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Somewhere in Time (1980) transcript

by Richard Matheson, based on his novel Bid Time Return. Find more about movie | trailer
 
Richard say, Kudos.
Wow, that was... You found some
essential truth in that staging.
- Yeah?
- Absolutely. Clearly, it's about Vietnam.
He suffers from
suburban existential...
It's about whatever
you want it to be about.
- Richard, we loved the play.
- Thank you.
- You could understand it?
- Perfectly, well.
I'll talk to you later.
You aced it.
You aced it!
This is, uh... I'm sorry.
I don't know your name.
Pam? This is Shelley,
my girlfriend.
Hi. How are you? I'm
Richard, and I'm thirsty.
So we'll talk to you
later. Bye-bye.
Oh, boy. Look at...
Hi, Dan. How are you?
Kudos. That was a fine,
fine play. Really. Absolutely.
- I'm afraid I don't know...
- Mike Neeley. Chicago Alternative.
Hey, Shelley, I gotta go
talk to this guy, okay?
- What is happening?
- This is for you, from all of us.
Hey. Shelley! Oh, thank you.
Shelley, Look at this.
What happened here?
Did everybody sign this?
- Oh yeah, everybody signed.
- Oh, fabulous. Thank you.
- Where'd you sign this?
- Inside.
Good, I got some news.
There was an agent in the
house tonight, and he says...
...he thinks this play might be
good enough for Broadway.
Yeah. I know.
- Let's keep our fingers crossed.
- Come on. Let's all have some cake.
Penelope, great!
Okay. Now, I think this thing
that we ought to do here is...
Here you go.
Let me trade you that.
I think we shouldn't cut the mask.
We save those for later.
Come back to me.
Who was she?
- I never saw her in my life!
- What'd she give you?
- Oh, my God!
- Oh, my God!
Is this a party, or what?
Let's have some cake!
How was the play?
Did you enjoy it?
Are you all right?
- Aha!
- Aha, what?
- Aha, where ya goin'?
- I'm going on a trip.
- Where?
- I have no idea.
- What about the play?
- Well, it isn't done.
- Okay. When will it be done?
- I don't know.
Oh, my God! Richard, there are
people waiting for that play.
- Shell going with you?
- No, I don't think so.
We broke up.
The White Sox are
at home tonight...
...for a Comiskey Park
game against the Yankees.
The Cubs are just beginning
a West Coast swing...
- How long will you be with us?
- Just tonight.
Fine. If you'll
sign in here, sir.
Sure.
Arthur,     please.
- Have a pleasant stay.
- Okay, thanks a lot.
Thank you.
Uh, is this your first
time here, Mister...
Collier. Yeah. For some reason, I
never got around to coming here.
- I always heard how nice it was though.
- Oh, when was that?
Oh, about eight years ago. See, I used
to be a student up at Millfield College.
Yeah. The students come here now
and then to enjoy the restaurant...
...and the rooms.
It seems to me, I remember they
had a graduation prom here...
...back in... '   was it?
Oh, really? You been
here that long?
I've been here
since...
- Uh-huh.
Came here with my parents
when I was five years old.
My father was a desk clerk.
I used to drive him crazy
playing ball in the lobby.
He got so mad at me sometimes,
I'm lucky I lived to be six.
Three, George.
Got yourself a
nice view here.
Oh, great.
Okay, let's see now.
- Here you go.
- Thank you, Mr. Collier.
If there's anything I can do
for you, just let me know.
My name's Arthur, and I live in
the bungalow behind the hotel.
Okay. Thanks a lot.
See ya around, Arthur.
Have we ever met before?
- Have we ever me...
- No, no. I don't think so.
No. No, I'm sure we haven't.
Have a nice stay here, Mr. Collier.
- Sir?
- Uh. yeah. When do you open?
- In about    minutes, sir.
- Forty minutes?
Yes, sir.
Arthur! Hi.
Yes, Mr. Collier?
Arthur, you know, in
the Hall of History...
...there's a photograph.
A young woman...
- There's no nameplate.
- Yes, that's Elise McKenna.
She was a famous
actress in her day.
Starred in a play in
the hotel theater.
I-I'm sorry. D-Did you say
there was a theater here?
Down by the lake.
Really? When was
this play done?
Oh...     .
Hey, Arthur!
Arthur, hi. Listen.
Could you take my luggage and put it
back in my suite? Great. Thanks a lot.
And can you tell me where
the nearest library is?
In town, right
past the church.
Great. Look out.
Thanks. Terrific!
Thanks a lot!
See you around, Arthur!
Yeah.
Yes!
Oh, my God.
"One of the most revered"
actresses on the American stage...
...for many years, she was the
"theater's greatest box office draw."
"Under the guidance of her manager,"
William Fawcett Robinson...
...Elise McKenna was the first American ac
"to create a mystique in the public's eye."
"Never seen in public"
in her later years...
...apparently, without
an offstage life...
...the absolute
"quintessence of seclusion."
Excuse me. Do you have
any theater biographies...
...that aren't in the racks under
the rare books or magazines?
Well, we do have
some magazines...
...but they're in the back, and
I'd have to find them, and...
Oh. Could you do
that for me, please?
- Well, all right.
- Thanks. I'm in the back.
- Okay.
- Great!
Here you are.
Oh. Thank you,
thank you.
- Yes?
- Uh, hello, yes. M-Miss Roberts?
- Yes.
- Hi. My name's Richard Collier, and...
...I just read your book on
famous American actresses...
...and I really
enjoyed it a lot.
What is it you want?
Information about
Elise McKenna.
What sort of
information?
Well, I'm a playwright, and I was thinking
about doing a play based on her life...
...and, of course, I'd have to talk...
- I'm sorry.
Ma'am, please!
Please, don't.
This is not for a
play, Miss Roberts.
This is something
very personal.
I don't understand.
Where did you get that?
She gave it to me, ma'am.
At the opening night
of a play that I wrote...
...at Millfield College
about eight years ago.
That watch was
very precious to her.
She never... never left it
out of her possession.
It disappeared
the night she died.
She died that night?
Won't you come
in, please?
Thank you.
I have some things I've been
saving for the theater collection.
That was a costume from
one of the plays she was in.
Miss Roberts...
...what was she like?
When I knew her, she was
kind and thoughtful, but...
...she was just too much
within herself, she...
...she seemed
empty somehow.
Well, she wasn't always
that way, was she?
Oh, no. Not at all.
People who knew her
when she was young...
...said that she was quick
and bright, and full of fun.
Strong, willful. Not at all
the way she was later.
- What made her change?
- I don't know, but...
...the change seems to have
taken place about     .
After she performed in a
play, at the Grand Hotel.
That was her manager,
William Robinson.
Was he really as strange as you
seemed to indicate in the book?
There was something strange
about their relationship.
Oh, wow, look
at this. Hey...
- May I?
- Of course.
This is incredible.
This guy, Finney, he was my
philosophy teacher at Millfield.
- Really?
- Yeah.
She read that book
over and over.
She had that made.
What is it?
That's my favorite music
in the whole world.
I don't understand
what's happening.
- Doctor Finney?
- You'll have to walk with me, young man.
I have another class.
What's your name?
- Collier, sir. Richard Collier.
- Student?
Uh, yes I was.
Nine years ago.
Well, I try to make my classes
interesting, but nine years?
- What can I do for you?
- I have a question for you, sir.
- Shoot!
- Is time travel possible?
That is a question.
Let me tell you
something...
...Richard, is it?
- Yes, sir.
I was in Venice...
...in     .
I was staying in
a very old hotel.
But I mean, very old.
The structure, the
furnishings, everything.
The atmosphere was
aged, if you follow me.
And my room, I felt
as though it was...
...a century or more
earlier than     .
- You understand?
- Yes, sir.
So, in other words, then the
location is very important.
Not all important,
but essential.
The rest is here.
One afternoon, I...
...I was lying down
in that room.
All the sights around me...
a part of the past.
Even the sounds I heard...
...and I conceived a notion.
What, I asked myself...
...if l attempt to
hypnotize my mind?
Suggest to it that
it isn't     ...
...but     .
I closed my eyes...
...and fed a suggestion
into my brain.
It's August,     .
I am in the
Hotel Del Vecchio...
...and I spelled out
the details for myself...
...and did it
over and over...
...and again and
again and again...
And?
Well...
...I'll never really
know, Richard.
I've never done it since.
And I'm not sure I'd
want to do it again.
I felt exhausted afterwards,
completely washed out.
And if it really
did happen...
...I was only there a fraction
of an instant, remember.
- A flicker.
- Yes, sir. I understand that, but...
...you were there.
I thought so.
Oh, it wasn't
perfect, granted.
How would it
be otherwise?
There were objects around me that
were clearly from the present...
...and I knew
they were there.
Oh, if I were going
to try it again...
Mind you - I have
no such intention.
But if I did...
...I would disassociate myself
entirely, from the present.
Move everything out of sight, that
could possibly remind me of it.
Then, who knows?
Whoops.
Sorry. Hey.
- Hi.
- Hi, how do you do?
Listen, do you have any      money?
I mean, very specifically,     .
Aha! That's it.
All right...
Not too bad.
Yup, yup, yup, yup.
It's looking all right.
Ah, good evening, Miss McKenna.
You don't know me, but you will.
Evening, Miss McKenna.
You don't know me...
...but you will.
Okay.
It is June        .
Oh, boy.
You are lying
on your bed...
...in the Grand Hotel...
...and it is  :   p.m. in the
evening of June        .
Your mind accepts
this absolutely.
It is  :   p.m.
on June        .
Elise McKenna is in this hotel
at this very moment.
Her manager,
William Fawcett Robinson...
...is in this hotel at
this very moment.
Now, this moment, here.
Elise McKenna and you...
- God, how stupid!
- That's not very bright.
...both in the Grand Hotel on this early e
...on June        ...
... :   p.m., on
June        .
Elise McKenna and you.
- Good-bye!
Elise McKenna,
now, in this hotel.
She and her company, who are in
this hotel at this very moment...
...even as you lie here on your bed
in the Grand Hotel on June        ...
... :   p.m., June        .
The stage is being set for their
performance tomorrow night.
Your mind...
...accepts this absolutely.
It is  :   p.m.
on June        .
You have traveled
back in time.
Soon, you will
open your eyes...
...and you will walk
into the corridor...
...and you will go downstairs
and find Elise McKenna.
She is in the hotel
at this very moment.
Damn it!
There's no question
in your mind.
- Now, now, now, now.
...It is  :   p.m. on June        .
That which you think
becomes your world.
Your mind accepts this
absolutely. It is June        .
It has to happen!
You know that now!
You know it.
It has to happen.
There is no question.
You know it.
It has to happen.
Relax.
Accept.
Relax... and accept.
Shut up!
- Yeah. Not bad.
- Great.
- Hey, look at these pictures.
- Oh!
I'll bet they're a hundred years
old, if they're a day, huh?
Isn't that nice?
What a place, huh?
- You like those?
- Oh, it's beautiful.
- They're yours.
- I'll bet this is all crystal.
- You suppose it is?
- Oh, yeah, it must be.
- Look at the rest of the place.
- It has to be.
Look at here. The
original picture, huh?
Yeah, but look how much
they've been... It's beautiful.
Arthur!
Arthur? Arthur?
Arthur?
Arthur!
Come on, wake up.
Hi. Arthur, I'm really sorry
to wake you up, but...
...you're the only one
who can help me.
Listen, you know those things in
the Hall of History display cases?
Where do they
come from?
Is there a storeroom
or something?
Arthur, please. Where do
those things come from?
The... attic, Mr. Collier.
Oh, shit!
Come on.
Here we go.
Twelve!
McKenna.
Yes.
I was there.
I was there.
It is  :   p.m.,
June        .
There is no question
in your mind.
It is  :   p.m...
- Of course.
Room    ... room    .
tomorrow morning.
Believe.
Believe...
Believe...
I made it.
Oh, brother...
I made it!
Maude!
I'm back!
- Are you ready yet?
- No.
I don't know why you
act in such a manner.
Indeed. I suspect
you do not.
And what am I to
make of that remark?
What you will, Rollo.
What you will.
Are we to have this
maddening exchange...
...each and every time I notice the
existence of a female other than yourself?
Notice her existence?
Oh! That scarcely describes your
rapt appraisal of her every inch.
"Rapt appraisal of her..."
- You just don't love me anymore.
- Oh, Maude.
- Oh, Christ.
- I want to lie down for a while.
- That's a good idea.
- Great idea!
I warn you. I've had enough
of this constant bickering.
That's what you always say to
"everything: I will not discuss it."
That's your answer
to everything.
Unless you come
to your senses...
...I shall leave
without you.
Excuse me. Did you see someone
just trying to get in here?
Yes. Some young
chap. Ran that way.
I'll be damned. I'd
better report that.
Indeed, you'd
better, sir.
I'd have reported it myself
if I'd known that there was...
Good afternoon, Miss McKenna.
You don't know me.
Good afternoon,
Miss McKenna.
Good afternoon, Miss McKenna.
I've just come    years.
May I please
speak to you?
- Yes?
- Yes, monsieur?
Is Miss McKenna here?
No. I'm afraid
she's not.
Could you tell me
where she is?
I'm sorry, I have
no idea, monsieur.
Strike one.
Oh, I beg your pardon.
Getting out?
Not inside, Arthur.
- Are you Arthur?
- Yes, sir.
Here you go.
Arthur!
Not inside.
Oh, I'm sorry.
I say, I shall have her!
Not in my life,
you shall not!
Whatever you desire...
...I guarantee you...
satisfaction!
Be out of here within two
hours after the show's over?
- That's impossible, the man's insane.
- That's what he wants.
- You know Robinson.
- I wish to God I didn't.
All right. If he's that anxious to get us
of here, let him help us tear down the set
What?
Sorry. Have you
seen Miss McKenna?
You have a message for her? Give
it to me, and I'll see it reaches her.
As for our precious
Mr. Robinson...
- Madam! I do not so regard her.
- Yes, you do.
And you shall
not marry her.
- And I say, I shall have her.
- Not in my life, you shall not.
Give in, Cecily.
- It's not your place to say.
- Desist!
Good people, this is a
comedy, not King Lear.
Let's not bury the
playwright before his time.
Excuse me!
I'm terribly sorry
to bother you.
I wonder if you know where
Miss McKenna might be.
Very well, very well.
Let us take it again.
From the beginning.
"Ay early, stipend, shall we"
"say, paid for by the month."
"Whatever you desire."
Hello.
Take it again, Madeline.
"Why not put her on the scale"
"and sell her by the pound."
May I speak to you, please,
Miss McKenna? May I...
May I please speak to...
Miss McKenna...
No, no.
Elise. may I...
Whoo, boy.
Miss McKenna... Good
afternoon, Miss McKenna.
- I'm...
- Flustered, my sweet?
Qu'est que c'est?
Never seen an actress
"en dishabille before?"
I'm... I'm looking for
Miss McKenna, please.
- Most likely walking by the lake, my dear
- Thank you.
- Watch it, sonny.
- Excuse me.
Is it you?
Is it?
Yes.
- Are you all right?
- Yes, yes. Quite all right.
- I'm sorry if I startled you.
- You didn't.
- I think I did.
- I'll take you in to dinner now.
May I speak
to you, please?
Anything the matter?
Who was that
young man?
I've no idea.
- He gave no name?
- There was hardly time.
- You were conversing, McKenna.
- No.
Well, not really.
No, no need to look
back. He's following us.
Keep on walking.
I'll be right along.
- Are you a guest here, sir?
- You're Robinson.
Are you a guest
of the hotel?
Yes.
Yes, I am.
Then I must ask you to stop
annoying Miss McKenna any further.
If you do not, I shall see
that you're put out.
What did you
say to him?
Oh, what I've always
said to men of his sort.
That gown of
yours in act two.
I'm not crazy about
it, you know.
It'll have to be redone.
I shall discuss it
with Marie later.
Good evening. Reservations
for four under Woods.
Woods... yes. Monsieur, what
time was the reservation for?
Monsieur, may I
help you, please?
I'm dining with
Miss McKenna. Thank you.
- Good evening.
- How are you, sir?
I told you, we should have
"gone to Poughpeepskie."
- Poughkeepsie.
- "Poughpeepskie."
And I just won't
discuss it any further.
It isn't the lines at all.
If only these actors would...
Isn't he the nincompoop who thought
he could do Hamlet last season?
- Oh, mon cheri, we meet again!
- Yes, hello.
I so admire a man not hidebound
by the dictates of fashion.
- Ma'am?
- That suit!
I haven't seen one
like it for a decade.
- A decade?
- Yes.
Oh, still looking
for Miss McKenna?
- Yes. In fact...
- Over there!
- Thank you.
- A bien tot.
What do you think
you're doing?
Dancing with you.
But we don't even
know each other.
- I know everything about you.
- Yes, I'm sure you do.
What do you mean?
- If you will excuse me...
- No, no, you don't understand.
- I think I do.
- No, no, please, don't leave.
You have no idea how far
I've come to be with you.
There's no need
to be afraid of me.
The man's an intruder.
Will you kindly see to it that he
is escorted from the premises?
If you will, sir.
One moment.
I shall go with him.
McKenna...
Are you sure you
want to do this?
Don't worry, William.
I shall return momentarily.
Thank you so much.
I was so embarrassed...
- Your name, please?
- Richard Collier.
- Your place of residence?
- Chicago.
- Your occupation?
- I'm a playwright.
A playwright...
Yes, but I'm not
here because...
- And you say that you know
everything about me.
- Well, yes...
Which is patently absurd. You couldn't
possibly know everything about me.
We've never met. You're
a complete stranger to me.
But then...
...why did you say,
"Is it you?"
I don't have
to answer that.
I know you don't.
I wish you would, though.
What is the matter
with him?
He's just looking out for
me as he has always done.
Why is that?
Do I look dangerous?
Wait, wait.
When can I
see you again?
I don't know.
Guardez la ligne, Marie.
And have it ready by
tomorrow morning.
I'll do my best.
Smiling, McKenna?
Seems appropriate.
Rather handsome young
man. If ill-mannered.
- I'll keep an eye on him.
- I'm sure you will.
Is he the one, William?
Is he?
Only you can
tell for certain.
Now...
...tomorrow night's
performance.
Remember. Stay
ahead of them.
Keep the mystery.
Always the mystery.
- "Excess within control."
- "Excess within control."
Sleep well, McKenna.
All right.
Who is it?
Richard Collier.
Good morning.
You sleep all right?
- Wonderfully.
- Oh, I'm sorry.
I didn't sleep
too well either.
But I was on a
porch chair, so...
Don't you even
have a room?
Yes, I will, at
I mean... would you like
to go to breakfast?
At  :   a.m.?
Oh, well. Later?
I don't eat breakfast
on performance days.
Oh, no. Of course not.
- Lunch?
- Mr. Collier!
No, no, no. It's
not Mr. Collier.
- Isn't that your name?
- Weel, yes, that's my name, but...
- Shh! Shh!
- What?
Marie. She's sleeping
in the other room.
- Marie?
- My maid.
I'm sorry.
Well... of course my
name is Mr. Collier...
...but I was hoping you'd call
me by my first name. Richard.
- Why should I?
- I don't know.
Just hoped you would.
When can I
see you today?
I shall be
rehearsing all day.
- All day? That's crazy! You can't...
- Shh! Don't wake her up.
Will you walk with me?
Can you do that much?
I can't.
Young woman, if you do not
walk with me, I shall go mad!
Positively insane, and do
crazed things to myself.
Walk with me. Please.
"Say, Richard - that's me -"
"Thank you."
"I would love to walk with you, and"
talk with you, and get to know you, and...
...not be afraid of you
"and resolve everything."
"Say Yes."
Yes.
One o'clock.
Outside the hotel.
She's crazy about me.
Can I persuade
you to join me?
Where are you
from, Collier?
Chicago. Where
are you from, sir?
I'm given to understand
that... you're a playwright.
You understand correctly.
No doubt you dream of
seeing Miss McKenna...
"...in one of your opera."
That's plural for opus. I presume
you've written more than one?
And seen them produced.
- Really?
- Mm-hmm.
I'm not entirely unacquainted
with the achievements...
...of the American stage
in the past decade.
- Perhaps I've seen one?
- No. I doubt it.
I also doubt
very much...
...that I shall ever see one
graced by Miss McKenna.
You don't really believe
that's why I'm here, do you?
Why are you here?
Is it money?
I don't think you really
believe that either.
There is a law, Collier.
I warn you. I will not
hesitate to make avail of it.
Oh, yes?
On what charge?
- The matter's concluded, sir.
- No.
Oh, yes. You may
depend on it.
- Good morning, sir.
- Good morning.
Excuse me.
Arthur!
Forgive me again, sir.
I'm very sorry, sir.
Ah, that's
quite all right.
I'd like a room, please.
Oh... don't
you have one?
Well, I was rather ill when I arrived
last night, so I stayed with a friend.
Ah, I see.
You do have a room, sir?
Oh... yes, yes.
Thank you.
One single,
$ .   a day.
Bathroom privileges extra.
Would you care to sign
the register now, sir?
Excuse me.
I-I'm sorry. Are you sure
this is the right room?
The right room, sir?
I-I don't understand.
Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Biehl.
That room is reserved.
Forgot to put a
notice in the slot.
I'm very sorry.
Right.
- Shall I sign?
- Would you, please?
Excuse me.
Let me just
finish that for you.
Grand Hotel.
Thank you, sir.
- Bingo!
- I beg your pardon?
Oh... nothing.
Which room is
your luggage in, sir?
It's no problem. I can
get it later myself.
Thank you very much.
See you around, Arthur.
- Morning.
- Morning.
Astonishing.
- Hello.
- Hello!
- You look lovely.
- Thank you.
- Shall we?
- Certainly.
Sorry I'm late.
Complications.
- What did you do to your face?
- Shaved.
New blade wasn't
quite sharp enough.
I shudder to think what you'd look
like if the blade were any sharper.
Oh, no. I don't
believe it.
Gotta give him credit.
He's like a bulldog.
Would you like me
to speak to him?
Wouldn't do
a bit of good.
I think I know
what would, though.
Whoa! Wait for me!
Mr. Collier...
...it isn't easy being
a successful actress.
Over the years, I...
...I found it necessary
to protect myself.
So understand,
please understand...
...that I'm even with
you today, when...
...when we only
met last night.
Why did you say...
"Is it you?"
I was expecting...
Me?
Someone.
Who?
Tell me.
- I think you'll laugh.
- Why? Is it funny?
In a way.
William told me
you were coming.
- Robinson?
- Yes.
He knows, somehow.
He really does.
He knew a lot of things
before they happened.
My career, my...
He told me that...
...one day I would
meet a man who'd...
...change my life.
Did he tell you that man would
be someone to be afraid of?
Yes.
And...
...what do you think
now? Do you...
...do you believe that?
No.
You're obviously not.
That's beautiful!
What is it?
That's Rachmaninoff,
from the Rhapsody.
I saw him with the
philharmonic once.
I love his music, but I've
never heard this piece.
Really?
Well, I'll introduce
you to it sometime.
Sorry we had the carriage
so long. Thank you!
See that guy's face?
They're gonna hang
us for horse-napping.
Stick out your tongue.
- Huh?
- Stick out your tongue!
Why?
Oh, no.
The most peculiar moment
in my life, Mr. Collier.
I think you'll survive it,
Miss McKenna.
What time
is it now?
- I must be getting back.
- You have to?
- Can't you stay a little longer?
- No, I have to rest a while.
- The play!
- The play.
It's lovely.
Where did you get it?
It was given to me.
Well, shall we?
So...
...when's the
company leave?
Tonight.
Where are you going?
Denver.
Well, thank you for a
most pleasant afternoon.
Could we talk
just a little longer?
- I really should rest a while, I...
- Please.
Very well, then. Just
for a moment or so.
What did you want
to talk about?
No.
Oh, my God.
What's happening?
McKenna?
McKenna?
Come in.
I think you'd better go.
Have you been waiting
all this time for our return?
- This is hardly the time for discussion..
- Have you?
Yes! Does that
surprise you?
Our relationship is
strictly business.
Strictly business?
I'm involved with you as
an actress, Mr. Robinson.
Not a doormat. Do not attempt
to wipe your boots on me.
Richard...
I shall leave a ticket for
you at the theater door.
"Excess within"
"control, McKenna?"
Au revoir.
- Good evening, miss.
- Not good at all.
Particularly bad.
- I'll not go downstairs again.
- Oh, what is it, miss?
I've just been dining...
...with the man my father
is determined that I wed.
- Oh, banker Harwell.
- Banker Harwell, yes.
All    years...
...and five-foot-four of height and
several hundred pounds of him!
He does have
money though, miss.
And never lets
a soul forget it.
I'm amazed he has the
least desire to marry.
He's so happily
wedded to his gold.
Perhaps he won't
be that bad, miss.
There must be something
you like about 'im.
Yes! His absence.
The man of my dreams
has almost faded now.
And what man
is that, miss?
The one I have
created in my mind...
The sort of man...
...each woman dreams
of in the deepest...
...and most secret
reaches of her heart.
I can almost see
him now before me.
What would I
say to him...
...if he were really here?
"Forgive me."
I've never known
this feeling.
I've lived without
it all my life.
Is it any wonder then I
failed to recognize you?
You've...
...brought it to me
for the first time.
Is there any way that...
...that I can tell you how
my life has changed?
Any way at all to
let you know what...
...sweetness you
have given me?
There is so much
to say, I...
...I cannot find
the words.
Except for these:
I love you.
And such would
I say to him...
...if he were really here.
In God's name,
what are you doing?
- Nothing.
- Nothing?
Rewriting the
entire first scene?
- I got it back on course.
- Elise, can you hold a moment?
We've just got to
take that photograph.
Very well. Just a moment,
I have to change.
Quickly!
And a little flourish.
Yes, yes. Yes, very
pretty! Very pretty.
Just one moment.
Here we go.
I'm just going to
focus on that lovely...
Oh, yes, yes, yes! I'm just
going to put in the plate.
One moment.
There we go.
A little smile, please.
Not-not quite. Perhaps if you
think of something happy or bright.
Yes, that's it.
That's it. Hold it.
- Perfect!
- Absolutely perfect.
And I say, I
shall have her!
Not in my, life,
you shall not.
Mr. Collier?
I am the one
who loves her!
For you.
Neither do you!
I can provide her with
life's enrichments...
...rather than
the riches of life.
Are you sure of
what your saying?
I think an old
song says it best.
Do you have any notion
how many years...
...I have been
with Miss McKenna?
Since March of     .
March,     .
That's correct.
She was
at the time.
There she was...
...on that dingy stage...
...in that pathetic play.
Total radiance.
It only took seconds
for me to realize...
...exactly what
she had to be.
Mrs. Robinson?
Do you actually believe...
...that I have
nurtured her...
...cared for her,
molded, taught...
...developed her
for all these years...
...merely to groom a wife?
What, then?
A star.
Only someone with...
...the limited awareness
of your age...
...could possibly conceive that my
entire passion for this woman...
...is no more
than physical!
Are you incapable of
understanding that she...
...has it within herself
to be one of the greatest...
...if not the greatest...
...actress of
her generation?
I owe you an apology.
What?
I understand you now.
You have nothing but the
best motives in mind for her.
- And you...
- But so do I.
Of course, she'll
continue to act...
...she will continue
to grow...
...and she will become
everything you want her to be.
- With you at her side?
- Yes.
With me at her side.
Never!
My God.
You really think you
own her, don't you?
Collier...
I know who you are.
Ever since
you came here.
I've known
from the start.
You came to
destroy her.
God, you're out
of your mind.
- No more.
- No more?
- One curtain call?
- The audience will be furious!!
- Marie, did you find him?
- No, Miss McKenna.
- Did you try his room?
- He wasn't there!
- What did they say at the desk?
- They have not seen him.
- He left no message?
- No, I'm sorry.
This makes no
sense at all.
What could have
happened to him?
Marie!
Marie, help me
change, quickly.
Wait, Marie.
Thank you, Marie.
Your performance
in act one, I...
...I must say...
...was somewhat eccentric.
Where is he? What
have you done to him?
I've done
nothing, McKenna.
Mr. Collier has left.
- That's all.
- What do you mean?
Gone...
...from the hotel...
...and your life.
I don't believe you.
I must admit.
He was somewhat
more charming than...
...others that we've
encountered in the past...
...you and I.
A trifle more sincere,
perhaps. Still...
Then he was not the
one you spoke of?
No.
Then you were wrong
about him, weren 't you?
You were wrong.
I love him...
...and he's going
to make me very happy.
Do you understand?
I love him.
What difference... can that
make now? He's gone!
I'll find him, William.
Don't you dare
try to stop me.
Now, if you will excuse
me while I change.
Of course.
May I remind you...
...that we leave
within the hour?
Thank you.
Elise!
Elise?
Elise?
Sir?
Are you all right?
- The company... are they gone?
- Company?
The ones who did the play last night.
Where are they? Are they gone?
They left as soon as
they were packed, sir.
Oh, come along, Arthur.
We'll be late.
Richard!
- You all right?
- Yes.
- I thought I lost you.
- Oh, never.
Never, never, never!
You will marry
me, won't you?
- Sorry.
- You won't?
Sure.
I was just laughing at the
way you asked, that's all.
- For one moment there...
- What?
I thought you had a wife and
children back home somewhere.
Oh, Elise...
I want to be
everything to you.
You are!
You are!
Tell me more about
yourself, my love.
- Well...
- What sort of plays do you write?
Are there
parts for me?
- I could...
- I would love to act in one of your plays
Assuming that I ever want
to act again after tonight.
- You will.
- Oh, Richard.
Good plays.
- What?
- I write good plays.
I never let you
answer, did I?
- No.
- Sorry.
What time do
you think it is?
I don't know.
I don't care.
- Oh, don't look...
- Fine.
- It's  :  .
- Really?
I don't feel sleepy
somehow, do you?
No.
The first thing I
intend to do for you...
You've already done.
- Well, the second thing, then.
- What?
Buy you a new suit.
I don't understand.
Nobody seems to like my suit.
- Can you blame them?
- Wait a minute.
I think my
suit's terrific.
What's wrong with this? So
what if it's ten years old?
- Oh, at least   .
- Fifteen?
Well, I think
it's fabulous.
Let me show you.
It's a really great suit,
it's in first-class condition.
The sleeves fit.
That's pretty good for me. My
arms are about nine feet long.
And... it's got pockets everywhere.
I can pull rabbits outta here.
Oh, and this is the best part. This is a
special coin compartment for emerg...
Richard?
Richard?
Richard!
Richard! Richard!
Richard!
Richard!
How's traffic?
The road conditions are
pretty good today...
At the inbound Kennedy, at Jackson,
there's a three-car accident with injuries
...right at the center
of the roadway.
Traffic is backed up
from Ohio to Jackson...
No. No, no.
No!
No!
June.
It's June        .
It's J-- Oh. God, please...
June   . I'm back.
I'm back. Oh, God...
June        .
No!
Mr. Collier?
Are you sure
he's in there?
Well, the maid says he's
been in there for days.
Are you all right, sir?
Use the passkey.
Mr. Collier?
Oh, my God!
- Let's get him on the bed.
- All right, easy.
- Careful, careful!
- I got him.
- Better take his legs.
- All right.
All right, over here.
Okay.
Easy.
Operator? Get Dr. Paul up
to Suite     right away.
Looks like he hasn't
eaten in a week.
- You'll better send for an ambulance.
- I'll call one right now.
What a shame.
If I'd only known...
Operator? Get
an ambulance.
- He is gonna make it, isn't he?
- I don't know.
- They're on their way.
- How is he?
We're gonna
need oxygen.
We've got some downstairs.
I'll get it right now.
Keep him warm
with this blanket.
Such a fine man.
What a shame.
I wonder what happened.
Gotta keep him goin'
until they get here.
Glady's, this is Arthur again,
in Mr. Collier's suite.
We've got to...

 
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