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The Voice of the Turtle

The Voice of the Turtle(1948)

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Flighty New York actress Sally Middleton is in love with love. When theatrical producer Kenneth Bartlett gently breaks off their affair in the winter of 1944, a broken-hearted Sally vows that she will never fall in love again. Sally's friend, actress Olive Lashbrooke, takes a different approach to romance. For her, love is a game, and the more players the better. Several months after the end of Sally's affair, Olive arranges to meet her current love interest, Sgt. Bill Page, at Sally's apartment. While she is waiting, Olive calls for her messages and learns that Comm. Ned Burling, a higher-ranking admirer, is in town for one weekend only. Choosing the commander over the sergeant, Olive pretends that Ned is her estranged husband and stands Bill up. To no avail, Bill tries to get another date and finally invites Sally to dinner next-door at the same romantic French restaurant that she frequented with Kenneth. While Bill and Sally are eating, Olive arrives with Ned, but hastily retreats when she spots them together. Later, Olive, whose memories of Ned have turned out to be better than the reality, telephones Sally to question her about Bill. By the time Sally finishes her call, Bill has fallen asleep. Because it is late and raining and difficult to find a room in the city, Sally offers Bill her couch, and he gratefully accepts. The next morning, when Bill awakens, Sally has left for an audition. She gets the part and tries to telephone Bill to explain that the playwright is reading the play to her. He, however, does not answer the phone for fear that his presence in her apartment will damage her reputation. Her eagerness to return to Bill is so distracting that the playwright sends her home. Overnight, spring arrives, prompting Bill to quote a passage from the Bible about "the voice of the turtle." When Sally complains that turtles do not have voices, Bill explains that the passage refers to the turtledove, a sign of spring. Later, Bill asks Sally to get tickets for the latest hit musical, which Kenneth produced. Sally is reluctant to call Kenneth, but after Bill kisses her, she overcomes her qualms and is able to obtain two house seats. Olive and Ned are also at the play. Feeling secure with Bill, Sally is able to be friends again with Kenneth. That night, Bill again plans to stay with Sally, but when she explains that she has given up on love, he leaves for a hotel, after telling her that he loves her. The next morning, Olive telephones Bill at the hotel, and when he does not answer because he has already left for Sally's, she suspects that he has spent the night with Sally and hurries over to confirm her suspicions. Through a ruse, Bill contrives to convince Olive that he arrived after she did. Olive then invites him to lunch and dinner, but he turns her down. Later, Sally is called to rehearse with the lead in her new play. She returns home to find her apartment filled with flowers. Later, Bill asks her to marry him. After Sally admits that she loves him, they sit down to eat the dinner Bill has ordered from the restaurant next door.