The Young in Heart

Synopsis: The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet a kind old woman named Miss Fortune. The elderly lady is very wealthy and very lonely. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
90 min

Many a hot Indian night my dear old

Lancers and I have whiled away at poker.

I've been a bit out of touch

with the game lately, however,

which may account for the fact that

the cards seemed somewhat obstinate.


I thought they did everything

but push the money toward you.

Well, it's keeping it in the family,

Jennings. All in the family.

A sort of domestic jackpot,

you might say.

Of course,

once the dear children are married,

everything I have is yours,

and everything you have is mine.

You mustn't let your generosity

sweep away your reason, sir.

Isn't it lovely the way my husband

has taken Mr. Jennings?

To his heart, I mean,

of course.

Just like two boys, the way

they like to gamble on everything.

Tell me, Mrs. Carleton, why do you

call your husband the Sahib?

Sahib? That's Indian

for "gentleman," you know.

Such a distinguished man.

But what does he do now?

He's an economist,

part of the Brain Trust, you know...

labor conditions,

wages, unemployment.

The sahib doesn't believe

in unemployment.

He doesn't?

He thinks it should all

be done away with.

How interesting.

He says the only way

to do away with unemployment

is to do away with employment.

If nobody worked,

there couldn't be any unemployment,

and so the Sahib hasn't done

a speck of work for years.

Passive resistance, you know.


How clever of him.

My son feels

the same way about it.

- He's terribly clever too.

- And so charming.

And soon to be

your son too, Mrs. Jennings.

"This night, these stars,

"this purple sea...

"why were they planned?

"With what in view,

but for a setting of our love?

Mercy, Richard, you do think up

the prettiest poetry.

Honey, you just make me

want to cry.

Love and tears

go hand in hand, Adela.

That's life.

I was just thinking how romantic

our marriage is gonna be.

We were just made for each other,

weren't we, honey?

We were, Adela.

We are each other's destiny.

But I do not understand

why your brother's marrying that girl.

She's very ugly

and she's very stupid.

Well, he loves her, Duncan.

Love is strange.

Did you say you have something

you want to show me?

I did that. Our engagement ring.

I sent for it.

Isn't that wonderful?

I can hardly wait.

I hope you weren't too extravagant.

It's not a valuable ring,

but it belonged to the MacGregors.

That was my mother's name.

Oh! Why, it's lovely.

I love sentiment... so much better

than all the diamonds...

I'd like to give you diamonds,

George-Anne, and pearls too.

- Would you really?

- But I'm not a wealthy man.

Oh, now, don't try

to make me think that, Duncan.

You're sure

they're the Carletons, Sergeant?

Positive, Lieutenant.

The Monte Carlo police

sent photographs.

Four of a kind...

and the kind

we don't want around here.

Come on.

I have advised Mr. Jennings

not to worry about this check.

I'm thunderstruck, sir.

Utterly thunderstruck.

Did I say thunderstruck?

Yes, dear.

Tell me, Colonel,

you have never been

in the Bengal Lancers, have you?

My dear sir, when my regiment

was quartered in India...

In fact,

you have never been in India.

These reports from Canada

of your earlier life...

"'Sweethearts of the Bengal Lancers'

with the original Toronto cast."

If this is

some low jest of yours, sir...

What is the proposition?

The municipality would feel

a distinct gratitude

if you would be kind enough

to continue your operations elsewhere.

If I were so disposed, sir,

I would consider your remarks insulting.

What my father is trying to say

is that we would be very pleased

to cooperate with the municipality,

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Paul Osborn

Paul Osborn (September 4, 1901 – May 12, 1988) was an American playwright and screenwriter. Osborn's notable original plays are The Vinegar Tree, Oliver Oliver, and Morning's at Seven and among his several successful adaptations, On Borrowed Time has proved particularly popular. Counted among his best-known screenplays would be the adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden and Wild River for his friend Elia Kazan, South Pacific and Sayonara directed by Joshua Logan, as well as Madame Curie, The Yearling, and Portrait of Jennie. more…

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