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This film contains very strong language.

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(CHATTER)

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-Did he call anyone?

-How the hell should I know?

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-You said he was distraught.

-I didn't say I knew why.

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You don't look too happy either.

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-Excuse me.

-That's the fiancee of the deceased, Miss Leonore Lemmon.

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The one on the end's a house guest, Robert Condon.

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The other two are friends, Carol Van Ronkel and Bill Bliss.

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-Bliss found the body.

-What time did the party start?

-Just after midnight.

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He woke up, came downstairs,

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20 minutes, half an hour, said good night and went back to bed.

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The coroner's ruling indicated suicide.

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Paterson.

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-(SHUTTER CLICKS)

-Captain.

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The fiancee said he was depressed.

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Also predicted he would do it.

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He went upstairs, she told her pals he was gonna shoot himself.

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So why didn't she stop him?

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Maybe she believed what she saw on TV.

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On TV?

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Who, him?

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Faster than a speeding bullet.

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Hmm.

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'(DOG BARKS)'

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'# "Lonely Boy - Paul Anka'

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(KNOCK AT DOOR) '(PANTING / GRUNTING)'

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'(COUGHING)' '(DOG BARKS)'

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'# I'm just a lonely boy'

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'# Lonely and blue #' '(MUSIC STOPS)'

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Oh, hi.

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I have new information.

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(CLEARS THROAT) Good.

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I went to the office on Rossmore.

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The office is occupied by an orthodontist.

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You can imagine my... consternation.

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We're setting up in a better location.

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It's right off Wilshire, adding an operative.

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But delays, phone lines, so, time being...

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We believe that my wife continues to engage in illicit...

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..carnal relations.

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-I'm gonna take care of the mail.

-Good.

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Um, Mr Sinclair,

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we did check into that and, um,...

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..there was nothin' we came up with.

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Yes, well, in that regard, I blame myself.

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(CLEARS THROAT) How's that?

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My wife became aware of a... change in my demeanour

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and curtailed her activities accordingly.

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(CLEARS THROAT) She still at Western Costume?

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I drop her off there every morning. What transpires after that...

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-I have fees.

-For 50 a day. Three-day minimum. In advance.

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We'll do everything we can.

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It's not right, you know.

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-His money.

-He's nuts.

-'(DOG BARKS)'

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Don't give me grief, OK? Nobody said you had to stay in Van Nuys.

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You're the one that wanted a backyard.

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What did I say?

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Disneyland.

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Hmm. He like it?

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Russ took him on a canoe, the Indian Village.

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-It seemed to go alright.

-Russ.

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Russell.

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Rusty.

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Am I supposed to ask your permission?

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I just wanna make sure his intentions are honourable.

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-Keeping busy?

-Yeah. Maybe somethin' big.

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-Don't believe me?

-Oh, I always believed you.

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Every time.

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Where's Evan?

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-What's goin' on?

-That actor who shot himself, the one who plays Superman.

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-What about him?

-It's made him very upset.

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-He told you that?

-(SCOFFS)

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Every kid on the block is upset.

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Scout. Come on. Your old pops is taking you to school.

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What's on your mind, Scout?

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Nothing.

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-Nothing?

-Nothing.

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You know, things you see on TV, you know, someone's a cowboy, or...

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..or a spaceman,... it's just pretend, right?

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-I know.

-You remember we talked about that?

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I remember.

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OK.

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-Hey, what's this?

-I don't know.

-Well, why don't you find out?

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-You like that?

-Kind of.

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Come on, turn the knobs.

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(WHISTLES)

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I'm thinkin', "Maybe I ain't the best DI in California,

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but if I can't spot a one-eyed Negro Jew

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sneakin' into a house, it's time to pack it in." (LAUGHS)

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Davis is a very talented performer. (LAUGHS)

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What did Rick do?

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What's the matter, Alpha Beta not hiring any more parking-lot guards?

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Not with you moonlighting, Chuck.

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Study this gentleman.

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Observe him closely, the haircut, the get-up.

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Nobody told him the world don't need two Ralph Meekers.

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Listen to him, kid. And don't start smokin', either. Filthy habit.

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This isn't show business, pal,... it's just a job.

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Punch in every day. Let's get outta here.

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I'm still eatin', Chuck.

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Come on.

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'Sweetheart, cheque please.'

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Hey, Del.

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-Rick working you hard?

-Payroll scam at Warner's.

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-Wow. That's real detective work.

-I'm a real detective.

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-Anything you guys throwing away?

-Jesus, Lou.

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-Look, I'm askin'. The shit you won't touch. Come on.

-You will?

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If it puts me in a Fleetwood bigger than Ricky Harris's, yeah.

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-He drives a Lincoln.

-Come on, Del, feed me somethin'.

-Why should I?

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Cos you owe me, partner.

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What?

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What? The guy used to play Superman, he shot himself. What?

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-Someone thinks he didn't.

-Oh, yeah? Who?

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-His mother.

-His mother!

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-How do you know what she thinks?

-She tried to hire us this morning.

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-What does she have the cops don't?

-Look.

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You like a headline, there's a headline.

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-What did Rick say?

-Maybe you forgot.

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We're paid to keep things out of the newspaper.

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Helen Bessolo, she's in from Illinois at the Ambassador.

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-And you don't work for Rick Harris.

-What?

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When you pitch her,... you're not an associate, you're not a stringer.

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Who said I'm pitchin' her?

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I'm done eating.

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Oh, I forgot. Have one.

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-Guess who's a daddy.

-It's a boy.

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(KNOCK AT DOOR)

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Mrs Bessolo, I'm Louis Simo. I called.

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Our children, yes.

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-They'll always be our babies.

-You work for Mr Harris?

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I was an operative at the agency. I... branched out on my own.

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May I?

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There are certain situations the agency is...

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..not prepared to handle. They come to me.

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-A house full of strangers.

-How's that?

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The ones there that night,

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Van Ronkel, Bliss and that woman.

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This is Leonore, the fiancee?

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Leonore.

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How could you trust anything they say?

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Did he give any indication to you?

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-About what?

-Being, ya know,...

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-..despondent.

-Why would he be?

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When was, um,... if I may, the last time you spoke with your son?

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Do you know... a Herbert Spirakis?

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-Um, no.

-He's also an investigator here. Very professional.

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He says I have a case.

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Mrs Bessolo, I'm gonna level with you, alright?

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LAPD, Los Angeles Police Department, they don't like to be shown up.

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OK? They've closed the door on your son. It's a suicide, end of story.

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You want that door open again?

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You wanna make the cops and the DA pay attention?

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You need a headline this big,... only with the truth,

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so that everybody knows. OK? You gotta shove it in their faces.

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Did Herbert Spirakis tell you that?

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I have to pay by cheque.

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Five minutes. I didn't let you in.

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Hey. The 20?

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Right.

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Sorry.

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Say, you know who people wanted to see?

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Lana Turner's guy, um,... Stompanato.

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No kidding.

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I tell ya, that kid of hers,

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the knife was practically sticking out of his ass. Think about -

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-What are these?

-Huh?

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These marks. What did he do, beat himself up before he shot himself?

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Um,... I don't know.

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Don't do that. Hey. I didn't say you could touch anything.

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-Don't worry about it.

-Put it down. The coroner's gonna be back.

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-'(DOOR OPENS)'

-Ya hear?

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OK, that's it. You gotta go.

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(CHATTER)

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So, pal,... who's TM?

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Come on, what do you say? You help me, I'll help you.

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'George. George.'

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-Yes?

-Don't order any more drinks. I can't afford it.

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You couldn't afford the cover. Hello, Billy Wilder. Hire me, please.

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We're two steps from the men's room. They'll think we're queer.

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You do look fetching tonight. (CHUCKLES)

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-OK, I'm leaving.

-No, you're not.

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You're gonna stay right here and work the casting guy from Fox.

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You and I will practise being noticed without looking like you're trying.

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Fred Zinnemann.

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-Who?

-He's a director. Pictures.

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-He hires people.

-No-one's gonna hire me, anyway.

-(SAW WHIRS)

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(APPLAUSE)

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That's Rita Hayworth.

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George.

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That's Rita Hayworth.

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-You look absolutely ravishing, Rita!

-(CHATTER)

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Miss Hayworth, this way. Thank you.

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-Just made it.

-I beg your pardon?

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-Into the picture.

-Was someone taking a picture? I hadn't noticed.

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(LAUGHS) Mmm.

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My, we're awfully well trained, Mr...?

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-George Reeves.

-(LAUGHS)

-Was it the line or the delivery?

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-I laugh when I'm happy.

-I see. Well, who is it I'm making so happy?

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-I'm Toni.

-Just a poor girl with no last name.

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-(LAUGHS)

-I had no idea I could spread this much joy.

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Well, who knows what you might be spreading.

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-Your turn.

-I'm afraid you've got me.

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This way, please. Thank you.

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For you, sir.

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(SIGHS) George, George, George.

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(INSTRUMENTAL BIG BAND MUSIC)

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That was your first picture?

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That was my very first paid acting role.

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Your very first paid acting role was in Gone With The Wind?

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-That's right.

-And yet I don't remember you.

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You don't? How's this? "We want all your waltzes."

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-"First Brent, then me."

-You were a Tarleton!

-I was.

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-You hair was orange.

-It was tangerine.

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-Ah, well. Alright, then, that was your first.

-Mmm-hmm.

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-What was your last?

-That I'm certain you didn't see.

-Ha! Try me.

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The Adventures of Sir Galahad.

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Saturday-morning serial, very cheap, we all rode the same horse.

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Well, I'm sure you did a wonderful job and the children loved you.

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I don't know. It's a lot of waiting, a lot of wanting

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and, somehow, that's your life.

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-How dare you?

-What?

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How dare you permit me to talk about myself

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-when I am standing next to the most beautiful woman?

-(LAUGHS)

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-Well, you're an actor.

-(LAUGHS)

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And how about you? Hmm?

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Are those friends of yours over at Ciro's?

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I know some of them.

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Good people to know?

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-Not if you know them. (LAUGHS)

-Really?

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-Well, that sounded sad.

-Oh! I was aiming for mysterious.

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No, no, no, mysterious is like this...

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-Oh, that's good! Do another one!

-Alright.

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Noble. Stoic.

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Heroic.

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-Bad shellfish.

-(BOTH LAUGH)

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-Very good. Exactly.

-(LAUGHS)

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-Well, you don't seem sad.

-What if I were?

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I won't allow it.

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I'm much too old for you, you know.

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(LAUGHS)

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We don't give out that information.

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Here's the thing, though.

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Mr Tra... The person I work for, he, um...

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I come back empty-handed, I lose my job.

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-"Get me that watch that George had," he told me.

-George?

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-George Reeves.

-Oh, Mr Reeves!

-Yeah.

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They were very close, like brothers.

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You know, they spoke every week until...

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Who do you work for?

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No, I can't. I can't. I just do what I'm told.

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The rest of the world knew what these stars are really like...

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-Well, we got some stories, right?

-(CHUCKLES)

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Hold on.

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A gold Chopard Quattro.

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-Unfortunately, no longer made.

-Uh-oh.

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-He was a good customer?

-Oh, no, these are Mrs Mannix's account.

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She, um,... she bought him a lotta things, you know?

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Of course. Say no more.

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Maybe there's some old stock.

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I'd be grateful.

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No luck, huh?

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God. I better go break the bad news.

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-If I showed you something else?

-No, I don't think that's gonna help.

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Spencer Tracy.

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-Now, how the heck did...?

-I'd heard he can be difficult.

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Oh. Between you and me,... a complete prick.

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(SIGHS)

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Good morning.

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Good morning,...

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..Mrs Mannix.

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I don't have a problem with a man drinking before breakfast, but...

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..it is impolite not to offer me any.

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Your husband... is the general manager of MGM.

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He gives the word, I'm stuck doing serials for the rest of my life.

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-He would never do that.

-No? Why not?

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-Because it would hurt me.

-What about me?

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It would hurt both of us.

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-Look, whatever I said last night...

-It sounded true.

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Was it, or were you acting?

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It was true.

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Listen,... Eddie's got a mistress,

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a Japanese girl, very sweet.

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An apartment in Brentwood, a cabin up in Big Bear.

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And what do you have?

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I have another seven good years,

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then my ass drops like a duffel bag.

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Well, it seems alright now.

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Thank you for noticing.

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Tell me the truth.

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Did you think I could help you?

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I thought that you were the most beautiful girl in the room.

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-And, yes, I did.

-(SIGHS)

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-Do you know who you looked like?

-Hmm?

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Sir Galahad.

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(GROANS)

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George, nobody ever asks to be happy later.

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Tell me what you want.

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You can have it.

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Should I leave?

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No,... you should stay.

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I got a fiancee, a mistress. A former mistress.

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I'm not really sure on that yet, but I got bruises on the body... What?

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After you dropped her off, she, um, never left the building.

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I can't swear that nothin' went on in there, but she never left.

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-There's an entrance in the rear.

-OK.

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And a loading dock.

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Neither would be visible from your vantage point.

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Look, Mr Sinclair, maybe,... you know, you and your wife

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need to sit down and have a conversation and -

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-This man. Here.

-He works there.

-No, I've seen him before.

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Mr Simo, I have utter faith in your abilities,

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but you might wish to entertain the notion

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there is more going on than you realise.

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"I, George Bessolo Reeves,

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being of sound and disposing mind and memory,

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do declare this my last will and testament."

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"I hereby give, devise and bequeath all monies and personal property

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owned by me at the time of my death to Toni Lanier Mannix."

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What?!

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-Maybe there's another will.

-There goddamn better be.

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Miss Lemmon, can I talk to you?

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I'm Louis Simo, I'm a private investigator.

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I've been retained by Helen, the bereaved mother of your...

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-Bitch!

-I agree.

-..of your late fiance.

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-Could I ask a few questions?

-You're not an investigator.

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Yes, I am, ma'am. I am licensed by the state of California.

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-You know what he is? A catfish.

-Mmm-hmm.

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Go clean the mud outta your whiskers.

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A catfish?

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-Sir, can you look this way?

-Excuse me.

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-Are you the Times?

-I'm the Times.

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You're the Times? What do you think about Superman offing himself

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and cutting his fiancee outta the picture?

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Leaving the green to Eddie Mannix's wife? Huh? Like she needs the dough.

0:27:190:27:23

-Hell hath no fury, huh?

-(LAUGHS)

0:27:230:27:26

People get killed for less than that.

0:27:260:27:28

-You saying Reeves was murdered?

-That's a heck of a question.

0:27:280:27:32

-What's your name?

-Louis Simo.

0:27:320:27:35

S-I-M-O.

0:27:350:27:38

# "Cheek to Cheek" - Irving Berlin

0:27:380:27:40

(CLEARS THROAT)

0:27:520:27:55

-Did you go to the doctor?

-I went.

0:27:550:27:58

-What did he say?

-Those guys, they're all frauds.

0:27:580:28:02

Not a very helpful attitude.

0:28:020:28:05

Well, somethin' has to kill ya. Don't it?

0:28:050:28:08

-Oh, I guess so.

-You under contract?

0:28:100:28:13

-I was, at Warner's.

-But now you're not?

0:28:130:28:16

-Now, no. No.

-Tough game.

0:28:160:28:19

Well, I'm always ready to play.

0:28:200:28:22

George was in Gone With The Wind.

0:28:270:28:29

That picture made money.

0:28:290:28:31

-So what brought you to Los Angeles, Miss Yoshida?

-Don't talk to her.

0:28:360:28:40

-I'm sorry?

-She doesn't speak English.

0:28:400:28:43

Oh. Oh. Yes.

0:28:430:28:47

(CLEARS THROAT)

0:28:490:28:52

-Eddie, I've found a darling place up on Benedict.

-Uh-huh.

0:28:530:28:56

It's about 12,000. I'd like to buy it.

0:28:560:29:00

Well,... it's a good investment.

0:29:020:29:05

-Right?

-Well, you know what they say about land. They...

0:29:050:29:09

They're not making any more of it.

0:29:090:29:12

-What's not on the menu?

-We have some very nice Blue Points set aside.

0:29:120:29:16

-How's the flank steak?

-Very good.

0:29:160:29:19

-Bring me that, the Cobb salad, dressing on the side.

-(LAUGHS)

0:29:190:29:22

-Baked...

-(LAUGHS) I'm sorry.

0:29:220:29:25

My wife will take another Gibson.

0:29:270:29:30

Well, what do you think?

0:29:330:29:35

The most I got from a girlfriend was a tie.

0:29:350:29:38

-Just how Toni does things, I guess.

-You should be happy, George.

0:29:380:29:41

-Wouldn't mind a job.

-Well, maybe she can put in a word with her...

0:29:410:29:46

Hmm. Hey, um,... take it.

0:29:460:29:49

-What's this?

-It's a coupla hundred.

-Why are you giving it to me?

0:29:500:29:55

Cos I got it and you need it. Go ahead, kid, make your first million.

0:29:550:29:59

-Your talent is required!

-Alright.

0:29:590:30:01

(GUITAR MUSIC) (MEN SING IN SPANISH)

0:30:010:30:05

(CHATTER)

0:30:330:30:36

'Lois and Jimmy, what have you done with them?!'

0:30:430:30:45

'They're safe, Superman,

0:30:450:30:47

but don't get any big ideas about stopping the robbery.'

0:30:470:30:51

'Alright, you win this time, but if something happens to them,

0:30:510:30:54

I promise, you'll wish this day never arrived!'

0:30:540:30:58

Whenever you're ready, George.

0:30:590:31:02

Alright.

0:31:020:31:04

They're safe for now, Superman,

0:31:050:31:07

but don't get any big ideas about stopping the robbery.

0:31:070:31:11

Actually, George, you're reading the other role.

0:31:110:31:14

-Oh, um,... Superman?

-Yeah.

0:31:140:31:17

He's, you know, the hero.

0:31:170:31:20

-I suppose I've always felt more the criminal type.

-(SIGHS)

0:31:200:31:24

We're looking for a new take here, George,

0:31:240:31:26

someone the kids will buy, but adults, too. It needs a real actor.

0:31:260:31:30

What's the worst that could happen? We offer you the part.

0:31:310:31:35

Well,... OK. (CLEARS THROAT)

0:31:380:31:41

Alright, Mr Prince, I got your message. What is it you want?

0:31:440:31:47

It's not what I want, it's what you want.

0:31:470:31:49

Listen, I'm not in the mood for games,

0:31:490:31:52

but I promise you this, if anything happens to Lois or to Jimmy...

0:31:520:31:56

(GROANS)

0:31:560:31:59

An actor can't always act. Sometimes he has to work.

0:32:000:32:05

You're talking to a man who defended Camelot with a cardboard sword.

0:32:050:32:09

-I enjoyed you in that.

-You were the oldest boy in the theatre, Art.

0:32:090:32:13

Look, it's a dirt-cheap kiddie show. It doesn't even have a sponsor.

0:32:130:32:17

-Odds are no-one's ever gonna see it.

-It's sounding better and better(!)

0:32:170:32:20

And you need the money.

0:32:200:32:23

-There's money.

-I mean, money of your own.

0:32:230:32:27

Aw, come on, George.

0:32:300:32:33

-What do you want from life?

-Oh, I dunno.

0:32:330:32:37

I'd settle for Clark Gable's career.

0:32:370:32:40

Take the job. Cash the cheque.

0:32:400:32:42

Can I tell you something, Art, seriously?

0:32:450:32:48

-Of course.

-You're beautiful when you take your glasses off.

0:32:480:32:51

-(LAUGHS)

-(CHUCKLES)

-So does this mean we're saying yes?

0:32:510:32:55

Why is it so drab? Superman was blue and red.

0:32:580:33:01

Not on TV, not enough contrast.

0:33:010:33:04

But maybe if the show flies, they might film in colour

0:33:040:33:08

for when the colour sets... come out.

0:33:080:33:10

Then I'll get to wear the blue and red.

0:33:100:33:13

(SIGHS) I look like a damn fool.

0:33:210:33:24

-Nice car.

-That's my baby. Lou?

0:33:490:33:54

-Yeah.

-Hey, I'm Russ Taylor.

0:33:540:33:56

-We're...

-Yeah, Goofy.

0:33:560:33:59

-I'm sorry?

-You went to Disneyland.

0:33:590:34:02

-Oh, yeah, that's right. Last week.

-Hmm.

0:34:020:34:05

Um,... she's a little upset.

0:34:050:34:08

I happened to be in the neighbourhood, so...

0:34:080:34:11

That's convenient.

0:34:110:34:13

Hey, he's a good kid.

0:34:140:34:17

I saw that right off.

0:34:170:34:20

Well, you would know, huh, Russ?

0:34:200:34:24

The policy will cover it, that's not a problem,

0:34:330:34:35

-but she's concerned.

-He took the charcoal fluid,

0:34:350:34:39

-poured it all over it and put it on the couch.

-Put what on the couch?

0:34:390:34:43

(KNOCK AT DOOR)

0:34:460:34:49

What's the deal, Scout?

0:34:510:34:54

Your mom is very upset with you.

0:35:020:35:05

(SIGHS)

0:35:090:35:11

What if you burnt the house down? Huh?

0:35:120:35:16

You wouldn't have a place to live. You know people get killed in fires?

0:35:160:35:20

Huh? Use your noggin.

0:35:200:35:22

-It was just to get rid of it.

-What, the costume?

0:35:230:35:28

Scout, you begged me for that thing.

0:35:280:35:31

You wanted it so bad, you remember?

0:35:310:35:33

Not any more.

0:35:330:35:35

Why?

0:35:350:35:38

He shot himself in the head with a Luger.

0:35:380:35:41

That's a Nazi pistol.

0:35:410:35:43

So, you know this man? He was an actor

0:35:510:35:55

and if he did shoot,... whatever he did,

0:35:550:35:58

you can still watch him on TV, can't you? Hmm?

0:35:580:36:02

Scout, I asked a question.

0:36:030:36:05

-(SIGHS) Evan, you hear what I'm saying?

-Alright.

0:36:070:36:10

Evan, you answer when I talk.

0:36:100:36:13

Evan! Put it down. Come on. What are you doin'?

0:36:130:36:16

-Let's leave it.

-Put it down. Evan, put it down.

-Louis!

0:36:160:36:20

Stop it, OK?! God damn it!

0:36:200:36:22

(SIGHS) Ah, this kid!

0:36:240:36:28

-Why do you bother calling me?

-I don't know.

0:36:310:36:33

-Possibly you might care your son -

-Maybe you should take a breath.

0:36:330:36:36

I do care. I care very much. Just cos I don't have every minute...

0:36:360:36:41

-No, you have so much going on(!)

-Is that what this is? Huh?

0:36:410:36:44

-Cos I've heard it already.

-The actor, this gimmick you're pulling.

0:36:440:36:48

-We noticed the item in the paper.

-What? I was hired!

0:36:480:36:51

-Can't you see what these tricks...?

-It's how I make my fucking living!

0:36:510:36:55

-Lou, that kinda language...

-I'm sorry, is this his business?

0:36:550:36:59

-I'm trying to keep things civil.

-Russ, this is between Louis and me.

0:36:590:37:02

Listen, Lou, he asked for you. I wasn't gonna call you.

0:37:030:37:07

He asked.

0:37:090:37:11

I'm sorry I couldn't be more help, but, after all, I'm not Superman.

0:37:160:37:20

-Jeepers, no, Mr Kent.

-I suppose that would be too much to ask.

0:37:200:37:24

I suppose it would, Lois. I suppose it would.

0:37:240:37:28

-Sorry, that's me.

-Keep rolling.

0:37:310:37:34

-Take it back a line.

-Alright, Tommy.

0:37:340:37:36

Lois, would you like to see the real Man of Steel?

0:37:360:37:39

Well, sure I would.

0:37:390:37:41

Well, alright, then. Here he is! (ALL LAUGH)

0:37:410:37:45

-You're next, Jimmy! Leave the bow tie on!

-Oh!

0:37:450:37:48

-Great Caesar's ghost!

-More powerful than a locomotive!

0:37:480:37:51

No-one is safe! (ALL LAUGH)

0:37:510:37:55

What did you think?

0:37:550:37:58

The scripts are awful.

0:37:580:38:00

-Hmm.

-And everything looks cheap.

0:38:000:38:03

-You're charming.

-Well, that's all that matters.

0:38:030:38:06

-Oh!

-She's a lesbian, you know.

0:38:080:38:10

-Who?

-The one playing Lois.

0:38:100:38:14

-(KNOCK AT DOOR)

-'Mr Reeves?'

-Y-ello.

0:38:140:38:16

-'Whenever you're ready.'

-Alright.

0:38:160:38:19

-Phyllis? Is she really?

-No.

0:38:190:38:22

She is now, as far as you're concerned.

0:38:220:38:25

Well,... there it is.

0:38:270:38:29

Cue fans!

0:38:310:38:34

Action, George! One!

0:38:350:38:37

-Two!

-(LAUGHS)

0:38:370:38:40

Three!

0:38:400:38:43

(CLUNKING) (SCREAMS)

0:38:510:38:54

-Oh!

-Cut it! Cut the camera! Unhook him!

0:38:540:38:58

-You alright?

-Leave him alone!

-Alright, alright, alright!

0:38:590:39:03

(GROANS)

0:39:030:39:06

I'd like to thank the Academy... (GRUNTS)

0:39:060:39:10

..and all the good people of Galesburg, Illinois,

0:39:100:39:13

for making me who I am today. (CLAPPING)

0:39:130:39:16

OK, everybody, let's take ten.

0:39:170:39:19

# "Fannie Mae" - Buster Brown

0:39:190:39:22

# Well, I want somebody

0:39:250:39:27

# To tell me what's wrong with me

0:39:290:39:31

# I want somebody (CHATTER)

0:39:330:39:36

# To tell me what's wrong with me

0:39:360:39:39

# Oh, I ain't in any trouble

0:39:400:39:43

# And so much misery #

0:39:430:39:45

(INSTRUMENTAL ROMANTIC MUSIC) Who was that next to you when I came in?

0:39:450:39:50

-Chad. He's in my acting class.

-Yeah?

0:39:500:39:54

Hmm.

0:39:540:39:56

-He any good?

-He's OK, I guess.

0:39:560:39:59

You shouldn't hang around people who are less talented than you.

0:40:010:40:04

You've never seen me act.

0:40:060:40:09

-So?

-So you don't know if I'm talented.

0:40:090:40:13

You don't know what I could do.

0:40:160:40:19

You don't know a thing about me, do you?

0:40:210:40:24

(SIGHS)

0:40:310:40:33

-Ever gonna tell me how you got that?

-What?

0:40:450:40:48

Under your armpit.

0:40:480:40:50

-Somethin' stupid.

-A fight?

0:40:510:40:55

My pop, he, um,... he was on the gate at Warner's.

0:40:570:41:01

-A guard?

-He used to go to work in this uniform with, ya know,

0:41:010:41:06

the crease in the pants like a knife.

0:41:060:41:09

I used to think he was the chief of police.

0:41:100:41:13

He... he did that?

0:41:140:41:17

I was a month outta the army. (CLEARS THROAT)

0:41:170:41:21

It was 1946, so no job and, you know, Pop got me set up.

0:41:210:41:25

And there was a strike at the studio, so keep the union guys off the lot.

0:41:250:41:30

And,... you know, platoon around the gate, me and 40 other saps.

0:41:320:41:36

You know, bats and billy clubs, and it got outta hand, so...

0:41:370:41:41

A little Teamster shit came at me with a razor and...

0:41:430:41:46

Two years in North Africa all I get are crabs. Six days in Burbank and...

0:41:460:41:50

I, um...

0:41:500:41:54

(INHALES DEEPLY / SIGHS)

0:41:540:41:56

And my pop apologised.

0:41:560:41:59

To you?

0:41:590:42:01

To the studio... for his son screwin' up.

0:42:030:42:07

Like the chickenshit peasant he was.

0:42:090:42:12

-What's that look?

-I'm just watching you.

0:42:190:42:22

-Mrs Bessolo.

-I don't need this.

0:42:270:42:31

-I do. Sit down, please.

-Mrs Bessolo?

0:42:310:42:34

-Right here, miss.

-Mrs Bessolo.

0:42:370:42:40

-Mrs Bessolo, I'm James Engelmann from RKO-Pathe Studios.

-What?

0:42:400:42:44

Superman was filmed on our lot.

0:42:440:42:46

I'm here to express how saddened we are over your loss.

0:42:460:42:49

My son was not lost, Mr Engelmann, he was taken.

0:42:490:42:54

One more! One more! Thank you.

0:42:540:42:58

-What did you drag them here for?

-Freedom of the press, right?

0:42:580:43:02

-These in the report?

-They weren't there then.

0:43:160:43:19

Hang on there, Mrs Bessolo. Hang on, hang on. Come on.

0:43:210:43:24

-Just let me sit a minute.

-Grab a chair.

0:43:260:43:30

-Excuse me.

-Let's get outta here.

0:43:300:43:33

-There you go. There you go.

-There you go.

0:43:330:43:37

OK? There we go. There we go.

0:43:390:43:43

OK, good. Here.

0:43:430:43:45

OK? I'm gonna go handle this. You just relax.

0:43:450:43:49

-Is she alright?

-That's her boy's blood. You tell me.

0:43:510:43:55

(SIGHS)

0:43:550:43:57

The deceased woke up,

0:43:570:43:59

joined his guests for approximately half an hour, returned to bed.

0:43:590:44:03

No sign of forced entry or physical struggle.

0:44:030:44:06

The Luger, found there on the floor, heavily oiled, no prints.

0:44:060:44:11

He kept it in the nightstand.

0:44:110:44:14

The slug... there,

0:44:140:44:17

and the casing on the bed underneath the body.

0:44:170:44:21

You wanna explain to me how a man can shoot himself

0:44:210:44:24

-and end up on top of the shell?

-Is this your strategy,

0:44:240:44:27

-to impugn the laws of physics?

-No prints on the gun.

0:44:270:44:29

What, did he wipe it clean?

0:44:290:44:32

-Prints aren't automatic.

-Did you question the people in the house?

0:44:320:44:36

-They signed sworn statements.

-45 minutes to call the cops,

0:44:360:44:39

plenty of time to come up with some story.

0:44:390:44:41

-But you got sworn statements.

-You accusing me of something?

0:44:410:44:44

Was Reeves checked for powder burns? It's a suicide shot to the temple.

0:44:440:44:47

-Where's the burn?

-When a gun is discharged...

0:44:470:44:50

The coroner never checked. He didn't notice bruises on the body either,

0:44:500:44:54

which, by the way, aren't automatic, OK?

0:44:540:44:56

Certain conditions have to be present,

0:44:560:44:58

like maybe a fight with a guy that's about to fu...

0:44:580:45:02

..cause your expiration.

0:45:030:45:05

He won't be buried in that cape.

0:45:190:45:21

Mrs Bessolo, RKO Pathe would be honoured

0:45:210:45:24

to help you pay for any sort of floral tribute

0:45:240:45:27

that you might deem appropriate for your son.

0:45:270:45:31

Since when do suicides miss twice, lay down a rug and start over?

0:45:360:45:41

Is that normal? I'm just asking.

0:45:420:45:44

That cost this studio 15 grand.

0:45:440:45:49

-You think you're worth that?

-We were just...

0:45:490:45:53

This farmer's daughter picture, what is it?

0:45:530:45:55

-The Mating Game.

-A million-dollar investment.

0:45:550:45:59

You think I'll let you fuck with that? You think you'll be a star?

0:45:590:46:03

-Our concern here is -

-You're a face. Faces change.

0:46:030:46:07

-What Mr Mannix means -

-He knows what I mean.

0:46:070:46:10

Outta my sight.

0:46:100:46:12

Set somethin' up, him and... some starlet.

0:46:190:46:25

Picnic,... soda pop.

0:46:260:46:29

-Already arranged.

-They treat their contract like shit, Howard.

0:46:290:46:34

Whatever the fuck they want.

0:46:350:46:38

-The business is changing.

-Yeah. Fags and television.

0:46:390:46:44

(SIGHS)

0:46:440:46:46

And what are we? Huh?

0:46:460:46:49

The last of the Mohicans.

0:46:490:46:52

That was a UA picture, Eddie.

0:46:520:46:55

That, um,... spic,...

0:46:570:47:00

-..or wop, prick detective?

-I sent Jim Engelmann over.

0:47:010:47:05

He used to work for us. I'm sure you don't want MGM coming into it.

0:47:050:47:09

-And?

-Louis Simo. Two years with Rick Harris.

0:47:090:47:13

He shot his mouth off about Susan Humphries

0:47:130:47:16

to Confidential for 5,000. Harris fired him.

0:47:160:47:19

-Susan Humphries?

-Jennifer Jones type. Under contract at Fox.

0:47:190:47:23

Heroin addict.

0:47:230:47:25

-Drove off Topanga doin' 90.

-You have a good memory, Eddie.

0:47:250:47:29

Hmm. What's the prick want?

0:47:290:47:31

Money, press, whatever he can grab.

0:47:310:47:34

What's he got?

0:47:350:47:37

Some questions.

0:47:370:47:39

Hmm.

0:47:420:47:43

My wife won't get outta bed.

0:47:530:47:56

It's been almost a week.

0:47:560:47:59

-She won't get out.

-I'll stop by and see her.

-Do that.

0:47:590:48:03

Cheer her up.

0:48:030:48:05

She always liked you.

0:48:050:48:07

-Eddie?

-Yeah?

0:48:090:48:11

-You don't have anything to tell me?

-About what?

0:48:110:48:15

Anything... I need to have a story ready for.

0:48:150:48:19

-She's not here.

-Miss Lemmon?

0:48:280:48:31

-That's interesting.

-What is?

0:48:310:48:33

That you thought I wanted to talk to her since this is your house.

0:48:330:48:37

Is that your father?

0:48:440:48:46

-My husband.

-(CHUCKLES) Oh. Sorry.

0:48:470:48:50

He's a screenwriter.

0:48:510:48:54

No-one could blame you for wanting to hang around people your own age.

0:48:540:48:58

What was his name again, Robert Condon?

0:48:580:49:01

I'm sure you're just friends.

0:49:010:49:03

Around back.

0:49:050:49:07

Nuh-uh.

0:49:070:49:09

Really oughta prune these.

0:49:180:49:21

My husband does the garden, it takes his mind off his writing.

0:49:210:49:25

Uh-huh. What do you do, Mrs Van Ronkel?

0:49:260:49:29

-I don't try to get my picture in the paper.

-You saw that, huh?

0:49:300:49:34

What are you gonna do when this blows up in your face?

0:49:340:49:38

There are two holes in the bedroom floor. What do you know about that?

0:49:390:49:42

-Leonore made them.

-Yeah?

-Months ago.

0:49:420:49:45

-Why?

-I asked her to.

0:49:450:49:48

You asked her to shoot a gun in the floor?

0:49:480:49:51

When you're drunk, everything's funny.

0:49:510:49:54

Yeah. He shoots himself, you all wait 45 minutes to call the police.

0:49:540:49:59

-That's unusual.

-Ever been to a party where a man blows his head off?

0:49:590:50:03

-No.

-Then how do you know what's unusual?

0:50:030:50:07

-So, how do I find Miss Lemmon?

-She's not the way you think she is.

0:50:090:50:13

Yeah? What way is she?

0:50:130:50:16

She was only looking for love.

0:50:170:50:20

Just wanna remember that one. That's... that's good.

0:50:220:50:26

(SCOFFS)

0:50:260:50:28

That's nice. It's, um, very futuristic.

0:50:290:50:33

-(LAUGHS) Hey, you're a detective, right?

-Um, yeah.

0:50:330:50:38

Men hire you to find out what their wives are up to, that sort of thing?

0:50:380:50:42

-Yeah, they do that.

-Does the truth make 'em happier?

0:50:420:50:46

-Hardly ever.

-Hmm.

0:50:470:50:50

-You know, he wasn't gonna marry her.

-Reeves?

0:50:510:50:56

-Mmm-hmm.

-How do you know?

0:50:560:50:58

Well, she ran over here when he told her. I heard every word.

0:50:580:51:03

And how did Miss Lemmon react?

0:51:060:51:08

Like a longshoreman on a bender.

0:51:090:51:13

(SINGS IN SPANISH)

0:51:300:51:33

# "The Girl Can't Help It" - Little Richard

0:51:480:51:51

-Christ!

-Fuck you. Nobody wants to hear your mopey singing.

0:51:510:51:55

This is my house. I'm tired of you treating it like a bus station.

0:51:550:51:59

Woe-is-fucking-me.

0:51:590:52:02

# If she winks an eye,

0:52:020:52:03

# The bread slice turn to toast

0:52:030:52:05

# She can't help it, the girl can't help it

0:52:050:52:06

-You goddamn miserable son of a bitch.

-Christ!

0:52:060:52:09

-Don't walk away from me!

-Shut up!

0:52:090:52:11

I haul myself out to this shit hole burg for you

0:52:110:52:14

-and you don't have the balls to tell me it's off?

-God damn it!

0:52:140:52:17

Listen. What are you doing? Put that... (GUNSHOT)

0:52:170:52:20

I'm the fucking man in this room!

0:52:200:52:23

-(GUNSHOT) You're a fool! Gimme this gun!

-You has-been!

0:52:230:52:25

-Give it to me! God damn it!

-Sad!

-Agh! (GUNSHOT) Ugh!

0:52:250:52:29

(GASPS)

0:52:300:52:32

Georgie.

0:52:340:52:35

'(THUD)'

0:53:210:53:23

(FLOORBOARDS CREAK)

0:53:340:53:36

'(DOOR CLOSES)'

0:53:360:53:37

-(TUTS)

-(GASPS)

0:53:540:53:56

I had to take a leak. What's your excuse?

0:54:000:54:04

This is a sealed crime scene.

0:54:040:54:06

Then I guess we both deserve to get our bottoms spanked.

0:54:060:54:09

-What's that?

-Last I looked, it was 4,000 in traveller's cheques.

0:54:170:54:22

Georgie put it aside for our honeymoon.

0:54:230:54:26

-That's off the plate now, isn't it?

-That why you killed him?

0:54:260:54:29

You think he was rich? That Superman gig paid shit.

0:54:290:54:34

Oh, yeah? Well, maybe you found out a little too late.

0:54:340:54:38

He was fun. Knocked back the booze like nobody's business.

0:54:410:54:45

-Pretty good in the sack. Yeah.

-Yeah?

0:54:470:54:51

Lady, I could nail you with this.

0:54:520:54:55

D'Artagnan, you couldn't nail me with roses and a trip to Vegas.

0:54:550:55:00

And you're not a cop,... so what the hell are you doing

0:55:010:55:05

following me into my dead fiance's bedroom?

0:55:050:55:08

"And then... Mr Simo showed me his member, Your Honour,...

0:55:080:55:13

..and I became frightened."

0:55:140:55:17

You're in my way.

0:55:190:55:22

-I'm gonna be on you, Miss Lemmon.

-Not unless you dope me first.

0:55:240:55:28

(CHUCKLES) See how I got us in the paper? Look at this.

0:55:350:55:39

Guaranteed, LAPD's gonna sweat this. Now, the more heat they feel,

0:55:410:55:45

the more pressure they're under to reopen the case.

0:55:450:55:48

-The police reopened the case?

-No. They will if I keep it up,

0:55:480:55:53

which requires a financial commitment from you so I can go on hammering.

0:55:530:55:58

I did get a copy of the police report.

0:56:010:56:03

Lots of holes. And I'm not talking about the ones in the floor.

0:56:030:56:06

Plus, your son called the wedding off.

0:56:060:56:09

That's a new motive for Miss Lemmon, OK? I intend to go -

0:56:090:56:13

-She was never going to be his wife.

-You knew that he didn't plan...?

0:56:130:56:18

Do you think my own son would get married without telling me?

0:56:180:56:21

And to a greedy slut like that?

0:56:210:56:24

(SCOFFS) All these people.

0:56:270:56:30

-What about 'em?

-Sitting around like they're so big. (CHUCKLES)

0:56:340:56:38

I don't know who they are.

0:56:380:56:41

George starred with Sinatra, with Gable.

0:56:420:56:47

He was an important film actor.

0:56:470:56:50

(WATER LAPS)

3:00:003:00:02

-Someone else can do that, you know.

-Well, now, it's a beautiful car.

3:00:043:00:08

Oughta keep it clean.

3:00:083:00:11

Why? Does this offend your delicate sensibilities?

3:00:113:00:14

-Yes.

-(CHUCKLES)

-But you're new on the job, so I'll let it pass.

3:00:143:00:17

(CHUCKLES)

3:00:173:00:19

Art got a call.

3:00:213:00:23

-They're picking up Superman.

-They're what?!

3:00:233:00:26

-Kellogg's, they bought it.

-After two years?!

3:00:273:00:31

That's right. I will be on television in a month...

3:00:313:00:34

..wearing brown and grey underpants.

3:00:353:00:38

Well,... hooray!

3:00:383:00:41

Christ!

3:00:413:00:43

-It wasn't your proudest moment...

-No, I'm quite sure it wasn't.

3:00:443:00:47

..but you did create a very likeable, very attractive,

3:00:473:00:51

-very heroic character.

-Is that right?

3:00:513:00:54

Mmm. I'd fuck you in a second. (CHUCKLES)

3:00:543:00:58

Well, one thing we can be sure of,

3:00:583:01:00

no-one with a lick of sense would watch that show.

3:01:003:01:03

(SUPERMAN THEME MUSIC)

3:01:033:01:07

-(TV)

-"Faster than a speeding bullet."

3:01:123:01:14

"More powerful than a locomotive."

3:01:153:01:17

"Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."

3:01:173:01:21

-"Look, up in the sky! It's a bird!"

-"It's a plane!"

3:01:213:01:24

"It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet,

3:01:243:01:28

who can change the course of mighty rivers,

3:01:283:01:30

bend steel in his bare hands,

3:01:303:01:32

and who, disguised as Clark Kent,

3:01:323:01:35

fights a never-ending battle for truth,

3:01:353:01:37

justice and the American way."

3:01:373:01:40

Homes with children, Adventures of Superman,...

3:01:413:01:45

..91 rating.

3:01:453:01:48

What does that mean, no adults are watching?

3:01:483:01:50

They're watching with the kids, George. Families.

3:01:503:01:54

Kellogg's has ordered 26 more. They wanna film in colour.

3:01:543:01:57

Well, I'll get to wear the blue and red.

3:01:573:02:01

(ALL SHOUT EXCITEDLY)

3:02:033:02:06

-Maybe you oughta put that out.

-What for?

3:02:063:02:09

(ALL SHOUT EXCITEDLY)

3:02:123:02:16

Superman doesn't smoke.

3:02:163:02:18

-Sir.

-Thank you.

3:02:263:02:28

Art, I'm coming right back.

3:02:423:02:45

-Keep your mitts off my grub.

-(CHUCKLES) Alright.

3:02:453:02:49

(ALL SHOUT EXCITEDLY)

3:02:513:02:54

(ALL SCREAM)

3:02:593:03:02

George Reeves?

3:03:083:03:10

Excuse me, Mr Zinnemann.

3:03:193:03:21

George Reeves will be reading for the role of Maylon Stark.

3:03:213:03:24

Good morning, one and all.

3:03:253:03:28

Superman was on pain pills.

3:03:293:03:31

So he crashed his car a couple of months back, almost got killed.

3:03:343:03:38

-Drunk?

-There wasn't any brake fluid.

3:03:383:03:40

How do you know that?

3:03:413:03:43

I went down to the Esso station at the bottom of Benedict,

3:03:433:03:47

said I was from the insurance company.

3:03:473:03:49

I spoke to a Mr Phelps. He was very friendly.

3:03:493:03:53

-Leak in the lining?

-Mr Phelps couldn't find one. Not bad, huh?

3:03:533:03:58

But they were still getting married then, as far as she knew.

3:03:583:04:01

-Well, wouldn't that be why?

-Why Leonore drains his brake fluid?

3:04:013:04:06

Why Mrs Mannix does. He leaves her, right, for this younger woman.

3:04:063:04:10

-She can't bear it and...

-And Toni wants him dead.

3:04:103:04:14

Well, wouldn't that be better?

3:04:143:04:17

-(GUNSHOTS)

-Help! Help! They've robbed the Docville Bank!

3:04:173:04:21

(SCREAMS)

3:04:213:04:23

-Yeah! (CACKLES)

-(GUNSHOTS)

-Whoo-hoo!

3:04:233:04:27

(ALL BOO)

3:04:273:04:29

(SUPERMAN THEME MUSIC)

3:04:293:04:32

(ALL CHEER)

3:04:323:04:35

-Superman!

-(SUPERMAN THEME MUSIC BLARES)

3:04:353:04:39

(PA) "Stop right there!"

3:04:393:04:41

What's that?

3:04:423:04:44

-Someone's in need.

-(LAUGHS)

3:04:443:04:48

(BOTH LAUGH)

3:04:493:04:51

You can't see my penis, can you? (BOTH LAUGH)

3:04:563:04:59

(ALL CHEER)

3:05:023:05:04

(GUNSHOTS)

3:05:133:05:15

Oh!

3:05:203:05:22

(ALL CHEER)

3:05:273:05:29

Go!

3:05:293:05:32

(ALL CHEER)

3:05:363:05:40

Hey, Superman! Hey, Superman!

3:05:443:05:48

-Well, hello, there, young man. What's your name?

-Kenneth Giles.

3:05:483:05:53

Can I shoot you?

3:05:533:05:55

Kenneth,... why would you wanna do something like that?

3:06:053:06:08

So the bullet bounces off. Can I?

3:06:083:06:11

Well,... if you did shoot me...

3:06:143:06:17

..and the bullet bounced off,

3:06:173:06:19

it might accidentally hit someone else.

3:06:193:06:22

-We don't want that to happen, do we?

-No.

3:06:223:06:25

Well, why don't you just, you and I... Here we go, partner.

3:06:263:06:30

Why don't you just give me that?

3:06:303:06:33

Just hand me that for one minute.

3:06:333:06:36

-(HORN HONKS)

-You think I don't see what you're doing?

3:06:363:06:40

-I'm sorry?

-Day after day taking pictures.

3:06:403:06:43

I'm just waiting for the traffic to...

3:06:433:06:45

He leaves those where I can see them

3:06:453:06:47

and then he pretends he doesn't know what I'm talking about.

3:06:473:06:51

-Um, Miss Sinclair, I'm...

-What is he paying you?

3:06:513:06:54

-That's confidential.

-He's been out of work for seven months.

3:06:543:06:57

I don't know what he does all day, he won't tell me.

3:06:573:07:01

-Why don't you investigate that?!

-(SIGHS)

3:07:013:07:05

Ma'am,... I'm just trying to turn a buck here,

3:07:053:07:08

so if there's a problem between you two,

3:07:083:07:11

maybe you should talk to a priest or whatever. Hash it out.

3:07:113:07:16

I can't fix your marriage, ma'am. (SIGHS)

3:07:183:07:23

-I thought you might put in a word.

-What do you suggest I say?

3:07:243:07:28

He drops a hint to Zinnemann. You know, it was a very solid audition.

3:07:283:07:32

It's Harry Cohn's picture. Eddie's at MGM.

3:07:333:07:35

Whatever happened to honour among thieves?

3:07:353:07:38

Let's save it for something important.

3:07:383:07:41

Oh, I see, this isn't important at all. Well...

3:07:413:07:45

Here. Because you've had a rough week.

3:07:503:07:53

Wow. Who needs another watch?

3:07:583:08:01

I just don't want some drunk finishing what that child started.

3:08:013:08:05

-I don't know that a gun's the answer.

-It'd make me feel more comfortable.

3:08:053:08:08

What'd make me feel safe is not prancing around in a monkey suit

3:08:083:08:11

-in front of 8,000 screaming...

-You'd be gone, George! Alright?!

3:08:113:08:16

And then what happens to me?!

3:08:163:08:18

-Hi. Mrs Mannix, please.

-Who shall I say is calling?

3:08:263:08:29

Lawrence Farmer from the St Jude's Foundation.

3:08:293:08:33

-To thank her for her generosity.

-One moment, please.

3:08:333:08:37

Mr Simo.

3:09:013:09:04

-Do I know you?

-No, but I'm familiar with you.

3:09:073:09:12

Everybody reads the Times, huh?

3:09:123:09:14

-I'm Howard Strickling. I handle publicity at MGM.

-How do you do?

3:09:143:09:19

I'm wondering why you would be trying to approach Mrs Mannix

3:09:193:09:23

-under false pretences.

-Are you speaking professionally?

3:09:233:09:26

-I'm speaking as a friend of Mannixes.

-Can I see Mrs Mannix?

3:09:263:09:29

She's not well. Neither she nor her husband appreciate

3:09:293:09:32

-being dragged into this business.

-What business is that?

3:09:323:09:35

-Your business, Mr Simo.

-"(POLICE RADIO CHATTER)" Oh.

3:09:353:09:40

You didn't have to go and do that.

3:09:423:09:44

You seem to have an inflated sense of your importance.

3:09:443:09:48

They're on routine patrol.

3:09:483:09:50

(CLEARS THROAT)

3:09:573:09:59

Could you, um, pass along a message to Mrs Mannix?

3:09:593:10:04

And what would that be?

3:10:043:10:06

Hope to see her at the funeral.

3:10:083:10:10

(PEPPY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)

3:10:103:10:13

Art! Where's the boy? I've been hunting all over.

3:10:253:10:30

-He's over there.

-Oh.

3:10:303:10:33

Zinnemann sure did keep us hanging long enough,

3:10:333:10:36

-but I knew it would pan out.

-How did you know that?

3:10:363:10:40

What choice did I have?

3:10:403:10:42

-And, Toni,...

-Cheese! There you go.

3:10:423:10:45

-..thank you.

-For what?

3:10:453:10:48

Whatever you did to help.

3:10:493:10:53

You know how much he needed this.

3:10:533:10:55

-Hi, George.

-Hello.

-This is my friend, Delores.

3:10:593:11:03

-Hi.

-(CHATTER)

3:11:033:11:05

'(CHURCH BELL RINGS)'

3:11:053:11:08

Mr Weissman? I don't wanna disturb you, but...

3:11:103:11:14

You knew George?

3:11:143:11:17

No. Um,... I'm Louis Simo. I'm...

3:11:173:11:20

I'm no speechmaker.

3:11:203:11:22

Saying what you really feel,... it's hard.

3:11:223:11:26

Thank you for coming.

3:11:273:11:29

(CHURCH BELL RINGS) Mr Weissman, I was just wondering if you...

3:11:293:11:33

Seeing me off the grounds again?

3:11:363:11:39

Mrs Mannix was unable to attend for reasons I'm sure you can understand.

3:11:393:11:43

You do a lot for your friends.

3:11:433:11:46

And you're just doing your job, but I am concerned.

3:11:473:11:51

-Yeah? About what?

-Your history.

3:11:513:11:54

People are rarely afforded the chance to make a same mistake twice.

3:11:543:11:57

-Are you threatening me?

-I'm offering you an opportunity.

3:11:573:12:01

There's a place for you at Metro if you'd like. Pay can be generous.

3:12:013:12:04

-I'd rather talk to Mrs Mannix.

-There's nothing there for you.

3:12:043:12:07

Yeah? Then, why you pitching me?

3:12:073:12:10

When it comes to publicity, what's true or false really doesn't matter.

3:12:103:12:14

If it hurts the studio, if it stops one person from buying a ticket,...

3:12:143:12:17

..I have to fix it.

3:12:173:12:20

That's my job. The offer's sincere.

3:12:203:12:23

Don't let pride stand in the way, it won't get you what you want.

3:12:233:12:27

Sad day, huh, boys? Tell you what's sadder.

3:12:303:12:34

Calling it suicide when it's really murder.

3:12:343:12:36

-Why would the cops do that?

-Sing us a new song, Simo.

3:12:363:12:39

What, you don't love me any more?

3:12:393:12:42

Two months ago somebody drained all the fluid out of Reeves's brake line.

3:12:423:12:46

Almost bought it right then. Coincidence, right?

3:12:463:12:50

(CHUCKLES) I mean, LAPD don't make mistakes. Hmm, Paterson?

3:12:503:12:53

What's the truth, huh, boys? Who wanted him dead?

3:12:533:12:57

You might be lazy but nobody said you're dumb. Gimme that.

3:12:573:13:00

-Name some names.

-Want me to write it for you, too?

-Hey!

3:13:003:13:02

-You got a story or not?

-You want names? Ask this guy.

3:13:023:13:07

He's got the names. The names, pictures.

3:13:073:13:10

What's he doing here when MGM never cut Reeves a cheque in his life? Huh?

3:13:103:13:14

Come on, do some work, will ya? Capa, lift the fuckin' camera, will ya?

3:13:143:13:18

There you go. Say cheese.

3:13:203:13:22

-Excuse me.

-Excuse me.

-Hi, Bobby.

3:13:333:13:36

-Hi, Bobby.

-Good luck.

-Thank you so much.

3:13:363:13:39

-Hey, George. Good luck.

-Good to see ya.

3:13:393:13:41

(SIGHS)

3:13:463:13:48

(INTRO MUSIC) (APPLAUSE)

3:13:483:13:52

-Well, Buddy, they love it so far.

-(CHUCKLES)

3:14:033:14:07

-(MOVIE)

-"You got any prejudices against girls?"

3:14:093:14:12

"That's what I thought."

3:14:143:14:17

"Well, now, it looks like you're all primed for a big night."

3:14:173:14:20

-"Hello, Stark."

-"Want some company?"

-"No, thanks, all tied up."

3:14:203:14:23

-"Leva tells me you've been eyeing the captain's wife."

-"He has, huh?"

3:14:233:14:27

-It's Superman.

-"What else did this character tell ya?"

-(CHATTER)

3:14:273:14:31

-'Great Caesar's ghost!'

-"This ain't no story."

3:14:313:14:35

-'Look, up on the screen!'

-(LAUGHTER) "..you know?"

3:14:353:14:38

-"There's something strange..."

-'More powerful than a locomotive!'

3:14:383:14:41

-(ALL LAUGH)

-(People can see you.)

3:14:413:14:45

(CHATTER / LAUGHTER)

3:14:453:14:48

-'Hey, where's Lois Lane?!'

-"Hello."

3:14:483:14:51

-"I didn't think you were coming."

-"Why not?"

3:14:523:14:55

(JAZZ MUSIC)

3:14:593:15:01

I'll always take care of my boy.

3:15:143:15:16

Nice shot, Lou.

3:15:323:15:35

"(TV CHATTER)"

3:15:373:15:40

(LIGHT SWITCH CLICKS)

3:15:453:15:48

Kit? (GASPS)

3:15:483:15:50

(GROANS)

3:15:503:15:53

Oh! (COUGHS)

3:15:533:15:56

-(GROANS)

-You listening?

3:15:573:16:00

(GROANS) Get the fuck out of my house. Oh! (COUGHS)

3:16:003:16:03

Are you listening? Nod your head.

3:16:033:16:06

Be smart. Let it go.

3:16:143:16:17

(PANTS) What, your mother's snatch? She won't let me.

3:16:173:16:21

Here's what I mean.

3:16:213:16:24

(GROANS)

3:16:253:16:26

(SPUTTERS)

3:16:283:16:31

'Louis? Louis?'

3:16:353:16:37

Louis, can you hear me? Louis?

3:16:393:16:42

-Oh!

-I'm calling a doctor.

3:16:443:16:47

-Alright?

-I don't wanna go to the doctor.

3:16:473:16:50

-Well, at least some ice.

-There's no ice in the...

3:16:503:16:55

-Stop being stubborn, alright? You were unconscious.

-(GROANS)

3:16:553:16:59

-There's no ice.

-(GROANS)

-What did you say?

3:16:593:17:02

There's no ice.

3:17:023:17:04

Ow!

3:17:083:17:10

-Sit down.

-(GROANS)

3:17:103:17:12

What's this about?

3:17:183:17:20

Ow.

3:17:203:17:22

This murder bullshit I've been slingin', I think it might be true.

3:17:253:17:31

I can help. Oh, come on, you know I can!

3:17:323:17:35

-Kit, let's call it a day, alright?

-What?

3:17:353:17:38

You shouldn't be around me. This isn't some TV show you wanna be in,

3:17:383:17:43

this is just a fucked up little business.

3:17:433:17:46

Makes you go around and you find out how shitty people are

3:17:463:17:50

-to make the rent.

-You don't really believe that.

3:17:503:17:53

-You care about what you do.

-You know what I care about?

3:17:533:17:56

You're ballin' this Chad kid and you don't got the guts to tell me.

3:17:563:18:00

-Well, I was...

-Going to, yeah. So now you don't have to.

3:18:053:18:09

(SIGHS)

3:18:133:18:15

Do you want me here today?

3:18:153:18:17

No, I don't think I do.

3:18:173:18:20

Let's go outside.

3:19:073:19:09

-You packin'?

-Not when I cross the street for lunch.

3:19:133:19:17

Lou, I do what I'm told.

3:19:173:19:19

-(GROANS)

-You took the cash from that rag same as me!

3:19:193:19:23

2,500 for ratting on some hop-head actress and I never said a word

3:19:233:19:26

cos I'm loyal to my fuckin' partner! Huh?!

3:19:263:19:31

-Rick!

-Why?!

-He didn't say! Just take care of him.

-You tell me why, huh?!

3:19:313:19:35

Look, when I helped you out with the old lady,

3:19:363:19:40

I shoulda kept my mouth shut. I had to make good.

3:19:403:19:44

You would have done the same thing. It's how the mortgage gets paid.

3:19:443:19:47

(GROANS)

3:19:473:19:49

(SIGHS)

3:20:363:20:38

"(PHONE RINGS)"

3:20:423:20:44

(GROANS)

3:20:443:20:46

Argh! What?

3:20:503:20:52

-(PHONE)

-"Mr Simo."

-Mr Sinclair?

3:20:523:20:55

-You have to stop, OK? I'm not gonna -

-"I need your help."

3:20:563:21:00

"Things are... (SIGHS)"

3:21:013:21:04

"They're not what they seem."

3:21:053:21:07

-What are you saying?

-"I've misjudged terribly."

3:21:093:21:12

"(SIGHS) And I..."

3:21:123:21:14

"Can you meet with me, Mr Simo?"

3:21:143:21:17

"I won't bother you again."

3:21:173:21:19

-"Please!"

-Meet you where?

3:21:213:21:24

"(POLICE RADIO CHATTER)"

3:21:293:21:31

(ALL CHATTER)

3:21:353:21:38

(ALL CHATTER)

3:21:443:21:47

'(CHATTER)'

3:22:123:22:14

Yeah, that's all of it.

3:22:243:22:27

What are you doing here?

3:22:303:22:32

-I, um... My client, um...

-She was your client?

3:22:323:22:36

Shot her in the throat, the heart,...

3:22:413:22:45

-..and then the vagina.

-Mr Simo.

3:22:463:22:50

-Oh, Jesus Christ!

-I do wish you'd been prompt.

3:22:513:22:54

The fault is mine for failing to see

3:22:543:22:56

that you and your whore were not aiding me,

3:22:563:22:58

but guarding the rampant fornications of my wife.

3:22:583:23:02

-I hope you learn the meaning of justice.

-Come on.

3:23:023:23:06

Alright.

3:23:113:23:13

This one's easier...

3:23:153:23:17

..than your other murder.

3:23:183:23:20

So, what's the emergency?

3:23:353:23:38

-Better have a drink, Art.

-It's 10:30 in the morning.

3:23:393:23:43

-What?

-It's pretty bad.

3:23:433:23:46

What is?

3:23:463:23:49

Enough! George, let's deal with it.

3:23:493:23:51

We're cancelled. (LAUGHS)

3:23:533:23:56

-I just don't see the point.

-The point is it's my production company.

3:24:013:24:06

-If I don't sell myself, who will?

-The business is here, George.

3:24:063:24:10

Yes, but the money's in New York. I can get in the papers there.

3:24:103:24:13

-It's a lot of bother.

-I wanna do this.

3:24:133:24:17

-I'm looking forward to it. I'm taking charge of my own life.

-I see.

3:24:173:24:21

No,... you don't.

3:24:213:24:23

-You think I should just sit around while both of us...

-Yes?!

3:24:233:24:27

-While both of us what?

-My love,... this makes sense to me.

3:24:273:24:33

I can set up my own projects, direct and produce.

3:24:333:24:37

We'll get some other sap to jump around in coloured underwear.

3:24:373:24:41

Who knows, maybe I'll direct a picture for MGM. Hmm?

3:24:413:24:45

I'll be back in two weeks.

3:24:473:24:49

-Kiss me.

-Let me close this.

3:24:513:24:54

You have to.

3:24:543:24:56

Kiss me. Mmm! Mmm!

3:24:593:25:02

-I have to go. Toni.

-George, kiss me.

-Alright.

3:25:023:25:05

Mmm.

3:25:053:25:08

Alright. "(PHONE RINGS)"

3:25:083:25:11

"(PHONE RINGS)"

3:25:133:25:15

(SIGHS)

3:25:223:25:24

-Shit! (PHONE)

-"That bitch who hired you, you think she loved Georgie?"

3:25:293:25:32

-Who is this?

-"He grew up without a father."

3:25:323:25:35

"When he's old enough, she finally tells him what happened to Daddy."

3:25:353:25:39

Miss Lemmon...

3:25:393:25:40

Suicide. Pistol in the mouth. George never stopped thinkin' about it.

3:25:403:25:44

"15 years later, he gets a visitor, his father, alive."

3:25:443:25:48

All he'd done was dump the bitch for another woman. Left George, too.

3:25:483:25:52

"So Mommy tells baby Daddy killed himself."

3:25:523:25:55

"She tells her own son. George swore he'd never speak to her again."

3:25:553:26:00

This lets you off the hook.

3:26:013:26:03

I didn't screw his head on backwards, she did.

3:26:033:26:07

(PHONE) "Why are you telling me now?"

3:26:073:26:09

I'm, um,... I'm just a little blotto, sugar.

3:26:123:26:16

Kinda horny,...

3:26:183:26:21

..and pretty goddamn all alone.

3:26:213:26:23

-So?

-"I don't know."

3:26:233:26:25

I thought maybe we had something in common.

3:26:263:26:30

"(LINE DROPS)"

3:26:343:26:36

(KNOCK AT DOOR)

3:26:493:26:51

Mrs Bessolo?

3:27:003:27:02

Mrs Bessolo?

3:27:123:27:14

Mrs Bessolo.

3:27:153:27:18

I won't be needing your services any longer, Mr Simo.

3:27:203:27:23

When were you gonna tell me?

3:27:233:27:25

-I intend to mail you a cheque.

-A cheque? That's it?

3:27:253:27:29

-I don't owe you anything else.

-How about an explanation?

3:27:293:27:33

Your son wouldn't give you the time of day.

3:27:333:27:36

Don't you use that tone with me!

3:27:363:27:38

-Mr Strickling gave me his word.

-Strickling?

3:27:393:27:42

-Oh.

-A statue would be erected in my son's honour...

-A what?

3:27:423:27:46

..outside the Chinese Theatre.

3:27:463:27:48

-(LAUGHS) You never gave a shit, did ya?

-You'll be paid.

3:27:483:27:54

Keep your goddamn cheque.

3:27:553:27:57

My son was a great star. He deserves a statue.

3:27:573:28:02

(JAZZ MUSIC)

3:28:073:28:11

# "Blue Skies" - Irving Berlin

3:28:113:28:12

-Can I take your picture?

-Sure.

3:28:123:28:14

-Wait. I blinked. Take another one.

-Sorry, no retakes.

3:28:143:28:17

My goddamn eyes were closed!

3:28:173:28:20

-You know who that is?

-Can I take your picture?

-Superman.

3:28:223:28:26

-Right.

-He's gotta be loaded. Me and my cousins are glued to that show.

3:28:283:28:33

# Never saw the sun shining so bright

3:28:333:28:35

# Never saw things going so right

3:28:353:28:38

-Ow!

-Look at her ass. Lem, look.

3:28:383:28:40

# When you're in love,

3:28:403:28:42

# My, how they fly #

3:28:423:28:44

(CHUCKLES)

3:28:443:28:45

-What's exciting to me is that I've been thinking about -

-Earl Wilson.

3:28:453:28:49

Look at you all dressed up.

3:28:493:28:51

-I haven't seen you since...

-You punched a waiter at Sardi's.

3:28:513:28:55

-I left a nice tip.

-(LAUGHS)

3:28:553:28:58

-Find something funny, junior?

-No, no, no.

3:28:583:29:01

-I know when I'm outta my league.

-Don't sell yourself short.

3:29:013:29:04

I got a big heart. I'll bet you've got a big one, too.

3:29:043:29:09

(CHUCKLES) Oh, well,... very nice of you to say, Miss...?

3:29:093:29:13

-Leonore Lemmon.

-Miss Lemmon.

3:29:143:29:17

So, how about an autograph for my poor crippled nephew?

3:29:173:29:22

-Is he in an iron lung?

-He's in Yonkers.

3:29:223:29:25

# Blue skies

3:29:273:29:29

# Smiling at me

3:29:293:29:31

# Nothing but blue skies #

3:29:313:29:32

Superman wants to get laid.

3:29:323:29:35

-(GASPS)

-(GRUNTS)

3:29:353:29:38

-(GASPS)

-(GRUNTS)

3:29:413:29:45

(BOTH SIGH)

3:29:453:29:48

Goddamn!

3:29:483:29:50

-Make room for fuckin' Daddy.

-(CHUCKLES)

-(SIGHS)

-Ah.

3:29:503:29:54

-You know what, stallion?

-What?

3:29:543:29:56

-You're starting to get the hang of this.

-(LAUGHS)

-Ah.

3:29:563:30:00

(SIGHS) Let's do it again.

3:30:013:30:03

(CHUCKLES) Scout.

3:30:193:30:22

-Mom's picking me up.

-I know that, I just wanted to...

3:30:223:30:26

I got you something.

3:30:273:30:30

I left it in the car. I'll give it to you when we go home. Come on.

3:30:343:30:38

Let's go. Let's go home. Let's go home.

3:30:383:30:40

How come you're not at work?

3:30:403:30:43

Cos I don't sit in an office. OK? That's for suckers.

3:30:443:30:47

Your pop's an investigator.

3:30:473:30:50

Alright? Come on, let's go.

3:30:503:30:53

I'm supposed to wait for Mom.

3:30:533:30:56

-What?

-I'm supposed to wait for Mom.

3:30:563:31:00

(SIGHS)

3:31:023:31:04

Your mom and me, we... Come home.

3:31:063:31:09

Evan.

3:31:123:31:14

Evan. Evan.

3:31:163:31:18

Nobody has magic powers. You gotta be tough.

3:31:183:31:23

You gotta show 'em what you're made of, you know?

3:31:253:31:29

My father never taught me that.

3:31:293:31:31

OK, here we go. Come on. (KEYS JANGLE)

3:31:333:31:37

I'm fine.

3:31:413:31:43

I'm his son. He's my son. He is.

3:31:483:31:51

Tell him, Scout. Tell him. Evan, tell him, please. Come on.

3:31:523:31:56

Evan. Evan.

3:31:563:31:59

Evan. Honey, what's the matter?

3:32:013:32:04

Aw, jeez!

3:32:043:32:06

-Would you take him? Just in there.

-Sure.

3:32:073:32:10

Whatever you wanna say, you know...

3:32:283:32:31

Are you gonna fight everybody?

3:32:313:32:34

I thought you liked tough guys.

3:32:353:32:37

-You're saying this why?

-I wanna be honest with you.

3:32:523:32:56

My, that's noble! (LAUGHS)

3:32:563:32:58

What is that, from some script you auditioned for in the '40s?

3:32:583:33:01

No, it's just me talking to you.

3:33:013:33:04

I'm so grateful! Straight-arrow George.

3:33:043:33:08

You go to New York, fuck some whore and you run back to tell me.

3:33:083:33:11

-She's not a whore.

-Oh. She's an actress?

3:33:113:33:14

A singer? Does she blow smoke rings with her cunt?!

3:33:143:33:18

-Is it a fling you want?

-It's not a fling.

3:33:213:33:23

Oh, you're in love?! Two weeks in a hotel room?!

3:33:233:33:27

She makes me feel young.

3:33:273:33:29

(SIGHS) Have you seen yourself, George?

3:33:313:33:34

-Your face is going.

-Don't do this.

3:33:353:33:37

-Here.

-Stop it.

-Your eyes, your hair, your stomach.

3:33:373:33:40

-You think no-one notices?!

-Toni, don't.

-But you've got your projects.

3:33:403:33:43

You'll be a director. You'll sit in your chair, polishing your balls.

3:33:433:33:48

"Thank God I'm rid of that hag. What was her name?"

3:33:483:33:51

-"The one who bought me a fucking house!"

-For God's sake!

3:33:513:33:54

You want publicity? You'll get it. I'll say you're a Red.

3:33:543:33:58

-A faggot. A lush. Nobody can call that a lie!

-You never helped me.

3:33:583:34:02

You never helped me! You coulda gotten me something but you didn't

3:34:023:34:05

because you liked me where I was, in a fuckin' red suit!

3:34:053:34:09

Well, that's not who I am! You understand?! God damn you!

3:34:093:34:13

But that's all you were good for, ten-year-olds and shut-ins.

3:34:133:34:17

That was the best you were ever going to be. I knew that.

3:34:173:34:22

Why didn't you?

3:34:223:34:25

They rushed it and closed the case. I didn't like it from the start.

3:34:283:34:32

Why?

3:34:323:34:34

-There was pressure.

-Yeah? From who?

3:34:373:34:41

Look, I can't do what you can do. Understand?

3:34:413:34:44

I got a wife, kids,... car payments.

3:34:443:34:49

-I'm in for 20 and a pension.

-But I got nothin' to lose?

3:34:493:34:52

Look, think it through. MGM buys off the mother.

3:34:523:34:55

-I'm not gettin' paid, pal.

-That's all it's about for you.

3:34:553:34:59

Hey!

3:34:593:35:01

(SIGHS)

3:35:013:35:03

I got that woman killed for nothin', OK?

3:35:033:35:06

50 bucks a day I'm stringin' her husband along like I'm runnin' him

3:35:063:35:10

cos I can't see straight in front of me. No,... I'm done.

3:35:103:35:13

Look, this is how they work. It just gets buried.

3:35:133:35:16

Don't you wanna know about this guy? Why don't you get on the right side

3:35:163:35:20

-of something for once?

-Where do you come off tellin' me what I should do?

3:35:203:35:25

Well, I'm not the one with the guilty conscience, am I?

3:35:253:35:28

(SIGHS)

3:35:343:35:36

(MUSIC BLARES) Who wants me to wrestle?

3:37:093:37:13

Professional circuit. They're serious.

3:37:133:37:16

-(PHONE)

-"You might get a kick out of it."

3:37:163:37:18

Whaddya got, a party?

3:37:183:37:20

No, just a few friends of Leonore's. (DOORBELL CHIMES)

3:37:203:37:24

So now when that old bitch calls, this gizmo records it so...

3:37:243:37:27

-I got a delivery for Mr Reeves.

-Hey! In there.

3:37:273:37:30

Sorry.

3:37:303:37:32

Put that on the table, hon.

3:37:343:37:36

-Georgie, why don't you show this boy how much we love him?

-Alright.

3:37:363:37:40

Why don't we take it easy on this batch, Lem?

3:37:403:37:43

Alright, kid, here's a hundred. Go make your first million.

3:37:463:37:50

Georgie, you are directing your own movie in a month. Live a little. OK?

3:37:503:37:54

-Don't ruin the party.

-Alright.

-Give me a kiss.

3:37:543:37:58

-Go. Come on.

-Alright, alright.

-I'll fix you a drink, alright?

3:37:583:38:02

# "It's Only Make Believe" - Conway Twitty

3:38:023:38:05

(SOBS)

3:38:273:38:29

(SCREAMS)

3:38:313:38:33

(CONTINUES TO SCREAM / SOB)

3:38:353:38:39

-"(PHONE RINGS)"

-Yeah?

3:38:423:38:45

-(PHONE)

-"That actor...?"

-Eddie. (SIGHS)

3:38:453:38:48

It's very late.

3:38:483:38:51

What's he plan to do with the rest of his life?

3:38:513:38:54

He has some spaceman script

3:38:543:38:57

set up with Wasserman to direct.

3:38:573:39:00

-"If you offered some kind of -"

-Yeah, yeah, I know how to handle it.

3:39:003:39:04

(SINGS IN SPANISH)

3:39:083:39:11

(CLAPS)

3:39:143:39:17

Well, alright.

3:39:183:39:20

Very nice.

3:39:203:39:23

Thank you. You're very kind. What did you think, my sweetest dream?

3:39:233:39:28

-Moved to tears?

-I thought you sounded like a goddamn beaner. (CHUCKLES)

3:39:283:39:33

Well, and so good night.

3:39:333:39:36

Buenas noches, Jorge.

3:39:363:39:38

# "The Girl Can't Help It" - Little Richard

3:39:383:39:42

# She can't help it, the girl can't help it

3:39:423:39:45

# She can't help it, the girl can't help it

3:39:453:39:47

# If she walks by

3:39:473:39:49

-# The men folks get engrossed

-(SIGHS)

3:39:493:39:50

# She can't help it, the girl can't help it

3:39:503:39:52

# If she... #

3:39:523:39:54

Hey! (GUNSHOT)

3:39:543:39:56

Universal is not the only studio. Get him in the door someplace else.

3:40:153:40:19

-I already tried.

-Try harder. He's your only client.

3:40:193:40:22

-What kind of agent are you?!

-Leonore.

3:40:223:40:24

-You come here, dragging around like a wet dog!

-Leonore, stop it!

3:40:243:40:28

Art, we talked about this.

3:40:303:40:33

This picture's important.

3:40:333:40:35

Or it was. These people don't want me.

3:40:353:40:38

They don't know what I can do. We gotta show it to 'em,

3:40:383:40:41

show 'em I can do something different.

3:40:413:40:43

We gotta cook something up for me now.

3:40:433:40:46

The wrestling offer?

3:40:463:40:49

-Does it pay?

-Their only concern,

3:40:513:40:54

are you up to it... physically?

3:40:543:40:58

Well,... you can film me, so they can see.

3:41:003:41:05

Why don't you just join the goddamn circus?

3:41:053:41:09

-Keep an eye on the car, huh, boys?

-OK.

3:41:243:41:27

(CHATTER)

3:41:423:41:45

How ya doin'?

3:41:493:41:51

-(KNOCK AT DOOR)

-Mrs Mannix?

3:42:203:42:23

I'll just put it on the bed for you.

3:42:233:42:26

(KNOCKS ON DOOR) (Mrs Mannix?)

3:42:493:42:52

(SOBBING)

3:42:553:42:57

Mrs Mannix, can I talk to you? It's about George.

3:42:583:43:02

George... shot himself.

3:43:063:43:11

He was... shot.

3:43:113:43:13

Someone shot him, is that what you mean? Who did that?

3:43:133:43:17

-(SOBS)

-Mrs Mannix,...

3:43:183:43:22

..can you help me understand? Will you please help me?

3:43:233:43:28

Did you know George?

3:43:283:43:30

Why don't you tell me about him?

3:43:323:43:35

He really was... the most beautiful boy.

3:43:353:43:39

-Mrs Mannix, please, if I could just come in.

-You're not invited, Simo.

3:43:393:43:43

-Were you?

-(SIGHS) We're workin'. Come on.

3:43:463:43:50

Why don't you lay off?

3:43:553:43:57

-Mr Harris.

-Hello, Louis.

3:43:593:44:03

You come up from Palos Verdes just to see me?

3:44:033:44:06

I came here to celebrate my friends' anniversary.

3:44:063:44:09

-You've met Mr Mannix?

-Nah, but we got people in common.

3:44:093:44:13

-Ain't that right, Eddie?

-I've got nothin' in common with you.

3:44:143:44:19

Well,...

3:44:193:44:21

..Bernice, the first missus.

3:44:213:44:24

-You like that car-crash gimmick, huh?

-Rick.

3:44:243:44:28

Riva Watson.

3:44:283:44:30

Huh? She get all clingy?

3:44:303:44:32

How'd it feel poundin' her face in? Happy times, huh, Ed?

3:44:323:44:36

-Richard, please.

-George Reeves.

-That's enough.

3:44:363:44:39

Am I being indiscreet? Bad for business?

3:44:393:44:42

-Your problems are your own.

-How can you cover for this prick?!

3:44:423:44:45

-Whatever you're pursuing -

-You had a bullet put in Reeves's head!

3:44:453:44:49

-..will not alter -

-You used the studio and the cops to do...! Oof!

3:44:493:44:53

Argh! You're gonna burn in hell, you son of a bitch. (CHOKES)

3:44:543:44:58

Come here.

3:45:023:45:04

You don't know me.

3:45:073:45:09

You don't know what I think, what I do. I don't let you.

3:45:093:45:15

You're an old man, Eddie. Who's gonna wipe the blood off your hands?

3:45:153:45:19

My hands? I'm in the picture business.

3:45:193:45:23

No, you're a murderer.

3:45:233:45:26

Prove it. You hear me?

3:45:263:45:29

Go on. I'm ready. Prove one fuckin' thing!

3:45:293:45:35

Oh, God! (GROANS)

3:45:453:45:47

(INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ MUSIC)

3:45:503:45:53

(CHATTER)

3:45:533:45:56

People are waitin'. You comin' down?

3:46:183:46:21

-Help with the dress.

-Yeah.

3:46:233:46:25

OK?

3:46:323:46:35

I'm gonna let some light in.

3:46:373:46:39

I wanna tell you somethin'.

3:46:523:46:55

You know I'll always take care of you.

3:46:563:46:59

Whatever's happened,...

3:47:003:47:02

..whatever might have been done, it doesn't matter.

3:47:023:47:07

Nobody's gonna hurt you.

3:47:083:47:11

Nobody gets to ask. I won't allow it.

3:47:123:47:16

You're safe with me,... with your husband.

3:47:173:47:21

Let me see what you look like.

3:47:233:47:26

You're beautiful.

3:47:393:47:41

You always will be.

3:47:443:47:47

I see the pieces,...

3:47:523:47:55

..how they should fit,...

3:47:553:47:58

..how I want 'em to fit,...

3:47:593:48:01

..but I can't...

3:48:033:48:05

(SIGHS)

3:48:073:48:09

I looked in his face.

3:48:133:48:16

I know he could do it. Wouldn't think about it twice.

3:48:163:48:19

-Eddie Mannix?

-Yeah.

3:48:193:48:22

No, I would never say it wasn't possible.

3:48:223:48:26

-What about Mrs Mannix?

-You had to like her.

3:48:273:48:31

Such brightness. Could she have done what you're saying?

3:48:313:48:35

I don't wanna think that.

3:48:373:48:40

-And Leonore?

-We never got along. Leave it there.

3:48:403:48:45

-Mr Reeves?

-A charming man.

3:48:523:48:56

Funny. Handsome.

3:48:583:49:01

Not like the ones today, all the squinting and the mumbling.

3:49:013:49:05

A movie-star face.

3:49:053:49:07

Why wasn't he one?

3:49:093:49:12

Where he wound up,...

3:49:143:49:16

..it should have been enough, right?

3:49:163:49:19

Enough for a life.

3:49:193:49:22

But George...

3:49:233:49:25

Yeah?

3:49:283:49:30

I never showed this. I knew it wouldn't help.

3:49:383:49:41

You watch it.

3:49:443:49:46

Tell me what you see.

3:49:493:49:51

'(SINGS IN SPANISH)'

3:51:003:51:04

(CONTINUES TO SING IN SPANISH)

3:51:063:51:09

(CONTINUES TO SING IN SPANISH)

3:52:123:52:15

Good night.

3:52:253:52:27

(CLOCK TICKS)

3:53:183:53:21

'(GUNSHOT)'

3:54:113:54:13

(INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ MUSIC)

3:55:053:55:08

Stylish 50s-set drama about a private eye investigating one of the entertainment industry's most enduring mysteries: the death of Superman star George Reeves. However, his enquiries lead him deep into Hollywood's seedy underbelly, uncovering a love triangle involving a former showgirl and a powerful studio executive.


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