A Bill of Divorcement

Synopsis: After spending fifteen years in an asylum, Hilary Fairfield escapes from the institution after regaining his sanity. He finds that things at home are different than when he left them. His wife has divorced him and is already planning her next marriage, and his daughter has grown up throughout the years and is planning to marry as well.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
  1 win.
70 min

Do you think it is fair to

leave me alone for hours ?

Don't be absurd again.

It was only for 10 minutes.

Add, I must give little

attention to my guests.

- Not I a guest?

- Charming, Sr. Humphrey.

- You stay for supper, Won't you?

- You bet I will.

- You're mine for the rest of the night.

- Sounds most improper!

Please Sydney, Can't I have

a moment alone with you?

Lets get out when

nobody is watching.

Not now.

Aunt Hester has an eye on us.

Perhaps later.

Margaret, I think Sydney should

dance with some other young men,

Let Kit Humphrey

not monopolise.

Naturally, Hester.

They are in love.

Well , she's your

daughter, not mine.

- Mother, why aren't you with Gray now?

- No darling, we got to watch.

Come on join the merry here.

Isn't youth glorious, Gray?

I prefer a little maturity.

I feel young with you.

You, my dear

you're a child still.

Its wonderful to be free,

to have a burden lifted

from one's shoulder.

- You did that.

- With a little piece of paper.

I don't mean by helping

me to get my divorce,

by your strength and courage.

- Its a new life.

- For me too Margeret.

Life only starts

when love comes.

Why should it had

come to us so late?

- It isn't late.

- Oh, Gray!

We've time for everything, still?

Time for everything.

Carol singers, they've come!

You go at the side door.

I go the other way,

hit you at the pond.


And another thing, Kit,

I'm counting on youo

- to break up this party early.

- Me?

Sydney had no sense of time.

Miss. Fairfield, shall I give

the singers the supper now?

Not yet, Bassett.

I'll be back directly.

- Where were you?

- I got tired waiting in the cold, come.

- Come in.

- Sorry.

Aunt Hester way laid me.

- We really have to go back o the party.

- Darling we can't wish each

other Merry Christmas in public?

Oh! Merry Christmas forever!

- You're coming to Canad

with me, you know.

- When?

- Anyday you know.

- Not possibly before Mother

and Gray are married.

They are being married New

Years Day, aren't they?

Look, my mothers engagement ring.

- Kit.

- You'll the bride of 5th

generation to wear it.

- Darling.

- I have made that

your finger will let me.

Mrs. Fairfield, we like to sing

something special in honor

of you and Mr. Meredith.

Thanks! What would

you like to sing?

God bless the master of this house,

God bless the Mistress too.

Thats very sweet of you!


How can you let them sing that?

Hilary is the master of this

house and no one else!

- Your husband, Hilary.

- Hester, please.

- Do you know the next line?

- "And all the little children..."

"...around the table go."

How many go round the table?

Well, Canad is a wide open space

there's all the room for children.

Say, twenty.

All right, stop at about ten.

All right, all at one batch.

I hope not!

They say two of each

kind and a slight pause...

No,no pauses. Unless one hit on

someone known as as Prime Minister.

How soon can you

telegram Minister?

Almost instantaneous,

they say.

Dear fool!

She's late for that, Mrs. Gray.

I hadn't the haute to waken her.

Because at odd

hours talking to Kit.

- But just now was when he was home.

- He's leaving so soon for Canad.

I must say Margaret,

you are neglecting

your duty as a mother.

Merry Christmas! Everyone,

I'm not late am I?

Good morning, Aunty.

Thanks darling for

the scandalous dress

you put in my room.

I'll wear it at night

and dance with Kit.

See what father Christmas sent Sydney.

And then it's dried you

Sydney for the card case.

Its a cigarette case only, dear.

I thought you send me

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Howard Estabrook

Howard Estabrook (born Howard Bolles, July 11, 1884 – July 16, 1978) was an American actor, film director and producer, and screenwriter. more…

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