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screenplay: "Reefer Madness" 1936 movie script

A reconstructed screenplay for

Reefer Madness

(1936)
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Scenes

  1. Credits
  2. Intro
  3. Int. - Classroom - Night
  4. Int. - Mae's Apartment - Day
  5. Ext. - School Crossing On Main Street - Day
  6. Int. - Malt Shop - Day
  7. Ext. - Mary Lane's House - Day
  8. Int. - Bill Harper's House - Night
  9. Ext. - In Town, On Main Street - Day
  10. Int. - The Malt Shop - Day
  11. Int. - Mae's Apartment - Day
  12. Ext. - In Front Of Boss's Office - Day
  13. Int. - Inside Boss's Office - Day
  14. Ext. - In Front Of Boss's Office - Day
  15. Int. - Breakfast At Mary Lane's House - Day
  16. Int. - Government Office - Day
  17. Int. - Principal's Office - Day
  18. Ext. - Tennis Court - Day
  19. Int. - Mae's Apartment - Day
  20. Ext. - Mary Lane's House - Day
  21. Int. - Malt Shop - Day
  22. Int. - Mae's Apartment - Day
  23. Int. - Malt Shop - Day
  24. Int. - Courtroom - Day
  25. Int. - Apartment 32 - Day
  26. Int. - Boss's Office - Day
  27. Int. - Courtroom - Day
  28. Int. - Jury Room - Day
  29. Int. - Courtroom - Day
  30. Int. - Apartment 32 - Night
  31. Int. - Police Interrogation Room - Night
  32. Int. - Judge's Chamber - Day
  33. Int. - Courtroom, Judge's Bench - Day
  34. Int. - Classroom - Night

Stage direction, illustration selection (C)2008 Doug Snead

Screenplay dialog transcription and script reconstruction, Doug
Snead. Original content (C)2008 Doug Snead, as applicable



1. CREDITS

               "Reefer Madness"

Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness
Formerly "TELL YOUR CHILDREN" A G and H PRODUCTION Copyrighted
The movie itself has long since passed into the public domain.
Original Story: Lawrence Meade
Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness
Screenplay: Authur Hoerl Additional Dialogue: Paul Franklin Directed by: Louis Gasnier Associate Producer: Sam Siege Chief Cameraman ... Jack Greerhalgh, A.S.C. Assistant Director ... Ray Nazzaro Sound Director ... Hans Weeren Musical Director ... Abe Meyer Editor: Carl Pierson Art Director: Robert Priestley Properties: Lois Diege Cast: Dorothy Short as Mary Kenneth Craig " Bill Lillian Miles " Blanche Dave O'Brien " Ralph Thelma White " Mae Carleton Young " Jack Warren McCullom " Jimmy Pat Royale " Agnes Josef Forte " Dr. Carroll Produced by George A. Hirliman [TIME STAMP: 1:01] 2. INTRO Scrolling text. THE INCIDENTS AND CHARACTERS PORTRAYED IN THIS MOTION PICTURE ARE PURELY FICTIONAL AND ANY SIMILARITY TO ACTUAL OCCURRENCES AND LIVING OR DECEASED PERSONS IS COINCIDENTAL. FORWARD: The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you . It would not have been possible otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug -- a violent narcotic -- an unspeakable scourge -- The Real Public Enemy Number One ! Its first effect is sudden violent, uncontrollable laughter, then come dangerous hallucinations -- space expands -- time slows down, almost stands still.... fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances -- followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions leading finally to acts of shocking violence ... ending often in incurable insanity. In picturing its soul- destroying effects no attempt was made to equivocate. The scenes and incidents, while fictionized for the purposes of this story, are based upon actual research into the results of Marihuana addiction. If their stark reality will make you think, will make you aware that something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace, then the picture will not have failed in its purpose. Because the dread Marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter ...or yours ... or YOURS! [TIME STAMP: 2:56] Fade in to big, important-looking newspaper presses, cranking away a stream of newspapers. [TIME STAMP: 3:03] Montage of newspaper front-pages headlines screaming dope (marihuana) is the enemy.
note the slogan 'drug war'
note the slogan 'drug war'
DOPE PEDDLERS CAUGHT IN HIGH SCHOOL... POLICE RAID MARIHUANA FLAT... FEDERALS AID POLICE IN DRUG WAR . . . POLICE SMASH DRUG RING... SCHOOL-PARENT ORGANIZATIONS JOIN DOPE FIGHT... [TIME STAMP: 3:19] Fade in to newspaper classified ad. "Come! Hear! Learn! MEETING TONIGHT 8:30 P.M. School-Parents Association TRUMAN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM DR. ALFRED CARROLL Subject ... TELL YOUR CHILDREN [TIME STAMP: 3:39] 3. INT. - CLASSROOM - NIGHT Dr. Carroll is addressing a group of concerned parents. DR. CARROLL It must be stopped.
expert/official/authority uses fear to get obedience
expert/official/authority uses fear to get obedience
You, and all the parent-school groups about the country. And you must stand united on this, and stamp out this frightful assassin of our youth! You can do it by bringing about compulsory education, on the subject of narcotics in general; (thumps desk) The dread marihuana in particular. That is the purpose of this meeting ladies and gentlemen. To lay the foundation for a nationwide campaign by you, (thumps desk) To demand by law, such compulsory education. Because it is only through enlightenment, that this scourge can be wiped out. Out of the trafficking in these drugs, a lawlessness that we can scarcely estimate is grown and is now flourishing. It exists in almost every city and hamlet in the country. It might be interesting and important for you to know some of the methods used in bringing these drugs into the country and the work of the forces of law and order which are daily combating the traffic, always at the risk of life by their agents. This ceaseless fight against the drug traffic is directed by the Department of Narcotics, Washington.
Dr Carroll - he has the real facts
Dr Carroll - he has the real facts
(pause, rustles letter) I have received a letter of vital importance from a member of the Narcotics Bureau. I'm going to read this message to you. (rustles letter, reading) My dear Dr. Carroll, the suppression of the use of marihuana and of the forces lurking behind it are the most important jobs this department is now engaged in. At the outset of this letter, there is one vital fact I would like to submit. There is a powerful agency: I speak of the School-Parent Association of this country. It can be invaluable in stamping out this scourge. Their help, their eternal vigilance, could be the deciding factor in our fight against it.
Kids in school are in danger from reefer. The Army too.
Kids in school are in danger from reefer. The Army too.
The weed marihuana is grown in every state in the union. Recently in the city of Brooklyn, New York, a field of marihuana was found behind a tenement court. The weed was here being cultivated, regularly stripped and dried and sold in schools and at government army posts, in and around New York. The dried leaves and berries are ground up and made into cigarettes, by a simple hand machine. The deadly narcotic is thus quickly and easily prepared for the market. The sale of marihuana is even more difficult to detect and halt than the traffic in drugs such as opium, morphine and heroin. They are hidden in fake jewelry cases, in the heels of shoes, women's shoes especially, because the drugs can be secreted in false heels. Hollow shaving brushes are another means, books with false centers are often used; watch cases make convenient hiding places. The value of drugs thus seized is enormous.
huge supply of heroin was taken
huge supply of heroin was taken
Recently a huge supply of heroin was taken. It was concealed in an apparently harmless shipment of thirty-five barrels of olive oil. The deadly drug was burned in the incinerator of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (voice rising, with emphasis) And more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs, is the menace of marihuana!
propaganda theme link
propaganda theme link
No doubt, many of you do not believe that these things do happen, that they cannot happen to you. You may also believe that the facts have been exaggerated. Let me tell you of something that happened right here, in our own city. You probably read about it in the papers; however I'll give you the real facts, behind the case. There was an apartment near one of our high schools. It was run by a woman known as Mae Coleman... [TIME STAMP: 7:46] 4. INT. - MAE'S APARTMENT - DAY Fade in to Mae's apartment, the bedroom. Jack enters. Mae is asleep in bed. The bedroom is slightly messy. JACK Hey! Come on Mae, get up! MAE What's time is it? JACK Time to get up and give this place a going-over. It looks like the Marines have landed. MAE Well, that bunch last night was high enough was to take over the Marines and the Navy. JACK You better get on the job. Some of the kids may be over this afternoon. MAE Oh Jack, we can get along without dragging those young kids up here. JACK Oh, why don't you button up your lip? You're always squawking about something. You got more static than the radio. Mae dresses in the bedroom, attaching her stockings; Jack starts to fetch something from the kitchen cabinet, but is interrupted by the door buzzer. Eddie and Gwen are at the door. JACK Ah, greetings! EDDIE Well hello Jack, how are you? JACK Fine, come in. Glad to see you. Eddie and Gwen enter. EDDIE Is, uh, Mae in? JACK She'll be right in. Just sit down and make yourselves comfortable. GWEN What kind of a joint is this, Eddie? EDDIE Oh, its all right Gwen. They probably had a party last night. GWEN (nodding, chuckling) Oh... Jack enters bedroom. JACK A couple of your customers, Mae. MAE Yeah? They're old enough to know what they're doing. Not like those young kids you bring up here. JACK (soothing) All right. All right. Look, I'm going to blow. MAE Where you going? JACK I've got to make some deliveries and then I'll probably drop by Joe's place and bring back a couple of the kids. MAE Oh, I wish you'd lay off those kids! JACK Oh, why don't you get over that "mother" complex. [TIME STAMP: 10:31] 5. EXT. - SCHOOL CROSSING ON MAIN STREET - DAY A sign reads: "STOP SCHOOL CROSSING" held by a policeman. Teddy, Kenny, and Ralph are walking down Main Street, chatting as they walk.
stop marijuana, before it kills kids
stop marijuana, before it kills kids
TEDDY Oh by the way Ralph, I'm sort of giving a little party Friday afternoon at my grandmother's. You know the place with the swimming pool? Would you like to come? RALPH Thanks Teddy, maybe I will. TEDDY I'd sure like to have you. RALPH Yeah, I'll probably drop over. TEDDY So long, Ralph. RALPH See you later. Ralph and Teddy shake hands. Teddy and Kenny keep walking. Jack enters, and stops to talk with Ralph. JACK Hey Ralph! RALPH How ya been? JACK Fine. And you? RALPH Great. JACK Where ya headed? RALPH Oh... They spot Mary, down the street a little way. RALPH (admiring Mary) Hey how do you like that? That's the one I was telling you about. JACK Ve-ry nice! A short distance away, Teddy and Kenny. KENNY I don't know why you want to make such a fuss over that Ralph Wiley. TEDDY Aw, he's a swell swimmer. He made the freshman team that year he went to college. What's the matter? KENNY My dad knows his family. Father and mother just got a divorce in Paris. TEDDY Yeah? KENNY You know, Ralph hangs around pretty much on his own. He's been in a couple of jams. TEDDY Yeah, well I only try to say hello to him, I don't go around with him. KENNY Yeah, you better not, he's a little too old for us, that's what my dad says. TEDDY Hmmm. [TIME STAMP: 12:01] Down the street a bit, at Mary Lane's car, which is an open convertible. The car is stopped and Mary is at the wheel. Bill, who is standing, is talking to Mary. Jimmy Lane is in the back seat. Ralph and Jack approach. RALPH Hello Mary! Hi Bill. BILL Hiya Ralph! MARY Oh, hello Ralph! You know my brother Jimmy, don't you? RALPH How are you? JIMMY Swell! RALPH I'd like you to meet a friend of mine: Jack Perry. Mary, Bill. BILL Good to know you. MARY Hello! JACK (slyly) Glad to know you. We're going over to Joe's place, why don't you come along? BILL We have a date to play a set of doubles. RALPH Oh, you can play anytime. Come on! We'll have some laughs. MARY Oh not today Ralph, maybe some other time. JIMMY Can I go out with you? Sis, I'll be back by dinner time. RALPH Sure! MARY (starts car) Don't be late Jimmy! JIMMY (hops out of car) I won't. They walk to off to the malt-shop. [TIME STAMP: 12:44] 6. INT. - MALT SHOP - DAY Piano playing, kids dancing. Jack, Jimmy and Ralph enter. Joe, the soda-jerk, is cleaning glasses. JACK Hello Joe! JOE Hi Jack! AGNES Jimmy! Jimmy! JIMMY (to Agnes) Hi darlin'! (listens to piano) Hey, he ain't no paper man! AGNES Why don't you know him? That's Hot-Fingers Pirelli! JIMMY He really swings out with a mess of jive! Wanna dance? AGNES (smiles) Sure! At table with Ralph, Jack and Blanche. JACK Mae's expecting us at the apartment a little later. (to Blanche) Any new prospects? BLANCHE Maybe. She glances over at Jimmy and Agnes, who are dancing.
Hot-Fingers Pirelli sneaks a reefer to play 'hot' music
Hot-Fingers Pirelli sneaks a reefer to play 'hot' music
The piano player finishes, and Jimmy sits down and begins to play. The piano player sneaks off to a closet, where he smokes a marihuana cigarette with maniacal enjoyment. Jimmy finishes playing. AGNES Oh Jimmy, you're wonderful! JIMMY You're just finding that out? Agnes and Jimmy approach Jack and Blanche's table. JACK Why can't we go now? BLANCHE Sure. Say kids, we're having a little party at my girlfriend's apartment. Wouldn't you like to come? AGNES I'd love to! You wanna come, don't you Jimmy? [TIME STAMP: 15:14] JIMMY Aw, sure! Anything with you! BLANCHE Well come on! We can all go in my car. RALPH See ya later Joe. JOE So long. They exit. 7. EXT. - MARY LANE'S HOUSE - DAY Bill and Mary are walking together, behind Mary Lane's house. Bill holds schoolbooks, Mary holds two tennis rackets. Bill accidentally drops books, picks them up. MARY It's good of you to help me, Bill. BILL Well I'll try anything except domestic sewing! MARY Why, Bill, don't you want to learn something about running your own home? BILL (laughs) The answer is no! You know, after that session we had yesterday, I went home and told mother that the trouble with her pot-roast gravy was she hadn't added three heaping teaspoons full of olive oil! They giggle. MARY What did she say? BILL She didn't say anything. She just threw me out of the kitchen! MARY Well, I don't wonder! Mrs. Lane enters. MRS. LANE Hello children! MARY Hello Mother. BILL Hello Mrs. Lane. Mrs. Lane puts down a platter with hot chocolate and cookies in front of the kids. MARY That was sweet of you Mother! BILL Gosh! Hot chocolate! Thanks Mrs. Lane! MRS. LANE I know you can't study on empty stomachs. Now enjoy yourselves. MARY We will! BILL We will too Mrs. Lane. (to Mary, with affected manners) May I?
wholesome fun (not using marihuana)
wholesome fun (not using marihuana)
MARY (playing along) Oh thank you kind sir! You're so very, very kind! They giggle. BILL Look at this, its swell! MARY Romeo and Juliet? BILL Don't you like it? MARY Uh huh. BILL You know, when I study this, I kinda think of you. I read it as though you're there, beside me. Listen. BILL (reads dramatically) It is my soul that calls upon thy name, how silver sweet sound lovers tongue by night. Like softest music to attending ears. MARY Romeo! BILL My dear!
Mrs. Lane, happy her kid is drug-free
Mrs. Lane, happy her kid is drug-free
Mrs. Lane is about to come out, but sees the kids, and smiles wholesomely. MARY What O'clock tomorrow shall I send for thee? BILL By the hour of nine! MARY I will not fail. 'Tis twenty years 'til then. They kiss, but Mrs. Lane arrives and interrupts them. Bill jumps up, embarrassed. BILL (walks out, backwards) Well, Uh ha. I'll see you tonight, Mary! Goodbye Mrs. Lane. Ha ha. So long! Walking backwards, Bill pratfalls into a small pool, soaking the seat of his pants.
no marihuana needed
no marihuana needed
BILL Ow! MARY Oh Bill! BILL Uh, ha ha. I'm all right. Uh. Bye. Bye! [TIME STAMP: 17:27] 8. INT. - BILL HARPER'S HOUSE - NIGHT Mr. and Mrs. Harper, Bill and Junior are at home. JUNIOR (runs to Mr Harper) Hey daddy! daddy! Hey dad, got anything for me? MRS HARPER Don't bother your father every night! JUNIOR Aw, have ya? Mr Harper hands Junior some candy. Bill enters. MR HARPER There you are MRS HARPER (to Bill) What made you so late, Bill? I was getting worried! BILL Aw, I had to study, Ma. JUNIOR He was not, I saw him out walking with his girl! JUNIOR (taunting) Bill's got a girl! Bill's got a girlfriend! BILL Mom, make him cut it out! MRS HARPER Junior! JUNIOR Well Bill HAS got a girl. MRS HARPER Quiet! And put that candy away until after dinner. Henry, you shouldn't have given it to him. JUNIOR Well he has got a girlfriend and her name is Mary! BILL I'll shut you up! Bill chases Junior around the table. MRS HARPER Bill! Junior! Quit that carrying on! Junior! MR HARPER Aw, let them alone. They're all right. They're young. JUNIOR Bill's got a girl! Bill catches Junior. JUNIOR I didn't mean it Bill, honest I didn't! BILL Aw. Well, what I'm burnt up about is that you didn't say that Bill had a swell girl! JUNIOR Gee! It must be love! She HAS to be swell for you to like her! BILL Uh Huh. Sounds like you want something. Come on, what is it? JUNIOR Well, it's my model airplane. It won't work. Gosh, Bill, you can fix it. You can fix anything! BILL (laughs) Ok, I'll fix it! [TIME STAMP: 18:55] 9. EXT. - IN TOWN, ON MAIN STREET - DAY Bill is standing in front of a store. Jimmy Lane, driving his sister's convertible, pulls over. JIMMY Hey Bill! Car rolls to a stop. BILL Oh hello Jimmy! JIMMY Mary told me to wait and tell you she had to go home, 'cause her mother wanted her to go to the dress maker with her. BILL Oh thanks, Jimmy. Mmmm, must be getting grown-up, I see Mary let you have the car. JIMMY (proudly) Yeah! Can I take you anyplace? BILL Hmmm, I wasn't going any place in particular. JIMMY Well then, how about driving me over to the, Joe's place with me? I'll buy you a soda. BILL (laughing) I never drink the stuff. JIMMY Well, gee, I'll buy you something else. BILL Ok, you're on the hook for one root-beer! JIMMY Swell! Bill gets in the car with Jimmy, Jimmy starts it up. [TIME STAMP: 19:30] 10. INT. - THE MALT SHOP - DAY JOE Hi Bill! Hi Jimmy. BILL Hi Joe! JACK Hey Jimmy! BLANCHE Hi Jimmy. Hello Bill. Come on! Slide in. BILL Hello Blanche. JIMMY Hello Ralph. How ya been, Ralph? RALPH Oh hello Jimmy. Waitress comes to table. JIMMY (to waitress) Two sodas. Oh, I mean, one float and one root beer. (to Blanche) How's Mae? BLANCHE Oh, she's fine. We're going up to her apartment later. JIMMY Can Bill come along? BLANCHE Uh huh. (To Bill) Want to come? BILL Well-- JIMMY Oh come on Bill, you'll get a kick out of it. BILL (reluctantly) Thanks just the same. BLANCHE Aw, come on Bill! Mary won't be jealous! JIMMY Why sure, Bill! All the kids will be there, its keen! BILL Well I don't know, I really shouldn't... Well, ok. [TIME STAMP: 20:17]
Hot-Fingers Pirelli: reefer-crazed musician
Hot-Fingers Pirelli: reefer-crazed musician
The malt shop piano player, "Hot-Fingers Pirelli" improvises in a popular piano style of the day, and smiles maniacally. [TIME STAMP: 20:28] 11. INT. - MAE'S APARTMENT - DAY Music blaring, and high-school kids - boys in suits, girls in knee-hemmed dresses - jitterbugging enthusiastically to jazz. The sound of "crazy" laughter is heard in the background. Jack heads to the door. The door buzzer sounds as Jack continues to the door. Ralph, Jimmy, Blanche and Bill are there. JACK Hiya kids! RALPH Hello Jack, what do you say? JACK Yeah, come on in. Jimmy joins Agnes on the couch with an embrace and kiss. Blanche looks at Bill, who is beholding the scene in the room. BLANCHE Come on Bill, don't stand there! Bill walks over to and sits by Blanche. Mae enters. BLANCHE Mae! He's Bill Harper. He's ok. BILL (nervously) Hello! MAE (warily) Well, if you say so, it's all right with me. (shakes his hand) I'll be back in a minute. Mae leaves party in den, and enters the kitchen. MAE (to Jack) There's a new one in today. JACK Yeah, Bill Harper. He's all right. Blanche has got herself quite a yen for him. MAE Not bad. I didn't think she had that much taste. JACK She knows what she's doing. She's got Ralph nuts about her, and now she's got her hooked up with this new kid. MAE (sees empty reefer box from cabinet) Hey, we haven't any more smokes. You better run over and get some. JACK Why couldn't you find that out when I was here this morning? Now I've got my car at the shop. MAE Well, what of it? That kid out there, Jimmy. He's got a car. (hands Jack his jacket) He'll take you. JACK (stands) Oh, all right. Jack dons jacket and leaves kitchen, enters den. There kids are smooching; one pair scurry to the record player to put on another record. Jimmy is making out with Agnes on a couch. JACK Hey Jimmy: JIMMY (standing) Yeah? JACK I need to go over to Cedar Avenue for a minute. You've got a car haven't you? JIMMY Why yeah, its my sister's. JACK Mind giving me a lift? JIMMY Why, sure! Come on! JACK O. K. "Satanic" jazz music (according to Anslinger, Hearst etc.) starts to play - a seemingly happy tune. [TIME STAMP: 22:25] Jack and Jimmy exit. Blanche and a nervous Bill are seated together, Ralph across the room. Another couple passionately kisses and hugs on a couch across the room, as jazz music plays. Bill looks nervously at the make-out scene on the couch. He offers an ordinary tobacco cigarette to Blanche, seated next to him. BLANCHE (uninterested) No thank you. Bill lights the tobacco cigarette. Mae enters into living room with tray of ready-rolled reefers. MAE Well, here they are. BLANCHE (perks) Oh, thanks! Blanche enthusiastically reaches for a reefer across Bill's bewildered face. RALPH (seated across the room) Oh Mae, don't forget me! MAE (sourly) I never forget you. Mae hands Ralph a reefer. Bill puffs on an ordinary tobacco cigarette. BLANCHE (taking Bill's cigarette, handing him a reefer) Oh dear, if you want a good smoke, try one of these!
just wanted a 'good' smoke
just wanted a 'good' smoke
Agnes puffs on her reefer, and smiles as if greatly enjoying it. BLANCHE (to Bill, who isn't smoking a reefer) I thought you were a sport! (strikes a match, lights her reefer) Of course, if you're afraid... Bill warily eyes the marihuana cigarette, and - as if to prove he isn't afraid - puts it in his mouth.
succumbing to peer pressure
succumbing to peer pressure
BLANCHE (happily) That's better! That's more like it! (lights Bill's reefer) I know you'll like it, really you will. Just take a puff of it. Bill takes a puff as Ralph laughs maniacally, reefer in hand. 12. EXT. - IN FRONT OF BOSS'S OFFICE - DAY Boss's office is on a city street. Mary's car - a convertible with the top down - driven by Jimmy pulls up, and Jack gets out. JACK Just be a minute, kid. JIMMY (anxiously) Hey Jack, give me a cigarette before you go, will you? Jack warily gives him a reefer. Jimmy lights up while Jack enters the boss's office. [TIME STAMP: 24:15] 13. INT. - INSIDE BOSS'S OFFICE - DAY
gangster Boss
gangster Boss
Boss is totaling something on a large and noisy hand-cranked adding machine. BOSS Hello Jack. JACK Hi Boss. BOSS How's business? JACK Getting better every day. Those kids sure go for it. BOSS Swell. JACK (counts money) Had to run over for couple more cartons. Ran short today. BOSS Uh huh. Jack places some money on Boss's desk. BOSS (on the intercom) Johnny - that's ten gross for Jack Perry. Who? Pete Daley? All right, send him in. (to Jack) It's all right, stay where you are. Jack opens door for Pete, who enters. PETE (to Boss) I want to talk to you. BOSS (nods) All right, go ahead. Jack's OK. What's the beef? PETE Listen, you never heard no beef when I had to sell that rotten gin. BOSS (putting away the money) You're after the dough aren't ya? PETE Yeah, well I don't need dough that bad. (disgusted) Taking two-bit pieces from kids! BOSS There are millions of two-bit pieces just beggin' to be taken. Don't be a dope. PETE I'm just DOPE enough to draw the line selling hop to kids! BOSS (in mock-conciliation) All right, Pete. You know what my policy has always been. If you boys are not satisfied, I'm always glad to have 'em retire... Retire, "permanently". So long. Pete slowly leaves, but at the door, turns to Boss.
pushers like corrupting kids
pushers like corrupting kids
PETE I only wish you had a couple of kids, so I could-- BOSS Get out! (to Jack) All right Jack, pick up your stuff and get out of here, it ought to be ready by now. JACK Ok, Boss. Boss resumes cranking his adding machine as Jack leaves. 14. EXT. - IN FRONT OF BOSS'S OFFICE - DAY Jimmy, in the driver's seat, starts the car as Jack approaches. Jimmy drunkenly tosses his lit marihuana cigarette butt to the street. JIMMY (exhaling reefer smoke, slurring words) Let's go Jack, I'm red hot!
reefer reckless
reefer reckless
JACK Better be careful how you drive, or the first thing you know, you'll be ice cold. Jimmy appears to pooh pooh the idea. The car starts back to Mae's apartment, speeding through a 1930's Los Angeles. JACK Take it easy, kid! JACK Slow down - you'll kill somebody!
proof marihuana kills
proof marihuana kills
Jimmy speeds on, running through a stop signal, striking down an upright citizen of the town. Jimmy doesn't slow down or stop for the elderly man who is left lying in the street. Concerned onlookers gather around the critically injured man, as the hit-and-run drivers keep going. [TIME STAMP: 26:46] 15. INT. - BREAKFAST AT MARY LANE'S HOUSE - DAY Mary eats her breakfast alone. Mrs. Lane enters the room with a plate of toast. MRS. LANE Mary, you're not eating your breakfast again. Bill Harper hasn't been around lately. Anything wrong between you two? MARY (crossly) Why SHOULD there be anything wrong? MRS. LANE (soothing) There shouldn't be I'm sure. And what ever it is, it isn't serious, I know. MARY I'm sorry Mother, for snapping at you like that. MRS. LANE Don't worry about it, dear. Why don't you speak frankly to Bill? He'll be honest, whatever the trouble is. I'm sure Bill Harper never lied about anything. MARY Yes, that's right. Bill's mother says he never lies. MRS. LANE There, you see? MARY You think it would be all right, if I speak to him about it? MRS. LANE Why, of course! Jimmy enters room, looking guilty. MRS. LANE Oh Jimmy. (kissing him) JIMMY Hello mom. MRS. LANE Sit down, darling, and I'll have your breakfast for you in a moment. Jimmy sits at table. Mrs. Lane leaves room.
the movie appears to be broken and missing a few seconds here
MARY ... Jimmy!
what, me worry?
what, me worry?
JIMMY What have I got to worry about? MARY Why don't you tell me? JIMMY Oh for Pete's sake, don't start to cross examine me, will ya? I'm all right. MARY Jimmy! Don't let Mother see you like this! Mrs. Lane enters room with Jimmy's breakfast, Jimmy straightens up. Mrs. Lane serves Jimmy breakfast. 16. INT. - GOVERNMENT OFFICE - DAY A big, important-looking, Government building. Fade in to office door, plaque reading, FEDERAL OFFICES, Bureau Of Investigation. Fade in to inside of office where Dr. Carroll is sitting in front of a G-man, who is seated at a 1930's government desk. DR. CARROLL There is no doubt, that there is an organized gang, distributing the narcotic, to students. Not only in my school, but all over the city. You government men have got to find some way to put an end to it!
marihuana = DOPE
marihuana = DOPE
MR. WYATT Of course I agree with you, Dr. Carroll, but do you realize that marihuana is not like other forms of DOPE? You see it grows wild in almost every state of the union. Therefore, there is practically no interstate commerce in the drug. As a result, the government's hands are tied. And frankly, the only sure cure, is a widespread campaign in education. DR. CARROLL Oh, its all right to talk about education Mr Wyatt, but we educators can't do anything until the public is sufficiently aroused. MR. WYATT Let me show you something. In 1930, the records on marihuana in the Washington office, narcotics division, scarcely filled a small folder like this. Today, they fill cabinets.
marihuana causes much mayhem
marihuana causes much mayhem
Walks over to some filing cabinets. MR. WYATT All these, devoted to marihuana records. Taking a folder, Mr Wyatt walks back to the desk with Dr. Carroll. MR. WYATT Here is an example. A sixteen year-old lad, apprehended in the act of staging a holdup. Sixteen years old, and a marihuana addict. Here is a most tragic case. DR. CARROLL Yes, I remember. Just a young boy. Under the influence of the drug, he killed his entire family with an axe. MR. WYATT Then there is the most vicious kind of case. Here. He hands Dr. Carroll a clipping. MR. WYATT In Michigan, a young girl, seventeen years old - a reefer smoker - taken in a raid in the company of five young men. Dr. Carroll frowns. MR. WYATT Here is a particularly flagrant case. DR. CARROLL Yes, I remember the newspapers made quite a play of it. In West Virginia, wasn't it? MR. WYATT Yes, and there are hundreds of them coming up, new ones every day. DR. CARROLL I'd like to take these records, if I may. I feel they would be of invaluable assistance to me, in combating the evil in my school. MR. WYATT You're very welcome, Dr. Carroll. DR. CARROLL Thank you. [TIME STAMP: 30:20] 17. INT. - PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE - DAY Bill enters. Dr. Carroll is seated at his desk. DR. CARROLL Sit down, Bill. Bill sits.
Are you on drugs, Bill?
Are you on drugs, Bill?
DR. CARROLL There seems to be something wrong. What is it? You were always a fine student. You always had excellent grades. BILL Oh I guess the work is getting a little harder, Doctor Carroll. DR. CARROLL No. No, it isn't that. Bill, I'd like to help you. But of course I can't unless you let me. You're undermining your health. BILL No, there's nothing Doctor Carroll, really there isn't. I'll study harder, honest! DR. CARROLL Honest? If you were being honest with me and honest with yourself, I'm afraid you'd tell me an entirely different story. Bill, I'm, I'm going to ask you a straightforward question, and I'd like to have a straightforward answer.
Bill looks guilty
Bill looks guilty
Bill avoids eye contact, looks away nervously. BILL Yes sir. DR. CARROLL Isn't it true that you have - perhaps unwillingly - acquired a certain harmful habit, through association with certain undesirable people? Bill looks away, frowns, and wrings his hands. DR. CARROLL Well? BILL Oh, no sir, I haven't Doctor Carroll. Well, that is, you see, I'm worried about something at home.
if you ever want to confide in me, no one will ever be the wiser
if you ever want to confide in me, no one will ever be the wiser
DR. CARROLL All right my boy, we'll just have to let it go at that. But remember, if you ever want to confide in me, no one will ever be the wiser. BILL Thank you, Doctor Carroll. [TIME STAMP: 31:49] 18. EXT. - TENNIS COURT - DAY
I'm waiting for someone
I'm waiting for someone
Mary is dressed for tennis with racket in hand, waiting. Kenny, also dressed for tennis and with racket, enters. KENNY Hello, Mary. You wanna play a set? MARY Thanks Kenny, but I'm waiting for someone. KENNY Well if you're waiting for Bill, he hasn't been here in weeks. Mary, upset, quickly turns and stomps off. [TIME STAMP: 32:02] 19. INT. - MAE'S APARTMENT - DAY Blanche, obviously high on reefer, dances in a drunken manner. Ralph and other kids are sitting. A stoned Bill is standing on the other side of the room, facing Blanche and smiling. BLANCHE Come on Jimmy, play something hot! Jimmy walks to piano with Agnes in tow and begins to play. Blanche dances and starts to shed clothing.
Come on Billy
Come on Billy
BLANCHE Come on Billy, dance with me! Ah, ha ha ha! An intoxicated Bill begins to dance with Blanche. They dance towards the bedroom. In the kitchen, Mae fixes a drink. Jack enters, but peeks back at the scene in the living room. JACK Didn't take that new kid long to catch on. MAE (pouring drink) Don't take any of 'em long. Jack walks to the refrigerator and pulls out some food. MAE Say, don't you ever get fed? JACK You're feeding me, can't you see? (Sits at table to eat) Get me a knife and fork, will ya? MAE Get it yourself. Back in the living room, Bill dances an intoxicated Blanche back to the bedroom, as she laughs and doffs clothing. Ralph, watching the couple dance from the living room, remains seated, and smokes from his reefer, laughing madly.
Come on, Bill!
Come on, Bill!
BLANCHE Come on, Bill! Come on! Come on! In the bedroom, Blanche embraces Bill, and closes the door with her foot behind her. As the piano dins in the background, the couple giggle and remove articles of Blanche's clothing. She lays down on a divan, pulling Bill down with her. BLANCHE Come on! Come on... Bill lays with her, embracing her. Bill's hand innocently goes around her, but Blanche places Bill's hand down there; just below where we can see. Back in the living room, Jimmy is attempting to play the piano, while Agnes distracts him by kissing him. Ralph continues to smoke his reefer, ogling couples making out, cackling maniacally. [TIME STAMP: 34:24] 20. EXT. - MARY LANE'S HOUSE - DAY Fade in to Mary Lane's front door, where two police investigators want to ask Mary some questions. INVESTIGATOR Morning, miss. We're from the Police Department. MARY Good morning. INVESTIGATOR We're tracing a hit and run driver. Someone caught the license number at the place of the accident but didn't get it quite right. And we're checking all numbers like it, and yours was one of them. MARY Well I'll try to help you. INVESTIGATOR Do you remember what you did on the 29th of last month? MARY Oh, that was the day before Mother's birthday. Oh yes I remember that because I left school and went directly to the dress-maker's with Mother. I was there all afternoon. INVESTIGATOR Did you happen to loan your car to a couple of men? MARY (nervously) No. No, I had the car all afternoon myself. INVESTIGATOR Well, thanks Miss, sorry to have troubled you. MARY Tell me, er, did they, was the person, killed? INVESTIGATOR Fortunately he wasn't, but that's still no excuse for hit and run driving. They leave, and Mary, pensively, closes the door. [TIME STAMP: 35:36] 21. INT. - MALT SHOP - DAY Fade in to Mary, entering the empty Malt shop. She approaches the soda-jerk, Joe, who is cleaning glasses. MARY Had Jimmy Lane been here today? JOE (eyes Mary suspiciously) He was in. He went over to Mae's place. You know where that is. MARY Well... he was going to wait for me here... So, he didn't, give me Mae's address. Are you sure Jimmy didn't leave any message for me - Mary? JOE No he didn't. (eyes Mary) But I guess you're OK. I'll write it down for you. Joe jots down Mae's address for a nervous Mary. [TIME STAMP: 36:00] 22. INT. - MAE'S APARTMENT - DAY The door-buzzer sounds. Ralph answers, and it is Mary. RALPH Mary! He shakes her hand, pulling her in the apartment at the same time. RALPH Come right in! MARY Is Jimmy here? RALPH He's around somewhere, I, I think he went out to take Agnes home. He'll be right back. Come in and sit down Mary. And let me take your coat. Fade in to kitchen, Jack and Mae are there. MAE Who's the new kid who just came in? JACK Oh it's that gal that Ralph has gone overboard for. It's funny, he hasn't been able to get her up here before. Back in the living room with Ralph and Mary, Mary is looking around for the first time. Ralph whispers to passed-out couple on the couch. RALPH (whispering to groggy couple) Hey! Hey! Scram, will ya? The sleepy make-out couple obediently leaves. Ralph joins Mary who is sitting on the couch. [TIME STAMP: 37:00] Ralph slyly takes a reefer - disguised as an ordinary smoke, and lights it. He exhales a cloud of smoke which passes in front of Mary's face. He hands her a reefer. Mary is pensively staring off in the distance. RALPH Smoke, Mary? MARY Thanks.
Mary smokes marihuana
Mary smokes marihuana
Ralph carefully observes Mary as she taps the cigarette on the back of her hand, as if it were an ordinary tobacco one. MARY (looking away, distracted) Are you sure Jimmy will be back soon? RALPH (striking a match) Sure, any minute. Mary lights her smoke, and inhales, seemingly not noticing that this is a dread marihuana reefer, and not a tobacco-filled cigarette. She puffs a few times. Ralph watches Mary, waiting for the drug to take effect. Mary puffs away, distracted. Back in the bedroom, Blanche is wakening from a post-romp slumber. A remorseful Bill stares out the window, away from Blanche. Both look like they have fallen asleep with their clothes on. Blanche stretches, revealing she's down to her slip, Bill's bow-tie is undone. Bill looks at Blanche and puts his head in his hands. Back to the living room, where Mary is now giggling from the marihuana. She tosses her reefer, and giggles. Ralph hands her his and she giggles again. Meanwhile, into the kitchen with Mae and Jack. Jack pours Mae a bit from a bottle of booze. Mae has a lit cigarette. MAE (eyeing the puny shot) Say, what's the matter, an orphan? RALPH (filling the glass) Where do you put it, you got a hollow leg? MAE (tipsily) Thank you. Mary (with Ralph in the living room), puts out the reefer she's holding, and holds her head. RALPH (taking her arm) How do you feel, Mary? He puts his arm around her. Mary pushes him away. RALPH (persistently) Oh Mary. He forces himself on her, but she struggles. MARY (trying to get away) No. No! No, stop it! Stop! Stop! Ralph is practically on top of her, holding her down. MARY (trying harder to get away) No! Leave me alone! Leave me alone! She struggles, but Ralph won't stop. Back to the bedroom, a groggy and stoned Bill stumbles to the door. In the living room. MARY (struggling) No! Leave me alone! RALPH (forcing her) It's all right, Mary! Ralph continues to forcefully hold Mary as she struggles. He begins to unzip her dress. MARY (screams) Aaaa! Bill stumbles out of the bedroom and sees the two struggling. Fade in to scene in Bill's imagination. In Bill's blurry imagination, Mary is unzipping her dress and happily submitting to Ralph. Bill goes in and out of focus as he imagines Mary is stripping for Ralph. Bill (due to the marihuana) somehow can't see that Ralph is forcing himself on poor Mary, who is screaming and violently struggling to get free. Bill stumbles over and grabs Ralph, and Ralph and Bill begin to fight. From the kitchen, Jack hears the commotion, grabs his pistol from his jacket, and enters the fracas in the living room. Jack grabs Bill. As Bill and Jack wrestle, the gun goes off. Mary has been fatally wounded and lies dead, a neat bullet hole in her back (coincidentally where her dress was unzipped and pulled down by Ralph): the bullet has pierced Mary's heart. Bill and Jack continue to struggle until Jack pistol-whips Bill and knocks Bill out. Blanche and Mae look on. BLANCHE (looking at Mary) Ralph, Ralph! Look! RALPH Jack, is she all right? JACK (examines Mary's body, then pauses) She's dead. Mae and Blanche visibly recoil from the news. JACK (thinking) Mae, get me some water. Mae exits.
marihuana killed Mary
marihuana killed Mary
JACK (to Ralph and Blanche) Now listen you two, I want you to get out of here. Get out of here and forget you were ever in here today. I'll handle this. Now get going! Blanche and Ralph exit. Jack takes his pistol, wipes it with his handkerchief, and - kneeling next to a still knocked-out Bill - places the gun in Bill's hand. Mae arrives with the water. JACK (taking the pitcher of water) Give it to me. Jack sprinkles some water on Bill's face, and Bill starts to awaken. JACK Here. Jack gives the pitcher back to Mae, and helps a groggy Bill back to his feet. Bill is holding the gun now, but doesn't know it. Jack points Bill at Mary's lifeless body. BILL Mary! Bill looks down at his hand, which is holding the gun. He drops the gun in bewilderment and crouches next to Mary's body. BILL (gently shakes her) Mary! BILL (to Jack) What happened? JACK You killed her. Bill breaks down and begins to weep over Mary. Jack and Mae step back as Bill cries. JACK (To Mae) Look. After I scram, you call the cops. And this is your story, remember it. These two kids came up here for a couple of beers. You were out in the kitchen, you heard the shot. When you got in here, that's what you found. Just stick to that story. BILL (cradling Mary's lifeless head) Mary! Mary... speak to me! Mary! [TIME STAMP: 42:49] 23. INT. - MALT SHOP - DAY A somber piano piece piano piece is playing. Jack enters, looks around, and heads for Jimmy's booth where Jimmy is with some cheerful kids. Jack taps Jimmy on the shoulder. Jimmy startles when he sees Jack. Jack signals Jimmy, and they move to a private booth. JIMMY (looking around nervously) Hello, Jack. JACK I was just talking to a friend of mine. A cop. A sergeant on the homicide squad. That guy you hit that day, died.
just talking to a friend
just talking to a friend
Jack looks at a worried Jimmy. JIMMY Died? You - I mean, you didn't-- JACK No. I didn't crack, and I'm not going to. Nobody will ever know you were driving that car. JIMMY Thanks Jack-- JACK Just as long as you keep your mouth shut you were ever at Mae's apartment. JIMMY Why sure Jack, sure. JACK O. K. [TIME STAMP: 44:02] Fade in newspaper headline: HARPER MARIHUANA SLAYING TRIAL OPENS. 24. INT. - COURTROOM - DAY Fade in to courtroom. DEFENSE ATTORNEY Your Honor, I'd like to recall Doctor Alfred Carroll to the stand. JUDGE Call Doctor Alfred Carroll to the stand. Dr. Carroll sits in the witness booth. DEFENSE ATTORNEY Doctor Carroll, as Principal of the Lakeside High School, did you, during the last three months, notice any changes in the demeanor and attitude of your student, William Harper?
errors in time and space
errors in time and space
DR. CARROLL Yes, in a number of things. For example, at times, dissociation of ideas. In uh, another instance, I happened to attend the recent interscholastic tennis matches. And while Bill Harper, had been considered an exceedingly good player, I saw him miss the ball by as much as three or four feet. This I understand could be attributed to the use of marihuana. It causes errors in time and space. PROSECUTOR Objection your honor! The witness isn't qualified to express opinions upon the effects of narcotics. JUDGE Sustained. Doctor Carroll has been called merely as a character witness. DEFENSE Well then, although you didn't know with your own knowledge that the defendant was using marihuana, did you notice any changes that wold lead you to believe (as an educator) that he was under some severe mental strain might might possibly have be induced by some drug? DR. CARROLL Yes, I recall distinctly a few weeks ago. It was during a class of English Literature. There was a serious discussion of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, when he suddenly burst into an uncontrollable fit of hysterical laughter. Bill's parents watch the proceedings apprehensively. DEFENSE By the way, Doctor Carroll. Six months ago, what would have been your opinion regarding the character of my client? DR. CARROLL He was a fine upstanding American boy: a good scholar; a good athlete, and representative of the caliber of young men we are proud to graduate from our school. [TIME STAMP: 46:10] 25. INT. - APARTMENT 32 - DAY In a new, smaller "hide-out" -type apartment, Ralph sits nervously smoking a reefer and talking to Blanche. BLANCHE (to Ralph) Oh, snap out of it, will ya? (thinking out loud) Not our fault. Why'd I ever bring him up there, anyway? He's just a kid. Can't hang him.
Shut up, shut up!
Shut up, shut up!
RALPH (exhaling smoke, with maniacal look) Shut up, shut up! BLANCHE Why don't you let yourself go? Talk! Go off your nut, and have me that way too. It was his own fault, wasn't it? RALPH (exhaling smoke, with crazed look) Shut up! They've got us hidden out, haven't they? The cops can't find us. Mae looks and listens from the next room. Jack is stretched out on a cot reading a paper. MAE (hushed, to Jack) Jack! Jack, I want to get out of here. JACK You're gonna stay here just as long as we have to keep those two under cover. 'Til the trial's over - or the boss gets a better idea. MAE But they're getting on my nerves! JACK It can't last much longer. I'm not worried about her. We gotta keep him gagged. MAE Oh, he's about ready to crack. JACK All you gotta do is keep him from having too many reefers. MAE Any day now that punk'll get hot. He'll probably spill and tell all he knows if he gets a chance. JACK (rising to his feet) I don't think he'll get it. (donning jacket) I'll see you later. MAE Where are you going? JACK I'm gonna see the boss. Jack exits as Mae primps in a mirror. [TIME STAMP: 47:49] 26. INT. - BOSS'S OFFICE - DAY Boss is seated. Jack enters. BOSS Hello Jack. JACK Hello Boss. Jack sits in a chair in front of boss's desk. JACK What are we gonna do about that Wiley guy? BOSS Still jittery, huh? JACK I don't know what the punk's gonna do. BOSS Keep feeding him those hop sticks. JACK That's what Mae's been doing. That's no good. I've gotta hunch he's due to crack when that Harper verdict comes in. If he's on the tea, he's liable to take a powder on us, and blow his top to the D.A. BOSS You mean we'd all be better off if he never, uh, heard the verdict? Jack nods. BOSS Well, what are you waiting for? Jack makes an O.K. sign, and winks. [TIME STAMP: 48:36] Newspaper headline, "HARPER VERDICT EXPECTED TONIGHT". 27. INT. - COURTROOM - DAY Fade in to courtroom, where the prosecutor is making his final summation to the jury.
prosecutor
prosecutor
PROSECUTOR You ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have a duty to perform; a duty to yourselves, and to our community. Mary Lane is dead. The jury recoils at the word "dead". PROSECUTOR The evidence you've heard at this trial, could not have failed to convince you of the guilt of the defendant. (pointing at Bill) By his own admission, he pressed the trigger of the weapon that sent lovely and innocent Mary Lane to a tragic and untimely death. A grieving Mrs. Lane is in the courtroom, sobbing into a handkerchief.
Mrs. Lane
Mrs. Lane
PROSECUTOR We are not so much concerned about the motives behind the deed, as to the deed itself. While the defendant has told you that he saw someone attacking Mary Lane, and that his mind went blank from that moment on, the defense has been unable to produce one witness to substantiate that statement. Now ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you've heard able men testify at this trial. Men who were proud to bring out the fact that the defendant might have become momentarily insane when he fired the shot that killed Mary Lane. But the defense has been unable to prove that he was insane. William Harper was sane when he visited the apartment where the tragedy occurred. He was in the habit of visiting the place. He was sane when he went to bed with another young women. Bill attempts to hide his face. His lawyer gently pulls him up to face the prosecutor. PROSECUTOR You've all heard what went on in that room. You heard it from the defendant's own lips. Involved, as he was, in a tawdry love affair, Mary Lane was in the way. She had found him out. In a moment of anger, he deliberately and willfully, killed her. If such deeds are permitted to go unpunished, this community would cease to be a decent and safe place for us or our children to live. I do not believe I need to plead, or even demand, that you bring in a verdict to punish the defendant for the crime he has committed against society. You are upright citizens. That is why you were chosen to judge another. And as honest, upright citizens, there is only one verdict which you could find. And that is, a verdict of guilty! CLERK (not seen) And this court will be adjourned until the jury's verdict is reached. [TIME STAMP: 51:09] 28. INT. - JURY ROOM - DAY Jurors are seated about a table. JUROR1 I suppose you all feel the same about this case. JUROR2 But he might have been insane when he did it-- JUROR3 No he wasn't. JUROR1 He knew what he was doing. JUROR2 But, supposing he was insane? JUROR1 You'll never get me to believe it nor anybody else. We'll take a first vote.
swinging hypnotic pendulum
swinging hypnotic pendulum
Jurors write something on small sheets of paper, hand them to Juror1. JUROR1 (opens, examines sheets of paper) Eleven for conviction, one for acquittal. JUROR2 But there's a reasonable doubt about the boy's sanity. We can't-- A cord for a pull cord lamp situated over the table swings pendulously. JUROR1 No doubt about the fact that he murdered her. He admitted it himself. That wasn't the first time he was there.
pendulum, noose
pendulum, noose
Juror1 stares in the direction of the swinging cord, a portrait of George Washington off to the right. The (hypnotically) swinging cord fades into a swinging hangman's noose. [TIME STAMP: 52:15] JUROR1 We gotta make an example, before boys like that contaminate all of our children. We can't have every murderer hiding behind the guise that he's insane. Two upright lady jurors nod in agreement. One lady writes "guilty" - dotting the "i" and crossing the "t" of the word. JUROR1 Sure they see red before they kill somebody. But who's fault is it? 29. INT. - COURTROOM - DAY The reading of the verdict. The jurors file in the jury box. JUDGE Have you reached a verdict? JUROR1 We have. JUDGE The defendant will rise. Bill stands. JUDGE What is your verdict? JUROR1 We find the defendant guilty as charged. MRS. HARPER No! (sobs) In the courtroom, Mae is in attendance. [TIME STAMP: 54:18] 30. INT. - APARTMENT 32 - NIGHT A somewhat disheveled Ralph - darkened eyes - is pacing nervously, Blanche is playing a stormy piano piece. RALPH Stop that racket. Stop it! BLANCHE What's the matter with you? You give me the creeps. Ralph, looking crazy, laughs a demented laugh, notices the empty box of reefers. RALPH Mae. Mae! Mae enters. MAE What do you want? RALPH (madly) Bring me some reefers! Mae reluctantly leaves to get some. Blanche resumes playing, as Ralph paces nervously. RALPH They're going to hang him. (almost crying) Blanche, they're going to hang him! BLANCHE Aw come on, get a hold of yourself. Mae enters with the reefers. MAE Here ya are. Ralph's attention focused on box of reefers, he grabs one, laughing maniacally. He lights it. MAE Now quit that crazy laughing! RALPH Where's Jack? I want to get out of here. MAE They'll pick you up and hang you, if you don't pipe down. RALPH I wanna see Jack. Jack. I wanna see Jack. Jack... MAE (to Blanche) You better quiet him. BLANCHE I can't do anything with him. Ralph sits and puffs the reefer, laughing in a crazy manner. RALPH (thinking) I've gotta see Jack. We can't let that kid hang. (begins to weep) MAE He'll be here, don't worry, he'll be here in a little while. RALPH I've got to see him. I've got to see him. Mae walks over to Blanche, and motions for Blanche to begin playing the piano again. She begins a stormy, dramatic piece. Ralph looks distressed and sobs. RALPH (sobbing) Oh! Blanche stops playing and goes over to Ralph. BLANCHE Don't worry darling, everything will be over soon. She kisses him on the cheek. BLANCHE You want me to play something for you? RALPH Yeah. Yeah, that's it. Play something. BLANCHE All right. Come on. Blanche leads Ralph to the piano and begins to play, as Ralph smokes a reefer. BLANCHE Honey, give me a smoke, will ya? He lights another reefer and hands it to her. She inhales and kisses him. She begins to play again, as he smokes. RALPH (maniacal look) Faster. Faster! She begins to bring up the tempo.
play it faster
play it faster
RALPH (maniacally) Play it faster! Faster! Play it faster. RALPH (fingers twitching) Faster. Blanche, with wild look, and reefer in mouth, plays it faster. Ralph, smoking, seems to be maniacally enraptured with the music. Tossing his (lit) reefer (on the carpet) he holds his head with his hands, thinking. Ralph hears Jack enter the apartment. Blanche stops playing as Jack enters. RALPH (standing, facing Jack) I know what you want. You want to kill me. JACK You're crazy. Take it easy kid. I just want to talk to you.
he knows what they want
he knows what they want
Jack begins to pull a pistol out of his jacket. But Ralph is ready with a fireplace poker, and proceeds to bash Jack over the head. Jack falls, but Ralph continues to beat him with the fireplace poker, over and over. Blanche crazily cries. Mae enters, and screams. Blanche screams and crazily cries/laughs. Ralph madly continues to beat a now thoroughly-dead Jack. Downstairs, the apartment manager lady calls the police. MANAGER LADY Hurry! Hurry! There's a terrible fight going on! Yes, yes. Apartment thirty two. Back upstairs, Blanche comforts a deranged Ralph, who is still holding the fireplace poker. Police enter the apartment. Blanche tries to run, but Ralph just sits, holding the fireplace poker, staring. The police grab Blanche. BLANCHE Stop it! Stop it! Get off of me! Get your hands off of me! Stop it! Take your hands off me! Stop it! Cops exit with Blanche, Ralph, and Mae. [TIME STAMP: 59:36] 31. INT. - POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT The police interrogation room is dark, except for a single lamp. Mae is under the lamp, getting the third degree from two cigar-smoking cops. Montage of clips of Mae getting the third degree, with voice-overs of cops.
Mae gets the third degree
Mae gets the third degree
MAE Give me a glass of water. TOUGH COP Who's behind you? MAE No, no, no! TOUGH COP You'll hang if you don't talk. Who is Jack Perry? Are you ready to tell what you know? MAE Yes! I'll talk. Cops allow Mae some water. [TIME STAMP: 59:55]
police grab Boss
police grab Boss
A short "calling all cars" 1920's montage of a police dispatcher talking into some big, important-looking 1920's style radio equipment. Wailing sirens follow. Clips of 1920's police motorcycles and 1920's police cars are shown. Appears to be stock footage thrown together. A policeman slowly breaks down door with an axe. Boss is inside. Boss reaches (slowly) for a gun, but police grab Boss and take him without violence. On go the handcuffs. [TIME STAMP: 1:00:36] Newspaper headline: "HARPER CASE GANG LEADERS CAPTURED - All Higher-ups Of Gang Behind Scenes In Harper Case Taken Into Custody - SWIFT ACTION PROMISED". Fade in to door plaque reading: "JUDGE'S CHAMBER". [TIME STAMP: 1:00:44] 32. INT. - JUDGE'S CHAMBER - DAY The judge, Blanche, and some lawyers are seated around a table. LAWYER If we can gain some measure of leniency for my client, she is prepared to enter a plea of guilty, and, in addition, turn state's evidence in the case of William Harper. JUDGE I regret that this court is not prepared, to bargain with justice. BLANCHE (rises to her feet, determined) I'll tell anyway. I was there. I saw it. I know who killed Mary. And I'll tell you who killed Mary Lane. It wasn't Bill. It was Jack. Jack Perry. He shot Mary then he put the gun in Bill's hand. We were all up at the apartment one afternoon, and Mary came in looking for her brother. Bill and I, we'd been in another room. And Bill came in, he caught Ralph with Mary so he started to fight. But it was Jack who had the gun. He was gonna hit Bill over the head with it to make him stop. And then, then the gun went off. (emotional, almost weeping) I saw it. I can see it now! It was horrible! And, before we knew it, Mary was, Mary was, dead! (sits) But you see, Judge, Bill didn't know that he hadn't killed Mary. He was so doped up they made him think he had. Ralph wanted to tell you too. (weeping) Oh, if they'd only let him! But this is the truth, Judge. I'm telling you the truth. After Jack saw that Mary was dead, he put the gun in Bill's hand! It was Jack's fault. And it was my fault too. I got all of 'em to come up to the apartment. I'm just as much to blame. I am. (really blubbering now) I am! JUDGE Do I understand you wish to plead guilty to a charge of fostering moral delinquency in the case of William Harper? BLANCHE (loudly blubbering) Yes, yes, I'm guilty, I am! [TIME STAMP: 1:02:52] JUDGE (to clerk) Prepare a statement for signature, and also an order, setting aside the verdict in the case of The People versus William Harper. (to Blanche and her lawyer) In the interests of justice, I shall direct a verdict of not guilty. Clerk types, hands papers to Judge, who hands papers to Blanche. JUDGE Sign here, please. Blanche rises and signs the papers. JUDGE You shall be brought into court on Thursday, the seventeenth when sentence will be pronounced. Meanwhile, you will be held as a material witness in the case of The People versus Ralph Wiley. Blanche is led out of the room by a prison matron. Taking Blanche by the arm, the prison matron and Blanche slowly make their way down the hall. But seeing a window at the end of the hall, Blanche escapes the prison matron, and hurls herself through the window to her death. Blanche's body lies on the sidewalk. PRISON MATRON (looks out the window, screams) Aaaa! [TIME STAMP: 1:05:14] 33. INT. - COURTROOM, JUDGE'S BENCH - DAY The judge is seated at his bench. Bill, his defense attorney, and the Prosecutor are present.
the vicious pitfalls of Marihuana
the vicious pitfalls of Marihuana
JUDGE We have come in the hearings before this court today, to what I hope will be the final actions revolving about an unhappy and unfortunate case, one who's horrible tragedy will forever remain with me. I am happy to have been enabled, before it was too late, to order the verdict of the jury, in the case of The People versus William Harper, to be set aside. But, young man, although this court is convinced that to declare you guilty would have been a gross miscarriage of justice, we cannot condone your acts. And we can express only the hope your experiences may not only keep you but thousands of others from the vicious pitfalls of marihuana. Thus I am ordering you to remain in this court during the next case, so that you will be obliged to witness what you yourself so narrowly escaped. Call the case of The People versus Ralph Wiley. Bill's mother and father embrace him. Mrs Lane and Jimmy look on. [TIME STAMP: 1:06:32] An extremely deranged-looking Ralph is led in by two policemen, and marched to the bench. PROSECUTOR Your honor, in this case the State waives trial of the defendant Ralph Wiley. It is convinced that he is hopelessly and incurably insane,
insane by marihuana
insane by marihuana
A series of very quick, up-close looks at Ralph's (?) marihuana-maddened face, complete with crazy eyes. PROSECUTOR A condition caused by the drug marihuana to which he was addicted. It is recommended your honor, that the defendant be placed in an institution for the criminally insane for the rest of his natural life. Defendant's council joins the State in this request. JUDGE Since Council for the defense, as well as council for the State seem to agree on this, I see no reason why the request should not be granted. [TIME STAMP: 1:07:20] 34. INT. - CLASSROOM - NIGHT Dr. Carroll addresses the concerned parents.
or YOURS!
or YOURS!
DR. CARROLL Yes, that happened right here, to your neighbors. It is not too much to say that in your hands lies the possibility of averting other tragedies like it. We must work untiringly, so that our children are obliged to learn the truth. Because it is only through knowledge that we can safely protect them. Failing this, the next tragedy may be that of your daughter. Or your son. (pointing at us) Or yours. Or Yours. Or YOURS! Music, text overlay.
TELL YOUR CHILDREN
TELL YOUR CHILDREN
TELL YOUR CHILDREN The End [TIME STAMP: 1:08:17] A G&H RRODUCTION

Stage direction, illustration selection (C)2008 Doug Snead.


Screenplay dialog transcription and script reconstruction, Doug Snead. Original content (C)2008 Doug Snead, as applicable.


Tue Feb 24 16:34:34 PST 2009


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