Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number

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Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for he husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented.
[ Rotary Phone Dialing ]
[ Busy Signal ]
[ Voices Overlapping ]
[ Dial Tone ]
OPERATOR, OPERATOR ?
OPERATOR ?
[ Operator ] YOUR CALL, PLEASE.
OPERATOR, I’VE BEEN RINGING
MURRAY HILL 3-5097
FOR THE LAST HALF HOUR,
AND THE LINE IS ALWAYS BUSY.
WILL YOU RING IT
FOR ME, PLEASE ?
MURRAY HILL 3-5097.
ONE MOMENT, PLEASE.
MY HUSBAND’S OFFICE.
HE SHOULD’VE BEEN HOME
HOURS AGO. I CAN’T THINK
WHAT’S KEEPING HIM,

OR WHY THAT RIDICULOUS WIRE
SHOULD BE BUSY.
THEY ALWAYS CLOSE
THAT OFFICE AT 6:00.
RINGING MURRAY HILL 3-5097.
THANK YOU.
[ Busy Signal ]
[ Groans ]
[ Man ]
HELLO ? HELLO ?
HELLO, MR. STEVENSON,
PLEASE.
HELLO.
I WANT TO SPEAK
TO MR. HENRY STEVENSON.
HELLO, GEORGE ?
[ Man #2 ] SPEAKING.
HELLO, WHO IS THIS ?
WHAT NUMBER AM I CALLING ?
I GOT YOUR MESSAGE, GEORGE.
EVERYTHING OKAY FOR TONIGHT ?
YEAH, EVERYTHING’S OKAY.
EXCUSE ME.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE ?
I’M USING THIS WIRE.
OKAY, IT’S STILL 11:15,
GEORGE ?
11:15 IS RIGHT.
YOU GOT IT ALL
STRAIGHT NOW, I HOPE.
YEAH, I THINK SO.
AT 11:00, THE PRIVATE PATROLMAN
GOES AROUND TO THE BAR
ON 2nd AVENUE FOR A BEER.
THEN I GET IN
THROUGH THE KITCHEN WINDOW
AT THE BACK.
THEN I WAIT TILL THE TRAIN
GOES OVER THE BRIDGE,
IN CASE HER WINDOW IS OPEN
AND SHE SHOULD SCREAM.
[ Gasps ]
H-HELLO ?
WHO-WHO IS THIS ?
HEY, I FORGOT TO ASK YOU.
STILL DON’T WANNA USE
THE GUN ?
UH-UH.
BUT MAKE IT QUICK.
OUR CLIENT SAYS…
HE DOESN’T WISH
TO MAKE HER SUFFER LONG.
OKAY, GEORGE, DON’T WORRY.
THERE WON’T BE ANY SLIPUP.
YOU KNOW ME.
AND DON’T FORGET TO TAKE
THE RINGS AND BRACELETS,
AND THE JEWELRY
IN THE BUREAU DRAWER.
OUR CLIENT WISHES
TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE
SIMPLE ROBBERY.
SIMPLE ROBBERY.
THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
OKAY, OKAY.
NOW, LET ME JUST CHECK
THE ADDRESS AGAIN.
IT’S–
[ Line Clicks,
Dial Tone ]
HELLO ?
HELLO ? HELLO ?
[ Operator ] YOUR CALL, PLEASE.
OPERATOR, YOU’VE JUST
GIVEN ME A WRONG NUMBER.
I’M SORRY, MADAM.
WHAT NUMBER
WERE YOU CALLING ?
WHY, I WAS CALLING
MURRAY HILL 3-5097–
THAT’S MY HUSBAND’S OFFICE–
AND INSTEAD, I WAS CUT
INTO SOME OTHER NUMBER
THAT YOU DIALED.
THE WIRES MUST HAVE CROSSED
OR SOMETHING, AND I’VE JUST
HEARD THE MOST DREADFUL THING.
A MURDER.
YES, MADAM ?
AND NOW, I WANT YOU
TO GET THAT WRONG NUMBER
BACK FOR ME AT ONCE.
I’M SORRY, MADAM.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.
[ Sighs ]
YOU DIALED A NUMBER FOR ME
JUST A MOMENT AGO–
MURRAY HILL 3-5097.
IT WAS BUSY FOR SO LONG,
AND I ASKED YOU TO GET IT
AND YOU DID.
AND THEN THOSE–
THOSE HORRIBLE MEN
CAME ON AND–
WELL, IT’S UNNERVED ME
DREADFULLY.
I’M AN INVALID, YOU KNOW.
I WILL CONNECT YOU
WITH THE CHIEF OPERATOR.
PLEASE.
[ Clattering ]
[ Woman ]
CHIEF OPERATOR.
MAY I HELP YOU ?
CHIEF OPERATOR, I’M AN INVALID.
I’VE JUST HAD A DREADFUL SHOCK
TONIGHT OVER THE TELEPHONE,
AND I’M VERY ANXIOUS
TO TRACE THE CALL.

IT WAS ABOUT A MURDER–
A TERRIBLE,
COLDBLOODED MURDER–

OF A POOR, INNOCENT WOMAN
TONIGHT AT 11:15.

[ Chief Operator ] I SEE.
I WAS TRYING TO REACH
MY HUSBAND’S OFFICE.

HE SHOULD’VE BEEN HOME
HOURS AND HOURS AGO.
I’M ALL ALONE TONIGHT.

MY NURSE HAS THE NIGHT OFF,
BECAUSE MY HUSBAND
HAD PROMISED–

AS A MATTER OF FACT,
HE HAD SWORN
HE’D BE HOME BY 6:00.
I DON’T KNOW ANY OF
THE NEIGHBORS, AS WE LIVE
PERMANENTLY IN CHICAGO.
WELL, IT SO HAPPENS THAT
THE COUPLE I HAVE
WORKING FOR ME…

HAD SOME IMPORTANT DATE
OR OTHER.

I DON’T KNOW.
A MOVIE, I SUPPOSE.

THEY SAID IT WAS PROMISED THEM
THREE WEEKS AGO.
YOU COULD’VE THOUGHT
THEY’D AT LEAST HAVE CHECKED
WITH ME BEFORE LEAVING–
HAD SOME REALIZATION
OF MY CONDITION.

BUT I’VE BEEN RINGING
AND RINGING THE BELL
FOR NEARLY AN HOUR,

HOPING THEY’D COME BACK
OR SOMETHING,

AND THERE ISN’T
A SOUND DOWNSTAIRS–
NOT A SOUND.

YES, MADAM.
SO, AS I SAY, WHEN I KEPT
GETTING THE BUSY SIGNAL…
IN MY HUSBAND’S OFFICE,
I NATURALLY DIALED
THE OPERATOR…
AND TOLD HER TO TRY IT,
AND SHE DID.
AND THEN, OUT OF A CLEAR SKY,
I WAS CUT INTO
THIS GHASTLY CONVERSATION…
BETWEEN TWO KILLERS.
AND NOW, I’D LIKE YOU
TO TRACE IT FOR ME AT ONCE.
WELL, MADAM,
THAT DEPENDS.
DEPENDS ON WHAT ?
ON WHETHER THE PARTIES
HAVE STOPPED TALKING
TO EACH OTHER.
WELL, OF COURSE
THEY’VE STOPPED TALKING
TO EACH OTHER BY NOW.
IT WAS JUST A SHORT CALL.
THEY WEREN’T EXACTLY GOSSIPING.
AND WHAT IS YOUR REASON
FOR HAVING THIS CALL
TRACED, MADAM ?
REASON ? DO I HAVE
TO HAVE A REASON WHEN
I OVERHEARD TWO MURDERERS ?
ISN’T IT OBVIOUS ?
NOW, LOOK HERE,
MY GOOD WOMAN.
YOU PROBABLY DON’T UNDERSTAND,
BUT A HUMAN BEING, A WOMAN,
IS GOING TO BE
KILLED SOMEWHERE–
SOMEWHERE IN THIS VERY CITY,
AND THIS MURDER’S GOING
TO TAKE PLACE TONIGHT.

DO YOU HEAR ME ?
TONIGHT AT 11:15.

NOW, ISN’T THAT
A GOOD ENOUGH REASON ?

I QUITE UNDERSTAND, MADAM,
BUT I WOULD SUGGEST…
THAT YOU TURN
THIS INFORMATION
OVER TO THE POLICE.
OH, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKES,
ALL THIS IDIOTIC RED TAPE !
YOU’D JUST SIT THERE
AND LET PEOPLE DIE !
[ Line Ringing ]
[ Operator ]
YOUR CALL, PLEASE.
GIVE ME THE POLICE.
YES, MADAM. RINGING
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK.
[ Telephone Ringing ]
LISTEN TO THE BIG TICK-TOCK.
ISN’T THAT NICE ?
[ Laughing ]
THAT’S BETTER.
[ Ringing Continues ]
SAY, MAYBE THAT’S YOUR MOM
CALLING FOR YOU.
[ Crying ]
PRECINCT 17.
DUFFY SPEAKING.
YES ? OH, YES,
MRS. STEVENSON.
I REMEMBER YOU.
WHAT ?
[ Crying Continues ]
YOU WHAT ?
A MURDER ?
YES, GO AHEAD.
BUT THERE’S LOTS OF PEOPLE
BY THE NAME OF GEORGE.
AND AS FOR THE PRIVATE PATROLMAN
AND 2nd AVENUE
AND THE– AND THE BRIDGE–
2nd AVENUE
IS A VERY LONG STREET.
AND DO YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW
HOW MANY BRIDGES THERE ARE
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK ALONE ?
NOT TO MENTION BROOKLYN,
STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS
AND THE BRONX ?
TELEPHONES ARE
VERY FUNNY THINGS.
NOW, LOOK, LADY,
A LOT OF MURDERS ARE COMMITTED
IN THIS TOWN EVERY DAY.
IF WE COULD STOP THEM, WE WOULD.
BUT A CLUE OF THIS KIND
THAT’S SO VAGUE, WELL,
IT’S NOT MUCH MORE USE TO US
THAN NO CLUE AT ALL,
UNLESS YOU THINK
THERE’S SOMETHING PHONY
ABOUT THIS CALL…
AND SOMEBODY’S PLANNING
TO MURDER YOU.
ME ?
WHY, OF COURSE NOT.
THAT WOULD BE RIDICULOUS.
I MEAN, WHY SHOULD ANYBODY ?
WELL, YOU SEE, MA’AM ?
THERE’S NOTHING FOR YOU
TO WORRY ABOUT.
NOW, IF YOU’LL
EXCUSE ME, PLEASE.
JUST A MINUTE !
[ Crying Continues ]
WILL YOU PLEASE
EXCUSE ME, MA’AM,
FOR JUST ONE SECOND ?
I KNOW, DARLING.
WHY ARE YOU CRYING ?
BE A GOOD GIRL.
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE
ALL RIGHT.
I’M SORRY, MA’AM, BUT
I’VE GOT A COUPLE OF OTHER
THINGS HERE ON MY DESK…
THAT REQUIRE MY…
IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.
– GOOD NIGHT, MA’AM.
– ALL RIGHT ! DON’T LISTEN !
WHO CARES ?
[ Ship Horn Blaring ]
HENRY.
OH, HENRY,
WHY DO YOU LEAVE ME ALONE ?
[ Ringing ]
HELLO ?
[ Operator ]
IS THIS PLAZA 5-1098 ?
YES.
I HAVE A PERSON-TO-PERSON CALL
FOR MRS. HENRY STEVENSON.
CHICAGO IS CALLING.
OH.
THIS IS MRS. STEVENSON.
ONE MOMENT, PLEASE.
GO AHEAD, SIR.
[ Man ]
HELLO, LEONA ?

HELLO, DAD.
IS THAT YOU, SWEETIE ?
♪♪ [ People Singing ]
AND HOW’S MY GIRL
TONIGHT ?
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, DAD ?
CAN YOU TALK ?
HOW’S THAT ?
IF I CAN TALK ?
CAN YOU TALK ?
SURE, SWEETHEART.
GO AHEAD, I CAN TALK.
♪♪ [ Continues ]
A MURDER ?
TONIGHT, 11:15 ?
YOU CALLED THE POLICE, EH ?
HOW COME ?
WHERE’S HENRY ?
WHERE’S YOUR NURSE ?
OH, HENRY TOLD HER
SHE COULD, DID HE ?
WELL, THEN,
WHY DIDN’T HE COME HOME ?
BUSINESS ?
WHAT BUSINESS ?
DIDN’T I TELL HIM TIME AND AGAIN
THAT HIS FIRST CONSIDERATION
IS TO YOU ?
I’LL WORRY
ABOUT THE BUSINESS.
NO, BUT REALLY, DEAR,
WHEN THE GUY HASN’T ANOTHER
RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WORLD,
AND JUST BECAUSE I’M NOT AROUND
TO CHECK UP ON HIM.
JUST FORGET ABOUT IT.
MAYBE JUST A GAG.

COUPLE OF ACTORS, MAYBE,
ON A RADIO PROGRAM.
RADIO ?
RADIO PROGRAM ?
SOMETIMES HAPPENS.
NO NEED TO WORRY YOUR HEAD
ON A HOT NIGHT LIKE THIS.
[ Door Opens ]
OH, HONEY, EVERYBODY–
OH. PARDON ME.
[ Door Closes ]
I WISH YOU’D GET
THE WHOLE THING OVER WITH
AND COME HOME.
HOUSE IS LIKE A MORGUE
WITHOUT YOU.
OKAY, DEAR, I WON’T KEEP YOU,
BUT I JUST WANTED
TO CHECK UP AS USUAL.
YOU’LL CALL ME TOMORROW ?
YES, DEAR, I’LL CALL YOU
TOMORROW NIGHT, SAME TIME.
OH, AND PET, TELL HENRY
TO CALL ME AT THE OFFICE
TOMORROW MORNING.
I’LL HAVE A TALK WITH HIM.
[ Chiming ]
NUMBER 99. 99.
NUMBER 17. 1-7.
THERE’S A TELEPHONE CALL
FOR MISS ELIZABETH JENNINGS.
OKAY.
THERE’S A TELEPHONE CALL
FOR MISS ELIZABETH JENNINGS.
NUMBER 46.
MISS ELIZABETH JENNINGS
IS WANTED ON THE PHONE.
NUMBER 23. 23.
TWENTY-THREE !
OH, THAT MAKES TWO FOURS.
ALL I NEED NOW
IS 14 OR 65.
MISS JENNINGS ?
JUST A SECOND, PLEASE.
JUST A SECOND.
WE’RE GETTING
PRETTY CLOSE NOW, LADIES.
PRETTY CLOSE…
TO THAT SUPER-DUPER
ELECTRIC BLANKET, DONATED BY
BOLLCOMB’S DRUG STORE.
AND THE NEXT NUMBER IS…
YOU’RE WANTED ON THE PHONE,
MISS JENNINGS.
A MRS. STEVENSON.
NUMBER 59.
BINGO !
OH, BALONEY.
WHAT’S THE MATTER ?
WHAT WERE YOU SAYING ?
A MRS. STEVENSON WANTS TO
SPEAK TO YOU ON THE PHONE.
SHE SAID
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
MRS. STEVENSON ?
WELL, WHY, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKES,
DIDN’T YOU SAY SO ?
[ Meows ]
HELLO ?
I BEG YOUR PARDON,
MRS. STEVENSON.
I HAD NO IDEA.
YOU’RE THE LAST PERSON
ON EARTH, NATURALLY,
I’D EVER KEEP WAITING.
MR. STEVENSON
ISN’T HOME.
MR. STEVENSON NOT HOME YET ?
DO YOU KNOW
WHERE HE IS ?
WHY, NO, I DON’T.
HE WAS SUPPOSED TO
COME HOME HOURS AGO.
WELL, THAT IS ODD,
ISN’T IT ?
LAST TIME I SAW HIM,
HE WAS LEAVING
TO KEEP AN APPOINTMENT.
WHERE ?
NO, I DON’T KNOW WHERE,
BUT I DO KNOW
HE HAD A LUNCH DATE…
WITH A YOUNG LADY.
OH, YES,
RATHER GOOD-LOOKING.
SHE CAME INTO THE OFFICE
THIS MORNING.
SAID HER NAME WAS LORD.
MRS. FREDERICK LORD.
SEEMED VERY ANXIOUS TO SEE HIM.
WAITED FOR HIM
AT LEAST TWO HOURS.
[ Door Opens ]
MR. STEVENSON.
SOMEONE TO SEE YOU.
SOME OTHER TIME.
I TOLD YOU, I’M BUSY TODAY.
HELLO, HENRY.
DON’T YOU REMEMBER ME ?
WHY–
WHY, SURE, SURE.
WELL, NOW,
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ?
COME IN, WON’T YOU ?
[ Miss Jennings’ Voice ]
YES, THAT’S JUST THE WAY
HE GREETED HER, MRS. STEVENSON.
HE DIDN’T SEEM
TO BE EXPECTING HER.
BUT I’M SURE SHE WAS
SOMEBODY OF IMPORTANCE TO HIM.
UNFORTUNATELY,
I COULDN’T HEAR MUCH
OF WHAT THEY SAID.
BUT THE CONVERSATION
WASN’T VERY LONG,
AND I DO KNOW
MR. STEVENSON MADE A DATE
TO MEET HER LATER.
I’LL BE THERE IN ABOUT AN HOUR.
ASK FOR MAURICE.
HE’LL SHOW YOU TO MY TABLE.
THANK YOU.
I’LL BE THERE.
[ Miss Jennings’ Voice ]
I DON’T KNOW WHY,
BUT HE DIDN’T LEAVE WITH HER.
I’LL BE BACK LATER
THIS AFTERNOON. IF ANYONE
CALLS, TAKE THE MESSAGE.
I’LL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU.
YES, MR. STEVENSON.
[ Miss Jennings’ Voice ]
I DON’T KNOW WHERE HE WENT
AFTER THAT, MRS. STEVENSON.
ALL I KNOW IS, I NEVER SAW
OR HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN ALL DAY.
IT WAS 6:30 WHEN I WENT HOME,
AND I WAS PRACTICALLY
THE LAST TO LEAVE
EXCEPT FOR JIMMY, THE PORTER.
NO, HE DIDN’T EVEN COME BACK
TO GET HIS MESSAGES.
THERE WAS ONLY ONE.
SOME MAN ON STATEN ISLAND…
WHO KEEPS CALLING HIM
EVERY WEEK.
A MR. EVANS.
A REGULAR PEST HE IS TOO.
BUT ON THE OTHER HAND,
IT’S NOT AT ALL UNUSUAL…
FOR MR. STEVENSON
TO STAY AWAY ALL DAY.
AND I’M SURE IT’S NOTHING
TO WORRY ABOUT.
OH, NOW, MRS. STEVENSON,
I DO HOPE I HAVEN’T LET
ANY CAT OUT OF THE BAG.
BUT I’M SURE, MRS. STEVENSON,
IT WAS ALL QUITE HARMLESS.
MR. STEVENSON
SEEMS SO DEVOTED,
SPEAKS SO BEAUTIFULLY OF YOU.
OH, DID YOU LIKE
THE FLOWERS THIS WEEK ?
I HAD THE FEELING–
I MEAN, I THOUGHT…
CAMELLIAS MIGHT BE SWEET
JUST FOR A CHANGE, YOU KNOW.
[ Replaces Receiver ]
♪♪ [ Orchestra ]
♪♪ [ Continues ]
[ Telephone Ringing ]
[ Shuts Radio Off ]
HELLO ?
[ Man ]
MR. STEVENSON, PLEASE.
HE’S NOT IN. WHO’S CALLING ?
THIS IS MR. EVANS. WHEN
DO YOU EXPECT HIM, PLEASE ?
I DON’T KNOW.
HE SHOULD BE HERE ANY MINUTE.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE
I COULD REACH HIM ?
I’M SURE I DON’T KNOW
WHERE MR. STEVENSON IS.
CALL BACK LATER.
WOULD 15 MINUTES
BE ALL RIGHT ?
I HAVEN’T MUCH TIME.
I’M LEAVING THE CITY
BEFORE MIDNIGHT.
ALL RIGHT. FIFTEEN MINUTES.
THANK YOU, I WILL.
AND YOU’LL TELL HIM
THAT I CALLED, PLEASE,
IN CASE
HE DOES COME IN ?
YES.
THE NAME IS EVANS.
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
YES, ALL RIGHT.
[ Panting ]
[ Ringing ]
HELLO, THIS IS
THE LORD RESIDENCE.
[ Typewriter Keys Clacking ]
[ Leona ] I’D LIKE TO SPEAK
TO MRS. LORD, PLEASE.
MRS. LORD ?
ONE MOMENT, PLEASE.
THAT FOR ME, PETE ?
NO. A LADY
FOR MOMMY.

I DON’T KNOW WHY
YOU’RE NOT ASLEEP.
SALLY, WILL YOU DO SOMETHING
ABOUT PETER STILL BEING UP ?
NOW, WHERE WAS I ?
OH, YES. UH,
“…THAT THE SAID
HENRY STEVENSON DID–“
[ Man #2 ] IS THAT BAYONNE
OR CICERO THERE ?
BAYONNE.
THE BAYONNE PLANT OF
THE COTTERELL CORPORATION.

HEADQUARTERS
ON STATEN ISLAND ?
UH, 20–
20 DUNSTAN TERRACE,
STATEN ISLAND.
HELLO ?
HELLO, MRS. LORD ?
YES, THIS IS SHE.
THIS IS
MRS. HENRY STEVENSON.
I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET,
BUT I UNDERSTAND YOU SAW
MY HUSBAND THIS AFTERNOON.
OH, YES, YES.
AS IT SO HAPPENS,
MRS. LORD,
MY HUSBAND HASN’T
COME HOME THIS EVENING.
I CAN’T SEEM TO LOCATE HIM.
I THOUGHT PERHAPS YOU
MIGHT GIVE ME SOME IDEA.
OH, YES.
I CAN’T HEAR YOU,
MRS. LORD.
WILL YOU PLEASE SPEAK UP
A LITTLE ?
OH, CERTAINLY. I–
IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG ?
YOU’RE NOT KEEPING SOMETHING
FROM ME, I HOPE.
OH, NO, NO.
COULD I CALL YOU BACK,
PLEASE ?
CALL ME BACK ? WHY ?
BECAUSE I–
IT’S MY BRIDGE DAY,
YOU KNOW.
WHAT’S THAT ?
WHAT HAS BRIDGE
GOT TO DO WITH IT ?
EXCUSE ME,
BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU
AT ALL, MRS. LORD.
I’M SORRY.
AND THEN-THEN…
THERE’S THAT EXCURSION
TO ROTON POINT.
ROTON POINT ?
WHO IS IT ?
WELL– LOOK, MRS. LORD,
ARE YOU TRYING
TO MAKE FUN OF ME ?
JUST IN CASE
YOU DON’T HAPPEN TO KNOW IT,
I’M A HOPELESS INVALID.
JUST A MINUTE.
I’LL GIVE YOU THE RECIPE.
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
MRS. LORD,
IS MY HUSBAND THERE WITH YOU ?
IS HE ? TELL ME THE TRUTH !
IT’S THREE EGGS SEPARATED,
TWO MEASURING CUPS OF MILK,
A THIRD OF A CUP OF SHORTENING.
THEN CREAM THE SHORTENING
WITH A LITTLE SUGAR, THEN ADD
A LEVEL TABLESPOON OF FLOUR.
LEONA– LEONA,
JUST A MINUTE.
THIS IS SALLY.
SALLY HUNT, LEONA.
SALLY ? SALLY HUNT ?
I’M SORRY TO BE SO RIDICULOUS,
BUT I CAN’T TALK NOW.
[ Typing Continues ]
SAY, MOMMY, YOU WANT ME
TO ASK DADDY TO STOP TYPING
SO YOU CAN TALK BETTER ?
DARLING,
PLEASE GO TO SLEEP.
ALL RIGHT, MOM.
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME
TO EXPLAIN RIGHT NOW,
BUT I’LL CALL YOU BACK
AS SOON AS I CAN.
[ Man ] SALLY !
SALLY !
NOW, WHERE’S SHE GONE ?
SALLY !

YES, DEAR ?
I THOUGHT YOU’D
GONE OUT AGAIN.
JOE’D LIKE A BOTTLE OF BEER.
GOT ANY ON ICE ?
NO, FRED,
I DON’T BELIEVE SO.
BUT I’LL GO DOWN
TO THE STORE.
OKAY, HONEY.
[ Joe ]
THANKS, SALLY.

LET’S SEE.
WHERE WERE WE ?

BETTER START A NEW PARAGRAPH.
[ Typing Resumes ]
SALLY… HUNT.
[ Leona’s Voice ]
SALLY HUNT.
MAY I CUT IN ?
YOU DON’T MIND, DO YOU, SALLY ?
IT’S AN OLD SPANISH CUSTOM–
THE HAG LINE.
I’M LEONA COTTERELL.
WHAT’S YOUR NAME ?
OH, UH, THIS IS
MR. HENRY STEVENSON.
HELLO, HENRY.
SHALL WE DANCE ?
IF YOU DON’T MIND, MISS, IT’S
THE MAN WHO DOES THE PICKING.
ALL RIGHT, GO AHEAD.
WHY DON’T YOU GET SOMEBODY
YOUR OWN SPEED ?
THAT IS, I’M SURE THERE
ARE BETTER DANCERS AROUND.
YOU’LL DO ALL RIGHT, HENRY.
LEONA KNOWS HER WAY
AROUND THE FLOOR.
DID YOU SAY
YOUR NAME WAS COTTERELL ?
YES, THAT’S RIGHT.
THERE’S A BIG DRUG COMPANY
BY THE NAME OF COTTERELL.
I DON’T SUPPOSE IT COULD BE
ANY CONNECTION.
I’M AFRAID THERE IS.
MY FATHER OWNS IT.
YOU MEAN J.B. COTTERELL ?
ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT ?
NO, IT’S JUST THAT…
I’VE ALWAYS PICTURED
J.B. COTTERELL…
AS A SORT OF
WALKING TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE.
WHAT DO THEY CALL YOU–
THE ASPIRIN HEIRESS ?
NO.
I BELIEVE IT’S
THE COUGH DROP QUEEN.
YOU KNOW,
THERE’S NOTHING WRONG
WITH YOUR DANCING.
DO YOU DO A LOT OF IT ?
NOT AT PLACES LIKE THIS.
OH. YOU’RE FROM
OUT OF TOWN ?
WELL, THAT DEPENDS
ON WHAT YOU CALL OUT OF TOWN.
OH, I DON’T KNOW.
HARVARD ?
ARE YOU TRYING TO BE FUNNY ?
OKAY. WHAT DO YOU CALL
OUT OF TOWN ?
GRASSVILLE.
WHAT COLLEGE
IS UP THERE ?
NO COLLEGE.
JUST STEEL PIPES
AND MICA PARTS.
I’M SORRY.
I DIDN’T KNOW.
THAT’S ALL RIGHT.
TO BE PERFECTLY FRANK WITH YOU,
I NEVER EVEN FINISHED
HIGH SCHOOL, NOT THAT
I WOULDN’T HAVE LIKED TO.
NEITHER DID MY FATHER.
AS A MATTER OF FACT,
HE NEVER GOT PAST
THE SEVENTH GRADE.
YOU DON’T SAY ?
UH-UH.
MY FATHER ALWAYS SAYS,
“IF A MAN HASN’T ANY TALENT
FOR MAKING MONEY, COLLEGE
WON’T KNOCK IT INTO HIM.
AND IF HE HAS A TALENT
FOR MAKING MONEY, WHY SHOULD
HE WASTE HIS TIME IN COLLEGE ?”
THERE’S SOMETHING IN THAT TOO.
I GUESS YOUR OLD MAN
OUGHT TO KNOW…
WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING MONEY.
♪♪ [ Ends ]
[ Applause ]
WELL, I’LL–
I’LL BE GETTING ALONG NOW.
JUST A MINUTE.
WHAT DO YOU SAY
WE SIT THE NEXT ONE OUT ?
♪♪ [ Resumes ]
SIT IT OUT ? WHAT FOR ?
I’VE GOT MY OWN CAR OFF CAMPUS
JUST OUTSIDE THE MAIN GATE.
IT’S A LAGONDA.
I JUST GOT IT FROM EUROPE.
DID YOU EVER DRIVE ONE ?
UH-UH. NEVER HEARD OF IT.
BESIDES, SALLY’S PROBABLY
LOOKING ALL OVER FOR ME.
WELL, WHAT DIFFERENCE
DOES THAT MAKE ? THIS IS
A PUBLIC DANCE, ISN’T IT ?
DON’T WORRY.
SHE’LL NEVER EVEN MISS YOU.
OH, YEAH ?
BUT WHAT ABOUT ME MISSING HER ?
OR DID THAT IDEA
EVER STRIKE YOU ?
COME ON.
DON’T BE SILLY.
FOR ONCE,
I’M NOT KIDDING.
NEITHER AM I.
SO LONG, MISS COTTERELL.
I’M SORRY I CAN’T OBLIGE
THAT LAGONDA…
OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT.
SALLY HUNT.
I’D NEVER PUT THE TWO OF YOU
TOGETHER IN A MILLION YEARS.
WHY ?
WELL, YOU’RE BOTH
SO DIFFERENT.
YOU-YOU BELONG
IN DIFFERENT WORLDS.
YOU DON’T BELONG HERE
IN GRASSVILLE, HENRY.
WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT ?
JUST A FEELING.
I’VE BEEN AROUND
A GOOD DEAL, AND I–
I THINK I CAN SPOT
THE REAL THING A MILE AWAY.
ISN’T THAT GRASSVILLE
OVER THERE, HENRY ?
YEAH.
GUESS WE’D BETTER
TURN AROUND.
WHY ?
IT’S NICE HERE.
THINK SO ?
STICK AROUND A FEW YEARS
AND SEE HOW MUCH YOU LIKE IT.
♪♪ [ Orchestra ]
[ Changes Station ]
♪♪ [ Woman Singing,
Indistinct ]
HENRY, THAT WOMAN BACK THERE
IN THE HOUSE…
WHO OPENED THE DOOR FOR ME,
WAS SHE YOUR MOTHER ?
MY MOTHER’S DEAD.
♪♪ [ Orchestra ]
THAT’S STRANGE. SO IS MINE.
SHE DIED WHEN I WAS BORN.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOTHER LIKE ?
OH, I DON’T KNOW.
YOU MEAN SHE DIED YOUNG TOO ?
SHE DIED LAST YEAR,
BUT I NEVER KNEW HER.
ALL SHE EVER WAS TO ME
WAS JUST A LINE OF WET CLOTHES
HUNG ACROSS THE KITCHEN,
A MESS OF GREASY POTS AND PANS
PILED IN THE SINK.
ALL I EVER SAW OF HER WAS…
A PAIL OF SOAP AND A MOP
AND HER OLD RUN-OVER SHOES
STANDING IN THE CLOSET.
IT’S FUNNY, I GUESS,
BUT…
WHEN I SAW HER LYING THERE
IN THE UNDERTAKING PARLOR
LAST YEAR,
SHE SEEMED TO ME LIKE
SOMEBODY I HARDLY KNEW.
I DON’T KNOW WHY
I’M TELLING YOU ALL THIS.
THERE’S NOTHING PRETTY OR NICE
ABOUT MY LIFE ANYWAY.
CIGARETTE ?
THANKS.
– WHAT’S THE MATTER ?
– NOTHING.
WHAT DO YOU DO HERE
IN GRASSVILLE, HENRY ?
I HAVE A JOB.
JUST A MEAL TICKET
TILL I CAN SAVE UP ENOUGH
TO GET OUT OF HERE.
WHAT KIND OF A JOB ?
I WORK IN A DRUG STORE.
A DRUG STORE ?
WELL, THAT IS A COINCIDENCE.
YEAH, A HECK OF A COINCIDENCE.
I WORK IN A DRUG STORE,
AND YOUR FATHER
OWNS A HUNDRED OF ‘EM.
WOULD YOU LIKE
TO MEET HIM, HENRY ?
WHO ARE YOU KIDDING ?
NOBODY.
I THINK DAD
WILL LIKE YOU VERY MUCH.
YOU’RE YOUNG, HEALTHY,
AMBITIOUS,
AND YOU PROBABLY KNOW
THE DRUG BUSINESS UPSIDE DOWN.
I WOULDN’T SAY THAT,
LEONA.
LEONA.
OH, THAT’S NICE.
CALL ME LEONA AGAIN.
I JUST WORK IN A DRUG STORE.
THAT’S A DIFFERENT THING.
BUT I LIKE YOU, AND THAT’S
A DIFFERENT THING TOO.
LIKE ME, LIKE YOU.
COME ON.
WE’RE BOTH ACTING LIKE
A COUPLE OF KIDS
PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE.
BESIDES, WHAT DOES
A DAME LIKE YOU WANT
WITH A GUY LIKE ME ?
MAY I ?
DAD IS COMING TO NEW YORK
ON BUSINESS NEXT WEEKEND.
I’M CUTTING MY CLASSES
ON SATURDAY.
WANT TO COME WITH ME ?
♪♪ [ Orchestra ]
I, UH–
I DON’T QUITE KNOW HOW
TO SAY IT, LEONA–
WELL, SAY IT AND
GET IT OVER WITH,
FOR HEAVEN’S SAKES.
I’M LEAVING IN A FEW MINUTES.
YOU’VE BEEN SEEING
A LOT OF HENRY…
IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS,
HAVEN’T YOU ?
YES. WHAT ABOUT IT ?
WELL, I-I JUST FELT
THAT I OUGHT TO WARN YOU.
WARN ME ?
HENRY’S NOT THE KIND OF MAN
TO PLAY AROUND WITH.
DON’T PLAY AROUND WITH HIM
ANYMORE, PLEASE.
WHO SAYS I’M PLAYING
AROUND WITH HIM ?
WELL, HE’S JUST NOT
YOUR TYPE,
AND YOU KNOW IT
AS WELL AS I DO.
I LIKE YOUR NERVE.
HENRY’S POOR, LEONA.
HE’S BEEN BITTERLY POOR
ALL HIS LIFE.
I KNOW THAT WOULDN’T MATTER
TO SOME BOYS, BUT IT DOES
MATTER TO HIM TERRIBLY.
I’VE KNOWN HIM ALL MY LIFE.
HENRY’S FATHER WAS A DRUNKARD.
HE’D WORK ONE DAY
AND DRINK UP EVERY PENNY
IN THE HOUSE THE NEXT.
THERE WERE EIGHT CHILDREN.
SO ?
WHAT HAS ALL THIS GOT TO DO
WITH THE PRICE OF EGGS ?
LEONA, DON’T TURN HIS HEAD,
OR HE’LL NEVER BE ABLE
TO FIND HIMSELF AGAIN.
YOU MEAN YOU CAN’T STAND
THE COMPETITION.
FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE,
THAT’S NOT THE POINT.
OH, APPLESAUCE.
JUST IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW IT,
I HAPPEN TO THINK A GREAT DEAL
OF MR. HENRY STEVENSON.
LOOK–
AND I HAPPEN TO THINK HE’S MUCH
TOO GOOD FOR THAT TOWN OF YOURS.
I NEVER SAID HE WASN’T.
AND IF I WANT
TO MAKE SOMETHING OF HIM,

SHOW HIM A GOOD TIME,
INTRODUCE HIM TO PEOPLE,
THAT’S MY BUSINESS.
AND IF I WANT TO MARRY HIM,
THAT’S MY BUSINESS TOO.
MARRY HIM ?
♪♪ [ Ends ]
YOU DON’T MEAN THAT.
YOU COULDN’T POSSIBLY.
WHY COULDN’T I ?
BECAUSE–
BECAUSE I HAPPEN TO BE
IN LOVE WITH HIM, LEONA.
SO AM I, AND I DON’T
GO AROUND RATIONALIZING
MY EMOTIONS EITHER.
WHEN I WANT SOMETHING,
I FIGHT FOR IT.
AND I USUALLY MANAGE
TO GET IT.
[ Mr. Cotterell ]
BUT THE FELLOW
HAS NOTHING, HONEY.
NO BACKGROUND,
NO EDUCATION, NO TRAINING.
AND WHAT DID YOU HAVE
WHEN YOU STARTED
IN AMARILLO, TEXAS ?
LOOK, HONEY, I’VE SPENT MONEY
ON YOUR EDUCATION,
TAKEN YOU ABROAD,
GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING
IN THE WORLD.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO
THROW YOURSELF AWAY FOR ?
I LOVE HIM.
LOVE HIM ?
OH, COME ON.
IF I REALLY THOUGHT YOU DID,
YOU KNOW I’D BE THE FIRST TO–
– WHAT’S THE MATTER ?
– YOU MAKE ME LAUGH.
WHY DON’T YOU BE HONEST
WITH YOURSELF JUST ONCE ?
WHAT DOES IT MATTER TO YOU
IF I LOVE HIM OR NOT ?
ALL YOU WANT IS FOR ME
TO STAY HOME HERE WITH YOU
FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
WELL, HONEY, WHAT PARENT
DOESN’T WANT TO HOLD ON
TO HIS CHILD…
UNTIL HE’S SURE
SHE HAS SOMETHING BETTER
THAN WHAT HE’S GIVEN HER ?
OH, DON’T BE SILLY.
IT’S JUST THAT YOU’VE
BECOME SO DEPENDENT ON ME,
YOU WON’T BE HAPPY UNTIL
I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT YOU.
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
HAVEN’T I ALWAYS LET YOU DO
ANYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO DO ?
BUT MARRIAGE
IS SOMETHING ELSE.
I’VE WORKED HARD.
I’VE BUILT UP A BIG BUSINESS,
JUST FOR YOU.
AND YOU YOURSELF
WOULDN’T WANT TO SEE SOME
WORTHLESS CLUCK OF A HUSBAND–
LEAVE ME ALONE !
LEONA, DON’T !
YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ME.
YOU’RE THINKING ONLY OF
YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS.
YOU’RE HATEFUL !
SELFISH AND HATEFUL !
LEONA, DON’T, PLEASE.
TRY AND BE CALM.
YOU’LL MAKE YOURSELF SICK.
AND WHAT GOOD IS YOUR WONDERFUL
MONEY AND YOUR WONDERFUL
BUSINESS IF I’M DEAD ?
YES, THAT’S WHAT
YOU WANT TO DO–
DRIVE ME INTO MY GRAVE !
BUT YOU DON’T CARE
JUST AS LONG AS
YOUR BUSINESS IS SAFE !
LEONA, HOW CAN YOU SAY
A THING LIKE THAT ?
OH, GO AWAY !
DON’T TOUCH ME !
I SAID, DON’T TOUCH ME !
LEONA !
DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH ME !
LEONA ! LEONA, DARLING.
I’M SORRY.
I DIDN’T MEAN–
WE’LL TALK THIS OVER
AGAIN, DEAREST.
MAYBE WE CAN WORK SOMETHING OUT.
[ Panting ]
LEONA ! WILKINS !
WILKINS !
♪♪ [ “Wedding March” ]
[ Minister ]
I, LEONA, TAKE THEE, HENRY,
I, LEONA,
TAKE THEE, HENRY,
TO MY WEDDED HUSBAND;
TO MY WEDDED HUSBAND;
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD…
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD…
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD–
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD–
[ Leona’s Voice ]
I, LEONA,
TAKE THEE, HENRY–
[ Horn Blaring ]
[ Cheering, Shouting ]
[ Leona’s Voice ]
I, LEONA,
TAKE THEE, HENRY–
[ Horn Blaring ]
[ Leona’s Voice ]
I, LEONA,
TAKE THEE, HENRY–
HENRY, HURRY UP, DARLING.
I’VE RESERVED A TABLE
AT MAXINE’S.
THE OPERA STARTS AT 7:30.
YOU KNOW HOW I HATE BEING LATE.
IN A MINUTE, SWEETHEART.
WHERE’S YOUR WALLET ?
MY WALLET ?
MUST BE IN MY COAT POCKET.

SALLY HUNT.
[ Telephone Ringing ]
HELLO ?
[ Sally ]
HELLO ?
THIS IS SALLY AGAIN.
I’M SORRY I HAD TO BE
SO MYSTERIOUS JUST NOW,
BUT I COULDN’T TALK–
MY HUSBAND WAS THERE.
WELL, IT CERTAINLY WAS
RATHER ODD, TO SAY THE LEAST.
THIS WHOLE THING MUST SEEM
VERY PECULIAR TO YOU, LEONA,
HEARING FROM ME
AFTER ALL OF THESE YEARS.
[ Cash Register Dings ]
BUT I HAD TO SEE
HENRY AGAIN TODAY.
I’VE BEEN SO WORRIED ABOUT HIM.
WORRIED ? ABOUT WHAT ?
WELL, IT’S A LITTLE BIT
DIFFICULT FOR ME TO EXPLAIN,
BUT ABOUT FIVE WEEKS AGO,
FRED–
[ Cash Register Dings ]
HE’S MY HUSBAND
AND HE WORKS IN
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.
HMM.
THAT’S INTERESTING.
WHAT’S INTERESTING ?
DRINK YOUR MILK, PETER.
WHAT WERE YOU SAYING, DEAR ?
KIND OF A FUNNY COINCIDENCE
I READ IN THE PAPER…
ABOUT AN OLD BOYFRIEND
OF YOURS.
WHAT OLD BOYFRIEND ?
DIDN’T YOU USED TO BE STUCK
ON A GUY NAMED HENRY STEVENSON ?
I-I USED TO KNOW HIM, YES.
WHAT’S HE DONE ?
HE JUST GOT HIS PICTURE
IN THE PAPER–
HE AND HIS WIFE.
“MR. AND MRS.
HENRY STEVENSON–
“SHE IS THE FORMER
LEONA COTTERELL,
THE COUGH DROP QUEEN…
OF LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS–
HAVE TAKEN A HOUSE FOR
THE SUMMER IN NEW YORK CITY.”
“MRS. STEVENSON,
IN POOR HEALTH
FOR SEVERAL YEARS,
IS HERE TO CONSULT
THE EMINENT SPECIALIST,
DR. PHILIP ALEXANDER.”
“MR. STEVENSON IS A VICE
PRESIDENT OF THE COTTERELL
CORPORATION OF CHICAGO.”
HMM.
A COUGH DROP QUEEN ?
THAT’S FUNNY.

WHOEVER HEARD
OF A COUGH DROP QUEEN ?
HE LOOKS SO DIFFERENT.
DO YOU THINK SO ?
WHAT ARE YOU SAVING IT FOR ?
OH, CASE I’M WORKING ON
JUST NOW.
MMM.
TOAST IS BURNING.
OH !
FRED, I KNOW IT’S SUPPOSED
TO BE A SECRET,
HMM ?
BUT WHY DID YOU TEAR OUT
THAT CLIPPING ?
WHAT POSSIBLE CONNECTION CAN
HENRY STEVENSON HAVE TO YOU ?
OH, NO CONNECTION TO ME.
IT’S JUST A KIND OF A HUNCH
I’M WORKING ON RIGHT NOW.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT ?
OH, SORT OF A SPECIAL
INVESTIGATION I’M DOING.
HENRY HASN’T DONE ANYTHING,
THOUGH, HAS HE ?
I’M SORRY, HONEY,
BUT THAT’S
ONE TOO MANY QUESTIONS.
OH.
SAY, DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE
STILL STUCK ON THE GUY ?
DON’T BE SILLY.
[ Telephone Ringing ]
FINISHED, PETER ?
YES, MOM.
LORD SPEAKING.
YES, JOE.
YEAH.
OH, YOU DID ?
OH, GREAT.
WELL, HOW ABOUT STEVENSON ?
WHAT ?
OH, YEAH ?
WELL, NOW,
THAT’S PRETTY GOOD NEWS.
HE FELL FOR IT, EH ?
WELL, SURE WE’LL GO.
SURE.
TELL HARPOOTLIAN
TO LINE IT UP.
YES, FIVE THOUSAND’S ENOUGH.
HAVE IT IN HUNDRED-DOLLAR BILLS,
BE SURE THEY’RE MARKED,
AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT,
FOR PETE’S SAKE.
OKAY. THURSDAY.
ABOUT 6:30.
SOUTH FERRY. RIGHT, JOE.
[ Ship Horn Blaring ]
[ Sally’s Voice ]
YOU’LL PROBABLY THINK IT WASN’T
ANY OF MY BUSINESS, LEONA,
AND I SUPPOSE IT WASN’T,
BUT ANYWAY
AT 6:30 THAT NEXT THURSDAY,
I-I WENT DOWN
TO SOUTH FERRY.
[ Ship Horn Blaring ]
I DON’T KNOW WHAT
I EXPECTED TO SEE.
AS A MATTER OF FACT,
THERE WASN’T MUCH
I COULD SEE AT FIRST.
BUT OBVIOUSLY,
THE STAGE WAS ALL SET
FOR-FOR SOMETHING.
JOE– HE’S FRED’S
CLOSEST FRIEND AND IS
ON HIS STAFF– WAS THERE.
THERE WAS ANOTHER MAN
WITH HIM.
I GUESS HE WAS THIS
HARPOOTLIAN THEY’VE MENTIONED–
THE ONE WHO WAS TO BRING
THE $5,000 IN MARKED MONEY.
ARE YOU SURE
FRED KNOWS WHERE WE’RE
SUPPOSED TO MEET HIM ?
HERE HE IS.
SORRY, FELLAS.
I’M A LITTLE BIT LATE.
COME ON. LET’S GO.
[ Sally’s Voice ]
IT MAY ALL SOUND SILLY
TO YOU NOW, LEONA–
MY SPYING ON THEM
AND POKING AROUND LIKE THAT–
BUT SOMETHING TOLD ME
I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS UP.
I DON’T KNOW.
I STILL CAN’T EXPLAIN WHY,
BUT I–
I JUST FOLLOWED THEM.
[ Ship Horn Blaring ]
IT WAS ONE OF THE WEIRDEST DAYS
I’VE EVER SPENT.
[ Bell Dinging ]
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN
TO STATEN ISLAND, LEONA ?
SOME PARTS OF IT, OF COURSE,
ARE THICKLY SETTLED.
BUT OTHER PARTS SEEM TO EXIST
IN A KIND OF DREAM,
LIKE THE LONELY BEACH
WE WENT TO THAT DAY.
IT WAS QUITE
A DESOLATE PLACE, LEONA,
FAR OUT ON THE ISLAND.
NO ONE WAS IN SIGHT EXCEPT–
YES, A YOUNG BOY…
WHO WAS DIGGING FOR CLAMS
BY THE WATER’S EDGE.
FURTHER DOWN
AT THE END OF THE BEACH,
THERE WAS NOTHING…
BUT A FEW
BROKEN-DOWN SHACKS.
IN BACK OF THEM,
AN OLD DESERTED HOUSE.
A SECOND LATER, I SAW FRED
AND THE OTHER TWO MEN…
WALKING UP TOWARD THE END
OF A SMALL ROAD
LEADING TO THE BEACH.
I COULDN’T QUITE MAKE OUT
IF THEY TALKED TO
THE CLAM DIGGER OR NOT.
ANYHOW, THEY ENTERED
ONE OF THE SHACKS…
THAT LOOKED TO ME LIKE
AN ABANDONED LUNCH STAND.
IT WAS THEN THAT MY ATTENTION
WAS DRAWN TO
THIS STRANGE-LOOKING HOUSE.
IT LOOKED ABSOLUTELY EMPTY,
AS THOUGH IT HADN’T BEEN
LIVED IN FOR YEARS.
AND YET, LEONA,
A FRESHLY-PAINTED SIGN
WAS IN FRONT.
“20 DUNSTAN TERRACE.”
IT SEEMED TO BELONG
TO SOMEBODY CALLED EVANS–
W. EVANS.
I WAITED THERE WATCHING
I’D SAY FOR ABOUT
AN HOUR, LEONA.
NOTHING HAPPENED.
AND THEN, JUST AS
I WAS BEGINNING TO THINK
IT WAS ALL A WILD GOOSE CHASE,
I SAW SOMETHING,
♪♪ [ Whistling ]
SOMETHING QUITE STRANGE.
♪♪ [ Whistling Continues ]
[ Clattering ]
[ Door Closes ]
THEY WERE IN THERE
FOR A GOOD HALF HOUR.
AND WHEN THEY FINALLY CAME OUT,
AT FIRST
I DIDN’T NOTICE ANYTHING.
ALL I THOUGHT OF WAS
HOW TO GET OUT OF THEIR WAY…
SO THEY WOULDN’T SEE ME,
AS THEY WERE HEADING
STRAIGHT TOWARD ME.
BUT WHEN THEY GOT CLOSE
AND PASSED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME,
I SAW FRED
WAS CARRYING THE BRIEFCASE.
I DIDN’T SEE MY HUSBAND UNTIL
HE CAME HOME LATE THAT NIGHT.
I WAS DYING TO ASK
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THERE…
AND WHAT CONNECTION IT COULD
POSSIBLY HAVE WITH HENRY,
BUT… I DIDN’T DARE.
AND NOW, UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING,
SOMETHING DRASTIC,
IT MAY BE TOO LATE.
[ Operator ]
MADAM, YOUR FIVE MINUTES ARE UP.
PLEASE DEPOSIT FIVE CENTS
FOR THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES.
JUST A MINUTE, PLEASE.
I-I KNOW I HAVE
ANOTHER NICKEL.
[ Dings ]
THERE. ARE YOU
STILL THERE, LEONA ?
YES, I’M HERE, BUT THIS IS
ONE OF THE QUEEREST THINGS
I’VE EVER HEARD.
I KNOW.
I JUST DIDN’T SEEM…
TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT HENRY
WITH ALL OF THIS
MYSTERIOUS ACTIVITY EITHER.
THAT’S WHY I WENT
TO SEE HIM TODAY–
TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH FROM HIM.
AND DID YOU ?
SCARCELY.
I’M AWFULLY SORRY,
BUT IT TOOK MUCH LONGER
THAN I THOUGHT.
I HOPE THEY TOOK
GOOD CARE OF YOU HERE.
YES, THANK YOU.
MAURICE, TWO MARTINIS, PLEASE.
AND BY THE WAY, TELL LOUISE
I’M EXPECTING A CALL.
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
YES, SIR.
WELL, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN, SALLY ?
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME.
YES, HENRY.
EIGHT YEARS.
AND HOW’S DEAR OLD GRASSVILLE
THESE DAYS ?
I DON’T KNOW.
I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE
FOR YEARS.

HUH ? OH. WELL,
YOU WANTED TO SEE ME, SALLY.
WHAT WAS IT ABOUT ?
WELL, IT ISN’T EASY
FOR ME TO EXPLAIN.
YOU SEE, I–
I’VE THOUGHT ABOUT YOU…
A GREAT DEAL
IN THE PAST YEARS, HENRY,
AND, WELL, YESTERDAY–
TWO MARTINIS.
EXTRA DRY AS ALWAYS.
THANK YOU.
WELL, HERE’S TO–
HERE’S TO GOOD OLD GRASSVILLE.
GO ON.
TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT.
WHAT’S HAPPENING UP THERE ?
I JUST TOLD YOU, HENRY,
I’M NOT LIVING
IN GRASSVILLE ANYMORE.
I’M MARRIED NOW,
AND I LIVE IN NEW YORK.
MARRIED ?
WELL, WHAT DO YOU SAY ?
ANYBODY I KNOW ?
NO, HE’S A LAWYER.
AS A MATTER OF FACT,
HE WORKS IN
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS.
THAT’S WHY I WANTED–
PARDON ME, SIR.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ORDER NOW ?
NO THANKS.
IN A MINUTE. MAURICE,
WHO IS THAT MAN
SITTING BEHIND ME ?
I DON’T KNOW, MR. STEVENSON.
I’M SORRY.
OH. THANKS. FORGIVE ME.
YOU WERE SAYING ?
WHAT’S THE MATTER ?
DO YOU WANT ME TO GET YOU
SOMETHING ELSE ?
NO, THANK YOU.
I DON’T CARE FOR ANYTHING.
THEN IF YOU DON’T MIND,
I’M KIND OF THIRSTY.
HENRY, WHAT I’M TRYING
TO SAY IS THIS.
A FEW DAYS AGO,
I SAW A PICTURE OF YOU
IN THE PAPER…
ABOUT YOUR BEING
THE VICE PRESIDENT
OF THE COTTERELL COMPANY.
SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL, DOESN’T IT ?
YOU ARE STILL MARRIED
TO LEONA, AREN’T YOU ?
SURE, I’M STILL MARRIED
TO LEONA.
STILL LIVE IN CHICAGO.
STILL WORK FOR MY FATHER-IN-LAW.
BIGGEST DRUG BUSINESS
IN THE COUNTRY.
WHAT DO YOU DO THERE, HENRY ?
PUSH BUTTONS, LIKE ALL
THE OTHER VICE PRESIDENTS.
I MEAN IT, SERIOUSLY.
SO DO I.
I’M THE INVOICE KING.
I SUPERVISE ALL
THE LITTLE INVOICES…
THAT ARE MADE OUT
ON ALL THE STUFF THAT GOES
INTO THE COTTERELL BILGE.
THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF
LITTLE OKAYS THAT ARE MADE OUT
ON LITTLE PIECES OF PAPER,
NOT TO MENTION
FIVE CARBON COPIES.
HOW ABOUT SOME FOOD ?
OH, WAITER ?
YES, SIR ?
WILL YOU TELL ALBERT
WE’RE READY FOR LUNCH ?
HENRY, I DON’T MEAN
TO BE INQUISITIVE. I ONLY
MEAN THIS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.
MY HUSBAND WAS MAKING OUT
A REPORT YESTERDAY.
YOUR CALL, MR. STEVENSON.
OH, THANK YOU.
WILL YOU EXCUSE ME, SALLY ?
ORDER SOMETHING IN THE MEANTIME.
I’LL BE RIGHT BACK.
[ Sally’s Voice ]
I WAITED A WHILE, THEN–
[ Operator ]
PLEASE DEPOSIT FIVE CENTS
FOR THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES.
BUT I HAVEN’T GOT
ANOTHER NICKEL.
LEONA– LEONA,
I’LL HAVE TO CALL YOU BACK.
BUT I ONLY WANTED TO SAY
THAT HENRY NEVER CAME BACK
FROM THAT TELEPHONE CALL,
AND HE IS IN TROUBLE–
DESPERATE TROUBLE.
FRED’S WORKING ON
SOME KIND OF REPORT
FOR HEADQUARTERS TONIGHT.
THE CASE SEEMS
TO BE COMING TO A HEAD,
AND HE’S BEEN TELEPHONING.
I’VE HEARD HIM MENTION
HENRY’S NAME
OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
AND THERE’S SOMEONE ELSE
IN IT TOO–
SOMEONE CALLED EVANS.
[ Operator ]
YOUR FIVE MINUTES
ARE UP, MADAM.
WALDO EVANS.
HE OWNS THE HOUSE
OUT ON STATEN ISLAND–
THE ONE THAT I SAW.
PARDON ME, MADAM,
BUT YOUR FIVE MINUTES ARE UP.
JUST A MINUTE.
[ Dial Tone ]
WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME
SOME CHANGE ? I MUST
MAKE ANOTHER TELEPHONE CALL.
I’M SORRY.
WE’RE CLOSING UP NOW, LADY.
BUT I–
[ Horn Blaring ]
[ Door Buzzer Buzzing ]
[ Buzzing Continues ]
[ Leona ]
WHO IS IT ?
WHO IS IT ?

[ Buzzing Continues ]
WAIT A MINUTE.
I’M COMING.
CAN YOU HEAR ME ?
I’M ALL ALONE HERE.
WHO IS IT ?
FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE,
WHO IS IT ?
[ Buzzing Continues ]
I CAN’T COME DOWN !
I’M ON THE TOP FLOOR,
AND I’M SICK !
[ Buzzing Stops ]
OH, WAIT A MINUTE.
DON’T GO AWAY. I NEED HELP.
PLEASE ! PLEASE, DON’T GO !
CAN’T YOU HEAR ME ?
CAN’T YOU HEAR ME ?
[ Telephone Ringing ]
I HAD TO CALL YOU
FROM THE SUBWAY.
IT’S SALLY.

CAN YOU HEAR ME BETTER NOW ?
THE STORES AROUND HERE
ARE CLOSED BY NOW,
AND I COULDN’T FIND A BOOTH.
I’VE BEEN HOME, LEONA,
SINCE I SPOKE TO YOU,
AND MORE HAS HAPPENED.
THERE WAS A POLICE CAR
STANDING IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE
WHEN I GOT THERE.
IT SEEMS THAT HOUSE
ON STATEN ISLAND–
THE ONE I SAW–
WAS BURNED DOWN
THIS AFTERNOON.
THE POLICE HAD THROWN
A CORDON AROUND IT.
THEY CAPTURED THREE MEN,
BUT THIS WALDO EVANS ESCAPED.
BUT WHO IS THIS
WALDO EVANS ?
AND, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKES,
WHAT IS HIS CONNECTION
WITH HENRY ?
I-I STILL HAVEN’T
FOUND OUT, LEONA.
BUT I DO KNOW THE WHOLE THING
HAS SOMETHING TO DO
WITH YOUR FATHER’S COMPANY.
MY FATHER’S COMPANY ?
WELL, THAT’S ABSURD.
MY FATHER CALLED ME
FROM CHICAGO TONIGHT.
HE NEVER MENTIONED A WORD.
[ Train Passing ]
NOW, LOOK, LET’S GET
THIS THING STRAIGHT.
WHO’S BEEN ARRESTED AND WHY ?
THREE MEN.
I DON’T KNOWN WHY.
AND WHY DO YOU THINK
HENRY’S ONE OF THEM ?
I DIDN’T SAY HE WAS.
I ONLY KNOW THAT HE IS
INVOLVED SOMEHOW TERRIBLY.
DID THEY SAY HE’D BEEN ARRESTED
OR WAS GOING TO BE ?
NO, NOT EXACTLY.
THEN WHAT ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT ? WHY ARE
YOU CALLING ME LIKE THIS ?
ARE YOU STILL JEALOUS
THAT I TOOK HENRY
AWAY FROM YOU YEARS AGO ?
CAN’T YOU BEAR
TO SEE ME HAPPY ?
[ Train Passing ]
CAN’T YOU STOP TELLING LIES
AND MAKING TROUBLE, EVEN NOW ?
HELLO ? HELLO ?
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU ?
HELLO ? HELLO !
WANT SOME ?
NO, NO, THANKS.
YOU KNOW, I GOT KIND OF A HUNCH
THAT MAYBE WE OUGHT
TO CALL THE CHIEF…
BEFORE WE GO DOWNTOWN.
HEY, FRED.
YEAH ?
THE TRAIN’S HERE.
WE’LL BE THERE IN TEN MINUTES.
YOU CAN CALL HIM THEN.
OKAY.
[ Train Whistle Blowing ]
[ Telephone Ringing ]
[ Leona ]
HELLO ?
YES, THIS IS PLAZA 5-1098.
WHAT IS IT ?
[ Man ]
THIS IS WESTERN UNION.
I HAVE A MESSAGE
FOR MRS. HENRY STEVENSON.
IS THERE ANYONE THERE
TO RECEIVE THE MESSAGE ?
THIS IS MRS. STEVENSON.
THE TELEGRAM IS AS FOLLOWS:
“MRS. HENRY STEVENSON,
43 SUTTON PLACE,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
“DARLING, TERRIBLY SORRY,
BUT LAST MINUTE REMEMBERED…
“ANNUAL DRUG CONVENTION MEETING,
BOSTON, TOMORROW.
“TAKING NEXT TRAIN OUT.
BACK SUNDAY MORNING.
KEEP WELL. ALL MY LOVE.
SIGNED: HENRY.”
THAT IS ALL, MADAM.
DO YOU WISH US TO DELIVER
A COPY OF THE MESSAGE ?
HELLO ?
HELLO, MADAM ?
[ Replaces Receiver ]
[ Man’s Voice ]
THEN I WAIT TILL THE TRAIN
GOES OVER THE BRIDGE…
IN CASE HER WINDOW IS OPEN
AND SHE SHOULD SCREAM.
[ Man #2 ]
OUR CLIENT SAYS
THE COAST IS CLEAR.

I GOT YOUR MESSAGE, GEORGE.
EVERYTHING OKAY FOR TONIGHT ?
[ Mr. Cotterell’s Voice ]
WHERE’S HENRY ? BUSINESS ?
WHAT BUSINESS ?
[ Miss Jennings’ Voice ]
SOMETIMES DAYS HAVE GONE BY WHEN
MR. STEVENSON HASN’T COME IN.
[ Sally’s Voice ]
HENRY IS IN TROUBLE,
DESPERATE TROUBLE.
[ Western Union Man’s Voice ]
“DARLING, TERRIBLY SORRY.
TAKING NEXT TRAIN OUT.
BACK SUNDAY MORNING.”
THEN I WAIT TILL THE TRAIN
GOES OVER THE BRIDGE.
[ Voices Fade ]
DR. SMITH’S OFFICE.
NO, THE DOCTOR’S NOT IN
RIGHT NOW.
MAY I HAVE HIM CALL YOU ?
ABOUT 11:00.
ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.
DR. ALEXANDER’S OFFICE.
NO, MADAM, THE DOCTOR’S NOT IN.
MAY I TAKE THE MESSAGE ?
WHAT WAS THAT, MADAM ?
NO, I COULD NOT SAY.
IF YOU’LL GIVE ME YOUR NAME
AND TELEPHONE NUMBER.
YES, MADAM,
I’LL WRITE IT DOWN.
MRS. STEVENSON.
MRS. HENRY STEVENSON.
YES.
PLAZA 5-1098.
I’LL TRY TO REACH HIM
FOR YOU.
[ Voices Overlapping ]
♪♪ [ Rhumba ]
UH, PARDON ME, SIR.
YOUR OFFICE IS CALLING.
OH, THANKS.
SORRY, HONEY,
I’LL BE RIGHT BACK.
ORDER ANOTHER DRINK,
WILL YOU ?
OH, THAT HORRIBLE OLD PHONE.
I HOPE IT’S
NOTHING IMPORTANT.
IT WON’T BE.
NOT TONIGHT.
[ Leona ]
OH, DOCTOR,
I THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER CALL.
YOU MUST COME RIGHT OVER.
OH, COME, COME. I’M SURE
IT’S NOT AS BAD AS ALL THAT.
NOW, LET’S TRY TO FIND OUT
WHAT’S WRONG.
WRONG ? EVERYTHING’S WRONG.
I WANT YOU TO
COME OVER AT ONCE !
I’M AFRAID I CAN’T TONIGHT,
MRS. STEVENSON.
BESIDES, WE’VE GONE INTO THIS
SO MANY TIMES BEFORE.
IF YOU’D JUST MAKE UP YOUR MIND
TO TRY TO COOPERATE…
WITH YOUR HUSBAND AND ME
IN OUR PLAN OF ACTION.
PLAN OF ACTION ?
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
WHY, MRS. STEVENSON,
YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO.
I EXPLAINED IN MY LETTER
OVER A WEEK AGO.
WHAT LETTER ?
I NEVER RECEIVED
ANY LETTER FROM YOU.
BUT THEN,
SURELY YOUR HUSBAND–
HASN’T HE SPOKEN TO YOU,
MRS. STEVENSON ?
WHAT ABOUT ?
I MUST SAY,
I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
LOOK, MRS. STEVENSON,
I’M AFRAID THIS
IS NOT QUITE THE TIME…
OR THE PLACE
TO GO INTO ALL THAT.
♪♪ [ Ends ]
IF YOU TRY TO GET SOME SLEEP
AND COMPOSE YOURSELF,
[ Applause ]
PERHAPS WE CAN
DISCUSS IT TOMORROW.
YOU’LL DISCUSS IT NOW !
DO YOU HEAR ME ? NOW !
THIS VERY MINUTE !
ALL RIGHT, MRS. STEVENSON.
♪♪ [ Resumes ]
WILL YOU HOLD THE PHONE
FOR A SECOND, PLEASE ?
COULD YOU TRANSFER THIS CALL
TO THE BOOTH, PLEASE ?
YES, I’M SURE WE CAN.
ANNIE, WILL YOU SWITCH
THE DOCTOR’S CALL TO THE BOOTH ?
HOLD ON A MOMENT.
HELLO ?
HELLO, ARE YOU STILL THERE,
MRS. STEVENSON ?
YES, DOCTOR, YES !
WELL, IF YOU INSIST
UPON KNOWING,
YOUR HUSBAND CALLED
AT MY OFFICE FOR
THE DIAGNOSIS OF YOUR CASE,
OH, I’D SAY ABOUT
TEN DAYS AGO.
I DISCUSSED YOUR CONDITION
WITH HIM THOROUGHLY
AT THAT TIME.
IT WAS THEN
THAT I TOLD HIM–
FROM ALL ACCOUNTS,
MR. STEVENSON,
YOUR WIFE’S ILLNESS…
SEEMS TO DATE FAR BACK
INTO HER EARLY CHILDHOOD.
YET, THERE WERE AT TIMES
COMPARATIVELY LONG PERIODS
OF GOOD HEALTH.
IS THAT TRUE ?
YES, I-I SUPPOSE SO.
YOU MEAN TO SAY YOU KNEW
NOTHING OF YOUR WIFE’S ILLNESS
WHEN YOU MARRIED HER ?
NO.
HOW SOON AFTER YOUR MARRIAGE
DID IT FIRST MANIFEST ITSELF ?
WELL, I–
I DON’T REMEMBER
THE DATE EXACTLY.
I SHOULD SAY
IT WAS A COUPLE OF YEARS
AFTER WE WERE MARRIED.
YOU SEE, DOCTOR,
WE WERE LIVING
WITH HER FATHER THEN…
IN CHICAGO AT LAKE FOREST.
OH, MARIE ?
MARIE, WILL YOU GET ME
MRS. STEVENSON’S BAG ?
LOOK, HONEY,
ABOUT LUNCH TODAY, I–
I’D LIKE TO HAVE
MRS. STEVENSON’S BAG.
ALL RIGHT, MARIE.
YES, MADAM.
HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT ?
HOW MUCH DO I–
I’M SORRY TO
DISAPPOINT YOU, DEAR,
BUT IT ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK.
IT’S SIMPLY THAT I WROTE
FERGUSON’S TELEPHONE NUMBER
IN YOUR NOTEBOOK LAST NIGHT.
YES ? AND ?
I WAS JUST GOING
TO TELL YOU,
I HAVE A DATE FOR LUNCH
WITH HIM TODAY.
TODAY ?
YOU KNOW PERFECTLY WELL
YOU’RE HAVING LUNCH
WITH ME TODAY. IT’S FRIDAY.
I KNOW, DEAR, BUT
I WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE IT.
THIS DATE WITH FERGUSON’S
RATHER IMPORTANT.
OH ?
MORE IMPORTANT THAN ME,
I SUPPOSE ?
IT ISN’T THAT, LEONA.
IT’S JUST THAT I HAD A TALK
WITH HIM LAST NIGHT,
AND HE ASKED ME TO DROP BY.
IT’S ABOUT A JOB.
A JOB ? WHAT ON EARTH
ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?
YOU HAVE A JOB.
MADAM, IS THIS THE SUIT
YOU’RE GOING TO WEAR ?
IF YOU DON’T MIND, MARIE,
I’D LIKE TO SPEAK
TO MRS. STEVENSON ALONE.
BUT MADAM IS LATE ALREADY.
WILL YOU GET OUT,
PLEASE ?
WHAT I MEAN TO SAY, DEAR,
AND I’VE BEEN MEANING
TO SAY IT FOR WEEKS,
IS THAT…
I DON’T BELONG TO
YOUR FATHER’S ORGANIZATION.
SURE, I MARRIED HIS DAUGHTER.
SO I’M A VICE PRESIDENT NOW.
I HAVE A NICE OFFICE,
MY NAME ON THE DOOR,
EVEN A SECRETARY.
BUT WHAT DO I DO ? NOTHING.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO,
RUN THE PLACE AFTER SIX MONTHS ?
NO. BUT AT LEAST
I’D LIKE TO HOPE THAT SOMEDAY
I’D GET A CHANCE TO TRY.
BUT WORKING FOR YOUR FATHER
IS LIKE–
LIKE RUNNING IN A DREAM.
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY,
YOU KNOW YOU’LL NEVER
GET ANYWHERE.
OH, NONSENSE.
DAD DESPISES DEADWOOD.
SURE.
ONLY I HAPPEN TO BE
HIS SON-IN-LAW.
I’M NOT BLIND, LEONA.
AS LONG AS I’M MARRIED TO YOU,
HE’LL NEVER GIVE ME
A REAL CHANCE.
YOU’RE MAKING MOUNTAINS
OUT OF MOLEHILLS.
LOOK, HONEY.
I’M ONLY TRYING
TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.
I DON’T WANNA JUST
GRAFT OFF YOUR CHARITY
THE REST OF MY LIFE.
I WANT A CHANCE–
A CHANCE ON MY OWN.
ONLY YOU’RE NOT GETTING
THE CHANCE. I WON’T
HAVE YOU TRAIPSING AROUND.
DO YOU HEAR ?
JUST BECAUSE DAD DOESN’T
GO FALLING ALL OVER HIMSELF,
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO THROW AWAY
A MILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS
LIKE COTTERELL’S…
FOR AN IDLE WHIM.
IT HAPPENS TO BE
MY BUSINESS TOO, YOU KNOW.
AND TO THINK MY OWN HUSBAND
TURNS UP HIS NOSE AT IT.
NOW, WILL YOU RING
FOR MARIE, PLEASE ?
I’M LATE ALREADY.
AND CALL FERGUSON AND TELL HIM
YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND.
HURRY UP.
BUT I DIDN’T CHANGE
MY MIND, LEONA.
YOU MEAN YOU’RE STILL GOING ?
YES, AND I’M SURE ONE DAY
YOU’LL SEE IT’LL BE BETTER
FOR BOTH OF US.
HENRY !
HENRY, WAIT !
NO, YOU’RE NOT GOING,
NOT AS LONG
AS YOU’RE MY HUSBAND.
LEONA. COME ON.
DON’T BE SILLY, LEONA.
GIVE ME THAT KEY.
YOU CAN’T DO IT !
YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME !
NOBODY’S EVER DONE IT !
NOBODY ! NOBODY !
WOULD YOU PLEASE STOP IT
AND GIVE ME THAT KEY ?
HENRY, PLEASE, IF YOU LOVE ME–
IF YOU LOVE ME AT ALL,
DON’T DO THIS.
HENRY, I BEG YOU.
I PROMISE YOU,
I’LL-I’LL TALK TO DAD.
I’LL DO ANYTHING,
ANYTHING YOU WANT,
ONLY DON’T LEAVE ME !
DON’T GO AWAY !
GIVE ME THAT KEY.
NO, I WON’T !
I WON’T ! I WON’T !
DON’T LEAVE ME !
YOU’RE HURTING ME !
HENRY, PLEASE,
I-I LOVE YOU.
HENRY, DON’T, I BEG YOU.
[ Groans ]
HENRY. HENRY !
HENRY !
GOOD EVENING, WILKINS.
GOOD EVENING, SIR.
MRS. STEVENSON UPSTAIRS ?
YES, SIR.
SHE’S UPSTAIRS.
WHAT IS THIS ?
ANYBODY SICK ?
I BEG YOUR PARDON, SIR ?
[ Mr. Cotterell ]
HENRY.

HENRY, COME HERE.
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU.
WHAT’S THE MATTER ?
IT ISN’T LEONA, I HOPE.
YES, IT IS.
SHE HAD AN ATTACK TODAY–
A HEART ATTACK.
SHE ALMOST DIED.
A HEART ATTACK ?
COME IN. THERE’S SOMETHING
I WANNA DISCUSS WITH YOU.
YOU TWO HAVE ANY WORDS
THIS MORNING ?
YES, BUT WHAT’S
THAT GOT TO DO
WITH LEONA’S HEART ?
WEREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO
HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER TODAY ?
YES.
I’M ASKING YOU,
WHY DIDN’T YOU HAVE LUNCH
WITH MY DAUGHTER TODAY ?
BECAUSE I HAD TO SEE
SOMEBODY ELSE.
SHE DIDN’T OBJECT TO IT, EH ?
YES, AS A MATTER OF FACT,
WE HAD AN ARGUMENT OVER IT.
A RATHER PRIVATE ONE.
ABOUT WHAT ?
LOOK, MR. COTTERELL,
IF YOU DON’T MIND,
I’D LIKE TO SEE MY WIFE.
YOU’LL SEE HER WHEN
SHE’S READY TO SEE YOU.
NOW, WAIT A MINUTE,
MR. COTTERELL.
WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT ?
SIT DOWN, STEVENSON.
JUST IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW IT,
LEONA’S HAD A HEART CONDITION
SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE GIRL.
HER MOTHER DIED OF IT
THE DAY SHE WAS BORN.
LEONA CAN’T STAND
BEING TREATED THE WAY
YOU DID THIS MORNING.
SHE NEVER HAS BEEN BEFORE,
AND SHE’S NOT GOING TO BE NOW
BY YOU OR ANYONE.
AND WHAT HAPPENS
IF ONCE IN A WHILE HER HUSBAND
HAS AN OPINION OF HIS OWN ?
I DON’T GIVE A HOOT
ABOUT YOUR OPINIONS.
HAVE THEM.
THINK ANYTHING YOU’LL LIKE.
BUT WHILE YOU’RE IN THIS HOUSE,
YOU DO WHAT MY DAUGHTER
TELLS YOU TO DO.
LISTEN, MR. COTTERELL.
I DON’T THINK THIS IS THE TIME
FOR THIS KIND OF A DISCUSSION,
BUT AS LONG AS YOU INSIST,
I MIGHT AS WELL TELL YOU.
THE ARGUMENT I HAD WITH
LEONA THIS MORNING WAS ABOUT
A VERY IMPORTANT DECISION.
OH, NONSENSE.
A DECISION I MADE…
AS MUCH FOR THE SAKE
OF MY WIFE’S FUTURE
AS FOR MINE.
AND NOW,
IF YOU’LL EXCUSE ME.
AND IT WAS FOR THE SAKE
OF HER FUTURE THAT YOU HAD LUNCH
TODAY WITH BILL FERGUSON ?
WELL, DID YOU GET THE JOB ?
– NO, I DIDN’T.
– YOU THINK YOU’RE SO BRIGHT,
MR. STEVENSON.
BUT IT SO HAPPENS THAT
BILL FERGUSON SELLS ME…
TWO MILLION DOLLARS
WORTH OF DYES EVERY YEAR.
WHO DO YOU THINK HE’S GOING
TO CARE MORE ABOUT,
YOU OR ME ?
SO THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENED.
NOW, LET’S SEE.
WHO ELSE IN CHICAGO WOULD YOU
LIKE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH…
ABOUT A JOB ?
GO AHEAD.
I’M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.
FACE UP TO IT, STEVENSON.
YOU HAVEN’T A CHANCE.
JUST AS LONG AS
YOU’RE MY SON-IN-LAW,
YOU’RE WORKING FOR COTTERELL’S
AND NOBODY ELSE.
COME ON, STEVENSON.
STOP BEING A KID.

IF YOU REALLY CARED
FOR LEONA THE WAY I DO,
I’M SURE YOU’D HAVE DONE
THE SAME THING IN MY PLACE.
BESIDES, YOU HAVEN’T DONE
SO BADLY FOR YOURSELF.
AND EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE,
IT’S STILL A WHOLE LOT BETTER
THAN GRASSVILLE.
NOW, YOU’D BETTER GO
AND SEE LEONA.
SHE’S ASKING FOR YOU.
[ Henry’s Voice ]
MAYBE I SHOULDN’T HAVE
GIVEN IN LIKE THAT, DOCTOR.
MAYBE THAT WAS THE MOMENT
TO PULL OUT.
YES, THINGS
MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.
BUT SOMEHOW, I COULDN’T.
PROBABLY, THE OLD MAN WASN’T
ALTOGETHER WRONG ABOUT ME.
NO, I COULDN’T GO BACK
TO GRASSVILLE ANYMORE.
I SUPPOSE FROM THAT DAY ON
I BEGAN TO– TO COMPROMISE,
ALWAYS WITH THE ONE HOPE
IN THE BACK OF MY MIND
THAT SOMEHOW, SOMEDAY,
I’D WIN OUT ON MY OWN.
HOW LONG DID THIS ATTACK
OF MRS. STEVENSON’S LAST ?
OH, SHE GOT WELL
PRETTY QUICKLY.
FOR A WHILE, EVERYTHING
SEEMED TO STRAIGHTEN OUT.
I WAS GIVEN A NEW OFFICE,
EVEN A NEW TITLE.
BUT IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE
WE WERE BACK WHERE WE STARTED.
YOU MEAN SHE SUFFERED
ANOTHER ATTACK ?
YES, SEVERAL.
I REMEMBER
ONE DAY IN PARTICULAR.
IT WAS ABOUT A YEAR LATER.
I HAD AN IDEA THAT I THOUGHT–
THAT I HOPED–
MIGHT HELP THE SITUATION.
IT’S THE FIRST STEPS
ON YOUR LEFT, SIR.
SHALL I OPEN–
IT’S ALL RIGHT.
I HAVE THE KEY RIGHT HERE.
VERY GOOD, SIR.
THIS WAY, LEONA.
LOOK, HENRY, DON’T YOU THINK
IT’S ABOUT TIME…
YOU LET ME IN ON THIS
JOLLY LITTLE SECRET ?
WELL, LET ME SHOW YOU FIRST.
JUST A MINUTE.
IF IT’S ANOTHER APARTMENT,
I DON’T WANT IT.
BUT YOU HAVEN’T
EVEN SEEN IT, LEONA.
IT’S REALLY SOMETHING.
IT HAS TERRACES ALL
THE WAY AROUND, A 45-FOOT
LIVING ROOM, A PRIVATE BAR.
COME ON.
I’VE TOLD YOU A THOUSAND TIMES,
WE DON’T NEED AN APARTMENT.
IT ISN’T AN APARTMENT
I’M LOOKING FOR, LEONA.
WHAT I WANT IS A HOME–
A HOME OF OUR OWN.
WE JUST CAN’T GO ON LIVING
WITH YOUR FATHER FOREVER.
I DON’T SEE WHY NOT.
THERE’S PLENTY OF ROOM,
IT’S COMFORTABLE.
I LIKE IT.
BESIDES, WHO’S GOING TO PAY
FOR THIS LITTLE THING ?
WELL, I-I HOPE
EVENTUALLY I WILL.
EVENTUALLY.
BUT IN THE MEANTIME
IT’S MY MONEY, AND I’M THE ONE
WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR IT.
HENRY.
HENRY, YOU’RE SO NAIVE.
YOU’RE LIKE A LITTLE BOY
WITH A BOX OF CANDY.
I CAN’T JUST THROW MY MONEY
AWAY ON EVERYTHING
YOU HAPPEN TO SEE.
THERE’S A LIMIT.
A LIMIT.
SURE THERE’S A LIMIT.
I’M SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW YOU
AROUND LIKE A PET DOG
TIED TO A CHAIN.
I’M SUPPOSED TO LIKE
WHATEVER CRUMBS
YOU WANT TO THROW ME.
HENRY, DON’T BE RIDICULOUS.
YOU’VE GOT ME SEWED UP
16 DIFFERENT WAYS…
FOR THREE MEALS A DAY
AND POCKET MONEY.
THAT’S ALL YOU CARE ABOUT.
THAT’S ALL YOU MARRIED
ME FOR– MY MONEY.
I SHOULD’VE KNOWN IT.
I SHOULD’VE–
STOP IT, LEONA.
LET’S NOT GO TO PIECES.
PLEASE, JUST FOR ONCE,
WILL YOU LISTEN TO ME ?
YOU HATE ME.
YOU’RE BORED WITH ME.
ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS GET AWAY.
OKAY, I’M BORED–
BORED STIFF.
WHO WOULDN’T BE…
WITH THAT NEAT LITTLE ROUTINE
YOU’VE GOT COOKED UP FOR ME ?
WHAT DO I DO BUT KEEP
RUNNING BACK AND FORTH…
BETWEEN THAT ROTTEN OFFICE
AND THAT STUFFY HOUSE OF YOURS ?
WHAT DO I HAVE ? NOTHING.
NOTHING OF MY OWN.
NOT EVEN THE STUDS ON MY SHIRT
NOR THE MATCHES IN MY POCKET.
HOW CAN YOU SAY THIS TO ME ?
REMEMBER ? YOU TOLD ME ONCE
I’D LOVE THIS KIND OF LIFE.
DO YOU WANNA KNOW SOMETHING ?
I DO LOVE IT. I LOVE IT NOW
MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW.
BUT I WANNA BE MY OWN BOSS,
PROFITING BY EVERY BIT OF IT.
NOT JUST A STOOGE
ON THE OUTSIDE
LOOKING IN. GET IT ?
GET ME SOME WATER, QUICK.
PLEASE, LEONA. IT ISN’T
THAT I WANNA BE WITHOUT YOU.
I COULD LOVE YOU STILL,
IF ONLY YOU’D TRY TO UNDERSTAND.
HENRY, I FEEL ILL.
[ Henry’s Voice ]
I CAME TO KNOW HER BETTER,
OF COURSE, AFTER A WHILE.
I HELD MY TEMPER IN BETTER
ABOUT EVERYTHING.
BUT EVEN SO, NO MATTER
HOW HARD I TRIED,
HER ATTACKS INCREASED
IN VIOLENCE AND BECAME
MORE AND MORE FREQUENT.
SOMETIMES IT WAS
JUST SOME LITTLE THING
THAT’D SET HER OFF.
AND THEN, I GUESS
IT WAS ABOUT A YEAR AGO,
SHE JUST SEEMED TO GIVE UP HOPE
OF EVER GETTING WELL…
AND TOOK TO HER BED
MORE OR LESS PERMANENTLY.
WHEN WE LEFT FOR NEW YORK, DR.
VERNET IN CHICAGO TOLD ME SHE
DIDN’T HAVE MUCH OF A CHANCE.
SINCE THEN IT’S BEEN
MORE AND MORE LIKE A NIGHTMARE.
I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY
HOW TO TELL YOU THIS,
MR. STEVENSON.
IT WILL PROBABLY BE
QUITE A SHOCK TO YOU.
BUT IF YOU WANNA KNOW
THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR WIFE.
THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG
ORGANICALLY WITH HER HEART.
IT’S AS SOUND AS A BELL.
I’VE EXAMINED HER THOROUGHLY.
YOUR EVIDENCE NOW CONFIRMS WHAT
I THOUGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.
AND THAT IS ?
THAT HER CONDITION
IS MOSTLY MENTAL.
SHE’S WHAT WE CALL
A CARDIAC NEUROTIC.
HER ATTACKS DON’T SPRING
FROM ANY PHYSICAL WEAKNESSES.
THEY’RE BROUGHT ON
BY HER EMOTIONS, HER TEMPER
AND HER FRUSTRATIONS.
THE WHOLE THING IS PROBABLY
QUITE UNCONSCIOUS ON HER PART.
THE PATTERN WAS LAID OUT
BY HER FATHER.
THE MOTHER DIED
OF HEART FAILURE.
HE WAS ALWAYS SO SURE
THE CHILD WAS AFFECTED TOO.
SUBCONSCIOUSLY, YOU SEE,
SHE LEARNED TO DECEIVE HIM–
TO SIMULATE A FALSE CONDITION.
MARRIAGE CONTINUED
THE PROCESS.
I’M SORRY.
IT MUST HAVE CAUGHT.
I HOPE I DIDN’T
BREAK ANYTHING.
THAT’S ALL RIGHT.
THE NUMBER PLATE SNAPPED OFF.
THAT’S ALL.
OF COURSE, I’M NOT SAYING
THAT YOUR WIFE
ISN’T A SICK WOMAN.
MENTALLY SHE’S VERY SICK
AND HER ATTACKS ARE REAL ENOUGH.
THEY GIVE HER ACUTE DISTRESS,
EVEN PAIN.
BUT GIVEN PROPER
PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT,
SHE MAY SNAP OUT OF IT ENTIRELY.
LIVE ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
MR. STEVENSON.
YOU’VE BEEN MOST HELPFUL.
I’LL CALL ON MRS. STEVENSON
TOMORROW. THERE’S A
PSYCHIATRIST I WANT HER TO SEE.
JUST A MINUTE.
I– I– I WISH YOU COULD
WAIT A FEW MORE DAYS, DOCTOR.
COULD YOU ?
I’D LIKE TO THINK THIS OVER.
THINK IT OVER ?
WELL, YES, YOU SEE,
SHE’S– SHE’S SO EASILY UPSET…
AND I– I THINK MAYBE
I OUGHT TO PREPARE HER–
GET HER USED TO THE IDEA.
WELL, NATURALLY
IT WILL BE QUITE A SHOCK.
PERHAPS A FEW DAYS
MORE OR LESS
WON’T MATTER VERY MUCH.
UNLESS YOU WANTED TO WRITE HER
A LETTER. IT MIGHT MAKE IT
EASIER FOR HER TO TAKE…
AND IT WOULD GIVE ME
MORE TIME TO TALK TO HER.
WELL, IT’S AN EXTREMELY
DELICATE MATTER,
MR. STEVENSON.
BUT IF YOU THINK
YOU CAN MANAGE IT,
LET’S TRY IT THAT WAY.
GIVE ME A RING IN A COUPLE
OF DAYS. MEANWHILE, I’LL
WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR WIFE.
THANKS, DOCTOR.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
FOR EVERYTHING.
AND THAT’S JUST THE WAY I LEFT
IT WITH HIM, NOT TWO WEEKS AGO,
MRS. STEVENSON.
I SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND
BECAUSE I WROTE YOU
AS WE PLANNED ON–
LET ME SEE NOW–
A WEEK AGO LAST FRIDAY.
I’LL CALL YOU BACK
LATER TONIGHT.
NOW JUST TRY TO
LIE BACK AND RELAX.
I BELIEVE
I PRESCRIBED A SEDATIVE
FOR YOU, DIDN’T I ?
WELL, THEN
JUST DOUBLE THE DOSE.
[ Dial Tone Humming ]
HELLO ?
HELLO, MRS. STEVENSON.
HELLO ?
LIARS, LIARS, LIARS !
LIARS, LIARS, LIARS !
LIARS, LIARS, LIARS !
[ Telephone Ringing ]
[ Sobbing ]
[ Ringing Continues ]
HELLO ?
[ Evans ]
MRS. STEVENSON ?
YES.
THIS IS MR. EVANS.
HAS MR. STEVENSON COME IN YET ?
NO, HE HASN’T.
HE WON’T BE BACK
TILL SUNDAY.
WILL YOU PLEASE,
PLEASE, MR. EVANS, TELL ME
WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT ?
WHY ARE YOU CALLING HIM
EVERY FIVE MINUTES ?
WHO ARE YOU ?
I’VE ALREADY TOLD YOU,
MRS. STEVENSON.
MY NAME IS EVANS–
WALDO EVANS.
I’M VERY SORRY
IF I’VE ANNOYED YOU,
BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN
NAMES AND ADDRESSES…
THAT ARE IMPORTANT–
VERY IMPORTANT FOR
MR. STEVENSON TO KNOW.
SO, IF YOU’LL BE GOOD ENOUGH
TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE–
WHAT ARE YOU TALKING
ABOUT ? I CAN’T TAKE
ANY MESSAGES NOW !
IF YOU’LL PLEASE TELL
MR. STEVENSON THAT THE HOUSE
AT 20 DUNSTAN TERRACE…
HAS BEEN BURNED DOWN.
I BURNED IT DOWN.
ALSO PLEASE TELL
MR. STEVENSON…
THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE
IT WAS MR. MORANO–
THE NAME IS SPELLED
M-O-R-A-N-O–
WHO BETRAYED US
TO THE POLICE…
AS MR. MORANO HAS
ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED.
SO THERE’S NO NECESSITY
FOR THE MONEY NOW.
MORANO ?
WHO’S MORANO ?
THIRDLY,
WILL YOU PLEASE
TELL MR. STEVENSON
THAT I ESCAPED…
AND I’M NOW
AT THE MANHATTAN ADDRESS.
HOWEVER, I DO NOT EXPECT
TO BE HERE AFTER MIDNIGHT.
IF HE WISHES TO FIND ME,
HE MAY CALL THE NUMBER…
BOWERY 2-1000.
AND NOW I BELIEVE THAT’S ALL.
IF YOU’LL BE SO GOOD
AS TO READ IT BACK TO ME.
READ IT BACK TO YOU ?
ARE YOU INSANE ?
DON’T YOU REALIZE
I’M A TERRIBLY SICK WOMAN ?
I’M VERY SORRY FOR YOU,
MRS. STEVENSON.
PERHAPS IT WOULD BE
BETTER TO TELL YOU…
[ Footsteps ]
[ Door Opens ]
BEFORE THE TRUE FACTS
ARE GARBLED BY THE POLICE.
[ Evans’s Voice ]
IT HAPPENED ON THE SECOND MONDAY
IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR.
THE PLACE WAS
YOUR FATHER’S PLANT
AT CICERO, ILLINOIS.
[ Door Closes ]
WORKING LATE ?
WHY, YES. YES, I’M
AFRAID SO, MR. STEVENSON.
CATCHING UP A LITTLE.
I LOST A LITTLE TIME LAST WEEK.
OH. ANYTHING I CAN
SHOW YOU, MR. STEVENSON ?
NO. NO, THANKS.
JUST CURIOUS.
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN CURIOUS
ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT,
WHAT YOU DO HERE.
THIS IS WHERE THE FORMULAE
FOR ALL THE PRODUCTS
ARE DEVELOPED, ISN’T IT ?
I SUPPOSE YOU COULD PUT
IT THAT WAY, MR. STEVENSON.
THERE ARE MANY INGREDIENTS
WHICH GO INTO THE VARIOUS
PHARMACEUTICALS.
WE BREAK DOWN
THE RAW MATERIALS INTO
THEIR VARIOUS COMPONENTS.
MANY OF THEM EXTREMELY RARE.
IS THAT SO ?
AND, UH, WHAT DO YOU
DO WITH ALL THIS
AFTER YOU BREAK IT DOWN ?
WHY, IT GOES INTO
THE COTTERELL PRODUCTS.
I KNOW, BUT IN THE MEANTIME,
BEFORE YOU SHIP IT OUT,
WHERE IS IT ?
WELL, I’M AFRAID THAT’S
RATHER A COMPANY SECRET,
MR. STEVENSON.
BUT I SUPPOSE BEING
MR. COTTERELL’S SON-IN-LAW–
IT’D NEVER DO TO LEAVE IT
LYING AROUND LOOSE.
IT’S, UH, QUITE PRECIOUS,
YOU KNOW.
AND YOU’RE THE MAN
IN CHARGE OF IT.
WELL, I SUPPOSE I AM.
DOESN’T IT EVER
WORRY YOU ?
WORRY ME, MR. STEVENSON ?
[ Chuckles ]
PARDON ME.
THANK YOU.
WHAT I MEAN IS, UH,
BEING RESPONSIBLE
FOR ALL THIS.
FOR INSTANCE,
SUPPOSE YOU WERE EVER
TO MAKE A MISTAKE ?
A MISTAKE, MR. STEVENSON ?
I’VE BEEN WORKING HERE
NOW FOR 15 YEARS…
AND I’M SURE NO ONE HAS
EVER HAD CAUSE TO COMPLAIN.
OF COURSE, OF COURSE.
I WAS JUST–
HOW SHALL I SAY–
CURIOUS, THAT’S ALL.
WELL, I QUITE UNDERSTAND,
MR. STEVENSON.
CIGARETTE ?
NO. NO, THANK YOU.
I DON’T SMOKE.
[ Evans’s Voice ] THAT’S HOW
I FIRST BECAME ACQUAINTED WITH
YOUR HUSBAND, MRS. STEVENSON.
ABOUT A MONTH LATER
I WAS WAITING FOR MY BUS
AS USUAL.
OH, WALLY !
OH. GOOD EVENING,
MR. STEVENSON.
HOP IN.
YOU’RE SURE
IT’S NOT TOO MUCH TROUBLE ?
NO TROUBLE AT ALL.
WELL, THANK YOU THEN.
THIS IS CERTAINLY A TREAT.
VERY BEAUTIFUL CAR,
MR. STEVENSON.
IT’S MY WIFE’S.
OH. I’VE NEVER
OWNED A CAR.
THEY’VE ALWAYS SEEMED
A BIT TOO MECHANICAL FOR ME.
PERSONALLY I MUCH PREFER
A BRACE OF SPANKING HORSES
AND A GOOD CARRIAGE.
I WAS BROUGHT UP
AROUND HORSES, YOU KNOW.
IN SURREY.
AND I SUPPOSE
ONE NEVER GETS IT OUT
OF ONE’S BLOOD.
DO YOU CARE FOR HORSES,
MR. STEVENSON ?
NO, NOT VERY MUCH.
YOU’RE MISSING A GREAT DEAL.
THEY’RE SUCH FINE CREATURES.
SO POWERFUL, AND AT
THE SAME TIME, SO GENTLE
AND– AND AFFECTIONATE.
I OFTEN WISH THAT I OWNED
A SMALL NUMBER OF THEM.
YOU DON’T SAY.
ONLY I’D NEVER
KEEP THEM IN THE STABLE.
THAT’S FAR TOO CRUEL.
I’D LET THEM BE FREE
AS NATURE INTENDED
IN A VERY LARGE MEADOW.
AND EVERY DAY I’D GO DOWN THERE
WITH BITS OF CARROT AND SUGAR
AND STROKE THEM.
AS A MATTER OF FACT,
I’VE ALREADY PICKED OUT
THE PERFECT SPOT.
IT’S NEAR DORKING,
ENGLAND.
THERE’S A BIT OF LAND THERE,
ALL GREEN GRASS AND SHADE TREES.
WITH A BEAUTIFUL BROOK.
HORSES DO LOVE A BROOK.
I’D PRICE IT EVERY
NOW AND THEN, JUST FOR
MY OWN AMUSEMENT, YOU KNOW.
BUT IT ALWAYS SEEMS
JUST A LITTLE– HOW SHALL
I SAY– BEYOND ME.
SOUNDS NICE.
WHY IS IT ALWAYS BEYOND YOU ?
HAVEN’T YOU SAVED ENOUGH
AT THAT JOB OF YOURS ?
WELL, MR. STEVENSON,
THE HIGH COST OF LIVING,
YOU KNOW.
AND TO BE FRANK,
I’VE BECOME A BIT OVERANXIOUS
ON OCCASION FOR READY MONEY…
AND LOST OUT
ON FOOLISH SPECULATIONS.
BUT I’M PUTTING A LITTLE
ASIDE NOW EVERY MONTH,
AND SOMEDAY,
A VERY DISTANT ONE, I’M AFRAID,
WHEN I’VE RETIRED FROM MY JOB–
WHY WAIT TILL YOU’VE RETIRED ?
WHAT GOOD IS A DREAM WHEN
YOU’RE TOO OLD TO ENJOY IT ?
THAT’S QUITE A TRUISM,
MR. STEVENSON.
I SUPPOSE THE ZEST
DOES GO OUT OF THINGS WITH
THE ENCROACHMENTS OF OLD AGE.
YOU SAID IT, WALLY.
YOU CAN’T LIVE ON
DREAMS FOREVER.
WAITING ONLY WEAKENS YOU AND
YOUR DREAM. MY MOTTO IS, “IF
YOU WANT SOMETHING, GET IT NOW.”
IT’S THE NEXT TURN ON THE RIGHT,
MR. STEVENSON. NUMBER 54.
WELL, GOOD NIGHT,
MR. STEVENSON.
AND THANKS EVER SO MUCH.
OH, WALLY. ABOUT THAT
CONVERSATION WE HAD
AT THE LAB LAST MONTH.
I’VE BEEN THINKING,
THERE MIGHT BE
A WAY OUT AFTER ALL.
A WAY OUT ?
WHY, WHATEVER DO YOU MEAN,
MR. STEVENSON ?
TO HAVE THAT MEADOW
IN ENGLAND, THOSE HORSES.
HOW SO, MR. STEVENSON ?
BY MAKING A MISTAKE
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.
A MISTAKE ?
YES, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW.
PLEASE, MR. STEVENSON.
PARDON ME. I BETTER BE GOING.
– WALLY ! WAIT A MINUTE.
– YES, MR. STEVENSON ?
I’VE GOT IT
ALL FIGURED OUT.
THE DIFFERENCES NEED TO
BE SO SLIGHT, AND NOBODY BUT
YOURSELF EVER HAS TO KNOW.
A CHEMIST LIKE YOU
OUGHT TO BE ABLE
TO WORK MIRACLES.
WORK MIRACLES,
MR. STEVENSON ?
CERTAINLY.
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE FOR
THE COMPANY ALL THESE YEARS.
WHAT HAVE YOU GOTTEN OUT OF IT ?
NOTHING. NOTHING BUT
THE DIRTY END OF THE STICK.
WALLY !
COME ON.
DON’T BE SILLY.
I’VE ALREADY TALKED
THE WHOLE THING OVER
WITH SOMEBODY ELSE.
YOU TALKED THIS OVER ?
WITH WHOM ?
A MAN NAMED MORANO.
HE’LL TAKE EVERYTHING
WE CAN GET AND UNLOAD IT.
YOU KNOW WHAT A FENCE IS ?
WE’LL SPLIT THE MONEY
THREE WAYS.
YOU– A DRUG THIEF ?
NO, NOT NECESSARILY.
COTTERELL COMPANY MAKES A LOT
OF PRODUCTS WE CAN DISPOSE OF.
MR. STEVENSON, HOW COULD YOU ?
YOU’RE SO YOUNG AND FINE.
YES, I’M YOUNG.
YOUNG ENOUGH NOT TO WASTE MY
LIFE IN DREAMING. THERE ARE
THINGS I WANNA DO, BIG THINGS,
AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM
IS TO BE STRONG, TO BE–
WHAT’S THE USE OF TALKING ?
I’M SORRY, WALLY. SORRY
I BROUGHT THE WHOLE THING UP.
I TRUSTED YOU BECAUSE,
WELL, I THOUGHT YOU WERE
MY KIND OF PERSON.
I GUESS I WAS MISTAKEN.
BUT MR. STEVENSON,
WHAT IF WE WERE CAUGHT ?
WHY SHOULD WE BE CAUGHT ?
MORANO HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
BESIDES, FOR ONCE THERE’S
AN ADVANTAGE IN BEING
COTTERELL’S SON-IN-LAW.
IT’S JUST THAT I–
I WOULDN’T WANT TO SEE YOU
TAKE THAT CHANCE ALONE.
MAY I COME IN ?
[ Evans’s Voice ] AND WE
WEREN’T CAUGHT, MRS. STEVENSON,
FOR NEARLY SEVEN MONTHS.
FROM MARCH 9 TO SEPTEMBER 14
WE WEREN’T CAUGHT.
I NEVER SAW MR. MORANO.
I MERELY CARRIED OUT
OUR MUTUAL PLAN.
AND EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON
MR. STEVENSON HANDED ME
THE MONEY.
BY SEPTEMBER 14 OF LAST YEAR,
I HAD SAVED THE SUM…
OF $7,555.49.
BUT IT WAS NEARLY
AFTERNOON OF THAT DAY–
[ Henry ]
WHEN DID YOU GET IT ?
IT CAME THIS MORNING
IN THE INTEROFFICE MAIL.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.
I NEVER SAID A WORD.
THAT’S WHY I’M SURE
THEY MUST SUSPECT.
IF THEY SUSPECTED ANYTHING,
THEY’D HAVE FIRED YOU OUTRIGHT
OR CALLED THE POLICE.
I’M SORRY. I CAN’T HELP
FEELING THIS TRANSFER
TO NEW JERSEY IS A SIGN.
A WARNING.
I’M SURE OF IT !
A SIGN OF WHAT ?
TO STOP THIS.
MR. STEVENSON, I JUST
CAN’T GO ON ANY LONGER.
SHUT UP !
NOW, WHAT DO YOU MEAN
BY THIS KIND OF DRIVEL ?
IT’S JUST THAT MONEY
DOESN’T SEEM THAT IMPORTANT.
MAYBE NOT TO YOU.
LOOK HERE, YOU STUPID FOOL.
WE’VE BEEN STOOGES UP TO NOW.
MORANO’S KICKED US AROUND.
NOW WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GET RID
OF HIM. THAT TRANSFER OF YOURS
IS JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR.
WE’RE MUCH BETTER OFF
OPERATING FROM BAYONNE.
YOU’LL BE YOUR OWN BOSS–
A PARTNER WITH ME.
I’LL TELL MORANO
YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF.
THE SETUP’S OVER.
THEN YOU AND I WILL
ESTABLISH HEADQUARTERS
FOR OURSELVES BACK EAST.
WE’LL OPERATE ON OUR OWN
AND SPLIT MORANO’S SHARE
BETWEEN US.
DON’T YOU THINK
THAT’S DANGEROUS ?
I’M JUST A CHEMIST.
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT
THAT ASPECT OF THE BUSINESS.
BUT I DO.
I’VE BEEN DOING RESEARCH
AND I’LL TEACH YOU PLENTY.
I’LL GIVE YOU AN IDEA.
THIS IS THE COTTERELL PLANT
AT BAYONNE.
NEW YORK.
STATEN ISLAND.
[ Evans’s Voice ]
ONE AND HALF MONTHS LATER
WE BEGAN OPERATIONS…
ON STATEN ISLAND,
NEW YORK.
OUR HEADQUARTERS
WERE AN ABANDONED HOUSE
AT 20 DUNSTAN TERRACE…
WHICH I PURCHASED
FOR MR. STEVENSON.
HERE, TWICE A WEEK AFTER WORK,
I WOULD COME FROM
YOUR FATHER’S BAYONNE PLANT.
AND HERE, MR. STEVENSON
WOULD MAIL ME…
OR TELEPHONE HIS INSTRUCTIONS
FROM CICERO.
THE CHARACTER OF OUR WORK
NOW BECAME MORE COMPLEX…
INASMUCH AS I WAS DIRECTLY
SELLING THE PRODUCTS…
AS WELL AS REMOVING THEM
FROM THE PLANT.
A LITTLE OVER
THREE MONTHS AGO,
MR. STEVENSON ARRIVED
IN NEW YORK HIMSELF
TO SUPERVISE THE WORK.
BUT UNFORTUNATELY,
IT WAS AT THAT TIME…
THAT THE FINAL CHAPTER
OF OUR ENTERPRISE
WAS BEING WRITTEN.
PARDON ME ?
COME RIGHT IN.
GOOD EVENING.
THIS IS THE PROFESSOR ?
WALLY, THIS IS MORANO.
MORANO ?
YES, THAT’S RIGHT.
YOU DIDN’T EXPECT ME,
DID YOU, PROFESSOR ?
NOW, WITH THE KIND
ASSISTANCE OF MR. EVANS–
THAT IS THE NAME, ISN’T IT ?
YES, SIR.
WITH THE KIND ASSISTANCE
OF MR. EVANS,
WE’LL PROCEED
WITH OUR BUSINESS.
AS I WAS SAYING, STEVENSON,
ACCORDING TO OUR INFORMATION–
AND WE HAVE ACCURATE SOURCES–
SINCE YOU DECIDED TO
DISASSOCIATE YOURSELF FROM US,
YOU’VE ACCUMULATED
QUITE A STOCK…

OF WHICH YOU HAVE
BEEN ABLE TO DISPOSE
OF ONLY ONE-THIRD.

THAT LEAVES QUITE AN AMOUNT
HANGING AROUND LOOSE,
DOESN’T IT ?
WHERE IS IT ?
I TOLD YOU.
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
YOU DON’T, HUH ?
HOW ABOUT YOU, PROFESSOR ?
AS MR. STEVENSON JUST SAID,
WE DON’T KNOW, I’M SORRY TO SAY.
WELL, SO AM I.
ALL RIGHT, BOYS.
LEAVE HIM ALONE !
LEAVE HIM ALONE OR I’LL–
HOLD IT, FELLAS.
OR YOU’LL WHAT, STEVENSON ?
LOOK, STEVENSON.
SIZE DOESN’T COUNT
IN OUR BUSINESS.
WE ALL KNOW
YOU’RE A BIG, STRONG GUY.
WE ALL KNOW YOU CAN FIGHT.
THIS ISN’T THE WAY YOU’RE
GOING TO SETTLE THE DIFFERENCE
OUR ORGANIZATION HAS WITH YOU.
NOW THERE’S ONE THING
I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU YET.
WE HAD A–
WHAT’LL I CALL IT–
A BOARD MEETING
LAST THURSDAY.
AND THE VOTE WAS
SEVEN TO ONE AGAINST YOU.
THAT’S PRETTY BAD.
I’M NOT SAYING
I DIDN’T ARGUE THE POINT,
BUT IF YOU INSIST
ON BEING STUBBORN
THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO.
STOP BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH !
WHAT DO YOU WANT ?
NOW YOU’RE TALKING.
NOW LET’S JUST RELAX
FOR A SECOND.
I’M SURE THE PROFESSOR
WOULD LIKE TO GET A LOAD
OFF HIS FEET.
IT’S A LONG WAY FROM HERE
TO BAYONNE, ISN’T IT ?
NO, THANKS.
IT’S QUITE ALL RIGHT.
MR. STEVENSON,
GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT.
YOU CAN TAKE
EVERYTHING I’VE GOT.
SHUT UP !
STEVENSON, SINCE YOU INTO WENT
INTO BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF,
WE’VE SUFFERED QUITE A LOSS.
NOW IF YOU WERE TO TURN BACK
WHAT YOU’VE ACCUMULATED…
AND PAY US, SAY, $200,000
FOR OUR INJURED FEELINGS,
I MIGHT GET THE BOARD
TO RECONSIDER
THEIR DECISION,
PROVIDED THAT BOTH OF YOU
CONTINUE WORKING UNDER
OUR HUMBLE SUPERVISION.
YOU KNOW AS WELL
AS I DO I DON’T HAVE
THAT KIND OF MONEY.
NO, BUT YOU’VE GOT VERY
GOOD CONNECTIONS– A RICH
FATHER-IN-LAW, A RICH WIFE.
A LOT OF GOOD THAT DOES.
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE I WENT
INTO THIS BUSINESS FOR ?
BUT I THOUGHT I READ
SOMEWHERE ABOUT YOUR WIFE
BEING SICK, EVEN DYING.
– SO WHAT ABOUT IT ?
– SHE’S GOT INSURANCE, HASN’T
SHE, MADE OUT IN YOUR NAME ?
I’M PRETTY SURE THE BOARD
WOULD GIVE YOU,
SAY, 90 DAYS…
TO RAISE THE MONEY
ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
WHY 90 DAYS ?
ISN’T THAT WHAT
THE DOCTOR SAID ?
YES, THAT’S WHAT
HE SAID, BUT–
WHAT’S THAT ?
OH, JUST A LITTLE I.O.U.
TO MAKE IT LEGAL.
YOU SEE, EVERYTHING
CAN BE STRAIGHTENED OUT
WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE.
SUPPOSE SOMETHING HAPPENED
AND SHE DIDN’T–
I MEAN, IF SHE GOT–
I WOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT IT,
STEVENSON.
YOU’VE GOT A DOCTOR’S WORD
FOR IT, HAVEN’T YOU ?
THEY KNOW THEIR BUSINESS.
I WOULDN’T SAY YOU HAD
MUCH OF A CHOICE ANYHOW.
[ Evans’s Voice ]
THAT HAPPENED ON THE EVENING
OF THE 23rd OF THIS PAST APRIL.
I NEED NOT DESCRIBE
MR. STEVENSON’S DISTRESS…

WHEN FOUR DAYS AGO
THE I.O.U. CAME DUE.
AS I UNDERSTAND IT,
MR. STEVENSON SAW MR. MORANO,
BUT HIS REQUEST
FOR AN EXTENSION WAS
MOST HEARTLESSLY REFUSED.
I HAVE NOT SEEN
EITHER MR. STEVENSON
OR MR. MORANO SINCE.
AND NOW, INASMUCH AS
I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN YOU
THE FINAL MESSAGE,
I BELIEVE THE REST
EXPLAINS ITSELF QUITE SIMPLY.
MR. EVANS,
WHERE’S MY HUSBAND ?
WHERE’S MR. STEVENSON NOW ?
I WISH I KNEW,
MRS. STEVENSON.
PERHAPS IF YOU TRIED
THE BOWERY NUMBER.
BOWERY– THE BOWERY NUMBER ?
THAT I GAVE YOU
IN THE MESSAGE.
AND NOW IF YOU’LL
CHECK IT OVER WITH ME–
I CAN’T ! I CAN’T !
I’LL REPEAT IT FOR YOU,
MRS. STEVENSON, ONCE MORE.
POINT ONE: THE HOUSE
AT 20 DUNSTAN TERRACE…
WAS BURNED DOWN
THIS AFTERNOON
BY MR. EVANS.
POINT TWO:
MR. EVANS ESCAPED.
POINT THREE:
MR. MORANO
HAS BEEN ARRESTED…
SO IT WOULD
NOT BE NECESSARY
TO RAISE THE MONEY.
POINT FOUR:
IT WAS NOT MR. MORANO
WHO TIPPED OFF THE POLICE.
BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER.
JUST GIVE ME THE BOWERY NUMBER.
THE ONE FOR MR. STEVENSON !
POINT FIVE:
MR. EVANS IS AT
THE MANHATTAN ADDRESS.
BUT HE’S LEAVING NOW
AND MAY BE FOUND
AT BOWERY 2-1000.
BOWERY 2-1000 ?
YES, AFTER MIDNIGHT.
GOOD NIGHT, MRS. STEVENSON.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
GOOD NIGHT.
[ Hangs Up Phone ]
[ Line Ringing ]
[ Man ]
BOWERY 2-1000.
BOWERY 2-1000.
IS MR. STEVENSON THERE ?
MR. WHO ?
MR. STEVENSON.
MR. HENRY STEVENSON.
I WAS TOLD TO CALL
BY A MR. EVANS.
JUST A MINUTE. I’LL SEE.
STEVENSON’S THE NAME ?
YES, THAT’S RIGHT.
HOLD THE PHONE.
NO, HE’S NOT HERE, MA’AM.
OH.
WELL, MR. EVANS SAID
HE MIGHT BE EXPECTED.
COULD I LEAVE A MESSAGE ?
A MESSAGE, MA’AM ?
WE DON’T TAKE
NO MESSAGES HERE, MA’AM.
THEY WOULDN’T DO NO GOOD.
NO ? WELL, WHAT
NUMBER IS THIS ?
WHAT–
WHAT AM I CALLING ?
BOWERY 2-1000, MA’AM–
THE CITY MORGUE.
[ Gasps ]
[ Crying ]
[ Dial Tone Humming ]
[ Line Ringing ]
[ Operator ] YOUR CALL, PLEASE.
OPERATOR, GIVE ME
THE POLICE, QUICK.
RINGING
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
NO, WAIT A MINUTE.
[ Chiming ]
GET ME A HOSPITAL.
I CAN’T BE ALONE,
I’M TELLING YOU !

HURRY ! HURRY !
ONE MOMENT, PLEASE.
[ Chiming Continues ]
[ Line Ringing ]
OPERATOR ! OPERATOR,
WHAT ABOUT THE HOSPITAL ?

HELLO, OPERATOR !
OPERATOR ! OPERATOR !

[ Woman ]
BELLEVUE.
IS THIS THE HOSPITAL ?
YES.
[ Sighs ]
I WANT THE NURSE’S REGISTRY.
WHOM DO YOU WISH
TO SPEAK TO, PLEASE ?
I WANT THE NURSE’S REGISTRY.
I WANT TO HIRE
A TRAINED NURSE IMMEDIATELY
FOR THE NIGHT.
PARDON ME
JUST A SECOND.
YES ? AND WHAT
WERE YOU SAYING ?
I SAID I WANT TO HIRE
A TRAINED NURSE.
I NEED HER IMMEDIATELY !
WE QUITE UNDERSTAND THAT,
MADAM, BUT IN THE FIRST PLACE
THIS IS A CITY HOSPITAL.
ALL I KNOW IS
THAT I’M A SICK WOMAN
AND I’M ALL ALONE…
IN THIS HORRIBLE
EMPTY HOUSE !
I OVERHEARD A CONVERSATION–
A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION
A WHILE AGO…
ABOUT–
ABOUT A MURDER–
A MURDER TO BE
COMMITTED AT 11:15.
I– I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S
HAPPENED TO MY HUSBAND.
IF SOMETHING ISN’T DONE,
I’M AFRAID–
[ Object Rattles ]
WHAT WAS THAT ?
WHAT WAS WHAT, MADAM ?
THAT– THAT CLICK JUST NOW
ON MY TELEPHONE.
AS THOUGH SOMEONE HAD LIFTED
THE RECEIVER OFF THE HOOK
OF THE EXTENSION DOWNSTAIRS.
I DIDN’T HEAR IT,
MADAM.
WELL, I DID.
THERE’S SOMEONE
IN THIS HOUSE.
THERE’S SOMEONE IN THE KITCHEN
DOWNSTAIRS AND THEY’RE
LISTENING TO ME NOW–
[ Gasps ]
WHO IS IT ?
WHO’S THERE ?
[ Rattling ]
HENRY !
HENRY ! HENRY !
[ Glass Breaking ]
[ Telephone Ringing ]
[ Ringing Continues ]
HELLO ?
[ Operator ] NEW HAVEN IS
CALLING MRS. HENRY STEVENSON.
IS SHE THERE ?
YES, BUT I HAVEN’T
ANY TIME TO TALK NOW.
I HAVE A PERSON-TO-PERSON CALL
FOR MRS. HENRY STEVENSON
FROM MR. HENRY STEVENSON.
DO YOU NOT WISH
TO ACCEPT THE CALL, MADAM ?
DID YOU SAY MR. STEVEN–
MR. STEVENSON FROM–
FROM NEW HAVEN ?
DO YOU WISH
TO ACCEPT THE CALL, MADAM ?
OH, YES. YES, I’LL TAKE IT.
ONE MOMENT, PLEASE.
GO AHEAD, NEW HAVEN.
[ Operator #2 ]
GO AHEAD, SIR.
HELLO ? DARLING ?
[ Leona ]
HENRY ! WHERE ARE YOU ?
I’M ON MY WAY TO BOSTON, DEAR.
STOPPING OFF BETWEEN TRAINS
IN NEW HAVEN.
DID YOU GET MY WIRE ?
YES, I GOT IT.
I JUST THOUGHT I’D CHECK UP
AND SEE HOW YOU WERE.
I WAS SO SORRY I COULDN’T
REACH YOU BY PHONE,
BUT I KNEW YOU’D BE ALL RIGHT.
WELL, I’M NOT
ALL RIGHT. I–
THERE’S SOMEONE
IN THIS HOUSE RIGHT NOW.
I’M SURE OF IT.
HONEY, HOW COULD THERE BE ?
DON’T TELL ME
YOU’RE STILL ALONE.
OF COURSE I’VE BEEN ALONE !
WHO ELSE WOULD BE HERE ? YOU
PROMISED TO BE HOME AT 6:00.
LEONA, I THOUGHT I EXPLAINED
TO YOU IN MY WIRE–
I’VE BEEN ALONE FOR HOURS.
I’VE BEEN A PREY TO EVERY KIND
OF HORRIBLE CALL. AND HENRY,
I WANT YOU TO CALL THE POLICE.
TELL THEM TO COME OVER AT ONCE.
NOW, HONEY, YOU KNOW YOU’RE
PERFECTLY SAFE IN THAT HOUSE.
IT’S LOCKED AND
THERE’S A PRIVATE PATROLMAN.
[ Train Passing By ]
YOU’RE RIGHT IN THE HEART
OF NEW YORK CITY AND THE
TELEPHONE’S BESIDE YOUR BED.
HENRY, WHAT DO YOU KNOW–
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT
A MAN NAMED WALDO EVANS ?
WALDO EVANS ?
WHY ? WHY DO YOU ASK ?
HE CALLED ME UP TONIGHT.
I HAD A LONG TALK WITH HIM
JUST A WHILE AGO ABOUT YOU.
ABOUT ME ?
WHAT ABOUT ME ?
HE TOLD ME SOME TERRIBLE THINGS.
SOME OF IT SOUNDED INSANE,
BUT THERE WERE OTHER PARTS
THAT SOUNDED TRUE.

YOU MUSTN’T LISTEN
TO EVERY CRAZY CRACKPOT.
TRY TO FORGET ABOUT IT.
THEY SAID YOU’D BEEN STEALING
FROM DAD’S COMPANY.
IS THAT TRUE, HENRY ?
TRUE ?
OF COURSE NOT !
WHAT A CRAZY IDEA.
WELL, HE– HE LEFT SOME KIND
OF A MESSAGE FOR YOU.
THE HOUSE ON STATEN ISLAND,
20 DUNSTAN TERRACE,
HAD BEEN BURNED DOWN…
AND THAT THE POLICE
KNEW EVERYTHING AND THAT
MORANO HAD BEEN ARRESTED.
ARE YOU STILL THERE,
HENRY ?
YES, I’M HERE.
THEY SAID YOU WERE A CRIMINAL,
HENRY– A DESPERATE MAN.
AND EVANS SAID–
EVANS SAID YOU WANTED
ME TO– TO DIE.
I–
AND THAT MONEY, HENRY,
THAT MONEY THOSE PEOPLE WANTED.
WHY DIDN’T YOU ASK ME FOR IT ?
I WOULD’VE GIVEN IT TO YOU
IF IT WOULD’VE SAVED YOUR LIFE.
I’LL GIVE IT TO YOU NOW
IF IT ISN’T TOO LATE.
THAT’S ALL RIGHT. FORGET IT.
I DIDN’T MEAN TO BE
SO AWFUL TO YOU, HENRY.
I– I-I ONLY DID IT
BECAUSE I LOVED YOU.
AND I– I THOUGHT
YOU DIDN’T LOVE ME.
AND THAT YOU’D GO AWAY
AND LEAVE ME.
LEONA. LEONA.
YES ?
I WANT YOU
TO DO SOMETHING FOR ME.
WILL YOU FORGIVE ME FIRST ?
I WANT YOU TO TRY–
PLEASE, HENRY.
LISTEN. I WANT YOU TO TRY
TO GET OUT OF BED.
I– I-I CAN’T !
YOU’VE GOT TO.
GET OUT OF THAT BED AND WALK
TO THE WINDOW. I WANT YOU
TO SCREAM OUT INTO THE STREET.
I– I CAN’T MOVE, HENRY !
I’M TOO FRIGHTENED !
KEEP TRYING.
OTHERWISE YOU’VE ONLY GOT
THREE MORE MINUTES TO LIVE.
DON’T TALK TO ME ANYMORE.
JUST GET OUT OF THAT BED.
I CONFESS EVERYTHING.
I DID STEAL FROM YOUR FATHER,
AND I WAS SO DESPERATE I TRIED–
I ARRANGED TO HAVE YOU–
HENRY !
HENRY, THERE’S SOMEBODY
COMING UP THE STAIRS !
GET OUT OF THAT BED !
WALK, LEONA !
NO ! NO, I CAN’T !
HENRY, SAVE ME !
PLEASE, LEONA.
I’LL BURN FOR IT IF THEY GET ME.
THEY’LL FIND OUT FROM MORANO !
OH, NO ! NO !
PLEASE DON’T !
PLEASE !
PLEASE,
I’LL GIVE YOU ANYTHING !
PLEASE, NO ! NO !
[ Screaming ]
[ Train Passing By ]
[ Ringing ]
[ Operator ]
READY WITH YOUR PARTY.
LEONA, HELLO ! LEONA !
[ Man ]
SORRY, WRONG NUMBER.

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