One Way Passage
PRODUCED BY PROGRAM 21
WILLIAM ESTY COMPANY Thursday
FOR: CAMEL CIGARETTES February 24, 1949
R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY (REVISED)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS
"ONE WAY PASSAGE"
JANE WYMAN LEW AYRES CHARLES BICKFORD
NBC HOLLYWOOD 7:00 - 7:30 PM PST
DIRECTOR - BILL LAWRENCE ADAPTER - HARRY KRONMAN
SUPERVISOR - DON BERNARD CONDUCTOR - WILBUR HATCH
Joan .................Jane Wyman
Dan ................. Lew Ayres
Steve ............... Charles Bickford
Woman.................Betty Lou Gerson
Louise................Betty Lou Gerson
Man ..................Eric Snowden
2nd Bartender.........Bob Beban
3rd Bartender.........Griff Barnett
SMITH: (COLD) From Hollywood!
BARCLAY: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres and Charles Bickford in Warner
Bros. classic story "One Way Passage."
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MUSIC: STINGS...AND HOLDS UNDER
SMITH: "ONE WAY PASSAGE," starring Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres and
MUSIC: FULL INTO PLAY THEME .. AND DOWN, TO HOLD UNDER:
SOUND: SHIP LOADING EFFECTS .. WINCHES, SHOUTS .. IN B.G.
ROY: The Orient. China. The Port of Hong Kong....A great
passenger ship is almost ready to sail. And up on
deck - leaning casually against the rail - two men
watch the busy scene below....Two men standing quietly
together. They might be old friends. They might be -
except that their wrists are joined by handcuffs.
MUSIC: CUTS WITH:
SOUND: STEAMER WHISTLE .. LONG WARNING BLAST
DAN: Well..there's the warning whistle, Steve....
STEVE: That's right, Dan. We're on the last leg now. Honolulu -
San Francisco -
DAN: And then San Quentin....
STEVE: (SLIGHT PAUSE) It's been a long chase, Dan.
DAN: (FAINT SMILE) But interesting?
STEVE: Sort of.
DAN: You know, you ought to be grateful to me, Steve. How
many cops ever get a trip around the world? Marseilles,
Algiers, Cairo....And how did you like Paris? See
anything of the town?
STEVE: Your trail wasn't half bad.
DAN: What about that little girl in Madrid?
DAN: Steve, forgive me if I correct you. Her name was
Conchita...Didn't delay you much, did she?
STEVE: No -- but it was nice to have her tryin'.. (SUDDENLY)
And say, don't lean too hard against that rail; this
section swings out.
DAN: (GRINS) That would be fun -- a little dip before we
sailed..You swim, Steve?
STEVE: (WISELY) No -- but I play a swell game of tag.
DAN: Ever play water polo?
DAN: (CHUCKLES) I used to be sensational. Have to teach
you some time.
STEVE: Don't try anything funny, Dan....
DAN: (SHRUGS) What would be the percentage -- with this
jewelry hooking us together? Suppose you'd lost the key?
STEVE: Not me. I've got it right here in my vest pocket.
(ADD QUICKLY) The side away from you..No, you're pretty
smart, Dan, but I'm just one step ahead of -- (SUDDEN
SHOUT) Hey, look out! (SCREAMS, FADING) Dan -- !
ENGLISHMAN: (COMING IN, EXCITED) I saw it! I saw it all! The rail
gave way! (OTHER VOICES GATHERING, EXCITED)
WOMAN: Well, don't just stand there! Do something!
ENGLISHMAN: By jove, you're right. (SHOUTS) Help! Man overboard!
MUSIC: INTO COVER...AND FADE OUT INTO....EXCITED VOICES...IN
JOAN: (CALLS) Louise...(NO ANSWER) Louise....
LOUISE: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Yes, Miss Joan -- ?
JOAN: I've been calling. Where were you? (DOOR CLOSE)
LOUISE: (COMING IN) I stepped out on deck. There's been an
JOAN: Yes, I know -- I heard the excitement. What happened,
LOUISE: They say a man fell overboard.
JOAN: (QUICKLY) When? How? Were they able to save him. Did
LOUISE: (STOPPING HER) Miss Joan -- please -- you mustn't let
yourself get worked up.
JOAN: Don't be silly! Who's getting worked up?
LOUISE: But the doctor said --
JOAN: Oh, he's like all the rest! They've said too much to me
already!.....(EXCITED) Louise, unpack my new silk dress.
I'm going out on deck and -- (SUDDEN PAIN) -- and --
LOUISE: (FRIGHTENED) Miss Joan -- !
JOAN: (IN PAIN) My..my capsules..please....
LOUISE: (QUICKLY) Here..Here....Now breathe deeply......
JOAN: (FAINTLY) I -- just felt a little faint, that's all.
LOUISE: (FIRM) That's plenty. (RECEIVER UP) I'm going to
telephone for the ship's doctor!!!
MUSIC: ACCENT CHORD...AND FADE OUT INTO
DOCTOR: Fortunate you had those capsules handy, Ma'am.
LOUISE: (QUIETLY) We always have them handy, Doctor.
DOCTOR: (GRAVELY) Yes....of course....
JOAN: Doctor, I think it was silly to bother you. Just when
they probably need you, too.
DOCTOR: You think someone needed me more than you?
JOAN: Well -- that man who fell overboard...If he couldn't
DOCTOR: He couldn't.
JOAN: There you are! You see!
DOCTOR: Matter of fact, he didn't need me at all...Seems he's
travelling with another man -- very strong swimmer.
Fellow went right in after him. They thrashed around
bit -- and then the friend took over. Held them both up
until they fished them out.
DOCTOR: Now then young lady, you'll stay in bed and rest.
JOAN: (SMILES) You're not very original. That's been said to
DOCTOR: Not much result..You don't obey doctors' orders,
JOAN: I used to. I don't any more.
DOCTOR: I presume they told you how serious it is?
JOAN: More than that -- I've read all about it.
DOCTOR: It's a strong thing to have to say to a girl who's --
well, to anyone, for that matter. But you understand
that with exertion and excitement, it can happen almost
JOAN: Yes, doctor -- I understand. I'll send for you if I
don't -- feel well.
DOCTOR: You're going on to San Francisco?
JOAN: San Francisco, and then New York. Then France -- then
down through the Red Sea -- and then 'round the little
DOCTOR: (GRIMLY) That's a long trip.
JOAN: Not nearly as long as lying in a sanitarium...They knew
it was hopeless..and I knew it, too -- and I couldn't
go on, just lying there, waiting for it to come to me.
So I've been waltzing around the world, having what fun
I could.....Is that such bad psychology, doctor?
DOCTOR: Well, I can understand how you feel..but if you were
my little girl you'd be staying in bed.
JOAN: (SMILES) But since I'm not, I'm getting up.
DOCTOR: And then?
JOAN: I'm putting on my new silk dress.
DOCTOR: And then?
JOAN: I'm going up to the bar for a drink --
MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD..AND FADE OUT INTO:)
STEVE: Dan, I don't know how to say it to you..(A PAUSE) Dan --?
DAN: Oh, I'm sorry, Steve -- I was looking out on deck....
That girl is pretty, isn't she? The one in the silk
STEVE: You must be nuts!
DAN: I'd like to prove that to the Governor. He might change
the rap to just life.
STEVE: (QUIETLY) Why'd you pull me out, Dan? Why didn't you
let me drown?
DAN: You know, I've been wondering about that myself.
STEVE: You managed to get the key out of my pocket -- you got
the irons off..Thanks, Dan. If I can do anything for you..
DAN: You can, Steve.
STEVE: (WARILY) What?
DAN: These irons. Can't we cut the Siamese Twin Act now?
We're out of the harbor -- I can't get away.
STEVE: (CONSIDERS IT) No... that's true...you can't...(A PAUSE)
Dan, I'm gonna give you half a break. I'm not gonna
put you in the brig --
DAN: (PLEASED) No?
STEVE: (QUICKLY) But one move and you get it. I'd plug you
without even thinking twice.
DAN: (SLIGHT PAUSE) Okay...
STEVE: It's fourteen days to San Francisco, Dan. Make the most
DAN: (QUIETLY, SLOWLY) Thanks...I will.
MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD..AND RESOLVE INTO SHIP'S ORCHESTRA..
'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' IN LOW B.G.)
BARTENDER: Mister, I've been tendin' bar for twenty years, but I
never saw a cocktail like that. (GLASS CLINKS)
DAN: I know it. That's why I always mix it myself..Let me
see now, did I put in everything? Lemon, Pernod, sugar,
Cointreau, bitters, bourbon...yes, I think that does it.
Stir well and pour. Go ahead.
SOUND: COCKTAIL BEING STIRRED BY SPOON
BARTENDER: What d'you call it, Mister?
BARTENDER: Paradise, huh? I'd call it somethin' else if I had to
mix 'em very often. (STIRRING STOPS) Well -- here
goes ....(SHAKER CLINKS ON GLASS)
DAN: Bartender -- when anyone comes along who knows that
every second of life is important -- make him one of these.
BARTENDER: Yes, sir.
JOAN: (QUIETLY) And you can start with me.
DAN: (STARTLED) Huh?
JOAN: (LIGHTLY) I know every second is important.
DAN: (SMILING) Then allow me, Madam.. (SHAKER CLINKS ON GLASS)
A few drops of Paradise.
JOAN: Think of that!
DAN: But just a few drops.
JOAN: (LAUGHING) Just.
DAN: (SIMPLY) My name is Dan.
JOAN: Mine's Joan.
DAN: Hello, Joan.
JOAN: Hello, Dan.
DAN: (GRAVELY) Well -- here's to a brief meeting.
JOAN: Yes -- hail and farewell!
DAN: No. That sounds a little too ruthless..Let's follow
the music - 'Auf Wiedersehen'.
JOAN: (SMILING) The French say 'au revoir'.
DAN: (SMILING) We just say 'be seeing you'.
JOAN: (LIGHTLY) When? Where?
DAN: That's hard to say. I don't plan very far ahead.
JOAN: (DISAPPOINTED) Oh....
DAN: (GRINS) But if someone really wanted to, she might
find me out on B-Deck later.
JOAN: B-Deck. Any special time?
DAN: Oh, I'd say when the sun is going down..goodbye, Joan.
JOAN: (SMILES) Auf wiedersehen, Dan.
MUSIC: (UP FULL...AND FADE OUT INTO:)
SOUND: (SHIP'S ENGINES..IN VERY FAINT B.G. WHISTLE)
JOAN: Well...here it is B-Deck, and the sun's going down.
DAN: (GRINS) Did you think it wouldn't? Beautiful, Isn't it? .
JOAN: Dan, what does it make you think about?
DAN: Oh, I don't know..The Angelus..
JOAN: (LAUGHS) It's a silly game -- but will you play it with
DAN: Sure. What is it?
JOAN: It's a game where I can find out all about you.
DAN: What do we do?
JOAN: I say words or phrases -- you say whatever comes to your
DAN: (SMILING) Go ahead.
JOAN: All right...Bubbling water.
JOAN: And laughter?
DAN: The little crinkles around your eyes.
JOAN: (LAUGHING) Life?
JOAN: Will-o'-the-wisp?..(AS DAN PAUSES) Quickly!
DAN: A sadness..a long search....
DAN: (QUIETLY) The end of the search....(A PAUSE, THEN
SMILING) Know all about me now?
JOAN: (SOFTLY) Yes...yes, I think I do....
STEVE: (SLIGHT PAUSE...OFF) Dan --?
DAN: Huh?....Oh hello, Steve...(STEPS, COMING IN) Joan, you
haven't met Steve, have you? Miss Ames -- Mr. Burke.
JOAN: How do you do, Mr. Burke.
DAN: Steve's an old friend of mine. We're sort of travelling
STEVE: Yeah - we're together all the time.
DAN: Practically inseparable.
JOAN: How nice! (SMILES) But, Mr. Burke, may I borrow on
STEVE: Sure -- as long as you don't lose him, Miss.
JOAN: Don't worry, I won't.
STEVE: (SLIGHT PAUSE) Coming down to dinner, Dan?
DAN: Well --- Steve ----
JOAN: Now, Mr. Burke -- you said I could borrow him on occasion--
STEVE: (WARILY) Yeah....
JOAN: (LAUGHS) Well ....dinner tonight is the first occasion!
MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD....FADE OUT INTO:)
STEVE: (QUIETLY) Dan, I've been watching you the last few days.
You and that girl. Aren't you getting in a little deep?
(NO ANSWER) 'Course it really ain't no business of mine,
DAN: (QUIETLY) Then shut up, Steve. Let's not talk about it.
MUSIC: (PUNCTUATES...AND FADES OUT INTO:)
DOCTOR: (GRAVELY) I couldn't help but notice, Miss Ames. Dancing
every evening -- the bar at all hours -- shuffleboard and
swimming every day. I realize all those things are
pleasant, but -----
JOAN: Doctor, I want to ask you something. If you found what
you'd been looking for all your life....if it was perfect -
absolutely -- would you give it up? For anything? (A
PAUSE) Neither will I.
MUSIC: (PUNCTUATES...AND FADES OUT INTO:)
SOUND: (SHIP'S ENGINES...IN VERY FAINT B.G.)
DAN: (PANTING) Hey, Joan - slow down! I can hardly keep up
with you! (SHE LAUGHS) How much higher are we going?
JOAN: Right up to the top! Right into the wind!
DAN: Next thing, you'll want to climb the rigging!
JOAN: Wouldn't that be wonderful? ...Dan, this should be a
a sailing ship - with the mast creaking, and the spray
flying, and you barking orders like Moby Dick!
DAN: Joan, Moby Dick was the whale!
JOAN: (LAUGHS) What's the difference?...(THEN SLOWING DOWN)
Here we are...
DAN: Top deck. Thank heaven we can't climb any further.
JOAN: I can climb forever -- if I can hold your hand.
DAN: (SOMBERLY) I guess that goes for me, too, Joan. All my
life I've been reaching out for your hand.
JOAN: (SOFTLY) Where are we, Dan? I've lost track completely..
DAN: We're three days out of Honolulu on a ship in the Pacific
....one very small world, surrounded by water....
JOAN: By water and stars.
DAN: They say that if you make a wish on a star, it's sure
to come true!
JOAN: I wish, I wish --!
JOAN: No -- to tell would spoil it.
DAN: Then just let me ask. Will you be satisfied - us - here -
just us - no questions asked --?
JOAN: No questions, Dan - except what my eyes ask and your
DAN: Nothing said --?
JOAN: Except what my heart says and your heart understands.
Listen. You can hear it. It's saying 'Dan - Dan - Dan -
Dan - I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you'.
DAN: (ARMS ABOUT HER, SOFTLY, TRAGICALLY) Joan...Joan...
MUSIC: (SWEEPS IN TRAGICALLY..AND FADES OUT INTO:)
STEVE: (TRYING TO BE CASUAL) Well -- we're right on schedule,
Dan. We get into Honolulu tomorrow.
DAN: (QUIETLY) Yes, Steve, I know.
STEVE: Uh - Miss Ames been making any plans?
DAN: (WRY) Lots of them....She's cabled ahead for a car.
She wants to drive up in the mountains -- take a picnic
lunch - you know.
STEVE: Yeah....(A PAUSE) I'm sorry, Dan. I'll have to put
you in the brig while we're in port. I hate to do it,
but I know you, Dan. I know you'd blow my brains out
if you thought you could make a break. But I'm reminding
you again -- that goes both ways.
DAN: Okay, Steve. Now we're both warned...(A PAUSE) Well,
I'd better be getting along. I promised Joan I'd meet
her for cocktails. (WRY) Got a toast to suggest?
STEVE: Take it easy, Dan. No need to tell her anything now.
You've got a lot more miles to go.
DAN: Sure.. Until the last one.
STEVE: Well, you know what they say - 'While there's life,
DAN: Yes -- you might have something there.
SOUND: DOOR OPENS, CLOSES
STEVE: (TO SELF, SLOWLY) Now what the devil did he mean by that?
MUSIC: (ACCENT CHORD....AND RESOLVE INTO...HAWAIIAN GROUP...
'AUF WIEDERSEHEN') (GLASSES CLINK) (CROWD AD LIBS)
JOAN: (SMILING) A few drops of Paradise...Is it still so
precious, Dan ?
DAN: More precious - now.
JOAN: And tomorrow - Honolulu! Have you ever been there?
DAN: Once. Just calling - like this - on a ship.
JOAN: There's a spell to the Islands...And high up, where
we're going, you can look down and see the ocean on both
sides. The colors keep changing - and then suddenly a
cloud will roll right over, like a blanket....It makes
you feel as though you'd left the earth and were riding
on a cloud. Higher and higher, and then - (SUDDEN PAIN)
- then --
DAN: (SLIGHT PAUSE) Yes?
JOAN: (FIGHTING PAIN) Dan...
DAN: (QUICKLY) What is it, Joan?
JOAN: (CONTROLLED) Nothing...Excuse me a moment... just a moment
.... I'll be back....
SOUND: STEPS...DOOR OPENS, CLOSES..MUSIC OUT, AS SHIP'S ENGINES
JOAN: (TO SELF, DESPERATELY) Not yet..Oh, please - not now! It
- it couldn't happen now!....
DOCTOR: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Miss Ames --?? .... (COMING IN) Miss Ames,
are you all right?
JOAN: (CONTROLLED) Yes...Yes, Doctor, I'm all right...
DOCTOR: (TROUBLED) I saw you standing here - I thought, perhaps..
(DOESN'T SAY IT)
JOAN: (PAIN IS GOING) Oh, no -- I just came out for some air,
DOCTOR: (QUIETLY) Well, just remember I'm here -- in case you
need me. (FADING) Goodnight, Miss Ames...
JOAN: Goodnight, Doctor. (DOOR OPENS...DOOR CLOSES)
DAN: (OFF) Joan --? (COMING IN) Joan, what's the matter?
Why did you rush off like that?
JOAN: I don't know, Dan...Maybe because I've never been so
happy in my life..The music - and you - and - well, I
guess it was all too much for me.
DAN: (GENTLY) Hail and farewell - remember?
JOAN: No - not farewell! It isn't farewell, is it, Dan? (NO
ANSWER) Is it?...(NO ANSWER) Dan -- what is it you want
to say to me? Let me help you...
DAN: If you only could!
JOAN: I couldn't lose you now - ever! You know that, don't
you?... (NO ANSWER) Don't you?
DAN: Yes...I do...
JOAN: Then why were you talking about farewell?... (NO ANSWER)
What is it, Dan?
DAN: Well -- you've made the present so perfect..and any
future is uncertain, isn't it?
JOAN: Not ours!
DAN: I - I'm grateful, that's all. That's what I was trying
JOAN: Dan -- you do belong to me? You really do belong to me?
DAN: Yes...the best of me is yours...
JOAN: And tomorrow... tomorrow will belong just to the two of
us, won't it? (NO ANSWER) Won't it, Dan?
DAN: (PAUSE, THEN QUIETLY) Yes... Joan, every minute I can
MUSIC: IN FULL......FOR CURTAIN
(BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL)
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SMITH: Camel Cigarettes now present Act II of "One Way Passage",
starring Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, and Charles Bickford.
ROY: Honolulu...The ship has tied up at the pier...Most of
the passengers have already left, full of gay plans
for their one day ashore...Most of the passengers.
MUSIC: CUTS- WITH
SOUND: PHONE RINGS...PAUSE...RINGS AGAIN
STEVE: That's the third time she's rung in ten minutes,
Dan. Don't you want to talk to her?
DAN: (QUIETLY) I don't think so, Steve.
STEVE: (SHRUGS) Well...Time to tuck you in the brig, Sonny
Boy. Stick out your wrist.
SOUND: HANDCUFFS CLANK
DAN: (WRYLY) Do we need the irons?
STEVE: I'll take 'am off again tonight - when we're ten miles
out to sea.
DAN: You still don't trust me...
STEVE: No .... Come on now - let's have your hand.
DAN: (SMILING) Sure, Steve. Sure, I -- (SWINGS SUDDENLY)
SOUND: SHARP BLOW... STEVE GROANS SOFTLY...FALLS
DAN: (LOW, FAST) Sorry, Steve - it's my last chance for a
break. By the time you wake up, I'll be lost again-
and I guarantee you won't find me this time. (SOFTLY)
So long, Steve. Pleasant dreams.
SOUND: TWO QUICK STEPS...DOOR OPENS..CLOSES..FEW MORE STEPS..
TO CUT WITH:
JOAN: (OFF) Dan--! ...
MUSIC: HITS FAINTLY...HOLDS UNDER:
DAN: (TRAPPED) Joan!....Joan, I -
JOAN: (COMING IN) Oh, I've been so worried, Dan! I waited
out on the pier - and then I tried to phone you, and
when you didn't answer, I thought....Dan, what is it?
Is anything wrong?
DAN: (CONTROLLED) No...not a thing, Joan...
JOAN: (EAGERLY) The car is waiting by the pier - and I've got
a lunch packed and -- (SUDDEN WORRY) We are going to
have our picnic, aren't we? Up in the hills?
DAN: (HELPLESSLY) Well - sure --
JOAN: (HAPPILY) Then come on -- we're wasting time!
Come on, darling - let's go catch a cloud!
MUSIC: UP SHARPLY... AND FADE OUT INTO:
JOAN: (SOFTLY) One whole day...one whole day up above the
world...Isn't it beautiful up here, Dan?
DAN: Beautiful - and a little unreal...Like everything else
JOAN: Unreal? Why?
DAN: Well - the way we met...on a little world out in the
ocean...Growing to - growing so close - and still knowing
so little about each other....
JOAN: I don't want to know any more than I know now --- do
DAN: No, but -- what kind of people we are - what we've done --
what we intend to do...
JOAN: Well - about the past - that doesn't matter. I don't
think I was born until we met...And about the future..
well - if I ever lose you, I'll die... And in between
the past and the future - we have this. (SOFTLY) It won't
ever end - will it, Dan? We'll go on and on until --
(STOPS SHORT, WITH)
SOUND: SHIP'S WHISTLE...LONG WARNING BLAST..IN DISTANCE
DAN: (A PAUSE, THEN GENTLY) Joan, darling..
JOAN: Don't say it. I know.
DAN: That was the second warning. You'll have to hurry!
JOAN: I'll have to hurry? What about you?
DAN: (QUIETLY) I'm not sailing, Joan...You're going back
JOAN: But, Dan.
DAN: Please - don't ask me why! Just go!
JOAN: (FIRMLY) No! If you're not sailing, neither am I!
DAN: Joan - darling - there's no time to lose! .... I've left
this - everything to say - until the last moment - and
now it's too late.....Please - don't ask me - please!
We'll meet again -- I'll write to you -
JOAN: From where? Where are you going, Dan?
DAN: Somewhere - I don't know - when I know I'll -
JOAN: I'm coming with you.
DAN: You would - I know you would - but you can't!
Please, darling - go now - you must!
JOAN: (PITEOUSLY) Why? Why, Dan? Are you afraid?
JOAN: Someone's told you: They've told you about me!
DAN: Told me what?
JOAN: Don't lie! You know! You know about me - and you don't
want me any more!..(BROKENLY) Please, Dan - let me go
with you! Please - (SUDDEN PAIN) please - I - I --
DAN: (PUZZLED) Joan...(PAUSE, THEN SHARP ALARM) Joan!
MUSIC: (SHARP CHORD...AND FADE OUT INTO)
SOUND: (SHIP'S ENGINES...IN FAINT B.G..WHISTLE)
STEVE: (QUIETLY) We're almost out of the harbor, Dan..Five
days to San Francisco.
DAN: Okay, Steve. No use rubbing it in.
STEVE: Sorry. I wasn't trying to..You know something? I
couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe own eyes
when I saw you coming back with the girl.
DAN: I had to get her back. She was sick...(A PAUSE) It's
her heart. It could go out almost any time.
STEVE: That's tough.....Who told you?
DAN: Louise. Her maid. She said she'd let me know when
the doctor left...(WRY) I'll look cute, won't I ---
(CLANKS HANDCUFFS) - going up there with these irons
STEVE: Too bad, but I can't take any more chances, Dan.
DAN: Oh, I'm not blaming you. (KNOCK ON DOOR, OFF)
STEVE: (SOTTO) Put your hands below the table! (KNOCK ON DOOR,
OFF) Yes? (DOOR OPENS, SLIGHTLY OFF)
DAN: Oh - Louise. Come in.. (DOOR CLOSES, SLIGHTLY OFF)
How's she doing?
LOUISE: (COMING IN) She's much better, Mr. Dan. The doctor
said she could see you.....Will you come up now?
DAN: Sure...(PUTTING IT UP TO HIM) Steve....?
STEVE: (DISTURBED) Now, Dan, I don't know...
DAN: Look, my breaking days are over. Whatever my word is
worth -- will you take it?
STEVE: (A PAUSE, THEN) All right..I guess we're far enough
out...(GRUFFLY) Put your hand up here. I'll get you
LOUISE: (PUZZLED) Unlocked?
DAN: He means these....(HANDCUFFS CLANK) Louise, have you
ever seen a pair of handcuffs?
DAN: (GRINS) Yes...I escaped from San Quentin - and Mr.
Burke is escorting me back.
LOUISE: San Quentin? What for?
DAN: (PAUSE) Murder....I'm going back to die.
MUSIC: SHARP CHORD...AND FADE OUT INTO
SOUND: COCKTAIL BEING STIRRED IN SHAKER
BARTENDER: Have your cocktails in a minute, folks! (GRINS)
This Paradise is kinda tough to make.
DAN: (GRINS) That's what a lot of people find out.
BARTENDER: (CHUCKLING) Yes, sir. (SHAKER CLINKS ON TWO GLASSES)
There you are...
MAN: (OFF, CALLS) Bartender....
BARTENDER: (FADING) Coming up, sir...
DAN: (OFFERING DRINK) Joan--?
JOAN: Thank you darling...(SMILES) Can you imagine that silly
doctor - telling me I couldn't come to the bar?
DAN: (SMILING) Did he say positively?
JOAN: He said positively and absolutely. (SUDDENLY SERIOUS)
But I couldn't miss this, Dan. It's our last chance.
We'll be at the pier in fifteen minutes.
DAN: (TENDERLY) Then I'll give you a toast...To Paradise.
JOAN: (SOFTLY) To everything these last few days have been.
(THEY TOUCH GLASSES...DRINK)
DAN: (A PAUSE) We ought to do this in the grand old manner -
toss off our drinks and smash our glasses on the bar.
JOAN: Break our glasses?
DAN: You know -- the old, romantic tradition. You break your
glasses and cross the stems.
JOAN: Oh, no! You only do that when something's finished. And
we aren't finished - are we, Dan?
DAN: No - of course not.
JOAN: I'll be seeing you -- we'll be together?
DAN: Sure we will - after a while. I've got some business to
take care of --
JOAN: (EAGERLY) Where, Dan? Could I go along?
DAN: No, I'm afraid not....
JOAN: (DISAPPOINTED) But, Dan - you said --
DAN: (QUICKLY) And I meant it too! Ever been to - Mexico City?
JOAN: No, but I've heard it's very --
DAN: That's it then. Mexico City - the Palace Bar - New Year's
Eve - you and I!
JOAN: But, Dan --
DAN: Agreed? (MUSIC SNEAKS IN FAINTLY..'AUF WIEDERSEHEN')
JOAN: (SOFTLY) Agreed.....(SLOWLY) Mexico City...the Palace
Bar..New Year's Eve..you and I......Forever, darling.
STEVE: (QUIETLY) Dan....
DAN: (QUIETLY) Yes, Steve....
STEVE: We're almost in...
DAN: Be right with you..(SIMPLY) Goodbye, Joan....
JOAN: Goodbye, Dan...
DAN: Auf Wiedersehen...
JOAN: Auf Wiedersehen...
DAN: (SLIGHT PAUSE, THEN ABRUPTLY) All right, Steve...
SOUND: (FOOTSTEPS, FADING..DOOR OPENS, CLOSES...OFF)
BARTENDER: (SLIGHT PAUSE..COMING IN)) Miss, will there be anything
else? I don't like to rush you, but I'm supposed to close
up when we're -- (STOPS SHORT, PUZZLED) Miss --?.....Is
anything wrong, Miss? Are you --
SOUND: (JOAN FALLS...CHAIR TOPPLES OVER)
BARTENDER: (SHOUTS) Hey!..Somebody lend me a hand, will you?..Hurry -
I think the lady's fainted!
MUSIC: (UP FULL..AND FADE OUT INTO:)
SOUND: (GAY CELEBRATING CROWD..NEW YEAR'S EVE..BAR EFFECTS)
2ND BART: (GROWLING) New Year's Eve -- it's a pain in the neck!
3RD BART: (THE SAME) Yeah, especially when you have to tend bar.
2ND BART: New York, Chicago, even down here in Mexico City - it's
always the same. A lot of crazy nuts tryin' to drink
themselves into -- (TWO GLASSES CRASH) Say, watch your
elbow on them glasses!
3RD BART: What glasses?
2ND BART: Them two! Can't you see they're broken?
3RD BART: Hey, they are....and the stems are crossed.....That's
2ND BART: Funny?
3RD BART: Yeah - funny. My elbows wasn't anywhere near 'em.
MUSIC: (IN FULL....FOR CURTAIN)
SMITH: Our stars - Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres and Charles Bickford
will return to the microphone in just a moment.
BARCLAY: The man who has written some of America's greatest hit
tunes tells about the cigarette that made a hit with
him. Here's what Cole Porter said:
W. CRAIG: "Camels have been a hit with me for years. They've got
the flavor and they're mild."
SMITH: Camels are mild! In a recent smoking test, hundreds of
people smoked only Camels for thirty days. Each week,
noted throat specialists examined the throats of these
smokers and they reported not one single case of throat
irritation due to smoking Camels!
BARCLAY: Test Camel mildness yourself. If, at any time you're
not convinced that Camels are the mildest cigarette
you've ever smoked, return the package with the unused
cigarettes to the makers of Camels and you'll receive its
full purchase price, plus postage.
SMITH: Yes, try Camels. And when buying Camels, remember....
Camels by the carton are the best buy!
SMITH: In just a moment, we'll hear a very exciting announcement.
But first, a final word of thanks to our stars for their
magnificent performances. Jane, Lew and Charles - you've
given us a memorable half hour tonight.
AYRES: Well, Verne, in inviting us here, the Screen Guild
Players have given us an opportunity to support one of
Hollywood's finest activities - the Motion Picture Relief
Fund and its County House and Hospital, which all gain so
much from this radio program. That's a privilege, isn't
BICKFORD: It certainly is, Lew - and for more reasons than one.
Each week the makers of Camel Cigarettes do a great work,
too. They send free smokes to Service hospitals all over
WYMAN: That's right, Charlie. And this week, among other
hospitals, free Camels are being sent to: Veterans'
Hospital, Perry Point, Maryland...U.S. Naval Hospital,
Houston, Texas...and U.S. Marine Hospital, Cleveland,
That makes a total of more than one hundred and eighty-
seven million cigarettes that the Camel people have sent
to servicemen, servicewomen and veterans!
Happy smoking, fellows, your cigarettes are on the way to
you now, with the compliments of Camels!
MUSIC: SHOW THEME
BARCLAY: And now- the exciting news you've been waiting for!
SMITH: Next Thursday night, March 3, The Screen Guild Players
will present Red Book Magazine's selection of the best
picture of the year - With the greatest cast that has
ever been assembled for a radio play! The picture --
BARCLAY: (ECHO) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Command Decision!"
SMITH: The stars ---
BARCLAY: (ECHO) Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Brian
Donlevy, John Hodiak, Edward Arnold and Richard Quine!
SMITH: Seven great stars playing the roles they created on the
screen! It's the radio event of the year! Next Thursday
night! Be sure and listen!
SMITH: The Screen Guild players are directed by Bill Lawrence.
The adaptations are by Harry Kronman. Jane Wyman, Lew
Ayres and Charles Bickford can all currently be seen in
their academy-nominee roles in Warner Brother's "Johnny
SMITH: For fun and hilarity, don't miss Camel Cigarettes other
great show over these same stations. Tomorrow night --
the Jimmy Durante Show...with Alan Young.
And remember Thursday night is Screen Guild Night - the
greatest stars and the greatest stories, brought to you
by Camel Cigarettes!
This is Verne Smith speaking.
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