Synopsis: After eight years of marriage, Robert and Nina divorce. He takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson while she looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Both start dating other people, but although they try and ignore each other whenever they accidentally meet, it is obvious the past is not dead. Then one night they find themselves in a nightclub doing the mambo together.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Mark Robson
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
88 min

"Outside, the night was as blak

as a oal miner's...

"Outside, the night was as blak

as a oal miner's T-shirt.

"I turned slowly away from the window.

"Then, for the first time,

she ould see the automati in my hand.

"Her eyes had that funny, mad look

I'd ome to know and fear.

"Her moist red lips were half-parted.

"Then slowly,

her eyes never leaving my fae...

"she began, one button at a time,

to undo the front of her sweater. "

- Robert!

- What? What is it?


Robert, I want a divorce.


Robert, I want a: No.

Robert, I want a divorce.


I want a divorce.

Can't you do any better than that?

No. I think it's a very good idea.

As a matter of fact,

the same thought had occurred to me.

You're lying in your teeth.

That's a typically childish and immature way

of trying to save face.

The same thought had occurred to me.

You just want me to feel

that you're the one that wants a divorce.

Well, you're not.

I'm the one that wants the divorce.

I'm the one. Just remember that. I'm the one.

I don't want to disillusion you,

but for the past six months.

I've been trying to get up enough courage

to mention the subject myself.

Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie!

- I've thought about it constantly...

- Lie! Lie!

As a matter of fact,

I even mentioned it to Charlie Nelson.

You discussed this

with Charlie Nelson?

I did not say I discussed it.

I just said I mentioned it.

You discussed this with Charlie Nelson?

I only said, "Nina and I have not been

getting along very well recently.

"I sometimes wonder if it would not

be better if we were to get a divorce. "

- To which Charlie replied...

- What?

- Charlie said, "It's none of my business. "

- That's the absolute truth.

"It's none of my business...

"but as they say on Broadway,

'If the show is a flop, fold it. "'

That's so beautifully expressed.

You can see what makes Charlie Nelson

such a widely respected playwright.

Look, Charlie Nelson

is not only an old friend and a valued client...

...but That Was No Lady

was sold to Hollywood for $75,000.

- That suggests a certain amount of respect.

- That Was No Lady folded in Philadelphia.

It wasn't worth 75 cents.

While we're having the little discussion,

I'd just like you to know

I blame the whole thing on your mother

and her beloved Dr. Van Kessel.

Dr. Van Kessel is a brilliant analyst.

Brilliant? All he does is sit there...

- Earning $25 an hour listening to...

- $50 an hour.

Listening to neurotic women

discussing their sex lives.

- You know...

- He probably doesn't even listen.

It's absolutely impossible to carry on

a discussion with you on an adult level.

All right. Fine. Good, good, good!

- What grounds?

- I don't know.

Any ground.

- Mental cruelty.

- Mental cruel...

Of all of the ridiculous...

As a matter of fact, mental cruelty

happens to fit this situation very nicely.

It's just a legal phrase.

It has absolutely no meaning whatsoever.

It only means that for the past eight years.'ve treated me as if I were

some kind of feeble-minded child.

- You've done your best to destroy me.

- Destroy?

I don't even know what that means.

You sound just like Serena Noble.

Keep Serena Noble out of this.

That's another thing.

You've subjected me

and my work to ridicule...

...and if that isn't mental cruelty...

It doesn't make any difference

because I won't contest it.

You won't contest it? You can't contest it.

Not in a million years, you can't contest it!

Well, now, Mrs. Tracey, ma'am,

as your lawyer, I ask you...

wasn't that a beautiful, beautiful divorce?

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George Axelrod

George Axelrod (June 9, 1922 – June 21, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and also adapted Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). more…

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