- 1. Dix Steele! How are you?
- 2. Don't you remember me?
- 3. I'm sorry.
I can't say that I do.
- 4. Well, you wrote the last picture I did.
- 5. Well, I make it a point
never to see pictures I write.
- 6. You, stop bothering my wife.
- 7. Oh. You shouldn't
have done it, honey.
- 8. No matter how much money
that pig's got.
- 9. - You pull over to the curb.
- What's wrong with right here?
- 10. - Evening, Mr. Steele.
- Hiya, Dave. You got it?
- 11. - Yeah. I'll put it right up front.
- 12. Can I have your autograph, mister?
- 13. - Who am I?
- I don't know.
- 14. Don't bother. He's nobody.
- 15. She's right.
- 16. Dix! We'd about given you up.
- 17. - Oh, hiya, Mel.
- Where have you been?
- 18. Come on. Buy us a drink.
- 19. He's somebody.
Lloyd Barnes. Big director.
- 20. Made all his money
before the income tax.
- 21. We've been calling you
for the last three days.
- 22. You know me. If I don't answer
the third ring, I'm not home.
- 23. - Hello, Dix. Lloyd.
- Hiya, Max.
- 24. Honey, let me have that book I left here
for Mr. Steele to pick up, will ya?
- 25. Oh. I'm almost finished with it.
- 26. All you've got to say is "I like it"
and you go on salary tomorrow.
- 27. Then I like it.
- 28. Oh, I think it'll make a dreamy picture,
Mr. Steele, what I call an epic.
- 29. And what do you call an epic?
- 30. Well, you know - a picture that's real long
and has lots of things going on.
- 31. - Could we have some matches for souvenirs?
- Why, certainly.
- 32. There you are.
- 33. Oh, Mr. Steele, could I keep the book
until you come out?
- 34. I only have a few pages to go.
I know the end. I always read that first.
- 35. Sure. Take your time.
- 36. - Good evening, Mr. Steele.
- Good evening.
- 37. Remember, she's your audience.
- 38. You say that again
and, so help me, I'll get another agent.
- 39. - How are you, Charlie?
- Let's go down to the other end.
- 40. What's the matter with right here?
He's not contagious.
- 41. How are you, noble prince?
- 42. Right well, thespian.
- 43. - Greg.
- Yes, Mr. Steele?
- 44. Gin and tonic.
What do you fellas want?
- 45. - Stinger.
- Glass of milk.
- 46. - And a brandy for Mr. Waterman.
- Very well.
- 47. Are you honoring us by dining here,
or are you just browsing?
- 48. - How's everything, Paul?
- Just like show business.
- 49. There is no business.
- 50. Excuse me.
- 51. - Who's producing this epic?
- Bert Brody.
- 52. And Lloyd here's going to direct.
- 53. Dix, you've gotta go to work.
You've been out of circulation too long.
- 54. Who are you kidding?
I need the money and you need the 10%.
- 55. For me you don't have to go to work.
- 56. I've got my apartment
and my car and my ulcers.
- 57. Gasoline and milk toast
don't cost much.
- 58. I won't work on something I don't like.
- 59. Dix, my boy,
how many times must I tell you -
- 60. I know.
"It's just another picture."
- 61. Well, are you in any position to be choosy?
You haven't written a hit since before the war.
- 62. - And your last picture -
- So it stunk.
- 63. Everybody makes flops except you.
- 64. You haven't had one because you've made and
remade the same picture for the last 20 years.
- 65. You know what you are?
You're a popcorn salesman.
- 66. That's right. So are you.
- 67. The only difference between us
is that I don't fight it.
- 68. One day I'll surprise you
and write something good.
- 69. - Althea Bruce will do it.
- "Althea Bruce."
- 70. All you gotta do is follow the book.
That's what Brody said.
- 71. Remind me to buy you a new tie.
- 72. - Hiya, kiddies.
- Hello, Junior.
- 73. What a picture I've made.
Just got back from the preview.
- 74. Pasadena's out of its mind about it.
- 75. - Hello, Junior!
- Not a soul walked out.
- 76. What's the matter with you?
Don't you shake hands with an actor?
- 77. Actor? You call this an actor?
- 78. He hasn't been able to remember a line
for the last 10 years.
- 79. "This," as you call him,
made your father-in-law a couple of million.
- 80. Ah-ah-ah.
Pop made a star out of a drunkard.
- 81. That is a menace.
- 82. Movie idol of the Roaring '20s.
- 83. Look at him,
gazing into his crystal ball.
- 84. You have set the son-in-law business
back 50 years.
- 85. - Ehh!
- That's enough!
- 86. What's the matter with you?
- 87. Quiet down!
- 88. There goes Dix again.
- 89. - I'm gonna get out of here.
- Take Charlie home with you, will ya?
- 90. Come on. Come on, Charlie.
- 91. Maybe I'd better stay.
- 92. No.
- 93. - You will read that book tonight.
- Yes, yes, yes.
- 94. I'll drop by and wake you up
in the morning, around 10:00.
- 95. Uh, uh, make it about 11:00.
- 96. I suppose he had it coming to him.
- 97. But next time will you please do it
in the parking lot?
- 98. - How about some ham and eggs?
- I shall select the eggs personally.
- 99. Will you just sit here
and take it easy?
- 100. Dixon Steele.
- 101. - Hello, Fran. How are you?
- Between pictures.
- 102. This is strange.
- 103. Last night I couldn't sleep -
you know my insomnia.
- 104. - So what did I do?
- Called up a lot of people.
- 105. No, just you. For hours.
- 106. - Where were you?
- 107. - Don't you like to talk anymore?
- Not to people who have my number.
- 108. Why don't you come over?
I've got a whole case of tonic water.
- 109. No, I've got to read a book.
- 110. Remember how I used to read to you?
- 111. Uh-huh.
- 112. Since then
I've learned to read by myself.
- 113. That's all.
- 114. Do you look down on all women,
or just the ones you know?
- 115. I was pretty nice to you.
- 116. No, not to me.
But you were pretty nice.
- 117. I'll call you.
- 118. Thanks for letting me read it.
- 119. Oh, um... what's your name?
- 120. Mildred. Mildred Atkinson.
- 121. - Where do you live?
- In Inglewood. With my aunt.
- 122. - You got a car?
- No, I usually catch the Beverly Hills bus.
- 123. - Well, I'll drive you home.
- Thank you very much.
- 124. - But tonight I have a date.
- Break it.
- 125. Well, I can't. Besides, it's my policy
never to go out with the customers.
- 126. Well, I-I, uh - I didn't mean
I was gonna take you out.
- 127. - I was gonna take you home.
- But I told you, I have a date.
- 128. To my home.
- 129. Mr. Steele.
- 130. You can be a lot of help to me.
I've gotta read this book tonight, and I'm tired.
- 131. I thought maybe
you could tell it to me.
- 132. - Is that what you had in mind?
- 133. Gee, you make me feel
- 134. Just think.
- 135. When I go to see "Alathea" Bruce
with Aunt Cora,
- 136. I can say I told the story
to the screenwriter.
- 137. Let me call Henry - that's my date.
Maybe I can still catch him at home.
- 138. There's no sacrifice too great
for a chance at immortality.
- 139. - Yes, sir.
- 140. My, what a pretty place.
- 141. Sorta hacienda-like, huh?
- 142. Excuse me.
- 143. Neighbor of yours?
- 144. No, I never saw her before.
- 145. I'll be right with you.
- 146. Make yourself at home.
- 147. It must be wonderful
to be a writer.
- 148. Thrilling.
- 149. Make yourself a drink.
There's ice in the bucket.
- 150. I don't drink.
- 151. Before I started to go to work at Paul's,
- 152. I used to think that actors
made up their own lines.
- 153. When they get to be big stars,
they usually do.
- 154. What's the matter?
Change your mind?
- 155. Mr. Steele, I came here because you asked me
to tell you the story of "Alathea" Bruce.
- 156. Althea.
- 157. Well, if that was just a pretense
to lure me -
- 158. You want to go now?
- 159. Well, no, not unless -
- 160. I took off my shoes and put on this robe
'cause I like to be comfortable when I work.
- 161. Oh.
- 162. Well, in that case,
I'll have a ginger ale with a twist of lemon.
- 163. - That's known as a horse's neck.
- 164. How do you want me
to tell you the story?
- 165. Just the way you'd tell it
to your Aunt Cora.
- 166. Oh.
- 167. Well, it's about this woman,
- 168. She's very rich, see.
- 169. She owns this big mansion on Long Island,
smack on the ocean.
- 170. She's got sailboats
and cars and jewels and everything.
- 171. - And she's a widow.
- 172. Lucky Althea.
- 173. Uh-huh.
She's got many men in her life.
- 174. And they all take her to the Stork
and the 21 Club and the El Morocco.
- 175. But they don't send "Alathea."
- 176. Uh, Althea.
- 177. Then one day she looks out and she sees
a new lifeguard standing outside her window.
- 178. And it's very beautifully described,
the way she sees him.
- 179. He looks like a bronze "Apolo."
- 180. Oh, I do hope
it's gonna be in Technicolor.
- 181. Yeah, I'll be sure to suggest that
to the producer.
- 182. I would!
- 183. Well, then "Alathea"
sends her English butler
- 184. to ask Channing -
that's the lifeguard -
- 185. to have breakfast with her.
- 186. But instead they have whiskey sours.
- 187. It's a very risky scene.
- 188. Oh! Did I tell you about her husband?
- 189. Well, you told me he was dead.
- 190. No, no, I mean
about the way he died.
- 191. You see, he fell out of a sailboat
when he and "Alathea" went sailing,
- 192. and there's an investigation going on.
- 193. - Well, did she kill him?
- Well, that's kinda left open in the book.
- 194. She falls in love with Channing,
- 195. who's not really a lifeguard,
but a student at Columbia University
- 196. studying to be a "bachelortorologist."
- 197. Well, you know, one of those fellows
that looks into the "microbes."
- 198. - But she tells him that she didn't do it.
- Didn't do what?
- 199. Kill Lester!
- 200. Oh, Lester's her husband,
- 201. Are you sure
you haven't read this book?
- 202. No, and I don't think I'm going to.
- 203. Go ahead.
- 204. Well, then come the dreamy weeks.
- 205. - Go on. I can hear you.
- 206. "Alathea" and Channing,
- 207. She wants him to marry her
and live her sophisticated life.
- 208. But what Channing's after is bacteria.
- 209. - "Bacterogolist."
- Then they have one big fight.
- 210. And she throws herself
into her lawyer's arms.
- 211. - And from his station, with his binoculars -
- "All you have to do is follow the book."
- 212. Channing can see into her room,
and that does the trick.
- 213. He refuses to speak to her,
even though she tries everything.
- 214. And I do mean everything.
- 215. Then she gets desperate.
She wants him so terribly, his arms about her.
- 216. And since there's no other way,
- 217. one stormy day she goes out into the ocean,
swims way, way out, and she starts to scream.
- 218. "Help! Help! Help! Help!"
- 219. Honey, I have neighbors!
- 220. "Help! Help!"
- 221. But Channing won't swim out after her
because he thinks it's just one of her tricks.
- 222. But Alathea goes on screaming -
- 223. And suddenly he realizes
she's in danger.
- 224. So he swims out over the breakers so fast
he hardly even touches the water.
- 225. But by the time he gets there,
she's gone down.
- 226. She's joined her husband Lester
in the sea.
- 227. Oh, it's a - it's a powerful story.
- 228. - What you call an epic.
- What'd I tell ya?
- 229. And there are lots of other little plots
and things I didn't even mention.
- 230. Thank you.
- 231. - What time is it?
- Oh, it's, uh, 12:30.
- 232. Oh. Is that all?
- 233. I'm sorry I - I acted so stupid.
- 234. I mean, about you taking off your shoes
and putting on your robe.
- 235. Well, it was very nice of you
to break your date.
- 236. Oh, that's nothing.
I can see Henry anytime.
- 237. Is, uh, Henry, uh -
Is he in love with you?
- 238. I guess so.
- 239. Well, you know, he's nice and substantial.
The, uh, easygoing type.
- 240. He lives with his folks
and has a good job.
- 241. In other words, you don't love him.
- 242. Are you a mind reader?
- 243. Well, most writers
like to think they are.
- 244. Are - Are you going steady
- 245. Oh, you don't have to tell me her name.
I just wondered.
- 246. Uh, uh, look, Mildred,
it's late and I'm tired
- 247. and I have to get up
early in the morning.
- 248. Oh. Oh, well, that's all right.
- 249. Would you mind very much
if I don't drive you home?
- 250. There's a taxicab stand right around the corner
on Santa Monica Boulevard.
- 251. Not at all.
That'll be fine.
- 252. All right, here you are.
And, uh, thank you very much.
- 253. Well, thank you.
- 254. Oh!
- 255. Good night, Mildred, and thanks a lot.
- 256. Likewise, I'm sure.
- 257. - Brub. What's the idea?
- Hi, Dix.
- 258. - Do you know what time it is?
- It's about 5:00.
- 259. Don't you cops ever sleep?
Get outta here.
- 260. That an order, Major? You make me homesick
for some of the worst years of our lives.
- 261. Hey, you been drinking?
- 262. - No. Have you?
- 263. No. I've been asleep for hours.
- 264. Hey, what is this?
- 265. Hey, where's your uniform?
- 266. Are you in trouble, Brub?
- 267. Yeah. They made a mistake
and promoted me to detective.
- 268. - Well, that's good, I guess, huh?
- It's not a social call, Dix.
- 269. Oh. Oh.
- 270. I get it. That blabbermouth Junior
filed a complaint.
- 271. That son-in-law.
Just 'cause I pushed him around.
- 272. Oughta get you a punching bag
- 273. Go on, get dressed.
Captain Lochner wants to talk to you.
- 274. You know, I'm sorry now
I didn't really beat him up.
- 275. It's got nothing to do with Junior,
whoever he is.
- 276. - Then what is it?
- My boss'll tell you. Come on. Step on it.
- 277. - You wanna make yourself a cup of coffee?
- No, thanks.
- 278. - You know, I got married.
- 279. Oh, I don't know.
I guess she had a couple of bucks to spare.
- 280. Besides, I like her.
You will too when you meet her.
- 281. Here. You read
any good books lately?
- 282. I guess you were asleep at that.
- 283. Well, is that a felony in Beverly Hills?
- 284. Wouldn't you say that taking a checkroom girl
home for the purpose of hearing a story
- 285. was rather an eccentric thing to do?
- 286. Oh, I'd say it was a very practical idea.
- 287. She'd read the book and I hadn't.
- 288. If you only wanted her to tell you a story,
why'd you take her to your place?
- 289. Because I work at home.
- 290. You had no other reason
for asking her to go with you?
- 291. Well, if I had,
I didn't do anything about it.
- 292. - Did she have a drink at your house?
- 293. She had a glass of ginger ale
with a twist of lemon in it.
- 294. It's known as a horse's neck.
- 295. The glass is still on my desk,
complete with fingerprints.
- 296. I can assure you I didn't wash the dishes.
I was too tired.
- 297. You gave her $20.
Quite a large sum for cab fare.
- 298. Well, she'd given me valuable service.
- 299. - Was it two 10's?
- 300. But, uh, don't ask me
to identify the bills.
- 301. Why didn't you call for a cab?
- 302. Isn't that what a gentleman usually does
under the circumstances?
- 303. Oh, I didn't say I was a gentleman.
I said I was tired.
- 304. You're told that the girl
you were with last night
- 305. was found in Benedict Canyon,
- 306. dumped from a moving car.
- 307. What's your reaction?
- 308. Shock? Horror?
- 309. Sympathy?
- 310. No.
- 311. Just petulance at being questioned,
a couple of feeble jokes.
- 312. It's puzzling, Mr. Steele.
- 313. Well, I grant you
the jokes could have been better,
- 314. but I don't see why the rest
should worry you.
- 315. That is, unless you plan to arrest me
for lack of emotion.
- 316. What else did she tell you
about this fella she broke her date with?
- 317. No more than I've already told you.
- 318. Some more coming.
- 319. - Any marks on the neck?
- 320. Dr. Jackson said the killer
used his arm, not his hands.
- 321. How you fellas recording this?
Tape or wire?
- 322. Tape.
- 323. Here's the mike.
- 324. How long have you known Mr. Steele?
- 325. He was my CO.
We spent three years together overseas.
- 326. You see each other much?
After the war, I mean.
- 327. About a year ago I called him. He promised
to call me right back. I'm still waiting.
- 328. Yeah, when I found out
he was a cop, I lost interest.
- 329. Send the parking attendant
and the other checkroom girl home.
- 330. Yes, sir.
- 331. Want to see some pictures?
- 332. I don't mind.
- 333. It'd help all of us considerably
if it could be established
- 334. that she left your apartment
of her own volition
- 335. and that you spent
the rest of the night at home.
- 336. Did anybody drop in or call you?
- 337. No, nobody called.
- 338. Poor kid.
- 339. Nobody dropped in.
Phone rang once, but I didn't answer it.
- 340. - You mean you just let it ring?
- I very often do.
- 341. You can ask my friends and neighbors.
- 342. Hey, wait a minute.
- 343. Miss Gray.
- 344. Good morning, Miss Gray.
- 345. Please sit down.
- 346. I'm Captain Lochner.
This is Sergeant Nicolai.
- 347. - Hello.
- How do you do?
- 348. Sorry. No more coffee.
- 349. Miss Gray, do you know this gentleman?
- 350. No.
- 351. - Did you ever see him before?
- Yes, a few times.
- 352. - Where?
- At the Patio Apartments.
- 353. We both live there.
- 354. - Do you know who he is?
- 355. When I moved in a few days ago,
- 356. Mr. Steele was pointed out to me
by the manager.
- 357. She was very proud
of having a celebrity for a tenant.
- 358. Did you see Mr. Steele last night?
- 359. Yes. As I came home, I saw him
going to his apartment with a girl.
- 360. That girl was Mildred Atkinson.
- 361. She was murdered between
1:00 and 2:00 this morning.
- 362. - Murdered?
- 363. Strangled by the vise-like grip
of an arm.
- 364. You know. Mugged.
- 365. What time did you get home last night?
- 366. Shortly after midnight.
- 367. Did you see Mr. Steele after he
and the girl entered his apartment?
- 368. Yes, about a half an hour later.
- 369. I saw him at his door
saying good night to her.
- 370. How do you know
it was a half hour later?
- 371. Usually takes me that long
to get ready for bed.
- 372. Can you see Mr. Steele's door
from your bedroom?
- 373. She was standing on her balcony
in a negligee.
- 374. It was a warm night.
My apartment was stuffy.
- 375. - You're sure he didn't leave with the girl?
- 376. - What was he doing?
- I believe he was looking at me.
- 377. Considering that
you've never met Mr. Steele,
- 378. you paid quite a bit
of attention to him.
- 379. Mm-hmm. I have at that.
- 380. Do you usually give
such attention to your neighbors?
- 381. No.
- 382. Were you interested in Mr. Steele
because he's a celebrity?
- 383. No, not at all.
- 384. I noticed him because he looked interesting.
I like his face.
- 385. I guess that'll be all for now.
Good-bye, Miss Gray.
- 386. Good-bye, Captain Lochner.
- 387. Martin.
- 388. Do attractive young women
often admire your face, Mr. Steele?
- 389. Well, if they do, they aren't usually
as outspoken as Miss Gray.
- 390. - You finished with me?
- Yes, for the time being.
- 391. Try to make it a little later next time.
Good luck, Captain.
- 392. - I'll call you, Brub.
- No, I'll call you.
- 393. Oh, I'll see that Miss Gray gets home.
- 394. Thank you, but I always go home
with the man who brought me.
- 395. - I'll be glad to drive you back too.
- No, thanks. I-I'll walk.
- 396. I haven't been up this early in years.
- 397. How would you feel if you were
pulled out of bed at 5:00 in the morning
- 398. and brought down here for questioning?
- 399. Not good.
- 400. And how would you feel
if some joker like me told you
- 401. that the girl you took home last night
had been murdered?
- 402. I'd come apart at the seams.
- 403. Innocent people usually do.
- 404. Would you say that Steele
was especially perturbed?
- 405. It's hard to tell
how Dix feels about anything.
- 406. None of us could ever
figure him out.
- 407. But he was a good officer
and his men liked him.
- 408. I like him too.
- 409. - I don't think he killed Mildred Atkinson.
- He's hiding something.
- 410. And I doubt if it's
the proverbial heart of gold.
- 411. Say, do me a favor, will ya, pal?
- 412. Yes, sir?
- 413. I want to send
two dozen white roses to a girl.
- 414. - Yes, sir. You want to write a card?
- No, there's no card. Just send 'em.
- 415. - Her name's Mildred Atkinson.
- Mildred Atkinson? Yes, sir.
- 416. What's her address?
- 417. I don't know.
- 418. Look it up in the papers.
She was murdered last night.
- 419. Yes, sir.
- 420. Dix! I knew I shouldn't
have left you last night.
- 421. I knew something
was going to happen.
- 422. You were in one of those moods
that keeps me awake all night.
- 423. Yeah, you look awful.
- 424. - There's nothing wrong.
- Nothing wrong?
- 425. You should have heard the 7:00 news.
- 426. "Checkroom beauty murdered.
- 427. Distinguished screenwriter
takes hatcheck girl home
- 428. to tell him story."
- 429. - Dix!
- It could have happened to anybody.
- 430. I know, but somehow
it always happens to you.
- 431. What did you tell the police?
- 432. You know a girl named Laurel Gray?
- 433. Dix, what did you tell the police?
- 434. I'll tell you what I'll do.
I'll make a deal with you.
- 435. You look her up in the casting directory,
and I'll tell you what I told the police.
- 436. Laurel Gray.
- 437. That's the girl
that's been going around with Baker.
- 438. She lives across the patio.
- 439. The real estate Baker.
- 440. She also likes my face.
- 441. She wants a part.
- 442. I know a part she'd be good for.
- 443. Oh, you better call Brody and tell him
I didn't get a chance to read his book.
- 444. What for? When he finds out what's happened,
he'll call the deal off anyway.
- 445. Asking a checkroom girl
to tell you the story.
- 446. You couldn't have insulted him more
if you'd spit in his eye.
- 447. Tell him it was just
an excuse for the police.
- 448. That's not bad.
- 449. Oh, here she is. She's been on
a couple of low-budget pictures.
- 450. Let me see.
- 451. That checkroom girl
left without you, didn't she?
- 452. Tell me.
- 453. - Wonderful face.
- Tell me what happened!
- 454. Well, what do you think happened?
- 455. Mildred Atkinson's glass.
- 456. Don't do things like that!
- 457. I don't think. I just wanna know
that you're in the clear.
- 458. Mel, for the time being, I think I am.
At least that's what Captain Lochner said.
- 459. He's a smart fellow, that Lochner.
Couple times he almost had me.
- 460. It was his story against mine,
but of course I told my story better.
- 461. Notes on Dixon Steele, continued.
- 462. "February, 1946.
- 463. Beer parlor brawl
on Santa Monica Boulevard.
- 464. Brought to station for questioning.
- 465. Discharged with warning."
- 466. Next number: "March, 1947.
- 467. While working as screenwriter,
- 468. had fistfight with his producer.
- 469. Fractured producer's jaw.
- 470. Fired.
- 471. No charges preferred."
- 472. I was smart. I covered all the angles.
I have an airtight alibi.
- 473. Dix, if you had anything to do with it,
I want to know. Tell me!
- 474. - Why do you want me to confess?
- Because I'll have to get you a lawyer.
- 475. Or maybe get you
across the border into Mexico.
- 476. Lippman and his connections.
- 477. Next number:
- 478. "June 22, 11:00 PM.
- 479. Frances Randolph screams for help.
- 480. Charges Steele beat her up.
- 481. Then denies having made the charge.
- 482. Alleges nose broken
- 483. by running into a door."
- 484. He plays rough.
- 485. So do I.
- 486. What else have we got?
- 487. Oh. Come in.
- 488. Mr. Lippman, my agent.
Miss Gray, my alibi.
- 489. - Hello.
- Good morning.
- 490. - He believes I killed Mildred Atkinson.
- Stop it, will ya.
- 491. - You want a cup of coffee?
- No, thanks.
- 492. I came down to ask if you could keep
my name and address out of the papers.
- 493. I thought you might
have some connections.
- 494. Yeah, well, I don't have, but Mel here has.
That is, if you wanna go to Mexico.
- 495. Shut up.
- 496. It's much easier to get people's names
into papers than to keep them out.
- 497. You've managed to
keep mine out a few times.
- 498. Go ahead, Mel.
See what you can do.
- 499. Well, I'll try,
but I can't promise anything.
- 500. Miss Gray, did you really see him
after that girl left?
- 501. Of course I did.
- 502. Sometimes I wish
I'd never met you.
- 503. But I'm very happy
to have met you.
- 504. - The best straight man I ever had.
- You must have really upset him.
- 505. When I told him I killed Mildred,
he practically had me across the border.
- 506. - Very funny.
- No, it's not very funny.
- 507. It's a good thing you like my face.
I'd have been in a lot of trouble without you.
- 508. I only told the police what I saw.
- 509. I have no idea what you did
after you closed your venetian blinds.
- 510. Oh? Oh, you'd be surprised.
- 511. I went to bed.
- 512. Perhaps I shouldn't have
closed my blinds.
- 513. You know, Miss Gray,
you're one up on me.
- 514. You can see into my apartment,
- 515. but I, uh - I can't see into yours.
- 516. I promise you
I won't take advantage of it.
- 517. I would, if it was
the other way around.
- 518. I'd try to find out
who you're hiding from.
- 519. Not hiding. Just avoiding.
- 520. It couldn't by any chance be Mr. Baker?
The real estate Mr. Baker?
- 521. Could be.
- 522. You mean you picked up
your little marbles, I hope?
- 523. We were thinking of getting married.
It wouldn't have worked.
- 524. You sneaked out the back door
and left no forwarding address.
- 525. That about covers it.
- 526. Only it was my back door.
- 527. You know, you're out of your mind.
- 528. How could anybody like a face like this?
- 529. Look at it.
- 530. I said I liked it.
- 531. I didn't say I wanted to kiss it.
- 532. You know, you're a quitter.
The "get out before you get hurt" type.
- 533. Is that bad?
- 534. Well, I suppose you save yourself
a lot of trouble that way.
- 535. I do. I think twice
before I get into something.
- 536. - You're getting into something right now.
- No, I'm not.
- 537. I've only thought about it once.
- 538. - You a fast thinker?
- Not right now.
- 539. I didn't get much sleep last night.
A neighbor kept me awake.
- 540. Well, go ahead and get some sleep.
We'll have dinner together tonight.
- 541. We'll have dinner tonight,
but not together.
- 542. When you first walked
into the police station, I said to myself,
- 543. "There she is,
the one that's different.
- 544. She's not coy or cute or corny.
- 545. She's a good guy.
I'm glad she's on my side.
- 546. She speaks her mind
and she knows what she wants."
- 547. Thank you, sir.
- 548. But let me add
I also know what I don't want,
- 549. and I don't want to be rushed.
- 550. When you've made up your mind, stop by.
Uh, but not before noon.
- 551. Thank you. I will.
- 552. Your phone's ringing.
- 553. Oh.
- 554. Hello?
- 555. Oh, hello, Brub.
- 556. Yeah, well, I can imagine a reunion
under more pleasant circumstances.
- 557. I just talked to Sylvia.
- 558. That's my wife.
- 559. She wants you to come to dinner
- 560. That's swell.
- 561. And she said to bring someone,
if you like.
- 562. Well, maybe I will.
- 563. But I won't know till tomorrow,
along about noon.
- 564. Okay.
- 565. Good.
- 566. Why he couldn't have dumped her a hundred
feet further up the canyon, I'll never know.
- 567. - What difference does it make?
- It'd make a great deal.
- 568. She'd have landed in the lap of
the LA Police Department instead of ours.
- 569. All we know is that she was dumped
from a moving automobile.
- 570. No clues, no motives, no suspects.
- 571. Present company excepted.
- 572. What about Henry what's-his-name?
- 573. - Who? Kesler?
- 574. Well, after she called him
and broke her date, he went to bed.
- 575. His mother brought him a piece of pie.
His father heard him snore.
- 576. First thing in the morning,
he came down to the station.
- 577. He was terribly upset.
- 578. Substantial type.
Eats pie before going to sleep.
- 579. Tell you what's wrong with you and Lochner.
- 580. You don't see enough whodunits.
- 581. We solve every murder
in less than two hours,
- 582. and some of them are tougher
than the Atkinson case.
- 583. That's because you know
who did it from the beginning.
- 584. Maybe you're right.
- 585. - You want me to help you solve this murder?
- I wish somebody would.
- 586. Well, first you have to have
enough imagination to visualize the crime.
- 587. Here, get up.
- 588. Gonna put this chair here.
- 589. This one here.
- 590. Brub, you sit down there.
Sylvia, you sit there on Brub's right.
- 591. You're the killer. You're driving the car.
This is the front seat.
- 592. What makes you so sure
this murder was committed in a car?
- 593. Well, if she'd been killed
before she got in the car,
- 594. the murderer would have
hidden her body in the back.
- 595. In that case, he couldn't have
dumped her out without stopping.
- 596. Now, you're driving up the canyon.
- 597. Your left hand's on the wheel.
- 598. Yeah, yeah, go ahead.
- 599. She's, uh - She's telling you
she'd done nothing wrong.
- 600. You pretend to believe her.
You put your right arm around her neck.
- 601. You get to a lonely place in the road,
and you begin to squeeze.
- 602. You're an ex-GI. You know judo.
- 603. You know how to kill a person
without using your hands.
- 604. You're driving the car,
and - and you're strangling her.
- 605. You don't see her bulging eyes
or protruding tongue.
- 606. Go ahead. Go ahead, Brub.
- 607. You love her,
and she's deceived you.
- 608. You hate her patronizing attitude.
- 609. She looks down on you.
She's impressed with celebrities.
- 610. She wants to get rid of you.
- 611. You squeeze harder.
- 612. Harder.
- 613. Squeeze harder.
- 614. It's wonderful to feel her throat
crush under your arm.
- 615. Brub, stop it!
- 616. I didn't hurt you, did I?
- 617. No.
- 618. Well, are you convinced?
- 619. I think so.
- 620. Well, I'm not.
- 621. My hands.
You forgot my hands.
- 622. I could scratch his eyes out
before he could kill me.
- 623. Ah, but you didn't. Your first instinct
was to grab his arm, try to loosen his grip.
- 624. That's where you lost the battle,
just as Mildred did.
- 625. You've given this a lot of thought,
- 626. Well, I've had a lot of experience
in matters of this kind.
- 627. I've killed dozens of people,
- 628. No, Sylvia, I didn't do it.
- 629. I assure you I could never throw
a lovely body from a moving car.
- 630. My artistic temperament
wouldn't permit it.
- 631. No, naturally.
- 632. You see, we so-called creative artists
have a great respect for cadavers.
- 633. We treat them with the utmost reverence.
- 634. Put them in soft beds,
lay them out on fur rugs,
- 635. leave them lying
at the foot of a long staircase,
- 636. but we definitely could never
throw them from a moving car
- 637. as though they were cigarette butts.
- 638. No, naturally not.
What would Emily Post say?
- 639. And now, having sufficiently
confused you, I have to go.
- 640. Oh, don't go.
It's only 10:00.
- 641. It's way past my bedtime.
Besides, I have a late date, I hope.
- 642. - May I come again?
- As often as you like.
- 643. Thank you.
- 644. Be sure and give Lochner a detailed report
on my theory of the murder.
- 645. - You really think he'd want me to do that?
- I would, if I were Lochner.
- 646. Tell him to look for a man like me,
only without my artistic temperament.
- 647. Which may or may not be phony.
- 648. I'll walk down to the car with you.
- 649. Sorry we got on that murder kick.
Next time we'll skip it.
- 650. - Can I depend on that?
- 651. Bring a girl.
Give us another chance.
- 652. - Uh, quite an evening.
- 653. - Well, what do you think?
- Well, I'm glad you're not a genius.
- 654. - He's a sick man, Brub.
- No, he isn't.
- 655. Mmm, there's something wrong
- 656. He's always been like that.
He's an exciting guy.
- 657. Look, when I took
abnormal psychology -
- 658. Every time we disagree,
you throw that college stuff in my face.
- 659. I didn't go to college,
but I know Dix better than you do.
- 660. There's nothing the matter with his mind
except that it's superior.
- 661. He's exciting
because he isn't quite normal.
- 662. Maybe us cops could use
some of that brand of abnormality.
- 663. I learned more about this case
in five minutes from him
- 664. than I did from all our photographs,
tire prints and investigations.
- 665. All right, but I still like the way you are -
attractive and average.
- 666. - Well, thank you kindly.
- You're welcome.
- 667. I heard you the first time.
- 668. Sit down.
- 669. All right, Martha.
I'll see you in the morning.
- 670. Good-bye.
- 671. You annoy me.
- 672. If I do, it isn't intentional.
- 673. - Would you like a drink?
- No, thanks. I don't need one.
- 674. - Had too much?
- One martini.
- 675. I knew I was gonna see you.
- 676. Very thoughtful.
- 677. Sit down and relax.
- 678. Uh... Uh, who's Martha?
- 679. Who? Oh, Martha.
- 680. The only thing left of my movie career.
- 681. She's about 50. She's married.
Her son goes to UCLA.
- 682. She comes to me twice a week,
beats me black and blue, for which I -
- 683. Have you thought about it
a second time?
- 684. Mm-hmm. I'm interested.
- 685. When did you decide?
- 686. Yesterday, about 3:00 PM.
- 687. I see. Just, uh -
- 688. Just didn't get around
to announcing the official results?
- 689. I wanted you
to think about it twice too.
- 690. I've been looking for someone
for a long time.
- 691. I didn't know her name or where she lived.
I'd never seen her before.
- 692. But a girl was killed, and because of that
I found what I was looking for.
- 693. Now I know your name,
where you live
- 694. and how you look.
- 695. Snooping through windows.
- 696. And in broad daylight too.
- 697. Where are your manners,
- 698. Don't tell Dix. He might get the idea
I'm checking on him.
- 699. - Come in.
- No. He shouldn't be disturbed.
- 700. Oh, yes, he should.
He hasn't stopped working all night.
- 701. He hasn't left the house in days.
Won't even take me for a drive.
- 702. Incredible. You know, Dix hasn't been able
to work like this since before the war.
- 703. What do you use, witchcraft?
- 704. Only as a last resort.
- 705. He's kind of dopey this morning.
I love him that way.
- 706. Come on. I'll show you.
- 707. Dixon.
- 708. Huh?
- 709. Mel is here to take you
to the beauty contest.
- 710. I'll be ready in a minute.
- 711. He thinks you'll be voted Mr. America.
- 712. Good.
- 713. Are you really
the handsomest man alive?
- 714. Yep.
Just let me finish this page.
- 715. You're a horrible,
- 716. And I don't love you.
It's your money I'm after.
- 717. Hey, turn off the radio, will ya?
Or get some music.
- 718. Genius is going to beddie-bye.
- 719. Don't. Let me finish this scene.
- 720. If he'd met you 10 years ago,
I wouldn't have ulcers today.
- 721. What's my first name?
- 722. - Hi.
- Say hello to our guest.
- 723. Oh, hello, Mel.
- 724. What are you doing up so late?
- 725. - Hey, can we have coffee?
- No, you're going to bed.
- 726. It's not even dark outside.
- 727. That's because it's tomorrow.
I mean, it's today.
- 728. And you haven't been to sleep
- 729. If Brody could only see you now,
would he be delighted.
- 730. I wonder. Anyway,
we've got lots of pages for him.
- 731. Come on. You're going to bed -
- 732. If you don't let me alone,
I'm gonna kick you right outta here.
- 733. If you do, I'll go back to Chicago
and be a Fuller Brush girl.
- 734. They were crazy about my work
on the Near North Side.
- 735. You'll go when I tell you to go
and not before. Remember that.
- 736. - I'll try.
- You see? He's right.
- 737. You can't go away.
You couldn't do a thing like this to us.
- 738. Lower the bridge, open the gates!
Charles Waterman the First is here!
- 739. Hmm. Must be Thursday.
- 740. Charlie, my friend who speaks but poetry
and borrows but money.
- 741. The better to drink but brandy.
- 742. Ready to pay homage
to an immortal mortal!
- 743. Ah, fair princess,
most noble princes,
- 744. I bring you greetings
from an humble peasant.
- 745. Welcome, thespian.
- 746. There he goes again.
- 747. He can never figure that step out.
- 748. You may arise, thespian.
- 749. Easier said than done.
- 750. I'm afraid you've come at the wrong time.
We were just putting Dix to bed.
- 751. Do me the honor, Princess,
and let me prepare him for repose.
- 752. To secure pleasant slumbers,
I shall recite to him.
- 753. Wouldn't you rather have a brandy?
- 754. Most beautiful words
in the English tongue.
- 755. Come, royal boy.
- 756. When in disgrace,
with fortune and men's eyes,
- 757. I all alone
beweep my outcast state
- 758. and trouble deaf heaven
with my bootless cries
- 759. and look upon myself
and curse my fate.
- 760. Mel, really.
You must stop snooping.
- 761. Just a few pages. Please.
I won't say a word.
- 762. Dix'll show you when it's finished.
- 763. - How many pages have you typed?
- 764. Is he sticking close to the book?
- 765. I don't know.
I didn't read the book.
- 766. Miss Gray, there's a man upstairs
wants to see you.
- 767. Thank you, Effie.
- 768. Oh, and, Effie, don't use the vacuum.
Mr. Steele's just gone to sleep.
- 769. Well, I gotta vacuum sometime.
- 770. By all the bulls of Bashan!
- 771. If anyone else had done it,
I would have shouted, "Ignorant swine!"
- 772. - Charlie!
- I am perplexed.
- 773. Just as I said "From sullen earth
sings hymns at heaven's gate, "
- 774. he began to snore.
- 775. There's no hope, I say.
No hope at all.
- 776. For thy sweet love remembered,
- 777. such wealth brings,
- 778. that then I scorn to change
my state with kings.
- 779. Then I scorn to change
my state with kings.
- 780. Mmm.
- 781. Hello, Miss Gray.
Remember me? Sergeant Nicolai.
- 782. Oh, yes, of course.
What can I do for you?
- 783. Captain Lochner
would like to talk to you.
- 784. But I have nothing to say to him.
- 785. I didn't expect you to give me
- 786. It's just that certain facts seem to
contradict your original statement.
- 787. I wish you'd say what you mean,
- 788. Yes, let's do that.
- 789. On the night of the Atkinson murder,
- 790. you came in here, looked at Dixon Steele
and told us that you didn't know him.
- 791. And I didn't.
- 792. However, since then
you and Mr. Steele have been inseparable.
- 793. He's writing a script.
I'm doing the typing.
- 794. - Do you receive a salary for your work?
- No. I'm doing it for love.
- 795. - You're in love with Mr. Steele?
- For the record, I am in love with Mr. Steele.
- 796. Are you going to be married?
- 797. If we do,
I'll send you an invitation.
- 798. After all, it was you
who introduced us to each other.
- 799. You know, you're not
making my job any easier.
- 800. I don't see how I could.
- 801. Why do you come here
with a chip on your shoulder?
- 802. Why the defiant attitude? Aren't we
on the same side in this matter?
- 803. Doesn't it frighten you
that there's a killer at large?
- 804. He may be in your apartment house
or next door.
- 805. Certainly in your neighborhood.
- 806. Look at these men.
- 807. They seem perfectly normal to you?
- 808. Yes.
- 809. Each one has committed
a horrible murder.
- 810. Each one is a ruthless maniac.
- 811. Mildred Atkinson wasn't killed
for any understandable reason.
- 812. She had no money, no enemies.
- 813. It wasn't a sex murder.
- 814. It was the act of a sick mind with an urge
to destroy something young and lovely.
- 815. I recognize your position, Captain Lochner,
but you must also recognize mine.
- 816. I love Dix.
- 817. It upsets me terribly that you suspect him,
even for a second.
- 818. Not a second. For the last three weeks.
He's our most logical suspect.
- 819. What about her boyfriend?
Why don't you investigate him?
- 820. We have.
He seems absolutely in the clear.
- 821. But look at Mr. Steele's record -
- 822. fights, scandals, destruction.
- 823. It all adds up to the same thing -
an erratic, violent man.
- 824. All this happened years ago.
He's changed since.
- 825. He has?
- 826. Ask Sergeant Nicolai how he behaved
at their house the other night.
- 827. How he dwelled on
the Atkinson murder.
- 828. How he made Brub and his wife
act it out.
- 829. Obviously, killing
has a fascination for him.
- 830. I don't believe that.
- 831. That's because you're in love with him.
- 832. - Thank you for coming, Miss Gray.
- Good-bye, Captain.
- 833. Good-bye.
- 834. Go on. Say it.
"I told you so."
- 835. Where would that get us?
- 836. I know I violated your confidence.
- 837. It's all right.
You know what you're doing.
- 838. - I've got Mr. Kesler here.
- Oh, hello, Mr. Kesler.
- 839. - How do you do, Captain?
- Sorry to inconvenience you.
- 840. A few additional points
that aren't quite clear.
- 841. Maybe you can help me.
- 842. - I hope I can.
- Please sit down.
- 843. - Hi, Kesler.
- Hello, Sergeant.
- 844. Anything you want
to make you happy?
- 845. I wouldn't want anyone but you.
- 846. What's he doing here?
- 847. With or without his wife
or tailing me.
- 848. Come on, let's get out of here.
- 849. Hello, Miss Gray. Hello.
- 850. We've warmed up
a couple seats for you.
- 851. We're going to Paul's from here.
- 852. I want to do everything I can
to make your job easier.
- 853. I can see why that guy
gets into a lot of trouble.
- 854. Six hours' sleep.
Typing all day.
- 855. Six hours' sleep.
Typing all day.
- 856. No wonder your nerves
are tied in knots.
- 857. You can't be a nursemaid and a sweetheart,
a cook and a secretary.
- 858. You've got to think of yourself.
- 859. I've never been happier in my life.
- 860. Come on, angel. Relax.
- 861. Ouch! Martha, you're hurting me.
- 862. We should be up on Miller Drive
beside that lovely pool
- 863. Mr. Baker built for you.
- 864. Not for me. He built it to increase
the value of his property.
- 865. I was waiting for him to raise the rent.
- 866. So he's a good businessman
who wants to get married.
- 867. What's wrong with that?
- 868. A girl like you
should think about security.
- 869. And remember, angel,
in the beginning was the land.
- 870. Motion pictures came later.
- 871. Okay, turn over.
- 872. Dix, is that you?
- 873. Yeah. You decent?
- 874. No, I'm not. Martha's here.
- 875. - Hello, Martha.
- 876. Did you get the pages I did last night?
- 877. They're on my table.
I took them from your desk this morning.
- 878. - Where have you been?
- None of your business.
- 879. I want some orange juice,
eggs over easy,
- 880. bacon, toasted muffin, strawberry jam
and lots of coffee.
- 881. What, no caviar?
- 882. You'll get breakfast in 10 minutes.
- 883. - We're going to a beach party tonight.
- 884. With the Nicolais. You met him.
The cop in Lochner's office. Remember?
- 885. Yes. Vaguely.
- 886. You really want to go?
- 887. Be back in five minutes.
- 888. They still don't know
who killed that checkroom girl.
- 889. They don't?
- 890. Have you met Frances Randolph?
- 891. No.
- 892. I used to take care of her.
- 893. All right, tell me. What happened?
- 894. What did Mr. Steele do to her?
- 895. Oh, nothing much.
- 896. Just beat her up, broke her nose.
- 897. Why didn't you warn her?
- 898. Why didn't you tell her not to
get involved with a brute like Dix?
- 899. You can joke about it, angel,
- 900. but someday you'll find out
who your friend is.
- 901. I only hope it isn't too late,
- 902. because this isn't going to be as easy
to get out of as it was with Mr. Baker.
- 903. That's enough, Martha. Get out!
- 904. I'll get out, angel,
- 905. but you'll beg me to come back
when you're in trouble.
- 906. You will, angel, because
you don't have anybody else.
- 907. Get out.
- 908. Oh, I love a picnic.
- 909. Acres and acres of sand,
and all of it in your food.
- 910. Stop griping.
Just lie still and inhale.
- 911. - What, sand?
- No, air.
- 912. And don't let it go to your head.
He's been working like a fiend all week.
- 913. I've always been curious
to know how a writer works.
- 914. - Usually in a sitting position.
- 915. - That's wonderful! Not cold at all.
- Oh, my hero.
- 916. What I meant was, does he usually have
the story mapped out before he starts?
- 917. If you don't, you're in awful trouble,
- 918. unless you have my gal friend here
- 919. Honey, are you feeling all right?
- 920. I wouldn't write a page if it wasn't for her,
but she keeps talking all the time.
- 921. The only way I can shut her up
is to sit down and write.
- 922. - That's my boy.
- How I ever went for her, I'll never know.
- 923. You know what she says to me
when I show her something I've written?
- 924. - What?
- "Honey, haven't I read this
- 925. Maybe she has.
- 926. You know, that's the trouble
with these Hollywood dames.
- 927. They all have such a sketchy education.
- 928. They know absolutely nothing
about the community chest,
- 929. but they know everything there is to know
about community property.
- 930. Their arithmetic is not so hot, but just
ask 'em how many minks make a coat.
- 931. Oh.
- 932. - How long would you give them, Sylvia?
- Oh, not more than 40 years.
- 933. Dix needs you, Laurel.
You ought to marry him.
- 934. You have to marry him. You promised
Lochner you'd invite him to the wedding.
- 935. She promised Lochner what?
- 936. Did I say Lochner? I meant Brub.
- 937. You're a poor liar, Sylvia.
When did you see him?
- 938. - The other day.
- It was just a routine deal.
- 939. Why didn't you tell me?
- 940. We didn't want to tell you
because it would only have upset you.
- 941. - You're lying to me.
- I'm not lying. I just didn't tell you.
- 942. - I'm sorry, Dix. I'm sorry.
- Still checking on me.
- 943. Still trying to pin a murder on me.
- 944. I don't know why I said it.
Brub especially asked me not to.
- 945. Maybe it's better this way.
I should have told him in the first place.
- 946. Dix! Dix!
- 947. Dix!
- 948. Dix!
- 949. Cigarette?
- 950. Watch it, Dix!
- 951. Why, you blind, knuckle-headed squirrel!
Don't you look where you're going?
- 952. - Take it easy, son.
- Take it easy? Look at my car!
- 953. I just got a new paint job. 200 bucks!
- 954. - I ought to drag you out of this barge and -
- 955. Stop it! Stop it! Let him alone!
- 956. Dix, don't! You'll -
- 957. Dix, stop! You'll kill him!
- 958. I'll take that cigarette now.
- 959. Want one?
- 960. No.
- 961. These guys in their hopped-up cars,
they think they own the road.
- 962. You weren't really angry with him.
- 963. You've been wanting to slug somebody
ever since you left the beach.
- 964. What happened at the beach had nothing
to do with it. This guy asked for it.
- 965. I've had a hundred fights like this.
- 966. - Are you proud of it?
- No, but I'm usually in the right.
- 967. I was this time.
You heard what he called me.
- 968. That doesn't justify
acting like a madman.
- 969. Nobody can call me the things he did.
- 970. A blind, knuckle-headed squirrel.
- 971. That's real bad.
- 972. You drive.
- 973. I was born when she kissed me.
- 974. I died when she left me.
- 975. I lived a few weeks
while she loved me.
- 976. You like it?
- 977. What is it?
- 978. I - I want to put it in the script.
I don't know quite where.
- 979. The farewell note?
- 980. I don't know. Maybe.
- 981. Say it back to me.
Let's hear how it sounds.
- 982. I was born when she kissed me.
- 983. I died when she left me.
- 984. I - I -
- 985. I lived a few weeks
while she loved me.
- 986. - Hi.
- 987. $300, payable to John Mason.
- 988. Sender, Joe Squirrel.
You Mr. Squirrel?
- 989. That's right.
You got a stamped envelope?
- 990. Sure.
- 991. Here you are, Mr. Squirrel.
- 992. - Sergeant Nicolai?
- Sergeant Nicolai is busy right now.
- 993. Oh. I'll wait.
- 994. - Hi, Dix.
- Oh, hello, Brub.
- 995. How do you feel about things
this morning? Any better?
- 996. Oh, about the same as last evening.
- 997. - What can I do for you?
- I came to tell you.
- 998. If you want to find out anything
about me, ask me.
- 999. I do. But I'm a cop, remember?
I take orders.
- 1000. Sorry to be late, Sergeant Nicolai.
Noon rush on at the bank, you know?
- 1001. - Dixon Steele, Henry Kesler.
- Oh. Hello.
- 1002. - How are you?
- They hounding you too?
- 1003. Trying to pin this thing on you
the same as they are on me?
- 1004. Well, if they are, I'm not aware of it.
- 1005. As a matter of fact, you're a much
more logical candidate than I am.
- 1006. You were in love with her.
You could've been jealous.
- 1007. If I were Captain Lochner, I could build up
a pretty good case against you.
- 1008. - Glad to have met you.
- What an imagination.
- 1009. That's from writing movies.
- 1010. Oh, what a grip.
That's from counting money.
- 1011. This is what I'd like to have someday.
- 1012. Small, cozy house near the ocean.
- 1013. Brub painted the walls.
I made the lampshades and curtains.
- 1014. They look it too.
- 1015. Dix wanted me to tell you
how bad he feels about last night.
- 1016. Oh, it was my fault.
- 1017. No. There was no excuse
for his behavior.
- 1018. Well, he's a writer. People like him
can afford to be temperamental.
- 1019. I'm afraid he'd act just the same
no matter what kind of work he did.
- 1020. You certainly picked a wonderful spot.
- 1021. On a clear day,
we can really see Catalina.
- 1022. He's very much in love with you.
- 1023. Sylvia, Lochner said that Dix came here
and described the murder of Mildred Atkinson.
- 1024. Did he?
- 1025. We were both very impressed
with his imagination.
- 1026. Why should that worry you?
You know Dix didn't do it.
- 1027. You saw him after the girl left.
- 1028. Of course. He hardly knew her.
He had nothing against her.
- 1029. - That's what Brub says.
- I know.
- 1030. But Lochner has a different idea.
He believes Dix could've done it.
- 1031. I left his office feeling as though
he were trying to warn me.
- 1032. Oh, don't pay any attention to Lochner.
- 1033. You don't realize what he's doing to us.
- 1034. I suppose it isn't just Lochner.
- 1035. There is something strange about Dix,
- 1036. I keep worrying about it. I stay awake nights
trying to find out what it is.
- 1037. Then he shows up for breakfast
with an armload of packages,
- 1038. and he's so sweet and so kind
that he makes me feel -
- 1039. Ashamed of what you've been thinking?
- 1040. Then why don't you talk to him?
Tell him how you feel.
- 1041. What can I say to him?
- 1042. "I love you, but I'm afraid of you.
- 1043. I want to marry you, but first
convince me that Lochner's wrong,
- 1044. that you didn't kill Mildred Atkinson."
- 1045. You should go away for a while.
I really think you should.
- 1046. I mean, give yourself a little time.
- 1047. Figure things out quietly.
- 1048. You're too anxious.
- 1049. Sylvia, after we left you,
Dix got into an argument with a man.
- 1050. He acted like a maniac.
I thought he was going to kill him.
- 1051. I thought - I thought maybe
he acted just the same with Mildred.
- 1052. I came here because I wanted to say
these things out loud and be laughed at.
- 1053. But you're not laughing.
- 1054. They still don't know
who killed that checkroom girl.
- 1055. This isn't going to be as easy
to get out of as it was with Mr. Baker.
- 1056. It was the act of a sick mind
with an urge to destroy.
- 1057. An erratic, violent man.
- 1058. He's our most logical suspect.
Killing has a fascination for him.
- 1059. I wanted to say
these things out loud and be laughed at.
- 1060. But you're not laughing.
- 1061. Good morning, Mr. Steele.
Are you going up to see Miss Gray?
- 1062. Yeah, I'll take those up for you.
It'll give me an excuse to see her.
- 1063. You don't need an excuse,
but I need a new pair of legs.
- 1064. Uh, tell her I'll be back tomorrow
with the rest of her things.
- 1065. - Good-bye, Mr. Steele.
- Bye, Mr. Swan.
- 1066. - Oh. Morning, Effie.
- 1067. - Miss Gray awake?
- 1068. How many times do I have to tell you
not to vacuum when she's sleeping?
- 1069. She can't hear nothing.
She takes pills.
- 1070. - Since when?
- I don't know.
- 1071. Huh.
- 1072. She must have worked all night.
- 1073. I wish you and Miss Gray would
get married and go on a honeymoon.
- 1074. Then I could get
these two apartments cleaned up.
- 1075. Shut it off, honey, and go back to sleep.
- 1076. I can't. The clock's too far away.
- 1077. I'll shut it off for you, if you want me to.
- 1078. All right. Come in.
- 1079. You wanna go back to sleep?
- 1080. No. I'll get up.
- 1081. I'll start breakfast.
- 1082. You might open the door for me.
- 1083. Beg your pardon, Effie.
- 1084. I'll do it, Dix.
- 1085. No, I don't want you to.
- 1086. You sit down, be comfortable.
- 1087. Room service, coming up.
- 1088. What happened
to the grapefruit knife?
- 1089. Oh, it was crooked
and I straightened it.
- 1090. Fool. It's supposed to be curved.
- 1091. What? Huh.
Wonder what they'll think of next.
- 1092. I finished the pages.
- 1093. Yeah, I noticed
you also covered the script.
- 1094. What are you trying to prove?
You won't get a raise, you know.
- 1095. I love the love scene.
It's very good.
- 1096. That's because they're not always telling
each other how much in love they are.
- 1097. A good love scene should be
about something else besides love.
- 1098. For instance, this one.
- 1099. Me fixing grapefruit, you sitting
over there dopey, half asleep.
- 1100. Anyone looking at us
could tell we were in love.
- 1101. Uh, Effie wants us to get married.
- 1102. Says it'll give her a chance to vacuum
the apartment while we're away.
- 1103. Isn't there a simpler way?
- 1104. I always knew
I'd get stuck with you eventually.
- 1105. All I needed was a little push.
- 1106. Come on, dopey.
- 1107. Where'd you get the pills?
- 1108. - From my doctor.
- 1109. When did you see your doctor?
- 1110. Couple of weeks ago.
- 1111. Well, why didn't I know about that?
- 1112. I guess I didn't think
it was important enough to mention.
- 1113. It's only lately that you've wanted
to know everything about me.
- 1114. Well, you ought to be
very flattered that I do.
- 1115. I am.
- 1116. And I love you.
- 1117. But there's no reason
to rush into anything.
- 1118. Who said anything
about rushing into anything?
- 1119. I thought maybe if you'd give me an answer,
say, in the next 10 seconds,
- 1120. I - I'd go right out and buy a ring.
- 1121. Then we could have a little
engagement party tonight at Paul's,
- 1122. invite a few of our select
friends and enemies,
- 1123. take a plane to Las Vegas
around midnight and be married by -
- 1124. The coffee!
- 1125. Well, the 10 seconds are up.
- 1126. - Of course I'll marry you, but -
- No, no, no.
- 1127. No "of course." No "but." No "why."
- 1128. Yes or no will do.
A simple yes or no will do very well.
- 1129. Yes.
- 1130. Effie, it's okay.
You can vacuum tomorrow.
- 1131. Both apartments.
- 1132. - Dix, wait. What's happened?
- Effie, you tell him.
- 1133. Well, tell me.
- 1134. I guess they're gonna get married.
- 1135. It's me, Mel.
- 1136. Laurel, I can't tell you how happy I am.
- 1137. Would you ask Miss - Martha
to call Miss Gray as soon as she can?
- 1138. Thank you.
- 1139. I prayed for this.
It had to come true.
- 1140. Oh, Laurel,
we'll be such a happy family.
- 1141. I'll come and have dinner with you.
I'll play with the kids.
- 1142. You don't have to worry.
I won't come too often.
- 1143. I'll only teach the kids nice things.
- 1144. You're - You're not going to marry him?
- 1145. No, I'm not. I can't.
- 1146. I see.
- 1147. I was hoping for a miracle,
and it didn't happen.
- 1148. I tried, Mel.
- 1149. I wanted it to last so much,
for my own sake.
- 1150. But Dix doesn't act
like a normal person.
- 1151. You don't go around hitting people,
smashing cars, torturing your best friend.
- 1152. I'm - I'm scared of him.
- 1153. I don't trust him.
- 1154. I'm not even sure
he didn't kill Mildred Atkinson.
- 1155. Laurel! You're going too far.
- 1156. Am I?
- 1157. Have you forgot what you asked me
when we first met?
- 1158. You weren't sure of him either,
and you know him better than anybody else.
- 1159. Why can't he be like other people?
- 1160. - Why?
- Like other people?
- 1161. Would you have liked him?
You knew he was dynamite.
- 1162. He has to explode sometimes.
- 1163. Years ago, I tried to make him
go and see a psychiatrist.
- 1164. I thought he'd kill me.
- 1165. Always violent.
- 1166. Well, it's as much a part of him
as the color of his eyes,
- 1167. the shape of his head.
- 1168. He's Dix Steele.
- 1169. And if you want him,
you've got to take it all -
- 1170. the bad with the good.
- 1171. I've taken it for 20 years,
and I'd do it again.
- 1172. You make me feel ashamed, Mel.
- 1173. Maybe I should stay with him, but I can't.
- 1174. Why did you tell him you'd marry him?
- 1175. I was scared. I still am!
- 1176. Oh. I hate to see that.
- 1177. You - You can't hurt him like this.
- 1178. Dix has a tremendous ego.
He - He can't take defeat.
- 1179. Y-You've got to wait until
something good happens to him.
- 1180. He wants to take me
to Las Vegas tonight.
- 1181. I've got to get out now
before he gets back.
- 1182. If Brody only liked the script,
that would help a lot.
- 1183. If Dix has success,
he doesn't need anything else.
- 1184. Then take the script.
- 1185. It's finished.
- 1186. And it's wonderful.
- 1187. It's really wonderful.
- 1188. Take it to Brody now.
- 1189. Thank you, Mel.
I'll write to you.
- 1190. Oh, don't.
- 1191. I don't want to know where you are
- 1192. because Dix will ask,
and I'll have to tell him.
- 1193. If you feel like writing, write to him.
- 1194. Then maybe later
you'll come back to us.
- 1195. I hope so.
- 1196. - See you.
- Good-bye, Mel.
- 1197. Yes, this is she.
- 1198. About your reservation to New York,
- 1199. we may have some space
on Flight 22 at 3:00 PM.
- 1200. Will you be at this number
for another hour?
- 1201. Yes, I'll be here. Please let me know
as quickly as you can.
- 1202. I got four blocks away and remembered
I don't know your ring size.
- 1203. - Well, here. This is about right.
- No, no, no.
- 1204. I want you to choose it.
- 1205. After all, you gotta wear it
the rest of your life.
- 1206. Well, I've got so much to do.
I still haven't packed.
- 1207. Well, do it later.
- 1208. We've gotta look at houses.
We're not gonna live in apartments anymore.
- 1209. And I want to buy you a little car.
- 1210. Why are you always in a hurry?
- 1211. Are you going to come,
or do I have to drag you?
- 1212. But I'm only half dressed.
- 1213. That's good enough for me.
- 1214. Greetings!
- 1215. Mr. Waterman,
you forgot to change your costume.
- 1216. This is not a costume, ignorant wench.
- 1217. It is the formal attire of a gentleman.
- 1218. Uh, no applause, please.
- 1219. Mine host, you've slighted me.
- 1220. Where's the red carpet,
the lackeys with candelabra,
- 1221. the trumpeters?
- 1222. Are we not celebrating
a royal engagement?
- 1223. Of course we are,
but it's to be held incognito. Shh.
- 1224. Hiya, Charlie.
- 1225. Forgive the smell of mothballs.
- 1226. My sincerest congratulations,
- 1227. Let me embrace you, noble prince.
- 1228. My - My senses tell me
you've had a few, thespian.
- 1229. I've been celebrating
ever since your call.
- 1230. Brandy for Mr. Waterman.
- 1231. And what did you do this red-letter day?
- 1232. So much happened.
It's difficult to remember.
- 1233. First I got a ring, then we looked at houses,
and then we bought clothes.
- 1234. He hasn't left me alone for a second.
- 1235. Sounds fascinating, princess.
- 1236. Let me see the jewel.
- 1237. Ah.
- 1238. Exquisite taste.
- 1239. Ah. The princess must not
pick the polish from her nails.
- 1240. The, uh, princess
has been acting very strangely.
- 1241. Your table's ready.
- 1242. Hello, Dix. Hello, everybody.
- 1243. - I understand you're getting married.
- That's right.
- 1244. Laurel Gray,
this is Frances Randolph.
- 1245. Hello, my dear. Congratulations.
- 1246. - Thank you, Miss Randolph.
- Come on, Fran.
- 1247. - Join the elite.
- Just for a second.
- 1248. You got yourself a wonderful guy, Laurel,
and believe me, I should know.
- 1249. - Oh, what am I saying?
- That's all right, Fran.
- 1250. I've already told Laurel
how you used to pursue me.
- 1251. Dix, Brody wants me
for the part of Althea.
- 1252. I'm going to read the script tonight.
- 1253. - Whose script?
- Yours, genius.
- 1254. He's going to send it to my house.
That is, if he likes it.
- 1255. Did he tell you where he got my script?
- 1256. I took it to him, Dix, this morning.
- 1257. - I stole it out of Laurel's desk.
- No, he didn't. I gave it to him.
- 1258. Brody's been so impatient.
- 1259. I'm sorry, Mel.
I always put my foot into it.
- 1260. Don't be angry, Dix.
I know Brody will love it.
- 1261. Oh, I don't blame you,
but Mel should've known better.
- 1262. Why don't I keep my big mouth shut?
- 1263. Is there a juicy part in it for me?
- 1264. - Did you read it?
- 1265. You're lying.
You read it, and you didn't like it.
- 1266. What does it matter what I think?
- 1267. I'm the guy that tried to talk Selznick
out of doing Gone with the Wind.
- 1268. - What's wrong with my script?
- Nothing. But it's not the book.
- 1269. And that's what Brody asked for -
a faithful adaptation.
- 1270. - The book was trash, and you're a thief.
- Dix, please!
- 1271. Telephone, Miss Gray.
- 1272. - Thank you. Excuse -
- She'll take it here.
- 1273. No, never mind.
Ask them to call me at home later, please.
- 1274. Bring the phone.
I said, bring the phone!
- 1275. No, I don't want to talk to anybody.
- 1276. You mean you don't want to
talk to anybody in front of me.
- 1277. Why is it so important
that Brody read the script today?
- 1278. I told you, he was impatient.
Has been for weeks.
- 1279. - Yeah, but why today?
- Miss Gray.
- 1280. - Hello. Who's this?
- Don't, Dix!
- 1281. Oh, Martha.
- 1282. You calling Miss Gray,
or are you phoning for Mr. Baker?
- 1283. That's Laurel's call.
- 1284. - For heaven's sakes!
- Well, I'll see you later.
- 1285. Are you all right, Miss Gray?
- 1286. Dixie, my boy, you're in.
- 1287. And believe me, it's much harder
to come back than it is to arrive.
- 1288. Brody's delighted with the script.
He's raving about it.
- 1289. Break your glasses?
- 1290. No. Yes.
- 1291. Cut your eyes?
- 1292. No.
- 1293. Lloyd just got here.
Brody's crazy about the script.
- 1294. I told you not
to pay any attention to me.
- 1295. Do you want me to look
for another agent?
- 1296. Well, business isn't so hot.
- 1297. Uh, remind me to get you another tie.
- 1298. Where's Laurel?
- 1299. She's gone.
- 1300. - One moment, please.
- See you, Paul.
- 1301. All right.
- 1302. Cancel the Steele dinner.
- 1303. Hello. Paul's Restaurant.
- 1304. Mr. Dixon Steele?
- 1305. Just a minute.
- 1306. He's just left.
- 1307. Oh, Sergeant Nicolai?
- 1308. I'll tell him, Sergeant Nicolai.
- 1309. Bye.
- 1310. He just left the restaurant.
- 1311. You mind if I read
Kesler's confession to him?
- 1312. Here.
- 1313. Know what I'm gonna do tonight?
I'm gonna get drunk.
- 1314. Don't let one right guess
go to your head.
- 1315. It's been a terrific strain on Laurel and Dix.
It almost ruined their lives.
- 1316. They'll never forget Mildred Atkinson.
- 1317. I extracted the bullet from Kesler's left lung,
that far from the heart.
- 1318. He's lucky to be a poor shot.
- 1319. - I wonder.
- I wanna try him at home.
- 1320. Yeah, keep on trying.
- 1321. - Dix?
- Let me in.
- 1322. I'm in bed, Dix.
I have an awful headache.
- 1323. Laurel, let me in, please!
- 1324. It's been such a hectic day!
- 1325. Laurel, don't make me ask you again.
- 1326. What is it, Dix?
- 1327. I'm sorry about tonight.
It'll never happen again.
- 1328. I shouldn't have hit Mel.
I shouldn't have picked up the telephone.
- 1329. It wasn't any of my business.
I don't know why I -
- 1330. Cigarette?
- 1331. Where's your ring?
- 1332. I put it in my jewel box.
- 1333. You should never
take it off your finger.
- 1334. Put it on.
- 1335. Not now.
- 1336. Where is it? I'll get it.
- 1337. Please, Dix,
can't you relax for a second?
- 1338. Why is this door locked?
Who's in there?
- 1339. Nobody.
- 1340. I locked it because it's a mess.
I didn't want you to see it.
- 1341. Open it.
- 1342. Please, don't order me around.
I don't like it.
- 1343. - Why is it a mess?
- Because -
- 1344. Because I've been packing.
We're going away, remember?
- 1345. Give me that key.
- 1346. All right, I'll get the ring.
- 1347. You scared me.
- 1348. There.
- 1349. - This all you're taking to Las Vegas?
- I just started to pack when you came.
- 1350. - I thought you said you were in bed.
- No, I -
- 1351. - Were you packing to go on a honeymoon?
- Yes, of course!
- 1352. Or were you packing to run away from me
like you ran away from Mr. Baker?
- 1353. Stop it, Dix!
I can't take any more of this!
- 1354. Hello.
- 1355. Who?
- 1356. Oh, I'll give her the message.
- 1357. You have a cancellation
on Flight 16 for New York.
- 1358. I'll tell her.
- 1359. There's a cancellation
on Flight 16 for New York.
- 1360. I'll stay with you, Dix.
I promise. I'll stay with you.
- 1361. I love you, Dix. I'll marry you.
I'll go away with you. Take me -
- 1362. You'd run away from me
the first chance you'd get.
- 1363. Don't act like this, Dix.
I can't live with a maniac!
- 1364. I'll never let you go!
- 1365. Dix, don't! Don't! Please, please!
- 1366. Don't, Dix. Please don't!
- 1367. Hello.
- 1368. Dix, I've been trying
to get you everywhere.
- 1369. I, uh - I've got some news that's gonna
take a lot of tension off you and Laurel.
- 1370. Just got an airtight confession
- 1371. Old friend, your hunch was right.
He killed her.
- 1372. Let me speak to him.
I want to apologize to him and Miss Gray.
- 1373. Is Laurel there? Captain Lochner
wants to apologize to both of you.
- 1374. Man wants to apologize to you.
- 1375. Hello?
- 1376. Miss Gray?
- 1377. I just want you to know how sorry I am
I had to put you through this ordeal.
- 1378. Mr. Steele's absolutely in the clear.
- 1379. I hope you'll both accept my apologies.
- 1380. Yesterday this would have meant
so much to us.
- 1381. Now it doesn't matter.
- 1382. It doesn't matter at all.
- 1383. I lived a few weeks
while you loved me.
- 1384. Good-bye, Dix.