When Hollywood’s finger was on the pulse of this country, they made movies.
I had enough dese stealers —DENHAM
Oh, dry up. The kid didn’t take
I didn’t, truly I didn’t.
So, shut up, Socrates. Here’s a
dollar. Forget it.
The Greek takes the money and releases Ann who stumbles back
against Denham. He catches her round the shoulders and she
half-collapses. Her head falls back on his arm. He has his
first sight of her face.
CLOSE UP Ann, her eyes open as she looks up at Denham,
MEDIUM SHOT – Denham, holding Ann. He looks at her. Suddenly
his face lights up, he snaps his fingers triumphantly.
(looking up the street)
DISSOLVE TO a one-armed lunch room. Tiled wall, two chairs.
Ann has emptied plate and coffee mug on arm of her chair.
Denham in other chair watching her. She sighs happily over
having satisfied her hunger, and leans back.
Yes, thank you. You’re very kind.
Don’t fool yourself. I’m not
bothering with you just out of
(Ann opens her eyes wide,
How come you’re in this fix?
Bad luck I guess. There are lots of
girls just like me.
There aren’t such a lot who’ve got
(laughing it off)
Oh, I can get by in good clothes.
But when a girl gets too shabby —
I’m supposed to have an uncle
Ever do any acting?
I used to do some extra jobs over
at Fort Lee sometimes. Once I got a
real part. The studio is shut down
What’s you name?
Are you one of these city gals who
screams at a mouse and faints at a
No, of course not. I’m a country
gal – or used to be.
Listen, sister. I’ve got a job for
you. The costumes I’ve got on board
will fit you.
(looks at his watch)
The Broadway shops will still be
open. I’ll get you some clothes for
yourself. Come on.ANN
But – but what is it?
It’s money, and adventure, and
It’s the thrill of a lifetime. And
a long sea-voyage that starts at
six tomorrow morning.
No! Wait, I can’t – I don’t
understand – you must tell me – I
do want the job so – I was starving
– but I can’t –Denham has been looking at her, puzzled because she hasn’t
caught his frantic excitement. He suddenly sees what is
troubling her. He calms down and goes back and sits.
Oh, I see. You got me wrong. Nix,
sister, nix. This is strictly
business. I’m no chaser.
I only wanted to –
Sure. Sure you did. I got excited
and forgot you didn’t understand
it. Listen, I’m Carl Denham. Ever
hear of me?
Ye-es. Yes. You make moving
pictures. In jungles and places.
That’s right. And I’ve picked you
for the lead in my next picture. We
sail at six.
A long way from here. Think, Ann, a
long voyage, easy living, the warm
blue sea, moonlight on the water –
isn’t that better than tramping New
York trying to keep out of the
I’m square, Ann. And I’ll be square
with you. No funny business.
What do I have to go?
(leaning over her chair
and looking straight at
Trust me. And keep your chin up.
Ann looks at him for a moment, then he holds out his hand.
She takes it and they shake. FADE OUT.