Madeleine

Synopsis: The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): David Lean
Production: Universal Pictures
 
IMDB:
7.0
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Year:
1950
101 min
414 Views


NARRATOR:
In this great city of Glasgow,

there's a square...

...Blythswood Square.

There's nothing very remarkable

about its appearance,

and very little except for the solid,

well-built Victorian Houses

to suggest its earlier prosperity.

But there is one house in this square

which is exceptional

for it has an interest

which time can never change.

Number seven, which still remains,

was the home of Madeleine Smith.

Her strange, romantic story has survived

the elegance of the house she lived in,

and perhaps her spirit still remains

to listen for the ghostly footsteps

of Emile L'Angelier across the area,

or to listen for the tap of his stick on

the railing outside her bedroom window.

The story of this house is the story of two

human beings and what became of them.

WOMAN:
Madeleine?

- Yes, Mama?

Come, we're going in.

- It has a good lock?

- Oh, yes, sir, the best.

The ladies should be careful, sir.

I fear there is much dust.

You hear that, Janet? Keep close to Mama.

- This is the hall.

- So I had divined.

Well, it has solidity.

How many bedrooms are there?

There are three principal bedrooms, sir.

Two on this floor and one

very commodious room in the basement.

MOTHER:
Here is the drawing room.

MAN:
Open the door. The handle looks dusty.

There, my dear.

Ah.

Yes, you were right, my dear

It is dignified.

Dirty, but dignified.

MAN:
I grasp essentials quickly, my dear.

- Isn't it exciting?

- (Laughs)

Well, Madeleine, what do you think of it?

I like it. I like this room very much.

Oh, Mama, look at the bars on the window.

Come along. Come and look at the kitchen.

I think we should take this house, Mama.

What was that?

Nothing at all. Go to sleep, Janet.

I'm going to open the window

and leave you now.

You haven't finished telling me

what happened to the prince.

He went far away across the sea...

and never came back again.

JANET:
Oh, poor prince.

Get into bed!

- You haven't kissed me good night.

- Now, this is the last time.

(Doorbell rings)

- There's Mr. Minnoch.

- Who is Mr. Minnoch?

- You know who Mr. Minnoch is.

- He gave you a top last year.

- Has he come to dinner?

Papa has asked him.

He's been away for a time.

Will he have brought me another present

this time?

Don't be greedy.

- Good evening, Christina.

- Good evening, sir.

- I'm not late, I hope.

- Oh, no, sir.

Good.

And how do you like your new home?

CHRISTINA:
We all like it, sir. Very much.

Miss Madeleine.

- Good evening, Mr. Minnoch.

- What a pleasure to see you.

- It seems a long time.

- It is.

Your stay in the south was

agreeable, I hope.

I missed my friends.

- I've brought these as an offering.

- How exceedingly kind of you.

Mama will love them.

Papa, here is Mr. Minnoch.

(Woman singing inside the house)

# Dis-moi que je n'ai rien perdu

# De ta tendresse

# Quand je suis assez jaloux

# Et sans flchir, sans courroux

# La fiert

# Renait dans mon ame

# Je ne suis

# Qu'une faible femme

# Mais dis-moi

# Qu'a tout jamais

# Dis-moi tu m'aimes

# Toujours, toujours

- Bravo.

- Delightful.

In spite of my clumsiness with the pages.

I was clumsy.

I sang many wrong notes, I'm sure.

Madeleine,

I've never heard you sing in French before.

Have you not, Mama?

Sing the one about the spinning wheel

and the little dog.

Pray, excuse me, Mama,

I'm so out of practice it must be tedious.

Oh, that it is not, Miss Madeleine,

but we must not tire you.

Indeed, I must take my leave.

(Church bell rings)

Good night, ma'am. My warmest thanks.

I feel now that I am truly home.

You were most welcome, Mr. Minnoch.

And we shall look forward

to your coming again soon.

Oh, and we must thank you again

for your gift, must we not, girls?

- Yes.

- Indeed.

- Good night, Miss Bessie.

- Good night.

Good night, Miss Madeleine.

Your music will be in my ears all night.

- It will spoil your rest.

- Disturb it perhaps, but never spoil it.

- I'll see you to the door.

- Most kind, sir.

MOTHER:

Madeleine, bring me Mr. Minnoch's card.

Thank you.

"To the ladies of Blythswood Square."

(Laughs) That should read "To the lady, "

I fancy, Madeleine.

They were for you, Mama.

Mamas do not receive yellow roses from

young men, certainly not in such profusion.

Bessie, you must improve your singing.

I do not like French songs.

Besides, nobody understands them

except Madeleine.

- And Papa.

- Papa does not speak French.

Nevertheless, he is clever enough

to understand, Bessie.

Well, to bed, everyone. It's late.

Yes, my love.

Night, Papa.

He stayed a long time.

- But not too long.

- No, indeed. He's very welcome.

A fine man, Madeleine. And a handsome one.

Yes, Papa.

- Good night, Mama.

- Good night.

I will turn out the lights.

- Oh, if Janet coughs, give her the syrup.

- Yes, Mama.

- Good night, Papa.

- Good night, my daughter.

You sang charmingly.

(Footsteps in the street)

(Rattles cane on railings)

We must be quiet.

- (French accent) I thought the maid...

- She knows.

- Will you be cold?

- No.

Madeleine, tu es tres belle.

You're wearing perfume.

Yes. I put it on. I...

(Footsteps approach)

Gone.

We're like children hiding.

I heard you singing tonight.

It was for you.

But you had a visitor this evening.

He's a friend of Papa's.

I could be jealous of him, even for that.

You need not be.

Soon Papa will know you and accept you,

as I do.

I wish I could believe that.

- He came to the warehouse today.

- I know.

And in my shirtsleeves

I carried parcels to his carriage.

He gave me a coin.

Dearest, you won't always be

in that position.

Besides... I love you.

I shall tell him that.

(Thunder rumbles)

You're cold.

- I must go.

- When shall I see you again?

I don't know.

Papa has talked about going to the country.

I might come there too.

No, that might be difficult.

I will write... tomorrow.

I will write.

For these and all thy other gifts bestowed,

we render thee humble thanks.

Amen.

- Madeleine?

- Yes, Papa?

Wait.

Come, children. Come get your coats on.

I wish to speak to you.

My boots.

Last night something

of great seriousness occurred.

You can guess to what I refer.

- No, Papa.

- I'm surprised.

Last night after dinner, Mr. Minnoch asked me

formally if he might pay his attentions to you.

What did you say to him, Papa?

I said I would speak to you.

I presume your answer is yes?

Is it?

No, Papa.

And, pray, why not?

I just do not wish it, Papa.

Do you dislike Mr. Minnoch?

I like him well enough,

but it is so soon, Papa.

If it is, it shows the warmth of the

feelings that he entertains towards you.

Madeleine, for some time now, your mother

and I have had a growing anxiety about you.

There seems to be something

about your character

that prevents you from acting naturally.

It is time that you were married.

You have met many young men

and yet nothing has ever come of it.

Now here is Mr. Minnoch, admirable in

every way, and yet you reject him.

What are your reasons?

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Nicholas Phipps

Nicholas Phipps (23 June 1913 – 11 April 1980) was a British actor and screenwriter who appeared in more than thirty films during a career that lasted between 1938 and 1970. He was born in London in 1913. He appeared mainly in British comedy films, often specialising in playing military figures. He was also an occasional screenwriter, sometimes working on the script for films in which he acted. Best known for his collaborations with Herbert Wilcox and Ralph Thomas, Phipps wrote some of the most popular British films of all time, including Spring in Park Lane (1948) and Doctor in the House (1954). He retired from acting in 1970.His script for the 1954 film Doctor in the House was nominated for a BAFTA. more…

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