Postwar drama following the fortunes of three returning veterans as they try to reconcile their dreams with the reality of civilian life.
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Line up along the corridor.
This way, men.
Line up along the corridor.
Throw your stuff right here.
I don't know where most of you guys were on VJ Day,
but for one reason or another, you're here today.
You're being discharged.
Before you know it, you'll be home.
What the Corporal is giving you now
is your master schedule,
showing you what group you're in,
where that group's got to be at what hour.
Group one, sound off.
Conte. Harper. Farst.
Tabeshaw, William J.
Guadal, Kwajalein, Saipan, and Iwo Jima, right?
Silver star and purple heart.
Hospitalised - New Zealand, Pearl, and Balboa.
Skull tree panned and silver plate inserted.
They put the gizmo in my head
to keep my brains where they belong.
Well, with this hunk of silver and a real dime,
I can always get a cup of coffee.
Harper, Clifford W.
Got the same action record as Tabeshaw's.
Been together since boot camp in Diego.
Better than three years.
Three years, nine months.
Four battle stars and the silver star.
We parted company when he was dumb enough
to get himself shot.
Why don't you own up, Harper?
I was a big hero, and you were a coward.
As soon as I find out about your education
and military specialities,
I'll pass you on to rehab section.
Are you going back to truck driving?
You don't work as an MP for two years
and then go back to truck driving! I'm going to be a cop.
The rehabilitation officer nearest you
is in New Orleans.
Here's his name and address if you want his help.
Maybe you'll find things changed.
I don't need help.
I'm going to buy me a farm.
Little ever changes on a farm, mister.
After you leave me, you'll go to the Red Cross.
That's important to you, because there's where
you file claim to a pension.
That silver plate in your skull entitles you to a pension.
You don't think I'm going to
charge somebody for that, do you?
Lots of men say that, Corporal,
but you file that claim with the Red Cross anyway.
Did you sign for this insurance when you went in?
Between now and the next year and a half,
you'll have to convert that policy.
In the meantime, don't forget to pay your premiums.
Don't worry, I won't!
You left college in the middle of your freshman year, hmm?
Right after Pearl Harbor.
You're going back to school, I suppose?
Well, I hadn't thought about it.
you worked for your father one summer
in the construction business, didn't you?
I was getting primed for football.
It might be a good idea for you to take some engineering courses.
Well, maybe, but first I want to get home.
You and me both, Mack.
Back pay is 387.42.
Railway fare to Stinking Creek, New Mexico
at five cents a mile is 68.55.
100 mustering out pay.
I'll give you the first 100 now.
The second 100 will be mailed
from Washington to your home in 30 days.
Third 100, 30 days after that.
What? So you can't blow it all in at once, huh?
That's the skinny, Corporal.
Count it, Mack. Are you kidding?
Here's your discharge button,
your honourable discharge,
and an envelope to keep it in.
Thank you, sir.
Good luck, Tabeshaw.
ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE US MARINE CORPS HYMN
Keep the change.
BOY: Hi, Cliff!
Hi. What's your name?
I'm Freddy Stewart.
Why, the last time I saw you,
you were this high.
Now I'm...this high.
You sure are!
So long! So long!
Your folks aren't home.
Your father's playing golf,
and your mother's out shopping with my mother.
Oh, I'm sure they'll be positively grim
when they discover you came back from the wars
and they weren't here!
What do you like to be called?
Leatherneck, Gyrene, or Devil Dog?
Marine suits me fine.
Just plain marine.
I'm Helen Ingersoll.
We're your next-door neighbours.
Oh, what happened to the Crenshaws?
Oh, they moved north to Alameda three years ago.
Lucky for us, too, because when Daddy was transferred
out here from the plant in Detroit,
we didn't have a place to live.
Daddy's production manager at Lockheed,
and although we could have gotten into war housing,
we thought maybe...
Oh, but you're bored, aren't you? Naw, go ahead.
I'm interested in people, especially our new neighbours.
Oh, we're going to be your neighbours for a long time, too.
Daddy says southern California's the coming part of the country.
Daddy says six out of every ten veterans
will settle here after the war.
Never mind about your daddy.
Haven't you got any ideas of your own?
Oh, for our return marine, I've got some super ideas!
Anything I can help you with, hay?
No, thanks. I'll see you later.
OK. Bye, hay.
SWING MUSIC PLAYS LOUDLY
TURNS RADIO OFF
SWING MUSIC PLAYS
What'll it be, chum?
Don't chum me, you four-eyed, little square!
Well, Cliff, you're...you're back!
You're back from the thing!
I sure am, Scuffy!
You did all right, chum! You did fine!
You did all right yourself!
Why, when I left here, this was nothing
but a hard candy and ice cream parlour!
La guerre, chum. La guerre.
That's french for "the war," chum.
Yes, what with all the rationing
and the liquor licence I finally got,
I'd have been a creep not to jump on the gravy train!
Give me a rum and coke.
You all in one piece?
I'm rigged as good as the day we took
the city championship away from Fairfax.
Boy, I'll never forget that one!
Oh, no, chum!
Your money buys nothing here.
I'm glad you're back, chum.
See your kisser?
Yeah! Where'd you get it?
Nailed your ma for it.
Hey! I'm right next to Pinky!
Not only is he a lieutenant, senior grade,
having distinguished himself as a naval flier,
but he's sitting right in that booth over there!
Look what the marines threw back!
Cliff! Well, I'll be a son of a...
You're home! Yeah.
When did you get in?
Just got off the train.
I'll be! Hey, this is Cliff Harper!
These are a couple of tired old crumbs!
I've made them even more tired
by telling them what a big hero I am! Hey, grab it!
How was it, Cliff?
It was all right.
How was it with you?
Upstairs, it was fine.
The minute I got back to the flight deck,
it nearly drove me nuts.
Yeah, I'll bet.
WOMAN: If you gents aren't careful,
you're going to get maudlin.
Well, Pat Ruscomb, this is Cliff Harper.
Don't let the uniform fool you, Pat. He's a civilian.
You on terminal leave?
I'm in for the duration -
the duration of the peace.
If they start another war,
brother, I'm resigning!
I had enough points to get out,
but I like the navy.
You know, I wanted navy even before the war.
That's the kind of guy I am.
Any idea where they'll send you?
There's a new carrier bank commission
that I'm bucking for.
I'd have been out of these today,
but my clothes don't fit!
Going back to school?
I don't know.
Well, that's one thing I'll miss,
but I'll be getting back more often to see you guys
and shoot it with you.
I...know I'll want to.
You with Pinky?
Pinky didn't bring you?
I drove over, by myself.
But I'm driving you home.
You know that, huh? Mm-hmm.
You told me.
When you sat down next to me.
Want to say goodbye to them?
I'll say goodbye tomorrow.
This is it.
A bit on the elegant side but home.
I share it with a friend of mine
who works for the governor.
Not bad. Mm-hmm.
I thought it would work out pretty well,
having someone around all the time.
So far, she's been in Washington for the last three months.
Gives you a little more room, huh?
This your hometown?
Glad to be home?
Marines are... kind of rugged, hmm?
Well, that's fine.
Now what do we talk about?
Not much of a talker.
What if I don't?
I liked it.
I've got to tell you something.
I saw you, and funny things happened.
Couldn't wait to put my arms around you.
Don't be frightened.
It isn't love.
You don't think so?
What is it?
Lots of things.
Six, eight, ten months in the Pacific,
..and then a room that's not too crowded.
All those things.
Half of them's in love.
You're pretty grown up...
for a kid your age.
If you're laughing at me, I don't like it.
Who's Flash Gordon?
His name's John Ruscomb.
First lieutenant AAF,
8th bomber command.
Who is he?
If you hadn't had his picture here,
I don't think I would have cared one way or the other,
whether you were married or not.
But this way...
I don't like me, and I don't like you.
Where is he?
They...buried him in France.
They sent me the name of the place about three weeks ago.
I... You're sorry.
I'm sorry, too.
I...met John about three years ago.
I was a hostess at the canteen, and he was a cadet.
It happened like that.
I trotted around with him,
until he got his wings and his assignment to go overseas.
And away he went.
Up into the wild, blue yonder. MUSIC TURNS ON
It's very corny but true.
That's what makes it so corny.
It's happened to so many.
The last letter I got from him,
he'd made a second mission.
The CO told me he was killed on his third.
He's been dead about 14 months.
He sent me a package
with...some of his personal things in it,
but I never opened it.
I sent it to his family.
They live in Louisville.
They ought to give purple hearts for war widows.
I'll see you again.
I want to kiss you goodbye...
but the room's too crowded.
How are you, Son?
Where've you been?
I left a note for you.
Oh, we called Scuffy's. You weren't there.
You had us nearly crazy waiting for you.
Why didn't you let us know?
Aw, I thought I'd surprise you, Dad.
You look mighty fit, Son.
Feel great, too.
Amy! Amy, he's here!
She's been crying ever since she got home.
Imagine that! AMY: Cliff!
Oh, my boy!
Oh! My boy!
Oh! You're home! Thank God! Thank God!
Take it easy, ma. Take it easy.
Home for good, Amy!
Be a good girl! Don't carry on so!
Oh, you're thin!
Thin? He's 32lbs heavier than when he left here!
Oh, I felt just awful when I saw your note.
I could have killed myself
for going shopping this afternoon,
but we're having company for barbecue tonight,
and I just had to get some things.
Well, it was kind of spooky coming home
and not finding anyone around.
How does it look, Cliff?
Does it look the same to you?
Fine, Ma. It looks just fine.
You're not tired after your trip?
No, I'm all right.
Guess you're old enough to handle this now, Son.
I've been saving this bourbon for when you got home.
CW, do you want to make him sick?!
Women don't understand us fightin' men, Son.
Glad to have you back from the wars.
Glad to be back.
I guess after that GI food,
you'll enjoy home cooking.
I sure will, Ma!
But I've got so much to talk about,
I don't know where to begin.
I want to tell you where I've been and what I saw...
Don't talk about it, Cliff.
I know you don't want to talk about it.
Sure great to have you home, Son.
Now you two hurry and get washed up.
Company will be here before you know it.
MAN: That's the last club you'll get.
CLIFF: Is this the bag you wanted, Mom?
Yes, Cliff. Thank you.
There we are. How's that?
How you doing, Dad? Oh, fine, Son. Fine.
Now, if he gives me one of these,
and I have this left,
I go down, you see?
AMY: Want a cold drink or something, Clifford?
No, thanks, Ma. I'm all right.
That's fine, dear.
MAN: Didn't play much gin
in the marines, eh, Cliff?
No, Mr Ingersoll.
Mostly Acey deucy. Sometimes a little poker.
Why, in the last show, CW and I had a boy in our company -
a fellow by the name of Scotty Blodgett -
knocked off over 60,000 shootin' crap at Paris.
What's the matter with the kids in this war, Cliff? Nobody gamble?
Oh, there was a little of it, I guess.
I left a note for him that I'd be over here.
Oh, I told you. Tommy Hendricks.
He's taking me to the frosh dance tonight.
He's her steady.
You wouldn't be in the mood
to treat me to a drink, would you?
CW: How's one?
MR INGERSOLL: I think you're safe.
MAN: I have 3.
You get 14.
In spite of what your old man tells ya!
That's the way to play gin, my boy!
I takes it as is.
What? No glass chaser?
Ha ha. Just neat.
Hi! Well, where have you been?
Well, I...I...couldn't get my car started.
That is, right away.
Cliff, this is Tommy Hendricks.
Tommy, Cliff Harper.
Well, how are you, sir?
Uh, do you think we'll make it?
Oh, I'll need a wrap.
Tommy, would you mind stepping through the hedge
and getting it for me?
Well, sure! Thank you.
We could be more comfortable.
Oh, I'm dying for one,
but...my father - you know.
Yeah, I know.
My folks were like that, too, when I was your age.
Oh, I'm not so young!
RADIO ANNOUNCER SPEAKS
This thing needs oiling.
What it needs is using.
I've been waiting three and a half years to sit here and use this,
oiling or no oiling.
Was it rugged?
Was what rugged?
Oh, the war. You know.
Yep, got to get some oil tomorrow.
You mean today only started this morning?
Sure, it started at...
Hey, you want to go to the beach tomorrow?
Tomorrow I sleep.
I honestly don't think I can take this any longer, kid.
This is getting me seasick.
I thought the marines were good on land or sea.
I'm an ex-marine.
Here you are.
Well, I'm happy to have met you, sir.
Same here, Tommy.
Have a good time.
Oh, we sure will, sir.
Good night, hay.
I'll take this one.
I'm the dummy.
Oh, Ma, if you don't tell anybody, I won't.
I saw you and Helen over by the glider together.
Ingersolls are nice people.
Seem to be all right.
Helen can cook and sew, is wonderful in the garden,
and she's very smart at school.
How's her knitting? Going to be a sophomore next term at USC,
and she made a very good sorority.
WOMAN: Oh, Amy, darling? Yes, dear?
Made three hearts and rubber.
Oh, that's wonderful, dear!
We'll talk some more about it, Son.
We have so much to talk about!
CW: How you doing, Son?
Guess I'll hit the sack, Dad.
All right, Son.
It's been a long day.
Well, good night, Dad. Good night, Son.
Good night, everybody.
MEN: Good night.
Good night, Ma.
Good night, Son.
CW: Poor kid's bushed!
Remember the day we got out?
We didn't stop celebrating for 72 hours!
I remember! ALL LAUGH
CW: Do I remember!
RADIO ANNOUNCER: We proudly point to bandstand number 1,
where you'll hear the delectable ditty
that jumped to the top of the totem pole in popularity.
BIG BAND MUSIC PLAYS
WOMAN: # Till the end of time
# Long as stars are in the blue
# Long as there's a spring of birds who sing
# I'll go on loving you
# Till the end of time
# Long as roses bloom in May
# My love for you will grow deeper
# With every passing day
# Till the wells run dry
# And each mountain disappears
# I'll be there for you to care for you
# Through laughter and through tears
# So take my heart in sweet surrender... #
DOOR LATCH CLICKS
Hi. Hiya, sailor.
Oh, my folks had a barbecue last night.
Turned out to be a homecoming.
I had one of those things. It turned out to be murder.
Half of them were afraid if they said anything it would upset me,
and the other half were afraid if I said something,
I'd upset them.
Look, my friend, let's face it -
nobody's gonna listen to us.
Why don't we take off an hour sometime?
You tell me what you did, and I'll tell you what I did.
You got it.
In the meantime, leave us turn our talents to something gainful.
Want to go skating?
I haven't had a pair of skates on in four years.
I've got a date with Pat.
Girl you took out of Scuffy's yesterday
without saying goodbye to me.
Oh, that girl.
Grab yourself a date. I'll pick you up in an hour.
I'll try to think of somebody. Well, goodbye.
What do you mean, goodbye? I'm gonna pick you up in an hour.
That's goodbye for yesterday.
Hey, do you skate? SHE SWITCHES ENGINE OFF
Do you skate?
Why, natch, hay!
He said he'd get somebody. He did.
Quiet. She's cute.
Well, hey, aren't you going to the beach with me?
Oh, I'm so sorry, Tommy,
but something terribly important has come up
and I just can't go today.
And get some clothes on!
He's such a child.
Helen Ingersoll, Pat Ruscomb.
Pinky Laddis. Hiya, Pinky.
Westwood all right with you?
Everything's all right with me.
You guys? Aye, aye, sir.
Say, where do you get the skates?
HELEN: Oh, over this way.
I'll get 'em.
Size three for me. Figure skates.
Are you in the Sonja Henie department, too?
Anytime. Size 6. You flat foot?
I'm coming with you. We'll bring you the ice skates.
Give me a pair of figures for a girl size 3,
a pair for a girl size 6, 10 for me,
and you, sir?
Make mine size 11s. Figure skates.
I'm one of those hot kids.
The girls seem to be getting along all right.
Pat can take care of herself anywhere any time.
Skip the detail. Just tell me.
Is she is or is she ain't your girl?
Pat's nobody's girl but Johnny's.
What you mean is, she's not yours.
Me for the life on the bounty main, me friend.
I don't believe you.
Oh, it's wonderful!
Anybody who can't do this is grounded.
Ever do much skating, Mrs Ruscomb?
Um, yes and no.
Well, I'd be careful when I first got on the ice.
You can get an awful wrench in your back.
Why don't one of you fellas help Mrs Ruscomb?
They all laughed when I sat down to skate.
You're really great.
Now I know why I feel so old when she calls me Mrs Ruscomb.
Come on, Grandma. Let's try it.
She doesn't need any help at all.
Let me help you.
Two coffees, please.
Where did you learn to skate like that?
Little town you've never heard of in Wisconsin.
Well, tell me. I'll look it up on the map.
Chippewa Falls. I'll remember that.
You've got enough to remember.
I'm forgetting things so I'll have more room.
You ought to try that sometime.
I will sometime.
Was it a lake or river in Chippewa Falls?
A river filled with deadheads.
Anybody I know?
A deadhead is a piece of timber that's been waterlogged.
It just sits in the river
with its head above water going no place.
Then it is somebody I know.
Excuse me a minute.
Close in, marine. I'm getting the shakes.
Go ahead. Shake.
What if they are?
The doctor said they'd wear off in time.
Once you get home, things will brighten up. You'll be fine.
I'm not going home.
My folks will go nuts if they see me like this.
I couldn't take it.
Where do you live, soldier?
I got a 21-day pass from the hospital.
I used up five of them already.
I guess I better check back to the hospital.
Your being afraid to go home
reminds me of myself my first year in high school,
my first dance.
My mother made my dress for me.
I was so convinced it was awful
that every time some boy came up and asked me to dance,
I made up some silly excuse.
I was afraid to get out on the floor.
I was afraid people would laugh.
I was panicky.
"Patricia," I said to myself,
"this is your first dance, and it's going to be your last
"unless you stop being so ridiculous
"and beat this here and now."
While I'm having this big argument with myself,
a cute little boy comes up
and asks the girl next to me.
Before I knew what I was doing,
I grabbed him, and I was dancing.
And after that, it was a cinch.
You figure I can beat this by taking up dancing?
All I'm saying is let them look.
And if they don't like it,
let them kill themselves.
Let them kill themselves.
You're good Joes.
That's us - service with a smile.
You OK? Yeah.
I hope he does go home.
You handled him well, Pat.
Our coffee's cold.
I'll get some more.
Never mind. Come on. Let's skate.
CW IMITATES BUGLE
Hello there, Son! Rise and shine!
Up and at 'em! Hit the deck! Aw, Dad.
Come on! It's a wonderful morning.
God's in his heaven. All's right with the world.
Knock it off.
Oh, you're not gonna pound that pillow all day, are you?
There's work to be done. There's a world to be won.
It's too early for that old fight, Dad.
You got some mail. A man's got to read his mail.
It's the same old malarkey.
"We have your post-war bungalow ready for you today. Now.
"Sign up for that post-war trip around the world today. Now."
Everything has to be today.
And plugs from 18 veteran outfits.
Got to be careful with those, Son. Some of them can be bad.
Ever heard of the American War Patriots? What's that?
I don't know, but when you want to join up, talk to me about it.
When I want to join up?
Say, that's some suit.
Pretty snappy, huh?
Well, I hope you charged it to me like I told you to.
I've still got plenty of cash, Dad. 920 bucks.
I don't need your money for a long time.
But, er, but if you don't get started with something,
your money won't last forever. You know that, Cliff.
How about school? Starts Monday.
Made up your mind about it?
I've made up my mind about one thing, Dad,
and that is not to make up my mind...
for a while yet.
Sure. Sure, Cliff.
I just thought I'd mention it.
Why, Ma, that's sensational.
You always liked them.
I remember one night -
I forget where it was - we were in a foxhole.
You don't know what a foxhole is, Ma,
but try to think of three fellas
lying in a telephone booth.
It's raining and hot and...
I don't want to upset you, Ma, but it really stunk.
Tried to think of something
that would take my mind off how rugged it was.
So for no reason at all, I thought of your waffles.
Son, don't talk about it. Just eat.
Anybody who talks about another war is out of his mind.
Those foxholes sure can stink.
Clifford, darling, please don't live in the past.
I'm not living in the past, Ma.
I was just... MAN SINGS
That's my past!
# And they sing all angels that are single
# And that song ain't so very far from wrong. #
Hiya, Bill. Hi, partner.
A kid from Kwajalein.
In the flesh. How are you, Cliff? What's the word?
Everything's swell. Come on in and meet my mother.
Boy, these kids around here sure know you.
You must spend all your time digging
to scoop out a foxhole like this.
Mom, I want you to meet a friend of mine.
Bill Tabeshaw. Bill, my mother.
I'm happy to know you, Bill.
Thank you, ma'am. I'm glad to meet Cliff's mother.
Cliff's just having his breakfast. Would you like a waffle?
Oh, no, thanks, ma'am, but a cup of coffee would be mighty fine.
Go ahead and finish your chow, Cliff.
Come on, now. Sound off. Where have you been?
How's that hunk of metal in your skull?
Say, I'm getting to like that better than my own head.
Well, how do you like it?
You're too beautiful for Stinking Creek, New Mexico.
Oh, it's nothing.
Nothing that doesn't set you back a couple of months' pay.
Sit down, Ma, listen to the scuttlebutt.
Thank you, ma'am.
What happened to you at Diego?
Well, you remember I left the station
to go across the street for a beer? Yeah.
Well, coming back, I'm hailed by a couple of b...
a couple of girls that are going to Tijuana to get some nylons.
Well, you know me. I tag along.
I get down there, and I'm picked up
by a pair of promoters that want to play red dog.
I figure they've seen the Gooney bird on my blouse
and they know I'm loaded, so I play them very close.
I clipped them for 2,100 fish. Hubba hubba.
Still got it? I'm gonna keep it.
Catching me that Grand Canyon limited tonight.
If they let a guy dressed like you on the train.
Day after tomorrow, I lay this dough on the line
for a little old ranch, and I'm raising steers.
Now hear this. What have you got on the roster for today?
You tell me.
Well, I'm gonna make a slight social call.
She got a sister?
Well, this is a boy that was laying next to me in the hospital.
When I got out, I told him I was gonna play the table,
so he gave me a silver dollar for good luck.
I got the luck, he gets 10%.
Are you gonna sit there all day
and bore my mother with the story of your life,
or are we gonna brighten up?
Ma'am, it's been a pleasure to meet you.
If you ever get to Stinking Creek...
Thank you, Bill. I don't expect I will.
Well, sometimes I wish my ma
had said that same thing years ago.
SHE WOLF WHISTLES
Gee, do you look super!
Not a brass button anywhere.
You look like a dream, man.
Meet the cowboy of Kwajalein.
Bill Tabeshaw, Helen Ingersoll.
Hello, Bill. Miss Ingersoll, it's a pleasure.
What are you up to?
Same thing I'm up to every day about this time - waiting for you.
Haven't you got anything else to do?
Want a little high-class chauffeuring?
Tour of the city with some sightseeing chatter thrown in?
Well, when you Marines make up your mind,
you make up your mind.
You know where 1121 South Orlando is?
MAN: I can't do it.
I can't do it. They hurt.
SECOND MAN: Come on, Perry. Give it another chance.
Should we take her?
No, honey. It wouldn't be much fun for you.
Oh, sure, Bill. Go ahead.
You're a nice kid.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Son, you have visitors.
What do you say, partner? How are you, anyway?
I'm just fine, cowboy. Ma, this is the boy who was with me
up at Merritt Island Hospital,
had the bunk next to mine.
How do you do? Hello.
Gunny, shake hands with ex-marine corporal Bill Tabeshaw.
Gunny Watrous, Rehabilitation Office, Los Angeles.
Glad to know you.
Oh, er, PFC Cliff Harper, Mrs Kincheloe.
BOTH: How do you do?
The sergeant. How are you?
How are you, Kincheloe?
Hiya, Perry. Hi there.
Hi, Sergeant. Hi, Perry.
This is my youngest son James.
Gonna work out this afternoon?
You better limber up first with a little rope.
Sure. I'll whip it to death.
Come on, James.
You're always welcome here.
Drop in often, will you?
Thank you, ma'am.
We will, Mrs Kincheloe.
I remember seeing your papers
when they came through the office, Harper.
I wrote you a letter asking could we do anything to help out.
Never heard a word from you.
The letters a guy gets when he's mustered out
are just murder, Sergeant.
Oh, it's just that everybody wants to help.
I thought letter-writing was a lost art. Like steer milking.
Well, I got to be getting on.
I'll drop in again next week, Perry.
So long, men.
If you need any advice, Harper,
just look in that wastebasket and fish out that letter.
If I don't hear from you in 40 days, you'll get another.
Man, you're loaded.
What's this for?
That's your cut.
I took that lucky silver dollar you gave me
and rolled it front and centre till it showed 2,100 iron men.
That's mighty nice of you, Bill, but I don't really need it.
I got me another lucky dollar.
Well, turn it over, man. Put it to work for you.
This one belongs to me.
That kid's skipping rope.
He's pretty good, too.
"Young Perry" I'll title him.
All this year I'm working on his wind and balance.
Next year, I'll teach him timing.
He'll be adding weight by then.
I'll work on him every year until he's 16.
That's when I had my first bout. Then he'll be ready.
He's got a pair of shoulders like yours.
When he gets some meat behind 'em.
And if his jaw ain't made of glass,
he'll be as good as I was.
Somebody in this family's got to be a fighter.
You ain't by any chance trying to put your life
into Jimmy's, are you, Perry?
Why not? Got no life of my own left.
Aw, now, don't give me that.
Just do what you did up at the hospital.
Put 'em on, mate, put 'em on.
Number one - they murder me.
Number two - after I've got 'em on, what have I got?
Cowboy, you've no idea what a feeling I get,
letting my mother look at me like this.
I get sick in my stomach when she has to help me in the chair,
when she has to lift me back in the bed.
I'm 21, and I'm dead.
Now, listen, dummy.
I'm pulling out for Stinking Creek tonight,
but when I get back, I want to see you with those legs on,
and I want to see you kicking 'em around like you were born with 'em.
Do you hear me? Got you, Bill.
That's what the man said. Have a nice trip.
Drop around again, mate. I'll be by, Perry.
I'll be here.
I owe this to Perry.
I borrowed it from him at the hospital.
Well, are you sure?
Ma'am, that's 200 there.
I wouldn't be giving it to you unless I'm sure.
Goodbye, Mrs Kincheloe.
Oh, goodbye, Mr Harper.
How are you, chums?
Hi. Hi, Scuffy.
Oh, Cliff. Hello. What will you have?
Rum and coke.
Well, go on. Tell the man.
Make it the same, Scuffy.
Oh, no. Now, please, you know the law.
Oh, come on, Scuffy.
I've been 18 since last March.
Well, you come back in about three years.
Bring your birth certificate, too.
HE LAUGHS Right now, no rum.
Bourbon and ginger ale.
Bourbon and ginger ale,
rum and coke,
come back in three years.
You know, Bill,
that Perry -
he's never gonna put on those legs.
What he says makes sense. That's what rots you.
You know, when I left him up at Merritt Island,
he was coming along.
I guess that's because there were thousands of guys around
that's in the same fix.
War was still on.
It was like when we hit the beaches.
Yeah. We were a team. Everybody together.
There was a guy next to you you could depend on.
You didn't know where you were going, but everybody else
was going to the same place, so what difference did it make?
Well, now we're civilians again.
A rugged individual.
And nobody to tell us what to do
or when to do it.
We're on our own - Perry, you, me, all of us.
Well, we've been yapping for it.
Now we got it.
What are you doing?
I've been driving you fellas on your business.
This is my business.
Oh, which one of you is the lucky one?
No, I'm stale.
Come on, Cliff. OK.
I brought you one of our very best rumless cokes.
I need a little courage.
Come on. I'll bring you up to date.
SWING MUSIC PLAYS
Cliff Harper, you've been holding out on me!
Cliff, you make the rest of them look like...
You should have seen me when I was young.
Come on. Let's have another one. Any nickels?
Say, that's not bad at all.
Yes, sir. You kids are really groovy.
You're next, Bill, whether you like it or not.
Oh, he's an old man, Helen.
Let him have his drink in peace.
MUSIC: "Till The End Of Time"
Hey, I didn't pick that.
There must be somebody ahead of you.
Hi, Pat. Hi.
You're a good dancer.
A girl always makes me look good.
You'll wear yourself out doing that all afternoon.
I haven't been doing it all afternoon.
No? Where have you been? To the beach?
Making a bad social call.
Anybody I know?
You don't want to know him.
You can't tell. I know a lot of people.
What about tonight?
No good for tonight.
I like your new clothes.
I'll get used them.
Do you like my new dress?
Can't see anything but your eyes.
Are you sure about tonight?
Mm-hmm. Pretty sure.
MAN: Hiya, Pat. Very sure.
Captain Winthrop, ex-marine Harper.
How do you do? How are you, captain?
Well, I'll see you later.
Who's the babe, Clifford?
My best friend.
Oh, no, a man's best friend is his mother.
Where are you going?
I just remembered a previous engagement I had.
Thanks for the chauffeuring, Helen.
Well, I've got to shove.
What's she mad about?
When she brightens up, you can write me a long letter.
You can also write me when you get rid of that heartburn.
How about a dance?
Hey, will you take my advice and get yourself
some traveller's cheques for all that dough?
Oh, I'll be all right.
You figure this heap will last to the union station?
Well, it did yesterday.
Well, keep punching, Bill.
Take it easy, Clifford. Be good.
Oh, Mother, come on! Come on!
Oh, let the Carters wait five minutes.
Clifford, where have you been?
Aren't you gonna say good evening, Son?
Sorry, Dad. Good evening.
Son, you ought to call your mother when you're not coming home
instead of letting her worry her head off.
I'm sorry, Ma. I just didn't think.
That's one of your troubles, Clifford.
You never do much thinking.
Lay off me, will you, Ma?
Are you sick, Clifford?
No. I'm all right.
Your father and I would like to talk to you a moment.
Go ahead, dear.
your mother and I haven't been seeing much of you lately.
We'd just like to ask you where you've been and...
..well, if you're happy...
What your father's trying to say, Clifford,
is we're very disappointed in your behaviour.
Why are you disappointed?
Well, you come home, grab a bite to eat,
and then you're off again.
I suppose you're gallivanting around
with boys like this Bill Tabeshaw,
and, well, I don't think that's the sort of company...
Tabeshaw's my buddy, Ma. He's the only guy...
What your mother is trying to say
is that since you've been back, we're...
..well, we just haven't been able to...
Well, Son, it's just not like old times.
Maybe that's because old times is three and a half years ago, Dad.
I know you're both sore at me
cos I didn't go back to school.
Maybe you're annoyed because I haven't done anything else,
but I'm not ready yet! That's all.
But we had other plans - plans about the present,
about your future.
Maybe I have to make my own plans about the future, Ma.
Think I'll have a beer and hit the sack.
There's a cold plate in the icebox for you, dear.
If you feel better later, Cliff,
come over to the Carters.
MUSIC: "Till The End Of Time"
CAR DOOR CLOSES
Hey, you all right?
Sorry. I'm fine.
Oh! I'm sorry.
I must be very, very tired.
Oh, you're OK.
Good night, Captain.
I've had a wonderful evening.
CAR DOOR CLOSES
CAR DRIVES AWAY
Officer, there's a man following me.
Have a cigarette. Have a drink.
Well, have something.
I thought I told you I was going to be busy tonight.
So you're busy.
So... I was busy.
What did you want to see me about?
I can say it all in a minute.
Fine. I'll time you.
You're a tramp.
That leaves you just 40 seconds.
If I'd wanted coffee, I would have made it.
Well, you still owe me 40 seconds.
I don't owe you anything...
except for the price of that coffee.
If you'll tell how much it was, I'll pay you, and you can get out of here!
Come on, drink this, and I'll tell you how I got my silver star.
I don't want to know anything about you.
Take a sip. Then I'll go.
I'm sorry I called you that. I came back to tell you.
That's very nice of you.
I know I shouldn't have acted the way I did,
but I was beginning to think of you as my girl.
Try to see it my way. You're smart, Pat.
Of course I'm smart.
There are lots of smart girls like me.
We had a choice to make, and we made it.
Why, John married me because...
when he went to war, he wanted to be able to dream of home.
That's why I married him. I wanted him to have that dream.
The thing I didn't count on is at the end of the war,
John's coming home would be my dream.
The war is over...
..and John isn't coming home...
and I'm stuck with my dream.
"Patricia," I said to myself,
"this is your first dance, and it's going to be your last...
"unless you stop being so ridiculous
"and beat this, here and now."
That's what the girl said to the soldier, Pat.
That's exactly what she said.
Could I have a cigarette?
What did you want to see me about?
Cliff, there are two million people in this town,
and you've got to be lonesome for me?
Does that make sense?
A lot of things don't make sense.
For instance, why was I so burned up when I saw you with that captain?
That captain was John's co-pilot.
He's on terminal leave, passing through town on his way home.
..we talked about John...
He told me so many things about John
I'd wanted to know.
..just for a moment,
he almost seemed to be John.
Is that all right?
Yes. It's all right.
Pat, I'm lonesome. There's nobody.
My pal left for home.
Helen doesn't talk my kind of talk.
And my folks...
What's the matter with your folks?
I don't know.
I don't know what's the matter with me, either.
We just don't seem to get along.
You know why you're lonesome?
You've got nothing to do.
You've got no interests.
What are you, a blank?
No, I mean work - a job.
What kind of a job?
I don't know. What have you ever done?
Go to school. Go to war.
Have you ever tried working?
Can you keep a secret?
Keep-a-secret Ruscomb - that's what they call me at the club.
I tried working...
half a day at a filling station...
half a day at JC Roberts' men's clothing.
You were too good for them.
No, they were swell jobs.
Somebody else has got them and going great.
It's me that's wrong.
I guess I just don't fit anyplace yet.
What about your father's office?
Too easy. Maybe later.
What do you do, Pat?
Since August 14th,
radios, recording machines, phonographs.
Do you think I could get in there?
We're hiring veterans every day.
You're a vet, you get the job.
It would be nice being close to you all the time.
You know what I'm talking about.
You know what I'm thinking about.
I think I'll go to work...
That's a nice, clean decision.
Try and make it last...
through the day.
No, not me. I'm not joining anything.
What have they got to offer?
Oh, I don't know. Some of those veteran organisations
have done some pretty good things.
Yeah, I guess they have. So many new ones are coming along,
a guy doesn't know which is good and which is lousy.
I got a pitch last night from one of those outfits called American War Patriots.
Ever catch them?
Not yet, but they'll get to me. They all do.
Why can't those girls put these transformers together
so a guy can check them right?
Here's another reject.
PA: Anne Hartman, report to personnel.
Anne Hartman, report to personnel.
You've been rejecting a lot of good material, Harper.
I call 'em as I see 'em.
Try it now.
What was wrong?
You're off two degrees.
Why don't you take ten minutes for a smoke, Harper?
This heat digs into everybody.
I've been in hotter places.
I know that, Harper.
If I hadn't have been, I'd have been sitting at this bench
working at it for three years, and I'd be as good as you.
Better, I think.
Quit riding me.
I'm not riding you, Harper. I'm trying not to.
I don't need any help from you.
If fighting would help any, I'd take you on.
CAR HORN HONKS
Hi! Coffee - black.
Give me another one.
What's driving you to drink, Cliff?
I'll tell you.
It's the needles on the testers.
You see, they were off two degrees.
I made a dummy out of myself.
The foreman tried to straighten me out on something,
and I got sore at him.
Well, you're over it. He'll forget about it.
I've been thinking.
I'll listen. OK.
CASH REGISTER RINGS
OK. I'm back from the war. I'm lucky.
I've got two arms, two legs, and two eyes, right?
Nine out of ten of the fellas coming home
are going to be in the same shape.
Then what's burning me up?
I feel out of things. You know why?
Tell me, and we'll both know.
Because I've been scrounged.
I'm robbed out of three and a half years. Somebody stole my time.
Look, Cliff, you can't twist up the rest of your life
worrying about lost time.
I know that.
I know that, but if I'd been in school,
maybe I'd have had an engineering degree...
CASH REGISTER RINGS
I might even have made a good fraternity.
You made a good fraternity - 14 million members.
Well, I have to be doing something.
I'm near you.
That's not much to make a career over.
What about going to the beach tonight
as soon as we finish?
Sounds good. OK.
No, I've had enough.
I'm glad to see that stuff isn't getting you.
CASH REGISTER RINGS
PA: Adele Jensen, call Purchasing.
Adele Jensen, call Purchasing.
Uh, I should've kept my eyes on that tester.
Well, you got a beef, but I can't help you square it.
Only time can.
Don't let that bench get you down.
After you've learned every part of a radio,
we'll probably transfer you someplace else.
Sure. I got to start somewhere. You're doing OK.
PA: Cliff Harper, you're wanted in the superintendant's office.
I'll see you, Hal. Yeah.
PA: Cliff Harper, you're wanted in the superintendant's office.
Hello, Harper. Remember me?
Sure, Sergeant. Well, you kept your promise.
I got that second letter from you.
I didn't answer because...
we'll, I've been pretty busy.
Yeah. You're doing all right.
On the level? No squawks?
Of course not.
You've been out of the Marine Corps a few weeks.
It's kind of tough getting yourself reorganised.
Indoor work, but you'll make out.
These people here know what you're up against.
80% of their men are veterans.
No, you're no problem...
but I'd like to talk to you about my problem.
One of them, anyway.
Yeah. I'd be a problem, too,
if I had both my legs off.
I'll only be a minute.
PAT: Take two.
Hiya, Cliff! Hi!
Hiya, Red. How are you doing?
Why, hello, Mr Harper! Hello, Mrs Kincheloe.
How would you boys like some nice, cold iced tea, huh?
It's hot enough for anything cold.
Jimmy, go help Mom.
Oh, don't let me break it up.
Did you ever punch a bag?
No, but I've always wanted to.
What do you hear from Tabeshaw?
Not a word.
Funny he wouldn't write a guy.
If you're going to do it, you might as well do it right.
The idea is to keep it going. Keep your eye on the one spot,
and hit the centre of the bag so you're sure to meet it as it comes to you.
Go ahead, try it.
Say, this is all right!
You ought to teach this stuff, Perry.
I mean, to a lot of people.
Gunny send you?
Yeah, he did.
He sent me some books to read about being a playground instructor.
Did you read them?
How can I teach kids games?
You're teaching Jimmy.
I can't teach him footwork.
You could... if you'd put on those legs they gave you.
Look, Perry, you aren't doing yourself or anybody else any good
by refusing to lick this thing.
Why didn't Gunny tell me this himself?
He thought if he said it, it'd be official.
I got nothing against topside,
but if Gunny can show me a book that will teach a guy
how to win a boxing championship with no legs, I'll read it.
No good, hmm?
I guess I made it even worse.
How was it? Still wet.
Hey, you're dripping on me!
Water never hurt you.
I think I'll just do this the rest of my life.
Have me rub your back?
and live on the beach and swim...
lie on the sand in front of a fire.
Yes, sir, that's what I'm going to do.
Pat, this is the best time I've had since I've been home.
Why shouldn't I keep on doing it?
You might get lonesome here.
Nearly everybody else has something to do.
I won't be lonesome.
I'll be with you. You're my girl.
I am your girl.
Well, then it's all settled.
We live on the beach until our dough runs out.
Then it will be all straightened out.
We'll go back to work.
Foreman will still be there.
Perry still won't wear his legs.
Aw, that's got nothing to do with it.
I just feel good here doing this. I want it to last.
What about us getting married? To whom?
Me to you, you to me.
You just think you want to marry me.
I know. You're sure?
Well, that's good,
because it's the only thing you're positive about.
I know what I want.
I don't know what I want.
You must have some idea.
I don't think my idea of heaven
is to be married to a guy who wants to lay around
on the beach till he's broke.
OK. If you don't like my idea of heaven, what's yours?
I don't know. Sometimes I think that if I do get married again,
I'd like to marry a guy who could make things easy for me...
someone who can deliver a 20-room house
and thinks a 16-cylinder car is for bringing home the groceries...
Someone who doesn't yell each time I hire a nurse
for each one of the kids he wants.
You make me feel like a cheap pick-up.
I'm not talking about you, Cliff. I'm talking about me.
You asked me what I think about,
and sometimes I do think about security.
I don't mean the kind of man I was talking about.
But...if I do get married again,
I think I'd like to end up
with more than just a gold star and nothing else.
And until then?
I...live on velvet.
Where do I fit in?
You're the velvet.
Darling... Let's take off.
Aren't you going to kiss me good night?
Well, gee, Helen!
I didn't know you...
How dare you?!
CAR DOOR SLAMS
Hi, Bill. What are you doing here?
Oh, I just breezed into town. I thought I'd look you up.
Why didn't you wait in the house?
Came to call on you, not your folks.
Careful. You'll get your hand caught.
I need 20 bucks.
Are you in any trouble?
For 20, you want the story of my life?
You look awful.
You look cute.
Come on in the house, and we'll have a beer.
It ain't polite to drink and run.
Where are you running to?
You're asking too many questions, Cliff.
Bill, level with me. What's the matter with you?
It's my head. It's busting wide open.
I've had these headaches for weeks.
Sometimes it's better, sometimes like now.
Always this pressure. It's like clamps on my skull.
Why didn't you go to the veterans' hospital?
My folks don't know anything about the silver plate.
I don't want to worry them.
Go on in the house. I'll get a doctor.
No. I've got a better idea.
I've got 20 bucks. Let me buy you a drink.
I'll get the keys to the car and take you to the VA hospital.
Will you stop talking about the VA hospital?
Come on, Cliff. Let me buy you that drink.
OK. Maybe a drink will do us both some good.
A couple of drinks.
That's for me.
You got any pain now?
I haven't felt better since I've been off a horse.
Me, too, Bill. Now hear this.
Tomorrow morning, I take you to the VA hospital.
Uh-uh. I got better plans.
I get me some dough, and I go back looking for another range.
Whatever happened to that 2,000 you left here with?
Ever hear of a town called Vegas?
Brother, that fouled me up, but good.
Come on, cowboy. All of it.
Well, I get to Vegas with the dough.
I figure 5,000 will buy me better land and more stock than two.
That's right? That's right.
I get in the game. I play, I lose.
So I ask the house for a goodbye drink.
A little while later, three guys come and toss me out of the joint.
I land on the back of my head. It starts to hurt.
Well, didn't you ever get to Stinking Creek?
Sure. I hired out as a cowhand.
But my head started driving me crazy,
so I thumbed my way west.
Now I get me some more dough, and I go someplace else.
I've got some money at home - 700.
What's your 700 got to do with me?
Look, as soon as we get your head fixed up,
which we do first thing in the morning,
maybe I'll go into ranching with you.
You've never even been on a horse.
Well, I can learn.
Hey, that would be a good deal.
You know, it would be kind of nice working with an ex-buddy.
Maybe we could work Perry in on this some way, too.
That's a good idea.
But I'm not going to the hospital. This will stop by itself.
You're no doctor.
Then the deal is off.
Oh, I get it. You're just saying all this
to try to get me to go to the hospital.
You don't know what you're talking about.
Be swell having Perry with us.
I'll go call Perry and tell him right away.
I'll be right here at the pinball machine.
Oh, hello, Mr Harper.
Uh-huh. Cliff. Yes, he is.
Just a moment.
Here you are.
Thanks, Ma. Greetings, Mack.
Hello. Perry, listen. Tabeshaw's in town, and it's not good.
That silver plate in his skull has been acting up,
but he won't let me take him to the hospital.
Look, can you call that rehab sergeant Gunny Watrous
and ask him to come over here and give me a hand?
Why, sure. Give me the address.
It's the Swan Club on Western Avenue.
And tell him to hurry, will you?
The guy's really hurt, Perry.
What is it, Son?
One of my buddies is sick and in trouble.
Well, you've got to help him, then.
Yeah, he'll take it better from me than from Gunny.
I can't help him.
Yes, you can, Son.
I can't, Ma. I can't.
I watched you fight over 20 fights.
Every time you got hurt, it hurt me, too.
But that didn't matter, because you were a good fighter,
and you'd fight, win, lose, or draw.
I'm washed up with fighting.
There are different kinds of fighting.
You've been losing a fight ever since you got...
Stop talking foolish, Ma! What can a man do when he's got no legs?
There was a man who lost the use of his legs when he was 39 years old.
He didn't quit. He got to be president.
Son, it's good to see you in your fighting clothes.
Hey, you're getting a little stinky.
I've been doing a little thinking.
Well, don't fracture yourself.
You know what?
That ranch deal makes a lot of sense.
Of course it makes sense.
I was kidding before, but now I'm squaring off.
I'm gonna tell my girl.
She should know everything I know - no secrets.
The only way to be happy is not to have any secrets.
Hey, build up my score, will you, soldier?
Hello, Sourpuss. How are you?
I'm fine. Where are you?
I'm with friends, and we're discussing
a big deal that involves you.
Well, what did I do to deserve it?
Patricia, I'm serious.
BILL: Hey, move over.
Hey, Patricia, how'd you like to go live on a ranch?
Well, who are you?
There are a lot of things I could tell you,
but none of them would be as interesting
as the fact that I'm Cliff's buddy.
Now, Patricia, what about this here ranch deal?
What kind of a ranch?
Everyone should get a lot of fresh air.
You like chickens?
They're wonderful fried.
OK, we'll have chickens and cows.
and maybe some pigs, too.
Ah, rabbits aren't trustworthy.
And now I'm going to tell you the best part.
Cliff's right here, standing right next to me.
We're in a very exclusive rendezvous on Western Avenue
called the Swan Club.
In order to get in here, you have to push the door open.
Let me talk to Cliff, will you?
Cliff, you're getting drunk. Get out of there.
Look, the only reason I called you up was to find out
if you'd like to go to this ranch with us.
I want "yes" or "no," nothing else.
Get out of there, Cliff. You can come up here and talk if you like.
Are you giving me no for an answer?
Very well. That's all I wanted to know.
I don't think we can count on my girl for this ranch deal.
Aw, forget about her, my friend.
If worse comes to worst, we'll raise women, too.
PINBALL MACHINE BELL RINGS
Hey, you hit 35,000.
Yeah. You win a free game.
My friend, I award it to you... with clusters.
Hey, get a load of that.
Let's go help him.
No, no. Play it down.
CLIFF: Well, get a load of him!
BILL: Hubba hubba hubba!
Gives a lot.
We're going to secure us a ranch, all of us.
Cliff and you and me.
And we're going to hire nobody but ex-servicemen,
and...well, that's the skinny.
But I thought... What are you going to do,
let a guy just stand there and not get him a drink?
Oh, right away. Got to get the man a drink.
I don't get this.
Look, you didn't have to come, Perry.
But you said Tabeshaw was in trouble.
That plate in his head has been killing him.
I want to get him to a hospital,
so I figured Gunny would be the guy to help.
Did you reach him? No.
Well, it's just as well. We'll...
I figure the size of the ranch depends upon the amount of cash we can get.
Let's drink to old killer Kincheloe.
You want anything, lady?
Give me a Rye and water, please...
and that blond young man standing next to the marine.
Now, lady, you know we don't...
That blond young man standing next to the marine, please.
This is a nice ranch you have.
What are you doing here?
Oh, having a drink with you.
Did you order?
Mm-hmm. Getting it, too.
Happy days, as they say.
Go on, drink.
What'd you come down here for?
..you're drinking and you might do something silly.
What would I do that's silly?
I thought you'd straightened yourself out
with the foreman this afternoon.
It'll happen again.
Then I'll really bust him in the jaw.
That'll be that.
That takes care of your job.
That leaves me.
Go home and pack your bags.
Where are we going?
To New Mexico to buy that ranch.
Oh, Cliff, this is the growing city of the world.
Pat... Wherever you go,
you're going to have to face these same headaches.
It'll be fun. We'll see new places. We'll see new people.
I see new people till it drives me crazy.
We'll be happy.
Actually, you have no beef.
Only the men who are never coming back.
Here we go - right back to Johnny Ruscomb.
Did you put his picture back on the table again?
I'm going...with you or without you.
With you or without you, Pat.
Pay the man for my drink.
How you doin', men?
We're doing great.
Say, I see we belong to the same club.
Well, where did you sweat out the four freedoms, brother?
They busted him out of the army on a frame-up.
Let's see you make that one.
Fellas, this is Mr Praeger and Mr Lawson.
Howdy. Hiya, fellas.
Well, I suppose you've told them all about
our organisation, have you, Mitch? No, not yet.
Ever heard of our outfit...
American War Patriots?
That's us, in the local district, anyway.
Got 1,700 members throughout the country.
I've heard of most of the rest of them,
but I'm afraid that's one I missed.
Son, we start where those fuzzbuddies leave off.
Know what we're going to do for you boys?
How would you like to have a bonus of 200 a month income
for as long as you live? Without the labour union?
Yeah. You fellas know that 15% of every pay cheque you get
goes to those foreign-born labour racketeers.
That's the kind of a free country we were fighting for.
Course, we don't know whether you men are eligible.
You see, we have certain restrictions.
What does that mean?
No Catholics, Jews, or Negroes.
You know, we had a friend named Maxie Klein.
If Maxie was here, he'd probably spit right in your eye.
Yeah, but Maxie's dead in Guadalcanal.
So just for him, I'm going to spit in your eye.
I'm with you, boys.
Push 'em to me! Push 'em to me!
This one's mine. Go help Perry. PERRY: Bill!
Let's take off.
CLIFF: The car's in front.
You go ahead, Perry. I'll cover you.
Can you make it, Perry? Yeah.
Come on - the back way. I'll see if it's clear.
Bill, behind you!
All right, break it up.
Break it up.
All right, you'll do the talking.
CLIFF: We'll have to do the talking on the way to the hospital.
Get an ambulance on the double. Right.
I don't know what gets into you fellas.
Once you get to be a hero, you figure you've got to be a hero all your life.
If I had a plate in my skull,
I'm sure I wouldn't go around looking for saloon fights.
They weren't looking for it, sir. It came to them.
Get the patient ready.
I'm not going to run away.
Yeah. Me, too.
If I make this,
I'm going back to Stinking Creek
and get me that cowhand job.
It will take you a little longer to get that cattle ranch,
but you'll be home.
Hello, Dad. Glad you got here.
How's the other boy going to be, sergeant?
We'll check after the operation.
I'll call you at headquarters.
We're holding all those men.
You fellas get an assist for nailing them.
Good. I'm going to get Tabeshaw's papers squared away with admitting.
I'll see you all later.
I'll go along for the ride.
CLIFF: Well, so long, Perry.
It's good to be back on my feet again.
Anything else I can do?
I think not, Lieutenant. Thanks for picking me up
and for straightening this out.
Good night. Good night.
I'm glad it happened, Dad.
It showed me that if you believe something,
you'd better get in there and fight for it.
A lot of things have happened to me since I've come back.
I've got a good job... although I don't think
I want to do it all my life.
I'd like to be with my girl all my life...
if she'd let me.
But right now, standing here with nothing decided,
I'm better off than Perry...
and luckier than Tabeshaw.
It'll take time, I guess.
Sure. You didn't make yourself a soldier overnight.
You can't make yourself a civilian again overnight.
I'm going to stay here and sweat out the operation, Dad.
You better run along.
I'll sweat it out with you, Son.
Now, this is what I did when I waited for you once before...
23 years ago, come May 18th.
How's your buddy?
He's going to make it.
Oh, I'm glad.
Are you all right, Son?
I'm all right, Ma, and I'm going to stay all right.
I know you are, Clifford.
Amy, you shouldn't have come here at this hour.
Well, I had to keep Pat company.
Subtitles by the National Captioning Institute
Cliff Harper, a discharged GI returns to his hometown after spending four years with the Marines in the Pacific. Disillusioned and aimless, he drifts into a relationship with the widow of a flyer whose love and understanding influence help him to re-adjust to civilian life.