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Laura

A police detective becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman believed killed by a shotgun blast to the face in this classic mystery.


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'I shall never forget the weekend Laura died.

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'A silver sun burned through the sky

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'like a huge magnifying glass.

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'It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection.

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'I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York.

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'For Laura's horrible death, I was alone.

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'I, Waldo Lydecker,

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'was the only one who really knew her,

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'and I had just begun to write Laura's story

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'when another of those detectives came to see me.

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'I had him wait.

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'I could watch him through the half-open door.'

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CLOCK CHIMES

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'I noted that his attention was fixed upon my clock.

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'There was only one other in existence,

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'and that was in Laura's apartment,

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'in the very room where she was murdered.'

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< Careful there!

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< That stuff is priceless.

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< Come in here, please.

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Mr Lydecker?

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Ah, you recognise me. How splendid.

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< Sit down, please.

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Nice little place you have here, Mr Lydecker.

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It's lavish, but I call it home.

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I suppose you're here about the Laura Hunt murder.

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Yesterday morning, after Laura's body was found,

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I was questioned by Sergeants McAvity and Schultz,

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and I stated,

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"on Friday night, Laura had a dinner engagement with me,

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"after which she was ostensibly going out of town.

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"She phoned and cancelled our engagement at exactly 7.00.

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After that I..."

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You "ate a lonely dinner, then got into the tub to read."

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Why did you write it down?

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Afraid you'd forget it?

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I am the most widely misquoted man in America.

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When my friends do it, I resent it.

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From Sergeants McAvity and Schultz, I should find it intolerable.

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Hand me that washcloth, please, Mister...

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Mister...?

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McPherson.

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McPherson.

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McPherson.

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Mark McPherson - the siege of Babylon, Long Island,

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the gangster with a machinegun, killed three policemen.

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I told the story over the air and wrote a column about it.

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Are you the one with the leg full of lead,

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the man who walked right in and got him?

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Yeah.

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Well, well. Hand me my robe, please.

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WATER SPLASHES

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You have a pretty good memory, Mr Lydecker.

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I always liked that detective with the silver shinbone.

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Thanks. I hope you won't have any reason to change your mind about me.

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Have you any more questions?

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Yeah, just one.

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Two years ago in your October 17th column,

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you started out to write a book review,

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but at the bottom of the column,

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you switched over to the Harrington murder case.

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< Are the processes of the creative mind

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< now under the jurisdiction of the police?

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You said Harrington was rubbed out

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with a shotgun loaded with buckshot,

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the way Laura Hunt was murdered night before last.

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< Did I?

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Yeah,

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but he was really killed with a sash weight.

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How ordinary. My version was obviously superior.

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I never bother with details, you know.

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I do.

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Well, so long.

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Mind if I go with you?

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What for?

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Murder is my favourite crime.

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I write about it regularly,

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and I know you'll have to visit everyone on your list of suspects.

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I'd like to study their reactions.

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You're on the list yourself, you know.

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Good. To have overlooked me would have been a pointed insult.

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You're not the sort of man one would insult, Mr Lydecker.

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Do you really suspect me?

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Yes.

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McPherson, if you know anything about faces, look at mine.

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How singularly innocent I look this morning!

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Have you ever seen such candid eyes?

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Something you confiscated in a raid on a kindergarten?

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Takes a lot of control.

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Would you like to try it?

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No, thanks.

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Were you in love with Laura Hunt, Mr Lydecker?

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Was she in love with you?

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Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man

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she'd ever met.

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I was in complete accord with her on that point.

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She thought me also the kindest, the gentlest,

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the most sympathetic man in the world.

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Did you agree with her there, too?

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McPherson, you won't understand this,

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but I tried to become the kindest, the gentlest,

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the most sympathetic man in the world.

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Have any luck?

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Let me put it this way.

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I should be sincerely sorry

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to see my neighbours' children devoured by wolves.

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Shall we go?

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Good morning, Lieutenant.

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Good morning, Mrs Treadwell.

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Waldo.

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Good morning, Ann.

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I've just taken over the Laura Hunt case.

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Won't you sit down?

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Thanks.

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I have all the reports,

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but there are a few more questions I'd like to ask.

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Why, certainly. I'll do anything I can to help.

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You were fond of your niece, Mrs Treadwell?

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Why, I adored her. Cigarette?

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No, thanks.

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You collapsed when you identified the body.

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I can quite understand that.

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A shotgun loaded with buckshot, close range.

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It's not very nice to look at.

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It was horrible.

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Her maid Bessie,

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I suppose she was devoted to Miss Hunt?

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She worshipped her. Laura had had her for years.

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I'll never forget her scream when she saw Laura lying there.

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Did you approve of Miss Hunt's coming marriage

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to Mr Carpenter?

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Why? Shouldn't I approve?

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I don't know.

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What is your relationship with Mr Carpenter?

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What do you mean?

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What I mean is, he's been a frequent guest in your home.

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Is he an acquaintance? Friend?

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Are you in love with him?

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This is beginning to assume fabulous aspects.

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Oh, shut up, Waldo!

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What are you driving at?

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The truth, Mrs Treadwell.

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Are you in love with him?

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Why, no. I'm, I'm very fond of Mr Carpenter, of course.

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Everybody is.

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I'm not. I'll be hanged if I am.

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Oh, don't be so annoying, Waldo!

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Did you give Mr Carpenter money?

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What do you mean?

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A couple of cheques went through your account endorsed by him.

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One on May 15th for 250.

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One on may 22nd for 400.

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Oh, that. I...

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I asked him to do some shopping for me, that's all.

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Shelby's a very obliging fellow.

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For some time also

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you've been withdrawing various amounts in cash.

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Sometimes 1,500.

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Sometimes 1,700 at a clip.

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Yes. I needed that money.

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The day you took out 1,500,

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Mr Carpenter deposited 1,350.

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When you withdrew 1,700,

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he deposited 1,550.

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Maybe they were shooting crap.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Oh, must I be insulted like this?

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I'm sorry, Mrs Treadwell,

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but I have to find out about these things.

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Shelby needed some money, and I lent it to him, that's all.

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After all, it is my money.

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I suppose I can do as I please with it.

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Sure. Of course.

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Now, on Friday night, Mrs Treadwell,

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you stayed home alone all evening?

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< Yes.

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Why didn't you go to the concert with Shelby?

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Because he didn't ask me.

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We were just talking about you, Carpenter.

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What a coincidence to find you here.

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This is Lieutenant McPherson.

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Oh, how do you do, Lieutenant?

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I didn't know you were here, Mr Carpenter.

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As a matter of fact, I was just lying down here.

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My hotel room was so hot,

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and then all the people and reporters and telephone.

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You know how it is, Lieutenant.

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I've hardly slept a wink since it happened.

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Is that a sign of guilt or innocence, McPherson?

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I'm at your disposal, Lieutenant.

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I'm as eager to find the murderer as you are.

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But what possible motive could I have for killing Laura?

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Miss Hunt and I were going to be married this week, you know.

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No, he doesn't know, and neither do I

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or you or anyone else alive.

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What do you mean by that?

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Laura had not definitely made up her mind to marry him.

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She told me so herself last Friday

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when she called up to cancel our dinner engagement.

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As a matter of fact,

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she was going to the country to think it over.

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She was extremely kind,

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but I was always sure she would never have thrown her life away

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on a male beauty in distress.

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I suppose you've heard losers whine before,

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especially in your profession, eh?

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Would you like a bite of lunch, Lieutenant?

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Now, that's very thoughtful - the perfect host.

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Waldo.

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You'd almost think he was in his own home.

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Shelby knows how distracted I am. Would you, Lieutenant?

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Thank you, Mrs Treadwell,

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but I've got to be going.

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But, Lieutenant, I...

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Well, I rather thought you'd want to ask me some questions.

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Oh, yes. What did they play at the concert Friday night?

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Oh, Brahms' First and Beethoven's Ninth.

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Uh-huh. Have you got a key

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to Miss Hunt's house up in the country?

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No, but I think there's one up in her apartment.

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OK, I'll have a look.

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Perhaps I could help you?

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All right, come along.

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I'll be seeing you, Mrs Treadwell.

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Extra! Extra!

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Girl victim in brutal slaying!

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Extra! Girl victim in brutal slaying!

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Read all about it!

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Girl victim in brutal slaying!

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Girl victim in brutal slaying!

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Read all about it!

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All right! Break it up!

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Break it up!

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The doorbell rang.

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What?

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As she opened the door, the shot was fired.

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And how do you deduce that?

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She fell backward.

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The body was there.

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I thought you hadn't been up here before.

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I saw the police photos.

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I guess I'd better try and find that key.

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McPherson, tell me,

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why did they have to photograph her in that horrible condition?

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When a dame gets killed,

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she doesn't worry about how she looks.

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Will you stop calling her a dame?

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Look around.

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Is this the home of a dame?

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Look at her.

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Not bad.

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Jacoby was in love with her when he painted it,

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but he never captured her vibrance, her warmth.

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Have you ever been in love?

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A doll in Washington Heights

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once got a fox fur out of me.

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Ever know a woman who wasn't a "doll" or a "dame"?

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Yeah, one, but she kept walking me past furniture windows

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to look at the parlour suites.

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SOFT MUSIC PLAYS

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Would you mind turning that off?

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Why? Don't you like it?

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It was one of Laura's favourites.

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Not exactly classical, but sweet.

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You know a lot about music?

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I don't know a lot about anything,

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but I know a little about practically everything.

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Yeah? Then why did you say

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they played Brahms' First and Beethoven's Ninth at the concert Friday night?

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They changed the programme at the last minute

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and played nothing but Sibelius.

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Well, I suppose I should have told you in the first place.

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You see, I'd been working on that advertising campaign with Laura.

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Well, we'd been working so hard I...I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

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I didn't hear a note at the concert. I fell asleep.

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Next he'll produce photographic evidence of his dreams.

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I know it sounds suspicious,

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but I'm resigned to that by now.

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I'm a natural-born suspect

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just because I'm not the conventional type.

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I wouldn't worry about it, Mr Carpenter.

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It sounds reasonable.

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I fall asleep at concerts myself.

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Thank you.

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You found that key yet?

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No. I looked for it in the den,

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but it wasn't there.

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It may be in here.

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Here it is.

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I knew there must be one around somewhere.

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The police are very fussy about their inventories.

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That key isn't on the list of things

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that were in that drawer yesterday.

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Then it's made a recent reappearance.

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You put it there, didn't you?

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Yes.

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Why?

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It's just that I didn't want to give it to you

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while Waldo was present.

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Oh.

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I have private reasons that don't concern him.

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Everything about Laura concerns me.

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You have private reasons, no doubt, to lie about the key.

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Waldo, for your own good,

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I'm warning you to stop implying

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that I had anything to do with Laura's death.

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Very well. I'll stop implying.

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I'll make a direct statement.

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All right, you asked for it.

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I wouldn't.

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Will you please stop dawdling with that infernal puzzle?

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It's getting on my nerves!

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I know, but it keeps me calm.

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OK, let's go.

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This was our table -

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Laura's and mine.

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We spent many quiet evenings here together.

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I remember we dined here

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the night before her 22nd birthday.

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Just we two -

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happy, making plans for her future.

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'But this was a far cry from the girl

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'who walked into my life at the Algonquin Hotel

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'five years before.'

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Pardon me.

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Excuse me.

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Excuse me.

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Mr Lydecker? How do you do?

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My name is Laura Hunt,

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and I'm with Bullitt and Company,

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you know, the big advertising firm,

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and I'd like to talk something over with you if I may.

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You can hardly fail to realise

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that I'm engaged in eating my lunch.

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Yes, I know. I'm awfully sorry to interrupt this way,

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but it's so hard to get to see you the regular way,

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and this will only take a minute, really.

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Now, this is...

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Young woman,

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either you have been raised

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in some incredibly rustic community

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where good manners are unknown,

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or you suffer from the common feminine delusion

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that the mere fact of being a woman

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exempts you from the rules of civilised conduct

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or possibly both.

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Possibly, but here's what I wanted to show you.

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It's for the Wallace flow-rite pen.

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I know my company would be glad to pay you 5,000

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if you'll endorse the ad.

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I don't use a pen.

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I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.

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Yes, but this is a very fine pen, Mr Lydecker,

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the best on the market.

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Wouldn't you at least consider endorsing it?

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I'll neither consider, endorse, or use the Wallace pen.

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I hate pens.

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If your employers wish me

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to publish that statement in my column,

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you may tell them that I shall be delighted to oblige.

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Oh, no. You mustn't do that.

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Don't blame Bullitt and Company, Mr Lydecker.

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They don't know anything about this.

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It was my idea to see you.

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Indeed?

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Yes. I know they'd give anything down at the office

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to get your endorsement,

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only they think there's no use asking,

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so I had this ad made up all on my own

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because I thought, "Well, what's the harm in trying?"

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There was always a chance that you might, Mr Lydecker.

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Just think what it would mean...

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You seem to be completely disregarding

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something more important than your career.

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What?

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My lunch.

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Do you really believe that?

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Implicitly. >

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I never heard of anything so selfish.

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In my case,

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self-absorption is completely justified.

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I have never discovered any other subject

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quite so worthy of my attention.

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But you write about people with such real understanding and sentiment.

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That's what makes your column so good.

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The sentiment comes easily at 50 cents a word.

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Well, if that's the way you really feel,

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you must be very lonely.

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Will you kindly continue

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this character analysis elsewhere?

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You begin to bore me.

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You're a poor man. I'm very sorry for you.

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'Naturally, I was annoyed by the incident,

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'but she had something about her, that girl.

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'I had to speak to her again.

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'I had to see her.'

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Miss, would you mind if I...

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Just a moment, please.

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I'll tell Mr Bullitt right away. He's on the telephone.

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Thank you.

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DOOR OPENS

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TYPING

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Boy, Waldo Lydecker

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to see Miss Laura Hunt.

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TYPING

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Announce me.

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Johnny, please tell the gentleman I'm busy.

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Miss Hunt, I have something to say to you.

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You've already said it, Mr Lydecker.

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I wish to point out that you caught me at my most difficult moment.

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Ordinarily I am not without a heart.

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Really?

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Shall I produce X-ray pictures to prove it?

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I wish to apologise.

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Your apology is accepted.

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Goodbye, Mr Lydecker.

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If you come a little bit closer, my boy,

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I can just crack your skull with my stick.

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TYPISTS GIGGLE

0:19:460:19:47

And now for reasons which are too embarrassing to mention,

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I'd like to endorse that pen.

0:19:540:19:56

Mr Lydecker!

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Thank you.

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You're a very strange man.

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What?

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You're really sorry for the way you acted, aren't you?

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Let's not be psychiatric, Miss Hunt,

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but in a word, yes.

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It's very kind of you, you know.

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I'm not kind. I'm vicious.

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It's the secret of my charm.

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But if you choose to think me kind, I'll call for you at 6.00.

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All right?

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All right.

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'Her career began with my endorsement of the pen.

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'I secured other endorsements for her,

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'introduced her to important clients.

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'I gave her her start,

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'but it was her own talent and imagination

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'that enabled her to rise to the top of her profession

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'and stay there.

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'She had an eager mind always.

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'She was always quick to seize upon

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'anything that would improve her mind...or her appearance.

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'Laura had innate breeding.

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'But she deferred to my judgment and taste.

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'I selected a more attractive hairdress for her.

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'I taught her what clothes were more becoming to her.

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'Through me, she met everyone.

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'The famous and the infamous.

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'Her youth and beauty, her poise and charm of manner...

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'captivated them all.

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'She had warmth, vitality.

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'She had authentic magnetism.

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'Wherever we went, she stood out.

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'Men admired her. Women envied her.

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'She became as well known

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'as Waldo Lydecker's walking stick...and his white carnation.

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'But Tuesday and Friday nights,

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'we stayed home, dining quietly,

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'listening to my records.

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'I read my articles to her.

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'The way she listened was more eloquent than speech.'

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'These were the best nights.'

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Then one Tuesday, she phoned

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and said she couldn't come.

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It didn't matter, really,

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but when it happened again the following Friday,

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I was disturbed.

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'I couldn't understand it.

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'I felt betrayed,

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'and yet I knew Laura would never betray anyone.'

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'I walked for a long time.'

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'Then I found myself before her apartment building.

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'The lights were on.

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'It pleased me to know she was home

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'till I saw she was not alone.'

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'But I waited.

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'I wanted to see who he was.'

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'It was Jacoby,

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'who had recently painted her portrait.

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'I never liked the man.

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'He was so obviously conscious

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'of looking more like an athlete than an artist.

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'I sat up the rest of the night writing a column about him.

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'I demolished his affectations,

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'exposed his camouflaged imitations of better painters,

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'ridiculed his theories.

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'I did it for her,

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'knowing Jacoby was unworthy of her.

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'It was a masterpiece because it was a labour of love.'

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Naturally she could never regard him seriously again.

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There were others, of course,

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but her own discrimination ruled them out

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before it became necessary for me to intercede...

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until one night at a party at Ann Treadwell's.

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'It was one of her usual round-ups

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'of bizarre and nondescript characters

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'corralled from every stratum of society.'

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How are you this evening?

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This is Mr and Mrs Preston.

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They've been waiting all evening to meet you.

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How do you do?

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Hello, Shelby.

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Excuse me, honey.

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You're Laura Hunt.

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Yes?

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Hello. I'm Shelby Carpenter.

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Want to dance?

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I'm not alone.

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Oh, him? I'll bet he's still doing the polka.

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Excuse me, please.

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Yes. Betsy Ross taught it to me.

0:24:340:24:36

Hello, Waldo! Darling, how are you?

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Hello, darling.

0:24:380:24:39

I see you've met Shelby.

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Unavoidably.

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He was awfully nice to me

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in Louisville at the Derby.

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His family's from Kentucky.

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Sharecroppers, no doubt.

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LAUGHTER

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Ah, Franz. Bonsoir.

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Comment-allez vous?

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Louise, Louise, for the last time,

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will you marry me?

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I won't, but I've saved some chicken livers for you.

0:24:560:24:58

Oh, you're an angel.

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In the meantime, darling,

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you think you could get this spot out for me?

0:25:000:25:02

I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes.

0:25:020:25:05

Hmm...couldn't eat another mouthful.

0:25:050:25:06

I'm afraid it's rouge.

0:25:060:25:07

I'm afraid it's liquor.

0:25:070:25:09

Louise, may I have a glass of milk for Mr Lydecker?

0:25:090:25:11

Of course, Miss Hunt.

0:25:110:25:13

I was about to tell you. I also read palms.

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I cook. I swallow swords. I mend my own socks.

0:25:140:25:17

I never eat garlic or onions.

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What more can you want of a man?

0:25:190:25:20

Don't listen to that scallywag.

0:25:200:25:22

I didn't expect to find him here, Louise.

0:25:220:25:23

Well, what do you mean? We're old friends.

0:25:230:25:25

She feeds me, humours me, repairs me,

0:25:250:25:27

and refuses to marry me, don't you, honey?

0:25:270:25:29

I do.

0:25:290:25:30

She has good sense.

0:25:300:25:31

Now, wait just a minute. Thanks, Louise.

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You're wasting your time. She's got good sense, too.

0:25:330:25:35

You're jealous.

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And what does it feel like, Mr Carpenter?

0:25:360:25:39

What does what feel like, Miss Hunt?

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Living on the income from an estate.

0:25:420:25:45

Well, I, er...

0:25:450:25:46

Or don't you know?

0:25:460:25:48

Well, I did, until the Sheriff took it over 10 years ago.

0:25:480:25:52

Why maintain the fiction? Why not work?

0:25:520:25:54

Believe it or not, I asked one of my many friends for a job once,

0:25:540:25:57

executive of a big company, 2,500 employees.

0:25:570:26:00

He could have pressed a button and done it, but he just laughed.

0:26:000:26:02

He thought I was joking.

0:26:020:26:04

Weren't you?

0:26:040:26:05

No. When I convinced him, he got embarrassed, said he'd phone me.

0:26:050:26:08

That was months ago.

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Now whenever he sees me, he looks the other way.

0:26:100:26:13

Do you really want a job?

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Yes.

0:26:210:26:22

Oh, here you are.

0:26:240:26:26

Laura, dear, I cannot stand these morons any longer.

0:26:260:26:29

If you don't come with me this instant, I shall run amok.

0:26:290:26:34

All right, Waldo.

0:26:340:26:36

10.30 tomorrow, Bullitt and Company.

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You've got a job.

0:26:390:26:41

'I concealed my annoyance with masterly self-control,

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'but I sensed a situation which would bear watching.'

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Laura, take a look at this.

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Do you like it?

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Do you think it'll make people want to bathe more often?

0:26:550:26:58

It should. It's excellent.

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There you are.

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Goodnight, Miss Hunt.

0:27:010:27:03

Goodnight.

0:27:030:27:04

Goodnight, honey.

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It's really very good. Who's the model?

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Oh, a girl named Diane Redfern.

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You hired her yourself last week.

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Don't you remember?

0:27:100:27:11

Oh, yeah.

0:27:110:27:12

Well, let's go, moon of my delight. I am starved.

0:27:120:27:15

You usually are.

0:27:150:27:16

HE CHUCKLES

0:27:160:27:17

I approve of that hat.

0:27:170:27:18

You do?

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Mm-hmm, and the girl in it, too.

0:27:190:27:22

Thank you.

0:27:220:27:23

I knew there was something on my mind.

0:27:260:27:28

What is it? Oh, yes.

0:27:280:27:29

Will you dine with me tomorrow night?

0:27:290:27:31

Maybe.

0:27:310:27:33

No, that isn't what's worrying me. It's the next night.

0:27:330:27:35

But, Shelby, I can't be...

0:27:350:27:36

Good. What about three weeks from tonight

0:27:360:27:38

and all the nights in between?

0:27:380:27:39

Don't you think I have any other engagements?

0:27:390:27:41

What about two months from now and the month after that?

0:27:410:27:44

What about next year?

0:27:440:27:45

That's all settled. What about breakfast?

0:27:450:27:48

What about dancing?

0:27:480:27:49

What about lunch, beautiful lunches,

0:27:490:27:51

day after day after day after day?

0:27:510:27:53

What about work, beautiful work,

0:27:530:27:55

day after day after day?

0:27:550:27:58

Why, Miss Hunt, the way you talk,

0:27:580:27:59

you'd think I was in love with you.

0:27:590:28:02

Yes, Laura, I heard everything he said.

0:28:070:28:10

I went to call for you.

0:28:120:28:15

I'm sorry, Waldo.

0:28:160:28:17

And that reminds me.

0:28:170:28:20

Old Mother Hubbard has something in the cupboard.

0:28:220:28:25

The results of my private investigation

0:28:260:28:29

of that sterling character, Mr Shelby Carpenter.

0:28:290:28:33

By stooping so low,

0:28:330:28:35

you only degrade yourself, Waldo.

0:28:350:28:37

Did you know that he almost went to jail

0:28:370:28:39

for passing rubber cheques,

0:28:390:28:40

that he was suspected of stealing his hostess' jewels

0:28:400:28:43

when he was a house guest in Virginia?

0:28:430:28:46

Naturally they'd suspect him

0:28:460:28:47

because he isn't rich.

0:28:470:28:49

Those are only insinuations,

0:28:490:28:51

the cheapest kind.

0:28:510:28:52

These aren't only insinuations, my dear.

0:28:520:28:55

There you are.

0:28:550:28:57

Read them.

0:28:570:28:58

What of it?

0:29:000:29:01

I know his faults.

0:29:010:29:03

A man can change, can't he?

0:29:030:29:05

People are always ready

0:29:050:29:07

to hold out a hand to slap you down,

0:29:070:29:09

but never to pick you up.

0:29:090:29:10

All right, I'm helping Shelby.

0:29:100:29:13

His past is his own affair.

0:29:130:29:15

I only care about the present.

0:29:150:29:17

Speaking of the changed Mr Carpenter in the present tense,

0:29:170:29:21

he's now running around with a model

0:29:210:29:24

from your own office.

0:29:240:29:25

Her name is Diane Redfern.

0:29:250:29:27

I'm closer to despising you

0:29:290:29:31

than I thought I ever would be.

0:29:310:29:34

I'm sorry.

0:29:380:29:40

I should have told you before.

0:29:400:29:42

Shelby and I are going to be married next week.

0:29:420:29:46

I believe you presented him with a cigarette case

0:29:480:29:51

on his last birthday.

0:29:510:29:53

Rather valuable, isn't it?

0:29:560:29:58

Where did you get it?

0:29:580:30:00

From the pawn shop where Diane Redfern took it

0:30:000:30:01

after he gave it to her.

0:30:010:30:03

I don't believe it.

0:30:030:30:04

He probably needed money and was too proud to borrow.

0:30:040:30:07

Carpenter proud?

0:30:070:30:08

Perhaps that's why the pawn ticket

0:30:080:30:11

was in her name.

0:30:110:30:12

Before this goes any further, why, I'll just...

0:30:120:30:14

He isn't home.

0:30:160:30:18

He's dining at Ann Treadwell's.

0:30:250:30:27

He can't be. He asked me to dinner.

0:30:270:30:29

He would have cancelled his appointment with her

0:30:290:30:31

if you had accepted.

0:30:310:30:33

He treats her rather badly these days.

0:30:330:30:35

I'm afraid she'll say he isn't there.

0:30:370:30:40

Waldo.

0:30:480:30:50

Why are you doing this?

0:30:510:30:54

For you, Laura.

0:30:580:31:00

Shall we pay them a visit?

0:31:020:31:04

He won't be there, Waldo.

0:31:040:31:07

I know he won't.

0:31:070:31:08

All right,

0:31:080:31:10

we'll see.

0:31:100:31:12

Don't you want to take this little bauble along

0:31:120:31:15

in case he is there?

0:31:150:31:17

Good evening.

0:31:240:31:25

Good evening.

0:31:250:31:26

I'm sorry. Mrs Treadwell is not home.

0:31:260:31:28

We know, dear.

0:31:280:31:30

Good evening.

0:31:410:31:42

Hello, darling.

0:31:470:31:48

I didn't expect to see you tonight.

0:31:480:31:51

There you are, my dear.

0:31:510:31:53

In a moment of supreme disaster,

0:31:530:31:54

he's trite.

0:31:540:31:55

You've been reading too many melodramas, Waldo.

0:31:550:31:58

I was just telling Ann about our getting married.

0:31:580:32:01

Well, have you two had dinner?

0:32:010:32:03

Would you like a glass of wine?

0:32:030:32:06

Why don't you sit down?

0:32:060:32:08

I couldn't find out if she saw Carpenter in the meantime.

0:32:160:32:20

All I know is that on Friday

0:32:200:32:22

she had lunch with Diane Redfern.

0:32:220:32:25

'What came of it I hoped to hear that night.

0:32:250:32:28

'I alternated between moods of over-optimism

0:32:280:32:30

'and over-pessimism.

0:32:300:32:31

'When the phone rang, I had a foreboding of disaster.'

0:32:310:32:35

I called to tell you, Waldo, I'm frightfully sorry.

0:32:380:32:41

I can't have dinner with you tonight.

0:32:410:32:43

Oh, no, no. I'm not sick. I'm just dreadfully nervous.

0:32:430:32:47

I'm going to the country for a few days.

0:32:470:32:49

Yes. I'm afraid it's about Shelby.

0:32:490:32:52

Oh, no. Please. There's nothing you can do.

0:32:520:32:54

I've got to think this thing out for myself.

0:32:540:32:57

I'm sorry.

0:32:570:32:58

I'll call you when I get back. Goodbye.

0:32:580:33:01

It was the last time I ever heard her voice.

0:33:020:33:06

I was sure she had too much pride

0:33:060:33:08

to forgive him,

0:33:080:33:10

but...

0:33:100:33:12

Where does this Diane Redfern live?

0:33:120:33:16

Brooklyn somewhere.

0:33:160:33:17

She's in the phone book.

0:33:170:33:18

Come on. It's late. Let's get going.

0:33:200:33:23

Waiter.

0:33:230:33:24

Yes, sir. >

0:33:240:33:25

All right.

0:33:280:33:28

Thank you, Mr Lydecker.

0:33:280:33:30

Goodnight.

0:33:330:33:35

I shall never forgive myself

0:33:390:33:41

for letting her become involved with Shelby.

0:33:410:33:44

It was my fault.

0:33:440:33:46

I should have stopped it somehow.

0:33:460:33:49

Well, it's too late now.

0:33:490:33:51

Thanks for the wine.

0:33:540:33:56

Hello. Mosconi's?

0:34:140:34:15

This is Lieutenant McPherson, homicide bureau.

0:34:150:34:18

Laura Hunt had been buying her liquor from you

0:34:180:34:22

for several years, hadn't she?

0:34:220:34:23

Yeah. Did she ever buy a brand of scotch

0:34:230:34:27

called Black Pony?

0:34:270:34:29

Yeah.

0:34:300:34:31

DOOR CLOSES

0:34:330:34:35

I see. Well, that's all I wanted to know. Thanks.

0:34:350:34:37

She's here, McPherson, the maid.

0:34:370:34:39

OK.

0:34:390:34:40

Come in, Miss Clary.

0:34:420:34:43

Never mind the "Miss Clary" stuff.

0:34:430:34:45

My name's Bessie, and I'm a domestic,

0:34:450:34:47

and I got nothing to be ashamed of.

0:34:470:34:49

Sit down, Bessie.

0:34:490:34:50

Her letters.

0:34:500:34:53

And her private diary!

0:34:540:34:56

You've been reading them,

0:34:560:34:58

pawing over them.

0:34:580:34:59

It's a shame in the face of the dead.

0:34:590:35:00

That's what it is. It's a shame!

0:35:000:35:02

Sit down, Bessie.

0:35:020:35:03

I'll stand on my own two feet!

0:35:030:35:05

Don't you go ordering me around.

0:35:050:35:07

I ain't afraid of cops.

0:35:070:35:09

I was brought up to spit whenever I saw one.

0:35:090:35:12

OK. Go ahead and spit

0:35:120:35:13

if that'll make you feel better.

0:35:130:35:16

What do you want to know?

0:35:210:35:22

What we all want to know -

0:35:220:35:24

who killed Laura Hunt.

0:35:240:35:25

How would I know?

0:35:250:35:27

You don't think I done it?

0:35:280:35:31

I know you cops get crazy notions,

0:35:310:35:34

but if you got any notion concerning me...

0:35:340:35:36

ask anyone,

0:35:360:35:37

anyone who ever come to this house.

0:35:370:35:39

I would have worked for her.

0:35:390:35:41

I would have washed, ironed, scrubbed,

0:35:410:35:43

done everything she wanted of me

0:35:430:35:45

whether she paid me for it or not,

0:35:450:35:47

and it wasn't only on account of

0:35:470:35:48

the thousand sweet things she done for me.

0:35:480:35:51

It was because she was so sweet herself,

0:35:510:35:53

because she was a real fine lady.

0:35:530:35:56

But you cops wouldn't know about that.

0:35:560:36:00

But you do.

0:36:010:36:03

That's all the more reason

0:36:030:36:04

why you should help me, Bessie.

0:36:040:36:06

Do you happen to know

0:36:060:36:08

how this got into her liquor cabinet?

0:36:080:36:10

I put it there.

0:36:100:36:12

But she never bought cheap stuff like that,

0:36:120:36:14

not a lady like Miss Hunt.

0:36:140:36:16

No.

0:36:160:36:17

When did you put it in the cabinet?

0:36:170:36:19

Saturday.

0:36:190:36:20

Before the police came.

0:36:200:36:22

Was it there Friday night before you left?

0:36:220:36:23

No.

0:36:230:36:24

Are you sure of that?

0:36:240:36:26

I cleaned out the cabinet on Friday

0:36:260:36:29

and put the empties in the basement.

0:36:290:36:32

Then somebody was with her

0:36:320:36:34

in the apartment Friday night,

0:36:340:36:35

someone who brought that bottle.

0:36:350:36:37

Yes.

0:36:370:36:38

Who?

0:36:380:36:39

I don't know, but I didn't want anyone

0:36:390:36:41

getting any wrong ideas about her,

0:36:410:36:43

God rest her soul.

0:36:430:36:45

That's why I took it out of the bedroom

0:36:450:36:46

and put it in the cabinet before the police got here,

0:36:460:36:49

and that ain't all I done.

0:36:490:36:51

I washed out the glasses

0:36:510:36:53

and cleaned off the bottle, too.

0:36:530:36:55

Do you know what happens to people who destroy evidence?

0:36:550:36:57

I don't care.

0:36:570:36:59

You ain't going to tell the newspaper reporters,

0:36:590:37:01

are you,

0:37:010:37:02

and let them make up their nasty stories

0:37:020:37:04

and drag her name through the mud?

0:37:040:37:07

Go ahead, but it won't do you any good.

0:37:070:37:09

I'll say you lied. I'll say...

0:37:090:37:11

Take it easy, Bessie.

0:37:110:37:12

Get me some ice and a set-up, will you?

0:37:120:37:15

All right.

0:37:150:37:16

A couple of highball glasses.

0:37:180:37:20

DOORBELL BUZZES

0:37:220:37:24

Good morning.

0:37:240:37:25

Lieutenant McPherson sent for us.

0:37:250:37:26

Good morning, Lieutenant.

0:37:260:37:28

Hello, McPherson.

0:37:280:37:29

This is quite a delegation.

0:37:290:37:30

I only sent for you, Carpenter.

0:37:300:37:32

Shelby's dropping me off at the hairdresser's later,

0:37:320:37:33

so I thought I might as well come along.

0:37:330:37:35

My excuse is equally feeble.

0:37:350:37:37

I just popped in to pay my dubious respects

0:37:370:37:39

and enquire as to the state of your health.

0:37:390:37:40

Insipid, I trust.

0:37:400:37:42

I was just going to pour myself a drink.

0:37:420:37:43

Would you care to join me?

0:37:430:37:44

That's a very nice idea. Shelby, wouldn't you like one?

0:37:440:37:46

I'll get it.

0:37:460:37:47

Never mind.

0:37:470:37:49

Bessie, would you bring a couple more glasses, please?

0:37:490:37:51

Hi, Bessie. What are you doing here?

0:37:510:37:53

I'm paid up for the week,

0:37:530:37:54

and I'm working regardless.

0:37:540:37:55

Would you like one, Lydecker?

0:37:550:37:57

I see no reason to exclude myself

0:37:570:37:58

if the host provides scotch.

0:37:580:38:00

This do?

0:38:000:38:01

I presume it'll have to.

0:38:010:38:02

How about you, Carpenter?

0:38:020:38:04

It's cheap, but it's potent.

0:38:040:38:05

As a matter of fact, I don't think I care for any.

0:38:050:38:07

I'm not much of a daytime drinker.

0:38:070:38:09

That'll be all for you, Bessie. You can go home now.

0:38:090:38:11

But I... Yes, sir.

0:38:110:38:12

I remember when Laura bought these glasses.

0:38:130:38:16

She loved them. She loved all her things so.

0:38:160:38:18

What are you going to do? Sell them?

0:38:180:38:20

I don't know.

0:38:200:38:22

I suppose so. Thank you.

0:38:220:38:23

If I'm appointed administrator of the estate,

0:38:230:38:25

I shall probably just call in Corey.

0:38:250:38:27

You mean Lancaster Corey, the art dealer?

0:38:270:38:29

Yes. He was a friend of Laura's.

0:38:290:38:31

Let him dispose of everything.

0:38:310:38:33

It'll be less gruesome that way.

0:38:330:38:35

Not quite everything, Ann.

0:38:350:38:37

Two or three things in here belong to me.

0:38:370:38:40

This vase, for instance,

0:38:400:38:42

and that, er, clock, of course,

0:38:420:38:45

and the antique fire screen.

0:38:450:38:47

I only lent them to Laura, you know.

0:38:470:38:49

Oh, really, Waldo!

0:38:490:38:51

Yes, really. This vase is the gem of my collection.

0:38:510:38:53

I intend to have it back,

0:38:530:38:55

and the clock and the screen, too.

0:38:550:38:56

But they aren't yours. You gave them to Laura.

0:38:560:38:58

I won't permit it.

0:38:580:38:59

Does an alleged fiance

0:38:590:39:00

have any voice in this matter?

0:39:000:39:02

I'll take the vase with me now

0:39:020:39:04

and send someone to collect the other things this very day.

0:39:040:39:07

Nothing is leaving here except you, Lydecker.

0:39:070:39:10

Is that your quaint way of indicating dismissal?

0:39:100:39:13

We're all going anyway.

0:39:130:39:15

I have to be back at headquarters by noon.

0:39:150:39:17

Lieutenant, I don't understand.

0:39:170:39:18

You sent for me, didn't you?

0:39:180:39:20

Yeah.

0:39:200:39:21

Well, don't you want to see me?

0:39:210:39:22

Don't you want to ask me some questions?

0:39:220:39:24

I'll be seeing you.

0:39:240:39:26

I bid you good day.

0:39:260:39:27

Come along, Shelby.

0:39:270:39:29

Are you making any progress

0:39:290:39:30

on the case, Lieutenant?

0:39:300:39:32

We're doing all right.

0:39:320:39:33

Hello, Mark.

0:39:490:39:50

Go get something to eat. I'll take over.

0:39:500:39:52

Thanks.

0:39:520:39:53

Take your time.

0:39:530:39:55

Fred?

0:42:460:42:48

CLICKING

0:42:490:42:51

Yes?

0:42:510:42:52

'What's the matter? Did you go to sleep?'

0:42:520:42:55

This is McPherson. Any calls come through?

0:42:550:42:58

Well, keep listening.

0:42:590:43:01

No. Nothing new.

0:43:010:43:03

DOORBELL BUZZES

0:43:030:43:05

I happened to see the lights on.

0:43:090:43:12

Have you sublet this apartment?

0:43:120:43:14

You're here often enough to pay rent.

0:43:140:43:16

Any objections?

0:43:160:43:18

Yes.

0:43:180:43:19

I object to you prying into Laura's letters,

0:43:190:43:22

especially those from me.

0:43:220:43:24

Why? Yours are the best in the bunch.

0:43:240:43:26

< Thanks. But I didn't write them to you.

0:43:260:43:29

Haven't you any sense of privacy?

0:43:290:43:31

Murder victims have no claim to privacy.

0:43:310:43:35

< Have detectives who buy portraits of murder victims

0:43:350:43:38

< a claim to privacy?

0:43:380:43:39

Lancaster Corey told me

0:43:390:43:41

that you've already put in a bid for it.

0:43:410:43:44

That's none of your business.

0:43:440:43:46

McPherson, did it ever strike you

0:43:460:43:48

that you're acting very strangely?

0:43:480:43:50

It's a wonder you don't come here like a suitor,

0:43:500:43:52

with roses and a box of candy,

0:43:520:43:54

drugstore candy, of course.

0:43:540:43:56

Have you ever dreamed of Laura as your wife,

0:43:560:43:59

by your side at the policemen's ball

0:43:590:44:01

or in the bleachers

0:44:010:44:02

or listening to the heroic story

0:44:020:44:04

of how you got a silver shinbone

0:44:040:44:06

from a gun battle with a gangster?

0:44:060:44:08

I see you have.

0:44:080:44:10

Why don't you go home? I'm busy.

0:44:100:44:13

Perhaps we can come to terms now.

0:44:130:44:16

You want the portrait.

0:44:160:44:18

Perfectly understandable.

0:44:180:44:19

I want my possessions,

0:44:190:44:21

my vase, my clock, and my screen.

0:44:210:44:24

Also perfectly understandable.

0:44:240:44:25

Now, if you...

0:44:250:44:26

Get going.

0:44:260:44:27

You'd better watch out, McPherson,

0:44:270:44:29

or you'll end up in a psychiatric ward.

0:44:290:44:32

I don't think they've ever had a patient

0:44:320:44:34

who fell in love with a corpse.

0:44:340:44:37

DOOR OPENS

0:45:400:45:43

What are you doing here?

0:46:020:46:04

You're alive.

0:46:070:46:09

If you don't get out at once, I'm going to call the police.

0:46:090:46:12

You are Laura Hunt, aren't you?

0:46:120:46:15

Aren't you?

0:46:160:46:18

I'm going to call the police.

0:46:180:46:20

Well, I am the police.

0:46:200:46:22

Mark McPherson.

0:46:220:46:23

What's this all about?

0:46:240:46:27

Don't you know?

0:46:270:46:29

Don't you know what's happened?

0:46:290:46:31

No.

0:46:310:46:32

Haven't you seen the papers?

0:46:320:46:34

Where have you been?

0:46:340:46:36

Up in the country.

0:46:360:46:37

I...I don't get a newspaper.

0:46:370:46:40

Haven't you got a radio?

0:46:400:46:43

It was broken.

0:46:430:46:44

What...

0:46:440:46:45

Somebody was murdered in this room.

0:47:030:47:05

Do you have any idea who it was?

0:47:050:47:08

No.

0:47:080:47:09

Who had a key to your apartment?

0:47:090:47:12

Nobody.

0:47:120:47:13

You're sure?

0:47:130:47:15

When did it happen?

0:47:170:47:19

Friday night.

0:47:190:47:20

What are you going to do now?

0:47:230:47:26

Find out who was murdered,

0:47:260:47:28

and then find the murderer.

0:47:280:47:30

You'd better take off those wet clothes.

0:47:330:47:35

You might catch cold.

0:47:350:47:37

Yeah.

0:47:410:47:42

DOOR CLOSES

0:47:470:47:49

I found this in my closet.

0:47:510:47:54

It's Diane Redfern's.

0:47:540:47:55

It wasn't here when I left.

0:47:550:47:57

She's one of our models.

0:47:570:47:59

Just about my size.

0:47:590:48:01

Beautiful, wasn't she?

0:48:020:48:04

Do you suppose...?

0:48:040:48:06

Sit down, please.

0:48:100:48:12

This is Monday night. You left on Friday.

0:48:160:48:19

Rather a long weekend, isn't it?

0:48:190:48:21

Yes.

0:48:210:48:22

What train did you take?

0:48:220:48:24

The 7.26.

0:48:240:48:26

See anybody you knew on the train?

0:48:260:48:28

No.

0:48:280:48:29

Then what?

0:48:290:48:31

Then I got off the train at Norwalk.

0:48:310:48:33

Saw nobody you knew at the station either?

0:48:330:48:36

No.

0:48:360:48:37

Go on.

0:48:370:48:38

Then I went to the garage where I keep my car.

0:48:380:48:41

It's a private garage.

0:48:410:48:43

Nobody saw me there either.

0:48:430:48:45

Then I drove to my house.

0:48:450:48:47

You were there three days. What did you do?

0:48:470:48:50

Worked in my garden.

0:48:500:48:52

You didn't go out in all that time?

0:48:520:48:54

No. I had everything I needed in the house.

0:48:540:48:58

< Nobody came to see you?

0:48:580:49:00

Nobody. I went there to be alone.

0:49:000:49:02

Police were there on Saturday

0:49:020:49:04

and there was no-one in the house.

0:49:040:49:06

Oh, yes. Saturday, I took a long walk.

0:49:060:49:09

I walked for hours in the woods.

0:49:090:49:12

Mm-hmm. You were going to marry

0:49:120:49:15

Shelby Carpenter this week.

0:49:150:49:17

Thursday, if I'm not mistaken.

0:49:170:49:19

Yes.

0:49:200:49:22

Yet you went away just before your wedding

0:49:220:49:25

for a long weekend, to be alone.

0:49:250:49:27

I was tired.

0:49:270:49:29

I'd been working hard.

0:49:290:49:30

You know Shelby Carpenter has a key to this apartment.

0:49:300:49:32

Why didn't you tell me?

0:49:320:49:34

I know nothing of the sort. He hasn't!

0:49:340:49:36

How else did the girl get into the apartment?

0:49:360:49:38

You knew she was in love with Carpenter,

0:49:380:49:40

that he'd given her your cigarette case.

0:49:400:49:42

You know all that, don't you?

0:49:420:49:44

I knew that she was in love with him.

0:49:440:49:45

She told me so herself.

0:49:450:49:46

When did she tell you?

0:49:460:49:48

At lunch last Friday.

0:49:480:49:49

I also know that she meant nothing to Shelby.

0:49:490:49:52

I understand him better than you do.

0:49:520:49:54

She was found in your dressing gown and slippers.

0:49:540:49:55

That's hardly the regulation costume for an impersonal chat

0:49:550:49:58

between a man and woman who mean nothing to each other.

0:49:580:50:00

Did you know or did you suspect

0:50:000:50:02

that he was going to bring her here Friday night, Miss Hunt?

0:50:020:50:04

How could I? I don't know that he brought her here.

0:50:040:50:05

Neither do you. You merely assume it.

0:50:050:50:07

What other assumption is possible?

0:50:070:50:08

Do you love this fellow Carpenter so much

0:50:080:50:10

you'd risk your own safety to protect him?

0:50:100:50:12

My own safety? Do you suspect me?

0:50:120:50:15

I suspect nobody and everybody.

0:50:150:50:16

I'm merely trying to get at the truth.

0:50:160:50:18

I see you have been trying to get at the truth.

0:50:180:50:20

You've read things I never meant anyone else to look at.

0:50:200:50:23

Strictly routine.

0:50:230:50:24

I'm sorry.

0:50:240:50:26

Really.

0:50:260:50:27

Well, I'd better be going.

0:50:290:50:31

I'll see you in the morning, Miss Hunt.

0:50:310:50:32

Oh, I must ask you not to leave the house

0:50:320:50:35

or use the phone.

0:50:350:50:36

But... But I've got to let my friends know I'm alive.

0:50:360:50:39

Sorry, Miss Hunt, but I must insist you do as I say.

0:50:390:50:42

Am I under arrest?

0:50:420:50:43

No. But if anything should happen to you this time,

0:50:430:50:47

I wouldn't like it.

0:50:470:50:49

All right. I promise.

0:50:490:50:51

There's one more thing.

0:50:510:50:53

You may as well know what I know,

0:50:530:50:54

some of it, at any rate.

0:50:540:50:56

It'll save time and a lot of unnecessary fencing.

0:50:560:51:00

I know that you went away to make up your mind

0:51:000:51:04

whether you would marry Shelby Carpenter or not.

0:51:040:51:08

What did you decide?

0:51:080:51:10

I want the truth.

0:51:100:51:12

I decided not to marry him.

0:51:140:51:17

I'll see you in the morning.

0:51:170:51:18

Goodnight.

0:51:180:51:20

Goodnight.

0:51:200:51:21

DOOR CLOSES

0:51:240:51:25

Really?

0:51:350:51:36

Does McPherson know that?

0:51:360:51:38

Uh-huh.

0:51:380:51:39

Well, OK.

0:51:390:51:40

Goodbye.

0:51:400:51:41

Say, Mark, that was the medical examiner's report.

0:51:410:51:44

It wasn't Laura Hunt.

0:51:440:51:46

It was Diane Redfern that was bumped off upstairs.

0:51:460:51:48

Kind of balls things up, doesn't it?

0:51:480:51:51

Yeah. Say, you're not taking it too hard.

0:51:510:51:53

CLICKING

0:51:530:51:55

SHELBY: 'Hello?'

0:51:550:51:57

'This is Laura.'

0:51:570:51:58

SHELBY: 'Say nothing on the phone. Meet me now.

0:51:580:52:00

'I'll wait for you in my car in front of Bullitt's.'

0:52:000:52:03

Was that...

0:52:030:52:04

Yeah.

0:52:040:52:04

Dames are always pulling a switch on you.

0:52:040:52:07

Stand by.

0:52:070:52:09

You follow her. I'm going to tail him.

0:52:260:52:28

THUNDER CRASHES

0:52:340:52:37

THUNDER CRASHES

0:52:410:52:44

< Are you taking it down or putting it away, Carpenter?

0:53:170:53:20

It's been fired lately.

0:53:330:53:34

Yes. I killed some rabbits with it.

0:53:340:53:36

When?

0:53:360:53:37

Oh, a while back. I don't know exactly.

0:53:370:53:39

You know about guns, don't you?

0:53:390:53:41

Yes.

0:53:410:53:42

How come you didn't clean it afterward?

0:53:420:53:44

I don't know. I forgot, I suppose.

0:53:440:53:46

Your initials?

0:53:460:53:48

Yes. I gave it to Laura for protection.

0:53:480:53:50

She didn't want it, but I insisted.

0:53:500:53:52

This house is rather isolated, as you see.

0:53:520:53:54

Did you teach her how to use it?

0:53:540:53:56

No.

0:53:560:53:57

Does she know how?

0:53:570:53:59

I don't know. It didn't occur to me to ask.

0:53:590:54:01

You're a vague sort of a fellow, aren't you, Carpenter?

0:54:010:54:03

I've spent very little time

0:54:030:54:05

in observing my own character, Mr McPherson.

0:54:050:54:07

You haven't borrowed it lately?

0:54:070:54:08

You didn't just bring it back tonight?

0:54:080:54:10

You followed me here. You saw me come in.

0:54:100:54:12

You ought to know.

0:54:120:54:13

You, er, realise the spot you're in, Carpenter?

0:54:130:54:16

You took that poor girl to Miss Hunt's apartment.

0:54:160:54:19

You knew all along it was she who was murdered.

0:54:190:54:22

Didn't you know Laura Hunt would come back any day

0:54:220:54:25

and spill the whole thing?

0:54:250:54:27

Or did you plan to kill her, too,

0:54:270:54:29

hide the body someplace,

0:54:290:54:31

and cover up your first crime?

0:54:310:54:33

You're being fantastic, McPherson.

0:54:330:54:35

You took a bottle of Black Pony

0:54:350:54:37

to her house Friday night.

0:54:370:54:39

I took it there over a week ago.

0:54:390:54:40

Bessie said it wasn't there Friday night.

0:54:400:54:42

It was Saturday morning.

0:54:420:54:44

I can't help what Bessie said.

0:54:440:54:46

Where is the key to her apartment?

0:54:480:54:50

I haven't got it.

0:54:500:54:52

What did you do with it? Give it back to her tonight?

0:54:520:54:55

I never had one.

0:54:550:54:56

OK. You didn't take the bottle of scotch

0:54:560:54:58

to her house Friday night,

0:54:580:54:59

and you haven't got a key to her apartment.

0:54:590:55:00

How did you get in? You had a key, and I know it.

0:55:000:55:02

Now, come on, Carpenter, spill it.

0:55:020:55:04

I...

0:55:040:55:05

Laura kept a duplicate key at her office.

0:55:050:55:08

I went over and got it.

0:55:080:55:10

I'd asked Diane to dine with me.

0:55:100:55:11

I wanted to have it out with her once and for all.

0:55:110:55:14

You know, she thought...

0:55:140:55:16

Well, she thought she was in love with me.

0:55:160:55:18

Well, we couldn't go on talking in public places.

0:55:180:55:20

She was too upset.

0:55:200:55:21

I couldn't go to her room,

0:55:210:55:23

and I didn't want to take her to my hotel,

0:55:230:55:25

so we went to Laura's.

0:55:250:55:27

We talked there for about three hours.

0:55:270:55:29

Then the doorbell rang, and...

0:55:290:55:31

Go on.

0:55:310:55:32

Diane was frightened,

0:55:320:55:33

but knowing Laura as I've known her,

0:55:330:55:35

I've learned to be surprised at nothing.

0:55:350:55:37

What do you mean by that?

0:55:370:55:38

Well, her friends would come to her with their troubles

0:55:380:55:40

at all hours of the day or night.

0:55:400:55:42

I asked Diane to answer the door.

0:55:420:55:44

Why didn't you go yourself?

0:55:440:55:46

Well, supposing one of Laura's friends had found me there?

0:55:460:55:48

Why open the door at all?

0:55:480:55:49

Well, they must have seen the light.

0:55:490:55:51

What about the girl...Diane? What about her reputation?

0:55:510:55:53

Well, I had asked her to tell them

0:55:530:55:55

that Laura had lent her the apartment while she was away.

0:55:550:55:58

Anybody that knew Laura would have believed that.

0:55:580:55:59

Yeah. Go on.

0:55:590:56:01

Well, then the doorbell rang again.

0:56:010:56:03

I could hear Diane's mules...

0:56:030:56:05

Laura's they were...

0:56:050:56:06

clattering across the bare boards between the rugs.

0:56:060:56:09

Then there was a moment's silence and then a shot.

0:56:090:56:11

It was an awful explosion.

0:56:110:56:14

By the time I reached her,

0:56:140:56:16

the door was closed.

0:56:160:56:17

She lay there on the floor.

0:56:170:56:19

You got to see who it was?

0:56:190:56:21

No. I was too confused, too horrified,

0:56:210:56:22

incapable of doing anything.

0:56:220:56:24

The room was dark.

0:56:240:56:25

I saw only a vague heap lying on the floor.

0:56:250:56:28

I don't think I fully grasped the situation.

0:56:280:56:31

I think I called her name, but I'm not sure.

0:56:310:56:34

I remember kneeling on the floor,

0:56:340:56:36

feeling her heart.

0:56:360:56:38

My first instinct was to call the police.

0:56:380:56:40

Why didn't you?

0:56:400:56:42

I don't know, or rather I was afraid,

0:56:420:56:44

not only for myself but for Laura.

0:56:440:56:45

In a panicky sort of way,

0:56:450:56:47

I felt that I must keep out of this

0:56:470:56:49

to keep Laura out of it.

0:56:490:56:51

Oh, I know now how foolish and hopeless it was,

0:56:510:56:53

but there was only one thing on my mind -

0:56:530:56:55

the safety of a person whose life was dearer to me than my own.

0:56:550:56:57

Don't you understand that?

0:56:570:56:59

Did you think Laura had done it?

0:56:590:57:01

Did you?

0:57:010:57:03

I don't remember what I thought.

0:57:030:57:04

Do you think so now?

0:57:040:57:07

No.

0:57:070:57:08

But you didn't?

0:57:080:57:09

No.

0:57:090:57:09

On Saturday, when our men went to the hotel

0:57:090:57:12

to tell you that Laura was dead,

0:57:120:57:13

you seemed sincerely shocked.

0:57:130:57:15

I was. I hadn't expected that mistake.

0:57:150:57:17

But you had your alibi ready no matter who was dead,

0:57:170:57:19

yet you knew the minute Laura got back it wouldn't stick.

0:57:190:57:22

Don't you see, I was incapable of thinking

0:57:220:57:24

that far ahead.

0:57:240:57:25

I was incapable of thinking at all.

0:57:250:57:27

I was groping for some way

0:57:270:57:29

to keep Laura's name out of it.

0:57:290:57:31

I was heartbroken about Diane

0:57:310:57:32

and panic-stricken about Laura.

0:57:320:57:34

I haven't slept a full two hours

0:57:340:57:36

since this thing happened.

0:57:360:57:37

Let's get back to the present.

0:57:370:57:39

What did you and Laura talk about tonight?

0:57:390:57:40

I told her the whole story just as I've told you.

0:57:400:57:44

She phoned you after she promised me

0:57:440:57:45

she wouldn't call anybody.

0:57:450:57:47

What did she want?

0:57:470:57:48

It's perfectly natural she should want to see me,

0:57:480:57:50

especially after what's happened.

0:57:500:57:51

Why don't you tell the truth, Carpenter?

0:57:510:57:53

She sent you here to get rid of this gun.

0:57:530:57:55

She did not. It was my own idea.

0:57:550:57:56

She doesn't even know I'm here.

0:57:560:57:58

MUSIC ON RADIO

0:58:000:58:02

It works fine, doesn't it?

0:58:040:58:06

Yes. Did you think it wouldn't?

0:58:060:58:08

I hoped it wouldn't. All right, let's go.

0:58:080:58:11

Oh, am I under arrest?

0:58:110:58:14

No. But you're not to leave town.

0:58:140:58:16

It would be foolish of you to try it.

0:58:160:58:19

DOORBELL BUZZES

0:58:320:58:34

Good morning.

0:58:360:58:38

Good morning.

0:58:380:58:39

What's that?

0:58:410:58:43

Breakfast. You didn't buy any food when you went out last night.

0:58:430:58:47

I'll fix some bacon and eggs.

0:58:510:58:53

Can you make coffee?

0:58:530:58:55

Suppose you set the table while I get breakfast.

0:58:550:58:58

Do you always sound like this in the morning?

0:58:580:59:01

Don't tell me you can cook.

0:59:010:59:03

My mother always listened sympathetically

0:59:030:59:05

to my dreams of a career,

0:59:050:59:07

and then taught me another recipe.

0:59:070:59:09

KEY TURNS IN LOCK

0:59:090:59:11

Shh! Don't move.

0:59:110:59:12

Aah!

0:59:140:59:16

It's all right, Bessie.

0:59:160:59:18

That's all right, Bessie.

0:59:180:59:20

She's alive.

0:59:200:59:21

It's all been a mistake, Bessie.

0:59:210:59:24

I'm not a ghost, really.

0:59:240:59:27

I found you, and you were dead.

0:59:270:59:30

It was Miss Redfern's body you found.

0:59:300:59:32

How about taking over here, >

0:59:340:59:36

fixing us some coffee and eggs? >

0:59:360:59:39

But I saw it with my own eyes.

0:59:390:59:43

I don't understand it.

0:59:430:59:45

Have you ever heard a ghost ask for eggs?

0:59:450:59:48

No, Miss.

0:59:480:59:50

You'll be all right, Bessie.

0:59:500:59:52

Somebody should have warned her. Poor Bessie.

1:00:021:00:04

By the way, I've asked Waldo Lydecker to come here this morning.

1:00:041:00:08

Did you tell him?

1:00:081:00:10

No.

1:00:101:00:11

Why not? It's brutal.

1:00:111:00:13

I'm not doing it for fun.

1:00:131:00:14

Why did you break your promise

1:00:141:00:17

and go out and see Shelby last night?

1:00:171:00:20

You forced me to give you my word.

1:00:201:00:22

I never have been and I never will be

1:00:221:00:24

bound by anything I don't do of my own free will.

1:00:241:00:26

Redfern was in love with Carpenter.

1:00:261:00:28

You admitted that last night.

1:00:281:00:30

May I have a match, please?

1:00:301:00:32

Oh, I'm sorry.

1:00:321:00:34

I also told you that he wasn't in love with her.

1:00:341:00:37

DOORBELL BUZZES

1:00:371:00:38

Just sit still.

1:00:381:00:39

Hello, Lieutenant.

1:00:461:00:48

Good morning, my darling.

1:00:491:00:50

Hello, dear.

1:00:501:00:52

Ah. Thank you.

1:00:521:00:54

Oh, it's on again.

1:00:541:00:56

Do I have to get a permit from the police department

1:00:561:00:59

to kiss my fiancee good morning?

1:00:591:01:01

So he made you change your mind.

1:01:011:01:02

Speaking of changing one's mind, Mr McPherson,

1:01:021:01:05

I've just come from my lawyer.

1:01:051:01:07

Yeah? Did he tell you how much you'd get off for good behaviour?

1:01:071:01:10

No, but he told me that anything I may have said last night

1:01:101:01:13

was said under duress and can't be used against me.

1:01:131:01:15

Besides, none of it was true.

1:01:151:01:17

Smart lawyer you've got, Carpenter.

1:01:171:01:19

Maybe he told you how that scotch got up here Friday night

1:01:191:01:21

after you'd bought it at Mosconi's.

1:01:211:01:23

Maybe it was the lawyer who brought Diane Redfern up here.

1:01:231:01:25

DOORBELL BUZZES

1:01:251:01:26

Well, McPherson, have you thought over the deal I suggested?

1:01:311:01:36

Waldo.

1:01:381:01:40

THUMP!

1:01:401:01:41

Waldo.

1:01:411:01:43

Right-hand pocket.

1:01:471:01:49

You want a doctor?

1:01:491:01:50

Right-hand pocket.

1:01:501:01:53

We'd better take him into the bedroom.

1:01:531:01:56

What...?

1:02:071:02:09

Don't try and say anything, dear.

1:02:091:02:11

Just be quiet.

1:02:111:02:12

You know, I think this is carrying things too far.

1:02:141:02:16

Your methods are vicious. There ought to be a law against it.

1:02:161:02:19

Yeah?

1:02:191:02:20

How does he feel now?

1:02:201:02:22

It was a terrible shock, poor darling.

1:02:221:02:24

Don't tell me you're in love with him, too.

1:02:241:02:25

Look here, fella. You're not to talk that way to Miss Hunt.

1:02:251:02:27

Shut up. Why do you cover up for a guy like him?

1:02:271:02:29

Don't answer him, Laura.

1:02:291:02:31

What story did he tell you last night?

1:02:311:02:33

Don't answer him. Let him talk to our lawyer.

1:02:331:02:34

OUR lawyer? So now you're covering up for each other.

1:02:341:02:36

Look at him, Laura. He's beginning to crack up.

1:02:361:02:38

He'd use anything to make an arrest

1:02:381:02:40

just so he can be a big shot in the headlines.

1:02:401:02:42

I've got enough on you to arrest you right now.

1:02:421:02:44

Quick, McPherson, the handcuffs.

1:02:441:02:45

Trundle him off to the hoosegow.

1:02:451:02:47

You keep out of this.

1:02:471:02:48

You'll look nice in bracelets, Carpenter.

1:02:481:02:49

Why don't you get down on all fours again, Waldo.

1:02:491:02:51

It's the only time you've ever kept your mouth shut.

1:02:511:02:53

I hope you'll forgive my wee touch of epilepsy, my dear.

1:02:531:02:56

It's an old family custom.

1:02:561:02:58

Well, McPherson,

1:02:581:02:59

what does Laura's resurrection do to you?

1:02:591:03:02

Too bad Diane Redfern can't be resurrected.

1:03:021:03:04

I'm afraid I've interrupted what you call a pinch.

1:03:041:03:07

Do your duty, McPherson.

1:03:071:03:10

You know, Lydecker, you've made me change my mind...

1:03:101:03:13

for the moment.

1:03:131:03:14

Well, in that case,

1:03:141:03:16

we'll have time for a little get-together.

1:03:161:03:18

You'd better order some liquor and some food, Laura.

1:03:181:03:20

What for?

1:03:201:03:21

People are coming to celebrate your return -

1:03:211:03:23

Ann, Bullitt, and Corey, everybody.

1:03:231:03:25

Who asked them to come?

1:03:251:03:26

I did, when I was in there.

1:03:261:03:28

I phoned my man, and he's calling everyone.

1:03:281:03:30

Why did you do that, Waldo?

1:03:301:03:32

A sense of the fitness of things, my dear.

1:03:321:03:34

Perhaps our friend can weave all the loose ends

1:03:341:03:36

into a noose, eh, McPherson?

1:03:361:03:38

Sorry you went to all that trouble.

1:03:381:03:40

I've already called them.

1:03:401:03:42

You're working yourself to death, darling.

1:03:451:03:46

I haven't had a moment with you all day.

1:03:461:03:48

It's a very thirsty crowd, you know.

1:03:481:03:50

After all, it isn't your homecoming.

1:03:501:03:52

Aren't you being a little bit nasty, Ann?

1:03:521:03:55

I feel nasty when I don't see you.

1:03:551:03:57

Well, you look very sweet.

1:03:571:03:59

That's a completely wonderful hat, darling.

1:03:591:04:01

Now, if you'll forgive me, Laura wants a cocktail.

1:04:011:04:03

So do I.

1:04:031:04:05

Well, here you go.

1:04:051:04:07

Shelby, why don't you come to your senses?

1:04:071:04:09

You know it's all over between you and Laura,

1:04:091:04:11

or it soon will be.

1:04:111:04:13

You haven't lost me. Why don't we get married? Now.

1:04:131:04:15

But, Ann, dear, you don't seem to realise the situation.

1:04:151:04:18

Yes, but I do. That's why you need me.

1:04:181:04:20

We'll get the best lawyer that money can buy.

1:04:201:04:22

When it's all over, we'll go away... anywhere you want...

1:04:221:04:24

and forget about all this.

1:04:241:04:26

Well, thanks, Ann, but you see, Laura needs me.

1:04:261:04:28

Sorry.

1:04:281:04:30

Uh-uh.

1:04:311:04:33

Laura.

1:04:341:04:36

Thanks.

1:04:361:04:37

If you don't mind, I'd like a word with Miss Hunt.

1:04:371:04:40

I don't mind. Talk to her as much as you like.

1:04:401:04:44

I see he's taking a new tack.

1:04:441:04:46

What do you mean?

1:04:461:04:48

Trying to make you like him to make you talk.

1:04:481:04:51

Shelby, tell me, why did you go to...

1:04:511:04:54

Oh, excuse me.

1:04:541:04:57

Why did you go to the cottage last night?

1:04:591:05:02

Don't you know?

1:05:021:05:03

I was afraid you wouldn't think of hiding that shotgun.

1:05:031:05:07

What shotgun?

1:05:071:05:08

The one I gave you. You don't have to lie to me, darling.

1:05:081:05:12

I'll stand by you.

1:05:121:05:14

What's the matter, Laura?

1:05:201:05:23

Oh, I guess I'm just nervous, that's all.

1:05:231:05:26

So am I.

1:05:261:05:28

McPherson suspects Shelby.

1:05:281:05:31

He seems to suspect me, too.

1:05:311:05:35

So do some of my friends.

1:05:351:05:38

You? Don't be absurd.

1:05:381:05:39

You could never do a thing like that.

1:05:391:05:41

And Shelby?

1:05:411:05:43

Oh, I don't think he did it,

1:05:431:05:44

but he's capable of it.

1:05:441:05:46

Are you as interested in McPherson as he is in you?

1:05:471:05:50

But, Ann, I only met him last night.

1:05:501:05:53

That's more than long enough sometimes.

1:05:531:05:54

Anyway, he's better for you than Shelby,

1:05:541:05:57

anybody is.

1:05:571:05:58

Shelby's better for me.

1:05:581:06:00

Why?

1:06:001:06:02

Because I can afford him and understand him.

1:06:021:06:06

He's no good, but he's what I want.

1:06:061:06:09

I'm not a nice person, Laura. Neither is he.

1:06:091:06:12

He knows I know he's just what he is.

1:06:121:06:16

He also knows that I don't care.

1:06:161:06:18

We belong together

1:06:181:06:19

because we're both weak and can't seem to help it.

1:06:191:06:22

That's why I know he's capable of murder.

1:06:221:06:26

He's like me.

1:06:261:06:27

No, dear, I didn't,

1:06:291:06:32

but I thought of it.

1:06:321:06:34

TELEPHONE RINGS

1:06:471:06:51

Hello?

1:06:511:06:52

Yes. Yes.

1:06:521:06:55

It's for you, Lieutenant.

1:06:551:06:57

Thank you, Bessie.

1:06:571:07:00

McPherson.

1:07:001:07:01

Yeah, I know. Don't worry.

1:07:031:07:05

I told you I'd bring in the killer today.

1:07:051:07:08

MUSIC STOPS

1:07:081:07:09

Yeah, I was just going to make the arrest when you called. >

1:07:091:07:13

No, I can't tell you now. I'm not alone. >

1:07:131:07:15

You'll see when I come in.

1:07:161:07:19

Right.

1:07:191:07:20

See you later.

1:07:201:07:22

All right. Let's go.

1:07:401:07:42

You mean...

1:07:421:07:43

Yeah.

1:07:431:07:44

Oh, no! >

1:07:441:07:46

Oh, no. No, no. Not Miss Hunt.

1:07:471:07:52

Please!

1:07:521:07:53

Thank you, Bessie.

1:07:551:07:56

Thank you.

1:07:581:07:59

Now will you please be good enough to go and get me my things?

1:07:591:08:04

Yes, Miss.

1:08:041:08:05

Laura, don't worry, darling.

1:08:051:08:09

Let them accuse you. We'll fight them.

1:08:091:08:12

I have every weapon - money, connections, prestige, and my column.

1:08:121:08:17

< Every day millions will read about you

1:08:171:08:20

< and rally to your defence.

1:08:201:08:22

You talk as if you wanted to see her tried for murder.

1:08:221:08:24

Yes, rather than let you blacken her name

1:08:241:08:27

with suspicions and rumours.

1:08:271:08:29

Try to prove her guilty.

1:08:291:08:31

Get on the witness stand with your poor shreds of evidence.

1:08:311:08:34

I'll expose your cheap methods you used on her.

1:08:341:08:38

Thank you, Bessie.

1:08:381:08:39

Laura, I told you to watch out for this fella.

1:08:391:08:42

Can we go now?

1:08:421:08:43

I warned you.

1:08:431:08:45

It's too bad you didn't open that door Friday night, Carpenter.

1:08:451:08:49

Wait a minute.

1:08:491:08:50

Uh!

1:08:501:08:52

Shelby!

1:08:521:08:53

Oh, did he hurt you, darling?

1:08:531:08:56

Darling.

1:08:561:08:57

Ann.

1:09:001:09:01

Come in.

1:09:051:09:07

Sit down.

1:09:071:09:09

That'll be all, Gallagher.

1:09:111:09:12

Yes, sir.

1:09:121:09:14

All right, let's have it.

1:09:161:09:18

Look at me.

1:09:181:09:20

What are you trying to do, force a confession out of me?

1:09:221:09:25

You've been holding out, and I want to know why.

1:09:251:09:27

It'll be easier for you if you tell the truth.

1:09:271:09:29

What difference does it make what I say?

1:09:291:09:33

You've made up your mind I'm guilty.

1:09:331:09:36

Are you?

1:09:361:09:37

Don't tell me you have any doubts, since you...

1:09:371:09:40

Oh, I can't. Please.

1:09:401:09:42

Do I have to have those lights in my face?

1:09:421:09:45

Thanks.

1:09:501:09:52

No, I didn't kill Diane Redfern

1:09:521:09:54

or anyone else.

1:09:541:09:56

Then why...

1:09:561:09:57

Why did you tell me

1:09:571:09:59

the radio at your country place was broken?

1:09:591:10:01

Because it was broken.

1:10:011:10:03

Not when I tried it.

1:10:031:10:05

Just as I was leaving the village,

1:10:051:10:07

I asked the local handyman to fix it.

1:10:071:10:09

< How did he get in?

1:10:091:10:10

I always leave a key under the flowerpot on the porch.

1:10:101:10:12

You're too intelligent to make up something I could check so easily,

1:10:121:10:16

but you're intelligent enough to have broken it yourself

1:10:161:10:19

to strengthen your story.

1:10:191:10:21

The main thing I want to know

1:10:211:10:23

is why you pulled that switch on me about Carpenter.

1:10:231:10:25

You told me last night you had decided not to marry him.

1:10:251:10:28

Yes, I guess I did.

1:10:281:10:30

But today it was on again. Why?

1:10:301:10:33

Well, I... I changed my mind.

1:10:331:10:36

What are you trying to hide?

1:10:361:10:39

Don't you realise you're involved in a murder?

1:10:391:10:42

You've got yourself in a jam it's not going to be easy to get out of

1:10:421:10:45

unless you're on the level with me.

1:10:451:10:47

This is no time for secrets.

1:10:471:10:49

Now, did you really decide to call it off,

1:10:491:10:51

or did you just tell me that

1:10:511:10:53

because you knew I wanted to hear it?

1:10:531:10:57

What went on between you and Carpenter when you saw him last night?

1:10:571:11:02

Did he persuade you to make up,

1:11:021:11:05

or did you agree to pretend you had?

1:11:051:11:08

Was that it?

1:11:081:11:09

Well, we...that is, both of us thought...

1:11:091:11:11

He convinced you that if you broke the engagement now,

1:11:111:11:14

people would think you believed he was guilty.

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Yes, but now I know it was only because he thought I was.

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Did you believe he was guilty?

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No, I'm sure he isn't, but he'd gotten himself

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into an awfully suspicious position,

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and he's the sort of man

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that people are always ready to believe the worst about.

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Are you in love with him?

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I don't see how I ever could have been.

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Come on. You're going home.

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But I thought I was...

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That's what I wanted you to think,

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you and a few others.

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I didn't even book you.

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You mean this was some sort of a game?

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I was 99% certain about you,

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but I had to get rid of that 1% doubt.

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Wasn't there an easier way to make sure?

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I'd reached the point

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where I needed official surroundings.

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Then it was worth it, Mark.

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I'll call a cab for you.

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Goodnight. I'll see you tomorrow.

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Goodnight, Mark.

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I'm going over to Lydecker's apartment.

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BUZZ!

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CLOCK CHIMES

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It still doesn't make sense to me, Laura.

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He's playing some sort of a game with you.

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I don't think so.

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I don't deny that he's infatuated with you

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in some warped way of his own,

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but he isn't capable of any normal, warm, human relationship.

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He's been dealing with criminals too long.

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When you were unattainable,

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when he thought you were dead,

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that's when he wanted you most.

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But he was glad when I came back,

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as if he were waiting for me.

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Do you know what he calls women? Dames.

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A "dame" in Washington Heights got a fox fur out of him.

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His very words.

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That doesn't mean anything.

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He isn't like that.

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Laura, you have one tragic weakness.

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With you, a lean, strong body is the measure of a man,

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and you always get hurt.

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No man is ever going to hurt me again.

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No-one, not even you.

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I...hurt you? Laura, look at me.

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When a man has everything in the world that he wants

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except what he wants most,

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he loses his self-respect.

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It makes him bitter, Laura.

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He wants to hurt someone as he's been hurt.

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You were a long time in finding out about Shelby,

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but that's over now.

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We'll be back together again.

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DOOR OPENS

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Haven't you heard of science's newest triumph...

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the doorbell? >

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I don't like to remind her.

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That was the murderer's signal.

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Did you eavesdrop, too? I hope.

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I thought you'd like to know we tested your shotgun.

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It isn't the one.

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Now, that's what I call a typical move,

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a real key to the man's character.

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First he tells you that he thinks you're innocent,

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then proceeds to check up on you.

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When I report that I think she's innocent,

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that's my own personal opinion.

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When I submit proof, it becomes the opinion of the department.

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This entire manoeuvre could be a trick to get you off your guard.

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It could be, but it isn't.

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I believe you, Mark.

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It's the same obvious pattern, Laura.

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If McPherson weren't muscular and handsome in a cheap sort of way,

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you'd see through him in a second.

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Waldo, I mean to be as kind about this as I know how,

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but I must tell you.

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You're the one who follows the same obvious pattern.

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First, it was Jacoby, then Shelby, and now I suppose...

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< Laura, I...

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I don't think we should see each other again.

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You're not yourself, darling.

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Yes, I am.

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For the first time in ages, I know what I'm doing.

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Very well. I hope you'll never regret

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what promises to be a disgustingly earthy relationship.

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My congratulations, McPherson.

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Listen to my broadcast in 15 minutes.

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I'm discussing great lovers of history.

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That was the most difficult thing I ever had to do

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in my whole life.

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All I need is the gun.

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What are you doing?

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Do you know the combination to this thing?

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I never knew it had one.

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It must be somewhere. Look.

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Have you ever seen this before?

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No.

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Waldo gave you that clock, didn't he?

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Yes.

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The doorbell rang,

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and Diane Redfern went to the door in your negligee.

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She opened the door. The room was dark.

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Waldo saw a girl standing there,

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and he assumed it was you.

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He figured that if he couldn't have you himself,

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he was going to make sure that nobody else did,

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so he let her have it...

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..with both barrels right in the face.

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She fell here.

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Waldo heard Shelby running from the next room,

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so he hid in the stairway outside.

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Shelby was scared,

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so he ran out as fast as he could.

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Then Waldo came back

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and placed the gun in that clock.

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I knew it.

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I've felt it ever since I came back,

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but I didn't want to believe it.

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I couldn't make myself believe

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that Waldo was a murderer.

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Well, he is.

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He didn't really kill Diane Redfern.

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I killed her.

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What are you talking about?

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But I did, Mark.

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I did, as surely as if I'd pulled the trigger myself.

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That's nonsense. Forget it.

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No, Mark, I can't. I'm as guilty as he is.

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Not for anything I did, but for what I didn't do,

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but I couldn't help myself.

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I owed him too much.

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I can understand that, Laura,

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but I can't understand why you've tried so hard

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to protect Shelby these last few days.

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I was nearly frantic for fear you'd arrest Shelby.

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I knew he wasn't guilty. He hasn't enough courage to kill a fly,

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and Waldo was doing everything he could to incriminate him.

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It was his way of getting rid of Shelby,

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just as he did Jacoby.

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I must say

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for a charming and intelligent girl,

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you certainly surrounded yourself

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with a remarkable collection of dopes.

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Don't touch anything. Fingerprints will be important.

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I'll have the clock picked up tomorrow.

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What are you going to do?

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Arrest Waldo.

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Mark.

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It can't be helped.

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That's to make sure you're not disturbed.

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If the doorbell rings, don't answer it.

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I'll phone you in the morning.

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Goodnight, Mark.

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Get some sleep. Forget the whole thing like a bad dream.

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CREAK

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CLICK!

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CLOCK CHIMES

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WALDO'S VOICE: 'And thus,

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'as history has proved, love is eternal.

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'It has been the strongest motivation

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'for human actions throughout centuries.

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'Love is stronger than life.

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'It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death.

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'I close this evening's broadcast

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'with some favourite lines from Dowson.

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'Brief life.

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'"They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,

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'"love and desire and hate.

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'"I think they have no portion in us

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'"after we pass the gate."'

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Who's tailing Lydecker?

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I was going to when he came out.

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He left five minutes ago.

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He didn't come out this way.

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Must have gone out the back way. Come on, let's check.

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'"They are not long, the days of wine and roses.

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'"Out of a misty dream our path emerges for a while,

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'"then closes within a dream."'

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That's the way it is, isn't it, Laura?

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'You have heard the voice of Waldo Lydecker.

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'By electrical transcription.'

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Waldo, you've taken one life.

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Isn't that enough?

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The best part of myself, that's what you are.

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Do you think I'm going to leave it

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to the vulgar pawing of a second-rate detective

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who thinks you're a dame?

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Do you think I could bear the thought of him holding you in his arms,

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kissing you, loving you?

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DOORBELL BUZZES

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Laura, it's Mark. Open the door.

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There he is now.

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< Laura!

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He'll find us together, Laura, as we always have been,

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as we always should be, as we always will be.

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GUNSHOT

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GLASS BREAKS

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LAURA SOBS

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Goodbye, Laura.

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WALDO: Goodbye, my love.

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