The More the Merrier (1943) Directed by George Stevens. Richard Gaines as Charles J. Pendergast, Charles Coburn as Benjamin Dingle and Jean Arthur as Connie Milligan.
Pendergast: Now see here, Mr. Dingle. If there’s a scandal, you’re responsible. You put us all in a bad light.
Dingle: I know it was cowardly of me, but I can’t afford…
Pendergast: You can’t afford? You’re going back to Michigan tomorrow. I have to stay right here. I’m engaged to Ms. Milligan. Our engagement is widely known. You get off scot-free by lying and I’m right in the middle of things!
Dingle: But you’re a young man, Charlie.
Pendergast: I am a young man, yes, with a career that’s just beginning.
Connie: Yes. By all means, let’s protect your career. I don’t matter. My position doesn’t make any difference at all. It’s only Charles J. Pendergast!
Connie: Don’t you shush me! You’ve been shushing me for twenty-two months now. You’ve shushed your last shush! For twenty-two months I’ve been engaged to a career, not a man. (She takes off her ring and hands it to him.) Here, perhaps this will relieve you of this embarrassing situation. Now, take your career and go run for cover!
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