On the Avenue

Synopsis: Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer.
Director(s): Roy Del Ruth
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
89 min

- What are you studying?

- Psychology.

- And you, dear?

- Philosophy.

Well, don't take it too seriously,

- because I know a professor of great renown.

- Yes?

# And he is the loneliest man in town


# He's as smart as a man can be

# But he never has company

# Why is he the loneliest man in town?


- # He ain't got rhythm

- Oh.

# Every night he sits in the house alone

- # Cos he ain't got rhythm

- Too bad.

# Every night he sits there and wears a frown

# He attracted some attention

# When he found the fourth dimension

# But he ain't got rhythm

so no one's with him

# The loneliest man in town

# A lonely man is he

- # Bending over his books

- He would.

# His wife and family

# Keep giving him dirty looks

# Cos he ain't got rhythm

# When they call him up,

it's to call him down

# In the month of January

# He compiles his dictionary

# But he ain't got rhythm

so no one's with him

# The loneliest man in town

# He's lonely, he's lonesome

and he's all by his own-some

# The loneliest man in town

# I know every planet up in the sky

# I've measured them all with my naked eye

# And I've seen everything up in Mars

# I know all about falling stars

# But still I'm a very unhappy guy

# I wonder why

# You ain't got rhythm

# I can read the tea leaves in my cup

# But you ain't got rhythm

# And I just found out how high is up

# But you ain't got rhythm

# I discovered once while sober

# Where the flies go in October

# For what I found out about the fly

# I got the Nobel prize

# But you can't do the Charleston

# And you don't know

how to do the Black Bottom, the new rhythm

# Heaven, I see heaven

# Through my telescope while gazing

from Mount Wilson's highest peak

# I'll explain it all in Latin or in Greek

# But you're not so hot

while dancing cheek to cheek

# I've mastered relativity

# But when they ask it's liberty

- # They never think of asking me

- # Don't you wonder why?

# Cos you don't know how to do the rumba

# That's the reason you're a lonely guy

# Ah, love

# Venus is lovely tonight

# And so is Jupiter

# Jupiter's skipping from planet to planet

# Jumping Jupiter

# But you couldn't be stupider,

cos you ain't got rhythm

# Why, I discovered liquid air

- # But you ain't got rhythm

- # And I've a cure for falling hair

- # But you can't get hot

- What?

- # No, you can't get hot

- What?

# I'm a scientist to my fingertips

# But you can't do nothing with your hips

# That's the thing we miss

- You mean this?

- Yes!

# He's got it, he's got it,

he's got it, he's got it

# The man's got rhythm

These first nights bore me.

Hello. Yes, Commodore.

Your father calling, Miss Mimi.

Yes, Father.

H- h-hello, Mimi?

Your explorer friend is late for dinner.

Where is he?

He's at the Flatbush Women's Club

lecturing on love life among the Eskimos.

Daddy dear,

I need a little pin money to go shopping.

Could you let me have about 50 or 60,000?

What did you do with the 73,000

I gave you last week?

- Oh, Daddy, if you're going to be like that.

- Shh!

Mr Sims, the famous Arctic explorer.

- Frederick, that's you.

- Me?

- Greetings, Commodore.

- Hello, commie.

Well, tell me, is everybody happy?

Where's Freda? Freda!

Two years in the Arctic and they

make me an object of ridicule!

Besides, seals never followed me.

Commodore, I want you to meet

Dr Cotzopole, who discovered the tadpole.

In this corner at 125, I want you to meet

Dr Matzopole, who discovered the maypole.

- Hi, Commodore. Hi. I'm fine.

- Wait a minute.

Gentlemen, may I present my daughter Mimi?

I have been thinking, and I have decided to

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Gene Markey

Eugene Willford "Gene" Markey (December 11, 1895 – May 1, 1980) was an American author, producer, screenwriter, and highly decorated naval officer. more…

All Gene Markey scripts | Gene Markey Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018


Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss this On the Avenue script with the community:


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"On the Avenue" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 11 Jul 2020. <https://www.scripts.com/script/on_the_avenue_15189>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

On the Avenue

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.