Scripts: The Man Who Knew Too Much (final draft, 07/May/1955) - part 10
INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP Ben trying one more box door. He again closes it and moves to one more. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP The dignitary's pleased and smiling face. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP The gun poised. It fills the screen. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP The cymbals are held in the foreground and through them we can see the orchestra and the conductor beyond. The conductor looks up from his score and points deliberately to the cymbal player. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP The cymbals clash together. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP Jo leaping forward with a scream. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP The dignitary is clutching his arm and slumping forward. We gain an impression of those around leaping to their feet. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP The people around Jo, startled as they rise in their seats and turn back to her. INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP Ben dashes to a final door and swinging it open finds himself face-to-face with the Assassin. The latter's hand goes for his holster. He pulls out his gun. Ben lunges forward with a blow. INT. ASSASSIN'S BOX - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP The Assassin staggers back and we hear the clatter of the gun as it falls to the floor. He immediately turns towards the CAMERA looking for a means of escape. He leaps to the edge of the box to go over into the next one. He slips. INT. ASSASSIN'S BOX - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT We see the Assassin fall with a crash into the aisle below him as Ben dashes forward in the box. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT The soprano singers in the middle of their note quickly change it to a unified scream. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT The music trails off as the orchestra rises to its feet at the startling occurrence. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT The hall is in an uproar. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - MEDIUM SHOT The people around the dignitary in his box are backing up to give him air. Someone is examining his wound. He see by his movements and a shake of his head that he is not dead. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP Jo is still standing looking up. INT. HALL - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT From her viewpoint she sees Ben leaning over the box in horror looking down at the dead Assassin below. The door opens and the uniformed and plainclothes police dash into The box. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - LONG SHOT There is utter confusion in the lobby, police dashing upstairs on either side. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT We see Ben hurrying down the stairs. Jo rushes into the lobby and, seeing Ben, dashes towards him. A few of the people around the lobby begin to look at Jo and Ben. We see the Assistant Manager hurry over to them. They are in a group of three, and although we do not actually hear what he says, due to the hubbub, he is obviously questioning Ben and being solicitous to Jo. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP We go close just in time to catch the tail-end of the conversation. Ben is just saying: BEN Then he didn't kill him? ASSISTANT MANAGER Your wife saved him -- it is only a small flesh wound...Oh here he is now...you must come and meet him...don't be nervous...I'll get the aide to present you...it will be all right (To Woburn) Would you present the lady to the prime minister? Suddenly their attention is drawn to something off- screen up the stairs. The hubbub increases. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT From their viewpoint we see the Prime Minister, obviously not wounded sufficiently to incapacitate, being escorted down the stairs by his Aide and other members of the staff, including Woburn of the Special Branch. The Prime Minister is indicating his arm and obviously by the way he waves his hands, is deprecating their concern about his wound. In fact he is rather over-doing it. Just beyond them at the top of the stairs we see 'Buchanan' standing with the Ambassador. INT. LOBBY STAIRS - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP 'Buchanan' is reassuring the Ambassador. BUCHANAN I'll report to you fully at the Embassy, Your Excellency. In the meantime... INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP The manager is leading Ben and Jo across to the foot of the stairs. They are reluctant but he insists. As the CAMERA PANS them over they meet the group at the bottom at the stairs. The manager calls out to Mr. Woburn and indicates Ben and Jo. INT. LOBBY STAIRS - (NIGHT) - CLOSEUP Woburn is a little non-plussed. He leans over to one of the Prime Minister's Aides. The latter's face lights up. He leans over and whispers something to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is all smiles. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - MEDIUM SHOT Woburn steps down and introduces Ben and Jo to the Prime Minister's Aide. WOBURN Mr. Prime Minister, this is the lady who -- The Prime Minister interrupts enthusiastically. PRIME MINISTER My dear lady, I shall be for ever in your debt. WOBURN And this is her husband -- The Prime Minister interrupts again, less enthusiastically. PRIME MINISTER A pleasure, my dear sir... (He turns to Jo) I trust you will permit me to wait upon you tomorrow and to express the depth of my gratitude. JO (Weakly) It wasn't -- it wasn't -- PRIME MINISTER (Gallantly) Oh but it was, my dear lady. There is an awkward pause. The Prime Minister collects himself and turns to move on out of the hall, the police making a passageway for him through the crowd. We see the Ambassador hurrying into the picture and moving across the screen quickly to follow the Prime Minister. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP Ben and Jo stand for a moment not knowing what to do or where to go next. Woburn standing with Ben and Jo. They look up and see Buchanan. WOBURN I think Mr. Buchanan would like to talk to you. INT. LOBBY - (NIGHT) - SEMI-LONG SHOT From their viewpoint a grim 'Buchanan' is standing at the top of the stairs. INT. LOBBY STAIRS - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP The CAMERA PANS Ben and Jo up the stairs towards 'Buchanan'. They increase their pace towards him. INT. UPSTAIRS CORRIDOR - (NIGHT) - SEMI-CLOSEUP When they reach him they have only one thought in their minds to ask him. JO (Wildly) Where's our boy? Where's Hank? BUCHANAN (quietly) We can talk if you'll come in here. The CAMERA PANS the three across the top landing and to the doors of the 'Green Room' There are various police standing about and some of Special Branch men can be seen inside the room. 'Buchanan' steps aside too allow Jo to enter. Then he and Ben follow her in. The door closes behind them. INT. GREEN ROOM - (NIGHT) - MEDIUM SHOT The three of them enter the 'Green Room', generally used by the principal Artistes appearing at Royal Albert Hall. Buchanan nods to two Special Branch men who are standing about in case they are needed. The room is informal containing arm chairs, a sofa and a number of small tables. Jo sits down wearily into the nearest chair. Ben remains standing, Buchanan takes a seat in a chair near a telephone, he looks up at Ben as if he expects him to say something. Ben responds to the look. BUCHANAN (Coldly) So you both know the time and place all along. BEN (Roughly) Don't be a fool. BUCHANAN An odd coincidence -- both of you turning up here. BEN (Coldly) Too bad you didn't contact your assistant. He sent us both here. BUCHANAN (Quickly) I beg your pardon. BEN You see, we finally needed that help you offered. We still need it. JO (Urgently) Yes, Mr. Buchanan. We still need it. The door opens and another member of the Special Branch enters. DETECTIVE Sir? Buchanan nods to him to speak. DETECTIVE We've questioned the woman. Said she bought a ticket that happened to place her in the same box with the man that did the shooting. Doesn't know anything -- but if she does, she's not talking. BUCHANAN I'll see her later. DETECTIVE Very good, sir. The Detective exits as Ben sits down dejectedly in a chair. BUCHANAN (Gently) Please tell me everything, now. Everything. (go turns to Jo) There's still plenty of room for hope, Mrs. McKenna... INT. EMBASSY - (NIGHT) - MED. SHOT A high CAMERA shows us a large hallway and ornate ballroom. As yet the room is about quarter filled and various guests of the Diplomatic Corps and others are gradually adding to the group. The CAMERA DOLLIES DOWN over them until it reaches slightly open doorway. Peering cautiously through we see the face of Drayton. INT. EMBASSY - (NIGHT) - MED. CLOSE SHOT On the other side of the doorway is Drayton and his wife. She is pacing nervously behind him. A footman comes up to them and announces: FOOTMAN His Excellency will see you now. Drayton motions to his wife and the CAMERA PANS them after the footman across a small hallway. He is the very same footman we saw among the group of servants who were herded out of the kitchen. He opens a door in front of the Draytons -- they enter. INT. EMBASSY - (NIGHT) - MED. CLOSE SHOT Standing in front of a fireplace, above which is an oil painting of the Prime Minister, is the Ambassador whom we saw at the Albert Hall. He is on the telephone. AMBASSADOR Yes...yes...I see. Well if the woman won't talk, she won't talk and that's that, I suppose. All right. INT. EMBASSY - (NIGHT) - MED. CLOSE SHOT Mrs. Drayton closes the door behind the two as Drayton advances towards the Ambassador with an easy manner, the CAMERA PANNING him. DRAYTON (Easily) Excuse me sir, I have a lot to explain to you -- something very unusual has happened. I must also have the money to pay our French marksman. AMBASSADOR (Almost casually) Wouldn't it be superfluous, considering that he's dead? Drayton and his wife stare mutely at the Ambassador. They are staggered at this news. AMBASSADOR His aim wasn't quite as good as you led me to expect. The target merely received a slight flesh wound in the arm. Worse than useless. Drayton still stares, petrified, at the Ambassador. AMBASSADOR Then your French friend panicked, and made a fatal crash -- landing on the floor of the Albert Hall. DRAYTON (Blustering weakly) I don't see how you can hold me responsible. He was most warmly recommended by our people in Marrakesh... The Ambassador now begins to get really nasty. AMBASSADOR I'm glad you're able to treat the matter so lightly. I am holding a reception here this evening. In a few minutes, I have to welcome our Prime Minister as my guest of honor -- when I hope and expected that he would be totally unable to attend. That amuses you, no doubt? DRAYTON (Feebly) I don't know what to say ... AMBASSADOR (Brutally) No. But I do. You've muddled everything from the start. Kidnapping that child in Marrakesh...Don't you realize that Americans dislike having their children kidnapped? DRAYTON (Trying to keep his end up) How else could I make sure the American would hold his tongue? AMBASSADOR (Ignoring this) And then, to crown it all, you get cold feet and come running along here to hide -- and bring the child with you: Don't you see what you've done to the diplomatic status of this Embassy? DRAYTON (Weakly) I didn't think...I only thought... AMBASSADOR (Staccato) How are you going to get the child out of here, eh? Eh? Eh? Eh? DRAYTON (Struggling for self-confidence) There's no difficulty about that, surely? The car -- AMBASSADOR (Interrupting) With plain-clothes detectives planted right round this building? (Wryly) You English intellectuals will be the death of us all. DRAYTON (Desperate) I'll think of some method. Just give me time.... AMBASSADOR (He snorts Contemptuously) Time! The Ambassador paces a moment, suppressing his rage, and then he stops and looks at Drayton as if thinking about something. AMBASSADOR I want the child removed from this Embassy, and removed in such a way that he won't be able to say any more where he has been tonight. MRS. DRAYTON Oh, no! The Ambassador pauses and looks up at her in such a manner that she almost shrinks. She tries to say something, but no words come out of her half-open mouth. Drayton, however, answers the Ambassador with horrible servility. DRAYTON Right, I'll see to it.. Lucy Drayton looks at her husband with loathing. There is a polite tap on the door. The Ambassador looks up. AMBASSADOR Come in. The door opens and a butler enters. BUTLER Your Excellency, the Princess should be arriving at any moment. The Ambassador braces himself, his chest swells out a little, h assumes a set smile and strides from the room. Just at this moment we hear a String Orchestra in the distance strike up some gay waltz music. The Ambassador goes out of the door. Mrs. Drayton is looking down at the floor. INT. GREEN ROOM - (NIGHT) - MEDIUM SHOT Ben is talking. Buchanan is listening carefully. BEN ...recognized him, and he recognized me. So he jumped for it. And that is all. BUCHANAN (Slowly) Trying to liquidate one of their own big-shots. I wish they'd stick to their usual custom, and do it in their own country... At this moment the phone rings. Woburn, who is now re- placing the two Special Branch men in the room, picks up the telephone. WOBURN Hello. (He listens for a moment) Hold on. He turns the telephone over to Buchanan. BUCHANAN (To phone) Buchanan speaking. Buchanan listens for a while, his face changing as he listens with increased interest. BUCHANAN Right. Bye. Buchanan hangs up, turns to Woburn, but half speaks in the direction of the McKenna's. BUCHANAN The Draytons are at the Embassy. JO How do you know? BUCHANAN We have ways of finding out -- from the inside. Ben almost shouts as he gets up from his chair. BEN If the Draytons are at the Embassy, Hank has to be there too! Buchanan turns his attention back to Ben. BUCHANAN (Grimly) You're probably right. But we can do nothing. BEN Why can't you? BUCHANAN Every Embassy in a foreign country has extra-territorial rights. BEN What does that mean in common language? BUCHANAN As far as we're concerned, this Embassy stands on foreign soil. BEN Does that mean they can steal children and get away with it? BUCHANAN We could have the Foreign Office serve a writ on the Ambassador. He breaks off and speaks apologetically as If it were I parenthesis. BUCHANAN ...You know, I'm not responsible for the complications of International Law... He resumes: BUCHANAN ...If only we had positive proof that the boy really is in there. As they are talking Ben is thinking hard, obviously hatching some scheme in his mind. BEN What's the telephone number of this Embassy. Both of the men looking at Ben a moment without answering and then Woburn speaks first. WONBURN Grosvenor 0144. JO What are you thinking about, Ben? Without answering Jo, Ben picks up the 'phone. BEN Grosvenor 0144. Ben looks at the group briefly. Buchanan looks at Ben with keen curiosity. BEN I'm going to speak to the Minister himself. Buchanan looks intrigued and surprised. We hear the answering click on the other end of the phone. BEN May I speak to the Prime Minister, please? There is a pause and the distorted sound of a voice mumbling on the other end of the phone. Ben interrupts the question. BEN Tell him the lady who saved his life wants to speak to him. Its important. The voice on the other end of the phone mumbles briefly, and there is silent. Ben has a satisfied look on his face, as he hands the receiver to Jo. She seems frightened. JO What am I supposed to say, Ben? I don't know -- (She trails off) Ben, half looking at Woburn and Buchanan, gives her instructions. BFN He said he wanted to visit us soon so he could thank you. (MORE) BFN (CONT'D) Well, tell him we'd like to see him tonight, at the Embassy, because we have to leave London tomorrow.
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