You Gotta Stay Happy

Synopsis: Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just wants to sleep. Somehow, she persuades him to take her to California. Her fellow passengers include a chimpanzee, a corpse (in a coffin), an absconding embezzler, and two smoochy newlyweds. Can love be far behind?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): H.C. Potter
Production: Universal
100 min

We've been waiting

some time.

Hey! Hey, pop!

Excuse me, please.

I told you, no...


Come in, Martin.

Your bouquet, Miss Diana.

Thank you, Martin.

This is a memorable day.



This is utterly ridiculous...

I hope they didn't go to

a lot of trouble for these

because I won't need them!

You can't just cancel

everything with all those

people downstairs.

Oh, I know it's awful,

Uncle Ralph,

but it's better than

being unappy for the rest

of my life, isn't it?

Dr. Blucher, can't you

do something with her?

You're her psychiatrist.

I called you

because I thought

she might listen to you.

I don't believe

Miss Dillwood wants

my advice in this matter.

I do, Dr. Blucher.

You're the best psychiatrist

I ever had.

Miss Dillwood, in my opinion

you've allowed yourself to

become alarmed over nothing.

It's perfectly natural

for a girl to have doubts

before getting married.

In your case, it certainly

isn't surprising. After all,

you've been engaged six times.

Officially. If you want

the unofficial total,

you'll need an adding machine.

You've always

been indecisive.

You've never been able

to make up your mind about

anything, much less a husband.

I think your behavior

verges on the idiotic.

What do you want me to do?

Marry a man who just

isn't right for me?

Of course he's right!

He's got everything:

Money, position,

partner in one of the best

law firms in New York,

and his father and I were

at Harvard together.

That's a fine recommendation.

You must have thought

he was right when you

agreed to marry him.

Just why did you do that,

Miss Dillwood?

Well, there didn't seem to be

any reason not to marry him.

Then why do you

change your mind now?

Well, it's the way he coughs.

Before he says anything

he always barks,


Like a fox.

Oh, that's absurd, a cough.

Why, after you've been

married a few days

you wouldn't even notice it.

My third wife had a maddening

way of sighing every time

I entered the room,

but after about six months

I wasrt even aware

that she did.

And after seven months

she divorced you.

That remark was

in very bad taste.

Well, I didn't mean

to be nasty, Uncle Ralph,

but Aunt Martha was

the nicest wife you had,

and you should've

hung on to her.

Miss Dillwood, I don't

think anything as trivial

as your fianc's cough

is the real reason

for your indecision.

Isn't it?

That's just an excuse.

The truth is you're so afraid

of a big step like marriage

that you cling

to the security of

your spinsterhood.

Now, Dr. Blucher,

would you describe a girl

of 26 as a spinster?

Girl of what?

I use the word advisedly,

Miss Dillwood. I think

it's time you were married.

It might have a very

soothing effect on you.

I can get that

from an aspirin.

I was hoping for something

more... Something exciting,


That's a pleasant,

romantic dream,

but it's just an illusion.

The important thing about

marriage is a solid,

substantial relationship,

and a husband

who can be your friend.

That's absolutely true.

There's nothing like

a husband and wife

being friends.

The cure for indecision

is decision, Miss Dillwood.

You decided to get married.

Go ahead with it.

Plunge into it.


wilt thou have this woman

to be thy wedded wife,

so long as you

both shall live?


I will.

Diana, wilt thou have this man

to be thy wedded husband,

so long as you

both shall live?


I will.

I now pronounce you

man and wife.


Henry, couldn't we...

Couldrt we go for

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Karl Tunberg

Karl Tunberg (March 11, 1907 − April 3, 1992) was an American screenwriter and occasional film producer. His screenplays for Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941) and Ben-Hur (1959) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively. more…

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