Melvin Frank, Norman Krasna and Norman Panama
FULL SHOT - REAR AREA - (DAY) - (GLASS)
This is December 24, 1944, in the first safe area directly
behind the battle line, in the Italian theatre.
In the distance occasional artillery light flashes are seen
and artillery rumbles are heard. The battered terrain shows
the effects of battle.
In the foreground is a recreation area, covered with
camouflage; entertainment is in progress on a raised stage.
Men of the division are seated about on benches, boxes, and
the ground. A camouflaged motor pool of jeeps and tanks is
MED. SHOT - NEAR RECREATION AREA
We can HEAR LAUGHTER and APPLAUSE from the men as a jeep
with two stars on the front indicating it is the General's
car jounces along a road toward the side of the recreation
area. A YOUNG SERGEANT is at the wheel, an ADJUTANT beside
him, and in the rear are GENERAL WAVERLY and GENERAL CARLTON.
JEEP - MED. CLOSE
As it jounces along. General Waverly is weather-beaten and
weary; his uniform, while neat, shows the effects of long
wear. General Carlton, on the other hand, is stiff, clean
and fresh from the Pentagon.
He is staring off at the recreation area.
What's this all about, Colonel?
A little entertainment for the men,
sir. Tonight's Christmas Eve.
These men are moving up tonight.
They should be lined up for full
The jeep has come to a halt.
You're absolutely right.
There's no Christmas in the Army,
Waverly and the Adjutant alight from the jeep.
There's always a slip-up or two during
a change in command. The men get a
little loose. But I know I'm leaving
them in good hands.
Sergeant, take me to headquarters
immediately! We'll have those men
turned out on the double!
The Sergeant looks at General Waverly.
Goodbye, Sergeant. Take the short
The jeep pulls off and makes a half circle. The Adjutant
makes a gesture, as if to stop it. The General stops him.
TWO SHOT - GENERAL WAVERLY AND ADJUTANT
The Adjutant turns to him.
That's not the way to headquarters!
Joe, you know that, and I know that,
but the new General doesn't know it.
Or he won't for about an hour and a
That Sergeant'll be a private
Yes... isn't he lucky?
He takes the Adjutant by the arm and leads him toward the
RAISED PLATFORM - MED. SHOT
CAPTAIN BOB WALLACE (BING CROSBY) is wearing a makeshift
beard and Santa Claus hat and PRIVATE PHILIP DAVIS (DONALD
O'CONNOR) is in combat clothes. They are doing a number to
entertain the soldiers, WHAT DOES A SOLDIER WANT FOR
CHRISTMAS? During introduction, we
TWO SHOT - GENERAL AND ADJUTANT
just starting to take seats, off to one side where they are
not noticed by the performers.
GROUP SHOT - ABOUT 6 SOLDIERS
seated in audience. They look off, see General, start to
TWO SHOT - GENERAL AND ADJUTANT
The General notices them - motions for them to sit down again,
indicating he doesn't want attention called to himself.
PLATFORM - FULL SHOT
The number concludes to applause. Bob holds up his hand for
silence. He removes his beard.
Thanks, fellows. I guess by now you
know the Old Man's being replaced by
a new Commanding General fresh out
of the Pentagon... this divisions's
been awfully lucky so far, but tonight
they're running a special on St.
Christophers at the PX... The Old
Man's heading back to the rear -
he's never moved in that direction
in his life. All I can say is, we
owe so much to General Waverly and
the way --
Automatically, Bob stiffens. Phil does the same.
AUDIENCE - FULL SHOT
Every man is at attention and every head has turned to where
General Waverly has taken up a position near the front of
Captain Wallace, button your shirt.
You're out of uniform!
(Bob, grinning, hastily
buttons his shirt)
This division is now under the command
of General Harold G. Carlton, and I
don't want anyone to forget it --
not that he'll let you. He's tough --
just what this sloppy outfit needs.
You'll be standing inspection night
and day -- you may even learn how to
march. And if you don't give him
everything you got, I may come back
and fight for the enemy. Merry
The boys respond with "Merry Christmas".
Well -- I guess that's about it - uh -
Bob, covering his embarrassment:
Perhaps I can help you out, sir.
He turns to the musicians, gives the downbeat. They play
THE OLD MAN, which is sung by the entire outfit.
The General stands at attention through the first chorus,
visibly moved. During the second chorus he starts up the
aisle, revealing for the first time that his left leg is
bandaged to the knee. The Adjutant puts out his arm to help.
Waverly refuses. Toward the finish of the song, he turns,
faces the men and salutes them. The men return the salute.
(This is not a military mistake, the General salutes the
enlisted men as a deliberate gesture.) There is a Red Cross
ambulance standing by.
CLOSE SHOT - (NIGHT) - TINY CANDLE
THE CAMERA PULLS BACK to reveal a hand lighting a candle on
a tiny makeshift Christmas tree. We reveal a number of
enlisted men huddled around the tree in a trench, including
Bob and Phil. One of the men looks at his wristwatch. Now
CLOSE SHOT - WRISTWATCH
The hand is approaching midnight.
CLOSE SHOT - SOLDIER
He is looking at his wristwatch.
CLOSE SHOT - WRISTWATCH
The second hand is pointing to the hour.
FULL SHOT OF SCENE
This is the prearranged signal for Bob to begin singing WHITE
CHRISTMAS. Phil accompanies him on a harmonica. Toward the
end of the song, an enemy barrage DROWNS out the music. A
shell BURSTS in the vicinity.
CLOSE SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
Phil pulls Bob down in time to save him from the shrapnel
burst. This has also pushed Bob's face into the mud, which
he thinks is unnecessary. Phil, ignoring Bob's hostile look,
brightly continues with WHITE CHRISTMAS from where the song
left off. Bob finishes with him, but eyeing him.
EXT. SKY - (NIGHT)
CAMERA SHOOTING UP to the sky as brilliant fireworks explosion
lights up the screen. Over scene SUPERIMPOSE:
INSERT - NEWSPAPER
Headline reads: "V-E DAY!"
As CAMERA MOVES FAST INTO headline, we LOSE the fireworks
display and the headline covers the whole screen.
INSERT - CHURCH TOWERS - (DAY)
Bells are ringing for celebration of V-E Day. CAMERA MOVES
INTO mouth of one bell, blacking out the screen.
EXT. BILL POSTER OF FLORIDA SHOW - (NIGHT)
featuring names and pictures of Bob and Phil. CAMERA MOVES
to a CLOSE SHOT of the picture, HOLDS for a second, then
suddenly the picture comes to life and we are on the stage
of the theatre where Bob and Phil are doing the production
MED. SHOT - INT. THEATRE - AUDIENCE
Perhaps twenty people, photographed at a slant. They're
warm. One woman has a fan, some use programs. They are
enjoying the show, however. There are some vacant seats
apparent. This theatre is a modern traveling tent show,
such as have been playing in Florida in recent years, and
beyond the sides we see palm trees, characteristic of Florida.
FULL SHOT - AUDIENCE
APPLAUDING the conclusion of the number.
MED. FULL SHOT - BACKSTAGE
The curtain is down, the boys come off, the curtain goes up
on the next number, which is dancing. Phil and Bob are met
by COOKE, the Company Manager.
RITA, a luscious Latin type, and some of the remaining chorus
girls and other players ad lib, "Couldn't be cuter!" "Great."
(To Bob and Phil)
New York's on the telephone.
Bob and Phil, with Cooke, go to the backstage telephone.
(He listens. To Bob
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. MANAGER'S OFFICE
This is the business office of Bob and Phil. OSCAR is their
representative and manager, not their employer.
He is sixty and looks competent. He refers to a telegram in
his hand. Pictures of the boys adorn the desk, and Wallace
and Davis sheets of previous shows are on the wall. It must
be evident from their billing that the boys are important
stars in New York.
Listen, I just heard what you're
doing -- giving the cast a week off
with pay for Christmas. You don't
know how touched I am. I'm all choked
up. Between sobs, I managed to book
you on the Ed Harrison show this
week to take up the slack. It'll be
CLOSE SHOT - GROUP
Phil is holding the receiver up to Bob. Oscar's VOICE can
be plainly heard.
We'll have to go to New York -- four
days and four nights of rehearsals --
that's stealing money?
CLOSE SHOT - OSCAR
As he speaks into the telephone
It is for me -- I get ten percent.
(He listens for a
Next time you guys make a charitable
gesture, find out if you got with
what to make it. See you Wednesday.
He hangs up.
GROUP SHOT - PHIL, BOB AND COOKE
Bob hangs up the phone.
Well... while the cast takes it easy
we'll be slaving over a hot kinnie.
What train do you want? There's a
one-thirty this morning but you have
to sit up all night.
Let's get out tonight.
The boys walk to their dressing room. A group of the chorines
come flying by, toward the dressing rooms, with squealing.
They make quite a picture from the rear, bouncing and all.
What are we going to do until one-
We'll eat dinner.
(Looking at the
Eat, eat All you think of is your
Rita shows up in front of Phil.
You said you had something to rehearse
with me after the show. What is it?
Phil evidently was trying to hide this from Bob and is self-
conscious at being caught.
It's a kind of new dance number.
(Taking Phil by the
He isn't. Some business has come
up. See you in a week.
(He pulls Phil away)
Come on, Romeo, dinner!
Lamb chops, lamb chops!
(Pretending that he
is letting himself
be pulled while he
is still anxious to
go in the other
I'm looking at them! We're going in
the wrong direction.
MED. SHOT - WATERFRONT INN - BOB AND PHIL - (NIGHT)
The boys are now finishing their dinner. Bob is facing the
orchestra, Phil would have to turn to see it. The MUSIC
plays, the boys eat. The table is close to the bar. On two
stools sit JUDY and BETTY. Betty is wearing her glasses and
examining some railroad tickets that have just been handed
her by the bartender. Phil is not paying attention to his
eating, he is entranced with Judy's pretty legs draped over
the bar stool. Bob cannot see the girls and is not even
interested enough to turn around.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BETTY AND JUDY
On her part, Judy is not absorbed in the tickets, but is
unobtrusively sizing up Phil.
(Checking the tickets)
We'll have to rush to get the 1:30
CLOSE SHOT - PHIL AND BOB
Bob notices Phil's absorption.
Have you ever considered laying off
the female sex for awhile?
What other kind is there?
(He picks up the card
which announces the
performers names and
'The Stewart Sisters.' Sister act!
(He smacks his lips.
He doesn't realize
that these two girls
are the Stewart
Down, Rover, down. Remember, we
have an agreement--you chase no new
tidbits during the season. You were
man enough to give me your hand on
You were sneaky enough to take it.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BETTY AND JUDY
Betty looks from the tickets and sees that Judy is covertly
eyeing Phil. She leans forward.
(Judy's eyes are toward
Phil. A little louder)
Ahem! All right dear, relax.
He's awful cute.
So was the one in Kansas City, and
the one in Canton, Ohio, and the one
in Waco, Texas.
Canton, Ohio wasn't so much.
One of these days you're going to
meet somebody extra cute and the
next performance I'll be doing a
Nobody'll ever be cute enough to
break up this sister act.
MED. SHOT - BOOTH - BOB AND PHIL
Phil is still fingering the card.
I haven't much luck with sister acts.
They're all alike. Shall I tell you
what these two are like?
Four feet two inches tall. Pudgy.
Round races. Have big bows in their
hair. Always smiling.
(He parodies a smile)
Lots of teeth. Sister acts have
more teeth than anybody else. Two,
three hundred teeth at a time. The
American Dental Association is
There is a drum roll from the orchestra. Betty takes off
her glasses and puts them in their case, on the bar. The
bandleader's voice announces:
Ladies and gentleman, the Stewart
The audience applauds politely while the girls start toward
the platform, Phil reacts in surprise to the new development.
PLATFORM - FULL SHOT
Betty and Judy do their number: "SISTERS". As they take
their bows --
MED. SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
Phil pretends to recognize Judy.
Say, Dolores! That's Dolores!
Remember that girl I told you about
who got sick in St. Paul? That's
her! The girl in the oxygen tent!
I told you about her! The road
company of "Student Prince." The
whole company went to church and
prayed for her! It was the most
touching thing I've ever seen in
(HE GETS UP.)
I'll bring her over.
He goes, Bob watching, disgusted. NOVELLO, the owner of the
Waterfront Inn, comes up.
MED. SHOT - BOB AND NOVELLO
Novello evidently knows Bob.
Didn't you get your dessert yet, Mr.
I'm not having any, but I think my
partner's lining up some pastries
Sure wish I could afford to book you
Call our agent - we've got half an
hour between trains.
Phil enters the shot with Judy and Betty.
Hello, Mister Novello.
Good evening, Mister Davis.
MED. SHOT - GROUP
Novello pulls out the table to permit the girls to be seated.
Miss Stewart, Mister Wallace.
Miss Stewart, Mister Wallace.
JUDY AND BETTY
How do you do.
How do you do.
Phil gets Betty next to Bob, he sits next to Judy.
See you later, folks.
We saw your show at the matinee, and
we liked it very much.
Thank you, ma'am.
The orchestra has gone into WHITE CHRISTMAS.
Where are you going to be for
We're booked in Vermont.
Vermont? What's there?
Snow. We spent last Christmas in
South Carolina, the year before in
Hawaii. They didn't seem like
Christmases. There ought to be snow.
This one's going to be real white.
Well, it's the way you've been raised.
If you saw a lot of snow when you
were a kid you miss it more around
Christmas. There's a lot of snow
around St. Paul.
Is that where you come from - St.
It dawns on him, slowly. He shows no emotion.
No. You come from St. Paul.
I come from Canton, Ohio.
(Just for the record
I'd like to ask you something. Were
you ever in an oxygen tent?
Oxygen tent? Oh no!
Were you ever in a road company of
Bob looks at Phil. The rules are clear between them.
Bob puts his hand out. Phil takes it. They shake.
What I admire are the details, the
invention, the little lies all around
the big one. It takes talent.
Oh, it's nothing.
Don't say that. Don't belittle
yourself. Credit where credit is
due. You did it fine.
Little game we play.
May I have this dance?
I'd love to.
(Helping her up)
I'm not going to keep calling you
The name is Judy.
What a pretty name!
Nicer than Dolores!
I'm low man. Bob.
(He takes her arm,
indicating Phil and
Follow that couple.
They move toward the dance floor.
Want to make sure they keep dancing.
Stop worrying. He won't get any
place with her.
I'm positive. I trained her myself.
She's in the ring with the champ,
though. You've heard of Alcoholics
(She nods; he indicates
Women Anonymous. Their biggest case.
Keeps falling off the wagon.
Well, you keep an eye on him, and
I'll keep an eye on her.
Fine. We can make out the probation
The orchestra blends into a vocal chorus of the song. (To
be decided upon.) The vocal is shared by Bob, Betty, Judy
and Phil, individually. Toward the end of the vocal Phil
dances Judy out to the terrace overlooking the water. This
blends into their dance. The staging of the number should
reunite the four principals by the end of the number. The
audience applauds and they all go back to their booth.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BETTY AND JUDY
They are a half dozen steps ahead of the boys.
They're both very cute, aren't they?
(Hiding her real
Which one do you like best?
I like them both.
You can't have both. There's a law.
Oh, we'll never meet them again,
what does it matter?
The men are now up to them and help them into the booth.
MED. SHOT - BOOTH - GROUP
Bob does not sit.
Judy, you made even him look good.
You're very flattering, but he was
doing all the leading.
You dance very well together. If I
Lightest girl I ever saw. Floats
like a bubble. One big bubble.
All right, bubble lover, stand up!
What for? I just sat down.
La train. At one-thirty, and we
have to pack.
You know, choo choo. Goes on tracks.
(Train whistle noise)
Can't we go tomorrow?
The train goes tonight.
Say goodbye to the lady bubble,
because we're going to have to run
for it now.
Lady bubble, I have an idea we're
going to meet up again sometime.
We might, we're on the same train.
(Pulling Phil away)
As they start off, Novello enters to the girls, agitated.
The sheriff is here! He's in my
He's got a warrant to arrest you!
Bob has stopped. He looks at Phil, suspiciously.
I thought we watched you every minute.
Phil holds up his hand in "Scout's honor."
Never stopped dancing.
Bob turns back to the table.
(To the girls)
Can we help?
I've never been arrested!
There's nothing to it!
Don't get panicky!
Yes, don't get excited, you still
have to give your show!
He's not going to arrest them until
after the show!
That's considerate! How'd you arrange
I'm a taxpayer here! You better go
in and change, girls! You haven't
The girls start off, confused. Novello, Bob and Phil follow.
May I enquire what you are being
The owner of the hotel we were at
says we dropped a cigarette on his
rug and burned it.
We couldn't have dropped a cigarette
because we don't smoke.
He wants two hundred dollars, but
it's just plain stealing.
We left the money for our bill in an
envelope on the bed.
Then we dropped the bags out the
window and checked them at the depot.
What are we going to do now?
You have to give another show.
He leaves them, as Bob and Phil look unpleasantly after him.
They have reached the wings.
INT. WINGS - MED. SHOT
STAGEHAND is setting up a record on a record-playing mechanism
backstage, as the group passes by heading for the dressing
The old burned rug routine.
Kind of old fashioned, isn't it?
I thought that went out with the
Cherry Sisters. We'll have to do
Got a flash?
A glimmer. Have to stir it around a
The girls have opened the door to their dressing room.
We wouldn't want you boys to get
into any trouble.
INT. DRESSING ROOM - MED. SHOT
As they all enter.
Why not? Maybe we'll all wind up in
the same cell.
As they close the door,
INT. NOVELLO'S OFFICE - MED. SHOT
Novello is with the SHERIFF and the LANDLORD. The Sheriff
is a husky fellow. At the moment he's eating an eclair and
coffee, from Novello's desk. The Landlord glares at him.
That's the second dessert you've
Real good, too.
I haven't got all night to wait here
while you eat free food! You've got
your warrant, arrest those girls!
Now, we agreed to let them finish
their show first.
I didn't agree!
That was his idea!
I've got some rights, too. You don't
get those girls until after they've
done their number!
Well, how long is it going to take?
Novello puts his hand up, listening.
Wait a minute! That's their music!
He gets up, opens the office door, and we HEAR their entrance
music, as before, and the Orchestra Leader's voice, "The
MED. SHOT - CAFE FLOOR
Bob and Phil stand with their backs to the audience.
They turn, face front, and we realize they are mouthing to a
CLOSE SHOT - WINGS - RECORD PLAYER
We identify that the music is coming from this spinning record
player we have previously established.
MED. SHOT - CAFE FLOOR
Bob and Phil do the number.
MED. SHOT - AUDIENCE
They APPLAUD at end of number.
MED. SHOT - INT. NOVELLO'S OFFICE
We faintly HEAR the applause.
They're clapping! It's over! Arrest
The Sheriff gets up.
MED. SHOT - CAFE FLOOR
The boys bow themselves off, and run toward their dressing
MED. SHOT - CORRIDOR
They hurry down the corridor, passing the office door.
Get out of these clothes! Toot sweet!
Ma, unhook my bra!
The office door opens behind them, which they do not see.
The Sheriff steps out, followed by the Landlord and Novello.
Just a second, folks! I'll handle
(He walks to the
dressing room door)
MED. CLOSE SHOT - DRESSING ROOM DOOR
There is a plaque attached to the key in the lock. The
Sheriff smilingly turns the key in the lock. He puts the
key in his pocket.
You stay here. Let them try to go
through the window.
The landlord is delighted.
If they make a break for it, shoot
MED SHOT - EXT. CAFE - (NIGHT) - SHERIFF
The Sheriff walks around the corner of the cafe, and a police
car awaits, with cop at the wheel.
Just a minute, Hank, couple of
customers coming up.
The Sheriff continues to the window of our dressing room.
MED CLOSE SHOT - DRESSING ROOM WINDOW
It opens. The Sheriff watches it. Out comes Phil's legs,
meaning to get out backwards. The Sheriff applies both hands
and pushes back.
Back you go, boys!
He pushes Phil in. Nimbly, he raises himself in.
MED. SHOT - INT. DRESSING ROOM
The Sheriff is in the room. He looks coolly at the boys,
who are now in their own clothes. He stares at them. They
stare at him. Recognition comes all at once.
They all throw their arms around each other, pounding
violently. 'No! Wow! You dirty skunk! You grave robber!'
Are you the Sheriff here?
You bet I am!
How'd you get in this line of work?
After I got out of the army I sat
down and figured it out! Who never
got in trouble in the army? The
M.P.'s! They were the ones who
arrested you! So I came back here
and ran for Sheriff!
A civilian M.P.! If the fellows
ever saw you now! They'd skin you
You ever see any of them?
Whitey Harris and Jack Ross have a
filling station near here!
Jack Ross! Will you ever forget the
party he threw in Naples?
In a captured brewery. Very sensible,
giving a party in a brewery. Cuts
out the middleman.
Do you remember when Danny Beasly
climbed up -
(As he says 'Danny
Beasly' he recalls
Danny is dead)
- the tower of the City Hall and
rang the bell by swinging on the
clapper? He couldn't hear anything
for two days.
Danny Beasly! Too bad he didn't
Not everybody was lucky.
We were lucky in one thing - the old
You can say that again. Say I'm
supposed to arrest a couple of dames!
A fellow swore out a warrant!
He's a crook! Burned a hole in a
rug and is trying to hold up two
You don't say!
(At his watch)
We got to get our bags and be at the
station in ten minutes! We'll never
Just a moment!
(He goes to the window)
REVERSE ANGLE - POLICE CAR - SHOOTING BY SHERIFF
Hank looks up enquiringly.
Take my friends where they want to
(Going out the window)
EXT. WINDOW - POLICE CAR
Hank has thrown the door open.
Do you think we can make it?
This thing goes over a hundred an
hour! Hold on!
He starts with his red lights going, his siren screaming,
and tires grinding.
MED. SHOT - INT. DRESSING ROOM
The Sheriff watches them go, pleased. A pounding on the
door recalls the Landlord, and he frowns. He strides to the
door, takes out his key and opens it.
MED. SHOT - CORRIDOR
The Landlord and Novello are looking out the window at the
departing police car, the noise having distracted them from
the door pounding. The siren is still heard, retreating.
The Sheriff snaps his cigarette at their feet. They turn to
him, faces alight.
They escaped! We're pursuing 'em!
What do you mean smoking on theatrical
That's not mine! I wasn't smoking!
What's that burning? A lollypop?
(He grabs him by the
shoulder, not too
gently, and starts
He protests, 'What - !' 'But!' Novello is openmouthed.
EXT. STATION - (NIGHT)
The train is already moving as the police car arrives.
The girls are on the observation platform. The police car
screams to a stop. The boys fly out, with bags, and just
make the train, the girls pulling them aboard.
You didn't steal the police car?
No, no. Friend of ours.
They go toward the lounge car.
MED. SHOT - INT. LOUNGE CAR - GROUP
They all take seats in the lounge car, happy to have
accomplished their escape.
Well, we'll be together as far as
Maybe it'll snow in New York for
Christmas. If it doesn't, we'll
mail you a snowball from Vermont.
I haven't been on ice skates in years.
Ice? You mean the stuff in a Scotch
Bob, how about snow for Christmas?
You'll only thaw it out.
Come on, Bob, we could have a great
week up in Vermont.
Bob looks from him to Judy, whose expression is almost
I see what you mean. But Wednesday
we've got to be back in New York.
All right -- so it's just for a couple
of days. Don't you want me to enjoy
the winter sports?
You enjoy them all year round.
(He looks to Betty)
We won't get in your way, will we?
As long as your friend doesn't try
to take my sister for a sleigh ride.
If he tries it, I'll smash his
It's all set.
The thing I like about you, Bob, is
you're not only kind and generous,
We're going to have to sit up all
night. Let's get some shut eye.
FULL SHOT - EXT. TRAIN - (NIGHT)
The rhythm of the wheels and the engine funnel, underscored
MED. SHOT - INT. TRAIN
All but Phil are half dozing. One or two other people are
seen in the background, asleep. There is an air of peace
and quiet in the car, as the music underscoring continues.
Their faces are occasionally streaked with light flashes
emanating from the surrounding countryside. Phil turns to
the side of the car and sees a bill poster showing a copy of
a winter scene from the Grandma Moses collection, advertising
Vermont. CAMERA PULLS UP TO scene, the music swells and we
DISSOLVE to a similar landscape in stylized concept. This
is the WINTER FANTASY production number. At the end of the
fantasy we hear the Conductor's voice, "Pine Tree. Pine
MED. SHOT - OUR GROUP - (DAY)
They are bundling themselves up, coat collars tight, expecting
to enter the snow country.
REVERSE ANGLE - SCENE THROUGH PLATFORM DOOR
Pine Tree Station, all green, no snow. Four hotel busses
await, one marked 'Columbia Inn Bus.'
FULL SHOT - PINE TREE STATION - (GLASS SHOT)
Our foursome is just getting off the train. They are the
only ones. They are looking about, puzzled.
Are you sure this is the right
This isn't a southern Vermont?
I don't understand it.
There has to be snow! This place is
advertised as America's Snow
Well, if you say so.
(Gesturing to the
waiting Columbia Inn
Driver, your sleigh and reindeer.
The other three bus drivers are disappointed.
FULL SHOT - BUS EN ROUTE
The bus goes by an incongruous skating rink, with water
instead of ice. Signs indicate the direction of the sun
scorched toboggan slide.
MED. SHOT - BUS EN ROUTE
The bus winds around another turn in the beautiful green
surroundings and we pass a ski lift and a ski jumping
MED. SHOT - BUS EN ROUTE
Still another turn of the bus, and in the distance we see a
LONG SHOT of the Columbia Inn.
MED. SHOT - INT. COLUMBIA INN
MARTHA, a sixty year old spinsterish woman, good of heart,
forbidding exterior, is occupied at the desk.
The door opens and a pretty fifteen year old, SUSAN, carrying
the mail, walks toward her.
She puts the mail on the desk.
(As she shuffles
What's the weather forecast down at
the Post Office?
Awful. Fair and warmer.
If we don't get snow soon we can
turn this hotel into a haunted house.
We haven't had a guest for three
(As Martha keeps
What are you looking for?
(Not finding it)
Your grandfather's written Washington
asking if he can get back in active
service. I think he wants to fly
I think he could do it.
He says older men have been called,
and besides, he misses the food. I
tell you, Susan, he tried to make it
a casual letter, with little jokes,
but it came out just begging.
Through the huge window behind Susan and Martha we see the
figure of a man in overalls, bending over an incinerator,
shoveling the ashes into a wheelbarrow.
His back is to CAMERA.
Oh, Martha! What are we going to
(Blowing her nose)
I don't know. Don't let on we know
he's written. He'll start in I'm
only his housekeeper and that I found
out through some chicanery or
How did you find out?
Like any housekeeper -- I read the
(She hands the mail
Bring him the mail.
Susan starts out as CAMERA MOVES UP to window. After a
moment, Susan appears and crosses to the man in overalls.
He straightens up, dusts off his hands, and as he turns to
take the letters, we see for the first time that he is General
Waverly. He looks through them, eagerly, then, downcast,
shoves them in his overalls and goes back to his work.
FULL SHOT - EXT. INN - (DAY)
The bus comes to a stop and our principals get out, Phil
staying with the driver for the luggage. The others enter
MED. SHOT - INT. INN
Martha at the desk, and her eyes widen in surprise.
Welcome to Columbia Inn. How do you
How do you do?
What kind of accommodations would
you like? We can give you a fairly
wide choice--any room in the Inn,
We're not here as guests. We're the
My friend and I are guests. We've
come down for the snow. Where are
you keeping it?
We take it in during the day!
What are your rates here?
Make us an offer.
(To the girls)
I'm afraid we won't be able to use
you. We'll pay you the half salary
Oh, no! Are things that bad?
We're using the ski-tow to hang the
You're not going to stay either, are
(Shaking his head)
I'm afraid not, ma'am.
Through the door comes Waverly, carrying a load of wood in
one arm, and a bucket of coke in the other hand. Susan
follows carrying an armful of kindling.
Bob turns away.
I'll tell Phil to leave the luggage -
(It hits him, he comes
to a stop, and then
General Waverly! Sir!
At ease! How are you, Captain.
I'm fine, sir.
(But he looks around
We just try to keep the General part
Begging your pardon, sir.
Well, to put it in one sentence,
people don't expect major generals
to carry firewood.
Through the door comes Phil, fast, talking:
Bob, I was thinking we ought to -
Phil has his arm out indicating the direction of the door,
when he sees Waverly. He freezes. He brings his hand up to
a salute, from that position.
Never thought I'd make it, he?
...Matter of fact, it's worse than
that. I own this hotel.
He got it in a shrewd business move.
Was everybody in your outfit? We
seem to run into them all over the
The Draft Board didn't know when to
If I start the introductions, can I
get to meet these young ladies?
My housekeeper, Miss Martha Allen,
my granddaughter, Susan Waverly.
I'm Bob Wallace -- this is Phil Davis --
We're the Stewart sisters.
Your floor show.
Don't worry -- I've already told
them we'd have to cancel.
Why? We have a floor, haven't we?
Last time I looked. But who are
they going to sing to?
Even if it's only to you and me, it
will be well worth it. Besides,
there will be six inches of snow
tonight and we'll be full up tomorrow.
Is that the weather forecast?
No. But if there was one thing I
learned in the army it was to be
positive -- especially when you don't
know what you're talking about. You'll
excuse me, gentlemen, I'm on K.P.
Phil and Bob stiffen automatically.
PHIL AND BOB
(To Betty and Judy)
And you two charming ladies, I want
you to know I'm looking forward to
your show this evening. Whatever
your audience lacks in numbers, it
will make up for in enthusiasm --
(He glares at Martha)
or I'll know the reason why!
He smiles at the girls, and exits, dignified.
Gee... no wonder we won the war!
INT. DINING ROOM INN - (NIGHT) - MED. CLOSE SHOT -
BETTY AND JUDY
They are doing the number, SISTERS, on the floor. THE CAMERA
PULLS BACK to reveal the scene. There is a scant audience
distributed at several tables, totaling not more than fourteen
in number. Not far from the kitchen entrance Bob and Phil
are sitting at one table.
Martha is seen doing general overseeing, principally acting
as hostess. Susan doubles between the cashier's desk and
helping out at table.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
They are admiring the performance. Phil indicates for Bob
to look in this direction. Bob does.
REVERSE ANGLE - MED. SNOT
The General is seating a table.
MED. SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
Bob shakes his head, unhappy at this condition. They look
at each other.
I think well stay a little longer
than we planned.
MED. FULL SHOT - BETTY AND JUDY
They finish the number and are applauded enthusiastically,
but the few people in the audience don't make for much
clatter. One set of hands seems to be applauding loudest
MED. SHOT - GENERAL WAVERLY
He is the one doing the enthusiastic applauding. He walks
toward the boys, still applauding. They applaud too. The
girls enter the scene, to sit with the boys.
Martha is only applauding politely, until Waverly glares at
her. Then her enthusiasm is boundless.
Excellent. I enjoyed it very much.
It was nice, if you like music.
A waitress brings food, which Martha helps distribute.
(After a look that
the waitress is not
in a position to
Mister Waverly, we'd like to make
you a proposition.
Well, for heaven's sake!
You've been very nice not canceling,
we'd like to make a gesture. Until
it snows, and you have guests, we'll
take half salary.
That's really nice of you.
(She takes out pencil
and her order book)
Now let's get that in writing.
(Pushing it aside)
Never heard of anything so ridiculous.
Your next performance is tomorrow
night, after dinner. Be here, or
He dignifiedly walks in the direction of some departing
guests, and proceeds to show them to the door.
Light-Horse Harry. Advance, advance,
never retreat! He's advancing right
That's just the way he was in the
army. Always thinking of the other
We ate and then he ate. We slept,
and then he slept.
Then he woke up, and nobody slept
for the next forty-eight hours.
I happen to know he's sunk his life's
savings into this place. I read the
Gee, I wish there were something we
could do to help.
Maybe there is.
You got a flash?
A glimmer. Have to stir it around a
(To the girls)
tapping his forehead)
Ticking away madly. Wheels within
wheels. This is the brain that, in
darkest Italy, devised a formula to
make food out of K-Ration! Shhhhhh!
As he regards Bob with something akin to awe, we
MED. SHOT - INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT)
The last of the supper audience is leaving. We see into a
room which adjoins the reservation desk and Bob is on the
CLOSE SHOT - INT. INN OFFICE
Phil is sitting on the desk while Bob talks.
Relax... I didn't ask you how much
it'll cost us...
(We hear an excited
high voice on the
Easy, easy, remember your blood
pressure... I don't care how much
it'll cost us... That's better...
Have everybody on the train first
thing in the morning. The whole
Troupe, and the scenery, and the
costumes... You'll have to cancel us
off the Ed Harrison Show... Oscar,
remember your blood pressure.
Incidentally, how much will this
(He hears some figure. -
It obviously is a
very large number)
Good night, Oscar.
(He hangs up)
There you are.
Incidentally, how much will this
(Clears his throat)
We are coming out - even.
You mean flat?
That's the same as even.
Wheels within wheels. It's nice how
you take care of the money for both
of us because you're older and so
level headed. I wonder where I'd be
now if hadn't saved your life?
Do you want me to cancel the troupe
(Getting off the desk)
No, no. Let's go through the gesture.
If you had been on the Titanic when
it went down, you wouldn't've been
satisfied just to sink into the ocean.
You'd have done a swan dive into it.
With me on your back!
FULL SHOT - COLUMBIA INN FLOOR - (DAY)
The scene is a melee of the excitement accompanying
preparations for the show. The little stage has been enlarged -
the draperies pulled back right and left and a side wall
pushed back a little farther. There is hammering and painting
going on in various parts of the room. Trunks have been
unpacked and wardrobe hung up in odd places, as more trunks
arrive. Girls in abbreviated rehearsal clothes walk around,
do cartwheels; two people sing at the piano; six girls kick
in unison; altogether, it is quite a contrast to the bareness
of the previous scene.
THE CAMERA TRUCKS through all the activity, taking in our
group at the doorway, which features Bob and Phil, the girls
standing nearby. Martha and Susan are amazed at the activity.
I can't believe it! You mean you
brought the whole show up here?
When you hired the Stewart sisters
you also hired a New York show. It
was in the small print.
And you can't get out of it. We've
I can't thank you enough, but I wonder
if Gramp'll let you do it?
His pride. When he decides he's
going into bankruptcy he likes to
Now just a second. We're not doing
this for him!
Oh no! We're bringing the show down
here to rehearse!
The company's been getting a little
ragged. We'd appreciate the use of
Of course we don't expect it free!
We'll pay a little, but not much. -
You see, the audience will be guinea-
pigs -- and for us, that's quite an
This has not fooled Susan. She throws her arms around Bob
and then Phil.
I don't know what to say!
She cannot refrain from tears of gratitude and turns and
runs out. There is a moment of silence.
I hope this is not an indication of
advancing age, getting kissed out of
You didn't expect a girl that pretty
to kiss you because she wanted to?
A body keeps hoping.
Betty steps up to him and gives him the biggest smack.
Bob is quite surprised.
That was the nicest thing I ever saw
It was still gratitude.
I'm his partner. I'm entitled to
half the credit.
(Judy steps up to him
and just pecks him
on the cheek, then
joins her sister in
She's not as grateful as her sister.
They look off through the exit and see a moving van unloading
scenery, as the General arrives in his buggy.
He steps down and looks with amazement at the scenery passing
EXT. INN - (DAY) - MED. CLOSE SHOT - WAVERLY, BOB AND PHIL
Waverly is looking interestedly at the goings on, but is
puzzled. The boys exchange a glance.
I'm not clear about some of it.
Explain it again.
(Not too good a job)
Well, sir. We have this show, and
we laid off for the holidays. You
see, business was bad.
I know about business being bad.
Yes sir. Well, so we figured as
long as we had the opportunity we'd
do a little rehearsing. Right here.
(There is a hint here
of the General)
Phil looks to Bob for help as they
move toward the lobby.
The troupe is busy transporting the costumes, etc., from the
moving van to the dining room auditorium as the above scene
Well, sir, this nice empty room.
The minute we looked at it we said
it was ideal. Didn't we?
That's what we said. Ideal.
And then we'll have an audience to
play to. You see, sir, you need an
audience on which to try out your
Where are you going to get the
Oh, what guests there are in the
other hotels. They're pretty bored
here without snow, and a New York
show's kind of a novelty in Vermont.
I would think so.
How will they know you're here?
Oh, word gets around.
Yes sir, and we also took the girls
twice around the town for a little
run. They were stiff from the train.
In their practice clothes.
Makes the blood circulate,
(Hers no dope)
Hmm. Whose blood?
BOB AND PHIL
Apparently there must be a lot about
show business I don't understand.
It'll come to you, sir.
It just takes time.
We wouldn't be any good as generals.
You weren't any good as privates!
(Pointing to Bob)
He was an officer, sir.
Only to confuse the enemy.
He turns away and goes to his quarters.
MED. SHOT - INT. INN FLOOR - (DAY)
The company is rehearsing as Bob and Phil enter.
That's all for today, kids.
People break off what they were doing and begin to drift
out. Bob and Phil have gone toward Betty and Judy.
Get a little rest before tonight's
I'll walk you over.
(He takes a sheet of
music out of his
Look this over, I want to try
See you later.
The girls go. Phil goes toward the piano, Bob goes toward
Martha, who is on the phone, accepting reservations.
FULL SHOT - ROOM
Bob takes Martha by the arm and seats her in the middle of
the room as an audience of one. Phil looks up from the piano,
puzzled. The sunset is visible through the window and there
is a mood of quiet.
That's the idea. Want you to hear a
song I just wrote.
If it's a love song, don't get too
It isn't. Just tell me how you think
the Old Man would feel about this
He leaves her and goes to the piano and they do WHAT CAN YOU
DO WITH A GENERAL, solely for Martha.
Toward the end of the song --
MED. CLOSE SHOT - GENERAL WAVERLY
Unseen by the others he is standing by the door listening to
MED. SHOT - INT. ROOM
The boys finish the number. Martha applauds and Bob bows.
I think it's just wonderful --
CLOSE SHOT - SUSAN - AT KITCHEN DOOR
She is standing there, drying her eyes with her apron.
I think so, too.
CLOSE SHOT - WAVERLY - AT THE DOOR
I'm afraid I disagree. The song is
funny, but there is one thing wrong
What's that, sir?
It's true. I'd rather you didn't.
FULL SHOT - INT. INN FLOOR
Bob and Phil exchange a quick glance.
BOB AND PHIL
The General turns and exits toward the lobby, THE CAMERA
PANS with him, a lonely figure walking through the lobby,
the CAMERA STOPPING on a poster advertising tonight's
FULL SHOT - INT. INN FLOOR - (NIGHT)
It is fairly-well filled. Bob, Phil, Betty, Judy and the
ensemble are performing a NUMBER which is a MINSTREL SHOW
routine done to lyrics and music. Bob and Phil are end men,
Betty is interlocutor, and Judy is later introduced as Mandy.
This takes Judy and Phil into a dance to the song MANDY.
This entire number is done in white-face with stylized
costumes and set. During the applause and bows, we CUT TO:
MED. SHOT - WAVERLY TABLE
Waverly, flanked by Susan and Martha, is at a large table.
The other occupants are local hotel owners and their wives.
Great show, Waverly.
We needed something like this. I
had six checkouts, and when they
heard about this they decided to
Glad to help.
Martha and Susan beam; all is well.
FULL SHOT - INT. INN FLOOR - (NIGHT)
It is empty and most of the lights are out. At a considerable
distance from CAMERA Martha extinguishes the last light,
except for a small work light which is servicing Bob, who is
fingering the piano keys and writing music notes, hard at
FULL SHOT - GIRLS' BUNGALOW
In the background we see the boys' bungalow.
MED. SHOT - INT. GIRLS' BUNGALOW
Betty and Judy are in twin beds, the light is coming in from
the moon. The girls are seen in profile.
The moon! I can't get over the
moon up here. The size of it!
(In a quiet mood)
Same one they have all over.
They'll never prove it to me. And
everything smells so beautiful.
What is it - pine or fir?
We're near the bakery.
realizing the stab)
You know your trouble, Betty? You're
Betty turns and looks toward her. Since Judy does not see
her, Betty's expression is a true reflection of how she feels.
Everything's so wonderful here, so
pretty, so exciting, I can't
understand how you stay frozen up.
Let yourself go, go, like me!
(Afraid to ask)
Which one is it?
What do you mean?
Bob or Phil?
You mean both.
It's the same. No one is going to
break up our act.
Isn't there one you prefer over the
The way Phil dances, and he's funny.
It's easy to see yourself married to
He's different, deeper, and he's
funny, too. It'd be nice to be
married to both of them.
Good thing they're not a quartette.
If I was Catherine the Great, that's
what I'd do. Phil in the daytime,
Bob at night. Or should it be the
other way around?
CLOSE SHOT - JUDY AND BETTY
SHOOTING PAST Betty. Is it possible our Betty has a suspicion
of a tear?
Phil'd be more fun in a night club,
but eventually a girl wants a pipe
and slipper fellow. That's Bob,
smoking a pipe and petting a cocker
spaniel. Still, Phil could learn to
smoke a pipe. Breaking a fellow in
to suit you is something every girl
should go through. I hear it's half
the fun. Which one do you like
Are you asleep?
(No answer. Judy turns
over and closes her
Music has underscored this scene. Betty is wide awake.
She is looking toward the window. As the curtains billow
outward we see a diffused figure of Bob, sitting on a fence,
putting out his pipe. This is followed by an equally diffused
figure of Betty, leaving her bed, crossing the furniture,
and joining Bob. Bob takes her in his arms. At this point
we are brought back to reality by the wind slamming a shutter.
This causes the diffusion to vanish, and Betty gets out of
bed and puts on her robe.
INT. INN KITCHEN - MED. SHOT - (NIGHT)
We PAN Betty to the refrigerator door, which she opens.
Tuna fish, on the lower shelf.
Betty whirls around.
MED. SHOT - BETTY AND BOB
We see Bob is having a snack of his own.
What are you doing? Sleep-walking?
I couldn't sleep.
Little young for that, aren't you?
He gets up and goes to the refrigerator. His preoccupation
with the food will permit Betty's expression to be more
obvious than her lines, which are spoken to tell the audience
of her regard for Bob, since their significance must escape
What shall I make you?
If you tell me what you want to dream
about I'll know what to make you.
Different foods make for different
dreams. I've got a whole theory
about it. It's called "The Wallace
Way of Wishful Wooing." You'll find
it in the American Medical Journal
under 'W'. Ham and Swiss cheese,
for instance, you get a cool, thin,
blonde girl. Turkey sandwich, you
get a dark sort of stumpy girl, sexy
though. Now a liverwurst sandwich -
(He shakes his head)
you get both girls at once. Bad
What do you dream on tuna?
Darndest thing, I dream about me.
Then I'll have a tuna sandwich.
Bob doesn't get the significance of what she has said.
Now that's very flattering. Tuna
(He is occupied at
the frigidaire while
she watches him
Let me make you some warm milk.
That'll help the insomnia.
No it won't.
(Looking straight at
Warm milk won't do it.
Whatever you've got on your mind
isn't worth staying awake for.
I think it is.
He smiles at her, oblivious to the meaning behind her lines.
Would you like to know how I handle
a situation like that...?
Tell me, Doctor...
Bob begins to sing COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, as he prepares the
warm milk and hands it to her. She drinks it down. As he
reaches the second chorus, he starts to dim the lamp on the
table, Betty, pretending to be sleepy, leans her head toward
He takes a pillow from a nearby chair and puts it between
her head and her chair. She waits, eyes closed, expectantly.
But Bob gets to his feet, and carefully tiptoes to the door
and exits, closing it softly behind him. After a moment,
Betty snaps on the light, throws the pillow on the floor,
and rests her chin in her hand, disappointed and wide awake.
LONG SHOT - INT. INN FLOOR - (DAY)
Various members of the company are in rehearsal clothes and
sitting around the room. The orchestra is playing the
introduction to Phil's number, which will employ a line of
six girls who are just coming on the floor.
Bob is on stage supervising the rehearsal. Judy is standing
across from the piano. Betty is seated on the sidelines
with her legs stretched over two chairs.
She is knitting a loud colored argyle sock. Phil, standing
close by, has just finished rolling up a ball of yarn. He
looks at Betty's knitting, then at his feet.
Don't make them too tight. I wear
All right kids! Places! Let's get
going! Phil, you're on!
Bob crosses to his stage manager station, which is a desk
and high chair, where Albert is seated, not far from his
wife, Sylvia, who is sipping a glass of water. Albert holds
a stop watch and evidently helps in the administration.
How long are we so far?
An hour and ten minutes.
Something has to come out.
From his position, Phil, in a series of leaps and turns,
reaches center floor and begins his solo.
CLOSE SHOT - BETTY
She continues knitting while watching Phil dancing.
As Phil comes to a portion where he speeds up his steps she
unconsciously speeds up her knitting, Bob has seen her, and
he looks from her knitting and her look of admiration, which
he mistakes for affection, and then looks from the socks to
Phil's feet. At the end of the number, which is applauded
by the witnesses, Judy runs to Phil and hugs and kisses him,
THE CAMERA STAYING at this distance.
Bob, looking at Betty, mistakenly sees her disappointment.
All right, places for the next number!
(He turns to Sylvia)
You're next, Sylvia.
(Sylvia and Albert
glances, Bob senses
What's the trouble?
Mr. Wallace -
(He is embarrassed to
Come on, out with it.
I don't think Sylvia ought to go on,
unless you cut out the high kicks
and let her do some easy waltzes.
Very easy waltzes.
Bob looks from one to the other and their smiling shyness
We don't want anyone else to know.
Please don't mention it.
(The orchestra starts
to play ROCKABYE
BABY. Sylvia and
Albert are startled)
For heaven's sake!
How did they know?
The girls start crowding around.
You wouldn't tell us, would you? We
had to find out ourselves, etc.
(Phil and Judy are
among the group)
There will be a celebration of the
forthcoming event tonight after the
MED. SHOT - BOB, PHIL AND ALBERT
Phil puts his arm around Albert.
Obviously you're going to call the
boy after me!
After you? I hired Sylvia! The
baby'll be named after me!
I've been dancing with her! That's
more important! The baby'll be named
The hiring was more important! After
The dancing was more important!
I'm her husband.
The baby'll be named after me.
Well, we're going to need another
How about Judy, she knows all the
routines, she could pick it up in no
They walk to the table where the coffee is, and the group
now includes Betty.
On the other hand, it's all right if
we lose a number, we're running too
long now. We have to cut somewhere.
Wouldn't it be better if you cut my
solo number? I've never felt right
in it anyway.
The show needs every bit of his
(Interpreting this as
There you are - painless.
She turns away rather abruptly, since she is becoming
emotional. Bob shakes his head, impressed with what he thinks
is her devotion.
MED. CLOSE TWO SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
Bob dunks a doughnut into his coffee as he looks after Betty.
He looks at Phil and shakes his head.
Greater love hath no woman than to
give up a solo number. Old Chinese
(All this is beyond
What are you talking about?
Drink your coffee.
FULL SHOT - WAVERLY QUARTERS - (NIGHT)
This is the party later that evening. Some people are
dancing. Others are grouped about, and there is a general
home party atmosphere. The General, Martha and Susan are
seen helping everyone to feel at home.
The CAMERA STARTS ON A LONG SHOT and DOLLIES THROUGH THE
GROUP, passing Sylvia, where ad lib comments about the
impending baby are sketchily HEARD. The CAMERA CONTINUES
toward the piano, where Bob and Betty are examining the music
sheet of A MAN CHASES A GIRL.
Betty looks up and the CAMERA FOLLOWS her look to Phil, who
is dancing with Rita. Rita nestles up close to Phil. This
is seen by Bob and Betty. Bob smiles.
CLOSE SHOT - PHIL AND RITA
On closer view, we can see that Rita is the aggressor.
(Referring to the
Don't you want me to breathe?
What's gotten into you?
You were chasing me in Florida.
And you were running. What made you
You're interested in Judy, aren't
That's it, eh? Unless it belongs to
someone else, a girl doesn't - Ouch!
(Evidently Rita has
on his instep)
SCENE FROM BOB'S VIEWPOINT
Betty is walking over to the dancing couple and deliberately
cuts in on Rita, who is displeased, but can do nothing but
yield. Bob's reaction still implies that this is
understandable since Betty loves Phil. He turns back toward
the piano, and other couples are between him and Betty and
Still at the same camera distance, we see Betty turning Phil
over to Judy.
CLOSE SHOT - PHIL AND JUDY
Judy is a little cool.
What's the matter?
Nothing is the matter.
This isn't the way you dance.
Some people dance closer than others.
Phil is delighted that she is jealous.
Yes, that's true. I'm one of the
close ones. That's my type.
He holds her closely, by force, dancing, smiling and pleased
MED. FULL SHOT - ROOM
The dance music stops. The people disperse.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - AT PIANO
Harry, the piano player, is playing the last half of A MAN
CHASES A GIRL. Bob and Betty are leaning over the piano,
Bob humming the melody. Betty pantomimes to the others to
quiet down. Bob starts to sing the lyric. In the second
chorus, he is joined in the singing by Betty. During this
chorus we CUT TO show various reactions of the group, and
end on Phil, sitting close to Judy, holding her hand.
CLOSE TWO SHOT - PHIL AND JUDY
We HEAR Bob and Betty, off scene, continuing to the end of
the second chorus, on which Phil, sotto voce, sings the last
(Singing; looking at
And once you've caught him, don't
ever let him go.
APPLAUSE follows the song. Phil gets up.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like
to make an announcement.
FULL SHOT - CROWD
Everyone quiets, waiting to hear the announcement.
It is my pleasure to identify the
man who has been doing the chasing.
I am him! - Or he! - Or it! Anyway,
Judy has caught me. What I'm trying
to say is, we're engaged.
He looks fondly at Judy, taking it for granted she is
overwhelmed at this method of announcing to her that he is
going to marry her. He hugs her amidst a general reaction
MED. SHOT - BOB
He is flabbergasted.
MED. SHOT - GROUP
Phil and Judy are separated by the congratulators.
Betty, hiding her emotion, grips Phil's arm.
I hope you realize that you're getting
he most wonderful girl in the world.
Bob sees her emotion through the speech. Betty notices Judy
upset, shaking off the people around her and running through
the doorway to the kitchen.
Betty makes her way through the crowd to follow her, as the
orchestra goes into HER COMES THE BRIDE.
MED. SHOT - INT. KITCHEN
Judy is crying into her hands as Betty enters.
Darling, don't cry.
(Turning to her)
I didn't know he was going to make
that announcement, I swear I didn't.
Betty puts one arm around her.
I know you didn't.
He had no right to do that.
You do love him, don't you?
That doesn't matter.
Nothing else matters.
We're not going to break up our act.
Phil enters the kitchen.
I've been looking for you, Judy.
She goes through the corridor toward the living room.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - CORRIDOR OFF BUTLER'S PANTRY
In the background we see the General in the butler's pantry
getting some drinks for the guests. He is not seen by Betty
who stops at the mirror in the corridor to wipe away a few
tears. Bob comes into view in the mirror, entering the
corridor from the living room.
Don't take this too much to heart.
Phil is a great kid but constancy
isn't his long suit.
I'm not the least bit worried.
(Phil and Judy enter
from the kitchen)
Frankly, this couldn't come at a
better time. They want me to come
back to The Carousel again - I used
to sing there before Judy and I teamed
up - and I had to turn it down because
they can only use a single.
(Not too well)
So - this couldn't be more convenient.
You stay with the show and I'll go
back to The Carousel.
When did you get this offer?
Just today, as a matter of fact. I
got a telegram.
Why didn't you mention it before?
I didn't want to hurt your feelings.
Where is the telegram?
I threw it away. What is this, a
third degree? You don't think I
made it up?
Yes, I do.
There is a pause, and Waverly, who has been watching each
Well now, I wouldn't bet any large
sum of money on that, since I took
the message over the telephone, and
I had to deliver the telegram.
(To take the tension
And she didn't tip me, either.
Betty looks at him gratefully.
(She throws her arms
I'm sorry! I misunderstood!
Now, baby! It's all right!
Well, everything's fine now!
Happy, he beams at Judy.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BOB AND WAVERLY
Something bothers Bob about this story. He looks searchingly
at Betty, puzzled. He does not notice Waverly, who watches
him watching Betty.
SLOW DISSOLVE TO:
LONG SHOT - RAILROAD STATION - DAY
Train about to leave. The General is in the foreground
sitting in the buggy. Betty is saying goodbye to him.
Bob and the porter are taking care of her luggage.
(Shouting over noise
Where are you going to be?
The General looks at her, questioningly.
(Whispering, during a
lull in the noise)
I sent them a telegram this morning.
The General smiles; Betty waves a farewell to him and crosses
to the train, starting up the steps. The notion behind this
scene is to be able to hear only intermittent dialogue due
to the whistle, bells, and escaping steam. The manner of
playing, though, indicates the sentiment. To emphasize it:
Bob is fonder of Betty than he realizes, and Betty fully
realizes how fond she is of him but that he does not return,
consciously, her affection. We hear Betty:
Take care of my little sister.
She can take care of herself. Worry
about the menfolk. Now don't forget
I'll send you picture postcards.
Not all of this is heard, since the sound effects pick their
spots, but the attention is on the General, who is watching
the scene with a whimsical look. He, as does the audience,
realizes Bob's true feelings. As the train starts to leave,
Betty and Bob shake hands. She holds his handshake a little
longer than necessary, and Bob is forced to move along with
the train. Finally she releases him, and Bob looks after
the train, puzzled.
THE CAMERA is now on the train platform, Bob out of sight.
Betty wipes away a tear. In the background we see the General
in the buggy noticing this.
MED. LONG SHOT - TRAIN IN DISTANCE
Bob is in the foreground, the General in the background.
Bob joins the General at the buggy. From Waverly's expression
we can see that he has decided on a plan of action.
Must be interesting to be a woman.
The idea's never occurred to me,
Well, think about it.
(Bob is thinking about
A man like you must be an expert on
It's a little immodest to say so,
but I consider myself an authority
on the fair sex, I've made a study
of the subject. They're simple
They couldn't fool you?
'Pride goeth before a fall.'
'Who knows his own strength is twice
It's always a pleasure to meet an
expert in any field. Tell me, why
do you think Betty went to New York?
(Not willing to admit
She has a job in The Carousel.
Expert, you're wrong! She went to
New York because she's so in love
with someone here she just couldn't
(A mixture of
I'm darned if I can figure out why.
I thought you were an expert on women.
(To the horse)
Come on, Delilah!
CLOSE SHOT - CHRISTMAS TREE ANGEL - DAY
THE CAMERA PANS DOWN from the ceiling and we see that THE
INN is being decorated for Christmas Eve.
Everybody is so engaged, except those actively helping Phil
and Judy rehearse. The attitude is slightly cool on Judy's
part, but it is lover's coolness.
(Fitting the action)
(During the dancing)
Now the same as the middle part.
They make a nice couple, with his arm around her waist,
dancing as one.
REVERSE ANGLE - BOB
He enters the room, and watches. He looks intently at Phil.
Phil and Judy dance closer to Bob. They see him. They continue
dancing, talking as they do.
Betty get off all right?
Betty left something for you. She
said to give it to you after she
left. It's on the piano.
Bob hears, nods, but keeps staring at Phil. Phil becomes
conscious of the staring.
What's the matter?
I don't get it.
Don't get what?
I just don't see it. You' re skinny,
you got a big nose, and you squint.
Yes, you! Nothing personal though.
No, of course not.
I'm just trying to figure out what
anyone sees in you.
Well, stop worrying about it. When
I ask you for a date just turn me
down. Come on, Judy.
They dance away. Bob crosses to the piano and picks up the
package Betty left for him. He opens it up and it is a single
knitted sock, the one she knitted on previously. He looks
through the box for its mate.
There is none. The CAMERA MOVES CLOSER to Bob, puzzled.
CLOSE SHOT - BLACKBOARD - (DAY)
Painted at the top is the legend:
At the moment a hand is completing, in chalk:
"No Snow" After a moment, the hand returns and draws two
lines through the "S" so that it now reads, "No $now". CAMERA
PULLS BACK to reveal we are on:
EXT. PINE TREE POST OFFICE - FULL SHOT
Bob comes out of the Post Office and mounts a bicycle.
He cycles down the street, whistling A MAN CHASES A GIRL.
SECTION OF VILLAGE - HORSESHOE PITCHING GROUNDS - MED. SHOT -
There is a group of elderly men, among them the hotel owners,
pitching horseshoes. Waverly is sitting on a bench, ruefully
looking at the sign.
FIRST HOTEL OWNER
(Starting a new game)
How about it, Waverly, want to play?
(Looking at him a
I'm too young for that sort of thing.
First Owner laughs goodnaturedly and continues playing.
Bob rides into the scene and dismounts.
MED. SHOT - BOB AND WAVERLY
Bob sits into the shot.
Kind of warm for that kind of
exercise, isn't it?
(Trying to help)
It isn't very warm.
(He looks to the sky)
I think the weatherman's wrong about
his forecast. Those look like snow
clouds to me.
(Without looking up)
They're cumulus clouds, at an
elevation of seven thousand feet.
Still, weather's a funny thing.
It could snow - overnight.
(He thinks a moment)
I'll tell you something I haven't
told my family. I'm going back in
Really, sir? That's great news!
Yes. I miss the Army.
Where are you going to be sent, sir?
Well, I'm not sure yet. I've always
been a combat officer, but I got an
idea they're going to try and palm
off one of the training commands on
me. They'd better not. They just
(He's worked up now)
I'm not ready for pitching horseshoes
Now nothing to the women folk about
Let's mosey over to the post office,
I'm expecting a letter any day.
Oh, I beg your pardon, sir.
(He pulls the letter
out of his pocket)
That's what I came over to give you,
it slipped my mind.
The General takes the letter, he looks at it front and back.
This is the one.
(He opens it, He
squints. He looks
My glasses are in my room. I'd like
to read it by myself, but I'm a little
(He smiles at his own
Read it, son. Slowly.
Dear Tom: Why, you dirty, old -
Skip that word.
It certainly was a surprise hearing
from you. Your amusing letter was
appreciated more than you imagine.
Of course you've got plenty of time
to be amusing, sitting on that porch,
rocking away, while we put in a full
day's work. You always were a lucky
stiff, and I envy you. A few years
more, I was saying to Emmy the other
evening, and I'm going to be able to
take it easy like old Tom.
Oh, well, some people have all the
luck. Everyone in the family is
fine here. Carol had the mumps,
which is no joke at eleven years of
The rest of the letter is about the
(Bob looks at him,
and then glances at
the rest to see if
it is so)
He's telling me they have nothing
for me, we're not fooling each other.
(He holds has hand
(Bob gives him his
letter. There is a
pause. An attempt
at being light)
Say, it couldn't be hard to learn to
pitch horseshoes. Now could it?
(Trapped, unhappy for
(His nerve up)
Begging your pardon, sir, there's a
lot to be said for leisure. You're
not used to it, you've always been
active, but in time -
He stops, seeing Waverly's expression. Waverly winks at
Never kid a kidder. Go on back to
Waverly gets up to join the horseshoe players after all.
Bob watches this reflectively as we
MED. SHOT - (DAY) - INT. HOTEL ROOM - BOB AND PHIL
Bob is packing his valise, Phil helping him.
Judy thinks my eyes are soulful. Do
you think my eyes are soulful?
One of them is.
You have no poetry in you. It's
about time you went in for girls,
too. After all, you haven't many
years left for that sort of thing.
Bob, his back turned to Phil, comes across the sock Betty
knitted for him; he hastily shoves it into the bottom of has
I'm the quiet type. Little do you
know what's aged me.
Wheels within wheels, eh? Well,
live it up, Pops. Eat, drink and be
merry -- is that why you're leaving
for New York?
I told you what I'm seein' Ed Harrison
about. That's all.
Business, business. Glad to be rid
of you. You're not in the girly
(Easily annoyed at
What do you know about girls? You
wouldn't know what to do with a girl
if she fell on you!
Well, I'd know enough not to get up.
There is a KNOCK at the door and Martha sticks her head in.
Mr. Wallace -- gonna miss your train!
For her I'd get up.
As Bob slams his suitcase shut,
EXT. CAROUSEL CLUB - MED. CLOSE - (DAY)
A poster outside advertises the appearance of Betty Stewart.
MUSIC is heard emanating from the club.
DISSOLVE THROUGH TO:
INT. CAROUSEL CLUB - MED. SHOT - (DAY)
A rehearsal is in progress in the deserted club. The chairs
are up on the tables, musicians in their shirt sleeves, as
Betty SINGS a chorus of LOVE, YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME. As
she finishes, the orchestra LEADER turns to her.
Betty - You really live that number.
The story of my life.
Shall we try it over again?
I wish I could.
INT. CAROUSEL CLUB - MED. SHOT - (NIGHT)
It is alive with customers; couples are dancing on the floor,
as a number ends. Bob enters, and is conducted to a ringside
table by a maitre d'.
I'm expecting Ed Harrison.
Very well, Mr. Wallace.
STAGE - MED. CLOSE
Betty is standing at the microphone ready to sing.
She sees Bob. The Leader raises his baton.
(Stopping him, sotto)
Let's not do the new number.
Play "Blue Skies" -- anything.
Relax. Just do it the way you sang
it this afternoon -- you'll be great.
He gives the downbeat, and Betty has no choice but to sing
LOVE, YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME. She is assisted in the
second chorus by a vocal group.
CLUB - MED. SHOT
as Bob watches her. When she finishes the number, Betty
steps down from the platform and joins Bob.
(As Bob holds the
Well, surprise. What brought you to
the big city? And don't say 'a
(Forced gaiety, hiding
I never heard you sing that well.
That's a good number for you.
(Her own significance)
Some numbers suit you better than
others. What are you doing here?
Business, business. Meeting a fellow
Judy all right?
She's fine. Couldn't be better.
Playing footsie with Phil.
I think they like each other.
I do, too.
They're kind of suited, in a lot of
Some people are.
Thanks for the knitted sock.
Don't mention it.
I thought it was for Phil.
If the sock fits, wear it.
(Unsure of her meaning)
It started out for Phil.
It just started out as a sock.
Every line of the sock exchange should have the meaning of
the love implications.
You're a very odd girl.
You're a very odd fellow.
Bob is close to declaring himself, if he was only sure of
Two feet, one sock. I must be.
I'll get around to the other one,
You mean to do any knitting in the
The feeling comes and goes.
Think if the model hung around for a
while... the feeling might be more
Bob leans over and takes her hand.
What's this maybe, shmaybe, comes
and goes? Friends tell me I don't
have many years left for this sort
of thing... I ought to know right
now if --
He is interrupted by ED HARRISON, who has been brought to
the table by the maitre d'.
Bob! How are you?
(He knows Betty)
She nods, as Ed sits down.
Now what's this big deal you wanted
to discuss? I shouldn't even talk
to you after canceling out on my
Ed, I saw the old man.
Waverly? Where, in the Pentagon?
Pentagon, nothing. He owns a little
hotel in a winter resort in Vermont.
Our old man?
Nobody even knows who he is.
He's too proud to let them know he's
Ed looks at her, surprised.
(To Bob, indicating
Was she in our outfit, too?
What are we going to do about it?
You got a flash?
Got to stir it around a little?
All stirred. Remember how Old
Flintbottom always used to find a
way to keep our morale up... without
telling us? It's about time we
returned the favor. Let's surprise
him with a real big bang-up reunion.
Now you're talking! How do we spread
Bob takes a piece of paper out of his inside pocket and hands
it to Ed.
You're gonna read this little speech
on your television show. People
look at it, don't they?
(Scanning the paper)
Now's as good a time as any to find
As he continues to read the piece of paper, we
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. COLUMBIA INN LOBBY - PHIL IN PHONE
BOOTH - (NIGHT)
Phil is excited.
Bob, just leave it to me! He won't
get near a set if I have to break a
leg... Goodbye, Bob!
He opens the door of the booth and hurries across the lobby
toward Susan, who is at the desk, and BANGS on the bell,
which is on the counter. Martha comes running from the
Now everybody pay close attention.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. TELEVISION STATION - (NIGHT)
Ed is about to go on the air. Bob is opposite him, out of
camera range, The technical crew are watching the hand of
the dial approaching 60.
I hope Phil has been able to keep
the old man away from a television
He has. In anything involving
something crooked he's dependable.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. LOBBY COLUMBIA INN
Seated around the television set are Waverly, Martha and
Susan. Martha and Susan look at their watches and each other,
nervously. Waverly also looks at his watch.
Ed Harrison will be on in a half
minute. I like him. I never miss
The women are becoming very nervous. Suddenly we HEAR off
scene the most tremendous clatter dorm the stairway and Phil's
Ow! Ow! Ow!
He runs toward the stairs. Martha and Susan breathe a sigh
of relief and follow Waverly.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - STAIRS
Waverly runs to the tangled Phil.
My leg is broken! Ow, ow!
Take it easy, boy.
(He starts feeling
Ow! Ow! It's broken!
No it isn't! You may have a bad
sprain, but no bones are busted!
It's broken, sir. I can feel it.
Let me help you.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. TELEVISION STATION
The technician indicates for Ed Harrison to start as the
second hand hits straight up.
I would like to address all former
officers, enlisted men, Wacs and
nurses who were under the command of
General Tom Waverly --
MED. SHOT - INT. COLUMBIA INN OUTSIDE WAVERLY'S OFFICE
Waverly and Martha are helping Phil through the door.
Ow! Ow! It's broken in two or three
That's just the impression you have!
I tell you it's only shock!
THE CAMERA FOLLOWS THEM into the office as they lay him out
on the couch.
(Laying him out)
Take it easy, boy!
Don't leave me! Everything is going
round and round!
Nobody's leaving you! Martha, get
me a cold towel!
MED. CLOSE SHOT - INT. TELEVISION STATION
The objective is Pine Tree, Vermont ---
Synchronize watches for Operation
MED. SHOT - INT. OFFICE
Phil has his eyes closed.
Things still going around?
Now they're going sideways!
Waverly takes the wet towel from Martha.
Now they're going in and out!
Waverly slaps the towel on his face.
This'll bring him out of it.
Where am I?
He's all right.
Judy bursts into the room.
Phil, what's happened to you?
Phil assumes a pain-stricken face again and Judy throws her
arms around him. Phil smiles over her shoulder at Waverly.
FULL SHOT - NIGHT - COUNTRY ROAD
Silhouette of busses, Station in background, if desirable.
MED. FULL SHOT - FORK IN ROAD
Two men, with M.P. armbands, slow up the busses. One is
revealed to be Phil.
All quiet, folks! Entering the town!
The Old Man's asleep! Let's keep
him that way!
The busses move on.
MED. SHOT - NIGHT - INT. LOBBY
Bob and Betty tiptoe through the entrance to the inn. In
the semidarkness of the lobby we hear a "sst - ", and Susan
and Martha are revealed having been waiting for them.
We've been waiting for you.
How is everything going?
They are bedded down in all the
Martha blows her nose.
His old outfit... If I wasn't such a
mean old biddy, I'd probably break
right down and cry.
There's nothing to cry about, is
He looks to Susan and she begins to bawl.
(Through the crying)
Thank you so much.
Bob looks to Betty for support.
Can't you do something?
They're just affected by the gesture.
She can't hold it back either, and now the three women are
(Through her tears)
Where are Judy and Phil?
Probably in their rooms, crying.
They start out.
MED. SHOT - EXT. BUNGALOW - NIGHT
As Bob and Betty turn around the corner, they see Phil and
Judy, locked in an embrace. Bob has been in front, but he
steps back quickly, not wanting to embarrass the lovers.
Who is it? General Waverly?
We can't just stand here. We have
to get some sleep.
She walks into sight, Bob following. Phil and Judy break,
We were rehearsing for the show
Is it going to be that kind of a
show? We'll be raided!
What are you doing here? What
happened at The Carousel?
I'm helping out here tomorrow.
Hi, Bob. Everything's under control.
I mean with the show. We've got a
lot of new material. You both are
going to have to do a lot of
I mean the other kind of rehearsing -
I mean - rehearsing Well, good night,
And he holds his hand out, and they shake hands, still
Good night, Phil. Good night, Bob.
Flustered, the boys open the door to the girls' bungalow,
thinking it is their own.
Let's get out of here before the
They all laugh. The girls enter their bungalow and put on
the light. The boys head toward their bungalow. Phil enters
in a gay mood. Bob stops at the door, turns around and looks
toward the window of the girls' bungalow.
MED. SHOT - INT. GIRLS' BUNGALOW - NIGHT
Judy is getting into bed. Betty, in her dressing gown, is
looking out of the window toward the boys' bungalow.
Bob is still pacing up and down on
the porch... I think I'll go out and
see what's bothering him.
That's how I started in Canton, Ohio.
This is Vermont. Nothing can happen
Keep your guard up... That ain't
Coolidge out on that porch.
Betty throws her a look, and exits.
EXT. BOYS' BUNGALOW - MED SHOT
Bob stands on the porch, in robe and slippers, thoughtfully
puffing at his pipe. Betty comes into scene.
What are you doing? Sleep walking?
Betty comes up on the porch.
Whatever you've got on your mind
isn't worth staying awake for.
Where have I heard that?
Tell you how I handle a situation
like this, Doctor.
She starts to sing, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. At the conclusion,
she walks away, leaving him standing there.
CLOSE SHOT - ARCHED SIGN IN FRONT OF INN - (NIGHT)
This sign announces the show opening. People are streaming
into the inn.
MED. SHOT - INT. WAVERLY'S QUARTERS
The General is in his dressing gown, furious. Martha and
Susan are playing a part.
How could you send all my suits to
You've only got two.
Why can't you wear your uniform?
I won't appear in uniform!
Very well. I'll explain to Bob and
Phil that you didn't care to come to
the show tonight.
I'll have you court-martialed!
You don't mind being ungrateful, you
just don't like being told you are!
(Follows it up)
If you think you don't owe them
anything, you're not obliged to go.
They haven't done much for you.
Hardly anything. You do what you
think is right!
Martha, I'll make my own decisions!
I got along very well in the army
It took 15,000 men to take my place!
She stalks out.
FULL SHOT - INN FLOOR - (NIGHT)
It is slowly filling up. One of the guiding officials turns
out to be the Sheriff we have previously seen.
(Seating a party)
Right this way.
MED. SHOT - INT. MAKESHIFT DRESSING ROOM - BOB AND PHIL
They are getting into their old uniforms, which are slightly
(At the trousers)
This thing's shrunk.
(Looking at the bulge)
Pants always shrink in closets.
I can't breathe in this. What am I
going to do?
I know what I'm going to do.
I'm going to take one big deep breath,
and that's going to be it for the
next three hours.
Bob takes a deep breath and gets the top button buttoned.
MED. SHOT - LOBBY STAIRWAY - (NIGHT)
General Waverly comes down the stairs, cutting quite a figure
in his uniform and decorations. Martha and Susan, waiting
for him at the bottom, look him over, admiringly.
Well, I couldn't come down in my
FULL SHOT - INN FLOOR
The spotlight prepared, pinpoints the General as he enters
the room, and the music starts. The audience rises and
applauds. He can't believe it. He reaches his table,
decorated with flowers, and recognizes he is the guest of
honor. From the lobby we hear the outfit SINGING the opening
strains of THE OLD MAN.
All eyes turn to the lobby entrance, through which the old
outfit marches, and continues to the stage, and then back to
their respective tables as the song finishes.
MED. SHOT - WAVERLY
He is profoundly moved and walks to the stage. The audience
is seated. Waverly looks at the assembled crowd with great
affection. The people begin to shout, "Speech! Speech!"
Martha and Susan sit.
The crowd quiets, waiting for the speech.
(He must have had a
from a sergeant at
I am not satisfied with the conduct
of this division! Some of you men
are under the impression that having
been at Anzio entitles you not to
wear neckties! You are wrong!
Neckties will be worn in this area!
I have also noticed a deterioration
in the quality of saluting! This is
to be improved! I have also had
complaints from the commanding officer
of the rest area in Naples! He
informs me that the non-fraternization
rule is constantly being broken by
men of this division! In fact, this
division is outstanding in its
violations of non-fraternization!
You all know the rules! The non-
fraternization ban expressly declares
you are not to talk to women!
(A slightly different
Don't talk to them! That is all!
They howl and cheer. He makes has way toward his own table,
greeting old friends on the way.
MED. CLOSE SHOT - BOB AND PHIL
As they step to the front of the stage.
(To the audience)
Doesn't that bring back memories?
Remember those terrible, trying days
in Italy... when we had to beat the
women off with chocolate bars?
And wasn't it awful the way they
kept bothering us for American
cigarettes? Why, I must have taught
fifty girls how to smoke...
For a month's pay all we got was 950
Nine hundred and fifty two...
I was forced to hire a caddy for my
I'm glad I'm well out of it.
Phil looks at him.
Who are we kidding?
This is the cue for the orchestra to start the production
number, I WISH I WAS BACK IN THE ARMY. At end of number -
AUDIENCE - FULL SHOT
As they applaud and cheer. The old outfit is happy.
In the exultation, General Waverly places two fingers to his
lips and blows a whistle of sheer pleasure and approval. We
underscore with MUSIC indicating another number is taking
place on stage, although we do not see it.
SECTION OF AUDIENCE - MED. CLOSE
Ed Harrison crosses to General Waverly and whispers to him.
Long distance call for you, sir.
Waverly looks surprised, but rises and starts out.
Bob, visible in b.g., has been watching. He and Harrison
exchange knowing glances.
AT HOTEL DESK - MED. SHOT
The lobby is empty; in b.g. are the doors to the dining
room, where the show is in progress. The telephone lies on
the counter. Waverly enters and crosses to it. He is a
little annoyed at being forced to leave the entertainment.
(Into phone, gruffly)
Hurry up, hurry up, I'm busy.
Yes, this is General Waverly.
He suddenly snaps to attention, the old soldier.
And a Merry Christmas to you, Mr.
President... Yes, practically the
whole outfit is here. A little
paunchy, but they're here. It
certainly was a surprise -- more
like a frameup. As usual, my
Intelligence was not functioning
That's very nice of you, Mr.
President... any time you want me,
just say the word... but may I add
this? It isn't always necessary to
take a job... sometimes it's enough
just to know it's there.
Through the window behind the General we have seen it begin
to SNOW. The General notices it for the first time, and his
If you ever take it into your mind
to grab a little rest from all that
work I wish you'd drop in on us here --
I can't promise you any golf but --
(As he looks at the
-- we can certainly give you plenty
of snow, Mr, President... Yes, Mr.
He hangs up the phone, and proudly, head erect, he walks
through the lobby, smiling, eyes wet. He lifts the bell on
the desk with a loud bang. Martha hurries in, startled.
You frightened me to death! That
bell hasn't been used for three
Get this area policed up. No telling
who might be dropping in.
She and the General gaze at the snow falling beyond the lobby
door which is blown open by the wind.
Underneath all this we have been hearing the introductory
music to WHITE CHRISTMAS, which is the number now in progress
on the stage. Waverly now turns and walks into the dining
INT. DINING ROOM - MOVING CAMERA
CAMERA FOLLOWS Waverly on his entrance. As he passes Susan,
we see she is reacting to something on the stage.
CAMERA PASSES Waverly and moves to:
STAGE - FULL SHOT - MOVING CAMERA
Center stage, there is a large cutout of a decorated Christmas
tree. Also, there is considerable Christmas holly, mistletoe,
etc. Bob and Betty are seen singing. Throughout action of
this number Phil and Judy dance. In addition there is staged
movement by the ensemble. Bob and Betty are on each side of
the cutout Christmas tree, but it is obvious that Betty is
preoccupied with some stage business which she is manipulating
with one hand behind the cutout tree.
CAMERA FOLLOWS Bob and Betty as their movement takes them
behind the tree. It is now that we see very clearly that
the rear wall of the stage (two immense barn doors) has
opened; in b.g. we see the Vermont countryside being covered
by the falling snow. Also, we see pine trees in the snow
that are decorated.
Betty steers Bob to a point directly beneath a sprig of
mistletoe from which is also hanging the mate to the sock
she gave him in scene 110. Bob looks up, sees the mistletoe
and the sock, and smiles at Betty.
She lifts one of his trouser legs and we see that he is
wearing the other sock. They laugh and embrace.
REVERSE SHOT - FROM DINING ROOM
The cutout tree onstage rises to the flies and now the real
trees and falling snow in b.g. are completely visible. One
by one, the trees are lighted.
AUDIENCE - MED. CLOSE
Martha and Susan are standing happily beside the General,
each holding one of his arms.
EXT. VERMONT TOWN - EXTREME HIGH SHOT - (MINIATURE)
A church bell is framed in the foreground, and, far in the
distance, we see the town and the Inn and the snow as we