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MAX FABIAN
She loves me like a father. Also, she's loaded.
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MISS CASSWELL
Now there's something a girl could make sacrifices for.
BILL SAMPSON
And probably has.
MISS CASSWELL
Sable.
MAX FABIAN
Sable? Did she say sable or Gable?
MISS CASSWELL
Either one.
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DE WITT
Every so often some elder statesman of the theatre reminds the public that actors and actresses are just plain folks, completely ignoring the fact thath their whole attraction is their complete lack of resemblance to ordinary human beings. We all have that abnormality in common. We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk. We are the original displaced personalities.
BILL SAMPSON
(To Eve) You won't have to read his collumn tomorrow kid, you just heard it. I don't agree, Addison.
DE WITT
That happens to be your particular abnormality.
MISS CASSWELL
[interrupting] Oh, waiter!
DE WITT
That isn't a waiter, my dear. That's a butler.
MISS CASSWELL
Well, I can't yell, 'Oh, butler!' can I? Maybe somebody's name is Butler.
DE WITT
You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point.
MISS CASSWELL
I don't want to make trouble. All I want is a drink.
MAX FABIAN
Leave it to me. I'll get you one.
MISS CASSWELL
[smiling] Thank you, Mr. Fabian.
DE WITT
Well done. I can see your career rising in the east like the sun. You were saying.
BILL SAMPSON
I'll admit there's a screwball element in the theatre. It's got splotlights on it and a brass band but it isn't basic. To be a good actor or actress or anything else in the theatre means wanting to be that more than anything else in the world.
EVE HARRINGTON
[softly] Yes, yes it does.
BILL SAMPSON
It means concentration of desire or ambition, and sacrifice such as no other profession demands. And I'll agree that the man or woman who accepts those terms can't be ordinary, can't be just someone. To give so much for almost always so little.
EVE HARRINGTON
So little. So little, did you say? Why, if there's nothing else, there's applause. I've listened backstage to people applaud. It's like, like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. Imagine. To know, every night, that different hundreds of people love you. They smile, and their eyes shine. You've pleased them. They want you. You belong. Just that alone is worth anything.
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MARGO CHANNING
All playwrights should be dead for three hundred years!
LLOYD RICHARDS
That would solve none of their problems, because actresses never die. The stars never die and never change.
MARGO CHANNING
You may change this star any time you want for a new and fresh and exciting one, fully equipped with fire and music. Anytime you want, starting with tonight's performance!
MAX FABIAN
This is for lawyers to talk about! This concerns a run-of-the-play contract that you cannot rewrite or ad-lib!
MARGO CHANNING
Are you threatening me with legal action, Mr. Fabian?
MAX FABIAN
Are you breaking the contract?
MARGO CHANNING
Answer my question.
MAX FABIAN
(muttering angrily) Who am I to threaten? I'm a dying man.
MARGO CHANNING
I don't hear you.
MAX FABIAN
I said 'I'm a dying man!'
MARGO CHANNING
Not until the last drugstore has sold its last pill.
LLOYD RICHARDS
I shall never understand the weird process by which a body with a voice suddenly fancies itself as a mind. Just when exactly does an actress decide they're her words she's saying and her thoughts she's expressing?
MARGO CHANNING
Usually at the point when she has to rewrite and rethink them to keep the audience from leaving the theater.
LLOYD RICHARDS
It's about time the piano realize it has not written the concerto!
MARGO CHANNING
And you, I take it, are the Paderewski who plays his concerto on me, the piano?
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MAX FABIAN
Let the rest of the world beat their brains out for a buck. It's friends that count. And I got friends.
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MARGO CHANNING
[in front of her boyfriend, Bill] I love you, Max. I really mean it. I love you. Come to the pantry. [She leaves]
MAX FABIAN
[to Bill] She loves me like a father. Also, she's loaded.
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MISS CLAUDIA CASWELL
Oh, waiter!
ADDISON DEWITT
That is not a waiter, my dear, that is a butler.
MISS CLAUDIA CASWELL
Well, I can't yell "Oh butler!" can I? Maybe somebody's name is Butler.
ADDISON DEWITT
You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point.
MISS CLAUDIA CASWELL
I don't want to make trouble. All I want is a drink.
MAX FABIAN
Leave it to me. I'll get you one.
MISS CLAUDIA CASWELL
Thank you, Mr. Fabian.
ADDISON DEWITT
Well done! I can see your career rise in the east like the sun.