The Old Maid

Synopsis: After a two-year absence, Clem Spender returns home on the very day that his former fiancée, Delia, is marrying another man. Clem enlists in the Union army and dies on the battlefield, but not before finding comfort in the arms of Delia's cousin, Charlotte Lovell. The years pass and Charlotte establishes an orphanage and eventually confesses to Delia that her dearest young charge, Tina, is an fact her own child by Clem. Jealousy and family secrets threaten to tear the cousins apart.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Edmund Goulding
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win.
95 min

- And he doesn't know?

- Of course not. How could he?

What time is it?

I couldn't see him, could I?

Oh, I can't.

Well, someone must see him.

- Poor Clem.

- How can you say "poor Clem" like that?

- I waited two years.

- Now, Delia, we have no time to lose.

We'll have to send a messenger

to the station. We'll write a note.

My hands are so shaky.

You'll have to write it for me.


No, I'm not going to write a note.

I'm going.

- To the station?

- Yes.

- But, Charlotte, you can't.

- But I am going.

You can't go like that.

Downtown. The station.

Clem. He might be intoxicated

when you get there.

You don't know what he might do.

Oh, Charlotte, you know Clem Spender.

Yes, I do know him.

That's why I'm going.

But, Charlotte.

- Who is it?

Dr. Lanskell is waiting.

Tell him I'll be right down.


Delia, go along quickly. I must hurry.

How will you explain to Clem?

What can you say?

What is there to say?

I'll think of something.

- Thank you, Charlotte. Charlotte.

- Yes?

Ask him, for my sake,

to behave like a gentleman.

He will. I know. Go on.

Forward march.



Right face.

Left, turn.






- Oh, I thought it was Delia. It's Charlotte.

- Yes.

Yes, it's Charlotte. It must be the cape.

It's Delia's cape.

- Where's Delia?

- She, uh...

- Isn't she here?

- No.

- Why? Has something happened?

- Yes, she, uh...

- What? What?

- She, uh...

She what?

She's being married.

- Why, you're joking.

- I'm not joking.

She's being married to Jim Ralston today

in less than an hour.

Delia? Jim Ralston?

Oh, I don't believe it.

She asked me to come and meet you

and see you and tell you.

She didn't want you to hear

from anyone else.

She said... She said, "Explain to Clem

and ask him, for my sake...

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Casey Robinson

Kenneth Casey Robinson (October 17, 1903 – December 6, 1979) was an American producer and director of mostly B movies and a screenwriter responsible for some of Bette Davis' most revered films. Film critic Richard Corliss once described him as "the master of the art – or craft – of adaptation." more…

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