|Inflating a Dog Screenplay
Chapter 26: Doo-wop Da Wadda Wadda (in which Bert dances)
by Eric Kraft
The screen rights are available.
|EXT. ARCINELLA’S SLIP. ANOTHER MORNING.
Ella, Patti, and Peter are getting ready to start the work day. Bert
pulls up in his old Studebaker.
Bert looks around, and begins to feel awkward.Bert!ELLA(surprised to see him)I thought maybe I could . . . give you a hand . . . help you out.BERT(getting out of the car)What about the garage?ELLAA guy’s gotta take some time off. I thought I’d take a week . . . help out.BERTWell . . . thanks . . . but we’ve got everything . . . under control.ELLA
Peter realizes that Bert wants to be part of the gang.
I . . . I . . . the engine . . . could sure use a good going-over . . . by somebody who knows what he’s doing.PETERHey! Good thing I’m here!BERT(rolling up his sleeves)
CUT TO:EXT. ON THE BAY. LATER IN THE DAY. Bert tries to tell Ella that he admires what she has achieved.
Ella no longer needs his praise and doesn’t want revenge.Ella . . . you really did . . .BERT
Bert accepts the invitation and waltzes Ella around the deck, while Patti and Peter look on like approving parents.Let’s dance, Bert.ELLAElla, I just want to say . . .BERTDoo-wop da wadda wadda, doo-wop da wadda wadda . . .ELLA(singing)Please, Ella, I’m trying . . .BERTWhen you dance . . .ELLA(singing)Ella . . .BERTBe sure to hold her close to you . . .ELLA(swaying invitingly)
THIRTY SECONDS OF
"WHEN YOU DANCE"
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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 author’s 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 doesn’t particularly resemble Peter Leroy—except, perhaps, for the smile.
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