Inflating a Dog Screenplay
Chapter 11: My Arcinella (in which Captain Mac seems reluctant to sell)
by Eric Kraft
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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
Read it again, Patti.
PATTI
(reading the Reporter)
Unfortunate circumstances force me to sell the most beautiful boat presently afloat.  Captain Mac .†.†. Maco .†.†. Macomangus, Bay Way.
Ella turns onto a street with just one tiny white house. 
ELLA
Bay Way.
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.
ELLA
Itís like a dollís house. 
PATTI
(breathily, charmed)
Yes.
ELLA
Do you think heís home?
PETER
I donít know, but Iíll find out.
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.
PETER
I guess heís not home.
PATTI
(whispering)
Heís looking out the window.
We get a glimpse of CAPTAIN MAC watching from behind a curtain.  Then the curtain falls and the man withdraws.
PETER
Come on.  Letís all go.
They all go to the door, and this time Peter knocks.
PETER
Hello!  Anybody home?
The door opens an inch, and Captain Mac peers out.
PETER
I guess you didnít hear the bell.
CAPTAIN MAC
I heard it, but I figured youíd go away.
PETER
Go away?
CAPTAIN MAC
Most of íem do, if I just wait íem out.
ELLA
Who?
CAPTAIN MAC
People who come about my Arcinella.
PATTI
Whoís Arcinella?
CAPTAIN MAC
My boat.
ELLA
But your boat is for sale, isnít it?
CAPTAIN MAC
Maybe .†.†. maybe not.
PETER
(consulting the ad)
Arenít you Captain Macomangó
CAPTAIN MAC
Yep, thatís me.  Captain Mac.
PETER
Did you place this ad for the boat?
CAPTAIN MAC
Yep.
PETER
Well, then weíd like to see it.  My mother and I and .†.†. my girlfriend.
PATTI
(muttering)
Donít get carried away.
CAPTAIN MAC
(eyes downcast)
Sorry.
ELLA
You mean we canít see the boat?
CAPTAIN MAC
I donít want a lot of strangers poking around my Arcinella.
ELLA
There are only three of us .†.†. and weíll be really careful.
CAPTAIN MAC
I just donít want to sell her to you.
PATTI
(hurt)
Whatís wrong with us?
CAPTAIN MAC
Nothing.  Itís just that, well, maybe I donít want to sell my Arcinella at all.
PETER
But you advertised it .†.†. her.
CAPTAIN MAC
I did, but Iíve had a change of heart.
ELLA
At least let us see the boat .†.†. after we drove all the way down here.
CAPTAIN MAC
Maybe some other time.
He begins closing the door, then seems to relent a bit.
CAPTAIN MAC (CONTíD.)
(as if embarrassed)
Well .†.†. come in out of the rain and dry off and Iíll make you some tea.
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INFLATING A DOG SCREENPLAY | CONTENTS | CHAPTER 12

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Copyright © 2001 by Eric Kraft
Registered with the Writers Guild of America East in 2001 

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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