|Inflating a Dog Screenplay
Chapter 11: My Arcinella (in which Captain Mac seems reluctant to sell)
by Eric Kraft
The screen rights are available.
|INT. ELLAíS OLD CAR. AFTERNOON.
Itís a 1948 Studebaker. Ella is driving; Peter is in the back seat;
Patti is in the front passengerís seat, the sidekickís seat. A fine
drizzle has begun to drift lazily down from the gray sky.
Ella turns onto a street with just one tiny white house.Read it again, Patti.ELLAUnfortunate circumstances force me to sell the most beautiful boat presently afloat. Captain Mac .†.†. Maco .†.†. Macomangus, Bay Way.PATTI(reading the Reporter)
She brings the car to a stop in front of the house, but leaves the motor running. A white picket fence surrounds a tiny front yard. Rambling roses grow along the fence.Bay Way.ELLA
He walks to the front door. A length of string extends from a hole beside the door; he pulls it, and a tiny tinkling sound comes from inside. He waits for someone to come to the door, but no one does. He rings twice more and returns to the car.Itís like a dollís house.ELLAYes.PATTI(breathily, charmed)Do you think heís home?ELLAI donít know, but Iíll find out.PETER
We get a glimpse of CAPTAIN MAC watching from behind a curtain. Then the curtain falls and the man withdraws.I guess heís not home.PETERHeís looking out the window.PATTI(whispering)
They all go to the door, and this time Peter knocks.Come on. Letís all go.PETER
The door opens an inch, and Captain Mac peers out.Hello! Anybody home?PETER
He begins closing the door, then seems to relent a bit.I guess you didnít hear the bell.PETERI heard it, but I figured youíd go away.CAPTAIN MACGo away?PETERMost of íem do, if I just wait íem out.CAPTAIN MACWho?ELLAPeople who come about my Arcinella.CAPTAIN MACWhoís Arcinella?PATTIMy boat.CAPTAIN MACBut your boat is for sale, isnít it?ELLAMaybe .†.†. maybe not.CAPTAIN MACArenít you Captain MacomangóPETER(consulting the ad)Yep, thatís me. Captain Mac.CAPTAIN MACDid you place this ad for the boat?PETERYep.CAPTAIN MACWell, then weíd like to see it. My mother and I and .†.†. my girlfriend.PETERDonít get carried away.PATTI(muttering)Sorry.CAPTAIN MAC(eyes downcast)You mean we canít see the boat?ELLAI donít want a lot of strangers poking around my Arcinella.CAPTAIN MACThere are only three of us .†.†. and weíll be really careful.ELLAI just donít want to sell her to you.CAPTAIN MACWhatís wrong with us?PATTI(hurt)Nothing. Itís just that, well, maybe I donít want to sell my Arcinella at all.CAPTAIN MACBut you advertised it .†.†. her.PETERI did, but Iíve had a change of heart.CAPTAIN MACAt least let us see the boat .†.†. after we drove all the way down here.ELLAMaybe some other time.CAPTAIN MAC
Well .†.†. come in out of the rain and dry off and Iíll make you some tea.CAPTAIN MAC (CONTíD.)(as if embarrassed)
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Copyright © 2001 by Eric
The screenplay for Inflating a Dog is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the authorís imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
All rights reserved. No part of this teleplay may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.
The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesnít particularly resemble Peter Leroyóexcept, perhaps, for the smile.
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