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Spring in Park Lane (1948) Poster

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Judy Howard: Well, where is Perkins?

Lord Richard: Oh, he's butling about somewhere.

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Judy Howard: Do you mind telling me what it is you want?

Lord Richard: Well, need we go into that? It's a bit sordid.

Judy Howard: Really? Well, I'd still like to know, if I'm not being too inquisitive.

Lord Richard: Oh, of course not, no. Well, shall we say, um, a fiver a week and every other Thursday?

Judy Howard: What?

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Judy Howard: Well, you're sure this is the house you meant to come to?

Lord Richard: Well, I really didn't mean to. I should say it's more fate. The lines are drawn and bingo.

Judy Howard: Would you excuse me a moment?

Lord Richard: Anything I can do?

Judy Howard: [Nervously retreats backwards] Oh no, no. Stay just where you are.

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Lord Richard: Well, you will pass this way again, won't you?

Judy Howard: Oh, yes, yes.

[She turns and walks into Perkins who's just come into the room]

Judy Howard: Perkins, there's a raving madman there and he said that you let him in. Would you please let him out again?

Perkins: Oh, that isn't a madman, Miss Judy. That's Richard. He's applied for the position of footman here.

Judy Howard: Footman? Ha, ha, ha, ha!

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Perkins: Of course, he isn't very highly trained, miss.

Judy Howard: So I've noticed.

Perkins: But he's very bully...

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Lord Richard: Oh, Miss Judy. May I ask you a favor?

Judy Howard: It depends on what it is.

Lord Richard: Would you put in a good word for me with the master? That is, if you know the old geezer well enough.

Judy Howard: I know the old geezer well enough, Richard. I'm his niece.

Lord Richard: His niece?

Judy Howard: Yes, his niece.

Lord Richard: Blimey.

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Kate O'Malley: Young man, you're engaged. But remember this - the first time you trump an ace of mine, you'll fire yourself.

Lord Richard: Mrs. O'Malley, the first time I trump an ace of yours, I'll shoot myself.

Kate O'Malley: Good!

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Lord Richard: [Getting up to answer the front door bell] Open the door, Richard.

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Kate O'Malley: There's no doubt about it, but that Richard's a diamond of many great facets.

Judy Howard: Oh, you've discovered that too, have you Kate?

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Judy Howard: It's a good thing you're not deaf as well as short-sighted, Richard.

Lord Richard: Yes, but I think around Mr. Maitland I was a little dazzled.

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Judy Howard: I didn't think it was genuine.

Uncle Joshua Howard: Why shouldn't it be?

Judy Howard: Well, the picture wasn't. I asked Richard.

Uncle Joshua Howard: Who's Richard?

Judy Howard: The footman.

Uncle Joshua Howard: It's funny how flying affects one's eardrums, Mildred. I thought she said, "the footman."

Mildred Howard: She did.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: Well, if she won't wear my nylons, she isn't going to wear my trousers.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: I suppose I can discharge my staff without the permission of my surviving female relatives.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: Mildred, in affairs of the heart, you have all the delicacy of a bulldozer.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: Hmm. I don't mind Judy marrying blue blood, but I'm not very partial to red ink.

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Borechester butler: Excuse me, my lady. But a new squat of squatters has arrived.

Lady Borechester: Oh, where are they?

Borechester butler: In the moat. The drawbridge was up so they're waiting for it to come down again, my lady.

Lady Borechester: Well, they'll catch their death of cold.

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Perkins: I tremble to think of the evening before us. I must have an aspirin.

Lord Richard: Make it two.

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Lord Richard: You're very beautiful, if I may say so, Miss Judy.

Judy Howard: What was that?

Lord Richard: I said it was a very beautiful evening, miss.

Judy Howard: Did you?

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Lord Richard: Are you going to marry Borechester?

Judy Howard: What did you say?

Lord Richard: What did I say?

Judy Howard: Well, you said, "Are you going to marry Borechester?"

Lord Richard: Did I say that? Very impertinent of me.

Judy Howard: Extremely impertinent.

Lord Richard: Extremely impertinent. Are you?

Judy Howard: Richard, will you please tell Perkins I'd like to see him in the dining room to discuss the dinner arrangements.

Lord Richard: Very good, Miss.

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Basil Maitland: [Speaking with Judy at dinner] So, I said to them, "Forget my looks and charm for once. Give me something I can act." And, so, finally they did. I must say I...

Lord Richard: [as the footman serving at table, holds out a serving tray] A little ham, sir?

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Uncle Joshua Howard: Judy, I know somebody who wants to buy a typewriter. What will you take for yours?

[He winks at her]

Judy Howard: [Winks back] It's not for sale, darling.

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Marquis of Borechester: Judy, I don't want to press you to make up your mind in a hurry, but couldn't you give me some hint as to what your answer will be?

Lord Richard: [as the butler, holds out a serving tray] Nuts!

Marquis of Borechester: No, thank you very much. I never touch them.

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Mildred Howard: [Speaking to Judy about Basil Maitland] My dear, he must have a sense of humor. He couldn't get all those parts he does.

Judy Howard: You can take it from me, mother, he hasn't.

Mildred Howard: What about his lordship?

Lord Richard: [Passing them in the opposite direction] Not a glimmer.

Mildred Howard: What did you say, Richard?

Lord Richard: I said, I hope you enjoyed your dinner, madam.

Mildred Howard: Oh, yes, yes, thank you.

Lord Richard: Do you want some coffee?

Mildred Howard: No thank you, Richard.

[He walks off]

Mildred Howard: Well, I must be mad. I thought he said, "Not a glimmer."

Judy Howard: He did.

Mildred Howard: He did?

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Basil Maitland: [Dancing with Judy, he leads them onto the terrace] Oh, a better idea. I get so tired of everyone staring at me.

Judy Howard: What a bore life must be for you, Basil.

Basil Maitland: Oh, 'tis.

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Basil Maitland: [after a long phone conversation with a fan, she tells him her name] Rosie?

Rosie: Yes, I'm the kitchen maid. Richard fixed it for me to talk to you. He thought you looked lonely.

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Rosie: Mr. Maitland, I've got one of your photos. Do you think you could meet me on the back stairs in five minutes to sign it? It's a bit dark there. But Richard says that sometimes that's where a star's born.

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Basil Maitland: You know, Judy, you must keep an eye on that footman.

Judy Howard: Yes, I must.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: One thing about art experts - they know they know it all, Mildred.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: I'm sorry, Mildred, but I've had a belly full of art experts lately.

Mildred Howard: Oh, dear.

Uncle Joshua Howard: Sorry - I should have said stomach.

Mildred Howard: Well, of course you should.

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Rosie: Penny for your thoughts, Richard.

Lord Richard: Rosie, you are far too young.

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Judy Howard: Are you in the habit of making love to your employer's secretary?

Lord Richard: No, miss. That was my first experience in that branch of domestic service.

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Judy Howard: Well, perhaps your other employers didn't have secretaries, or did they?

Lord Richard: Not ones that used that particular kind of perfume, miss.

Judy Howard: Do you like it?

Lord Richard: If I may say so, miss, you're making the blotting out process very difficult.

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Judy Howard: Richard, what were you doing before you were a footman?

Lord Richard: Uh, I was in the Navy.

Judy Howard: ...but doing what?

Lord Richard: Being seasick.

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Judy Howard: Richard, why don't you just go to the police and take what's coming to you?

Lord Richard: The police? What on earth for? I haven't done anything.

Judy Howard: Oh, well, you've answered that one anyway.

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Lord Richard: I can do better. If I get going, Basil Maitland and the squire, uh, his lordship couldn't touch me.

Judy Howard: You don't like them, do you?

Lord Richard: Well, do you?

Judy Howard: I think that's none of your business.

Lord Richard: I'm sorry.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: You know, Judy, I mind your happiness more than anything else in the world.

Judy Howard: I know you do.

Uncle Joshua Howard: Excepting, of course, good sherry and good brandy.

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Uncle Joshua Howard: But how I'd get on without you, I can't imagine.

Judy Howard: You don't have to.

Uncle Joshua Howard: I know I don't. But if I saw the right man for you, you'd get your notice the next day.

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Lady Borechester: Oh, George, thank goodness. Where did they find him?

Marquis of Borechester: Taking part in a boogie-woogie competition...

Lady Borechester: Oh, how like your father. He was so fond of dancing.

Marquis of Borechester: I said boogie-woogie, mother - not dancing. And let's leave father out of it.

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Rosie: Mrs. O'Malley, who was Jezebel?

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Lord Richard: They made a picture. Did you see the picture?

Uncle Joshua Howard: Yes.

Lord Richard: Tyrone Power, very handsome fellow...

Judy Howard: Wasn't in it.

Lord Richard: Oh, he wasn't in it. It was a tall fellow, I think...

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Judy Howard: [Richard is polishing the floor as Judy was playing the piano] You um, like music, Richard?

Lord Richard: Yes, miss, especially pretty feet.

Judy Howard: What did you say?

Lord Richard: I said, especially that petite suite, miss.

Judy Howard: Which petite suite?

Lord Richard: That Petite Suite of Tchaikovsky you were just playing.

Judy Howard: Oh, mmm. That's what it sounded like?

Lord Richard: Oh, yes, vaguely, miss, heh, heh.

Judy Howard: It may have sounded like it, Richard, but it was not the Petite Suite of Tchaikovsky.

Lord Richard: No, miss?

Judy Howard: No, Richard.

Lord Richard: Well, that's how it sounded to me down there where I was.

[Pointing to the floor beneath the piano]

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