Synopsis: Tender romantic comedy about an aspiring musician who arrives in New York in search of fame & fortune. He soon meets a taxi dancer, moves in with her, and before too long a romance develops.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
105 min


Directed by


- I am sure it's no bigger.

- That's not the way I see it.

It's grown a little.

Yesterday it was only this high.

I don't know...

I have a sharp eye for these things.

Yesterday it came up to there,

today up to here. The difference is this.

You've got to look the other way,

if you want it to grow, haven't you?

It's wonderful. In fact, there are

many wonders in the world.

I have lots of debts,

but life is wonderful.

Wonderful? I've been looking for work,

what's wonderful about that?

Oh, don't be discouraged, Louis,

things are not that bad as you think.

I've got a hunch that somehow today

you'll find some work.

- Easy to say when your pay comes in

each week. - Oh, it doesn't match, Louis.

I make a little money, I've got

to work hard. Well, I've got to go.

- I'll see you, huh?

- All the best.

I'll look down-and-out.

What do you think, the bride will mind?

Oh, listen, you could come just as you are.

- After all, we treat friends.

- I'll be a bit late on a wedding present.

I was thinking of...

one of those ceiling lights.

Oh, there is one already.

Let that be your present, Louis.

No one will ever know, huh?

- All right, I've got to go now. So long.

- So long, John.

- All the best.

- Many thanks.

- John! John! Congratulations

and all the best. - Thank you!

Thank you.

- May I come in?

- Oh, why, yes, of course.

Here, with my good wishes.

- May I?..

- Of course.

If there is something wrong,

I wish you tell me...

You know about these things...

I was told to fit it like this.

That's how it's done nowadays.

- Well, I think, really, that...

- You think the old-fashioned way is better?

I've got to go to Maria's, I want to be on time.

I am so glad, I could almost dance a jig.

That's nice! You'll be very happy, John.

How long will it take to pay for it?

- 18 months. - That's not bad. I don't earn

this much so I need two years to pay for it.

They are not in business for the health, you know.

The rate of interest could be higher.

The poorer you are the more things cost.

Haven't you thought about

buying her a washing machine?

Not so fast, give me time,

there's a time for everything...

Hold it, please.

I can hardly wait to see her come in here.

She'll see everything all at once,

because I'm going to turn off all lights.

I'm sure she'll be so happy,

she'll feel like crying. I am sure of it!

War declared!

- What was that? - War declared!

- Something about war...

- Good bye. - Good bye.

- And thank you!

- All the best!

- Thanks!

- War declared! War declared!

- Taxi!

- War declared! War declared!

Read all about it! - Taxi!

War declared! It's war! War is declared!

Didn't you hear, mister?

War declared!

War! Read all about it!

War! War declared!

War declared!

War declared!

Read all about it!

War declared!

Will you all come around, please?

Everyone here will be issued a covering

to shield him against atomic radiation.

- Your attention, please!

- What?

- What about those international conventions?

- Of course they exist.

But the enemy doesn't care

about conventions.

Begin the distribution!

Catch! Quickly! Each of you must

catch a covering.

Come on now! Catch! Catch over there.

Here are the instructions.

You unfold them and put them

over your head as follows.

First, with both hands you slip it over

your head like Grandpa's nightshirt.

Second, pull it down over it.

Now, watch the demonstration please.

That's right, pull it down over it.

Third, lift up the hood.

Could I have another, there is

something wrong with mine?

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Garson Kanin

Garson Kanin (November 24, 1912 – March 13, 1999) was an American writer and director of plays and films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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