|Libby has managed to get Maine home. Libby stands at Maine's bed and says
to the butler |
Mr. Maine's charm escapes me. Maine is going on location
shooting for a movie at six o'clock the morning after. But during the night,
Maine wakes up with an idea to find the singer he met earlier. He drives to
the Cocoanut Grove and asks the maitre d' Bruno for the little dark singer who
sings with the Glenn Williams orchestra. Tough luck, but Maine is told that
most bands meet at a place on Sunset Boulevard. Bruno shows him a few actresses
that Maine should be interested in, but he can't get Esther out of his mind.
He goes to the place on Sunset and finds them. Danny plays the
piano and Esther sings The man that got away. After the
song, Maine and Esther sit down to talk. Maine tries to describe
her singing and compares it with fishing, boxing or bull
Take it honey. Come on! Take it from the top
The man that got away
You're a great
singer he finally tells her.
got that little something extra. That's what star quality is, that
little something extra.
He tells her to stop wasting
her time with the band and try to make a career on her own.
Maine drives her home. Esther is moved by what he has told
her. All she can think about is washing her hair. Back in the room
she rents Esther shows him her scrapbook with old newspaper
clippings and tells him about her dream of a hit record. Maine
tells her that he might be able to help her find a job at the
Now what are you doing wasting your time singing with this band?
Don't settle for the little
dream, go for the big one.
Maine takes one last look at
her before leaving.
Back home, he makes a call to Oliver Niles, who's sleeping, to
tell him about the girl he found. Niles is not quite as excited
but Maine tells him that he will bring her around the
next morning. Meanwhile, Esther wakes Danny up and tells him that she's
leaving the band:
Are you crazy or something? he asks.
|When the band leaves, Danny wishes her good luck. Maine is
more or less unconscious when he leaves his home at six in the morning
for a five week on-location shooting at sea. Esther stays in her room,
waiting for Maine to call her. Out at sea, Maine tells the crew
to find her, but he doesn't remember her adress, only the
neighbourhood. No one really cares about his directions anyway.
Esther sings for a shampoo commercial, works at a drive-in. As
for Maine, as soon as shooting wraps up he resumes his search
for her and finally finds the house she lives in, but Esther
has moved. But one day when he hears the shampoo commercial he is
able to trace her. He finally finds her on a roof
Esther gets a screen-test but her career is almost over before it has started
when the make-up people completly change her look. She is dressed in a pink dress
and has blonde curls when she meets Maine again. He hardly recognizes her, then
starts to laugh hysterically.
You sat an hour too long, honey!
I've been sitting in that chair since six o'clock
this morning she says.
You sat an hour too long, honey! In his private
apartment, Norman wipes it all off, back to her natural look.