This Time for Keeps

Synopsis: A singing soldier (Johnny Johnston) newly returned home finds himself discontent to work in his father's opera company or pick up where he left off with his girlfriend. Having met an aquacade showgirl (Esther Williams) while in the service, he reintroduces himself. Romance blossoms.
Genre: Musical, Romance
105 min


Frances, don`t slouch.

-I wish you used your father`s name.


Because then when we`re married,

l`d be known as Mrs. Richard Herald ll.

So being Mrs. Dick Johnson

isn`t gonna be important enough for you?.

Don`t be silly, Frances.

Everyone will know that Richard Herald

is your father-in-law.

Ladies and gentlemen...

...for 25 years now... have been showing great kindness

to me and my work.

So with you I would like to share

the happiness of my heart... welcoming home a young soldier

just returned from serving his country.

Soon I hope you shall hear him

as a new member of our opera company.

And with your kind permission...

...I should like to introduce to you

my son, Dick.


Dick, what`s the matter with you?.

Why don`t you stand up?.

Dick, wait for your father

and bring him to the party.

Frances, you come with me.

But Mother, l`d rather go with Dick.

Don`t be difficult, Frances.

I want you to come with me.

All right, Mother.

Make your father hurry.

Thanks, Dad.

That was the happiest moment

of my life.

A bottle of beer, Dick?.

No, l`m still not used to having it cold.

I`ll get it, Dad.

You didn`t go with Frances

and her mother?.

No, I waited to bring you

to the party, Dad.

Mrs. Allenbury suggested it.

Quite a suggester, that lady.

I`m glad you waited.

I want to talk to you.

Why are you laughing on your face?.

It`s just that that tone of voice of yours

will always make me feel like a rookie.

-A rookie?.

-A beginner.

Oh, no, in the opera,

you will no longer be a rookie.

I`ll see to that myself.

Dad, l`m not sure I wanna get back

into the opera company.

What do you want?.

Right now, l`d like to spend years

just being out of the Army.

Oh, that.

So you`ll rest yourself for a little while.

Let your voice rest itself.

But your French and your ltalian,

they can`t rest themselves.

But, Dad, I haven`t got a voice like yours.

Who has, except me?.

Your bath is drawn, sir.

Tonight I want a shower.

Yes, sir.

Don`t belittle your voice, Dick.

I guarantee that your audition

is a big success.

Can you hear me, Dick?.

Yes, Dad.

. You need a job and a wife

and my grandchildren.

You should have married Frances

before the war.

But no, no, you wanted to wait.

-Now I know why I went to war.

-What are you talking about?.

Girl in the pool`s got everything.


-Beautiful eyes, shining hair...

...wonderful skin,

a smile that tickles your ribs...

...and a figure,

oh, boy, for a tape measure.

Oh, she can`t be that gorgeous.

-She is. Right out of Esquire.

-She`s probably somebody`s grandmother.


There`s lots of pretty faces in this nation

And lots of very pretty figures too

But there`s a girl

Who `s got the combination

Words fail me

But I`ll picture her for you

She`s got a little bit this

And a little bit that

And a little bit more that`ll knock you flat

Everybody loves that gal

She`s got a little bit, hm

A little bit there


Oh, dear me.

When I`m out with her

I count 1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Don `t you think that she follows up

With 7-8-9- 1 0- 1 1

A college graduate.

She`s got a little bit this

And a little bit that


Everybody loves that gal

She`s got a little bit this

And a little--

-Hello there.


Tell me whether they`re kidding me

about her.

They say she`s beautiful.

Beautiful! A gross understatement.

Can you picture the Painted Desert

by moonlight?.

Or the fragrance of lilacs

in a New England garden?.

Or a Viennese Waltz played

by Kreisler in D-minor?.

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Gladys Lehman

Gladys Lehman (January 24th, 1892 – April 7th, 1993) was an American screenwriter. Lehman was born in Gates, Oregon as Gladys Collins. As a college student she was initiated into Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the Xi chapter at the University of Idaho. Lehman was one of the founders of the Screen Writers Guild in 1933. Under contract at Universal from 1926 to 1932, she followed that with free-lance work until the early 1950s. She was also one of the founding members of the Motion Picture Relief Fund. As a screenwriter she shared an Oscar nomination with Richard Connell for Best Original Screenplay for Two Girls and a Sailor in 1944. more…

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