The Woman on the Beach

Synopsis: Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell.
Director(s): Jean Renoir
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
71 min

438 dash 1445, holster...

38-caliber revolver, 21...

44 L dash 2 dash 3 dash 5 dash 45...

...4 dash C dash 175,

ammunition 38-caliber...

You had that nightmare again?


But this one was different!

Different and worse.

They're coming back again every night.

And I can't stand it, Chief!

There's something about

this ocean I can't stand.

You won't have to much longer...

You'll get discharged in a week.

We all will!

When they let me out of the hospital...

...they said:

"Lieutenant, your wounds are all healed.

You're sound in body and mind".

But my head!

Let's face it, I'm not well!

Morning, sir.

Good morning, Greg.

Nice day!

Evans reports a fog rolling in...

Have the stable saddle up Blackie.

I want him after breakfast.

And tell the Chief I'll go over the

personnel reports with him at 14:00.

Aye-aye, sir.

Good morning, Chief.

Good morning, sir.


Can we get married?

- Sure.

Didn't I say yes a long time ago?

No, no, I mean right now. Tonight.

All right, Scott.


I'll always love you, so I guess it doesn't matter how soon we begin together.

Be all right if I pick you up at eight o'clock tonight?


And I think you'd better wear a dress, just this once!

Ashamed of me already, huh?

Sure, but I love you. Chaplain doesn't though, and...

I think he might like a dress.

You're not going right away?

I have to relieve Chief Wernecke.

Hello, Mary.

- What's this about my husband?

I'm on my way to relieve him for chow.

Don't be in a rush. It'll do him good to miss a meal.

Honestly, I'll be glad when he's discharged...

...just so I can thin him down a little bit.

We're going to be married.

Well, I should think you would be!

I mean tonight.

- The sooner the better!

What is this? A conspiracy?

I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll wash your hair for you this afternoon.

I bought some new fancy shampoo stuff.

What have you got there?

- Chocolate cake.

Well, how about a piece?

- No, this is for Ollie.

You should see the ship model he made for my youngsters.

But this is a celebration!

- I know, but this is for Ollie.

I'll bake you a cake for your wedding.

Ollie! Chocolate cake!

You're not nervous, are you?

- No, no, but...

This isn't the way we planned it, is it?

I was gonna be through with the Thompson boat...

and you were gonna be through with the service.

You said you'd help me with this awful bookkeeping...

get rid of that stack of papers, and...

...and then, when everything was all clear...

we'd be married.

And have a long, long honeymoon...

...out on Cedar Island.

Just you and me.

No worries.

And when we were ready...both of us ready...

...we'd come back here and work together.

And it would still be like a honeymoon.

We're going to do all that.

We'll just be married a little sooner, that's all.

Gosh, I wish Dad was alive right now.

He taught us lots of things besides boat building.

I even wish my brother Bill was here.

He was always better at these accounts than I am.

If there was a reason, Scott...

If one of us were going away tomorrow for a long time...

But there isn't a reason. Is there?


No, there's no reason.

Of course you're right, I...

I want everything to be perfect too.

After all, a couple more weeks can't make any difference.

Before we get married I'll hand you my discharge papers.

For heaven's sake, don't give any more papers to me!

I'll drop over tonight and we'll clean up that mess together.


- Bye.

And tell the Chaplain I'll have a white satin dress made specially for him!

What do you do here every day?

I'm gathering wood, some firewood. That isn't forbidden, is it?

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