Imitation of Life

Hello, Annie.

- Oh, hello, Mr. Steve.
- Has she come in yet?

I'm sorry.
I see.
Well, Merry Christmas,

Merry Christmas to you,
Mr. Steve.

Mommy, isn't Steve
coming here tonight?

I think you'd better
go to bed, both of you.

But Annie was
telling us a story.

Oh, all right,
Annie can finish it.
Where were we?

- Jesus was almost borned.
- That's right.

As soon as the holy infant
was born, three wise men saw
a beautiful star in the sky.

The star
of Bethlehem...
Was Jesus white or black?

It doesn't matter.
He's the way
you imagine him.

But Annie said
he was a real man.

He's not a pretend man.
He was real.
He is real.

Then what color was he?
He was like me...

Now, the closet door
is over here.

The clothes closet door
is over there.

The door to your bedroom
is over here.

And you trip over
the vacuum cleaner
over there.

All right,
come on, let's have
your offstage line.

Is anybody home?
Oh, Marjorie!

Colonel, what are you
doing in there?

Why, Mr. Obermeyer,
why aren't you in Duluth?

Oh, Herbert, you too?
No! No, no,
Miss Meredith.

David, David.
She can do it, David.
I guarantee it.

She's just
a little nervous.
Miss Meredith.

Yes, sir?
This scene is supposed to
be played for high comedy,
with delicate reactions,

not loud,
goggle-eyed takes.

I'm sorry, Mr. Edwards.
But I'm an actress,
and a good one.