About Mrs. Leslie

Synopsis: Mrs. Leslie, rooming house landlady, reminisces in flashbacks about her past as a cafe entertainer and her involvement with the mysterious George Leslie, who originally hires her as a vacation "companion" but tells her nothing of his life outside the vacations. In subplots, Mrs. Leslie's tenants and neighbors carry on soap-opera lives.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Daniel Mann
Production: Paramount Pictures
104 min


How many days in your life

can you remember?

As you grow older and lonelier,

you remember more and more

of them.

This day started for me

like every new day,

and then I noticed what

had happened to the flowers,

and I felt somehow today

would be different.

Mrs. Leslie!

Oh, you're up early

this morning, croffman.

Well, I was just coming over

to see you.

The most terrible thing

has happened.

The most terrible things

are always happening to you,


But this is really terrible.

You know that lovely...

not so loud.

My roomers aren't up yet.

Well, that bouffant I made

for the little creighton girl...

Well, she's up in Santa Barbara

to be married

in the mission there,

and her mother just called,

and the aisle in the mission

is too narrow for the hoops.

Well, can't she walk sideways

like a crab?

Everything's a joke to you.

But I have to go up there,

and I might not be back

until 2:
00, 3:00 in the morning.

I don't know

what to do about pixie.

She can't stay alone

until that hour.

Well, when I was 16,

I didn't need any babysitter.

She has a date tonight

after dinner,

and if I could send over

some chops for her,

if it's all right.

Croffman, you kill me.

A girl old enough

to wear a sweater,

and she can't even broil a chop.

I'd be ashamed

at not having taught her.

- Pixie's such a baby.

- Yeah.

Well, you send her over,

and I'll try and keep everything

on a high plain.

I won't even let her see me

set the table.

I'll just let her think

it comes that way.

Well, I'll leave a note

for her.

- Mrs. Leslie.

- I don't want to wake her.

Good morning, miss roland.

Don't you worry about pixie.

You just run along

and be the schiaparelli

of Santa Barbara.

I'm going to Santa Barbara.

I'm sorry to bother you,

Mrs. Leslie.

Oh, that's all right.

Croffman was just going.

Bye, croffman.

Everybody's up early today.

The gentleman

in the room next to mine,

I think he's sick.

He's been upchucking

for about an hour or so.

Oh, well,

why didn't you say that?

Well, I said he was sick.

But sick can mean anything.

He'll get over it.

They always do.

But he sounds really ill.


sometimes starts that way.

Take my advice, miss roland.

Let sleeping dogs lie

and hangovers hang.

But how do you know

he has a hangover?

The way he drove in here

last night.

Take a look outside.

There's a tire mark across

every flower along the drive.

Well, aren't you going

to go upstairs

and see what it really is?

Oh, I know what it is.

I learned the hard way.

People who play nursemaids

to drunks are fools.

I had a father who was one.


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Oh, all right, yes.

Hold the wire.

I'll tell him.

The pooles.

Oh, Mrs. Leslie,

is it for us?

Yes, it's the hospital.

They want you to come

just as soon as you can.

Tell them, please.

We'll be right out.

- Is it about Karen, dear?

- Yes, dear.

We've got to hurry.

I gave them the message.

They'll be over

just as soon as they can.

Poor man.

I feel more sorry for him

than her somehow.

There's nothing

can be done about it.

Their daughter's

had another sinking spell.

The hospital doesn't think

she'll last the day.

Must be unbearable.

I've never lost anyone.

You get over it.

Oh, I'm sorry, Mrs. Leslie.

Oh, that's all right,

miss roland.

You get over it, eventually.

Oh, oh.

Mr. McKay?

Mr. McKay?

Mr. McKay?

Mr. McKay.

What do you want?

I'm Nadine roland, next door.

I want to help you.

Have you got a temperature?

Look, leave me alone, lady.

I'll be okay.

I have some tea in my room.

It might help.

No, no, thanks.

No tea.

I'll be okay now.

Tea, uh, uh.

I don't care for any, thanks.

Maybe this'll help.

- What time is it?

- Round 7:

You're pretty darn nice.

I'll have to do this

for you sometime.

Don't worry about it.

It's been done for me.


I wake you up?

I had to get up early anyway.

It's a big day for me, I hope.

I have an audition.

I'm sorry I woke you up.

I'm sorry to be a nuisance.

You sound like a man

with a reason to get fractured.

I've got reasons

I haven't even used yet.

You better go now.

Go on, beat it.

Oh, did I say thanks?

It's all right.

You're nice.

Oh, I said that, didn't I?

Remind me to meet you sometime.

Can't take advice, huh?

I can't take suffering,

even other people's.

In my business, you can't

afford to get involved.

You've got to be a spectator.

I've never seen you

do this before.

Well, it's for the pooles.

I thought you and your husband

would like a little coffee

before you left.

That's thoughtful,

Mrs. Leslie,

but we better not take the time.

Herbert's ready.

But it only takes a minute.

We'd better hurry.

Thank you so much.

It's very thoughtful of you.

I hope everything turns out

all right.


Try and pour some of this down

Mr. McKay.

- I'll try.

- Black, no sugar and cream.

Keep the door open.

Good morning, Mrs. Leslie.

Good morning.

I, um... i brought

the coffee cups down.


She's a nice girl, isn't she?

Good instincts.

I was in no condition to tell.

The coffee helped.

I noticed.

You didn't even

cut yourself shaving.

Mr. McKay,

you probably don't realize it,

but when you drove in here

last night,

I don't think

you hit the cement once.

You know, flowers don't grow

wild, even in California.

I'm sorry.

How much?

Oh, I don't expect

you to pay for them.

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Viña Delmar

Viña Delmar (January 29, 1903 – January 19, 1990) was an American short story writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who worked from the 1920s to the 1970s. She rose to fame in the late 1920s with the publication of her risqué novel, Bad Girl, which became a bestseller in 1928. Delmar also wrote the screenplay to the screwball comedy, The Awful Truth, for which she received an Academy Award nomination in 1937. more…

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