Spenalzo. we can't just walk Mr. we'll bring him in through the window. -Down here. See the hole he's digging. six feet long.. Four feet wide.Doctor and I are turning Grandfather's laboratory into an operating room. do l? Perhaps we'd better let them stay here tonight. as a boy. Come here. Spenalzo along.. I forgot to tell you. We expect to be very busy. . And it just fits Mr. Spenalzo in through the door.. what do you think I find? -What? The Panama Canal. Quick. We'll get the car and after they're in bed.. . That's hospitality. I don't have to go into details. Rather a good joke on my aunts. Bed. How do we get him in here? Yes.. He just fits! You'd think he knew we were bringing Mr.. They're living in a house with a body buried in the cellar. I could be disagreeable. It would not be pleasant for any of us if.

What are we going to do about Mr. General Goethals was very pleased. there's been another yellow-fever victim. A state secret? Yes. He said the canal was just the right size. Hoskins? Mr. we must keep it a secret. 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. a state secret. No. Teddy. Hoskins downstairs right away. Promise? You have the word of the President . The car is all right where it is until morning. I don't want to leave it in the street.We're moving the car behind the house. Dear me! This will be a shock to the General. And he's been so patient. I think Teddy had better take Mr. Hoskins! It can't be very comfortable for him in there. That might be against the law. What would the neighbors think? People coming in here with one face and going out with another. the poor dear.

-Where is the poor devil? -In the windowseat. he's really very nice looking. considering that he's a Methodist. You can go right up. Your room is waiting for you. I'm afraid we don't keep Brooklyn hours. Cross my heart and hope to die.. I've never even seen Mr. . You just come right along and see him now.. And then. How are we going to keep it a secret? Teddy. You two run along to bed. You know... .you come up and take the poor man down to the canal.. when everything's dark here. But you must be very tired. -And we don't go to bed this early. I think you'd better get back down into the cellar. Now get along.. Both of you. let's see. you were out. And we'll come down later and hold services. We're bringing the luggage through here. Now. Hoskins! My goodness! That's right..of the United States.when I turn out the lights.. It seems to be spreading. . We've never had yellow fever there before.

I'll come back later. Take the bags upstairs. Now. He's all right. we'll all go to bed. I'll wait until you're up and then turn out the lights. you open the window. All right. I'll open the window. For the instruments. When I tap on the glass. I'll take a look around outside the house. Aunt Abby. Where am l? Here I am. Doctor. . -All right. You go round and hand him through. Run along. Aunt Martha. Now! Turn out the lights. Good night. Just off the laboratory.-It's time I came home to take care of you. Aunt Abby. You go outside and push. And then together we take him down to Panama. and I'll stay here and pull. -I'll be right up. But he's too heavy for me. Yeah. Johnny. It's dark in here. We must be quick.

I mean. somebody's at the door. Now I got him. He's so heavy. quick! Mortimer! Aunt Abby! Aunt Martha! Who is it? Is that you. You lost a leg somewhere. up! Now. wait a minute. -But his shoe came off. Why did you say your name was Harper? It is Harper. Allez. He's so heavy. I'll manage Spenalzo. Help me. Teddy? Who are you? I'm Elaine Harper. Go. Doctor! . Hand him over. Help me. it's Brewster. I'm a brand-new Brewster. Now I have him. quick. Mortimer. I live next door. wait a minute. Now I have him. I'm not very used to it. What are you doing here? I came here to see my husband. Now I've got him! Johnny.Who left this open? Okay. Go open. -Be careful.

That explains everything. I'm in this house every day.It's all right.." 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. I've never seen you before. We happen to live here. -I suppose you'll tell me you're Boris--I am Jonathan Brewster. . -You've heard of me? -Yes. . -You're Jonathan. Maybe you'd better explain what you're doing here. that's all. Einstein? A surgeon of great distinction. It's okay.. they talk about you.l'll just be running along if you'll kindly unlock the door. -What do they say about me? Just that there's another brother named Jonathan. May I present Dr. Einstein? Dr. Where are Martha and Abby? What have you done to them? Perhaps we'd better introduce ourselves.. Now that I know who you are. You don't live here. "That explains everything. And something of a magician..

. Alice. Is that why you came over here? No. Go back to your room. Weren't you just outside? lsn't that your car? -You saw someone at the car? -Yes. 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. I came to see Mortimer. Don't play rough with the gentlemen. the cellar. a sneak thief. No visitors. You thought you saw someone drive up? Yes.I suppose it was you. I'll run--You've given two names. But if he's not home. -Tell these men who I am! -That's my daughter. No! Don't be a tomboy. Charge! Doctor. It's going to be a private funeral. -You're hurting me! I think she's dangerous. that's all! I see. -What else did you see? -Just that.

Don't answer that! Where's Teddy? ls he upstairs? Never mind that now.. -Mortimer. Go back to your room." Listen. Do you hear me? Don't answer that.. "I've come back home. Holy mackerel! It is Jonathan! I'm glad you remember. I talk. -I'll handle this. Mortimer..-We'll call the police. Einstein. it talks! Yes. -Didn't I tell you not to let anybody in? -Who did you say it was? -It's your brother.. darling. he--Wait a minute. .when you were tied to the bedpost? The needles under your fingernails.. Mortimer. Mortimer. Mortimer.. What are you doing with your best clothes on? Holy. have you forgotten the things I used to do to you. -What? I've come back home. Jonathan! -I've come back home. Mortimer. . What's that? What's that thing that looks like a cigar-store dummy? -It's your brother and Dr..

and I'll sleep on the windowseat. We invited Jonathan and Dr. . 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. just a moment. Here's $10. I'm staying here tonight.. Nothing to. We don't take up much room.. So take that little squirt and beat it! Where's Teddy? I've got to see him right away. -What? -Just for tonight. I'm staying here from now on. I'm going to sleep on the windowseat. Please. Now look. -In fact.Yeah. I'll sleep on the windowseat from now on. Windowseat? Certainly not on the windowseat. Go out and haunt yourself a hotel. Einstein to stay. Now. I remember. -What about me? There's no room for anybody else here.. be a good fellow. Johnny can sleep on the sofa. No.

Mortimer. How do you like that? The guy stays away for 20 years and picks tonight to come back. darling? -I almost got killed. -Oh. Mortimer. Now. Don't bring anyone else in here. . Spenalzo. Elaine. beat it! It's all right. -Killed? Aunt Abby. Mr. Wait! Who's this Mr. Spenalzo. you know what I do to people who order me around. Spenalzo? A friend of ours Johnny was looking for. what are you doing here? -Mortimer! -What's the matter. Johnny. Spenalzo? We can't leave him here in the windowseat. I've completely lost track of Mr. I'll tell you about him. While we are packing. Aunt Martha! No! It was Jonathan! He mistook her for a sneak thief. What? What's going to happen to Mr. I'll take care of you. in just a little while. that. Doctor.

-But--Please. He's some kind of a maniac..... But didn't you hear what I was just saying? Your own brother Jonathan. Operator? Get me Happy Dale 2-7-0. I'm here now. Brewster. a taxi's waiting. I can't hear the man. -He was going to kill me! -Wait. Witherspoon.-It was worse than that.. we were going over Niagara Falls. please. I don't understand you.. .. Witherspoon? This is Mortimer Brewster. don't worry about it. . Well.and now you want to sleep on a windowseat! Windowseat.your brother tries to strangle me. -What? Go on home like a good girl. I got things to do. Yes. Well. Mr. look. We were married today. Darling. -You'd better run along home. he was trying to strangle me! -Please! This is important! -That? Mr. Forget it. I'm afraid of him. ..

Thank you. windowseat. wedding ring. . you've had the papers signed by your brother and the doctor. Why don't you come down here anyway? While you're getting here. darling. darling. . well. holy mackerel! I forgot the doctor! Please. Doctor. I'll get both signatures. 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. come right away.. By the way..I've got the papers all drawn up. Teddy. I'll get Teddy's and the doctor's signatures. taxi. Yeah. but come down here and get my brother immediately! Please.. Let me think about this thing...put them in a barrel.. I know it's late. What's the matter with her? Let me sit down. signature.. Hoskins! Ye gods! There's another one! Aunt Abby! Aunt Martha! -Come in here! -We're busy. and push them all over Niagara Falls! Thank you. of course? By the doctor? Oh.

dear. Einstein! Who is that in the windowseat? We told you. Mr. Hoskins? -He must have gone to Panama. Hoskins! -By the way. It is not Mr. Hoskins! There! Who can that be? -Are you saying you've never seen him? -I certainly am. you come in here now! Yes. he's mistaken. Yes. Hoskins in the windowseat. where is Mr. Hoskins. 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. -I don't mean Jonathan! I don't mean Dr. I did. . You admitted you put Mr. -What? You buried him? -Not yet.No. This man couldn't have got the idea from Mr. And if he came here to be buried in our cellar. what is it? Where's Elaine? Didn't you promise not to let anyone in? -Jonathan just walked in.

We haven't had a minute. And I've also decided that you're leaving. .. handsome. what with Jonathan in the house. you admit you poisoned them! Yes. We've always wanted to hold a double funeral.. or am I throwing you out on your ear? I've led a strange life. Martha. you come straight along here. But you don't think I'd stoop to telling a fib! What do you think has happened? "A fib! " This may interest you. I did. How can I believe you? There are 12 men down there. Don't.He's down there waiting for the services.. But I will not read services over a total stranger! A total stranger. dear. I'm in no mood to debate the question. Are you getting out. poor dear. Mortimer. Let Aunt Martha see what's in the windowseat. You just look and see what's in that windowseat. No. Listen. Oh. and I mean now. I've decided that we're staying.

Einstein and that cold companion with him. Remember. I'll give you a chance to get away and take the evidence with you. You can't ask for more than that. you're a Brewster.. Jonathan is leaving. what happened to Mr. Spenalzo can happen to you. -No! Come in. -And this is another nephew. too. I've got some very good news for you. darling. -Pleased to meet you. Officer. -Glad to see you. in that case. Listen. Come right in. You're my brother. . Jonathan. Officer O'Hara! I saw the lights and thought you might have sickness.. I owe you an apology. And he's taking Dr. -Yes. Don't reach for the telephone. Mortimer.. You got company? Sorry I disturbed you. Put down that telephone. Spenalzo? I knew he was a foreigner. -Pleased to make your acquaintance. I'll have to call the police. This is our nephew. Well? All right. do come in.Aunt Abby.

You are? Well. Haven't I seen a picture of you? I don't think so. . Mr. I'll keep O'Hara busy to give you a chance to get out. the writer and dramatic critic? Yes. Dr. -Why? Stay until my brother leaves. If you don't leave here. All three of you: you. why? What a break for me! I'm a playwright. This is your last chance. I can spell like the dickens. I got to ring in. Couldn't you whip up a sandwich? I hope you don't mind eating in the kitchen. You can tell me all about it. well! -Maybe I can help you with it. but I can't spell them. -Would you? What a break! I get wonderful ideas. Constantinople? Let's go into the kitchen. Einstein and Spenalzo. I'm working on a play now. -I'll be running along. Spenalzo. I'll introduce Officer O'Hara to Mr. well. Officer O'Hara.Your face is familiar. And where else would you eat? See you in a moment.-Are you "the" Mortimer Brewster.

What? With a cop in the kitchen and Spenalzo in the windowseat? That's all he's got on us. I never did like Mortimer. Only Mortimer stands in our way. We're not going. After that. Then if he tries to interfere-No. No. We've got a wonderful setup here. We can make a fortune. Brooklyn ain't a good setup for you. Johnny. Now get going! All three of you. we're coming back here. We're sleeping right here in this house. Please! Doctor. you lose your head. O'Hara. let's go. This affair between my brother and myself has got to be settled. Johnny. Look. Two old ladies as a front. We'll take Spenalzo and dump him in the bay. please.My play takes place in-I'll be right with you. Just give me one moment. Okay. Right with you. Okay! Take the instruments and hide them . no. Please. Come. But we've got trouble enough as it is. take it easy. you know when I make up my mind-When you make up your mind.

If you tell O'Hara . All right. What are you doing still here? I thought I said beat it. we got an ace in the hole. I'll be back in a minute. Move fast. -I like the first act. She was my mother.. -Peaches La Tour was her name. -Swell. I didn't tell you the first-I thought I told you. It's no fly-by-night idea. Yes.. Mortimer. Well. -You're not going? -No. We're not going. -Legitimate? Of course.. I worked on it for 12 years. You stay out of this. Well. -Officer O'Hara? -Coming. -You don't know what goes on in Brooklyn. -I don't know. -Come quick! -What's the matter? -You know that hole in the cellar? -Yes. -Excuse me. you asked for it. -My mother was an actress. rehash the cellar.

This opening will kill you. I assure you. You'd better ring in. Shall I bring them in here? You can't do that now. . Why don't you both go down in the cellar? That's all right with me. huh? Let's go where we can be alone. I'll meet you there later. I'm waiting to be born and the doctor-The doctor! . Genius at work. There's a much more literary atmosphere in Kelly's.l'll tell him what's in the cellar. 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.. Lowbrows.. You ring in and I'll meet you at Kelly's. The heck with ringing in! I want to tell you the plot... You can't tell me in front of those two fellas. How about the backroom at Kelly's? Fine place.what's in the windowseat. Cellar? There's an elderly gentleman down there who seems to be very dead.

Perish the thought. . That was just Mortimer. I'm not! The moment I get Spenalzo...... I don't care who knows about Hoskins. When I come back.. We thought we heard you leave. And you better feel the same way about Spenalzo. will you? This is a great play. You won't stand me up. you ring in and I'll see you later. -I'll see you down there. Wait for me! We'll wait for him.Look. You think I'm afraid to tell about Spenalzo because of Hoskins. The moment the doctor signs. Well. Where are those papers? There they are.. doctor.. And speaking of services..will you make us some coffee while we take Spenalzo down to the cellar? No. Did he look guilty! Well. Martha. dear aunties. aren't you? You think you've got it over me. Jonathan. Yes. I think we can start the services now. Spenalzo! -Where are you going? -To the doctor's. I expect to find you gone. Where do you. -Can't wait! Doctor. You're smug.. You haven't. You've got to take him with you! .

Spenalzo. Hoskins.There's a friend of Mortimer's downstairs waiting for him. Spenalzo and he will get along fine together. The cellar's crowded already. Hoskins is no stranger. Crowded? With what? There are 12 graves down there now. -Your gentlemen? Yes. Hoskins? You know about what's down there? Of course we do. That leaves very little room and we're going to need it. Doctor. -A friend of Mortimer's? -Take his feet. Mr. And we won't have any strangers buried in our cellar. you and Aunt Martha have murdered 12-Murdered? Certainly not. You mean. -He's one of our gentlemen. there's no room for Mr. He must mean Mr. It's one of our charities. Mr. Twelve graves. Hoskins--Mr. Besides. -But Mr. They're both dead. what we've been doing is a mercy. And he's no friend of Mortimer's. Why. .

There's Mr. Spenalzo out of here. You've done all that. -No.. He died of pneumonia. You got 12... He wouldn't have died of pneumonia if I hadn't shot him. they got 12. Two in Johannesburg. one in Phoenix.. 12. and they do just as good as you do. Then the first one in London.... Phoenix? -The filling station. . -Thirteen. Spenalzo.. Don't brag.. one in Sydney. You cannot count the one in South Bend. You cannot count him. .two in San Francisco.and they stay right here in Brooklyn.. That makes 13. Johnny! We've been chased all over the world. What? You got 12. I've got 13. Arizona.. one in Melbourne.. . Johnny.right here in this house and buried them in the cellar? That's wonderful. ...So you just take your Mr. they got 12. -Filling.. Three in Chicago and one in South Bend.

. -Who? What? Did I say. -In the cemetery? It's Halloween. I'm a lucky man to have caught you at home. This is most irregular. Just one more.. Make yourself comfortable... . I'll be right back. All I need is one more. I know Teddy blows bugles. The pixies won't be out till after midnight. I wouldn't want to alarm the old ladies.. are they? Well.. Pull up a tombstone. And I've a pretty good idea who it is. -Here? I'll bring Teddy out. If you'd talk with him. Gilchrist. -You wait here.l'm sure you'd be convinced. that's easily taken care of.. I'm sorry to have dragged you out of bed.The old ladies is just as good as you are. Here's the house l--There goes Hoskins. They are. That's all. but only you can help me. . but I can't commit a man just on that. -You better wait. Dr. seeing a doctor.

darling. of course I love you. Arlington is beautiful at this time of year. so good. -Mr. looks good on you! Not the suit. Not so good. No." $22. . Well now. So far. -Do you? -Yes. with a Maxim silencer. -Did you give him a 21-gun salute? -Yes.50! Oh. Five more bucks and you'll own it. is it not? Yes. The doctor would like to have a few words with you.-Hey. indeed. Livingstone! -Livingstone? -That's what he presumes. Do you or do you not love me? How can you say such a thing? Darling. the meter! "Looks good on me. Welcome to Washington. $22. It gives me a chance to rest.50. thanks.50! -What? $22. Certainly. may I present--Dr. It wouldn't fit me. President. yes. that's that.

Just because Teddy's strange. darling. I love you so much.Then why have you been treating me the way you have? Darling.. I'll run for a third term. I probably should have told you this before.. -What are you talking about? -Well. Have you suddenly gone crazy? I don't think so. This goes back to the first Brewster who came over on the Mayflower. that's ancient history. That'll mean the last of the Roosevelts in the White House. .well. I don't quite know. It practically gallops. Darling. I can't go through with our marriage. but it's only a matter of time.... but I won't be elected.. You know how in those days the lndians used to scalp the settlers? He used to scalp the lndians. -Of course. .. would you want to have children with three heads? You wouldn't want to set up housekeeping in a padded cell. but you see. insanity runs in my family. if the country insists. -That's what you think. that doesn't mean-No. Darling. Doctor. It's way back before Teddy.

Goodbye. It'll just have to be undone. drop in to see me at the White House. -You will? I've just been appointed Ambassador to Bolivia! You see? Didn't I tell you? Don't worry about that. I'm crazy too. go to bed! . That's the way I love you. There's no use doing what you're doing. Just go on signing the papers. They're Brewsters. What of it? So your family's crazy. Well.. I. but kiss me. Papers! -I'll commit him to any place.. All right! We'll find out whose house this is! I'm warning you. aren't they? They're the sweetest.. -Go away. you better stop it. sanest people I've ever known. Look at your aunts. even they have their peculiarities. no. I've enjoyed this little talk very much. -Those papers. Aunt Abby. No. Thank you. So you're crazy.Darling. Anytime you're in Washington. all this doesn't prove a thing. Ambassador.

Spenalzo aren't out this house before morning.. If Jonathan and Mr. This is all fixed up nice now. Bed feels good already. Doctor.. no? You know what Jonathan's doing? He's putting Mr. Martha and I are going for the police.we're going for the police. Is Teddy in his room? What is the matter with you? Running around getting papers signed at a time like this. You're forgetting. let him. All right. Police! Wait! -You can't go for the police.. Spenalzo in together. I'll get them out. we didn't get any sleep for 48 hours. Hoskins and Mr.. The President will be very proud of his Panama Canal.It's a terrible thing to do to bury a good Methodist with a foreigner. Nice and smooth like a lake. Where have you been? Getting some papers signed. I promise! -Then you get the wedding silver. -Oh. . . You know.

I got to operate on your face tomorrow. But tonight we are taking care of Mortimer. Or the next day.-Remember. I think this calls for something special. not tonight! I'm sleepy. Not the Melbourne method. No. It's a little late to dissolve our partnership. Doctor. Doctor. will you? Get out of those clothes! You look like a double blackout. Johnny. perhaps. the Melbourne method. I just heard him upstairs. Okay. can't you? Yeah. You forget. we'll do it. please! Two hours! And then when it was all over. You are going to operate tomorrow. No! I am tired. Look at me. But Johnny. But the quick way. We'll do it tomorrow. no police! No police! Look. huh? The quick twist like in London. I know that look. go to bed. You can see that it's got to be done. My brother. Mortimer. Okay. what? . Doctor. I think.

Yes. Mr. What is it. But I cannot sign anything without consulting my Cabinet. Get out! -Stop underplaying. could I use a drink! -Get out of here. What a load off my mind. please? -What? Speak up. mice? -You get out of this house. Get out. Hey. will you. it's the only way we can outsmart the other fellow. I can't hear you. -I'll put on my signing clothes. Mr. -Of course. Mr. Oh. Johnny's in a bad mood. Wait here. President. . A secret proclamation has to be signed in secret. Boy. President. You already have them on. I see! Very clever. Brewster. This must be secret. Mr.The fellow in London was just as dead as the fellow in Melbourne. -Who's the other fellow? -That's the secret. I can't hear you. A secret proclamation? How unusual. So I have. President. -Please listen to me. Don't do that. President. Mr. -Can't you see I'm busy? Thank you.

I'll take care of him. Brewster. Stop it. Only for dramatic critics. -What's that? Wait.. Heidelberg? How'd you hook up with Jonathan? I tell you later about that. Please listen to me. You take care of yourself. He's a maniac! And then things happen.. please. Don't those plays you see all the time . Mr. You beat it before things start popping around here. Please. .. You've just been married. Please go now. Horrible things. Please. Doctor! You get out of here! Look. You have a nice little wife waiting for you.Stop all this! What are you doing? Look.Are you really a doctor? Yes. look.he's a madman. But.. -That's mine. -My schnapps. but you go now. -Get out of here! -Will you stop it? Stop telling me about Jonathan. Doc-. when Johnny's in that mood. little fellow. 1919. Heidelberg. Get going. -I could use that.

. He's even been warned to get out. .. He stays! This fellow doesn't even have sense to be scared or to be on his guard. Isn't that great? So there he is. There's a play that's so bad. He knows he's in the house with murderers and should know he's in danger. Witherspoon. When you get out of prison. -What do you think he does? -I don't know. have yourself wheeled to the Garrick Theater. all waiting to be trussed up and gagged. The murderer even invites him to sit down. There's a man. it'll still be running when you get out. Now listen to this.. He sits down! He deliberately pulls up a chair and he sits down in it.teach you anything? Don't get me on the subject of plays! I've got to wait for Mr. At least people in plays act like they got sense. he doesn't. What do you think they tied him up with? The curtain cord. Did anybody in a play ever act like they got intelligence? -How can somebody be so stupid? -You ought to have my job. And does he go? No.

Look at the attitude. . This fellow's supposed to be bright. Now get a load of this. the quick way. were you out of my mind. my dear brother. Later on.. brother Heidelberg. you may consider that a blessing. In Melbourne one night. I've been away for 20 years. Please... in a play or even in a movie. All he has to do is look around. That's right. Yes. The more you struggle the more you strangle yourself. Now. Mortimer. but does he? No! See.Curtain cord? But didn't he see him get it? No.. The silly chump sits down with his back toward the murderer.. for me.. But what does he do? The big chump sits there. I dreamt of you. . Johnny.we go to work.. Large as life! He sits there waiting to be tied up and gagged. The big dope! You were right about that fellow.a fellow never sees or hears anything. But never.. Doctor. . He wasn't very bright.

And then they took it. Where did they put it? I found some wine. Please! All right. I am so happy that we don't have to operate without a drink. please. After all. I'll split it with you. But I can't pull myself together without a drink. dead brother. We drink to you. Let's get it over with. We both have a drink before we operate. That's all. One moment. we're performing before a very distinguished critic. there was some wine. You remember when we came in. But I cannot see this without the drink. -Please. To my dear. Here. That idiot! -He goes next. Mortimer. Where are your manners? Yes.-This must be an artistic achievement. He goes next! -Not Teddy! Please! . I realize now that it was you who brought me back to Brooklyn. Pull yourself together.

. then the quick way. Like a flash. Did that really happen in a play you saw? How do you like that? You can't trust nobody. I'll help you. I'd better talk to him myself. It's all right.-We'll get to him later. I see. We're taking the bugle away from him. He was explaining a play he saw and that's what happened to a man in the play. -What happened to him? -Nothing. . They practically stole that from my play. out of a clear sky. Yeah.the door opens and a man with a mustache comes in.. In the second act. Where's the lights? You stood me up! I've been waiting for you for over an hour at Kelly's. The quick way. yes! If it has to be. just-Maybe I'd better start at the beginning. You've got to hear the plot! My mother's making up. The colonel has to quit blowing that horn. -You won't at all! We have to work fast.. . sure. The quick way..

All of a sudden. casual-like. please. I'm walking along my beat.. see? Little do I know it. . My mother doesn't say they're married. It's an evolving stage. It's getting you. Well... there's me. in the meantime.. You ain't heard nothing yet. I'm in great danger. That's the surprise! What a kick! Twenty-five years pass. So what do I do? I join the police force and become one of New York's finest. The scene changes. Growing into a magnificent specimen. -Where have I seen that face before? -No. -What? -I personally like it very much.. a fire breaks out. 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. . will you marry me?" That's the first scene..He says. "Miss Peaches La Tour. -It's probably over his head. ain't it? I can see it in your eyes. I'm cleaning out a crooked laundry.but a dope fiend with a knife is after me.

Right in the middle of the second act. -The colonel blew that bugle again... Brophy. . That's the one that ran away. Did they send you here? No. this is Mortimer Brewster. who the heck is this? Mr.when a guy that I'm following.. So he came back.. boys. My play put him to sleep. -There's a vacant house on the corner. the cops! I sees the door handle turn.. -I heard him. Why didn't you ring in? The whole force is out looking for you. Now. so I pulls out my gun. The Lieutenant's on the warpath. . The neighbors are phoning in. we came to warn the old ladies.. -He's going to help me write my play. -Do you have to tie him up? Report in. He says we've got to put him away someplace.braces myself against the wall and I says: "Come in! " Hello.. -Johnny. it turns out he's following me! Don't let nobody in. Brewster's brother. I figures I'll outsmart him. -What the Sam Hill's going on? -Sarge. Get me Mac.

-Wait a minute. there's 13 bodies buried in the cellar! Yes. The Lieutenant is on his way over. Leave him to me. We found him. Be careful what you say. you've got me. we'll hold him right here. Thirteen bodies. don't you? Well. was it? Tell the Lieutenant he can call off the big manhunt. I suppose you and my stool-pigeon brother will split the reward. charming old ladies. So I've been turned in? All right. It wasn't that bad. Brewster. At the Brewster house. Mr. I better let them know that I found you. -Don't make trouble for them! Never mind.Have you got yourself in a mess! You're two hours overdue at the station. 13. Brewster. -I'll show them to you. -Come down to the cellar. . Shall we bring him in? All right. Yes. reward! Now I'll do some turning in! Wait a minute. Mr. Your aunts are friends of ours. You think my aunts are sweet.

Look out! Fight. too. -Yes. that's enough. I'll tell you the rest of my play later. He looks like Boris Karloff. Go on down the cellar with him! Now. . look. do I have to? Maybe I don't want to go down to the cellar. All I did was cross the bridge and I was in Brooklyn. Don't bother me now. Amazing. -Go to the cellar with him. Everybody off. I got him. -Go on down the cellar with him. come to the cellar. Such a fine day. -Do I have to? Look at that puss. I got something better. You could use this in the third act. Well. Go on and fight. look out! Amazing. That's enough. Let me tell you-I'll see you later. Pat! -Look out! -He's got a gun. Don't! Sarge! Look out. Pat.I'll show you where they're buried. please. Pat.

Get him. Lieutenant! -We were just acting in self-defense. Don't do that. brother. -Witherspoon. What has occurred? Never mind! Didn't I tell you I'd handle this? Well.. -What happened? He put up a fight? This isn't the one who blows the bugle. What do I care? Go ahead. dear. Turn him over.The papers are all signed.. fight. -All I said was he looked like Boris Karloff.. Kind of think he's wanted somewhere. I'll brain the first one that comes near me! A little higher. . -Come in. please. Boris. Thank you very much. Wish I could relax like that. I've tried it before-It did. I'd better call and see if Witherspoon has left. Isn't that amazing? Oh. That's fine. That won't have any effect. Pat. Telephone. -This is his brother who tried to kill O'Hara. I'll get every one of you! I hate cops.

You're suspended. That's the way they described him. ... I was right here writing a play with Mortimer Brewster.. "He looked like Karloff.and that don't tip you off the guy's from a nuthouse? Thanks.. .. Report in.. That's my brother. Now go can at least read short detective stories. In lndiana! He escaped from the prison for criminally insane. About my not ringing in. Certainly. ." Why'd you knock him out? He tried to get us to go to the cellar. Thirteen bodies in the cellar. The guy who helped him escape. He's a lifer. I want to-Where have you been all night? Don't tell me. He says 13 bodies are there. pal. Bring him to and find out where his accomplice is. he's wanted.You "kind of think he's wanted somewhere"? If you guys can't look at the circulars we put up.. He's wanted.. too. You're going to have a long time on that play.

Howdy. No wonder Brooklyn's in the shape it's in. you. But I'm not myself today. -What the blazes is this? -He's the one that blows the bugle. -Hey. Colonel. With flatheads like you on the force. But there are 13 bodies in the cellar! -Who are you? -I'm President Roosevelt. .Here. We caught him at the White House. Colonel. You're forgetting that as President I am also head of the Secret Service. Who are you? What's your name? Usually. -Questioning of spies is my department. I want to question him. Nothing to eat. No. Falling for a story like that! Thirteen bodies buried in the cellar. Get this gu y out of here. Colonel. This is a spy. you've blown your last bugle. keep out of that. No sleep. Take him out and bring him to. I'm Mortimer Brewster. I've been after these guys for 48 hours. Dear me! Another yellow-fever victim? All the bodies in the cellar are yellow-fever victims.

. Just a minute. I know just how you feel. He's got to be put away. And that cockeyed story about 13 bodies being-I've been without sleep for 48 hours. No arguments. Teddy's going to go to Happy Dale tonight. He's scaring the neighbors with that bugle. There's people dumb enough to believe that. No arguments. -I'm waiting for Mr. -As long as he's going someplace. Look. I have come to get a Brewster. Any offers? I'm Mr. Captain. I'm liable to think anything. I would like you to drive us back to the sanitarium. 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. started a murder rumor. I knew this would end up in a nuthouse! We like to think of it as a rest home. Witherspoon of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Read this. no argument. Witherspoon. take it easy.You're his brother. -Why not? He signed it Theodore Roosevelt! -Is your taxi engaged? -Losing dough every minute. Last year there was a crazy guy.

Never mind! Give me that pen." Ingenious! My compliments to the boys in the code department. Witherspoon is here. -Hold him till I get there. This is fun. Think what that would mean to the safety of the nation! -No. The name Brewster is code for Roosevelt. -That's fine. Let me explain. He's ready to talk. -Code for Roosevelt? -Take the name Brewster. Take away the "B" and what have you got? -Rooster. -It crows! Where do you hunt in Africa? -On the veldt! -There you are! "Crowsveldt.Mr. I'm so glad to see you. You will take good care of Teddy? -Best of care of him. it's chicanery. . all I got to get is Witherspoon. -And what does a rooster do? -Crows. Now. Brewster? Mr. That's all right! Do that again for me. -What is this? Come on! -He's come to. Supposing the spy steals this document and finds the name Roosevelt on it.

you know-Captain. You know. I've never been there. He'll be very happy at Happy Dale. I shan't mind. this is Mr. -The woods are full of them. Why? To take him away? Never. It's a dramatization of many incidents that have happened at Happy Dale. . We always. It means a great deal to me. secretly. I want you to be just as harsh as you like.And no wagon when he leaves. Captain! Captain! I want you to read this carefully. You never can tell. I sometimes envy some of our patients. -That's good. I have one waiting now. -A pamphlet about Happy Dale? -No. You do? It must be a nice place. This is a particularly happy moment for me tonight. You will personally see that Teddy's happy at Happy Dale? -He'll be very happy at Happy Dale. it's a play. Something I've been working on. -I've never met a dramatic critic before. Witherspoon. I have here something that will explain what we're trying to do.... Taxicabs. never.

I'll bring down my equipment. Taft. Your term of office is over. your guide to Africa.. Now you can take him away. Mr. Bully! Bully! Wait right here. Let's see. you got it wrong. I'm on my way to Africa. this isn't Mr. Witherspoon. Goodbye. -Is this March 4? -Practically. I'll be in my office vetoing some bills.. Isn't it wonderful? Charge! . Happy man. Mr. I must get started immediately. my boy. I have good news for you. President? Taft! No. -What is this? No. President. Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out? Who. This is Captain Rooney.. Aunt Abby. all signed. Now I go on my hunting trip to Africa! Well.-Come. The police? I'm sure! Here are the papers. It's Mr. Aunt Martha.

haven't you? No. The law is the law! Teddy's committed himself and he's got to go. dear. How can you allow this? You promised. No. Now. let's be sensible. Oh. you'll have to take us with him. Just put them in and they'll get all mixed up. -If he's going. he's come to take him. but impossible. There are still murders to be solved in Brooklyn. ladies. We never take sane people at Happy Dale. You've come to meet Teddy. These little sane people will get lost in the shuffle. jealousy. I've got it. Teddy's been blowing his bugle again. And Happy Dale is full of staircases. Too dangerous. You could arrange that. . indeed? It's sweet of them. Why not? Why not. Dissension. Brewster's got nothing to do with this.It's all right. -I'm sorry. Here I am wasting my time when I could be doing some serious work. We promise to take his bugle away from him. -We won't be separated from Teddy. we're going. he can't go now! We won't permit it. too! -Yes.

and we'll send them to Happy Dale. I'll bring my bodies from the attic and you get yours from the cellar. -I'll tell you what we'll do. What? Yes.. you wouldn't have to dig. -I'll look in that cellar. No. Our cellar? Teddy's been telling around there's 13 bodies buried in the cellar. You know very well there are Certainly there's 13 bodies in the cellar.. . You just ask our nephew. . He's been a little strange all day. And there are hundreds more up in the attic. Captain! -What is this? -You mustn't mind Mortimer. Right now I wouldn't know what is and what ain't strange anymore.It ain't only his bugle blowing. Things are going to get worse. Charge! Isn't that amazing? You behave yourself. -How about it? -I'll be right there. Mortimer..and we'll get them all together. There are 13 bodies in our cellar. The graves are all marked. We're liable to have to dig up your cellar..

far away "There is a Happy" He got it. Hasn't got it yet. humor them. It's amazing. -Flowers? Sure.who doesn't belong here and has to leave. we'll sign the papers. Couldn't they? -All they have to do is sign the papers. None of mine are gentlemen.. If we can go with Teddy. -He got married today. -Your gentlemen? You'd like mine better. There's one down there. Spenalzo.. -Certainly. a Mr. "There is a Happy Dale far. I put neon lights on mine. . 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.. Teddy committed himself. -But the other 12 are our gentlemen. Where are they? . Smile.-We put flowers on them every Sunday. Humor them. -You mustn't mind him at all..

please. -A doctor? -Yes. The neighborhood here has changed so. Yes. -Good night. It's absolutely compulsory that we have the signature of a physician. We've overlooked something. Doctor. A doctor. It's on the right-hand side there. will you? I want this all cleaned up. Dr. I'm going out to talk to that spy.I have them. Thirteen bodies in the cellar. Einstein! Come here and sign some papers. if you'll sign right here. Doctor? -Yes. please. . Ladies. Sign them up. Dr. please. I'm so sorry. Maybe I can understand him. Einstein. Now. Oh. -Come here. Dr. -Were you leaving. ladies. Come along. I'm really looking forward to going. dear. right here. Especially since they won that old pennant thing. Just sign right here. Doctor. Einstein almost operated on me earlier. please. -Here? -Yes. here.

on the desk. I'm Brewster. Poses as a doctor. His accomplice's description is on the circular. It's contagious. Mr. You sign as next of kin. Why didn't you say so? I'm all confused. Mac. Einstein! -Now. Okay. The doctor has completed the signatures. will you? About 40. Hello. It's all right. Five-foot-three. That's great! Thanks. Read it to me. yes. Don't mind me. Witherport. It's your turn. One hundred and forty pounds. But Dr. We picked up that guy that's wanted in lndiana. Talks with a German accent. Mr. -Don't play games--You sign.Aren't you going to wait for Jonathan? I don't think we go to the same place. Pop eyes. Witherspoon--You're Witherspoon. Mac. Thanks. You've done Brooklyn a great service. . Doc.

darling. of course. -Me too. Now. -What. You'll both be very happy at Happy Dale. He's President. -What? -Your mother came to us as a cook. -It's yours. dear? -You're not really a Brewster. Mortimer. -Here. don't be worried. Will they investigate those signatures? -They won't look up Dr. We're very happy about the whole thing. but that's just it. Come up and pack my duffel. President. We don't want anything to go wrong. -What's wrong about that. you tell him. Einstein--But it's not his signature. Well. Don't charge! We're really very worried about something. you know? And bring along my bugle. Duffel? Pack his duffel. dear. you signed as next of kin. -Mine? You see. -Well. dear. darling. And you were born .-Spoon. darling? -Martha.

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.. I'm sure it won't make any difference to Elaine. He was a chef on a tramp steamer. darling! -What is all this? -They're going on their honeymoon..about three months afterwards. I really did see-- . It's true. -Goodbye. They're off to a flying start.. too.we didn't want to lose her.. And she was such a sweet woman and such a good cook. You mean I'm not really a Brewster? -Darling! -Don't feel so badly about it. So brother married her. Mortimer--Goodbye! -'Bye. Your real father was a cook. 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. . Quiet! -But.

its operators. dear. I'm a coffeepot! More Movie Scripts This website. love. Mortimer. I'm a son of a sea cook.You'll own two cabs! I mean the meter! Oh. But. Call me a cab. Yes. Mr. We're going to Niagara Falls. Charge! I'm not a cabdriver. Brewster! I'm not a Brewster. and all content contained on this site relating to The Simpsons is not authorized by 20th Century FOX™ .

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