Cluny Brown

Synopsis: Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate. While there, she becomes friendly with Adam Belinski, a charming Czech refugee. She also becomes interested in a dull shopkeeper named Mr. Wilson. Belinski soon falls in love with Cluny and tries to keep her from marrying Wilson.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Ernst Lubitsch
Production: 20th Century Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Oh, excuse me, Mr Belinski.

This must be the plumber.

- Good afternoon.

- Good afternoon.

- Well, shall we have a go at it?

- I beg your pardon?

- I'm Uncle Arrs niece. Mr Porritt, that is.

- I'm sorry. There must be some mistake.

Mistake? Arert you...

(SNIFFING) Of course you're Mr Ames.

I could smell you a mile off.

You're the gentleman who phoned.

I have a wild idea that this

has something to do with plumbing.

Oh, you mean Porritt the plumber. Yes,

of course, of course. Come in, won't you?

Well, where is he?

- At the cemetery, clipping Aunt Nelly's grass.

- Pardon?

He never gets through till sunset.

But when you talked about your troubles,

you sounded so stopped up

- that I thought I'd have a fling at it myself.

- But look here, are you a plumber?

Oh, no. But I've been around pipes

and sewers and taps and things

ever since I came to live with Uncle Arn.

And of course, I've watched him work.

He's a good plumber,

but, if you ask me, much too conservative.

- Conservative?

- Though he votes Labour.

But when it comes to pipes,

he takes the long road, fiddles and faddles,

turns a nut, gets a drop here and a drip there,

when one good bang might

turn the trick in a jiffy.

Yes, and might smash the pipe

to smithereens.

But, on the other hand, it mightrt.

And when you're up against time,

you have to chance it.

- Why don't you let me have a whack at it?

- Oh, no, you don't.

My dear Ames, where is the gypsy in you?

Where's your sense of adventure?

Are you the type of man who puts on his pants

before he answers the telephone?

What if the thing does go wrong?

Let's assume the whole place gets flooded

and there is no party.

You save your liquor. Is that bad?

But if this girl succeeds...

Please, sir, do let me.

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Samuel Hoffenstein

Samuel "Sam" Hoffenstein (October 8, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. Born in Russia, he emigrated to the United States and began a career in New York City as a newspaper writer and in the entertainment business. In 1931 he moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life and where he wrote the scripts for over thirty movies. These movies included Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Miracle Man (1932), Phantom of the Opera (1943), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Tales of Manhattan (1942), Flesh and Fantasy (1943), Laura (1944), and Ernst Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946). In addition, Hoffenstein, along with Cole Porter and Kenneth Webb, helped compose the musical score for Gay Divorce (1933), the stage musical that became the film The Gay Divorcee (1934). He died in Los Angeles, California. A book of his verse, Pencil in the Air, was published three days after his death to critical acclaim. Another book of his work was published in 1928, titled Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing. The book contained some of his work that had been formerly published in the New York World, the New York Tribune, Vanity Fair, the D. A. C. News, and Snappy Stories. more…

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