The Lost Weekend (1945): Exchanging the Coats Part 2

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The clip Exchanging the coats Part 2 from The Lost Weekend (1945)

Do you always just drop in just for the ...
The clip Exchanging the coats Part 2 from The Lost Weekend (1945)

Do you always just drop in just for the overture?
Goodbye.
Oh, oh. Just a minute!
Oh, my umbrella if you don't mind.
Catch.
Thank you very much.
I'm terribly sorry.
You're the rudest person I've ever seen. What's the matter with you?
Oh, just rude I guess.
Oh, really. Somebody should talk to your mother.
They tried, Miss St. John.
My name's not St. John.
Well, St. Joseph then.
St. James.
First name Hilda or Helen, or Harriet, maybe?
Helen.
Alright, Helen.
I also know that you come from Toledo, Ohio.
You do? How?
Well, I've had three long acts to work you out from that coat of yours.
Initials, labels...
Alfred Spitzer, Fine Furs, Toledo, Ohio.
Maybe I should have explored your coat.
But you didn't though.
Didn't have time.
Good.
My name is Don Birnam.
How do you do?
Well, how do you like New York?
Love it.
You intend to stay long?
Oh, sixty years, perhaps.
I live here now. I've got a job.
Doing what?
Time Magazine.
Oh. Time Magazine?
Then perhaps you could do something for me.
Could you help me become Man of the Year?
Delighted. What do you do?
Yes, what do I do?
I'm a writer. I've just started a novel. As a matter of fact I've started several. But, I never seem to finish one.
Well, in that case, why don't you write short stories.
Well, I have some of those. First paragraph.
Then there's one-half of the opening scene of a play which takes place in the leaning tower of Pisa.
It tempts to explain why it leans. And why all sensible buildings should lean.
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