Woman in a Dressing Gown

Synopsis: Amy and Jim Preston have been married for twenty years but, in her husband's eyes, she has become sloppy both about the house and herself. Jim has no problems with falling in love with Georgie Harlow, a fellow-office worker who is pretty and young...and willing. Jim finally asks Amy for a divorce so he can marry Georgie, and Amy pleads for him to stay but he walks out. He soon realizes that he can't go through with the desertion of Amy and their teen-age son, Brian, and returns home.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): J. Lee Thompson
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

(Bells chiming)

(Pigeons warbling)

(Baby crying)

(Radio playing orchestral music)

(Baby crying)

(Radio volume up)

(Loud orchestral music)

(Tune stops)

(Orchestral ballad starts)

(She sniffs)

(Music continues in the background)

(Radio volume down)

Jimbo, I didn't hear you get up.

I thought you'd lie in this morning.

No such luck.

I've got to work today. I told you.

Not Sunday again?

I thought you were joking.

No joke. New shipment of timber in

from the Baltic.

Simpson wants the whole lot

checked by morning.


Doesn't he think you've got a home?

- Morning, Mum. Is breakfast ready?

- In a minute, Bri.

Are we eating in here this morning?

Ha-ha! You really have

to go in today, Jimbo?

Yeah, I told you,

I don't like it any more than you do.

- What's up?

- Your father's got to go to work.

You'll overdo it. That's what will happen.

- Tough luck, Dad.

- Yeah.

I'm shaving every day now, Dad.

Have to. I get real stubble if I don't.

So, you're the one that's running off

with all the blessed blades.

What you gonna do with yourself today?

I've got a match this morning.

Taking Christine out this afternoon.

- Christine? Oh, getting serious, eh?

- No, not me. Too much sense.

I'll start getting serious about girls

when I've done my army training.

Yeah, that'll be time enough.

(Orchestral ballad plays loudly)

- Hey, Mum, how about breakfast?

- It's all ready, all ready.

Jimbo! Your breakfast'll be cold.

- Amy, there's no button on this collar.

- Button? Didn't I do it? I was sure I...

Never mind. You sit down and eat,

and I'll sew it on after. Won't take a tick.

Now, my work box. Where is it? Oh.

- Mine in the oven?

- Yes, Bri, I'll get it.

(She hums tune)

While you're out today,

I'm gonna have a real go at this place.

Tidy it up once and for all.

- What's funny in that?

- Nothing.

Don't you think I'm capable of being tidy?

I didn't say a word.

- Could I have a bit of the table?

- Oh, sorry, Bri.

(Orchestral music playing)


- Where do I sit?

- Honestly!

I don't know what you think I am!


Well, anyone would think, to hear

you two, I never did anything!

Let me tell you, I've been on my feet

since seven while you were snoring.

- I never said you didn't work, Mum.

- Ooh, thank you!

- Here, Jim. This'll do.

- (Brian) But nothing's organised.

You work like a horse

but you never seen to get anywhere.

You do a bit of this and a bit of that,

but nothing's ever finished.

Fine way to talk to your mother!


I don't mean it in... in a bad way, Mum,

but I am right.

I mean, well, just look round this room

for a start.

Oh, it's a bit of a muddle,

but you can't say I don't try.

- I wouldn't change...

- Mind my needle!

Come on, Amy, let's have that button.

I must go.

(He grunts)

(She laughs)

Anyway, what does it matter

so long as we're happy?

Hope this Sunday work

isn't going to become a habit, Jimbo.

- Do you get paid overtime for Sundays?

- Ho-ho!

They expect too much of you, Jim.

No, I'm hoping you'll make a fortune,

Brian, and keep me in my old age.

Expect too much, they do.

Expect too much. There.


Oh, thanks.

- Clean hanky?

- Hm?

- Shall I save your supper?

- No, I'll get something hot midday.

I was so looking forward to today.

I thought we might go out this afternoon.

- Never mind.

- Look, I tell you what.

Get your best bib and tucker on,

round about seven,

and we'll go up to the Cricketers,

have a drink.


- So long, Brian.

- Bye, Dad.

Grey hair.

Found a grey hair!

I'm not as old as all that.

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