Synopsis: A woman wanders the streets of Los Angeles in some sort of emotional distress. She is also under some delusion as she approaches many men, strangers who she calls "David". Eventually, an ambulance is called, the attendants who take her to the hospital, where she is eventually placed in the psychiatric ward. Placing her under some medication to help her remember, Dr. Harvey Willard, the psychiatrist on duty, is able to get some semblance of a story out of her over the ensuing days. This phase of her life begins just over a year ago when she, single RN Louise Howell, is under the employ of wealthy Dean Graham to take care of his chronically ill and largely bedridden wife, Pauline Graham, at their lake house outside of Washington, DC. Due to her circumstances, Pauline believes that Dean and Louise are carrying on an affair behind her back. Louise can see that Dean does have feelings for her that way in his loneliness. The "David" in question is David Sutton, a civil engineer who lives acr
Director(s): Curtis Bernhardt
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

then you can leave.

That's fair enough, isn't it?

What's your name?

Louise Howell.

You live in Washington?

Why are you in Los Angeles?

- To get away from them.

- From them?

- They must never know.

- What mustn't they ever know?

That's why I came here.

I wanted to disappear.

- They must never know.

- Now, now.

Don't get excited.

What is it you don't want them to know?

I'm not going to tell you everything.

All right. You just tell me

what you want to, that's all.

Tell me about... David.

- David?

- Yes. Who is David?

Someone's playing Schumann on the piano.

- I don't like it.

- No one's playing the piano, really.


Listen. There.

Hear it?

I don't like it.

Make them play it softer.

That's better. It's nice.

That's fine. Tell me...

who was playing the piano?


We were swimming, it was cold.

Now he's playing Schumann.

What're you doing? Louise?

I'm getting dressed, it's almost time to go.

We never seem to have enough time together.


I said, we never seem to have

enough time together.

The days aren't long enough.

Not our days.

The others are too long.

You aren't even listening.

I'm making love to the piano.

One of my more attractive

minor accomplishments.

For Miss Louise Howell, Schumann.

And for the other women you've known?

The other women? It depends. Gershwin...

something light and frivolous, Mozart.

But for you, Schumann.

- Tenderness.

- Thank you.

I wish I hadn't gotten dressed.

We could go swimming again.

It would be lovely swimming

in the moonlight. Beautiful.

It would be too cold.

You haven't enough romance in your soul.

- Why don't you go?

- Alone?

It wouldn't be any fun that way.

Besides, I have to leave soon.

Will you miss me?

Will you be lonely?

Do you love me?

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Silvia Richards

Silvia Richards was a screenwriter who worked on a number of films in the 1940s and 1950s, including the film noir Ruby Gentry and the Western Rancho Notorious. She also wrote for television in the 1950s and early 1960s. more…

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