The Marrying Man

Synopsis: Rich playboy Charley Pearl meets Vicki Anderson, singer at a nightclub in Las Vegas. But she's a gangster's-moll, Bugsy Siegel's, and when he finds the two of them in bed, he forces them to marry each other. Charley was going to marry his girlfriend but when she finds out about him and Vicki, she leaves him. And Vicki doesn't seem to be his kind of woman at all...
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Director(s): Jerry Rees
Production: Hollywood Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

I can't believe it. I'm married

six years and I'm still happy.

You're lucky. I think

Louise is cheating on me.

We're not cheating.

We're just good friends.

- Look, he's worried.

- He's joking!

Wait a minute.

Pull the cab over.

- This ain't the address.

- Be quiet!

Sammy! Tony!

Who's that singing?

- Sounds like Vicki.

- That is Vicki.

We'll get off here, cabbie.

George, pay the man.

- What!

- $1.80.

$ 1.80?

Your meter broken?


- It's her.

- Would you look at that?

It's her.

Here in your arms

I'm wealthy tonight

When youth has its fling

Love is the thing

While lovers fight for power

We can...

Walk among the flowers

They were the unhappiest

couple I ever knew.

And the happiest.

I thought the third time

they would have made it.

Love for you and me

Vicki and Charley.

Now there's a story.

I never told you this?

I'm sure I told you.

I'm gonna tell you the story,

and you're gonna think I'm making it up.

But I swear this is

exactly how it happened.

It all started on a warm

June night, 1948.

My friend, Charley Pearl, had

just announced his engagement...

to the daughter of the most

important producer in Hollywood.

Now, for a struggling

comic like myself...

this was a rare chance to get into

a big-time Hollywood mansion...

for which I otherwise

would've had no chance at all.

For Charley it was the beginning

of the biggest roller coaster ride...

in the history

of modern romance.

Adele Horner was

a new type dame for Charley.

She had class, education.

Nice girl.

You're the only woman

in the world for me, Adele.

In the whole world?

In as many worlds as they got.

But me and the guys couldn't get

over Charley getting married.

Here he is,

a good-looking guy...

with millions coming in from

the family toothpaste business.

To small-time

bachelors like us...

Charley Pearl was a god.

Five feet from

where we're sitting...

there are three directors

I would sell my mother to meet.

- You sold your mother last year.

- They returned her.

Don't ever be funnier

than me, sweetheart.

He's not in love with her.

I'll tell you that.

How do you know?

Well, he might love her.

But he's not hot for her.

So the hors d'oeuvres are hot.

Isn't that enough?

Why's he marrying her?

It's not as ifhe needs money.

She doesn't need his,

so I trust her.

For Charley that's

a hard thing to find.

Charley, let's not get

married unless it's forever.

I'm spoiled rotten.

And I wouldn't know how

to handle disappointment.

Every woman

I have ever been with...

has made her living

from disappointments.

I need somebody good and

solid to keep me in check.

I'll hold you to that, Charley.

I'll never let you out

of my sight.

Bite my mouth.

Go on.

Bite it hard.

No, Charley.

I don't want to hurt you.

You don't get it, Adele.

I like it when it hurts.


I'm sorry to intrude.

But your father...

would like a few moments

with Mr. Pearl.

Don't look so worried.

He already said yes.

He's been known

to change his mind.

It's too late.

I already made up mine.

Sit down, Charley.

Thank you, sir.

- Cigar?

- No, thank you.

- Brandy?

- Not for me.

Is it true you don't

smoke or drink?

Stains the teeth.

That's what my father taught me.

Makes you look impressive.

That's what my father taught me.

No vices at all, Charley?

Oh sure. All the ones

that don't stain the teeth.

Well, you got nice teeth.

How would you

characterize yourself?

As a playboy?

I prefer the word


You don't give a damn

about impressing me...

- do you, Charley?

- I'm trying like hell to make

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) credited as Neil Simon, is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, and after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. more…

All Neil Simon scripts | Neil Simon Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    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)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • 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)


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


    "The Marrying Man" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 23 Sep. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

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

    Watch the movie trailer

    The Marrying Man

    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.