I Could Go on Singing

Synopsis: Jenny Bowman is a successful singer who, while on an engagement at the London Palladium, visits David Donne to see her son Matt again, spending a few glorious days with him while his father is away in Rome in an attempt to attain the family that she never had. When David returns, Matt is torn between his loyalty to his father and his affection for Jenny.
Genre: Drama, Musical
Director(s): Ronald Neame
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
100 min

I could go on singing

Till the cows come home

And the rooster

starts to crow

Crow, crow

When I see your eyes

I go all out

I must vocalize

till you shout

Enough already

I could go on singing

Till the moon turns pink

Anything from "Faust" to


Love does funny things

When it hits you this way

I must keep on singing

Like a lark,

going strong

With my heart

on the wings of a song

Singing day

Dr. Donne?

Please come in, Miss Bowman.

Mr. Donne's expecting you.

Thank you.

This way, please.


Hello, Jenny.

Is this awfully inconvenient?

I don't think so.

Come on up.

I'll take your coat.

That's for social calls.

Well, you did say this

was business, didn't you?

Yes, Doctor.


Well, the business department

is in here.

Why do they call you Mister

if you're a doctor?

Surgeons are called Mister.

I see. You mean like a marquis

being called a lord?

That always mixes me up, too.

Secrets of the trade.

Won't you sit down?

- Yes. Thank you.

- Now, then, what is it?

Ear, nose, or throat?

Do you take care of

all three of those things?


Which is it?

Were you surprised

to hear from me?

A little.

You sang this afternoon.

Charity concert, wasn't it?

Yes. How do you know?

It was in all the papers.

How did it go?

- It was ghastly.

- That means it was good.

No, it was terrible.

It was awful.

My throat was very raw,

and I couldn't...

I just sort of croaked out

the performance.

Tell me, am I keeping

this secretary person of yours?

No, no. She works here.

I know, but it's terribly late,

and it's Sunday, and I thought...

She's used to it.

Will you go on?

Well, I just...

I just got scared

I was going to lose my voice.

Since when?

Since when what?

Since when were you scared

that you were losing your voice?

Well, since I got to England.

And don't tell me

it's the climate...

because Tepaldi

and Callas sing here...

and they do very well.

Shall we take a look?

Would you come over here,


Sit down.

How are your sinuses?

I don't know.

They're kind of...

- Any colds recently?

- No.

You used to have

a lot of colds.

Yes, but then they invented

paper handkerchiefs...

and that sort of

took the fun out of it.

Would you open

your mouth, please?


Thank you.

All right. Say ahh.

Thank you.

Now I'm going to have a look

at your larynx.

I'm going to take

this piece of gauze...

Gauze, and you're going

to hold my tongue with it...

and you want me to relax

and breathe slowly in and out...

- and completely...

- Would you just do it?

- Yes, I will.

- Thank you.

Would you put out your tongue?

Yes, thank you.

You know,

I've been thinking...

Would you just sit there

for a moment?

Would you come back?

Excuse me.

I've been thinking

about Atlantic City.

Do you ever think about

Atlantic City, David?

Yes, I have done.

Does this hurt?

Would you swallow?

Thank you.

Well, am I going to lose

my voice, or what?

What do you think?

You mean there's

nothing wrong with me.

Your throat's a bit rough,

it's red, you've been singing...

and you've been smoking

too much.

When do you open in London?

Five days.

Look, do you mind

if I get out of...

I'm very sorry.

Of course, do.

I'll give you something

to ease the roughness.

Not that you'll take it.

But if you have got five days...

I strongly urge you

to take three of them off.

What would you advise,

a brisk walk through Hyde Park?

Sleep, rest, relaxation.

Where can I buy those?

Have a gargle

night and morning.

All right.

Well, why don't you

get me off on the right foot...

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Mayo Simon

Mayo Simon is an American screenwriter, author and playwright.He is the father of the author Francesca Simon and biologist-X-Files science advisor Anne Simon. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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