Synopsis: Commercial artist Helen Bauer believes marriage kills romance. She lives with advertising writer Don Peterson. He convinces her to marry him. He later carries on with client Peggy Smith; Helen takes up with Don's competitor Nick Malvyn. In the end, the couple agree to give marriage another chance.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Robert Florey
Production: Warner Bros.
67 min

I don't want to be like my mother,

a yes-woman for some man.

I want to be a person on my own.

If I like to live a certain way, and

have a certain kind of furniture...

...do a certain kind of work, and

wear a certain kind of clothes...

I want to do it. And not have somebody

tell me I ought to do something else.

No one is going to tell you.

Oh, yes you are. If you're married.

That's what being married means.

You must do what the other person

wants. You must please them.

Marriage means... oh, I've said

it 50 times, Don. It's dull.

I'm not going to say it again. Toast?

- Helen, I feel strongly

about this. -Stop it.

It's either marriage, or...

It's dull!

Where are you going?

It's dull!

You're just as stubborn as

your father. Just as stubborn.

We have a different sense of

values. I don't want babies.

When I'm 40, I'll think of babies.

In the meantime, there are 20 years

in which I want to be the baby...

...and play with my toys, and have

a good time playing with them.

A career.

Oh, it isn't just that. Sure, I want

to do good work. But it isn't that.

I want to stay young for a while & have

a good time. And not be dull and set.

I don't want to be a wife.

And I do want to be a husband.

Wants to be a husband!

I don't see anything funny about that.

I want to marry you, and

that's all there is to it.

Alright, that's all there is to it.

Alright, that's all there is to it.

Oh, don't be a fool.

Be a fool!

- Hello, Helen.

- Hello!

Oh, you don't want to see me.

Well, this is strictly business.

Somebody told me you're a good artist.

Alright. Business is business.

I'm going over to Nick's place.

Suppose you drop in there?

Why Nick's place?

He's having an exhibit of his work. All

the big who's-its are going to be there.

- Alright.

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David Boehm

David Boehm (1 February 1893 in New York – 31 July 1962 in Santa Monica, California) was an American screenwriter. He is best known for the 1944 World War II heavenly fantasy A Guy Named Joe (remade by Steven Spielberg in 1989 as Always), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also contributed scripts to Gold Diggers of 1933, Ex-Lady (1933), and Knickerbocker Holiday (1944). more…

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