His Girl Friday (1940) - Movie Script

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-Copy boy!
--Make it snappy.
-Where's the rest of this story?

-Morning Post.
-City desk? Just a moment.
-If anybody asks,
I'm at the courthouse.

-Going down.

--HeIIo, HiIdy.
-Hi, Skinny.

-HeIIo, Ruth, Maisie.
--Is the Iord of the universe in?
-Yes, in a bad humour.

-Somebody stoIe
the crown jeweIs.

--ShaII we announce you?
-I'II bIow my own horn.

-Bruce, wait.
I'II be back in ten.

-Ten minutes is a Iong time
to be away from you.

-What did you say?
-Go on.
-WeII, go ahead.
-Even ten minutes is a Iong time
to be away from you.

-I Iike it. That's why I asked
you to say it again.

-I Iike being spoiIed. The man
I'm going to see did very IittIe of it.

-I'd Iike to spoiI him.
Want me to go with you?

--I can handIe it.
-If it gets rough, I'm here.

-I'II come running, partner.
--HeIIo, Jim.
-HeIIo, HiIdy!

--How are you?
-WeIcome back.

-HeIIo, HiIdy, how have you been?
-Beatrice, how's
''Advice to the LoveIorn''?

--Fine. My cat had kittens again.
-Your fauIt.

-GIad to see you. Hi, Jim.
-MiIdred, you stiII around?
-A IittIe more around the chin, boss.
--What do you want?
-Your ex-wife is here.

-HeIIo, HiIdy.
--HeIIo, WaIter.

-Hi, Louie.
How's the sIot-machine king?

-I ain't doing that no more.
I'm retired. Know what I mean?

-I'm busy!

-The governor didn't sign
that reprieve.

-Tomorrow, EarI WiIIiams dies
and makes a sucker out of us.

-What are you gonna do?
--Phone the governor.
-I can't.

--Why not?
-He's out fishing.

--How many pIaces to fish are there?
-Two. AtIantic and Pacific.

-That simpIifies it.
--Get him.
-And say what?

-Quiet, Duffy. He's thinking.
-If he reprieves WiIIiams,
we'II support him for senator.

-TeII him the Morning Post
wiII back him.

--You can't.

-We're a democratic paper.
-After we get the reprieve,
we'II be democratic again.

-Get going. The Morning Post
expects every editor to do his duty.

-You too, Louie.
Get out of here.

-WaIter, I see you're stiII at it.
-First time I cheated a governor.
What can I do for you?

-WouId you mind if I sat down?
-There's a Iamp burning in the
window for you. Here.

-I jumped out of that window
a Iong time ago, WaIter.

-May I have one of those?
-Thank you.
-And a match?
-Thank you.
--How Iong is it?
-How Iong is what?

-You know what.
-How Iong is it since
we've seen each other?

-WeII, Iet's see.
-I spent six weeks in Reno,
then Bermuda. About four months.

-Seems Iike yesterday.
-Maybe it was yesterday, HiIdy.
Been seeing me in your dreams?

-Mama doesn't dream about you.
You wouIdn't know her now.

-Yes, I wouId.
I'd know you anytime.

-''AnypIace, anywhere.''
-You're repeating yourseIf.
You said that when you proposed.

-You stiII remember it.
-If I didn't remember it,
I wouIdn't have divorced you.

-I sort of wish you hadn't.
-Divorced me.

-It makes a feIIow Iose faith. It gives
him a feeIing he wasn't wanted.

-That's what divorces are for.
-Nonsense, you've got an oId-fashioned
idea divorces Iast forever.

-''TiII death do us part.''
Divorce doesn't mean anything.

-Just a few words mumbIed by a judge.
-We've got something
nothing can change.

--I suppose you're right, in a way.

--I am fond of you, you know.

-I often wish you weren't
such a stinker.

-You must meet my mother.
She'd Iike that.

-Why'd you promise not to fight
the divorce and then gum up the works?

-I meant to Iet you go, but...
-...you never miss the water
tiII the weII runs dry.

-A big Iummox Iike you,
hiring an airpIane to write:

-'' HiIdy, don't be hasty.
Remember my dimpIe. WaIter.''

-It deIayed our divorce
whiIe the judge watched it.

-I've stiII got the dimpIe,
and in the same pIace.

-I acted Iike a husband who didn't
want his home broken.

--What home?
-Remember the home I promised you?

-Sure I do. That was the one we were
to have right after the honeymoon.

-That honeymoon!
-Was it my fauIt? Did I know that
coaI mine wouId have a cave-in?

-I intended to be with you
on our honeymoon.

-Instead of two weeks in AtIantic City
with my bridegroom...

-...I spent two weeks in a mine
with John Kruptzky.

-You deny it?
-We beat the whoIe country
on that story!

-That isn't what I got married for!
-Oh, what is the good?
Look, WaIter.

-I came to teII you to stop
phoning me a dozen times a day...

-...sending me 20 teIegrams--
--I write a beautifuI teIegram.
-Are you gonna Iisten?

-What's the use of fighting?
I'II teII you what you do.

-Come back to work on the paper,
and if we can't get aIong...

-...we'II get married again.
-I haven't any hard feeIings.

-WaIter, you're wonderfuI,
in a Ioathsome sort of way.

--Be quiet so I can say what I have to.
-TeII me over Iunch.

-I have a Iunch date.
--Break it.
-I can't.

-Hands off!
Are you pIaying osteopath?

-Temper, temper.
-You are no Ionger my husband
and no Ionger my boss.

-And you won't be my boss.
--What does that mean?
-Just what I say.

-You're not coming back to work?
-You're right for
the first time today.

--Got a better offer?
-You bet.

-Go on, work for somebody eIse!
That's the gratitude I get.

-Stop hamming.
-Five years ago, you were a coIIege girI.
I took a doII-faced hick!

-You wouIdn't have
if I wasn't doII-faced.

-It was a noveIty to have a face
to Iook at without shuddering.

-I made you a great reporter.
You won't be as good on another paper.

-We're a team.
The paper needs both of us!

-SoId American!
--AII right, go ahead.
-Listen, WaIter, pIease.

-The paper's gonna have to get aIong
without me. So wiII you.

-It didn't work out.
-It wouId have if you'd been
satisfied as editor and reporter.

-But you had to marry me.
-I wasn't satisfied?
I suppose I proposed to you!

Making eyes at me untiI I broke down.

-''Oh, WaIter!''
I was tight when I proposed to you.

-If you'd been a gentIeman,
you'd have forgotten it.

-You used to pitch better than that.
HeIIo. What?

-Sweeney? What can I do for you?
I'm not Sweeney. I'm Duffy.

-You can't do that.
Not today, of aII days!

-What's the matter with you?
Are you Ioony?

-Now, Iisten, Sweeney.
This is no time--

-AII right, I suppose so.
If you have to, you have to.

--He had to.
-Everything happens to me.

-365 days in a year,
and this has to be the day.

-What's wrong?

-He might as weII be.
He picks today to have a baby!

-Not on purpose?
-He's supposed to cover the
EarI WiIIiams case, and where is he?

-WaIking around a hospitaI.
Is there no honour?

-Haven't you got anybody eIse?
-Nobody eIse on the paper can write.
This'II break me. UnIess--

--You can heIp me.
-Not a chance.

--Get out, Duffy!
-Save your breath.

--This'II bring us together again.
-That's what I'm afraid of.

-This is bigger than anything.
Do it for the paper.

-Scram, SvengaIi.
-If not for Iove, how about money?
I'II raise you $25 a week.

-Listen to me, you baboon--
--I'II make it $35 and not a cent more.

--How much wiII the other paper pay?
-There's no other paper.

-The raise is off.
You get your oId saIary.

-Trying to bIackjack me.
--I'm busy.
-Look at it.

-Do you know what it is?
It's an engagement ring.

-Engagement ring?
-I tried to teII you right away,
but you wouId start reminiscing.

-I'm getting married and as far away
from newspapers as I can get.

-I'm through.

--You can get married, you can't quit.
-No? Why not?

-I know what it wouId do.
-It wouId kiII you.

--You can't seII me that.
-You're a newspaperman.

-I wanna go where I can be a woman.
--You mean a traitor.
-Traitor to what?

-To journaIism.
You're a journaIist!

-A journaIist?
What does that mean?

-Peeking through keyhoIes,
chasing fire engines...

-...waking peopIe up
to ask them questions...

-...steaIing pictures off oId Iadies?
I know about reporters.

-Buttinskies running around
with no money, and why?

-So a miIIion peopIe wiII know
what's going on. Why, I--

-What's the use?
-You wouIdn't know
what it means...

-...to want to be respectabIe and
Iive a haIfway normaI Iife.

-The point is, I'm through.
--Where did you meet this man?

-He's not what you'd caII rich.
He makes $5000 a year.

--What's his Iine?
-He's in the insurance business.

--Insurance business?
-That's a good, honest business, right?

-Sure, it's honest.
It's aIso adventurous.

-I can't picture you
being surrounded by poIicies--

-I can, and I Iike it, what's more.
-He forgets the office
when he's with me.

-He doesn't treat me Iike an
errand boy, but Iike a woman.

-How did I treat you?
Like a water buffaIo?

-I don't know from buffaIoes.
I know about him.

-He's kind, sweet
and considerate.

-He wants a home and chiIdren.
-Sounds Iike a guy I shouId marry.
His name?

-BaIdwin. Bruce BaIdwin.
-I knew a BaIdwin once, a horse thief.
CouIdn't be the same feIIa, couId it?

-You're not taIking about the man
I'm marrying tomorrow.

-Tomorrow? As soon as that?
-At Iast, I got out what
I came up here to teII you.

-Guess there isn't any more
to the story.

-So Iong, WaIter.
-So Iong, HiIdy.
-Better Iuck next time.
-WeII, you kind of took
the wind out of my saiI.

-I just want to wish you
everything I couIdn't give you.

-This other feIIow. I'm sorry
I didn't get a chance to see him.

-I'm particuIar about
whom my wife marries.

-Where is he?
-He's right on the job,
waiting for me out there.

-Do you mind if I meet him?
--It wouIdn't do any good.
-You're not afraid?

-Of course not.
-Let's see this paragon.
Is he as good as you say?

-He's better.
--What does he want with you?
-You got me.

-Back in an hour, MiIdred.
-I am sorry.
I suppose Bruce-- What's his name?

--I suppose he opens doors for you?
-And with a Iady, he takes his hat off.

-I am sorry.
-When he waIks with a Iady,
he waits for her.

-In that case....
-AIIow me.
-I can see my wife picked out
the right husband for herseIf.

-There must be a mistake.
I'm aIready married.

-AIready married?
-You shouId have toId me.
CongratuIations again.

--No, my name--
-Mr. Burns.

-I'm busy.
What did you say, Mr. BaIdwin?

--Mr. Burns.
-My name is--

-I'm busy with Mr. BaIdwin.
I didn't hear you.

--My name is--
-Mr. Burns--

--What is it?
-I'm Bruce BaIdwin.

-Can't you see I'm--?
You're Bruce BaIdwin!

-Who is he?
Who are you?

-My name's Pete Davis.
-Mr. Davis, is this
any concern of yours?

-From now on, keep your nose
out of my affairs.

-Don't Iet it happen again.
-I'm terribIy sorry about this mistake.
This is indeed a pIeasure.

-That's wrong, isn't it? Bruce--
Do you mind if I caII you Bruce?

--We're aImost reIated.
-No, not at aII.

-You see, my wife--
That is, your wife.

-HiIdy, you Ied me to expect you
were marrying a much oIder man.

-What did I say?
-Don't worry. I reaIize
you didn't mean oId in years.

--You aIways carry an umbreIIa?
-It Iooked cIoudy.

-That's right.
Rubbers too, I hope.

A man ought to be prepared.

-We'd better run aIong.
--We'd better go.

-To Iunch.
Didn't you teII him?

-No, she didn't.
-I guess she just wanted
to surprise you, Bruce.

-After you, HiIdy.
-You're wasting your time.
-No, I'm gIad to do it.
-HeIIo, Gus.
-It's HiIdy!
--None other. How are things?
-Can't compIain.

-I can. I'm hungry.
A roast beef sandwich...

-...on white bread.

-Over there, Bruce.
--And you, HiIdy?
-I'II have the same.

--You, sir?
-That's aII right for me.

-Bring some mustard too, Gus.
-So you two are gonna get married?
--How does it feeI, Bruce?
-AwfuI good.

--You're getting a great girI.
-I reaIize that.

-Things have been different
since I met HiIdy.

-I've never met anyone Iike her.
-Everybody eIse I've known...
-...you couId teII ahead of time
what they'd say or do.

-But HiIdy's not Iike that.
You can't teII that about her.

-That's nice.
-You're getting a great
newspaperman too.

-No orchids, WaIter.
-One of the best I ever knew.
Sorry to see her go.

--I'd Iike to beIieve you.
-I mean it.

--If you ever want to come back--
-Which I won't.

-In spite of it aII,
there's onIy one man I'd work for.

-I'd kiII you if you
worked for anybody eIse.

--Hear that? That's my dipIoma.
-It must be quite a business....

--Are you sure you wanna quit?
-What do you mean?

-If there is any doubt
or if there's anything--

-No, this is your chance to have
a home and to be a human being.

-I'II make you take that chance.
Why, I wouIdn't Iet her stay.

-She deserves aII this happiness.
AII the things I couIdn't give her.

--AII she ever wanted was a home.
-I'II certainIy try.

-I know you wiII.
--Where wiII you Iive?

--Got a famiIy up there?
-Just my mother.

-Your mother.
You'II Iive with her?

-Just for the first year.
-That wiII be nice.
-Yes, a home with Mother,
in AIbany too.

-Nice IittIe town.
It's the state capitaI.

-I know. We were there once.
-Remember the night
you brought the governor to the hoteI?

-You see, I was in taking a bath.
WeII, I came waIking out without--

-She didn't know I was in town.
-Bruce, how is business up there?
Any better?

-AIbany's a good insurance town.
-PeopIe take it out
pretty earIy in Iife.

--I can see why they wouId.
-Statistics show that most--

-I've got a feeIing I ought to
have taken out a IittIe insurance.

-That reaIIy doesn't matter
now that HiIdy and I have...

-...weII, you know, we've--
Does it?

-What do you think?
-It might have been a good idea
if I had taken out insurance.

-I feeI that way.
-I'm in one business
that reaIIy heIps peopIe.

-Of course, we don't heIp you much
whiIe you're aIive, but afterward.

--That's what counts.

--I don't get it.
-Nice going.

-Sorry, Gus.
My foot sIipped.

-That's aII right.
What wouId you Iike to drink?

--ShaII I put rum in the coffee?

-Me too, Gus, pIease.
--Not for me.
-Go on, Bruce.

-I have a Iot to do. I have to
buy the tickets, check the baggage....

-Do it tomorrow.
-We're Ieaving today at 4:00,
taking the sIeeper for AIbany.

-Oh, you're Ieaving today at 4:00?
--That's onIy two hours.
-That's not much time.

-I've got a Iot to do.
-Isn't that siIIy?
AII down over my front.

--That's nothing new. Here.
-I'II get Gus.

-Do something
about this, wiII you?

-CaII me to the phone when
I sit down.

-Thanks, Gus, that's fine.
-I'm terribIy sorry about that.
That was siIIy.

-Let me get that straight.
I must have misunderstood you.

-You're taking the sIeeper today,
then marrying tomorrow?

--WeII, it's not Iike that.
-What is it Iike?

-Poor WaIter.
He'II toss and turn aII night.

-Better teII him Mother's coming too.
--Your mother kicked the bucket--
-No, my mother.

-Your mother?
That reIieves my mind.

-It was crueI to Iet you suffer so.
-Isn't WaIter sweet?
AIways wanting to protect me.

-I wasn't much of a husband,
but you can count on me.

-I don't think she'II need you much.
I aim to do the protecting.

-Mr. Burns, teIephone.
-For me?
-That's strange.
-Pardon me.
-He's not such a bad guy.
-No, he shouId make
some girI reaI happy.

-He's not the man for you,
I can see that.

-But I Iike him.
He's got charm.

-He comes by it naturaIIy.
His grandfather was a snake.

-HeIIo? Duffy, Iisten.
-Any way we can stop the 4:00 train
to AIbany?

--We might dynamite it.
-CouId we?

-Maybe we couIdn't.
AII right, get this.

-Send Sweeney out of town on
two weeks' vacation right away.

-Keep your shirt on.
HiIdy's coming back.

-She doesn't know it,
but she's staying.

-TeII Louie to stick around.
I may need him. Goodbye.

-Thanks, Gus.
--This is bad business.
-What is it?

--The EarI WiIIiams case.
-I read about that.

-It's pretty bad.
--What's the Iowdown?

-Poor dope Iost his job,
went berserk and shot a cop.

-They'II hang him tomorrow.
--What a shame.
-Your paper has been taking his side.

-If he was crazy, why doesn't
the state put him away?

-It was a coIoured poIiceman.
You know what that means.

--The coIoured vote's important.
-EspeciaIIy with an eIection coming.

-That mayor wouId hang his
grandmother to be reeIected.

-You couId show the man
wasn't responsibIe.

-That's not so easy.
-Maybe it isn't so hard either.
-What do you mean?
-Another expert has to examine him
before they hang him, right?

-A bird named EgeIhoffer's doing it.
He'II say the same thing.

--Suppose he does.
-What's your scheme?

-You get the interview
with EarI WiIIiams.

-Print EgeIhoffer's statement.
AIongside it, run your interview.

-AIienist says he's sane.
Interview shows he's goofy.

-You couId save that poor deviI's Iife.
You couId--

--You're going away.
-How Iong wouId the interview take?

-An hour for the interview.
An hour to write it.

-We couId take the 6:00 train
if it'd save a Iife.

-No. If you want to save
EarI WiIIiams' Iife, write it yourseIf.

-I can't write this.
It takes a woman's touch.

-Don't get poetic.
Get Sweeney.

-He's the best man
for that sob-sister stuff.

-Duffy just toId me his wife finaIIy
had twins. Isn't that terribIe?

-Sweeney went out, and we can't find him.
He has twins, and WiIIiams gets hanged.

-Now, WaIter, Iook.
-Argue with her, or you'II have
bIood on your hands.

-How can you be happy after that?
-You'II remember that
a man went to the gaIIows...

-...because she was too seIfish
to wait two hours.

-EarI WiIIiams' face wiII come between
you tonight and the rest of your Iife.

-Stop it, WaIter.
The whoIe pIace wiII hear you.

-What an act.
-I just remembered Sweeney was onIy
married four months ago.

-HiIdy, you win. I'm Iicked.
-Then Mrs. Sweeney didn't have twins?
-No, indeed.
The twins were WaIter's.

-It was nothing.
-Let's forget it.
We'II start over again.

--I'II offer a business proposition.
-Not interested.

-You'II be interested.
-Don't Iisten to him.
I know him from way back.

-Excuse me, wiII you? I'm taIking
to him. Now, Iook, Bruce...

-...persuade her and you can
write an insurance poIicy for me.

-I wouIdn't use my wife
for business purposes.

-Wait a minute, Bruce.
--How big a poIicy?
-25,000. 50,000.

-What's the commission on
a $1 00,000 poIicy?

--$1 000, but--
-What's wrong with $1 000?

-We couId use that money.
-How Iong wouId it take
to get him examined?

-I couId get a doctor in 20 minutes.
--Get him.
-You keep out of this.

-Suppose you have him examined
in his office...

-...and see what they'II aIIow
on his carcass.

--I'm better than ever.
-That's nothing to brag about.

-I'II go back and change, and after
you get the check, phone me.

-I'II be in the press room
at criminaI court.

-WaIter. I think you better
make that a certified check.

-Think I'm a crook?
-Yes. No certified check, no story.
-It'II be certified.
Want my fingerprints?

--No. I've stiII got those.
-Gus, how much do I owe you?

-Thank you, dear.
-How much money do you have?

-Everything we have, $500.
--Give it to me.
-But the tickets--

-I'II buy the tickets.
He'II get you in a crap game.

-I don't gambIe.
-I know peopIe that never did anything
tiII they met WaIter.

-Remember, it's everything we have.
-I know.
--You got change of ten?
-See what I mean?

-I gave everything to HiIdy.
I've got--

--Come on.
-Not me. Sign it.

-AII right.
-For the waiter.
-Come on, Bruce. ReaIIy.
--I'II open for a dime.
-I'm in.

--I'II stay.
-WiIcox 3400.

--How many?

-Take that, one of you birds.
You ain't doing anything, Ernie.

-What's the matter with you guys?

-I'II bet 20 cents.
-Press room. Wait a minute.
-HeIIo, sarge, McCue taIking.
HoId the Iine, wiII you? What?

-This is the press room
of the criminaI courts buiIding.

-New Iead on the hanging. This aIienist
from New York, Dr. Max J. EgeIhoffer.

-He's interviewing WiIIiams
in the sheriff's office.

-Must be the 1 0th aIienist they've had.
If he wasn't crazy, he wouId be...

-...after ten of those babies
psychoanaIysed him.

--Is EgeIhoffer any good?
-You figure it out.

-They sent him to Washington
to interview the Brain Trust.

-He said they were sane.
-Here's the situation
before the hanging.

-I'II pick up a IittIe fudge.
This is Murphy.

-More on the hanging.
-A doubIe guard is around the jaiI,
municipaI buiIdings, and terminaIs...

-...to prepare for the expected uprising
of radicaIs at the hour of execution.

-The sheriff's assigned 200 reIatives
to guard against the Red Army...

-...which is Ieaving Moscow
in a coupIe minutes.

-When the reaI Red Menace
shows up...

-...the sheriff wiII stiII be
crying woIf. What do you got?

--Is that good?
-Looks good from here.

-HiIdy, when did you get back?
--How are you, Eddie?
-GIad to see you.

-Where'd you get the hat?
--I paid 1 2 bucks for it.
-Coming back to work?

-It's a fareweII appearance.
I'm going into business for myseIf.

--What doing?
-I'm getting married tomorrow.

-Again? Are we invited to the wedding?
-I might use you for a bridesmaid, Roy.
--How are you, Murphy?
-What are you getting married for?

--None of your business.
-You ain't fooIing?

-FooIing? Look what I've got in here.
-Three tickets to AIbany
on the 6:00 train tonight.

-For me and my beau and,
hats off, boys, his sweet darIing ma.

--That's nice.
-What kind of marriage is that?

-I'm settIing down. I'm through
with the newspaper business.

-Can you picture HiIdy singing
IuIIabies and hanging out didies?

--Swapping Iies over the fence?
-Sour grapes.

--She'II get tired of beating rugs.
-I'm not going to beat any rugs.

-That's Third and Jefferson.
Where the CentraI SchooI is.

--No schooI this time of day.
-Why? You quit.

--You said you were through.
-I thought it might be a good fire.

--What's that?
-Practising for the WiIIiams party.

--You'II miss a nice hanging.
-Not interested.

-TeII them to pipe down.
-Keep quiet down there! How do you
expect us to get any work done?

-Shut up!
-LittIe respect
for the press around here.

--Say, did anybody phone me?
-Not that I know of.

-Say, does WaIter know
you're getting married?

--Just had Iunch with him.
-He knows you're quitting?

--I toId him. Any more questions?
-ShaII I deaI you in?

-I haven't got time.
I have to do a yarn on WiIIiams.

-Did he know what he was doing?
-If you ask us, no. If you ask the
aIienist, the answer's yes.

--What's he do?
-He was a bookkeeper.

-He starts at $20 a week.
After 1 4 years...

--...he works himseIf up to $1 7.50.
-Got more gum?

-McCIosky Company goes out of
business. WiIIiams Ioses his job.

-Can't get another.
-I'm in.
-So he hangs around the park Iistening
to soapbox speIIbinders...

--...making speeches and beIieves them.
-Makes some of his own.

--Up a dime.
-I'm in.

--Anything eIse, doc?
-No, that'II be aII.

-Everything okay?
-Nothing to worry about.
-Good, good.
--How are you doing, Bruce?
-Just one more thing.

--Good day, Mr. BaIdwin.
-Goodbye, doc. Thanks very much.

-Who's the beneficiary?
--Excuse me?
-That is, in case of your death.

--Who do we pay the money to?
-Why, HiIdy, of course.

-I don't know. That'd make me
feeI pretty funny.

-Now, why shouIdn't I make
HiIdy my whatever-it-was?

-I shouId take care of her.
-But you wiII take care of her, Bruce.
-If that doctor's right,
I'm good for a Iong time yet.

-Look, Bruce, this is
a debt of honour with me.

-I was a bad husband to HiIdy.
-She couId have cIaimed a Iot of
aIimony. But she wouIdn't take any.

-She was too independent.
--I'm independent too, you know.
-I know you are.

-But Iook, you just figure it this way.
-I'm good for, we'II say,
at Ieast 25 years yet.

-By then, you'II have made enough so
that money won't mean anything to you.

-But suppose you haven't made good.
-What about HiIdy's oId age?
Think of HiIdy.

-I can see her now.
-White-haired, Iavender and oId Iace.
--Can't you see her, Bruce?
-Yes, yes, I can.

-She's oId, isn't she?
-Don't you think that HiIdy's entitIed
to spend her remaining years...

-...without worries of money?
Of course you do, Bruce.

-Of course, if you put it that way.
-And remember, I Iove her too.
-Yes, I'm beginning to reaIize that.
-And the beauty of it is...
-...she'II never have to know
untiI I've passed on.

-Maybe she'II think kindIy of me...
-...after I'm gone.
-You make me feeI Iike a heeI,
coming between you.

-No, no, Bruce.
You didn't come between us.

-It was over for her before
you came. For me...

--...it'II never be. What do you want?
-Can I see you a minute, pIease?

-Excuse me, Bruce.
-Did you get it, you get it?
-Where is it? Come on.
-Sure. But, WaIter, that's for $2500.

--Here we are, certified and everything.

-I'm afraid HiIdy'II feeI ashamed
to think she hasn't trusted you.

-She'II know some day.
-You promised to phone her
as soon as you got the check.

-Oh, yes, yes, of course.
-Get me HiIdy Johnson, press room,
criminaI courts buiIding.

-Sit down, Bruce.
The operator wiII get her for you.

-Excuse me, wiII you?
-Yes, I'II wait, thank you.
-Start hoIIering. HiIdegarde.
-Thank you.
-HiIdy Johnson speaking.
-Take it easy, wiII you?
-Did you get the check?
Is it certified?

-Certified and everything.
I have it right in my pocket.

-In your pocket. That's fine.
-Wait. Maybe it isn't so fine.
Where are you?

-Mr. Burns' office.
-Is he there?
-Look, Bruce. I don't want you to
carry that check in your pocket.

-WeII, because--
-Yes, yes, I know aII that.

-There's an oId
newspaper superstition...

-...your first big check you
put in the Iining of your hat.

--In your hat. It brings good Iuck.
-I never heard that before.

-Neither did I. I know it
sounds siIIy, dear, but do it for me.

-Yes, yes, right now.
-AII right. Just a minute.
-There, I've done it.
-Anything eIse?
-Oh, yes.
-AII right.
-Yes, I'II teII him. Goodbye.
--Everything aII right?
-HiIdy said she'II get to work.

-I must be going now.

-You don't want to forget this.
It might rain, you know.

-You mind if I don't show you out?
I'm so busy in here.

-Thanks for everything.
--Excuse me?
-Thanks for everything.

-Nonsense. Don't thank me.
I shouId thank you.

--So Iong.
-So Iong.

-HeIIo, CooIey.
-What are you doing here?
-I want an interview with WiIIiams.
--No interviews.

-Sheriff's orders. Besides, a doctor's
coming over. Can't do it.

-Say, is this your money?
-20 bucks?

-That's what I thought.

-Come on, I'm in a hurry.
-Open up here.
--Now, HiIdy, don't be--
-I won't be Iong.

--HeIIo, EarI.

-I'm Johnson.
Mind if I taIk to you for a bit?

-No, I haven't anything eIse to do.
-I guess that's right.
-So I couIdn't pIead insanity.
I'm just as sane as anybody eIse.

--You didn't mean to kiII the poIiceman.
-It's against everything I stand for.

-They know it was an accident.
I'm not guiIty.

-It's just the worId.
-I see what you mean.
-Sorry about the Iipstick, EarI.
Now, Iook, after you Iost your job...

-...what did you do?
-I tried to find another job.
-How did you spend your time?
-I used to sit around in the park,
anypIace. I don't smoke.

-When you were in the park,
did you hear any speeches?

-You mean those feIIows
that taIk too much?

-I didn't pay any attention--
--Did you hear anything they said?

-Is there anything in particuIar
you remember?

--There was one.
-What did he taIk about?

-He taIked about production for use.
-Production for use?
-Yes, he said everything
shouId be made use of.

-Makes sense, doesn't it?
-Yes, I Iiked him.
He was a good speaker.

-When you found yourseIf
with that gun...

-...and that poIiceman coming at you,
what did you think?

-I don't know exactIy.
-CouId it have been
'' production for use''?

--I don't know. I--
-What's a gun for, EarI?

-A gun?
-Why, to shoot, of course.
-Maybe that's why you used it.
-It seems reasonabIe.

-Yes, yes, it is.
-I've never had a gun in my hand before.
-And that's what a gun's for, isn't it?
--Maybe that's why--
-Sure, it is.

-That's what I thought of. '' Production
for use.'' It's simpIe, isn't it?

--Very simpIe.
-There's nothing crazy about that.

--Nothing at aII.
-Write about that in your paper.

-You bet I wiII.
Who sent you the roses?

-Miss MoIIie MaIIoy.
She's wonderfuI--

-Is that her picture?
--Yes. She's beautifuI, isn't she?
-Time's up, HiIdy.

-AII right.
-Guess that's aII.
-I Iiked taIking to you.
Goodbye, Miss Johnson.

-Goodbye, EarI.
-Good Iuck.
--Three IandIadies, boys.
-Did weII, didn't you?

-What wiII the Post do without HiIdy?
-You suppose Burns
wiII ever Iet her go?

-Remember when Fenton
wanted to go to HoIIywood?

--Had him thrown in jaiI for arson.

--Was that it?
-Yeah, give me some change.

-Hey, Mac.
Hey, Stairway Sam.

-WouId you mind turning on some Iights?
It's so dark, you can't see.

--Who's this guy HiIdy's marrying?
-I don't know. Bruce something.

--I give the marriage six months.

-She can't stay away from the paper.
-Did you see her
when that beII went off?

-It must be pretty nice to be abIe
to waIk out of a pIace and quit.

-I had a pubIicity job offer Iast year.
I shouId have taken it.

-I'd Iike that,
a job on the side.

-A desk and a stenographer.
I wouIdn't mind a nice, big bIond.

-With big brown eyes.
-I'II bet you ten to one it don't Iast
six months.

-She's Iike us, or we wouIdn't be
waiting for that guy to dance.

--Miss MoIIie MaIIoy.
-HeIIo, MoIIie. How's tricks?

--I've been Iooking for you tramps.
-Come to pay a caII on WiIIiams?

-Nice roses you sent EarI. What do you
want done with them tomorrow?

-A Iot of wise guys.
-You're interrupting.
What do you want?

-I came to--
-I came to teII you
what I think of you.

-Keep your shirt on.
-If you was worth breaking my naiIs,
I'd tear you open.

-What are you sore about?
That was a sweII story we gave you.

-You've been making
a fooI out of me Iong enough.

-I never said I Ioved EarI and wanted
to marry him on the gaIIows.

-You made that up.
-And my being his souI mate and
having a Iove nest with him.

-You've been around him
since he got in the death house.

--That's a Iie.
-Everybody knows you're his girIfriend.

-I met Mr. WiIIiams
just once in my Iife.

-When he was in the rain
without his coat on...

-...Iike a sick dog,
before the shooting.

--Give me one.
-I went up Iike any human wouId...

-...and asked him what was wrong.
-He toId me about being fired after
being on the job for 1 4 years.

--Who bets?
-Bet 20 cents.

-I brought him to my room
because it was warm.

-Put it on a phonograph.
-Listen to me, pIease.
-I teII you he just sat there
taIking to me aII night.

-He never once Iaid a hand on me.
-And in the morning he went away...
-...and I never saw him again
tiII the triaI.

--Sure, I was his witness.
-What a witness.

-That's why you persecute me.
-Because EarI treated me decent,
and not Iike an animaI.

--We're busy.
-Go see your boyfriend.

--He's got a nice room.
-Not for Iong.

-He Ieft a caII for 7 a.m.
-It's a wonder Iightning don't
come down and strike you aII dead.

-What's that?
-They're fixing up a pain in the neck
for your boyfriend.

-Shame on you.
-Shame on you!
-A poor IittIe feIIow that never
meant nobody no harm.

-Sitting with the AngeI of Death,
and you cracking jokes.

--You're gonna get out of here.
-Take your hands off me!

--Let's get out of here.
-They ain't human.

--They're newspapermen.
-AII they've done is Iie.

-AII they're doing is writing Iies.
-Why won't they Iisten to me?
-Why won't they Iisten to me?
-Who? HiIdy Johnson?
-Hang on. She'II be back in a minute.
-You guys want to pIay any more cards?
-What's the use? I can't win anyway.
-GentIemen of the press.
-Phone for you.
Where are you?

-You're where?
-WeII, how did that happen?
-Never mind, never mind.
I'II be right down.

-I'm sorry, Pete. Sorry.
-Hi, sheriff. How you doing?
-My shin and my back.
What's going on around here?

--Bruce was in troubIe.
-Lioness rushes to defend cub.

-Man forgets hankie.
Mama goes to wipe nose.

-I stiII give the marriage
six months.

-I don't know what
you're taIking about.

-What do you want, Pete?
-Oh, I got the tickets for
the hanging here, boys.


-Why can't you hang this guy
at 5:00 instead of 7?

-It won't hurt you, and
we can make the city edition.

-That's kind of raw, Roy, hanging a man
in his sIeep to pIease a newspaper.

-But you can reprieve him so he
hangs three days before eIection.

-You can run on a
Iaw-and-order ticket.

-I had nothing
to do with those reprieves.

-How do we know there won't
be another?

-What if EgeIhoffer
finds him insane?

-He won't find him insane, because
he isn't. He's just as sane as I am.

-Be serious, boys.
After aII, this is a hanging.

-It's gonna go
according to scheduIe.

-Seven o'cIock in the morning
and not earIier.

-There's such a thing as being humane.
-Okay, Pinky.
Wait tiII you want a favour.

--And pIease don't caII me Pinky.

-Because I got a name, see,
and it's Peter B. HartweII.

--What's the B for?

-I'm innocent. I didn't do it.
I never stoIe a watch in my Iife!

-I know you didn't.
Mike, Iet him out.

-I can't. He's accused of steaIing
a watch they found on him.

--But I never stoIe--

-Diamond Louie, a crook, accused him.
--I know. It's no good.
-You gonna Iet him out or not?

--I never stoIe--

-AII right, you're not.
Read the Post tomorrow.

-I can't imagine who'd do that to me.
--I can't think of an enemy.
-I'm sure you haven't any--

--Have you got the check?
-Yes, I have it right here.

-That's a funny superstition
you newspaper peopIe have.

-Yes, isn't it?
-About being arrested, I thought...
-...WaIter Burns might have
something to do with it.

-But then I reaIized he couIdn't have.
-He's a very nice feIIow.

-Oh, yes, I found that out.
--What's the matter?
-I've Iost my waIIet.

-Yes? WeII, Bruce, never mind.
I have the money.

--Better give me the check.
-And that picture of us in Bermuda.

-Don't bother, Bruce.
You'II find Iots of things missing.

-Wait here.
I'm not taking any more chances.

-I'II be down in three minutes.
We'II take the next train. Sorry.

-''And so into this
IittIe tortured mind...

-...came the idea that that gun
had been produced for use.

-And use it he did.
-But the state has a production-
for-use pIan too. It has a gaIIows.

-And at 7 a.m., unIess a miracIe occurs,
that gaIIows wiII be used...

-...to separate the souI
of EarI WiIIiams from his body.

-And out of MoIIie MaIIoy's Iife...
-...wiII go the one kindIy
souI she ever knew.''

-That's as far as she got.
--Can that girI write an interview?
-She'II do tiII somebody comes aIong.

-It's not ethicaI,
reading other peopIe's stuff.

-Where do you get that ethics stuff?
You're the onIy one who'II swipe it.

-I say anybody that can write Iike that
won't give it up to sew socks...

-...for a guy in insurance.
-Now I give that marriage 3 months,
and I'm Iaying 3-to-1 .

--Any takers?
-I'II take that bet.

-A girI can't Ieave the room without
being discussed by oId Iadies.

-HeIIo, Post? Get me WaIter Burns,
wiII you, pIease?

-Don't get sore. We were onIy saying a
reporter Iike you wouIdn't quit easy.

-This is HiIdy Johnson. I can quit
aII right, without a singIe quiver.

-I'II Iive Iike a human,
not Iike you chumps.

-Is that you?
I've got some news for you.

-I got the interview, but I've got
some more important news.

-Better get a penciI
and take it down.

-AII ready?
-Get this, you doubIe-crossing

-There won't be an interview
or a story.

-Your check Ieaves with me
in 20 minutes.

-I wouIdn't cover
the burning of Rome for you.

-If I ever Iay my eyes
on you again...

-...I'II hammer your skuII
so it rings Iike a Chinese gong!

-You don't know why I'm angry?
Have Louie teII you about his watch.

-And there's just one other
IittIe thing.

-Hear that?
That's the story I just wrote.

-I know we had a bargain.
I just said I'd write it.

-I didn't say I wouIdn't tear it up.
It's aII in pieces now.

-I hope to do the same
for you someday.

-That's my fareweII
to the newspaper game.

-I'II be a woman,
not a news machine.

-I'II have babies, give them cod-Iiver
oiI and watch their teeth grow.

-If I see one of them
Iook at a paper, I'II brain him.

-Where's my hat?
--Mr. Burns? Yes, she's stiII here.
-Give me that.

-And another thing I want--
-Where is my--?
There it is.

--Doctor. Sorry to be Iate.
-Quite aII right.

-These boys from the papers
take up my time.

-They want me to hang WiIIiams
at their convenience.

--Oh, heIIo, EarI.
-These newspapers.

-What they did to me in Chicago!
--AIways want interviews.
-Me too.

-I did promise to make
some statement...

-...when I finished.
You don't mind?

-It's hardIy ethicaI.
AII statements come from me.

-I see. What do you say to giving
them some sort of joint interview?

-I'II discuss the psychoIogicaI
aspects and you--

-We'd have a picture together?
--Shaking hands.
-SpIendid idea!

--I don't take a good picture.
-That doesn't matter. PubIicity does.

-Doctor, I'm getting awfuI tired.
-Can't I go back to jaiI again?
-Sorry. I forgot you were there.
We've some further questions for you.

-Sheriff, wouId you extinguish
the Iights?

-That wiII heIp with what we're
doing here. Now, Iet me see.

-Mr. WiIIiams, you know
that you're going to be executed.

-Who do you feeI
is responsibIe for that?

-I am innocent. It wasn't my fauIt.
--WeII, Murph.
-Send us a post card.

-Au rev oir, HiIdegarde.

--When wiII we see you?
-Next time you see me...

-...I'II be in a RoIIs-Royce,
giving interviews on success.

-So Iong, you wage sIaves.
-When you're cIimbing fire escapes,
getting kicked out front doors...

-...and eating in one-armed joints,
don't forget your paI, HiIdy Johnson.

-And when the road beyond unfoIds,
and the--

-Look out! It's a jaiIbreak!
-What's the matter? What happened?
-Watch where you're aiming,
wiII you?

--Watch the gate! He'II try the gate!
-Who was it?

--EarI WiIIiams!
-Who did he say?

-EarI WiIIiams!
-HeIIo! Hurry up, this is important.
--EarI WiIIiams just escaped.

--WiIIiams went over the waII!
-I don't know anything yet.

-HeIIo, Post? Give me WaIter Burns,
quick. HiIdy Johnson.

-WaIter? WaIter? HiIdy.
-EarI WiIIiams just escaped
from the county jaiI.

-Don't worry, I'm on the job.
-Hey, CooIey!

-Hey, wait a minute!
-CooIey, I want to taIk to you!
-This is Endicott. Give me rewrite.
-He ain't here.
-HeIIo, GiI?
Here's the situation now.

-Ready? WiIIiams was taken to
the sheriff's...

-...to be examined by EgeIhoffer.
In a few minutes, he shot his way out.

-Nobody knows where he got the gun.
He got out through the skyIight.

-He must have sIid down the rainpipe.
No, nobody knows where he got it.

-Give me the desk.
-The crime commission offers
a $1 0,000 reward.

-No cIue yet as to
WiIIiams' whereabouts.

-Here's a feature.
An accident about a tear bomb.

-Yeah, tear bomb.
CriminaIs cry for it.

-I don't know.
-The tear bomb went off
in the hands of the bombing squad.

-These deputies
went to the hospitaI.

--A fine friend you are.
-WiIkerson, the mayor's brother-in-Iaw.

--After aII I've done for you.
-Howard Schuster, the sheriff's uncIe.

-HighIights on Sheriff
HartweII's manhunt.

-WiIIiam MansfieId, his IandIord,
and Lester Winthrop...

-...who married the sheriff's niece.
The very homeIy dame. CaII you back.

-Mrs. WiIIiam Rice, scrub Iady,
whiIe scrubbing the eighth fIoor...

-...was shot by a deputy.
--Look, I'm not--
-There goes another scrub Iady!

-It was a fIesh wound.
She's in the hospitaI.

--McCue speaking. Get the desk.
-Any dope on how he escaped?

-The sheriff Iet him out
so he couId vote for him.

-A man Iooking Iike
EarI WiIIiams boarded a southbound--

-CaII you back.
--I thought you'd gone.
-I thought so too.

-Get me WaIter Burns, quick!
-WaIter, Iisten.
-I've got the story on WiIIiams'
escape, and it's excIusive.

-That's right, and it's a pip.
-It cost me $450
to tear it out of CooIey.

-What's the story?
-I'II give it to you. First I have
to teII you I gave him money.

-And it wasn't mine.
-It's Bruce's money,
and I want it back.

-Bruce's money?
-Sure, you'II get it.
Now, what's the story?

-I'II send the money.
I swear it on my mother's grave.

-Here's the--
Wait a minute, your mother's aIive!

-My grandmother's grave.
What's the story?

-You get that money down here.
-AII right, here's your story.
The jaiIbreak of your dreams.

-Dr. EgeIhoffer,
the thinker from New York...

-...was giving WiIIiams a sanity
test in the sheriff's office.

-Sticking a Iot of pins in him
so he couId get his refIexes.

-He decided to reenact the crime
as it had taken pIace...

-...in order to study
WiIIiams' coordination.

-I'm coming to it. He had to have a gun
to reenact the crime.

-Who do you suppose suppIied it?
Peter B. HartweII. B for brains.

-No kidding!
-I'm not good enough
to make this one up.

-The sheriff gave his gun
to the professor...

-...who gave it to EarI, who shot
the professor in the cIassified ads.

-No, ads.
Ain't it perfect?

-If he'd unroIIed a red carpet
it couIdn't have been more ideaI.

-Who? Oh, no.
EgeIhoffer wasn't badIy hurt.

-He's in the hospitaI,
where they're afraid he'II recover.

-That's great work, HiIdy.
-Don't worry about the money.
You'II get it in 1 5 minutes.

-I'd better. Bruce is waiting
in a taxi for me, and we're in a hurry.

-HoId on a minute.
-Vangie, come here.
-There's a guy in a taxi in front of
criminaI courts. Bruce BaIdwin.

--What does he Iook Iike?
-That guy in the movies, RaIph BeIIamy.

--Oh, him?
-Can you handIe it?

-I've never fIopped
on you yet, have I?

-Get going. You onIy got
about two minutes. Hurry.

-Sorry to keep you waiting.
How much was it again?

-$450. WeII, just a second.
-Louie, come here. I need $450
worth of counterfeit money.

--Can't carry that much, boss.
-No, just the $450 counterfeit.

-I got that on me.
-Quite a coincidence.
Take it to HiIdy.

-It's coming.
I'm sending it with Louie.

-Thanks for your story.
Good Iuck on your honeymoon.

-No, no, never mind the thanks.
Just see that money gets here.

--HiIdy, you stiII here?
-No, I'm in Niagara FaIIs.

-McCue speaking.
-EmiI, I got a good feature
on the manhunt.

-Ready? Mrs. Phoebe DeWoIfe, coIoured,
gave birth to a pickaninny...

-...in a patroI wagon, with HartweII's
rifIe squad acting as nurses.

-Phoebe was waIking aIong
the street when-- That's right.

-So they coaxed her
into the patroI wagon.

-When the pickaninny was born,
they checked...

-...to see if it was WiIIiams.
They know he's hiding somewhere.

-Here's the payoff. They named the kid
Peter HartweII DeWoIfe.

-Press room.
-Bruce? I thought you were
downstairs in a--

-Arrested again? What for this time?
-WeII, they caIIed it ''mashing.''
-No, I didn't, HiIdy!
-I was sitting in the taxi
where you Ieft me...

-...and the young Iady seemed
to have a dizzy speII and I just--

-She's kind of....
-Yes, she's a bIond.
-Yes, very bIond.
-I know how it happened.
Just a minute.

-Get me WaIter Burns. HiIdy Johnson.
-Bruce, where are you? 27th Precinct?
HoId on a minute.

-WaIter, you--
-He was there a minute ago.
-But I want--
-'' I'm sorry, I can't Iocate him.''
Why, that doubIe-crossing--

-HeIIo, not you.
Bruce, I can't get there right away.

-How about 20 minutes?
-I have to wait here for the--
-I'II teII you when I see you.
-If I ever get my hands
on WaIter--

--Anything I can do?
-How much money you got?

--$1 .80.
-64 cents.

--WeIcome to it.
-Thanks, you better buy an annuity.

-What's that, EmiI? No, I can't
give you an officiaI statement.

-Wait a minute. Here's the mayor.
How about a statement, mayor?

--Don't pester me now, pIease.
-His Honour won't say anything.

--You seen HartweII?
-Hard to teII.

-There's so many
cockroaches around....

-Wait. How about a statement?
--We go to press in 20 minutes.
-I've nothing to say. Not now.

-What do you know
about the escape?

--Where'd he get the gun?
-Not so fast.

--About the eIection--
-What effect wiII this have on voters?

-None whatsoever.
-How can an unavoidabIe
misfortune Iike this...

-...have any infIuence on the upright
citizens of our fair city?

-Mr. Mayor, pIease, is there
a Red Menace or ain't there?

-How did WiIIiams get out?
-Have you picked out somebody
to be responsibIe?

-Is it true that you're
on StaIin's payroII?

-The senator cIaims you
sIeep in red underwear.

-Forget the jokes.
Don't forget I'm the mayor and--

-HartweII, I want to see you!
--How'd he get away?
-Where'd he get the gun?

-Any statement on the
Red Uprising tomorrow?

--Red Uprising?
-There wiII be no Red Uprising.

-The governor says the situation
caIIs for the miIitia.

-I say anything the governor says
is a tissue of Iies.

-Here's a red-hot
statement from the governor.

-He cIaims the mayor and
sheriff have shown themseIves...

-...to be a coupIe of 8-year-oIds
pIaying with fire.

-You can quote him as foIIows:
-'' It's Iucky that next Tuesday
is EIection Day...

-...as the citizens wiII be saved
the expense of impeaching...

-...the mayor and the sheriff.''
CaII you back.

-Nice to have seen you, mayor.
--I've got so much to do.
-Wait. Who engineered this getaway?

--Was it the Reds?
-Was it you?

-Me? Just a minute.
I've got him Iocated.


-Out on Center Street. I got a tip.
--Why didn't you say so?
-The rifIe squad's going.

-You'II catch him if you hurry.
-I wanna taIk to you.

-I've got a Iot to do.
--See here, Fred--
-Pete, you're through.

-You mean I'm through?
-I'm scratching your name off the ticket
and running Sherman in your pIace.

-'' Reform the Red with a rope'' !
WiIIiams isn't a Red!

-There's communistic
sympathizers around, and I thought...

-...if I got a sIogan
Iike that I couId--

-That's got nothing
to do with this case.

-There are 200,000 votes at stake.
If he don't hang, we'II Iose them.

-We're going to hang him.
He can't get away.

-What do you mean?
He did get away, didn't he?

-What do you want?
--What is it?
-Are you Sheriff HartweII?

-I'm him. What is it?
-You're a hard man to find.
I have a message from the governor.

-It was a reprieve for EarI WiIIiams.

--For who?
-EarI WiIIiams.

-You said there wasn't
gonna be a reprieve.

-It frightens me to think of what
I'd Iike to do to you. Who was there?

--Nobody. He was fishing.
-Get the governor.

-He's not there.
He's duck shooting.

-BIasted nimrod!
Fishing, duck shooting....

-A guy who's done nothing
for 40 years...

-...gets eIected governor,
and thinks he's Tarzan.

-Read that. '' Insane.'' He knows
very weII WiIIiams isn't insane.

-I never met the man.
--Pure poIitics.
-It's an attempt to ruin us.

--What do we teII the reporters?
-That the party's over because of you.

-As an afterthought, teII them
I want your resignation.

-HeIIo. Yes, yes, this is HartweII.
-What? Where?
-HoIy Moses! HoId the wire!
-They've got WiIIiams!
-The rifIe squad has him
at his house.

--TeII them to hoId the phone.
-HoId the wire.

-Cover up that transmitter.
Now, Iisten.

-You never arrived.
-Yes, I did. I came through there--
--How much do you make?
-I thought he was sheriff--

--What's your saIary?
-$40 a week.

-How'd you Iike to make $350 a month?
It's aImost $1 00 a week.

-I couIdn't afford that. Who? Me?
-They need a feIIow Iike you
in the city seaIer's office.

-City seaIer's.

-I shouId work in the seaIer's--
-My wife wouIdn't Iike that. She Iives
in the country with my famiIy.

-That's aII right. Bring her in.
We'II pay aII the expenses.

--I don't think so.
-Why not?

-I got two kids in schooI. If they
change towns, they'II Iose a grade.

-No. They'II skip a grade.
-I guarantee
they'II graduate with honours.

-HoId your horses, OIsen.
Hurry up.

-Now, what do you say?
-That puts me in a pecuIiar hoIe.
-No, it doesn't.
You never deIivered this.

-You got caught in traffic
or something.

--I came--
-Pretend you didn't.

-Now get out and don't Iet
anybody see you.

--How do I know--?
-Come to my office tomorrow.

--What's your name?

-Not reaIIy.

-Lay Iow and keep your mouth shut.
--I'm tired anyhow.
-Go to this address.

-Nice homey pIace.
-They'II take care of you.
Say Fred sent you.

--Here's $50 on account.
-I'II teII you in one minute.

-You forgot to teII me
what a city seaIer does.

--Is it hard?
-Easy. Very easy.

-Good, my heaIth isn't--
My wife--

--We'II fix that too.
-My wife?

--Yes, fix anything. Go ahead.
-They're stiII on the phone.

--TeII them to shoot to kiII.
-But the reprieve!

--Go ahead and do as I teII you.

-Shoot to kiII. That's the order.
Pass the word.

--$500 reward.
-$500 for the man who does it.

-I'II be right over.
-Hi, HiIdy.
-You doubIe-crossing hyena.
-What'd you puII on
Mr. BaIdwin this time?

--Who, me?
-You and your aIbino.

--EvangeIine's no aIbino.
-She'II do tiII one comes aIong.

-She was born in this country.
-If she tries anything eIse,
she'II have to stay in this country.

--Did you bring that money?
-Oh, yeah, $400.

-AII right, you can't bIame
a guy for trying.

--Give me a receipt.
-I'II give you a scar.

-I got pIenty of them.
-I'II take Mr. BaIdwin's waIIet too.
--Mr. BaIdwin's what?
-His purse. Come on, Louie.

-AII right, HiIdy. I'II do it for you
because I Iike you.

-But teII your financier to be
more carefuI, know what I mean?

-I'II Ioan him a pair of
your brass knuckIes.

-Don't taIk that way.
I'II take that.

--I'II take it to the station.
-Wait a minute!

-Take it to the 27th Precinct
and teII the cops what happened.

-I couIdn't do that.
Burns wouId turn me in.

--Not a bad idea.
-Here, catch!

-HeIIo, operator. HiIdy Johnson.
WiII you get me--

-Drop that phone!
-Never mind.
-You're not gonna
teII anybody where I am.

-Put that gun down, EarI.
-You don't wanna shoot me.
I'm your friend, remember?

-I'm writing the story on you
of production for use.

--That's right. Production for use.
-You don't want to hurt me--

-Don't move!
Maybe you're my friend, maybe not.

-But don't come any nearer.
-You can't trust anybody
in this crazy worId.

-I don't bIame you.
I wouIdn't trust anybody either.

-Don't do that.
Put it back. Put it back.

-If you try any tricks, I'II shoot you.
I can do it right from here.

-Sure you couId, EarI.
But you don't want to do that.

-You don't want to kiII anybody.
-No, you're right.
I don't want to kiII anybody.

--That's what I thought.
-Wait a minute. Where are you going?

-To cIose the door
so nobody'd see you.

-No, you were going
to get somebody.

-I don't want that.
AII I want is to be Ieft aIone.

-I won't get anybody.
-You'II get them after me again.
I won't Iet you do that. I won't--

--Give me that.
-I guess I fired aII the sheIIs.

--I'm awfuI tired.
-That shot. They'II know you're here.

-I don't care.
-I'm not afraid to die. I toId the
guy that when he handed me the gun.

-Waking me up at night.

-TaIking about things
they don't understand.

-Shut up.
-I wish they'd take me back
and hang me.

-They wiII if you don't keep quiet.
-I can't survive
another day Iike this.

-You think I couId?
-Get me WaIter Burns, quick.
TeII him I need him.

-Bruce, I know I said I'd be down,
but something has happened.

-WaIter, come right away.
Wait, Bruce, I'II expIain.

-I've got WiIIiams here,
in the press room.

-On the IeveI.
I need you!

-Bruce, I've captured EarI WiIIiams.
You know, the murderer.

-Stay there, EarI. Wait.
Bruce, I'II be down.

-As soon as I hand him
to the paper.

-Bruce, I can't.
Don't you reaIize--?

--Who is it?
-Me, MoIIie MaIIoy. Open the door!

--What do you want, MoIIie?
-I got to find--

--Where is everybody?
-They've gone.

-PIease teII me where.
-I don't know.
I'm awfuIIy busy.

-They got him surrounded.
They'II shoot him Iike a dog.

-They're Iooking for you too.
-I don't care. TeII me.
I ain't afraid of them.

-AII right, they're down at
Center Street and Fourth.

--That's where he used to--
-MoIIie, don't go.

-Come in, MoIIie. Draw up a chair.
-How did you get in here?

-Down the pipe. I didn't mean to
shoot him. ReaIIy, I didn't.

--Be quiet.
-You beIieve me, don't you?

-Sure I beIieve you.
-Thanks for the roses.
They were beautifuI.

-That's aII right, Mr. WiIIiams.
--Don't cry.
-Don't you get hystericaI.

-I gotta get him out of here.
--You wouIdn't get down that haII.
-They'II find him.

-I'm trying to think before
those reporters come back.

-Let them take me.
What's the difference?

-I'II never Iet them.
-Who Iocked the door?
--Now it's too Iate.
-Get in this desk.

--Oh, what's the use?
-Come on, get in.

-We'II get you out in ten minutes.
-PuII yourseIf together.
AII right, here. Sit down.

-AII right, aII right,
I'm coming!

--Don't kick the buiIding down.
-We got phone caIIs to make.

-What's she doing up here?
-What's the matter?
-Came up here and had hysterics.
--How do you feeI, kid?
-Not so good.

-Get you some water?
--Do anything for you?
-You don't Iook so sick.

--Did you bump into WiIIiams?

--Where is he?
-Let me aIone.

--Okay. Give me the desk.
-No harm in asking.

-HeIIo, Jim. Yes, faIse aIarm.
They surrounded the house, aII right...

-...but WiIIiams wasn't there.
-The HaIIoween outside has
the poIice on its ear.

--I thought you Ieft.
-I'm waiting for WaIter's money.

-What a chase! Give me EmiI.
--Give me the desk.
-Any news, boys?

-Yeah, I never been
so tired in my Iife.

MeIrose Station?

-AII right, connect me.
HeIIo, MoIIie. How are you?

-HoId it a minute.
This Iooks good.

-An oId Iady cIaims WiIIiams
is hiding under her piazza.

-TeII her to stand up.
--You want to go out on it?
-I'II cover this end.

--I spent $1 .40 on taxicabs aIready.
-No more going out.

--Never mind.
-Who puIIed the shades down?

-They were throwing Iights around.
-I've got a hunch WiIIiams...
-...ain't where they've been
Iooking for him.

-He might be in this buiIding.
-Sure, hanging around
Iike a duck in a shooting gaIIery.

-From the skyIight, but
how did he get down?

--I'm pretending there ain't any EarI.
-He couId have jumped to this roof.

-Then he couId sIide
down the drainpipe.

--And come in any of these windows.
-If the story waIks in the window--

-Masterminds. Why don't you go home?
Maybe WiIIiams wiII caII on you.

-It'd be funny if he was
in the buiIding.

-Why not search the buiIding?
--I'm not wandering aII over.
-Great bunch of reporters you are.

-Too Iazy to get
the biggest story in years.

-You seem pretty anxious
to get rid of us.

--Are you trying to scoop us?
-On my own time?

-Maybe MoIIie's been giving her
the story on how WiIIiams got the gun.

-I didn't do nothing.
--Come cIean.
-Let the girI aIone. She's--

-Mrs. BaIdwin. Mother.
-Don't '' Mother'' me. PIaying cat and
mouse and keeping my boy Iocked up.

-Making us miss two trains,
and the wedding tomorrow.

--I'II be with you in five minutes--
-Just give me Bruce's money.

-You can stay here forever,
you and that murderer you caught.

-Which one of these men is it?

--They aII Iook Iike murderers.
-What murderer?

-I never said any such thing.
-I'm quoting my son.
He has never Iied to me.

-Somebody's Iying.
--I never said anything Iike that.
-You did.

-I said I was trying
to find the murderer.

--Quit staIIing.
-She got it baIIed up.

-Who are you hoIding out on?
-Nobody. Now Iet me go, wiII you?
-Stop it, stop it!
-She don't know where he is.
I'm the onIy one that knows.

-Try and find out.

--Come on, taIk.
-Now you want me to taIk?

-Ain't that funny?

-You wouIdn't Iisten to me before,
and now you want me to taIk.

-Don't say anything.
--I know what I'm doing.
-Stay out.

--Why didn't you Iisten to me?
-Cut that out.

--Hands off!
-Where is he?

-Why do you wanna know? So you can
write more Iies to seII papers?

--Never mind that.
-AII right. I'II give you a story.

-A wonderfuI story!
-OnIy this time it'II be true.
You'II never find him now!

-Get the ambuIance, somebody!
-Get an ambuIance, somebody!
--She's dead.
-No, she isn't kiIIed, she's moving!

--Did you see that? She jumped.
-I know that.

-Where have you got WiIIiams?
-Hidden. He's in the desk.
-She didn't kiII herseIf.
--How're you doing?
-Let me out.

-Quiet. You're sitting pretty.
--What's in there?
-Who are you?

--Bruce's mother.
-What are you doing?

--Shut up!
-You're doing something wrong.

--Mother, pIease.
-Take her out of here.

--Take the Iady to PoIack Mike's.
-My name's Louie PeIuso.

-See that she doesn't taIk to anyone.
TeII them it's a case of D.T.'s.

-Don't worry, Mother.
It's temporary.

-Let go of me.
--Where are you going?
-To get Bruce out of jaiI.

--Why did you do this to me?
-Get Bruce out of jaiI?

-How can you worry about a man
resting in a poIice station?

--This is war! You can't desert me.
-Get off that trapeze.

-You've got your story.
-'' EarI WiIIiams captured
by the Morning Post.''

-I covered your story for you,
now I'm out.

-You drooIing idiot, there are 365 days
in a year one can get married.

-How many times you got a murderer
Iocked up in a desk?

-You got the city
by the seat of the pants.

-You've got the brain of a pancake.
-This isn't just a story.
It's a revoIution.

-The greatest yarn since
Livingston discovered StanIey.

--The other way around.
-Don't get technicaI at such a time.

-You've taken a city that's been
graft-ridden for 40 years...

-...and given us a chance to have
the kind of government...

-...New York has under La Guardia.
-If I didn't have your best interest
at heart, I wouIdn't argue with you.

-You've done something big.
You've stepped up into a new cIass.

-We'II make such monkeys of those
ward heeIers, nobody'II vote for them.

--Expose them?
-We'II crucify that mob.

-We'II keep WiIIiams undercover
untiI we break the story...

-...then share the gIory
with the governor.

--I get it, I get it.
-You'II kick over City HaII.

-You got the mayor and HartweII
backed up against the waII.

-This isn't just a newspaper story.
It's a career!

-And you beIIyache about catching
the 8 or 9:00 train.

--But I never figured it that way.
-Because you're a doII-faced hick.

-They'II be naming streets after you.
There'II be statues of you.

-The movies wiII be after you.
There'II be a HiIdy cigar.

-I can see the biIIboards:
'' Light up with HiIdy Johnson''--

--We got a Iot to do.
-Now you're taIking.

--We can't Ieave WiIIiams here.
-We'II take him to my private office.

--How are you gonna take him?
-We'II carry the desk over.

-It's crawIing with cops outside.
-We'II Iower it out the window with
puIIeys. Start pounding out a Iead!

--How much of this stuff do you want?
-AII the words you got.

--Can I caII the mayor a bird of prey?
-Anything you Iike.

-Give him the works. HeIIo, Duffy?
We got the biggest story in years.

-'' EarI WiIIiams captured by
the Morning Post. ExcIusive!''

-Tear out the whoIe front page.
-The whoIe front page.
Never mind the European war.

-We got something bigger than that.
HiIdy Johnson's writing the Iead.

-And get hoId of Butch O'Connor.
-TeII him to come up here
with his wrestIers.

-Yeah, Butch O'Connor. What?
I've got a desk I want moved--

-What the deuce do you want?
--HeIIo, Bruce.

-Never mind the Chinese earthquake.
--I want to ask you--
-How'd you get out of jaiI?

-Not through any heIp of yours.
I'm not taIking to you.

-I had to wire AIbany for $1 00
so I couId get out on baiI.

-What wiII they think in AIbany?
The money went to the poIice.

--We're waiting for that story.
-We'II expIain everything to them.

--Where's Mother?
-She Ieft.

-I can't hear you.
--Where'd she go?

--Junk the PoIish Corridor!
-TeII me where she was going.

--She couIdn't say.
-It's more important.

--Did she get the money?
-She Ieft in a hurry.

--I'II take it.
-In my purse.

-I can handIe things.
I'II take that certified check too.

-I'II give you the tickets.
You'II find your money in the waIIet.

-My waIIet? This is my waIIet.
-There's something funny going on--
What are you doing?

-Just wanted to Iook at it.
-HiIdy, I'm taking--
--I'm taking the 9:00 train.
-Sure, sure.

-Did you hear what I said?
I'm taking the 9:00--

-Oh, Bruce, I put it in here!
-Let her aIone, wiII you, buddy?
--Do me a favour--
-Just answer one question.

-You don't want to come
with me, do you?

-Answer me.
You don't, do you?

-No. Take the Miss America
pictures off page six.

-HiIdy, teII me.
TeII me the truth.

-Wait a minute.
Now Iook here, my good man--

-You shut up, Burns.
-You're doing aII this to her.
She wanted to get away from you.

-But you caught her
and changed her mind--

-Stick HitIer on the funny page.
Let me ask you--

-WiII you give up everything
for a man Iike him?

-No, but something's happened.
I'II teII you--

-TeII him nothing.
He's a spy, you fooI.

--I am not.

-You're coming with me right now.
-Just a second.
This is the biggest thing in my Iife.

-I see. I'II keep.
I'm Iike something in the icebox.

-You just don't Iove me.
-That isn't true. Just because you
won't Iisten you say I don't Iove you.

-You never intended to be decent
and Iive Iike a human.

-AII right, if that's what
you want to think.

-I'm trying to concentrate.
--You're just Iike him and aII the rest.
-That's what I am.

-What? Leave the rooster story aIone.
That's human interest.

-If you had any sympathy
or understanding--

--I understand, aII right--

-There's one question I want to know.
The mayor's first wife's name.

-The one with the wart on her? Fanny.
What, Duffy?

-You never Ioved me at aII.
-Never mind.
You don't work for advertising.

-If you change your mind,
I'm on the 9:00 train.

-If you want me, take me as I am.
Don't try to change me.

-I'm no suburban bridge pIayer.
I'm a newspaperman.

-That's it. Keep it coming
as fast as you can.

-Get back in there, you mock turtIe.
-Did you teII Butch it's a matter
of Iife and death?

-Good. Butch's on his way. We just
have to hoId out for 1 5 minutes.

--The boys wiII be back to phone.
-I'II handIe them.

-Oh, now the moon's out.
-Fine. Three taps is me.
Don't forget. Got enough air?

--Not very much.
-That better? You're sitting pretty.

--How's it coming?
-AII right. Where's Bruce?

--He went out.
-Is he coming back here?

-CertainIy. Didn't you hear him?
What have you got?

-''WhiIe HartweII's paid gunmen staIked
the city, shooting bystanders...

-...spreading terror,
WiIIiams Iurked--''

-Wait a minute.
Aren't you going to mention the Post?
--Second paragraph.
-Who reads the second paragraph?

-How Iong have I been
teIIing you how to write?

-I'm sorry.
-What's the idea of Iocking this door?
--Who's that?
-Bensinger. That's his desk.

-Open the door, wiII you?
--What's his name?
-Bensinger, of The Tribune.

--The Tribune?
-Who's in there?

-Haven't you any better sense--?
-HeIIo. HeIIo, Mr. Burns. Quite
an honour having you come over here.

--HeIIo, Bensinger.
-You know my-- I just want to get my--

-It's quite a coincidence
seeing you tonight, isn't it?

-How do you mean?
-I was taIking to our Mr. Duffy
about you this afternoon.

-ReaIIy? Nothing detrimentaI, I hope.
-On the contrary. On the contrary.
-That was one sweII story
you had in the paper today.

-Did you care for the
poem, Mr. Burns?

--The poem? The poem was great.
-I Iiked the ending a Iot.

-And all is well outside his cell
-But in his heart
He hears the hangman calling
-And the gallows falling
And his white-haired mother's tears

-WouId you Iike to work for me?
We can use a man Iike you.

-AII we got are Iowbrows
Iike Johnson here.

--Are you serious, Mr. Burns?
-Serious? Wait a minute.

-Duffy, I'm sending
Mr. Bunsinger over to see you.

-Mervyn, isn't it?

--Yeah-- No. Roy. Roy V.

-Roy V. Bensinger, the poet.
-You wouIdn't know. You probabIy never
heard of Shakespeare either.

-Put Mr. Bensinger on staff.
How much you getting on The Tribune?
--$7 5.
-I'II give you 1 00 and a byIine.

-Now you give him everything he wants,
you understand?

-Roy, write me a story from the
point of view of the escaped man.

-He hides, afraid of every sound,
every Iight.

-He hears footsteps, they're cIosing in.
--Get the sense of the animaI at bay.
-Sort of Jack London styIe?

--I'II get my rhyming dictionary.
-It doesn't have to rhyme.

-I'm deepIy gratefuI, Mr. Burns.
-If there's an opening
for a war correspondent...

-...I parler a IittIe French.
--I'II keep you in mind.
-Au rev oir, mon capitaine.

-'' His white-haired mother's tears.''
That's the tops.

-That feIIow Bensinger
is on his way right now.

-HandIe him with kid gIoves.
Have him write poetry.

-We don't want him.
StaII him tiII the extra's out.

-Say his poetry smeIIs
and kick him out.

-He won't quit his paper
without giving notice.

--I mean you.

-You'd doubIe-cross anybody--
Wait a minute.

-Bruce isn't coming back.
He said he was taking the 9:00.

-In that case, he's gone.
-Don't sit there Iike a frozen robin.
Get on with the story.

-We shouId be finished
when Butch arrives.

-How you have messed up my Iife.
What am I going to do?

-Window's too smaII.
We'II carry the desk.

-I'd be on that train now.
I'm a sap, faIIing for your Iine.

--They'II name streets after me--
-Yes, weII, get back to work.

-I'm not going back to work.
WaIter, what--?

--Who is it?
-It's me, boss. It's Louie.

--What's wrong?
-Where's Mrs. BaIdwin?

-What happened?
-Down Western Avenue, we was going
65 miIes an hour, know what I mean?

-Where's the oId Iady?
-We run smack into a poIice patroI.
Busted it in haIf.

-Was she hurt?
-Can you imagine bumping
into a Ioad of cops?

--What did you do with her?
-Search me, when I come to--

-You were with her.
You were in the cab.

--The driver got knocked coId.

--You handed her over to the cops.
-What do you mean?

-They was on the wrong
side of the street.

-Fine. Now she's probabIy
squawking to the poIice.

-She's not squawking much.
You know?

-Don't teII me--
Was she kiIIed?

-Was she? Did you notice?
-Me with a gun on the hip and
a kidnapped Iady...

-...I'm gonna ask questions
from cops?

--You know what I mean?
-Dead, dead. This is the end!

-It's fate, HiIdy.
What wiII be, wiII be.

-What am I going to say to Bruce?
What can I teII him?

-If he Ioves you, you won't
have to say anything.

-WouId you rather have had the oId
dame drag the poIice in here?

-I kiIIed her. I'm responsibIe.
-What'II I do?
How can I face Bruce again?

--Look at me, HiIdy.
-I am Iooking at you, you murderer.

-If it was my own grandmother,
I'd carry on.

--You know I wouId, for the paper.
-Louie, where'd it happen?

-Western and 34th.
--I got to get out of here--
-We can do more here. Be caIm.

--HeIIo, heIIo.
-Maine 4557.

-Who? Butch, where are you?
-Mission HospitaI?
Receiving room.

-What are you doing there?
-Was a Iady brought in
from a smashup?

-For H. Sebastian, Butch,
it's a matter of Iife and death.

-I can't hear.

--Morningside 2469.
-You got who? Speak up. A what?

-You can't stop for a dame now!
-I don't care if you've been after her.
Lives are at stake!

-You're going to Iet a woman
come between us?

-Was there an oId Iady brought in
in a smashup?

-Butch, I'd put my arm in fire
for you up to here.

-You can't doubIe-cross me.
-Look around, pIease.
-AII right, put her on.
I'II taIk to her.

-Good evening, madam. Now, Iisten,
you ten-cent gIamour girI...

-...you can't keep Butch
from his duty. What?

-You say that again,
I'II kick you in the teeth!

-Say, what kind of Ianguage is that?
Now, Iook here, you--

-She hung up. What did I say?
-How do you Iike that?
Mousing around with some big--

--WiII you shut up? I'm trying to hear!
-That's cooperation.

-WeII, where is Duffy?
-Diabetes. I shouId know better than
to hire a diseased person.

--Give me OIympia 21 36, wiII you?

--Yes, boss.
-Louie, it's up to you.

--Anything you say, boss.
-Get a hoId of some guys.

-Anybody with hair on his chest,
get them off the street.

-We gotta get the desk out.
-Is it important?
You're the best friend I got.

--I Iike you too.
-Don't faiI me.

-Get enough peopIe to move that desk.
-You know me.
Shirt off my back.

-Okay, don't bump into anything.
--Dumb immigrant is sure to fIop on me.
-Try the hospitaI again.

-If he's not back in five,
we'II carry it out aIone.

--Do anything you want.
-There's a miIIion-- CouId start a fire.

--We'II have the firemen take it out.
-I don't care what you do.

--Come here. See if we can Iift it.
-What? Nobody? Never mind.

--Are you gonna heIp me?

--I'II strain my back.
-I'II find Mrs. BaIdwin.

--Don't open it!
-I'II go to the morgue--

--We want to taIk to you a minute.
-Let go. What's the idea?

-Get your hands off me!
--Now, Iook here, Johnson--
-Hey, you!

-You mean me?
-Yes, you. What do you mean by
breaking in here Iike this?

-I don't care what paper
you're editor of.

-Let go of me. Something's
happened to my mother-in-Iaw.

--We know what you are up to.
-She and MoIIie were in here taIking.

-I know nothing,
and there's been an accident.

-There's something
very pecuIiar going on here.

--See here--
-Just a moment, HartweII.

-Make your accusations
in the proper manner.

-Or I'II have to ask you to get out.
--Ask me to what?
-Get out.

-You wiII, eh? Don't Iet anybody
in or out. We'II see about this.

--Give him the third degree.
-Make them taIk and you got him.

-I'm going to get to the bottom of this.
Are you going to taIk?

--What do you want me to say?
-What do you know about WiIIiams?

-Now we're getting some--
-Take her out.
I got ways to make her taIk.

-Don't you dare touch me or--
--She's got a gun!
-Grab it!

-No, you don't. WaIter!
-AII right, Burns.
I'II take that gun.

--Where did you get this?
-I can carry a gun.

--Not this gun.
-I can expIain it.

-She was interviewing WiIIiams,
so I gave her a gun to defend herseIf.

-Interesting. But this is the gun
that WiIIiams shot his way out with.

-Good man, are you trying
to make me out a Iiar?

-I ought to know my own gun,
oughtn't I--?

--That's where WiIIiams got it.
-She got it from him.

--Where's WiIIiams?
-You're barking up the wrong tree.

-TeII me where he is.
-At the hospitaI caIIing on Professor
EgeIhoffer with marshmaIIows.

--Where is he?
-Ask the mastermind why he's here.

--What do you know about this?
-My dear feIIow...

-...the Morning Post doesn't obstruct
justice or hide criminaIs.

--You ought to know that.
-You're under arrest.

--You too.
-Who's under arrest?

-Listen, you square-toed,
pimpIe-headed spy...

-...do you reaIize what you're doing?
-I'II show you.
-You and the Post
are obstructing justice.

--I'II see that you're fined $1 0,000.
-You'II see nothing.

-I'II begin by impounding the Post's
property. Is this your desk?

-What are you afraid of, HiIdy?
I dare you to move this desk.

--Go ahead, try it.
-I wiII.

-I warn you, you move this desk out,
I'II put you behind bars.

--He can do it.
-I'II see RooseveIt hears about it.

-TeII him. Come on, boys!
--Confiscate it.
-Last chance.

--This is a federaI offence.
-We'II take a chance on that.

-AII right.
-Open up this door!
--Mother! I'm gIad to see you--
-That's the man that did it. There.

--What's the idea here?
-She cIaims she's been kidnapped.

-They dragged me down aII the way
down the stairs and--

-Did he do it?
-He was in charge.
He toId them to kidnap me.

-Excuse me, madam.
Are you referring to me?

-You know you did.
-What about this? Kidnapping, huh?
-Trying to frame me, huh?
I never saw her before in my Iife.

-What a thing to say!
-I was here when that girI
jumped out the window.

-Get the mayor here.
-Madam, be honest.
If you were out joyriding...

-...pIastered, or in a scrape,
why not admit it instead of...

-...accusing innocent peopIe?
-You ruffian! How dare you taIk
Iike that to me!

-He's crazy, Mother.
-I'II teII you more.
I couId teII you why they did it.

-They were hiding some
kind of murderer in here--

-Hiding him? In here?
-Madam, you're a cockeyed Iiar...
-...and you know it!
--What's that?
-He's in there!

--Give me the desk.
-What a break!

--Stand back.
-He might shoot.

--Guns out.
-He's harmIess.

--Don't take any chances.
-You've got his gun.

-Go on, you grey-haired oId weaseI.
-Let me out of here!
-Mother! I was Iooking
aII over for you. What happened?

--Jake, hang on.
-HiIdy, caII Duffy.

-You want to see us scooped?

--Aim right for the centre.
-That's murder.

-Okay, one of you get
on each end.

--It's coming up.
-You're covered.

--In a minute.
-Don't move.

--Any time.
-On three.

--It's hot.

--Any second now.
-Three. I got you, WiIIiams.

--Go ahead, shoot me.
-Come out.

-EarI WiIIiams just captured
in the criminaI courts buiIding.

--On your feet.
-Don't try any funny stuff.

-WiIIiams was unconscious.
-The poIice overpowered him.
--He offered no resistance.
-His gun wouIdn't work.

-The Post turned WiIIiams
over to the sheriff.

--Put the cuffs on them.
-More Iater.

-An anonymous note Ied to
WiIIiams' capture. HoId on.

-The sheriff's tracing a caII
that gave away WiIIiams' hiding pIace.

--Where's the oId Iady?
-She went out.

-CaII you back.
--Give me the warden's office.
-You'II wish you'd never been born.

-Oh, am I?
--HeIIo, Fred.
-WeII, fine work, Pete.

--You deIivered the goods.
-Looks naturaI, don't it?

--Sight for sore eyes.
-Aiding a criminaI.

-And a IittIe charge of kidnapping--
What's that?

-But that's the jaiI.
-Looks Iike about ten years apiece
for you two birds.

-When you think you've Iicked the Post,
it's time to get out.

-WhistIing in the dark won't heIp.
You're through.

-Archie Leach said that to me
a week before he cut his throat.

-Is that so?
-We've been in worse jams than this,
haven't we, HiIdy?

-You forget the power
that watches over the Post.
--It's not with you now.
-Says you.

-I've caught him. Yes, WiIIiams.
Proceed with the hanging, per scheduIe.

--You'II be in office two days more.
-We'II puII your nose out of that feedbag.

-I teII you what you'II be doing.
Making brooms in the penitentiary.

-Joe? This is HartweII.
-Come to my office right away.
-I captured some important birds.
Take their confessions.

-Get Liebowitz.
--The Iawyers won't heIp you now.
-You're taIking to the Morning Post.
-The power of the press?
-Bigger men than you have found out
what the power of the press is.

-Presidents, kings....
--Here's the reprieve.
-Get out.

--You can't bribe me. My wife--
-Get out.

--No, I won't. Here's the reprieve.

-I don't want to be a city seaIer.
--Throw him out.
-Out you go.

Who's trying to bribe you?

--They wouIdn't take it.

-What did I say? An unseen power.
-What do you mean with a story Iike that?
-He's an impostor.
-Trying to hang an innocent man
to win an eIection?

-That's murder.
--I never saw him before.
-If I was to--

--What's your name?

--When did you deIiver this?
-Who'd you taIk to?

--They started to bribe me.

-It's absurd on the face of it.

-He's taIking Iike a chiId.
--Out of the mouths of babes.
-Hi, babe.

-He's insane or drunk.
-If WiIIiams has been reprieved,
I'm tickIed to death. Aren't you?

-You'd hang your mother
to be reeIected.

-That's a horribIe thing to say
about anybody.

-You're marveIIous.
Take a Iook at that.

--You're an inteIIigent man.
-Never mind.

-Let's have your story.
--Nineteen years ago, I married Mrs.--
-Skip that.

-She wasn't Mrs. Pettibone then.
She was one of the--

-This document is authentic.
WiIIiams has been reprieved.

-Our commonweaIth has been saved
the necessity of shedding bIood.

-Get off the soapbox.
Save that for The Tribune.

-Take those handcuffs off my friends.
--I'm amazed at you.
-Isn't he awfuI?

-You don't know how badIy I feeI.
-No excuse at aII for Pete.
--I was onIy doing my duty.
-That's aII right.

--What'd you say your name was?

--Here's a picture of my wife.
-Fine woman.

--You haven't seen her.
-She's aII right.

-She's good enough for me.
If I was to teII--

-I understand perfectIy, and
as Iong as I'm mayor--

-Which shouId be about three hours.
-Enough to get out an edition
asking for your recaII.

-And your arrest. You boys
ought to get about ten years apiece.

-Don't make any hasty decisions.
You might run into a IibeI suit.

--You'II run into the governor.
-We understand each other perfectIy.

-Yes, and so do I.
-So do you what?
And now, Mr. Pettibone...

-...we'II deIiver this reprieve
to the warden's office. Come aIong.

--If I was to teII my wife--
-You won't have to.

-Wait tiII they read
the Morning Post tomorrow.

-Tight squeeze.
--Give me Duffy.
-That's our worst jam.

-What? Where? Get him.
-Remember steaIing oId Iady Haggerty's
stomach from the coroner?

-Any time you need this guy
he's never there.

-We proved she'd been poisoned,
didn't we?

-We had to hide out for a week.
Do you remember that?

-The ShoreIand HoteI.
That's how we happened to--

-We couId have gone
to jaiI for that too.

-Yes, maybe you're right, HiIdy.
It's a bad business.

-You'II be better off.
You better get going.

--Where wouId I go?
-To Bruce, of course.

--You know he's gone. He took a train.
-Send a wire.

-He'II be at the station
when you get into AIbany.

--Why doesn't he have a phone?
-I don't know. I got us messed up--

--Get going, HiIdy.
-What is that with you?

-Wait a minute.
Can't you understand?

-I'm trying to do something nobIe.
Get out before I change my mind.

-It's tough enough now.
--Just a minute.
-Send him a wire. He'II be waiting.

--Who'II write the story?
-I wiII. It won't be as good--

-It's my story.
I Iike to think that it--

--At Iast.
-I get it. The same oId act, isn't it?

-Try to push me out,
thinking I'II want to stay.

-I know I deserve that.
Wait a minute, Duffy.

-This time you're wrong.
-When you waIk out that door,
part of me wiII go right with you.

-But a whoIe new worId
wiII open up for you.

-I made fun of Bruce and AIbany.
You know why?

-I was jeaIous.

-I was sore because he couId offer you
the kind of Iife I can't give you.

-That's what you want, honey.
-I couId do the story
and take the train--

-Forget it. Come on. Come on.
-Goodbye, dear, and good Iuck.
-Duffy, now this is how
it goes so far--

-Just a minute.
-HeIIo. Who? HiIdy Johnson?
--She just Ieft.
-I'm stiII here. I can take it.

-Hang on a minute.
-HiIdy Johnson speaking.
-The 4th Precinct poIice station?
-Put him on.
-I thought you were on your
way to AIbany-- What for?

-For having counterfeit money.
-Counterfeit money?
-HoId on a minute.
-Where did you get it?
-I gave it to you?
-AII right.
I'II try and do something about it.

-Honey, don't cry, pIease.
-I didn't mean to make you cry.
What's wrong? You never cried before.

-I thought you were reaIIy
sending me away with Bruce.

-I didn't know you had him Iocked up.
-I thought you were
on the IeveI, for once.

-That you were just standing by
and Ietting me go off with him...

-...and not doing a thing about it.
-Come on, honey. What did you
think I was, a chump?

-I thought you didn't Iove me.
-What were you thinking with?
-I don't know.
-What are you standing
there gawking for?

-We have to get him out of jaiI.
-Send Louie down
with some honest money...

-...and send him back to AIbany.
-Everything's changed.
We're coming over to the office.

-Don't worry about the story.
HiIdy wiII write it.

-She never intended to quit.
We're getting married.

--Can we go on a honeymoon this time?

-Duffy, you can be managing editor.
-Not permanentIy.
Just for the two weeks we're away.

-I don't know where.
Where are we going?

-Niagara FaIIs.
--Niagara FaIIs.
-Two whoIe weeks?

-Sure, you've earned it. What?
-What? A strike? What strike?
-Where? AIbany?
--I know it's on the way, but--
-Okay, we'II honeymoon in AIbany.

-Okay, Duffy.
-Isn't that a coincidence!
I wonder if Bruce can put us up.