Synopsis: On New Year's Eve, Geraldine ('Jerry') Trent decides to break up with her boyfriend Jim Woodward, having finally grown tired of his dishonesty and his infidelities. Soon afterward, Geraldine meets and falls in love with novelist Anthony Blake. Blake knows that she has had a man in her past, but he is content as long as he never finds out who it was. All seems well until her sister Joan returns from a trip, and happily introduces Woodward as the new man in her life.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Leo McCarey
Production: United Artists
92 min


You needn't come up with me.

I can get into the apartment

without your assistance.


Gerry, darling...

Please, please forgive me

for what happened tonight.

I admit I was wrong.

You did alright for yourself.

Why do you insist on spoiling

a perfectly good New Year's Eve?

I haven't. It's hardly midnight.

You won't lack company.

You didn't earlier this evening.

Gerry, that's not like you.

I know. I'm a brunette.

Besides, I didn't think you noticed it.

I tried not to for some time.

After all, my dear, a man must live.

I've often wondered why it was necessary

in some cases.

Will you please be serious.

I am serious. The trouble has been that

you haven't been serious.

Don't you see to a girl it means so

much more than just an adventure?

Jim, you've been the only man in my life.

I wish I had known it was

going to end this way.

It doesn't have to end this way.

Oh, please, dear, let's forget it.

Let's start this New Year's right.

I am starting it right.

Without you.

With whom then?

You would ask that.

I'm starting it with myself. Me.

Gerry, your ex um...


I'm not ashamed or afraid.

Bye, Jim. Have a good New Year.

I'm going to have the best New Year

I ever had since I've grown up.

Gerry, will you marry me?

What an effort that must have been.

Oh, stop that.

Well, it might work out.

You married all of them, the

chorus girl, the widow...

Who told you...

Oh, it's a secret. Nobody knows but me...

and the Associated Press.

Well, I haven't offered

to marry anyone else.

No? Why not?

Well, because I...

Because once I asked you to marry me.

Ah, he remembers.

I also remember there was

some difficulty about um...

setting the date.

Thank my lucky stars.

I'm really serious.

I really mean it this time, Gerry.

Mean what?

Marriage... and all that.

No, I'm afraid there'd be too little

marriage and too much "all that".

Are you absolutely definite

about this, Gerry?

So definite.


It was beautiful while it lasted.


Come back!

Take these designs to the shop.

I've made the changes

and they can start on them at once.

Oh, yes. And tell Miss Curtis Mrs. Hoffman's

gown must be ready this evening.

That's Buster Collins on the phone.

And tell them I'll be over

early in the morning.

What time?

Twelve o'clock.

Hello, Buster.

Hello, Gerry.

Can I come over?

And bring a friend?

I'm not dressed.

Who is it?

Tony Blake.

Tony Blake?


Tony Blake, of course. Bring him along.

I'd like to meet him.

Tell him I think his book is wonderful.

But don't tell him I haven't finished it.

Why does he want to meet me?

I don't know.

Get him to tell you.

You'll have to have

something to talk about.

Oh, alright.

Hey, Tony!


It's all set.


Oh, Aunt Kate, I'm going

to meet Anthony Blake.

What's so good about that?

He's the one who wrote this book.

Any idiot can write a book.

Hm-hmm. Not a good one.

Oh, I can hardly wait to meet him.

You'd better take your

shower and cool off a bit.

Aunt Kate, put a tune on the piano for me.

I want music!

Well, anyway, the boy

gets the girl in the end.

My, what an unusual finish.

Hurry up, now. Get in, get in.

Why get so excited over a man

before you've even met him?

I hope he's a little man with a frock coat

and a beard.

Can't you hear me?

What I'd like to say is if I don't

like him, I'll run him out of here.

Oh, you will, will you?

Now that you can hear so well

I'll turn on the cold water.

I still like him even after a cold shower.

If he's anything like his

book, he's wonderful.

They never are, dearie.

I once knew Buffalo Bill.

Most things in life I've plenty of.

What good's this, that or the other

if you haven't got love.

Three meals a day

a roof above

What good's this, that or the other

if you haven't got love.

Life is sweet, but love

provides the zest of it

Give me love and you can

keep the rest of it

I'll have the best of it.

For love and joy go hand in glove

What good's this, that or the other

If you haven't got love.

Mrs. Kate Smith, Miss Gerry Trent,

may I present Mr. Anthony Blake.

That's great, Buster.




Hm-hmm? What does the hm-hmm mean?

I've just decided you look even better

with your clothes on.


Didn't I explain?

Come here.

You see that building?

I have an apartment there and on a clear day I

see you here on your roof taking your sun bath.

In your bathing suit.


Oh... I know how you feel about it.

I feel the same way.

We should be married at once.

You're probably gonna say

you don't know me well enough.

So let's get acquainted.

What do you do?

I own a shop. You know,

very smart things for very smart ladies.

Good. Any profits?

Not many.

You see, I won't sell the nicest things.

I keep them to wear them myself.

Too bad. I thought for a minute

I'd be able to quit work.

But no matter. Now that I know you

I'm still willing to go through with it.

Will you marry me?

You are crazy.

Why am I crazy?

I obey my impulse.

Like the character in your book.

I am the character in my book.

But let's get back to our marriage.

Now then, if we run around together for

several months, the usual thing...

you'd find out that I don't like carrots...

And you'd find out that I dunk my doughnuts.


It's twice as much fun marrying first

and getting acquainted afterwards.

Have you ever done it before?

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