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

You say the most beautiful things.

Your hair's still wet

from swimming, back there.

You know that?

Smells wonderful.

Why do they still make perfumes

like Bouquet de Fleurs...

as if things still happened

in flower gardens?

If they turned out something like...

Wet Hair After Swimming,

they'd have something.

I love you, David.

"I love you" is such an inadequate

way of saying I love you.

It doesn't quite describe

how much it hurts sometimes.

Love gives me the sniffles,

and then my nose gets red.

- Why?

- Because I'm happy, because I'm in love.

- That's no reason.

- Yes, it is.

At least for a woman, it is.

Would you like to know something?


Before I met you...

I never felt very keenly one way

or another about anything.

- I wasn't happy, I...

- Sad?

No, I just existed.

I never realized what a dreary

life it was, till I met you.

David, I want a monopoly on you.

Or whatever people have, when they don't

want anyone else to have any of you.

Don't, Louise.

Don't what?

Don't start bringing the subject

around to marriage again.

I like all kinds of music except

a little number called Oh, Promise Me.

- Why? What's wrong with it?

- It's a duet and I like to play solo.

I'm not in love with you like that,

you know that.

Not like that.

Don't be angry.

- I'm not angry.

- Yes, you are.

Why is it when a man gets interested

in his work, or a book, or something...

a woman has to always

start acting like a woman?

Because she doesn't want him

to get lost in anything but her.

Darling, in mathematics you never,

never lose yourself.

In life, very often. In love, always.

But in mathematics, two and two are

always four. And that's wonderful.

Let me show you this.

You see?

It's just a curve.

Well, yes, it's a parabola.

That's something that a mathematician

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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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