Synopsis: Free-thinking Johnny Case finds himself betrothed to a millionaire's daughter. When her family, with the exception of black-sheep Linda and drunken Ned, want Johnny to settle down to big business, he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on "holiday." With the help of his friends Nick and Susan Potter, he makes up his mind as to which is the better course, and the better mate.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): George Cukor
Production: Sony Repertory
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

- Wait a minute, will you? I'll be right out.

- All right.

The doorbell's ringing.

Yes, I know.

Well, I'm not expecting anybody.

Neither am I.

Come on, open up.

Why, that's Johnny Case.

Open up. Open up or I'll break it down.

- Johnny.

- Hello, Susan.

- How are you? Good to see you.

- Nick.

Get out of Johnny's arms and

let him come in. When did you get back?

Few minutes ago.

I didn't have time to go home.

- Mind if I leave my grips here?

- No.

- You both look fine. So long.

- Wait, we haven't seen you in two weeks.

- You can't run away.

- I've got a date. There's a cab waiting.

- What of it?

- Have some breakfast.

- How was your vacation?

- Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

Guess he liked it.

I must go. She's waiting.

I haven't seen her since Wednesday.

- She? Who?

- My wife.

- Nick, did you hear the man?

- The room is going round and round.

She's not exactly my wife yet.

But she's going to be. It's all arranged.

Take it easy, now.

Everything will be all right.

- Lie down right there.

- Wait a minute.

That's it now.

Tell us all about it from the beginning.

- Who is she?

- What's her name?

- Why marry her?

- How'd you meet?

- What does she do?

- Come, boy.


It's love, fellows. I've met the girl.

She is...

I can't describe her, but the first thing

you notice are her dimples when she smiles.

- Why didn't you say so in the first place?

- That's going to make her the perfect wife.

I've found her.

I didn't think they came that way anymore.

She's sweet, intelligent,

the perfect playmate.

Listen, you haven't told us anything yet.

We're not letting any wench

snag you without a struggle.

- Who is this girl? What does she do?

- I don't know. What do most girls do?

Don't tell me

you didn't find out anything about her?

Sure. She wants me, the life I want,

the home I want, the fun I want.

- What about her family?

- What about her family?

What about her family?

- Didn't you find out anything about them?

- No.

Sure, I did. She's got a brother,

a sister and a father.

Now is that good enough?

Come on, Nick, really, I've got to go.

Come on, fellow, up.

Thanks. I'll be late. Where's my hat?

- Well, what do you make of it?

- I can see the whole thing.

Father, too old to work.

Brother, a pool shark.

Sister can't keep a job

on account of she's too pretty.

Poor little Dimples has to work her fingers

to the bone to support them.

Wouldn't that be marvellous?

Johnny Case comes into her life

and takes her away.

- Here's your hat. I give up.

- Thanks.

'Bye, Susan. 'Bye, Nick. I'll drop in later

and tell you all about her.

- Johnny?

- What?

Listen, when you find yourself with a family

to support and things get tough...

Teaching at the university

doesn't pay me very much, but...

That's sweet, but when things get tough,

when I feel a worry coming on... know what I do.

There. And then the worries are over.

Good-bye, you comics.

Good luck, Johnny.

- What's this?

- You said 843, didn't you?

Yeah, but...

I guess she must work here.

Thanks, bud.

It's the ice-cream man.

Excuse me.

Does a Miss Julia Seton live here?

Miss Seton gave me this address.

My name is Case, John Case.

Miss Julia is expecting you, Mr. Case.

Then she does live here?

I beg your pardon,

but it's the usual custom...

...for Miss Julia's callers

to arrive at the front door.

I'm sorry.

- Lf you'll come this way, Mr. Case.

- Thanks.

Excuse me.


I beg your pardon?

I just said, "Judas."

It didn't mean anything.

If you'll leave your hat and coat here, sir.

Thank you.

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Donald Ogden Stewart

Donald Ogden Stewart (November 30, 1894 - August 2, 1980) was an American author and screenwriter, best known for his sophisticated golden era comedies and melodramas, such as The Philadelphia Story (based on the play by Philip Barry), Tarnished Lady and Love Affair. Stewart worked with a number of the great directors of his time, including George Cukor (a frequent collaborator), Michael Curtiz and Ernst Lubitsch. Stewart was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table, and the model for Bill Gorton in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. His 1922 parody on etiquette, Perfect Behavior, published by George H Doran and Co, was a favourite book of P. G. Wodehouse. more…

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