Time of Your Life
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After a performance of "High Button Shoes," Hepwitt gets a note from a nightclub revue producer asking her to perform at his nightclub. A British toff takes notice of Hepwitt and introduces her and Kay to his friends. Everyone dances and has a pretty good time. Marcel watches them with Gallic glowers and causes a scene when he takes her home; "I am seek of luff with you!" he groans in constipated tones. Hepwitt explains that she won't marry him because he will just fall in love with another actress and leave her. Marcel tells her that he is honored to be the first man to have his heart broken by her, and everything is peachy keen. Hepwitt arrives home to find a letter from the Red Cross with news about her father. He'd been put in an internment camp during the war. Ma Hepburn, hurt that Hepwitt even tried to find her father, tells her that an internment camp "is where they put Nazi sympathizers in order to keep an eye on them." Hepwitt doesn't understand why her father didn't try to find her and is accusing of her mother again. She swears that she will do whatever it takes to find him. In the last scene we learned that Hepwitt has been given a line in a movie. Kay coaches her on how to say, "Hello, who wants a ciggie?" This line leads to other one liners in movies from Laughter in Paradise to Lavender Hill Mob. During a break, James Hansen, British gent, asks her out to lunch. They talk about their childhood dreams. He tells Hepwitt that he wanted to be a Pharaoh, but he got stuck with a family who owned railroads, trucking, shipping, et cetera, instead. You get it: he was born with a silver knife, fork, and spoon in his mouth. Hepwitt, Kay, and Nicky raid the costume racks for a suitable frock for Hepwitt's night out with the James. Nicky finds a dress and tosses it at Hepwitt, saying, "The actress who wore this dress didn't have a clue what to do with it. Slip it on, dah-ling!" She disappears behind a curtain. The whole scene is a sickening parallel to Time of Your Life's Sarah Reeves-Merrin trying on a dress with Maguire-Scraggle Rock trying to peep in at her. There's a bit of fiddle-faddle back and forth between Hepwitt and her friends as to whether or not she is in love with James that proves inconclusive. Hepwitt throws back the curtain, wobbles her head, and flounces out in her borrowed fine feathers. Jaw-dropping galore as Nicky proclaims that James "doesn't have a prayer." Gag. Hepwitt visits James's family estate in the country, where James proclaims he can't live without her. Hepwitt tells James she can't live "here." James says nobody lives there and that they would only come there for "rests." He tells her she can go on with her career (that's big of him), just marry him. She twitches her shoulder and accepts. Ma Hepburn tells Hepwitt that she can't be an actress and live in Yorkshire at the same time. Hepwitt tells her mother that James said she can do whatever she wants. Bitter Ma says that men will say anything in the beginning to get what they want. Hepwitt pooh-poohs this and says she will be late for a movie audition. Her mother tells her she can be anything she wants; Hepwitt tells her she won't get the part because the stage direction says her character is "peeing from a porthole." After the audition, Hepwitt explains to Kay and Nicky, amidst gales of The Giggle, that her script had a typo, and she was supposed to be "peering from a porthole." It turns out she got the part only, she insists, because she can do the French and English and is going to Monte Carlo to film. Nicky tells her she can't go to Monte Carlo with her school-girl hair: "Oh, my dear, no!" and tells her it's time for a change. Kay agrees. In a hotel, placed in a fake Monte Carlo backdrop, the newly shorn Hepwitt prances and twitches about and charms Colette enough to be cast as Gigi on Broadway. Hepwitt tries to tell Colette that she can't act, but Colette laughs and tells her that she is Gigi.
Time of Your Life