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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business(1941)

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After the wedding of her younger sister in their small hometown of Messina, Ohio, aspiring singer Nancy Andrews decides to seek adventure and romance in the big city. On a train to New York City, she meets wealthy Steve Duncan, who sees her as a mere traveling diversion. She, however, falls in love with him, only to learn later the playboy's true intentions. After failing at an audition for the Metropolitan Opera Company, Nancy is told that, while her voice is good, it is best suited to nightclub performing. She then gets a job as a phone operator who does singing telegrams. When she sings "Happy Birthday" to nightclub impresario Billy Ross, he immediately hires her to be his singing operator. At Ross's nightclub, Nancy is asked to sing "Happy Birthday" to Steve, who does not recognize her. Tommy Duncan, Steve's drunken younger lawyer brother, comes to the upset Nancy's rescue and takes her for a carriage ride in the park. After learning that Steve is engaged, Nancy begins seeing Tommy. On the day of his brother's wedding, Tommy proposes a marriage of convenience to Nancy, and the drunken pair elope to South Carolina. The next morning, Tommy awakens to learn of his marriage, and after a few weeks of living the high life, he discovers that he has fallen in love with his wife. Nancy, however, is still in love with Steve, and she rejects his desire for a more conventional marriage. Tommy convinces her to have a party for his family, during which Steve finally acknowledges his prior association with Nancy. Under the watchful eyes of Tommy's ex-girl friend Clarisse and Steve's wife Sheila, Nancy kisses Steve. Tommy is then told of Steve and Nancy's previous relationship and goes on an all-night drinking binge. Later, after joining the Army, Tommy returns home on a two-week leave, and is convinced by his aunt Mathilda to go to the opera. There, Tommy discovers Nancy, who has been separated from him for over a year, singing in the chorus. After the performance, the now-sober Tommy meets Nancy, who tells him that she is still in love with Steve in one way, but in love with him in another. At his law office, Tommy is arranging for a divorce when Steve arrives. When his brother refuses to listen to him, Steve goes to see Nancy, who suddenly realizes that she no longer has any interest in him. Tommy then arrives and challenges his brother to a fight for his wife's honor. After knocking Steve down, a baby begins to cry and Tommy learns that he has a son. The couple is finally reunited, and as Nancy leaves her apartment, she finds a pair of Steve's gloves on her trunk and throws them on the floor.