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"ALL THE KING'S MEN"

Screenplay by

Robert Rossen

Based on a novel by

Robert Penn Warren

SHOOTING DRAFT

1949



Interior: Jack Burden's Desk, The Chronicle, Day

Jack Burden is looking over the morning edition of "The
Chronicle." He reads the society page. A man enters and leans
across his desk.

MAN
Burden! Jack Burden! The boss wants
to see you.

He folds his paper, rises, and walks by the presses into
Madison's office.

Interior: Madison's Office, Day

Madison, the city editor, is correcting copy at his desk.

MADISON
Hey, Jack, ever hear of a fellow
called Willie Stark?

JACK
No. Who'd he shoot?

MADISON
Oh, county... uh... treasurer, or
something like that.

JACK
What's so special about him?

MADISON
They say he's an honest man. What I
want you to do is to hop into your
car...

JACK
Why, you promised me a vacation.

MADISON
Well, that can wait.

JACK
Yeah... but there's a... a girl I
know.

He opens his newspaper to the society page and shows Madison
a photograph of Anne Stanton.

MADISON
Oh... Well, she can wait too.

Jack takes the paper back and looks at it.

JACK
The question is... can I?

MADISON
The answer is... get up there.

JACK
Right.
(starts to go)
Oh... uh... what did you say his
name was?

MADISON
Who?

JACK
The fellow's name.

MADISON
Oh, the... uh... Stark... Willie
Stark.

Madison goes on with his work.

JACK
(as he leaves)
Willie Stark...

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Kanoma City, Day

As Jack Burden's jalopy pulls up before the Kanoma County
Courthouse of this back-country, one-street small town.

JACK
(voice over)
I found him in Kanoma City. A typical,
hot, dusty, backwoods county seat.

He gets out of the car, and notices a crowd of people gathered
around a platform in the town square. As he walks over the
begins to hear the words that Willie Stark is speaking.

WILLIE
...to lie to them in order to line
their own dirty pockets with the
taxpayers' money. When have the
citizens of Kanoma County ever
witnessed a campaign like this? Why
is the opposition so anxious to defeat
me? Why have they used every dirty
method known to make sure I'm not
elected county treasurer? Well, I'll
tell you why...

A man in shirt sleeves and suspenders, Tiny Duffy, comes out
of the local poolroom, listens for a moment to Willie's
speech, and signals to two uniformed men to go over and break
up the gathering.

Jack Burden stands close to the platform, next to Willie's
son, Tom, who waits patiently to distribute handbills.

WILLIE
...Because they're afraid of the
truth... and the truth is this.
They're trying to steal your money.
Yeah, I said steal. The county
commissioners rejected the bid on
the schoolhouse. Why? Well, they'll
tell you their reason is the job
will be done better. The county
commissioners would have you believe
that they're interested in public
welfare. They're interested in
welfare, sure. But it's their own.
Let's look at the reason in the light
of the facts and the figures. That
brick factory is owned by one of the
commissioners. That same brick factory
uses convict labor.

The sheriff and his deputy push through the crowd.

SHERIFF
Sorry, Willie, you'll have to move
on.

WILLIE
Why?

SHERIFF
City Ordinance Number One-Oh-Five:
more than five people congregating
is disturbing the peace.

WILLIE
(ignores him)
If you folks'll be so kind as to
read these handbills, my boy will
pass them out among you.

SHERIFF
There's an ordinance against that
too.

WILLIE
(his face grim)
Pass 'em out, Tom.

The sheriff pushes Tom back, grabbing the handbills out of
his hand. Willie jumps down off the platform.

WILLIE
Let him alone!

The sheriff collars Willie, then notices Jack on the platform
snapping a picture.

SHERIFF
(to deputy)
Get that camera! Willie, you're under
arrest.

He takes Willie by the arm and leads him away. The crowd
follows them to the courthouse. Tiny Duffy wipes the sweat
off his neck and goes back into the poolroom.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Kanoma City Poolroom, Day

Two of Duffy's men, Pillsbury and a local commissioner, are
playing pool as Jack enters.

JACK
Where can I find Tiny Duffy?

PILLSBURY
Right over there, mister.

He walks over to Duffy. Some townspeople, who followed him
there, gather around him to listen.

JACK
Uh, they told me I could get my camera
back here.

DUFFY
Who told you that?

JACK
People. Can I?

DUFFY
You the reporter that's been snoopin'
around town?

JACK
Are you Tiny Duffy?

DUFFY
What paper?

JACK
Chronicle.

DUFFY
You sure come a long way to stick
your nose into other people's
business.

JACK
That's true... Only my boss on the
paper can't see it that way.

DUFFY
It ain't any of his business either.

JACK
Whose business is it?

PILLSBURY
Them as is tendin' to it. County
commissioners that the voters of
Kanoma County elected to tend to
their business and not take no buttin'
in from nobody.

JACK
You a commissioner?

PILLSBURY
Yeah. Name's Pillsbury. Dolph
Pillsbury.

2ND COMMISSIONER
Me too. I'm a commissioner too.

JACK
Who isn't a commissioner?

DUFFY
He's the head man.

JACK
(to Pillsbury)
Then you're in a position to know
where --

DUFFY
He's in a position to know nothin'.
And to say nothin'.

JACK
I thought you said he was head man?

DUFFY
(smiling)
He uses my head.

PILLSBURY
(laughing loudly)
Oh, Tiny, you're a card... Ain't he
a card? Yeah, he's a card... Now,
who thought up those city ordinances
about arresting someone for making a
speech?

DUFFY
Who's arrested? Nobody's been
arrested.
(looks toward the
door)
Hi, Willie.

Willie enters, accompanied by the sheriff and his deputy.
The others in the room, including Sugar Boy in his bartender's
apron, step aside to let him pass through.

PILLSBURY
Hi, Willie.

DUFFY
(to Sheriff)
Did you apologize to Willie?

SHERIFF
(mumbles)
Yeah, I apologized to Willie.

DUFFY
Did you give him his handbills back?

SHERIFF
Yeah, I gave 'em back.

DUFFY
Give him back his flag and his bag
and...
(points to Jack)
give this man his camera.

WILLIE
I'm going to be on that same street
corner tomorrow, Mr. Duffy.

DUFFY
You go right ahead, Willie. We all
believe in free speech. We got to...
it's in the Constitution.

WILLIE
My boy is out distributing those
handbills now.

DUFFY
It's a free country, Willie. If you
can convince the people to vote for
you... you go right ahead.

WILLIE
What did you want to see me about,
Mr. Duffy?

DUFFY
I wanted you to meet a fella came
all the way up from the state capital
to meet you. A reporter. Wants to
write you up... maybe put your picture
in the paper.

WILLIE
(turns to Jack)
I'm happy to know you, sir.

JACK
Burden's my name... Jack Burden. Can
we go somewhere where we can talk?

DUFFY
Now that ain't polite. Don't you
want to hear both sides of the story?

Jack examines the camera that has just been returned to him.

JACK
I know your side.
(finds the plate
missing)
What happened to the plate your men
took from my camera?

DUFFY
Must have dropped out. Oh, come on,
fellas, let's relax. It's a hot day...
Hey, Sugar Boy...

SUGAR BOY
Yeah?

DUFFY
Bring some cold beer for the boys.

WILLIE
None for me, thank you kindly.

PILLSBURY
Now you know Willie don't drink,
Tiny. His wife don't favor drinking.
And Willie's the teacher's pet, ain't
you, Willie?

WILLIE
I'll have some orange pop if you
don't mind.

Duffy roars with laughter.

DUFFY
Orange pop! All right, Sugar Boy.
Bring him some orange pop.

SUGAR BOY
(stutters)
Th-th-the p-p-pop's s-s-sold out.

DUFFY
Did you hear that, boys? The p-p-
pop's s-s-sold out.

They all laugh.

PILLSBURY
Now ain't he a card?

WILLIE
(his face hard)
He stutters, Mr. Duffy, but you...
you don't say anything.
(to Jack)
Let's go, mister.

They turn and go out.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Dirt Road, Day

Jack is driving Willie home to his farmhouse. They pass a
farmer and his family walking by the side of the road. Willie
smiles and waves to them.

Exterior: Stark Farmhouse, Day

As the car pulls into the drive we see Pa Stark in his rocking
chair on the porch, and Lucy, who stands at the top of the
steps, waiting to welcome Willie.

WILLIE
(as they go up the
steps)
This is my wife, Lucy, Mr. Burden.

JACK AND LUCY
How do you do?

WILLIE
That's my pa.

Jack reaches out to shake his hand.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

Willie finishes chewing his food, pats his mouth with a
napkin, and pushes his plate back.

WILLIE
Now we'll talk.

Camera pulls back to include Jack, Lucy, and Pa, all seated
around the dinner table.

JACK
You've been talking for a long time,
Mr. Stark.

PAPPY
Willie's got a lot to say.

LUCY
You sleepy, Pappy? You want to have
a nap?

PAPPY
No, I want to hear it.

Lucy gets up and turns on a light in the kitchen.

LUCY
I'm worried about Tom. It's getting
dark. He should have been home.

WILLIE
He's a strong boy. Don't worry about
him. He can take care of himself.

JACK
How old is the boy?

WILLIE
Fifteen.

JACK
How long have you been married?

WILLIE
Nine years.

Willie grins at Jack's look of surprise. Lucy comes back
into the room.

LUCY
(laughs)
He was a neighbor's boy. They were
poor folks. Both died. I couldn't
have any children, so... He's a good
boy.

WILLIE
Oh, he's the best. I couldn't love
him any more if he was my own flesh
and blood.

JACK
(to Lucy)
And now you, Mrs. Stark?

LUCY
Oh, there isn't very much to tell
about me.

JACK
How did you meet?

LUCY
I was teaching school and one day a
pupil walked in. It was Willie. I
couldn't have a grown man in the
class and Willie wanted to learn so
badly... so I married him.

JACK
Is that the only reason?

LUCY
(pressing Willie's
arm)
Except that I loved him.

WILLIE
Get the coffee, Lucy.

She goes back into the kitchen.

JACK
When did they fire you, Mrs. Stark?

LUCY
(as she serves the
coffee)
A couple of weeks ago. I'd been
teaching for a long time and nobody
ever said I wasn't all right. But I
don't care. I don't want to teach in
a schoolhouse that they built just
so somebody can steal some money.
And Willie doesn't want to be
Treasurer, either, if he has to
associate with those dishonest people.

WILLIE
(glumly)
I'm going to run. They can't keep me
from running.

JACK
If you don't mind the truth, Mr.
Stark, you haven't much of a chance.

WILLIE
I'm going to run. They're not going
to kick me around like I was dirt.

LUCY
I don't care if Willie loses... just
so he gets the truth to the people.
Isn't that true, Willie?

Willie is silent. Jack looks at him.

LUCY
Isn't it, Willie?

WILLIE
Hmmm?... Yeah, yeah, sure, that's
right.

LUCY
Well, if you lose you can give a
little more time to studying your
law books.

JACK
Oh, you studying law too?

WILLIE
By myself, at night.

PAPPY
Willie's a smart boy.

WILLIE
If I ever find the time I'm going to
take a course at the university.

The door opens slowly and Tom comes in from the porch. His
clothes are torn and his face is dirty and bloody. He still
carries some of the handbills. They rise to their feet and
cluster around him.

LUCY
What happened, Tommy boy? What's the
matter?

TOM
(head down, muttering)
I gave out the handbills, Pa.

WILLIE
Speak up. Speak up.

LUCY
Let him tell it his own way. Go on,
Tommy.

TOM
This time they were waiting for me.
They took them away from me. Threw
them in the dirt and beat me up. I
brought some of them back.

WILLIE
(pats him on the back)
Good boy. Have you eaten yet, Tom?

LUCY
Let him wash up first.

As Tom and Pappy go into the other room, a rock comes crashing
through the front window, shattering the glass. Willie, his
face filled with anger, throws open the door and stalks out
onto the porch. Jack stands at the door, watching Willie
shout into the darkness around him.

WILLIE
I'm going to run... and you're not
going to stop me. I'm gonna run even
if I don't get a single vote.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Jack Burden's Desk, Day

Jack's fingers type out a story, the last line of which reads
"an honest man with courage." He pulls the sheet out and
hands it to Madison.

JACK
Here you are... the last of the Willie
Stark articles. Now can I go?

MADISON
Yes. You've earned your vacation.
You've been writing these like you
really mean them.

Jack rises and walks toward the door.

JACK
I do.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Ferry To Burden's Landing, Day

Jack's car is ferried across the bay to the slip of Burden's
Landing.

JACK
(voice over)
I hadn't been home in a long time.
Only a hundred and thirty miles from
Kanoma City. It was separated from
the mainland by a body of water. For
the first time I wondered if it wasn't
separated by more than that.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Mrs. Burden's Home, Day

As Jack arrives, Mrs. Burden and her husband, McEvoy, are
seated at a lawn table near the boat landing.

JACK
Hello, Mother.

She runs forward to meet him.

MRS. BURDEN
Floyd, Jack's home. Oh, he looks
fine... doesn't he look fine?
(to Jack, coquettishly)
How do I look, Jackie boy?

JACK
You look beautiful, Mother.

MRS. BURDEN
I've got so many things planned for
you... parties and... it'll be just
like old times. But first, let's
have a drink.

MCEVOY
Can't that wait until this evening?

She goes ahead and pours the drinks.

MRS. BURDEN
Floyd... honey... my son's home.

MCEVOY
How long do you plan on staying?

JACK
(coldly)
Two or three weeks. If that's all
right with you.

MRS. BURDEN
I'm sure your father would be --

JACK
Stepfather, Mother.

MRS. BURDEN
(reproachfully)
Now, Jackie... here we all are. Floyd,
Jackie, myself.
(raises her glass for
a toast)
To the best time we've ever had
together.

JACK
Yes, Mother.

They drink. Mrs. Burden gulps hers down avidly. Jack looks
at her and then at McEvoy.

JACK
Excuse me... I...

He turns and walks back toward the shore. He boards a small
motorboat and heads toward a house that can be seen across
the water.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Stanton Home (Burden's Landing), Day

As the boat approaches the shore. Adam Stanton reaches down
and pulls the boat up on land. He throws his arm around Jack,
and the two climb the hill toward Judge Stanton, who stands
waiting to greet him.

JACK
Dr. Stanton, I presume.

STANTON
(laughing)
Is my shingle showing?

JUDGE
Good to see you, boy. Very good.

JACK
Good to see you, Judge. How have you
been? What have you been doing?

They walk back together to the patio tables.

JUDGE
Oh, just sitting here... waiting for
all of you to come home. You know,
when a man starts to get old his
eyes stray and play funny tricks on
him. As I watched you in that boat I
thought sure I saw a boy of twelve
with a fishing rod in his hands. And
I was sure the first thing he'd say
would be...

Jack catches sight of Anne Stanton walking down the path. He
runs to meet her. As they embrace, he looks back at the Judge.

JACK
Do you mind if I kiss your niece,
sir?

He kisses her, and they turn and walk away.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Tennis Court (Burden's Landing), Day

Anne gracefully returns a ball to Jack, then runs to embrace
him at the net. Adam, seated near the court, smiles
approvingly.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Gulf (Burden's Landing), Morning

Jack and Judge Stanton in a rowboat, on their way to do some
duck hunting.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Gulf (Burden's Landing), Day

Adam is at the wheel of his sailboat, with Jack and Anne
behind him.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stanton Living Room (Burden's Landing), Night

A party in the Stanton living room. Adam plays the piano. He
plays a waltz. Jack and Anne hold each other tightly as they
move among the other couples.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Burden Dining Room, Night

A formal dinner, attended by Jack and Anne, Mrs. Burden and
McEvoy, Judge Stanton and Adam. Mrs. Burden is proposing a
toast.

MRS. BURDEN
To all the good times we've had
together at Burden's Landing. And
especially to this one. Because my
son's home.

JACK
Thank you, Mother. Thank you very
much.

MRS. BURDEN
Monty, Anne and I have been discussing
Jack's career. What do you think he
ought to go in for? Shall he be a
lawyer, doctor...

Jack looks at Anne.

ANNE
We were just discussing whether you
should...

JACK
(to his mother)
I like what I'm doing, Mother.

MCEVOY
You do very well at it. I read your
articles about this fellow... Willie
Stark. Very convincing... Too
convincing for my tastes.

JACK
A lot of people like them.

MCEVOY
A lot of people are fools. Articles
like that shouldn't be permitted.
They only tend to incite people.

JACK
What are you afraid of?

STANTON
I thought they were very good. I was
proud of you, Jack. I was particularly
interested in Stark's ideas on health
and medicine. You know the conditions
at the hospital I work in. They're
intolerable. I'd like to meet this
Willie Stark. He sounds like an honest
man.

MCEVOY
Honest man? This state is full of
these log-cabin Abe Lincolns with
price tags on them. The louder he
yells the higher his price.

JACK
You think you can buy anything, don't
you?

MCEVOY
Yes, don't you?

There is a silence. Then McEvoy turns to the Judge.

MCEVOY
What do you think, Judge?

JUDGE
I think this state could stand a few
changes.

MCEVOY
(his face white)
Well, I'll tell you what I think --

ANNE
(quickly)
Oh, please... let's not talk politics.

MRS. BURDEN
Anne is right. I absolutely forbid
any more of it. I know what we need,
we need another toast.
(to the Judge)
You propose it, Monty... you're so
good at it.

The Judge picks up his glass and stands up.

JUDGE
To the young people... to Anne, to
Jack, to Adam... To what lies before
them. To the world they'll make...
in spite of the mistakes we've made.

MCEVOY
(rising)
The mistakes you've made, not me.
You're all still pretty high and
mighty, aren't you? You all think
this state needs a change. You don't
like the way it's run. Well, who's
going to run it? Willie Stark? The
Judge?
(to Jack)
You? You can be bought too. As a
matter of fact you have been. And
with my money.

Jack's answer is to throw his liquor in his stepfather's
face. There is a pause. McEvoy wipes the liquor off with his
handkerchief.

MCEVOY
(slowly)
That's a waste of good liquor.
(looks at Mrs. Burden)
Your mother wouldn't approve.

Jack turns and leaves the room.

MRS. BURDEN
Jack...

She hurries after him.

Exterior: Veranda, Night

As Mrs. Burden comes out after Jack. Anne stands in the
doorway.

MRS. BURDEN
Jack... you go back in and apologize.

JACK
Apologize? I'd rather die.

MRS. BURDEN
I've got to live with him.

JACK
Well, I don't. Neither do you. You
don't love him, Mother. You never
did.

MRS. BURDEN
Son, don't spoil anything now... He
can help you.

JACK
I can get along without him. You
need this house. And the parties.
And the cars and the clothes and the
lies. I don't. It's the truth, Mother,
face it. For once in your life, face
it.

Mrs. Burden appeals to Anne.

MRS. BURDEN
Anne, please... please make him
understand.

Anne says nothing. Mrs. Burden goes back into the house.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stanton Living Room, Night

Anne and Jack sit alone in the room, beneath the portrait of
the old Governor Stanton.

JACK
Anne, Burden's Landing is a place on
the moon. It isn't real. It doesn't
exist. It's me pretending I live on
what I earn. It's my mother trying
to keep herself young, and drinking
herself old doing it. It's you and
Adam living in this house as though
your father were still alive. It's
an old man like the Judge dreaming
of the past... Anne, come away with
me.

ANNE
And do what?

JACK
(rises impatiently)
And live in a shack and eat red beans.
Anne, what do you want me to do?

ANNE
Oh, Jack, Jack, you haven't been
sure. You've gone from one thing to
the other... a year at law school,
and now this job as a reporter...

JACK
Are you afraid I can't make a living?

ANNE
Oh, no, Jack, it isn't that. I don't
care about the money. It... it's
just that I... I want you to be
something.

JACK
What is it you want me to be?

ANNE
I don't know. It's just that I want
you to be... to do... something
important.

Jack looks up at the portrait of Governor Stanton.

JACK
Like your father. All right. I'll
run for governor.
(pause)
Anne, I'm sorry. I'm sorry I said
that.

ANNE
All right, Jack. I'll go away with
you. I'll do anything you want me to
do.

They kiss.

JACK
Anne, I've wanted you to say that
more than anything in the world, and
now that you've said it... Anne, I
guess you were right. I'm not sure
of anything, including myself. I'm
not sure I could live up to the...
(looks again at the
portrait)
Anne, wait for me. Please wait for
me.

ANNE
I'll wait for you.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Madison's Office, Day

Madison is at his desk as Jack enters.

MADISON
Hello, Jack. Cut your vacation short,
didn't you?

JACK
Yeah.

MADISON
By the way, Jack, the fellow you
wrote the articles about... uh...
Stark.

JACK
Yeah?

MADISON
He lost.

JACK
Well, I guess that's the end of Willie
Stark.

He turns around and walks off toward his desk.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

Lucy and Willie are seated together at the table. Willie has
his law books open before him.

WILLIE
...Measure of the damages is caused
by...

LUCY
(prompting)
A breach...

WILLIE
A breach...

LUCY
Of an agreement...

WILLIE
Of an agreement...

LUCY
To sell personal property...

WILLIE
To sell...
(slams the book shut)
Oh, two years of this.

LUCY
(leaning over to him)
Oh, go on, Willie, go on.

He opens the book again.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Willie's Law Office (Kanoma City), Day

Willie positions the framed diploma on the wall. The camera
pulls back to show Tom and Lucy, looking on.

WILLIE
Willie Stark... Bachelor of Law...

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Kanoma City Farm, Day

Close shot of Willie, talking to a farmer.

WILLIE
If you'll just let me take your
case...

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Farm, Day

Willie walks beside a farmer who is plowing his field.

WILLIE
Really, I'll wait for my fee. Just
as long as you want me to.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Willie's Law Office, Night

Through the window, on which is printed "Willie Stark:
Attorney at Law," we see Willie, alone, pacing back and forth
in his office.

LUCY'S VOICE
Go on, Willie, go on.

WILLIE'S VOICE
They're not going to kick me around
like I was dirt.

LUCY'S VOICE
If you lose you can give a little
more time studying your law books.

WILLIE'S VOICE
I'm going to be on that same street
corner tomorrow, Mr. Duffy!

DUFFY'S VOICE
By all means. Free speech, free
country, Willie.

WILLIE'S VOICE
That brick factory is owned by a
brother-in-law of one of the
commissioners. The county
commissioners rejected the low bid
on the schoolhouse.

Willie crumples a piece of paper in his hand and tosses it
against the window.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Schoolhouse (Kanoma City), Day

A plaque on the school wall reads KANOMA CITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Interior: Schoolroom, Day

Teacher faces her class. The clanging of a fire bell is heard.

TEACHER
All right, children, this is a fire
drill.

The children rise and start to march out of the room in double
file.

TEACHER
Remember now, walk quietly.

Exterior: Schoolhouse, Day

The children's feet, as they climb down the fire escape.
Camera pans past children to an iron rod supporting the fire
escape. The brick around the rod starts to crumble and it
rips loose. The children scream out in fear and agony.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Cemetery, Day

The whole town is there. Willie Stark, Lucy, Tom stand
modestly in the background. Quiet sobbing is heard as the
minister reads from the Bible. When he finishes the prayer,
he walks past the line of mourners, shaking their hands. The
ceremony is over. As they start to go, a man spots Willie,
goes over to him, and lifts Willie's arm in the air.

MAN
Oh, Lord, I'm punished for voting
against an honest man.

This sudden action brings response; women begin to cry and
people push their way forward to grab Willie by the hand.

VOICES OF THE MOURNERS
God bless you, Willie. If we had
only listened to you, Willie. You
were right, Willie. Let me shake
your hand, Willie. We should have
listened, Willie. You were right all
the time.

On Willie's face is the realization that something important
has happened to him.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

An article is pasted in a scrapbook. It reads: "VOICE IN THE
WILDERNESS. Recent school tragedy is a potent reminder that
a man named Willie Stark..." A hand draws a pencil underneath
the name.

WILLIE'S VOICE
A voice in the wilderness. A man
named Willie Stark...

Camera pulls back to show Willie at the table busy with his
scrapbook. He looks up at Lucy.

WILLIE
How about that, Lucy, that's me.

She looks at him, unsmiling, and sits down to help him clip
various articles from other papers.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

A series of clippings are being pasted in the scrapbook.
They read:

A. SCHOOL VICTIMS SUE COUNTY: STARK FILES DAMAGE SUIT

"Will prove graft cause of tragedy," says Attorney Stark.

B. CITIZENS COMMITTEE FORMED

Draft Stark to lead fight to rid state of graft.

C. CITIZENS COMMITTEE DEMANDS STATE-WIDE INVESTIGATION

D. Large photograph of Willie. Under it, the caption: RURAL
AREAS IN REVOLT

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Madison's Office, The Chronicle, Day

The clippings are spread out on Madison's desk. He looks up
at Jack.

MADISON
Get up there. Get up there fast.
Your friend, Willie, is hotter than
a firecracker.

Jack starts toward the door.

MADISON
Stay there with him.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Harrison's Political Headquarters (State Capital),
Day

A politician points to a map on the wall.

POLITICIAN
Look, before this Kanoma City business
we had this whole area tied up. Now
we're losing to Hickville.

Camera pulls back, revealing the candidate, Harrison, Tiny
Duffy, and a woman, Sadie Burke.

POLITICIAN
We must find a way to split that
vote.

HARRISON
Well, all I know is, the way it is
now it looks like I'm not going to
win.

POLITICIAN
I know a way... find a dummy.

SADIE
Find a dummy.
(looks at Harrison)
That's what we've got.

POLITICIAN
A guy from the sticks... strong enough
to grab some votes and dumb enough
not to ask questions.

DUFFY
If you want to listen to a boy from
the sticks, I know just the guy.

They crowd around to listen.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Day

Jack sits at the dinner table, with Willie and Lucy. Tom
stands next to Willie. Pappy dozes in his chair.

JACK
No more politics, eh, Willie?

WILLIE
No, I worked too hard in my time to
get there. I think I'll just go on
practicing law and make a little
more money.

JACK
The question I'd like to know is,
why all the speeches you're making
around the countryside?

Willie is about to answer when he hears the sound of
approaching cars.

WILLIE
Wonder who that is?

He goes to the window, and we see a big black limousine
turning into his drive. He opens the door and waits as Sadie,
Duffy, Dolph Pillsbury, and other politicians climb the steps
to meet him.

DUFFY
Brought some people all the way up
from the state capital just to meet
you.
(turns to others)
Folks, I want you to meet Willie
Stark, the next governor of our state.

Willie, Lucy, and Tom beam happily. Jack looks skeptically
at Sadie, whose only reaction is to smile, politely.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Country Road, Day

Close shot of three posters on a billboard. They read ELECT
JOE HARRISON (HAPPY JOE) GOVERNOR FOR GOVERNOR ELECT McMURPHY
WILLIE STARK FOR GOVERNOR.

The camera pans to the road, where an old Model T comes
bouncing along. As it passes we see a poster stuck on its
back: WILLIE STARK -- GOVERNOR.

Exterior: Railroad Station, Day

Willie Stark walks out on the platform at the rear of the
train and talks to some of the townspeople who have gathered
at the station.

WILLIE
Folks, if you'll just bear patiently
with me for a couple of minutes, I'd
like to tell you what this state
needs. It needs a balanced tax
program. Now I'd like to give you
the facts and the figures.

Some of the townspeople start to move away.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Train, Day

As the train pulls away from the station, Willie turns around
to Jack.

WILLIE
How did it sound, Jack?

JACK
Fine, Willie, fine.

WILLIE
(alarmed)
Say... I forgot to send a telegram
to Lucy... Conductor!

Jack and Sadie exchange looks.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Train Club Car, Day

Willie, jacket off, works over a speech with Duffy as
Pillsbury and Sadie look on.

WILLIE
Now right here... right here I'd
like to add something about last
year's taxes... eh?

DUFFY
I wouldn't add a thing. Just give
them the facts.

PILLSBURY
Yeah... and the figures.

DUFFY
Great speech.

Sadie sips her drink.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Street Corner (Upton), Day

Willie stands on a platform, next to an American flag, reading
from his prepared speech.

WILLIE
What this state needs is a balanced
tax program. Last year, last year
the state claimed to have spent on
roads...

Sadie turns and walks away, no longer able to listen. Jack
follows her toward the hotel.

Interior: Hotel Lobby (Upton), Day

As Jack and Sadie cross the street, enter the lobby, and sit
down next to the front window. We can still see Willie and
his small street-corner audience in the background.

JACK
Do you mind if I sit with you, Sadie?

SADIE
(shrugs)
Stand... sit...

JACK
Thanks... Tell me, what are you on
this merry-go-round for?

SADIE
I take notes.

JACK
For whom?

SADIE
For those who pay me.

JACK
Which is.

SADIE
People.

JACK
Smart people.

SADIE
Oh, yeah. Anybody that pays me is
smart.

JACK
You don't have to be smart to frame
a guy like Willie Stark.

SADIE
No. No, brother, you don't.

JACK
(lights a cigarette)
It is a frame, isn't it?

SADIE
Why don't you give me a cigarette?

JACK
(gives her the pack)
To split the vote and win the election
for Harrison, huh?

SADIE
If you know, why do you ask?

JACK
I just want to make sure.

SADIE
Yeah.

JACK
Look, why don't you tell the boys
back home to save their money. Willie
couldn't steal a vote from... from
Abe Lincoln in the Cradle of the
Confederacy.

SADIE
I wish the poor... had enough sense
to have somebody give him a good
greasing for the beating he's going
to get. 'Cause this way all he gets
out of it is the ride.
(looks at Willie
through the window)
Hey, those speeches! Ain't they awful?
Ain't they just plain awful? Question
to you: if somebody told him he was
a sucker, do you think he'd quit?

Willie has just finished his speech and is on his way over
to the hotel.

JACK
I don't know, Sadie. I really don't
know.

WILLIE
(as he comes into the
lobby)
Did it sound all right, Mr. Burden?

JACK
Fine, Willie, fine.

WILLIE
Thanks.

He and Jack go upstairs together. Sadie watches them.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Sadie's Hotel Room (Upton), Night

Sadie lies on her bed, listening to Willie in the next room,
rehearsing one of his speeches.

WILLIE'S VOICE
Now, friends, if you will bear
patiently with me for a few minutes,
I'll give you the figures. What we
need is a balanced tax program...

JACK'S VOICE
No, Willie, no.

Sadie pulls off a shoe and hurls it at the wall.

SADIE
What I need is some sleep. Shut up!

Interior: Jack's Hotel Room (Upton), Same Time

Willie lies on his bed. Jack finishes shaving in the bathroom
as he continues to rehearse him.

JACK
(shouting back at
Sadie)
Shut up yourself!
(goes to bed, shakes
Willie)
Listen, Willie, try it on your feet
this time.

WILLIE
Oh, no. Wait a minute. My feet are
killing me. Let me stay here, huh?

JACK
All right... Look, Willie, you tell
'em too much. Just tell 'em you're
going to soak the fat boys and forget
the rest of the tax stuff.

WILLIE
(pathetically)
That's what I say.

JACK
But it's the way you say it. Willie,
make 'em cry. Make 'em laugh, make
'em mad, even mad at you. Stir 'em
up and they'll love it and come back
for more. But for heaven's sake don't
try and improve their minds.

WILLIE
(suddenly)
A man don't have to be governor.

JACK
(surprised)
What?

WILLIE
A man don't have to be governor.

Pause.

JACK
Well, they haven't counted up the
votes yet.

WILLIE
(quietly)
Oh, I'm going to lose, Mr. Burden. I
know that. Don't try and fool me.
I'm not going to lie to you. I wanted
it. I wanted it so badly I stayed up
nights thinking about it. A man wants
something so badly he gets mixed up
in knowing what he wants. It's
something inside of you. I would
have made a good governor. Better
than those other fellows.

There is a knock on the door.

JACK
Come in.

WILLIE
(almost to himself)
A great governor.

Sadie enters. She immediately spots the liquor, and pours
herself a drink.

SADIE
Since you won't let me sleep you
might at least give me a drink.

WILLIE
(muttering)
Build them highways... greatest system
of highways in the country.

JACK
(to Sadie)
Help yourself.

WILLIE
I'll build schools.

SADIE
(to Jack)
What's up?

JACK
Nothing... except Willie here has
been saying as how he's not going to
be governor.

SADIE
(directly, to Jack)
So you told him.

JACK
I don't tell anyone anything... I
just listen.

SADIE
(goes to Willie)
Who told you?

WILLIE
Told me what? Told me what?

SADIE
That you're not going to be governor.

WILLIE
(getting up)
Jack! Told me what?... Told me what?

Jack says nothing. Sadie gulps down her drink, bangs the
empty glass on the bureau top, and turns to face Willie.

SADIE
(loudly)
All right! That you've been framed,
you poor sap.

Willie looks at her steadily for a moment.

WILLIE
(quietly)
Framed?

SADIE
And how! Oh, you decoy, you woodenhead
decoy! And you let 'em. You let 'em
because you thought you were the
little lamb of God. But you know
what you are?
(she waits for his
answer; he has none)
Well, you're the goat! You are the
sacrificial goat! You are a sap...
because you let 'em.

JACK
Sadie! That's enough.

SADIE
Enough? He didn't even get anything
out of it. Oh, they'd have paid you
to take a rap like that, but they
didn't have to pay a sap like you.
Oh, no, you were so full of yourself
and hot air, all you wanted was a
chance to stand up on your hind legs
and make a speech: my friends, what
this state needs is a good five-cent
cigar. What this state needs is a --

WILLIE
(to Jack)
Is it true?

SADIE
(prayerfully, to the
ceiling)
He wants to know if it's true.

WILLIE
Is it true?

JACK
That's what they tell me.

There is a long pause. Willie looks almost as if he is going
to cry. Sadie pours out another drink, a stiff one.

SADIE
(handing it to him)
Here.

Willie drinks it all.

JACK
Hey, lay off that. You're not used
to it.

SADIE
(jeeringly)
He's not used to a lot of things.
Are you, Willie?

JACK
(angrily)
Why don't you lay off of him, Sadie?

SADIE
(ignores Jack)
Are you, Willie? Are you? Are you...
are you, are you, are you?

She shoves the bottle at him. He takes it and pours himself
a drink.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Sadie's Hotel Room (Upton), Morning

Willie is snoring on the bed. Sadie's coat is thrown over
him. She is in the bathroom, applying lipstick. Jack enters.

SADIE
Hi.

JACK
Well, things seem to have quieted
down.

SADIE
(laughs)
Yeah, I quieted him down.

JACK
Yeah. How was he? Noisy?

SADIE
Oh, he reared some. He's been telling
me all the things he's going to do.
He's going to do big things, this
fella. He's going to be President.
He's going to kill people with his
bare hands. I quieted him down...
Hey! Who's Lucy?

JACK
His wife.

SADIE
He talks like she's his mammy...
she's going to blow his nose for
him.

Jack sits on the bed next to Willie.

JACK
Well, I'll take him from here on in.
They're waiting for him at the
barbecue.

Sadie pulls her coat off Willie and goes to the door.

SADIE
Yeah, well give me a receipt for the
body and I'll be on my way.

She leaves. Jack bends over Willie, who continues to snore.

JACK
Hey, Willie, Willie... come on, wake
up, Willie. Come on, Willie.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Fairgrounds (Upton), Day

A crowd mills about underneath a banner that reads HEAR WILLIE
STARK MAMMOTH BARBECUE -- UPTON FAIRGROUNDS

Exterior: Fairgrounds, Day

Willie, staggering a bit, hung over, reacts painfully to the
staggering height of the Ferris wheel. He leans on Jack for
support, and they walk on.

Exterior: Fairgrounds, Day

Willie takes a seat on the children's swing as Jack goes off
to get some coffee. Two little girls stare curiously at him.
Willie waves them off. Jack returns with the coffee and pours
some whisky in it. Willie tips his hand, forcing him to pour
more, then gulps his drink down.

Exterior: Bandstand (Upton), Day

Duffy, Pillsbury, and the other politicians stand on the
platform, waiting for Willie. A band plays march music. Duffy
goes over to Sadie, who is standing on the steps of the
platform.

DUFFY
Where is he?

SADIE
(pointing)
There he is.

Escorted by Jack, Willie approaches the platform and stumbles
up the steps past Sadie.

SADIE
Whoops!

DUFFY
(to Jack)
Is he drunk?

JACK
Never touches the stuff. Lucy doesn't
favor drinkin'.

Duffy follows Willie up on the platform.

SADIE
(to Jack)
How'd you get him here? He was out
stiff.

JACK
Hair of the dog that bit him.

SADIE
Hair? He must have swallowed the
dog.

On the platform, Duffy looks uneasily at the bleary-eyed
Willie. The band suddenly plays a fanfare, and the chairman
steps up to the microphone.

CHAIRMAN
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me a
great deal of pleasure to introduce
to you that true man of the people,
the next governor of the state...
Willie Stark.

There is scattered applause as Willie steps forward to speak.

WILLIE
My friends...

He turns his face from side to side, and fumbles in the right
side of his coat pocket to fish out his speech.

WILLIE
My friends... I...

He tries to focus on the speech, which he clutches before
his eyes with both hands. Then he lifts his head, and looks
directly at the people who have come to hear him. As he
speaks, the camera focuses on the faces of these people: the
farmers, workers, hicks, red-necks who are Willie's audience,
Willie's people.

WILLIE
I have a speech here. It's a speech
about what this state needs. There's
no need in my telling you what this
state needs. You are the state and
you know what you need... You over
there... look at your pants. Have
they got holes in the knees? Listen
to your stomach. Did you ever hear
it rumble from hunger?... And you,
what about your crops? Did they ever
rot in the field because the road
was so bad you couldn't get them to
market?... And you. What about your
kids? Are they growing up ignorant
as dirt, ignorant as you, 'cause
there's no school for them?... No,
I'm not going to read you any speech.

He throws his speech away. Duffy looks alarmed.

WILLIE
But I am going to tell you a story.
It's a funny story...

SADIE
(from the steps)
Hey!

WILLIE'S VOICE
...So get ready to laugh.

SADIE
What's he up to?

JACK
Shut up!

WILLIE
Get ready to bust your sides laughing,
'cause it's sure a funny story. It's
about a hick... a hick like you, if
you please. Yeah, like you. He grew
up on the dirt roads and gully washes
of a farm. He knew what it was to
get up before dawn and get feed and
slop and milk before breakfast...
and then set out before sunup and
walk six miles to a one-room, slab-
sided schoolhouse. Oh, this hick
knew what it was to be a hick, all
right. He figured if he was going to
get anything done, he had to do it
himself. So he sat up nights and
studied books. He studied law because
he thought he might be able to change
things some... for himself, and for
folks like him.

Sugar Boy listens intently, sharing in the anger in Willie's
speech.

WILLIE
No, I'm not going to lie to you. He
didn't start off thinking about the
hicks and all the wonderful things
he was going to do for them. No. No,
he started off thinking of number
one. But something came to him on
the way. How he could do nothing for
himself without the help of the
people. That's what came to him. And
it also came to him, with the powerful
force of God's own lightning, back
in his home country, when a
schoolhouse collapsed because it was
built of politics... rotten brick.
It killed and mangled a dozen kids.
But you know that story. The people
were his friends because he fought
that rotten brick. And some of the
politicians down in the city, they
knew that... So they rode up to his
house in a big, fine, shiny car and
said as how they wanted him to run
for governor...

Jack, electrified, grips Sadie's arm.

JACK
Sadie, he's wonderful... wonderful...

Duffy fidgets as Willie continues to pace and speak, his
face filled with conviction, and with fury.

WILLIE
...So they told the hick... and he
swallowed it. He looked in his heart
and he thought in all humility how
he'd like to try and change things.
He was just a country boy who thought
that even the plainest, poorest man
can be governor if his fellow citizens
find he's got the stuff for the job.
Well, those fellows in the striped
pants... they saw the hick and they
took him in.

He points his finger at Duffy, who is coming over to speak
to him.

DUFFY
(low voice)
Willie, what are you trying to do?

Willie turns on him, roaring.

WILLIE
There he is! There's your Judas
Iscariot.
(he pushes Duffy across
the platform)
Look at him... lickspittle... nose-
wiper.

Duffy gestures frantically to the band.

DUFFY
Play! Play!

WILLIE
(pushing him again)
Look at him!

DUFFY
Play anything.

The band starts to play, adding to the pandemonium. Willie
shouts above it.

WILLIE
Look at him! Joe Harrison's dummy!
Look at him!

DUFFY
That's a lie!

WILLIE
Look at him!

Duffy signals to some of his goons standing near the platform.

DUFFY
Go get him, boys... go get him.

Sugar Boy leaps up on the platform, his pistol drawn and
pointed at Duffy's men. Willie throws up his arms to silence
the crowd.

WILLIE
Now, shut up! Shut up, all of you.
Now, listen to me, you hicks. Yeah,
you're hicks too, and they fooled
you a thousand times, just like they
fooled me. But this time I'm going
to fool somebody. I'm going to stay
in this race. I'm on my own and I'm
out for blood.

The camera moves in close on Willie's face.

WILLIE
Listen to me, you hicks...

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Willie's Speeches, Day and Night

A series of close-ups of Willie's face as he shouts and jeers
his message, always accompanied by the loud and frenzied
cheers of the crowd. Superimposed over his face is the figure
of Jack Burden, at his desk, typing out his stories.

WILLIE
Listen to me and lift up your eyes
and look at God's blessed and
unflyblown truth... And this is the
truth. You're a hick. And nobody
ever helped a hick but a hick himself.

Loud cheers and yells.

WILLIE
All right, listen to me... listen to
me. I was the hick they were going
to use to split the hick vote. But
I'm standing right here now on my
hind legs... even a dog can learn to
do that. Are you standing on your
hind legs? Have you learned to do
that much yet? Here it is, here it
is, you hicks. Nail up anybody who
stands in your way! Nail up Joe
Harrison! Nail up McMurphy! And if
they don't deliver, give me a hammer
and I'll do it myself.

DISSOLVE TO:

NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

There is a photograph of Willie and a headline that reads

STARK CHANCES BOOMING

Superimposed over the newspaper is a shot of a crowd
applauding and yelling for Willie.

Interior: Joe Harrison's Campaign Headquarters, Night

Duffy, Pillsbury, and other aides stand looking at a poster
of Willie.

POLITICIAN
I want his throat cut, from ear to
ear.

Exterior: Willie's Campaign Montage

Rock crashes through a window, knocking down a poster of
Willie.

Poster being torn off the side of a building.

A man is attacked as he tries to distribute leaflets.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Jack Burden's Desk, The Chronicle, Night

Jack is working on a story when Madison comes to his desk.

MADISON
No use going any further, Jack. We
aren't printing them any more.

JACK
I thought the Chronicle line was --

MADISON
Divide and conquer? Stark is getting
too big for his britches and the
hicks are getting too smart. We're
now supporting Harrison.

JACK
(stands up)
How do you square that?

MADISON
I work here.

JACK
(putting on his coat)
Well, I don't... not any more.

MADISON
Jack, you fool.

JACK
If you had any guts you'd print
this...

MADISON
I work here. I take orders.

JACK
I know. You've got a wife and three
kids and your boy goes to Princeton.

MADISON
You won't find it easy to get another
job.

JACK
I'm too rich to work.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Street Outside State Capitol, Day

NEWSPAPER HEADLINE READS

HARRISON WINS CLOSE RACE
STARK SWEEPS RURAL AREAS
CITY VOTE DECIDES ELECTION

Superimposed over newspaper is a crowd cheering at Harrison's
victory parade. Willie, raincoat thrown over his shoulders,
looking grim, and Sadie and Sugar Boy are part of that crowd.
They turn away and walk toward a bar.

Interior: Bar, Day

Jack is already at the bar. Willie, Sadie, and Sugar Boy
join him there.

JACK
We didn't do so good.

WILLIE
Double bourbon.

SADIE
(sitting next to Jack)
Same for me.

WILLIE
And a beer.
(to Jack)
I hear you got fired from the paper.

JACK
You heard wrong, Willie. I quit.

WILLIE
(passing the beer
back to Sugar Boy)
You're smart. 'Cause before I'm
through with that mob they're not
going to have enough money left to
pay the boy that cleans the spittoons.

JACK
How do you feel, Willie?

WILLIE
I feel fine, fine. You see, Jack, I
learned something.

Willie and Sadie exchange looks.

JACK
Yeah... what?

Close shot of Willie.

WILLIE
How to win.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Exterior: Road, Day

Jack stands on the side of the road, thumbing a ride.

JACK
(voice over)
I didn't see Willie again until his
second campaign... four years later.

Interior: Office, Night

Jack turns in some copy to a man at a desk.

JACK
(voice over)
I drifted from job to job...

Exterior: Street, Day

Jack and others in front of an employment agency.

JACK
(voice over)
...That is, whenever I could find
one.

Interior: Bar, Night

Jack, at the bar, looking haggard and disheveled, picks up a
newspaper and turns to find a photograph of Anne. The caption
reads STANTONS ARRIVE HOME.

JACK
(voice over)
But always further and further away
from Anne, and the life at Burden's
Landing.

Exterior: Street, Day

Camera pans with Jack as he trudges along the street.

JACK
(voice over)
But Willie wasn't drifting. He knew
where he was going.

We see an insert of a newspaper. It has a caricature of
Willie, swinging a sledge hammer. The caption reads

STARK ATTACKS ADMINISTRATION
CHARGES OLD MACHINE STILL CORRUPT

JACK
(voice over)
He had his foot in the door and he
kept right on pushing to get in. He
had lost the election but he had won
the state... and he knew it... and
the people knew it.

MONTAGE: WILLIE'S LIFE

Writing on a fence: THE PEOPLE'S WILL SHOULD BE THE LAW OF
THE STATE... WILLIE STARK Painted on a rock: KNOWLEDGE BELONGS
TO THE PEOPLE... WILLIE STARK

Lettering on a barn: FREE MEDICINE FOR ALL PEOPLE -- NOT AS
A CHARITY BUT AS A RIGHT... WILLIE STARK

Poster on a building: MY STUDY IS THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE...
WILLIE STARK

JACK
(voice over)
They were all hopping on his
bandwagon... even Tiny Duffy.

Newspaper caricature: it shows Willie on a bandwagon headed
for the state capitol. Everyone is trying to climb aboard.
Caption is THEY'RE ALL FOR WILLIE NOW. Huge poster on the
side of a building: MY STUDY IS THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE.
Camera pans up to photograph of Willie on the poster.

JACK
(voice over)
Yep, Willie came back like he said
he would.

Interior: Willie's Office, Day

Willie is being interviewed by a group of reporters. Sugar
Boy lounges nearby, leaning against the wall.

WILLIE
Do you want to know what my platform
is? Here it is: I'm going to soak
the fat boys and I'm going to spread
it thin.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Circus Grounds, Day

We see balloons with inscriptions reading "I'm for Willie,"
and a large banner stretching overhead, saying FREE CIRCUS
TODAY -- COMPLIMENTS OF WILLIE STARK. The crowd moves about,
gazing at the clowns, animals, the trapeze act.

JACK
(voice over)
Willie was right -- he'd learned how
to win...

Exterior: Park, Day

A truck loaded with beer kegs pulls into the park. On the
back of the truck is a sign: BIG STARK RALLY TODAY -- FREE
BEER -- FREE FOOD -- EVERYBODY INVITED. Superimposed over
this is the image of dollar bills floating through the air.

JACK
(voice over)
He spent a lot of money doing it...
an awful lot of money... I was
beginning to wonder where he got it
from.

Montage: Willie's Second Campaign

Hand holding check made payable to Willie Stark Campaign
Fund... $7000. Willie's hand reaches out and takes it.

Hand holding check payable to cash for $5000. Superimposed
is Willie, looking on, and his hand endorsing the back of
the check.

Another check to the Stark Campaign Fund for $3500. Poster
of Willie is superimposed.

JACK
(voice over)
There were rumors throughout the
state that Willie was making deals
with all kinds of people... strange
deals... for Willie Stark.

Crowd milling about circus grounds, with Willie's poster
superimposed.

Fireworks exploding. Crowd cheers.

JACK
(voice over)
The second time out, it wasn't a
campaign... it was a slaughter. It
was Saturday night in a mining town.

Huge poster is affixed to the side of a building. It bears
Willie's face, and his slogans.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Hotel (State Capital), Day

Crowd stands about as Willie and Jack make their way into
the hotel.

JACK
(voice over)
He came back and he took me with
him.

Interior: Hotel Lobby, Day

The lobby is packed as Willie, Jack, Sugar Boy, and Pillsbury
enter. Willie makes signals to Duffy to tag along with the
entourage. Willie leans over to speak to the room clerk.

WILLIE
This is Jack Burden, a friend of
mine. From now on he's going to live
here. Give him anything he wants.

The group starts up the stairs, past the officers who are
standing guard. Duffy stops to speak to one, pointing his
finger at some of his men standing below.

DUFFY
Let these boys through, officer.

WILLIE
(to Jack)
Duffy works for me now.

JACK
It looks like everybody works for
you.

They start up the second flight of stairs.

WILLIE
No. No, not yet. But I want to keep
him around. He reminds me of something
I never want to forget.

Willie stops and looks around at Duffy's men hurrying up the
steps.

WILLIE
(to Duffy)
Come on, come on, come on, come on.
Are these the boys?

DUFFY
These are the boys that can get the
boys.

WILLIE
How many do you think we can get?

DUFFY
Fifty.

WILLIE
How much?

DUFFY
Five dollars a head.

WILLIE
(to Sugar Boy)
What do you think, Sugar? Do they
look like good boys?

SUGAR BOY
T-t-they b-b-better be.

WILLIE
Get a hundred... All right, go on,
all of you. Blow. Blow, blow. You
too, Duffy. Go on.

Duffy and his men turn and go downstairs.

WILLIE
(to Jack)
Handbill distributors.

JACK
If they all look like them I'd hate
not to take one.

WILLIE
That's the object. Not like when
they beat up my boy Tom.

JACK
How is Tom?

WILLIE
Oh, he's fine. He starts college in
the fall.

JACK
Oh. And Lucy?

Willie's expression changes. He starts up the stairs.

WILLIE
Fine... fine.

Interior: Willie's Campaign Office In Hotel, Day

The place is a beehive of activity, with typists and
messengers scurrying about, all supervised by Sadie.

SADIE
Hey, I need a boy... Where's a boy?
(boy runs up)
Take that downstairs; they're waiting
for it. Right away, on the double.
(to typist)
Listen, baby, you've got to double-
space all of this... he can't read,
see.

The door opens and Willie, Jack, and Sugar Boy come in.

JACK
Sadie!

SADIE
(to typist)
And they need four copies.
(looks up)
Hi, Jack. How are you?

WILLIE
Sadie is my secretary now.
(to messenger, trying
to squeeze by)
Oh, pardon me.

As Willie and Jack walk toward adjoining room, Sadie calls
out:

SADIE
Fix your tie, Willie.

Interior: Bedroom Hotel Suite, Day

Willie and Jack enter from the office.

WILLIE
Hey, Sugar.

Sugar Boy appears in the doorway. Sadie slips by into the
room.

WILLIE
Keep everybody out of here. I want
to talk to Jack and Sadie alone.

He walks over to Jack, who leans back on the bed.

WILLIE
From now on you're working for me.

JACK
Doing what?

WILLIE
I don't know. Something will turn
up, won't it, Sadie?

SADIE
Yeah. We need a college man around...
for research.

WILLIE
How much did they pay you on that
newspaper?

JACK
Three hundred dollars a month.

WILLIE
(laughs)
I could buy you cheap, couldn't I?

JACK
For a bag of salt.

WILLIE
No. No, I don't play that way. I
like you, boy. I always have. I'll
tell you what I'll do. I'll give you
four hundred dollars a month and
traveling expenses.

JACK
You throw money around like it was
money.

Willie gets up and walks to the window.

WILLIE
Money?... I don't need money. People
give me things.

JACK
Why?

WILLIE
Because they believe in me.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Burden's Landing, Day

Willie's car is on the ferry crossing the bay to Burden's
Landing. Sugar Boy drives the car off the ferry and up the
road toward the house.

JACK
(voice over)
I was going home again. But this
time it was different. Now I had a
feeling that maybe the waiting was
over... for me, and for Anne.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stanton Living Room (Burden's Landing), Night

Close shot of Willie standing in front of the fireplace,
beneath the portrait of Governor Stanton.

WILLIE
It's a far cry from where I come
from... to this house.

Camera pulls back. The room is crowded with people, all of
them friends of the Stantons. Anne, Adam, Judge Stanton,
Mrs. Burden, and McEvoy are part of the audience sitting
around the fireplace. Jack stands next to Willie.

WILLIE
And standing here under the portrait
of one of the greatest governors of
this state, talking to you people...
well, it's an honor I never thought
I'd have.

JACK
Are there any questions?
(looks around)
Mr. McEvoy.

MCEVOY
(smiles)
No, I have no questions.

JACK
Judge?

JUDGE
A few... but it will hold.

STANTON
I have a question.

WILLIE
Shoot.

STANTON
A lot of people in this state have
been saying that you've been making
deals... some of them with the very
groups that you claim you're against.
Is that true?

JACK
Adam, you know how rumors start...

WILLIE
Yes. Yes, that's true. I have nothing
to hide. I'll make a deal with the
devil if it'll help me carry out my
program. But believe me, there are
no strings attached to those deals.

STANTON
You're sure about that?

WILLIE
Doc, Jack here has been telling me
how you feel about things... how
you'd like to see a new hospital
built, a hospital that's the biggest
and best that money can buy. You
want those things, Doc, because,
well, because you're a man who wants
to do good. Now, I'd like to ask you
a question.

STANTON
Shoot.

The guests laugh good-naturedly.

WILLIE
Do you know what good comes out of?

STANTON
You tell me, Mr. Stark.

WILLIE
Out of bad... that's what good comes
out of. Because you can't make it
out of anything else. You didn't
know that, did you?

STANTON
No, I didn't... There's another
question I'd like to ask you. You
say there's only bad to start with
and the good must come with the bad.
Who's to determine what's good and
what's bad?... You?

WILLIE
Why not?

STANTON
How?

WILLIE
Why, that's easy. Just... just make
it up as you go along.

More laughter. Willie smiles and goes on.

WILLIE
Folks, there's a time to talk and
there's a time to act. I think the
time to act is right now. And with
your support, I not only will win
but I will do all of the things I
promised. I need your help. Oh, I
need it badly. But I'm not going to
beg for it. In the name of this state
which we love... in the name of the
governor in whose house we meet... I
demand it.

There is immediate applause. Anne is the first to rush over
and shake Willie's hand.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Stanton Home, Night

The last of the guests are leaving. Jack and Willie remain
with the Judge, Anne, and Adam.

WILLIE
(to Judge)
Well, what do you say, sir?

JACK
You've got to say yes. With you in
the race...

JUDGE
I'm an old bird... I...

WILLIE
But a game one.

They laugh.

WILLIE
Look, I'll give you complete power
as attorney general. You can do
anything you see fit. I'll swing the
ax to clear the way for you. Is that
a deal?

The Judge smiles, then puts out his hand.

JUDGE
It's a deal.

They shake hands.

WILLIE
Jack, we have to get back to town...
a lot to do.
(shakes hands with
Adam)
Dr. Stanton.

Jack kisses Anne on the cheek. Anne comes over and shakes
Willie's hand.

ANNE
I'm very glad to have met you.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Hotel Lobby (State Capital), Day

People stand before the election return board in the hotel
lobby. Camera pulls back, revealing a newspaper picture of
Willie, and the headline

STARK ELECTED GOVERNOR
WILLIE WINS

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Street Outside Willie's Hotel Balcony, Night

A crowd stands below Willie's hotel window, chanting together:

CROWD
We want Willie! We want Willie!

A high angle from the balcony shows Anne, Jack, and Adam in
the center of the excited crowd, looking expectantly upward.
Some of the people around them are carrying torches. Arc
lights play over the dome of the state capitol in the
background. In response to the chants, Willie appears on the
balcony. With him, standing on the balcony, are Tom and Lucy.
The crowd erupts into cheers as he steps outside.

WILLIE
(raises his hands for
silence)
This is not a time for speechmaking.
I should get on my knees and ask God
to give me strength to carry out
your will.

Loud cheers. Adam watches Anne. She applauds. Willie looks
down at the crowd and continues his speech.

WILLIE
This much I swear to you. These things
you shall have. I'm going to build a
hospital. The biggest that money can
buy... and it will belong to you.
That any man, woman, or child who is
sick or in pain can go through those
doors and know that everything will
be done for them that man can do. To
heal sickness. To ease pain. Free.
Not as a charity, but as a right.
And it is your right that every child
shall have a complete education.
That any man who produces anything
can take it to market without paying
toll. And no poor man's land or farm
can be taxed or taken away from him.
And it is the right of the people
that they will not be deprived of
hope...

The crowd applauds, and Willie waves. We see Anne, face aglow,
turn to Jack.

ANNE
Does he mean it, Jack? Does he?

STANTON
(as he walks away)
That's his bribe.

Anne and Jack watch Adam as he leaves.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Montage: Willie Becomes Governor

Willie, Sadie, and Jack leaving their old campaign
headquarters.

Willie, Sadie, Jack, and others going upstairs in the
governor's mansion. The ousted politicians are just packing
up and leaving.

JACK
(voice over)
What if it was his bribe! He swept
the old gang out of office. What if
they hollered like stuck pigs? He
jammed through bill after bill and
the people got what they wanted.

Willie yelling at the legislators during a session.

WILLIE
I demand that this bill be passed.
Nobody's going to tell me how to run
this state.

Road excavation -- a bulldozer clears away dirt.

A huge crane maneuvers over a dam site. Men are seen working
on the girders of a large power plant.

JACK
(voice over)
He started to build the roads, the
schools, the power dams, to change
the face of the state from one end
to the other... His methods?

Shots of uniformed policemen roughing up citizens. Willie
and Sugar Boy move in on a man being held by cops.

Willie looks on as Jack thumbs through his little black book.

JACK
(voice over)
Politics is a dirty game... and he
played it rough and dirty. Willie's
little black book was a record of
sin and corruption. And me, Jack
Burden? I kept the book and added up
the accounts.

Willie in a nightclub, surrounded by some show girls. A
photographer takes a picture of Willie with a girl balanced
on his knee.

Willie leads a marching band out onto a football field.

JACK
(voice over)
Clown, show-off, playboy, they yelled
at him. Building football stadiums.
Fiercely proud of his son who played
in them.

Shot of Tom in football uniform running across the field
with the ball. Willie, in the stands, hugs Lucy.

WILLIE
Oh, look at him go. He's going to be
All-American.

Willie makes an inspection of the police. He stops to adjust
an officer's tie.

JACK
(voice over)
They said he was building up a private
army. But he was building, always
building...

Sign at building excavation reads HERE ON THIS SITE WILL BE
ERECTED THE GOVERNOR STARK HOSPITAL -- "TO HEAL SICKNESS. TO
EASE PAIN. FREE. NOT AS A CHARITY -- BUT AS A RIGHT"... WILLIE
STARK.

JACK
(voice over)
Always playing up to the crowd.
Letting them trample on tradition.
Well, tradition needed trampling on.

A square dance at the governor's mansion. Willie dances with
Anne.

JACK
(voice over)
The crowd loved it... Willie loved
it... and so did I.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Executive Office Corridor, Day

Jack walks down the corridor on the way to Willie's offices.

Interior: Willie's Executive Offices, Day

As Jack enters from the corridor, Sadie is coming out of
Willie's private office.

SADIE
(through open door)
You low-down, no-good redneck...

She slams the door hard. We hear Willie laugh.

JACK
(to secretary)
What goes on here?

SECRETARY
That's what Sadie wants to know.
(she shows Jack
newspaper containing
photograph of Willie
at the nightclub)
The boss poses for too many pictures.

Jack grins, then walks into Sadie's office.

SADIE
I'll kill him.

JACK
Why, Sadie, I'm surprised at you.

SADIE
I'll kill him.

She goes to the door to yell to the secretary.

SADIE
I hate all women.

She slams the door again, and returns to her desk.

SADIE
Was she pretty?

Jack shoves the paper at her. She ignores it.

SADIE
Was she pretty?

JACK
If I met her on the street I'd never
recognize her.

SADIE
Was she pretty?

JACK
How should I know? I wasn't looking
at her face... Look, if it's going
to cause all this grief, why don't
you let him go?

SADIE
Let him go? I'll kill him. I'll drive
him out of this state.

JACK
Just because a guy's sitting with a
couple of girls on his knees in
public...

SADIE
Public or private... I know him. How
about what happened in Chicago? That
girl on skates... and the time you
both went to St. Louis... There's a
new invention, you know, Photography
and newsreels. Willie Stark in a
nightclub... Willie Stark with a
blonde.

JACK
You could always bleach your hair.

SADIE
I could also break every bone in his
neck. After all I've done for him...
Now he goes two-timing me.

JACK
He's been two-timing Lucy. So there's
another kind of arithmetic for what
he's doing to you.

SADIE
Lucy?
(laughs)
If she had her way he'd be back in
Kanoma City slopping the hogs right
now. And he knows it. He knows what
she'd do for him. She had her chance.

JACK
You seem to think Lucy's on her way
out, don't you?

SADIE
He'll ditch her... Give him time.

JACK
You ought to know.

She slaps his face.

JACK
Hey, you got the wrong guy. I'm not
the hero of this piece.

The door to Willie's office bursts open and Willie dashes
out.

WILLIE
All right, come on, both of you.
Let's go, hurry it up.

They go out through the reception room, pick up Sugar Boy,
and head down the corridor.

WILLIE
Come on. Pillsbury put his hand in
the pork barrel and got caught. You
know, I never did trust that guy.

Some newsmen are waiting on the top landing.

NEWSMEN
Have you heard about Pillsbury? What
do you intend to do about Pillsbury?
How about it, Governor?

Willie pushes by them.

WILLIE
Later, boys, later.
(to Jack)
Say, Jack, go back and get the Judge.
Let's get him over to my hotel just
as soon as you can.

They all hurry after Willie as he rushes down the stairs.

Interior: Lobby State Capitol, Day

Anne is about to go up the stairs when she meets Willie and
the others on the way down.

ANNE
(to Willie)
I waited for you.
(she sees Sadie)
Hello.
(back to Willie)
You promised we could... uh... discuss
my charity project... Children's
home?

WILLIE
Well, I'm very sorry. Something very
important came up. You'll call me
later, won't you?

ANNE
Yes, certainly.

SADIE
We're late.

Anne watches as they cross the lobby and exit.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark's Hotel Suite, Night

Close shot of Willie, seated, with his feet propped up on a
table. Pillsbury stands before him. Jack, Sadie, Duffy, and
Sugar Boy are also in the room.

WILLIE
Look at you, Pillsbury. Fifty years
old, gut-sprung, teeth gone, never
had a dime. If the Almighty had
intended for you to be rich he'd
have taken care of that a long time
ago. The idea of you being rich...
that's plain blasphemy. Ain't that a
fact?

Pillsbury doesn't answer.

WILLIE
Answer me!

PILLSBURY
Yes.

WILLIE
Louder, man. Don't mumble. Speak up.
Say it's a fact, a blasphemous fact.

PILLSBURY
It's a fact, a blasphemous fact.

Sugar Boy laughs loudly. The phone rings and Sadie picks it
up.

SADIE
Yeah?... Oh, I see.
(hangs up)
Dumond can't come. He says his wife
is sick.

WILLIE
I don't care if she's dying. Sugar,
get the car. Get him and bring him
over here.

Sugar Boy exists. Willie turns back to Pillsbury.

WILLIE
Now, you know what you're supposed
to do, don't you, Pillsbury? You're
supposed to stay poor and take orders.
Oh, there'll be some sweetening for
you from time to time... but Duffy'll
take care of that. Don't you go
setting yourself up on your own again,
do you understand that?

PILLSBURY
Yes.

WILLIE
Louder, man. And say, I understand
that.

PILLSBURY
I understand that.

WILLIE
Give him a pen and some paper, Sadie.

There is a knock on the door.

WILLIE
See who that is, Duffy.

Judge Stanton enters.

WILLIE
Oh, hello, Judge. Sit down. I'll be
with you in just a couple of seconds.
(back to Pillsbury)
Now write what I tell you to write...
Dear Governor Stark. I wish to resign
as auditor due to ill health, to
take effect as soon as you can relieve
me. Respectfully yours.
(after a pause)
Did you sign it?

PILLSBURY
No.

WILLIE
(roaring)
Well, sign it! Don't put any date on
it. I can fill that in when I need
it.

Pillsbury signs the paper.

WILLIE
Now bring it to me.

Pillsbury moves slowly, so Sadie yanks the paper out of his
hand and passes it to Willie.

WILLIE
Now get out.

Pillsbury slinks out of the room.

JUDGE
The papers have the story.

WILLIE
Yeah, I know.

JUDGE
They're talking about impeachment
proceedings.

WILLIE
(rising)
Against who?

JUDGE
This time, Pillsbury.

WILLIE
I got that "this time," Judge.

JUDGE
How true is it?

WILLIE
It's too true.

The phone rings.

SADIE
Yes?
(hands phone to Willie)
This is it, Willie. Jeff Hopkins on
the wire.

Willie takes the phone, but puts his hand over the mouthpiece
so that he can speak to Jack.

WILLIE
What have we got on Hopkins, Jack?
(as Jack riffles
through the black
book)
Hello, Jeff. About that Pillsbury
business...
(reads from black
book Jack holds out
for him)
Here's what I want you to do when it
comes up in the legislature. Now,
wait a minute, wait a minute. You
listen to me.
(still reading from
book)
You got a mortgage coming due on
that place of yours in about five
weeks, haven't you? You'd like to
get it renewed, wouldn't you?
(pause)
All right, Tiny'll talk to you in
the morning.

He grins and hangs up the phone.

WILLIE
Get going, Tiny.

Duffy leaves.

JUDGE
You haven't answered my question.
Why are you saving Pillsbury's hide?

WILLIE
I'm not a bit interested in
Pillsbury's hide. It's something
much more important than that. If
the McMurphy boys get the notion
they can get away with this, there's
no telling where they'll stop.

JUDGE
(quietly)
Or where you will... Pillsbury is
guilty. As attorney general of this
state, it's my job to prosecute.

WILLIE
Judge, you talk like Pillsbury was...
was human. He isn't. He's a thing.
You don't prosecute an adding machine
if the spring goes busted and makes
a mistake. You fix it. Well, I fixed
him. I'm not a bit interested in
Pillsbury. It's something much bigger
than that.

JUDGE
(getting up)
Yes, it is.

JACK
He's right, Judge. Can't you see
that he's right?

JUDGE
He's right because you want him to
be right. Because you're afraid to
admit you've made a mistake. Do it
now before it's too late.
(to Willie)
I'm offering my resignation as
attorney general. You'll have it in
writing by messenger in the morning...
dated.

WILLIE
(softly)
It took you a long time to make up
your mind, Judge. A long time. What
made you take such a long time?

JUDGE
I wasn't sure.

WILLIE
And now you are?

The Judge nods.

WILLIE
I'll tell you what you are. You're
scared. You sat in that big easy
chair of yours for thirty years and
played at being a judge. Then all of
a sudden I came along and put a bat
in your hand, and I said, go ahead,
Judge, start swinging. And you did.
And you had a wonderful time. But
now you're scared. You don't want to
get your hands dirty. You want to
pick up the marbles... but you don't
want to get your hands dirty. Look
at my whole program, Judge. How do
you think I put that across?

JUDGE
I knew how, but I never knew why.

He starts to leave.

WILLIE
You're not by any chance thinking of
going over to McMurphy's boys, are
you?

JUDGE
I'm through with politics.

WILLIE
I'm happy to hear that.
(extends his hand)
No hard feelings.

JUDGE
(ignores the hand)
Goodbye, Governor.
(to Jack)
Are you coming with me, Jack?

Jack turns away.

JUDGE
You're making a mistake.

He goes. Willie closes the door behind him.

WILLIE
Do you think he means it when he
says he's through with politics,
Sadie?

SADIE
No. No, I don't.

WILLIE
What about you, Jack?

JACK
I've known the Judge all my life.
He's always meant everything he's
said.

WILLIE
All right. All right. Take it easy.
I'll take your word for it.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Willie's Hotel, Night

Willie's car draws up to the curb. Sugar Boy hops out to
open the door for Willie.

Sadie is watching him from a window upstairs in the hotel.
Anne is in the back seat; Willie leans down to talk to her.

WILLIE
Sugar, take Miss Stanton home.
(to Anne)
When am I going to see you again?

She doesn't answer.

WILLIE
What's the matter, Anne?

ANNE
Please take me home now, Sugar Boy.

WILLIE
You've got to understand me.

ANNE
(turns away)
I understand you. It's myself I don't
understand.

WILLIE
Do you think I like sneaking around
corners any more than you do? But
right now, with the Pillsbury business
and with your uncle quitting... If I
got a divorce...

ANNE
Maybe we'd better stop seeing each
other.

WILLIE
No. No, we won't stop seeing each
other, will we?

ANNE
(slowly)
No.

WILLIE
Because you believe in what I tell
you.

ANNE
(puts her hand on his)
Because I believe what you tell me.

Sadie approaches.

SADIE
Good evening, Governor Stark.
(looks at Anne, but
talks to Willie)
I thought you might like to know
that Judge Stanton kept his promise.
(directly to Willie)
He gave the story to every paper in
town.

WILLIE
Sugar, meet me at the hotel as soon
as you can.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

ATTORNEY GENERAL RESIGNS:
STANTON ACCUSES STARK OF
QUASHING PILLSBURY GRAFT

Interior: State Legislature Assembly Room, Day

Duffy stands in the forground, looking in on the uproar and
confusion of the assembly.

SENATOR
These are serious charges that Judge
Stanton has given to the press. This
legislature is entitled to a complete
and full report on the Pillsbury
affair. Let the truth be known.

2ND SENATOR
Let it come out.

3RD SENATOR
I move that we adjourn.

4TH SENATOR
I second the motion.

CHAIRMAN
All those in favor, say aye... Motion
carried. The house is adjourned.

As Duffy turns and walks away, other senators rise up in
their seats in protest.

DISSOLVE TO:

MONTAGE: PILLSBURY SCANDAL

Sign on building reads: CITIZENS COMMITTEE MEETING, Subject:
PILLSBURY SCANDAL, 8 P.M. Tonight -- Town Hall.

A man pastes a strip across the sign: CANCELED.

A man is making a speech to a small group of people.

MAN
If you let Willie Stark get away
with the Pillsbury graft, there's no
telling...

Thugs break up the meeting. The speaker is beaten up. Jack
Burden turns through the pages of the little black book.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark's Hotel Suite, Day

Willie is lying on the bed. Jack is seated. Sadie and Sugar
Boy stand nearby.

JACK
But we beat the Pillsbury rap...
It's over.

WILLIE
These things are never over. I'll
tell you what I want you to do, Jack.
I want you to start a new page in
that black book of yours... under
then name of Judge Stanton.

JACK
You're crazy. There's nothing on the
Judge.

SADIE
Why? Because his name is Stanton?

WILLIE
Ssshhh, easy.

JACK
What if I won't do it?

WILLIE
You know, some of this has rubbed
off on you.

JACK
What are you going to do? Have me
shot?

WILLIE
No... no... but I'll have to get
myself a new boy.

JACK
I tell you there's nothing on the
Judge.

WILLIE
Jack, there's something on everybody.
Man is conceived in sin and born in
corruption.

JACK
It's a waste of time.

WILLIE
What's the matter, Jack? Are you
afraid you might find something out?

Jack stares at him.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Burden's Landing Ferry, Night

Jack's car is seen coming across on the ferry.

JACK
(voice over)
I kept saying to myself that Willie
was wrong about the Judge. If there
was anything left at Burden's Landing,
it was honor. I had to believe that.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stanton Living Room, Night

Jack and Anne stand together in the living room.

JACK
Anne, I want to ask you a question.
Was the Judge ever broke? Really
broke?

ANNE
Why do you want to know?

JACK
I don't want to know, but I've got
to.

ANNE
Did he tell you --

JACK
Did who tell me?

ANNE
I don't know. I... how should I know
if the Judge was ever broke?

She walks away from him. Adam enters, carrying bundles of
food and two wine bottles.

STANTON
Hello... Come on, Anne, take this
food and start cooking. I'm hungry.

Anne takes the grocery bundles. Jack grabs the wine.

JACK
Me, I'm on the thirsty side. Bring
some glasses, Anne, quick.

He joins Adam, who has opened the piano.

STANTON
(laughing)
It's been a long time since I played
this thing. What do you say we wake
up the ghosts, huh?

JACK
(calling to Anne)
Another glass, Anne, for a ghost.

STANTON
(starting to play)
Remember the last time I played this?
You and Anne were dancing?

Anne returns with three glasses. Jack grabs her around the
waist and whirls her around.

JACK
Shall we dance?

ANNE
Let's... let's have a drink first.

Adam starts to pour the wine.

JACK
No, no... keep playing. Anne and I
want to hear this, don't we, Anne?
(Jack pours the wine)
Adam... ghost... and me.

STANTON
What shall we drink to?

JACK
To the ghost?... To Adam, to the
director of the new medical center.

STANTON
(bangs the piano keys)
Don't you ever stop working for him?

ANNE
Adam!

STANTON
I came up here to get away...

JACK
I'm sorry, Adam.

ANNE
Well, I'm not. What's wrong with
being the director of the new medical
center?

STANTON
Nothing, except that I'm not going
to take it.

JACK
Why? Because your uncle resigned?

STANTON
That's partly it. There are other
things.

ANNE
What other things?

STANTON
(looks at her)
You too?

ANNE
Yes, me too.

JACK
Anne, if Adam doesn't want to discuss
it, let's not.

STANTON
All right, let's discuss it.

ANNE
But calmly.

STANTON
Calmly. Go ahead, Jack. Why do you
think he wants me?

JACK
Because you're the best man for the
job.

STANTON
It could have nothing to do with my
name being Stanton?

JACK
It could have. Let's grant that.

STANTON
That's your answer.

JACK
No, it's not. If that were the only
answer I wouldn't be with him any
more. There's another side of it.
I've learned something from him. You
can't make an omelet without cracking
eggs.

STANTON
Or heads.

ANNE
But at least a hospital will be built,
and the sick will be cared for.

STANTON
At what price?

JACK
At any price.

STANTON
Do you really believe that, Jack?

JACK
I really believe that Stark wants to
do good. You do too. It's a matter
of method. Many times out of evil
comes good. Well, pain is an evil.
As a doctor you should know that.

STANTON
Pain is an evil; it is not evil. It
is not evil in itself. Stark is evil.

JACK
The people of the state don't think
so.

STANTON
How would they know? The first thing
he did was to take over the newspapers
and the radio stations. Why be so
afraid of criticism? If Stark is
interested in doing good, he should
also be interested in the truth. I
don't see how you can separate the
two. No, Stark is not for me.

ANNE
(upset)
No, Stark is not for you. Well, what
is for you? Pride. Pride, that's all
it is... foolish, stupid pride. All
you've ever talked about is what you
could do if... if somebody would
tear down and build. All right, all
right, somebody has, and he's given
it to you. But he's not for you. No,
he's not for you.

She throws down her glass and runs crying from the room.
Adam goes after her.

STANTON
Anne... Anne...

Interior: Stanton Hallway and Stairs, Night

Anne runs upstairs and Adam follows. The Judge comes out of
his room to see what has happened, sees Jack standing at the
foot of the stairs, hesitates a moment, and then goes back
to his room without speaking.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: County Recorder Room, Day

Jack enters and speaks to a clerk, who then directs him to
one of the files. He starts to look through the files marked
MORTGAGES DEFAULTED.

JACK
(voice over)
Will I find anything, Judge? Will I?
I didn't find it all at once. It
takes a long time to go through old
courthouse records and musty deeds...
a very long time. But it wasn't too
hard for me. I was well trained in
research, especially this kind.

He pulls out a file.

JACK
(voice over)
I found what I didn't want to find.

He takes the file back to the clerk.

JACK
Have some photostat copies made of
these. I'll be back tomorrow for
them.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Jack's Hotel Bedroom, Day

Jack is lying on his bed, looking over the documents that
relate to the Judge. He looks haggard and worried. There is
a knock on the door. Jack doesn't answer; the knock is
repeated.

JACK
Who is it?

SADIE'S VOICE
It's me, Sadie Burke.

JACK
Wait a minute.

He hides the documents under his pillow.

JACK
All right, come in.

She comes in, sniffs the air.

SADIE
Phew! Awful lot of smoke. Awful lot
of whisky. You sober?

JACK
Stone.

SADIE
I'll have one with you.
(starts tidying up
the room)
What are you hiding out for?

JACK
I'm not. I've been sleeping.

SADIE
For four days? You've been back in
town for four days.

JACK
Willie knows everything.

SADIE
Willie's worried about his boy.

JACK
Willie's boy is worried about Willie's
boy.

SADIE
Well, why don't you put something on
the phonograph -- a low-down, mean
blues. Play it over and over again
until you're sick of it. Then crack
it and go back to work.
(sits down)
I do it all the time.

JACK
That's not my problem.

SADIE
No, it isn't your problem.
(gets up again)
I'll wait for you if you want to
powder your nose.

Jack goes into the bathroom.

JACK
I'll be with you in a minute.

Sadie wanders around. She goes to the dresser, upon which is
a photograph of Anne Stanton. She picks up the picture and
places it so she can see it in the mirror and compare it
with her own reflection.

SADIE
Hmmm. Yeah, I can see it. I've got
to look in the mirror to be able to
see it. Soft, white skin... not like
mine.
(runs her hand across
her cheeks)
I had smallpox when I was a kid.
Where I lived it seemed nearly all
the kids had smallpox...

Jack watches her through the open bathroom door.

SADIE
It leaves your face hard. Then she's
got poise. Look at the way she holds
her head... at just the right angle.
That takes training. That takes years
of training...

Jack, towel in hand, comes out and stands behind her. He
looks at her in the mirror, puzzled.

SADIE
I see what Willie sees. Willie's got
big ideas, Jack.

JACK
What do you mean?

SADIE
A girl like that could be a governor's
wife. Or even a President's.

JACK
What are you talking about?

SADIE
He ditched Lucy, he ditched me, and
he'll ditch you.

JACK
(shaking her)
Answer me!

SADIE
He'll ditch everybody in the whole
world because that's what Willie
wants. Nobody in the world but him.

JACK
What are you talking about?

SADIE
You and your high-tone friends. What
do they know? What do they know about
anything? Why did you have to mix
her in?

JACK
You're crazy, Sadie. You're out of
your mind.

SADIE
Am I? Well, why don't you go down
and ask her. Or ask him. Ask Willie.

JACK
Shut up!

SADIE
Go ahead, ask him.

JACK
Shut up!

SADIE
Ask him!

He slaps her hard.

SADIE
Ow-oo... oh... oh.

She starts to laugh.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Football Field, Day

A football team is practicing on the field. Willie watches
from the bench. A player kicks the ball and Tom misses it.
Jack walks over to Willie.

JACK
He's off today.

WILLIE
It's only practice. He'll be all
right tomorrow... You been gone a
long time, Jack.

JACK
Yeah. I figured if you needed me
you'd yell.

WILLIE
Why'd you lay around the hotel?

JACK
Thinking.

WILLIE
About what?

JACK
Things.

WILLIE
What did you find on the Judge?

JACK
Nothing.

WILLIE
You sure you didn't find anything on
the Judge?

JACK
Yeah, I'm sure.

WILLIE
You're going to keep trying, aren't
you?

JACK
If you want me to.

WILLIE
I want you to. There's something
else I want you to do too.

JACK
What? Bucket boy? Towel slinger?
What?

WILLIE
(looks at him closely)
What's eating you, Jack?

JACK
(avoiding it)
What else do you want me to do?

WILLIE
If you've got something on your mind,
boy, spit it out. We've been together
too long to play games.

JACK
What do you want me to do?

WILLIE
I hear your pal Adam Stanton turned
down the job as director of the
hospital. That's bad. Especially at
a time like this.

JACK
Oh? How did you hear it?

WILLIE
Why? What difference does it make?

JACK
I just wanted to know.

WILLIE
I heard it around.

JACK
(insistent)
How did you hear he turned it down,
Willie?

Out on the field the boys have stopped playing and are huddled
around the coach.

WILLIE
I'll be right back, Jack. I want to
see what's happening here.

He goes over to the group on the field. The coach is talking
to Tom.

COACH
You going to practice the way I tell
you.

TOM
I'm going to do it the way I want to
do it.

Willie comes up to them.

WILLIE
Tom, come here. What's going on here?

COACH
I don't care if he is your son,
Governor... No special rules for
him.

TOM
It doesn't make any difference to me
either way... whether I play or not.

WILLIE
Well, it does to me.
(to coach)
What do you want him to do?

COACH
To behave himself. Like the rest of
the boys. Four times this season
he's broken training. He comes on
the practice field half potted.

WILLIE
Tom, you're going to have to obey
the rules. Do you hear me? You're
going to obey the rules.

TOM
I put 'em across, don't I? Every
Saturday I put 'em across and I can
still do it, drunk or sober. That's
all you want, isn't it... for me to
put 'em across so you can big-shot
it around? Isn't that all you want?

He walks away.

WILLIE
Tom!
(to coach)
He's a little high-strung.
(goes after Tom)
Tom, come here. Tom!

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Highway, Foggy Day

Sign in foreground reads: WILLIE STARK HIGHWAY U.S. 56. A
car swerves around a bend and careens down the highway.

Tom and his girl friend Helene are in the car. Tom is
drinking.

HELENE
(laughing)
Come on, Tommy... let's go faster.
Come on...

The car goes across a bridge, weaving. Two motorcycle cops
parked there start to give chase.

Tom's car swerves out of control and crashes through a fence.

The two motorcycle cops ride out to the field to the wrecked
car. They find Tom and Helene, unconscious. One of the cops
picks up the empty bottle and hands it to the other.

2ND COP
(looking at Tom)
It's the governor's son.

He throws the bottle away.

DISSOLVE TO:

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

GOVERNOR'S SON HURT:
GIRL NEAR DEATH IN CRASH

Below the headline is a picture of Helene Hale's father.
Another picture of Mr. Hale on the front page. Caption reads:

GIRL'S FATHER CLAIMS DRUNK DRIVING CAUSE OF WRECK
ADMITTANCE TO HOSPITAL DENIED PRESS

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Governor's Mansion, Night

Lucy and Mr. Hale walk across the large reception room toward
Willie. Jack, Sugar Boy, and Duffy stand around in the
background.

LUCY
Willie, Mr. Hale's here to see you.

Willie comes to meet them, a drink in his hand. He is
obviously drunk.

WILLIE
Go on upstairs, Lucy. I have some
business I want to talk over with
Mr. Hale.

HALE
What I've got to say anybody can
listen to... Where's your boy?

WILLIE
Now... now, don't get excited.
(to Sugar Boy)
Get me another drink, Sugar.

HALE
My daughter may die.

WILLIE
She's not going to die. She'll get
the best medical attention there is.
No expense will be spared.

HALE
Where's your boy?

LUCY
I'll get him.

WILLIE
Wait a minute, Lucy. He's asleep.
And the doctor said after a good
night's sleep he'll be all right.

LUCY
No, he won't be all right unless you
make him all right. I'll get him.

She goes.

WILLIE
Lucy!
(to Hale)
You care for a drink?

HALE
No thanks.

WILLIE
Accidents will happen, you know.

HALE
Accidents? Your boy was drunk.

WILLIE
I saw the police report. There...
there was nothing about drunkenness
on the police report.

HALE
Whose police and whose report? I say
the boy was drunk. And I know it.

Tom comes down the stairs, with Lucy.

HALE
(to Tom)
Right here before your father... I
want you --

TOM
Mr. Hale --

WILLIE
Tom, the doctor says you need rest,
boy.

TOM
(turns on him)
I don't want you to try to cover up
for me. I was wrong... that's all
there is to it.

WILLIE
You don't know what you're talking
about. I saw the police report --

TOM
I don't care what the police report
says. I was driving and I was drunk.
It's all my fault.
(to Hale)
Anything you want to do to me, you
can do. Whatever you want me to do,
I'll do.

WILLIE
Nobody has to do anything. Stop
worrying. I'll take care of
everything.

TOM
I don't want you to take care of
anything.

Tom looks ill; he presses his hand to his forehead.

WILLIE
Tom, go on upstairs and get some
rest, boy. Go on... go on... go on.

Tom walks slowly toward the stairs.

WILLIE
Sugar, help him... Mr. Hale, come on
over and sit down. You sure you
wouldn't care for a drink, Mr. Hale?

Hale sits down, shakes his head.

WILLIE
Hey, Tiny, go home. Go on, out of
here... out of here. Go on.

Duffy leaves, disgruntled. Willie sits on a coffee table. He
pours himself another drink.

WILLIE
What business did you say you were
in?

HALE
I didn't say.

WILLIE
What business are you in?

HALE
Trucking business.

WILLIE
Trucking business. Trucks run on
state roads. If a man in the trucking
business had a contract with the
state, a big one, that would be pretty
good, wouldn't it?
(to Jack)
Go on, Jack. Tell him what would
happen.

Jack is silent.

WILLIE
Go on, tell him.

HALE
You're trying to bribe me, aren't
you?

WILLIE
No, no. No, I'm not trying to bribe
you. I'm... I'm only talking things
over with you, that's all.

HALE
You're pretty good at talking. I
remember when you first started
talking. A place called Upton. You
did a lot of talking then and the
things you said made sense, to me
and a lot of other people. I believed
in you... I followed you... and I
fought for you. Well, the words are
still good. But you're not.
(rises)
And I don't believe you ever were.

He walks out of the room.

WILLIE
(after a pause)
Sugar, follow him. Keep calling in.

Sugar goes, leaving just Jack and Willie. Willie, very drunk,
tries to get up but falls against the piano.

WILLIE
(yells)
Lucy!... Lucy!

He staggers up the long stairway. Halfway up he tumbles,
groaning. Jack helps him to his feet.

JACK
I'd like Anne to see you now. I'd
like Anne to see you now, you drunken
sot!
(drags him up the
stairs)
Come on.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

NEWSPAPER

Photograph of Helene Hale on front page. Headline reads:

GIRL CRASH VICTIM DIES

Under the photograph there is a caption:

FATHER MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS AFTER BARING BRIBE OFFER BY
GOVERNOR STARK

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Governor's Mansion, Day

Willie, Jack, and Sugar Boy are accosted by a group of newsmen
as they come down the stairs.

NEWSMEN
What about the girl's father,
Governor? Have you a statement to
make?

WILLIE
All right, all right, gentlemen.
I'll give you a statement. This whole
thing is a mess of lies. It's a frame.
The man that made that statement...
have him repeat it to my face. He
can't. He vanished. Let me ask you
some questions. Where has he gone?
Where is he?

REPORTER
Maybe you could answer those questions
too, Governor.

Sugar Boy makes a move for the reporter but Willie holds him
back.

WILLIE
I won't dignify that question with
an answer.

ANOTHER REPORTER
One more question, Governor... Where's
your son?

WILLIE
At the football stadium, where he's
supposed to be. He's going to play
for State University, which this
administration is responsible for.
He's not hiding from anybody,
gentlemen. He'll be out there in
full view of seventy thousand cheering
fans.
(starts down the stairs)
One of which will be me. See you,
men.

He leaves, followed by Jack and Sugar Boy.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Football Field, Day

The game is in progress and the stands are packed. But there
is no cheering. Instead we hear boos, and shouts for Tom.

CROWD VOICES
Where's Stark? How about Tommy Stark?
Hey, Willie, send your boy in.

Exterior: Willie's Box

Willie, Jack, Sugar Boy, and Lucy are in one box. Sadie and
Duffy sit in the adjoining one. Willie is standing up. The
crowd continues to heckle him.

WILLIE
Why don't they put him in!

MAN
Come on, Willie... send your boy in.

A drunk comes over to his box.

DRUNK
What's the matter, Willie... is your
little boy ashamed to show his face?

DUFFY
Shut up!

Willie signals angrily to the police.

WILLIE
Get that man out of here! Come on,
get him out of here.

The man is dragged away. The crowd boos, and Willie gets up
and leaves the box, followed by Jack.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stadium Dressing Room, Day

Tom is sitting on one of the massage tables with a towel
around his shoulders as Willie and Jack come in. The sound
of the boos can still be heard.

WILLIE
They're booing you.

TOM
(holds his head)
Ever since the accident, my head...

WILLIE
The doctor said it was nothing.

TOM
Get dizzy... can't see... dizzy...

WILLIE
You're scared... plain scared.

TOM
(looks up angrily)
Get out of here!

WILLIE
Atta boy... get mad. Show some spirit.
Jack, tell him what his playing means.
Go on, tell him.

JACK
You can never tell about a head
injury. Maybe the boy's hurt.

WILLIE
He's hurt? I'm hurt. It wasn't me
that wrapped that car around the
tree. It wasn't me that got drunk.
But me, I'm takin' the rap.
(softer, to Tom)
Go on, kid. Get out there and play.
Show 'em the kind of stuff a Stark
is made of.

TOM
(coldly)
I wouldn't know.

Enraged, Willie slaps him. Tom fights back, and Jack has to
pull them apart.

JACK
Tom... cut it out!

TOM
(breathing heavily)
All right, I'll play. Now get out of
here.

Camera holds on Tom as Jack and Willie leave. He picks up
his uniform, stops, then rubs his head.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Football Stadium, Day

Tom is on the field. He runs up to the coach.

P.A. ANNOUNCER
Stark's going in!

The boos turn to cheers. The crowd applauds.

Willie signals from his box to the coach. He wants Tom sent
in. Tom runs out on the field and joins the team. The players
are lined up, in position to play. Tom shakes his head, as
if trying to clear it.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Football Stadium, Time Lapse

The crowd yells excitedly. Tom, looking weary, gets the ball
and runs with it downfield. Three players tackle him hard
and fall on him. A silence falls over the stadium as he fails
to get up with the others.

In Willie's box, everyone is standing.

LUCY
Tommy... Tommy... Tommy!

Willie rushes out onto the field and kneels beside Tom as
the doctor and stretcher bearers arrive.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Hospital Waiting Room, Night

Lucy and Willie are waiting for news about Tom. Sugar Boy
comes in with a paper bag and sets it on a table.

SUGAR BOY
B-b-boss, you gotta eat. You g-g-
gotta.

Willie motions him away.

WILLIE
I'm the one that made him play. I
sent him in.

LUCY
Sit down, Willie. Please sit down.

WILLIE
I sent him in.

LUCY
What difference does that make now?

Jack comes in.

WILLIE
What goes on?

JACK
There isn't a plane flying.

WILLIE
They gotta fly. This is my son. He's
got to live.

Adam Stanton enters.

STANTON
I just got a call from Dr. Birnham.
The earliest he can possibly get
here will be tomorrow morning.

WILLIE
Isn't there anybody else we can get?

JACK
I still think Dr. Stanton should
operate.

STANTON
That's up to Governor Stark. He wanted
another doctor... a specialist. I
sent for one.

WILLIE
How bad is it really, doctor?

STANTON
He's unconscious... and paralyzed.

Lucy slumps in her chair.

WILLIE
Has he got a chance?

STANTON
To live? Yes.

WILLIE
What do you mean?

STANTON
Even if the operation's successful --
that is, if he lives -- I think he'll
be paralyzed for life.

WILLIE
You'll do everything you can, won't
you? Anything between you and me..
that won't count, will it? It doesn't
have to. Look, doc, anything you
want in the world you just ask for
it and you got it. Go on, doc... ask
for it.

STANTON
(coldly)
There are some things, Governor Stark,
that even you can't buy. Do you want
me to operate, or don't you?

LUCY
Yes... I want you to operate.
(stands up)
Please, may I see Tom now?

STANTON
Yes.

They leave together.

WILLIE
(to Jack)
How much does the doc know?

JACK
About what?

WILLIE
Oh, you know what I'm talking about.

JACK
About what?

WILLIE
About Anne and me.

JACK
(after a pause)
He doesn't know a thing... not a
thing.

Jack turns and walks away.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Hospital, Night

Anne has been waiting outside the hospital. She turns to
Jack as he comes out the door.

ANNE
Jack, how is he?

JACK
The boy?

ANNE
Yes.

JACK
He'll live.

ANNE
Oh, thank God. How is --

JACK
Willie?

ANNE
He blames himself, doesn't he?

JACK
(as he walks down the
street)
He'll find someone else to blame in
a few days.

ANNE
(following him)
Oh, I tried to call here at the
hospital, but I just...

They walk together, along the waterfront.

JACK
Anne... Anne, why did you do it?

ANNE
He wasn't like anybody I ever knew
before.

JACK
You mean he wasn't like me.

ANNE
He wasn't like anybody I ever knew
before. I love him, I guess. I guess
that's the reason.

JACK
Everybody loves him.

ANNE
He wants to marry me.

JACK
Are you going to?

ANNE
Not now. It would hurt him. A divorce
would hurt his career.

JACK
His career!

ANNE
Jack... Jack, what are you going to
do? You can't leave him now. He needs
you now more than he ever did before.

JACK
What Willie needs, Willie's got.

ANNE
You don't know him. You've known him
all these years and you don't really
know him at all.

JACK
What about Adam?

ANNE
Adam?

JACK
Well, you don't have to worry about
him. If Adam finds out it'll be easy
to prove a Stanton is no different
than anybody else.
(gives her the papers
on the Judge)
Just show him these. Willie was
right... a man is conceived in sin
and born in corruption. Even Judge
Stanton. Show them to him, Anne.
Change the picture of the world that
Adam has in his head, just like our
picture of it has been changed.

He grips her by the shoulders.

JACK
Wipe out everything he's ever believed
in. It'll be good for him. There's
no God but Willie Stark. I'm his
prophet and you're his...
(pushes her aside,
then feels sorry and
walks after her)
Oh, Anne... Anne, I'm sorry. I didn't
mean... Anne!

A policeman comes over.

POLICEMAN
What's going on here?

Jack catches up to Anne. He takes her arm and they start to
walk back together.

JACK
It's all right, officer... we both
work for Willie Stark.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Exterior: Hospital Site, Day

Willie, Anne, Adam, and Jack inspect a construction site.
There are newsmen and photographers present.

WILLIE
(to Adam)
Right over there, that's going to be
the main building... fifteen stories
high, like on the model. Over there,
that's the laboratory. Finest
technical equipment in the world.

STANTON
What are you trying to convince me
of? I've taken the job.

WILLIE
Why?

STANTON
My reasons are my own. Why are you
building a hospital?

WILLIE
To do some good for the people of
the state.

STANTON
And get some votes.

WILLIE
Oh, there are lots of ways to get
votes.

STANTON
Yes, I know... I won't stand for any
interference.

WILLIE
I won't interfere. I may fire you,
but I won't interfere.

STANTON
If that's a threat, you're wasting
your time. You know what I think of
your administration.

WILLIE
Yes, I know. I'll tell you what...
You stay on your side of the fence;
I'll stay on mine. Is that a deal?

They climb up onto the platform, where the newsmen gather
around to take pictures. Willie and Adam shake hands.

JACK
(voice over)
Now he had us all... me, Anne, and
Adam. Now we all worked for him.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Projection Room, Day

Willie, Jack, and Sugar Boy are watching a newsreel, similar
in style to the March of Time newsreels. A producer, his
assistant, and two policemen are also in the room.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
And so the eyes of the entire nation
are now focused upon Governor Willie
Stark, an amazing phenomenon on the
American political scene. The whole
state is filled with his
accomplishments -- each of them, of
course, bearing his personal
signature, to make sure that no one
will ever forget who gave them to
the state.

MONTAGE: THE NEWSREEL

Large plaque on side of the highway: THIS BRIDGE WAS BUILT
DURING THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNOR STARK. A TOLL
BRIDGE STOOD HERE FOR FIFTY YEARS... NOW THE PEOPLE TRAVEL
FREE

Camera pans to shot of the bridge.

Plaque over college entrance: STARK COLLEGE... THAT EVERY
MAN, WOMAN, OR CHILD, RICH OR POOR, SHALL HAVE AN EDUCATION...
WILLIE STARK

Shot of library -- lettering reads WILLIE STARK LIBRARY.
KNOWLEDGE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE Shot of bad road running
through dry, barren land.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
This is the way the roads used to
be. But there are those who claim
that they were adequate for the
people's needs, that you don't need
a four- or six-lane highway for a
horse and buggy.

Shot of horse pulling a plow.

The empty, untraversed STARK HIGHWAY.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
When Stark boasts of his great school
system, his critics say: you can't
go to school and work in the fields
at the same time. And they question
the benefit of these projects,
charging that the need and the poverty
of the people is as great as before.

Shot of large school. Camera cuts to men working in the field,
then to ramshackle barn, and to a farmer walking across his
rotted cornfield.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
Willie Stark has never forgotten the
source of his power: the people who
supported him.

Willie talking to the farmers.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
He still keeps in touch with these
people of the backwoods, making
periodic trips to such places as
Kanoma City, now famous as his
birthplace...

Willie's official car and escort speeding through a street.
Sign reads: KANOMA CITY, BIRTHPLACE OF WILLIE STARK

Shot of Willie having his picture taken with Lucy and Pappy
on the porch of the old farm.

Willie mending the fence on the farm. Willie feeding the
pigs.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
For those who say that Willie Stark
is a man of destiny, there are others
who claim that he is a man of evil,
a man who cares neither for the people
nor the state, but only for his own
personal power and ambition.

Willie making a speech to a huge crowd of cheering people.

Willie inspecting his police force.

Willie pounding the desk in the state legislature.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
Obviously, these ambitions go far
beyond the boundaries of the state.
Just how far, only time will tell.
Meanwhile, he is here...

Big close-up of Willie as he delivers a speech.

NARRATOR'S VOICE
...and from the looks of things, he
is here to stay. Willie Stark: messiah
or dictator?

The picture goes off and the lights in the room come on.

PRODUCER
How do you like it, Governor?

Willie stands and faces the producer.

WILLIE
How many theaters will this play in?

PRODUCER
All over the country.

WILLIE
Hear that, Jack. All over the country.

They start to leave. Willie stops for a moment.

WILLIE
Oh, there's one thing in there I
didn't like too well. That messiah
or dictator.

PRODUCER
That's our point of view, Governor.
And that's the way it stands.

There is a silence. Willie's face is hard. Then he grins.

WILLIE
All right, all right, that's the way
it stands... as of now.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

STARK BEGINS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
STATEWIDE TOUR STARTS WITH VISIT TO KANOMA CITY

DISSOLVE TO:

EXTERIOR: STARK FARMHOUSE, DAY

Tom and Pappy Stark are seated on the porch. Tom is in a
wheelchair. Lucy comes onto the porch as the sound of sirens
is heard, and Willie's two cars, motorcycle escort, and the
car of reporters turn onto the drive. Tom, upset, flips his
cigarette away as the cars stop in front of the porch. Lucy
puts her hand on his shoulder to calm him. Then Willie climbs
up the steps to greet Lucy.

WILLIE
Hello, Lucy... How are you making
it, Pa?... How are you, Tom?

Tom doesn't answer. Lucy offers her cheek to Willie. Sadie,
Jack, and Sugar Boy wait at the bottom of the steps, along
with the reporters.

LUCY
I made some refreshments for your
friends. I'll get them.

SADIE
I'll help.

LUCY
(firmly)
No, thank you. Thank you kindly.

JACK
If you don't mind, Mrs. Stark... the
boys have to get back to make the
morning editions.
(to photographers)
Set 'em up on the porch, fellows.
We'll take some pictures out here,
first.

He starts arranging the family for the picture.

JACK
Mrs. Stark, please... All right,
fellows, take one down there, will
you please... Shoot it up this way.

The cameras click.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

Willie is finishing his meal, seated at the table with his
family and Jack. Sugar Boy stands behind Willie. Sadie has
left the table and is examining the room.

WILLIE
(on the last bite)
You're still a great cook, Lucy.
Great cook.
(gets up)
Well, I guess I better be getting
back to town. Nice to have spent the
day with the family.
(kisses Lucy on the
forehead)
Goodbye, Lucy.
(extends his hand to
Tom)
Tom.

TOM
(ignores the gesture)
Goodbye.

WILLIE
Take care of yourself, Pappy. Oh,
uh... how do you like the new radio
I got you?
(walks over to it)
You know how it works? You can get
police calls on it. Come here, come
here... I'll show you.

Pappy leans over as Willie demonstrates how it works.

WILLIE
This one for police calls up here.

He turns the dial.

POLICE BROADCAST
Car sixty-two, proceed to five-
eighteen Oak Street. Tom Jones beating
his wife again.

Pappy laughs delightedly. He reaches out to turn the dial.

WILLIE
All right, go ahead, go ahead.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
We interrupt this program to bring
you a special announcement. This
afternoon, the body of Richard Hale,
father of the girl who died in the
automobile accident involving the
governor's son, was found. A medical
examination revealed he was beaten
to death.

Tom starts to wheel toward Willie, but Lucy restrains him.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
The ugly charge of "official murder"
has been hurled at the administration
by a coalition of Stark's opponents,
led by Judge Stanton, lately an
outspoken critic of the
administration.

WILLIE
(to Jack)
Your friend, the Judge.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
Thus an almost forgotten incident
provided the spark that might set
off the explosion needed to rock
Willie Stark out of power. The latest
report is that impeachment proceedings
may be instituted...

Willie turns off the radio. There is a silence. Then Willie
turns to Lucy.

WILLIE
How long will it take you to pack? I
want you to go back to Capital City
with me tonight.

LUCY
Why?

WILLIE
Because I need you.

TOM
What for?

WILLIE
(still speaking to
Lucy)
I'll explain all of that later. Now,
Lucy, do like I say.

JACK
I'll wait outside.

WILLIE
You stay right here, Jack. I want
you bear witness to what I've got to
say.

LUCY
(indicating Sadie)
She can be a witness too.

SADIE
(starting toward the
door)
I'm going back to the capital and
get hold of Duffy.

WILLIE
You stay right here, Sadie.

SADIE
Somebody's got to go back to the
capital. I'll go in the other car.

WILLIE
All right, then tell Duffy not to do
anything or say anything until I get
there.

SADIE
Yes, Governor.

She leaves.

TOM
Now he needs us. Now that he's in
trouble he needs us, so he can lead
us around like monkeys with rings in
our noses. So he can say to people,
look at me, feel sorry for me...
just a family man with a wife and a
crippled son...

WILLIE
(shouts)
Shut up!

LUCY
Willie!

TOM
Why don't you leave us alone?

Tom wheels himself into his own room. Lucy starts to follow.

WILLIE
Leave him alone. How many scrapes
have I gotten him out of? How many
girls?

LUCY
Willie, stop.

WILLIE
It's not him they're after. It's me.
How many halfwitted apes do you think
I'm going to have to pay to square
this one? What do you think this is
going to cost me?

LUCY
What do you think it cost him?

Suddenly Willie turns his face away.

WILLIE
(in a broken voice)
A man builds for his son. That's all
he builds for.

LUCY
Willie!
(turns and goes into
Tom's room)
Tom... Tom.

Willie looks up at Jack and Pappy.

WILLIE
Give me a drink, Jack.

Jack hands him a bottle and he takes a slug.

WILLIE
She'll go.

Pappy shakes his head.

PAPPY
No good, Willie. No good.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Stark Farmhouse, Night

Pappy stays behind on the porch as Tom is carried in his
wheelchair down the steps and into Willie's car. Lucy follows.
The motorcycle escort leads them away from the farm.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Highway, Night

As the cars speed to Capital City.

Interior: State Legislature, Night

There is great excitement in the assembly room. One senator
steps forward and addresses the speaker of the house.

SENATOR
Mr. Speaker, I offer a house
resolution. Whereas Willie Stark,
governor of this state, has been
guilty of incompetence, corruption,
and favoritism in office -- yes, and
other high crimes -- that he is hereby
impeached, and ordered to be tried
by the senate.

His resolution is met with a mixture of cheers and boos.

Exterior: State Capitol, Night

A huge crowd is gathered outside. Pillsbury, Sadie, and Duffy,
waiting with the crowd, step forward as they see Willie's
car approach. Newsmen take pictures as Willie gets out of
the car.

WILLIE
(as he meets Duffy)
What's the score?

DUFFY
They're lined up against you solid.
They had a meeting.

WILLIE
How do you know? Were you there?

DUFFY
Me? What would I be doing there?

WILLIE
Selling me out.

He starts up the steps of the building.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Willie's Executive Offices, Night

WILLIE
How many votes have we got?

SADIE
(going through some
files)
Eleven.

WILLIE
We need twenty.

DUFFY
We might be able to dig up a few
more.

WILLIE
Yeah. Do you know how?

DUFFY
No.

Willie turns to Jack.

WILLIE
Oh, Jack. Come here. What have you
got in your black book about that
old friend of yours?

JACK
Who do you mean?

WILLIE
You know who I'm talking about...
your old friend, the Judge.

JACK
If and when you need it.

WILLIE
If and when? I need it right now.
He's got four senators wrapped up in
his hip pocket. Come on, come on,
boy... what have you got?

JACK
I'm going to give him a break. If he
can prove it isn't true, I won't
spill it.

WILLIE
I ought to bust you, Jack.

JACK
I promised two people I'd do it this
way.

WILLIE
Who are they?

JACK
Myself... and someone else. It doesn't
matter who. I'm going to give him a
break.

WILLIE
All right, give him a break. But if
you got the facts, you got the facts.
The truth is sufficient... just like
it says in the Bible.

JACK
That's the way it's going to be.

WILLIE
All right, boy... I'll trust you.
Where are you going?

JACK
(on his way out)
I'll be around.

Willie turns to go into his private office.

SADIE
Who else do you think he promised,
Willie?

Willie shrugs.

SADIE
You'd be smart... play square with
him. You're going to need people
like us around.

WILLIE
(as he shuts his door)
Are you sure?

DISSOLVE TO:

MONTAGE: THE IMPEACHMENT

Willie's car speeding down a road.

Willie, with Lucy and Tom seated behind him, addressing crowd.

Willie speaking from the back of a train to a railroad station
audience.

JACK
(voice over)
The chips were down, and Willie knew
it. He was fighting for his life. He
roared across the state making one
speech after another. And all of
them added up to the same thing...
"It's not me they're after, it's
you!"

Close-ups of Willie, speaking to the people.

JACK
(voice over)
Willie hollered foul. Willie knew if
you hollered long enough, hard enough,
and loud enough, people begin to
believe you. Just in case they didn't,
he organized spontaneous
demonstrations.

Sign on back of a car: FIGHT WITH WILLIE

Crowds carrying signs: WIN WITH WILLIE

Willie talking on the telephone. Sadie listens.

WILLIE
Tell the boys to get the hicks out.
Bring 'em in from the sticks, empty
the pool halls. Turn 'em out. Turn
the yokels out.

More men with WIN WITH WILLIE signs. Man directing crowd
from top of bus. Other bus loads of people are seen, all of
them bearing signs.

JACK
(voice over)
In case anyone hollered back, he
organized spontaneous slugging. Willie
pulled every trick he ever knew --
and added a few more.

Crowd looks on as two uniformed police drag a man away.
Willie's car waiting. Two thugs talk things over with a man
on his doorstep.

Willie discussing matters with a man in his office. Two cops
stand with him.

Willie and Jack in the car. Sugar Boy drives. It is night.
Sugar Boy drives fast, and has to swerve to avoid colliding
with a truck.

JACK
Hey, Sugar!
(To Willie)
You'll never live to be impeached!

WILLIE
Boy, I'll live to be President...

Jack and Sugar wait in the car as Willie leans out the car
window to talk to a senator. He offers the man a piece of
paper.

WILLIE
I've got fourteen senators to vote
against impeachment. If I win, you're
out of politics.

SENATOR
(refuses to sign)
I'll do whatever the Judge says.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Highway, Night

Willie's car, as it races down the highway.

JACK
(voice over)
And always the trail led to one
place... Burden's Landing... and the
Judge.

Exterior: Ferry to Burden's Landing, Night

Willie's car coming across on the ferry.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Stanton Home, Night

As Willie's car stops and they all get out.

WILLIE
You sure you don't want me to go in
with you?

JACK
I'm sure.

WILLIE
Well, hurry it up, boy. We've got
places to go.

Jack goes into the house alone.

DISSOLVE TO:

Interior: Judge Stanton's Study, Night

Jack and the Judge are seated opposite each other.

JACK
Judge, I beg you, as a favor to
yourself, to me... call up, release
your votes.

JUDGE
I made a mistake once, Jack... when
I resigned. It was too easy then,
just resigning, pulling out. No,
Jack, I've made my choice. I have
nothing more to lose.

JACK
Judge, you know what Stark is capable
of. Think it over. I'll leave now.
I'll come back tomorrow and we'll
talk about it again. You can give me
your answer then.

The door opens and Willie and Sugar Boy enter.

WILLIE
I can't wait until tomorrow. I'm a
very impatient man.

JACK
(rising)
I told you not to come in here.

WILLIE
(ignoring him)
Is it true, Judge, that you're behind
the impeachment proceedings?

JUDGE
Yes, it's true.

Willie takes a seat in an easy chair.

WILLIE
I wanted to hear you say it with
your own silver tongue.

JUDGE
Well, you've heard it. If that's all
you came to hear you could have saved
yourself a trip.

Willie picks up a decanter off the table.

WILLIE
Mind if I pour myself a drink? How
about you, Judge, will you have one?
You better... You're going to need
it.

Jack and Judge Stanton remain standing, silently watching
Willie.

WILLIE
What'd he say, Jack?

JACK
You'll get your answer tomorrow.

WILLIE
Are you kidding? Did you show it to
him, or didn't you?

JUDGE
Show me what?

WILLIE
That's what I figured. Let's get
down to cases, Judge. Do you remember
a man with the name of Littlepaugh?

The Judge shakes his head. He doesn't.

WILLIE
Remember the Fortune Electric Company?

JUDGE
Of course. I was their counsel for
over ten years.

WILLIE
Remember how you got the job?

JACK
How did you find out?

WILLIE
(hands the Judge some
papers)
Do you remember how you got the job?

The Judge examines the papers.

WILLIE
You know, Judge, dirt's a funny thing.
Some of it rubs off on everybody.
How did you get the job, Judge?
Blackmail?

JUDGE
(to Jack)
I swear I never even remembered his
name. Isn't that remarkable, Jack? I
never even remembered his name. It's
all so long ago it's hard for me to
realize it ever happened.

WILLIE
Yeah. But it did.

JUDGE
Yes, it did. But it's difficult for
me to realize it.

JACK
For me too, Judge.

JUDGE
Thanks for that much.

WILLIE
Well, I guess you know what the next
move is, don't you?

JUDGE
Yes, I do. Jack Burden. Willie Stark's
hatchet man.

JACK
(to Willie)
I asked you... how did you find out?

JUDGE
This would never stand at law, not
for a minute. It happened over twenty-
five years ago, and you could never
get any testimony. Everybody is dead.

WILLIE
Everybody except you, Judge. You're
alive. And people think you're a
certain kind of man. And you just
couldn't bear for people to think
otherwise.

JUDGE
Ever since then I... I've done my
duty. I... I'm responsible for many
good things.
(looks at the papers
again)
But I also did this.

WILLIE
Yes, yes, you did.

JACK
Judge, I beg of you, call and release
your votes, for your sake.

JUDGE
You have tender sensibilities for a
hatchet man.
(goes to the door)
Good night, gentlemen.

WILLIE
How about my answer?

JUDGE
You'll have it in the morning.

WILLIE
I want it tonight.

JUDGE
In the morning. Good night, gentlemen.

There is silence. Then the three men get up to go. The Judge
closes the door behind them.

Interior: Stanton Hallway, Night

As the three men walk to the front door.

JACK
How did you find out?

WILLIE
We've got a lot to do. It's getting
late, Jack. Let's get back to town.

JACK
You know we're through, don't you?

WILLIE
Aw, you don't mean that, boy.

The front door opens, and Adam and Anne come in.

STANTON
What are you doing here?

WILLIE
It's all right, doc. Just here to
discuss some politics with the Judge.

STANTON
Oh, I see.
(starts upstairs)
Well, good night.

WILLIE
Good night.

JACK
(to Anne)
Did you give him --

WILLIE
Wait a minute, Jack --

JACK
Answer me. Did you give --

A shot is fired. They turn and rush into the Judge's study.
They find the Judge face downward in his leather chair. Adam
and Jack kneel beside him. Willie, holding on tightly to
Anne's arm, stands in the doorway. Jack picks up the Judge's
pistol and looks at Adam.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: Stanton Home, Night

Jack comes out of the house, followed by Anne and Adam.

STANTON
Aren't you going back with him?

JACK
No.

STANTON
Why not? You belong with him. Jack,
how could you have done it? When
Anne brought me those papers she
told me you promised not to tell
Stark until...

JACK
Yeah. I know.
(walks away)
Well, I kept my promise.

Adam looks unbelievingly at Anne. She looks away.

STANTON
Anne? Anne?

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

Interior: Jack's Hotel Room (State Capital), Day

Jack looks out the window. A portable radio is blaring out
the news.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
From all over the state they're
streaming in. From the hill country
and farms, the lumber camps... by
boat, by train, by horse, and on
foot. Willie Stark's army.

Through Jack's window we see the street blocked with cars
and people, all headed for the State Capitol Building. Anne
is in the crowd, trying to get across the street. Seeing
Jack in the window, she pushes her way across and enters the
hotel. He slams the window shut and comes back into the room.

ANNOUNCER'S VOICE
The state capital is filled with
rumors, one of which is that Stark
is planning to seize power by force.
As commander of the state militia,
he has --

Jack turns it off. He goes over to his bed and starts putting
clothes into a valise. There is a knock on the door. He
ignores it. Another knock.

JACK
Come in. The door's open.

Anne enters.

ANNE
Jack...

JACK
What do you want?

She starts to cry. He grabs her, pulling her face close to
his.

JACK
(bitterly)
No, I want to see you cry.

He lets her go and she falls to the bed, sobbing.

JACK
Stop it!

ANNE
I called you. All afternoon I've
been calling you.

JACK
I know. I was here.

ANNE
You've got to tell Adam. You've got
to see him.

JACK
Tell him what?

ANNE
He knows about me and...

JACK
About you and Willie?

ANNE
(nods)
I tried to explain to him. I... I
tried to explain to him that it wasn't
the way he thought it was.

JACK
How was it, Anne? You tell me.

ANNE
He hit me, Jack. My own brother...
he hit me.

JACK
Your brother is an old-fashioned
man. He believes in his sister's
honor. Me, I'm a modern man.
(slams clothes into
the valise)
The twentieth-century type. I run.

ANNE
(rises)
I'm frightened, Jack.

JACK
For who? Your brother, or Willie?

ANNE
(quietly)
We're through.

JACK
Who's through with who?

ANNE
He called me this afternoon. He's
going back to Lucy. He said it was
better that way.

JACK
Better for who? Him.

ANNE
Both of us.

JACK
Did he tell you that too when he
asked you to betray the Judge? At
least I walked out on him.

ANNE
Oh Jack... help me, please, please.
Adam's all I've got left now. Oh,
Jack, if you ever loved me...

JACK
If I ever loved you.
(pause)
I'll go find Adam.

He takes up his coat.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXTERIOR: HOSPITAL SITE, DAY

A large billboard. It reads HERE ON THIS SITE WILL BE ERECTED
THE GOVERNOR STARK HOSPITAL -- TO HEAL SICKNESS -- TO EASE
PAIN -- FREE. NOT AS A CHARITY BUT AS A RIGHT. WILLIE STARK

Adam enters, looks at the sign, and walks on.

Exterior: Street Near Capitol Building, Day

Crowds of people headed toward the building, some with WIN
WITH WILLIE signs. A marching band plays music for them.

Exterior: Capitol Building, Day

Crowd waiting outside the building. Mounted policemen keep
them in line. From a large platform, loaded with people,
comes the chant "We want Willie, we want Willie." Jack pushes
his way through the people and speaks to a policeman standing
guard on the Capitol steps.

COP
Where do you think you're going?
(recognizes Jack)
Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't recognize
you.

JACK
Do you know who Dr. Stanton is?

COP
Yes sir.

JACK
Did he try to come through here today?

COP
Haven't seen him, sir.

JACK
Well, can you check the other
entrances?

2ND COP
There's no other entrances today.
The other entrances are blocked off.
Orders are to take no chances.

COP
If you care to come inside and wait,
Mr. Burden, we can find you a seat.

JACK
No, thanks. I'll wait out here. If
Dr. Stanton shows up, let me know.
Pass the word along to the boys,
will you?

COP
Yes sir.

Jack turns and looks at the large crowd. A voice from a public
address loudspeaker begins to yell out commands to the crowd.

LOUDSPEAKER
All right now. Everybody... that
means everybody... let's let Willie
know we're here! All together: WE
WANT WILLIE. WE WANT WILLIE.

The chant is picked up enthusiastically by the crowd.

Interior: State Legislature, Day

The speaker is trying to speak over the clamor of the
chanting.

SPEAKER
We will first proceed to take the
judgment of the senate on the question
of the impeachment of the governor.

SENATOR
(rising)
Mr. Speaker, this is a farce to ask
us to vote in the face of the kind
of intimidation and pressure that
has been exerted here in the past
few weeks. Even that crowd outside,
yelling on cue, is part of that
pressure.

CROWD NOISE
We want Willie. We want Willie.

Willie gets up, and goes to the window.

Exterior: State Capitol, Day

The crowd, with Jack in the foreground. The crowd suddenly
goes wild as they see Willie appear at the window. In the
growing darkness he seems only a shadowy figure as he raises
his hands to wave to the crowd.

We see various shots of people straining to get a little
closer to the steps in order to see him better. Willie then
turns and goes back into the room.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: State Capitol, Day

The crowd again, still waiting. The camera pans upward to a
loudspeaker.

ANNOUNCER
Attention, please. Attention, please.
This is a special announcement from
Willie Stark to you people out there.
He doesn't want any one of you to
leave...

The camera moves over the faces of the people listening.

ANNOUNCER
He wants you to stay in front of
this state Capitol until the fight
is over. If you want Willie Stark to
win, stay where you are.

They cheer. Camera picks up Jack watching the crowd's
reaction, then up to a plaque over the entrance to the Capitol
Building. It reads THE PEOPLE'S WILL IS THE LAW OF THIS STATE --
GOVERNOR STARK.

ANNOUNCER
Do you hear me... stay where you
are. Don't go away. Stay where you
are. Don't go away.

DISSOLVE TO:

Exterior: State Capitol, Night

Newsmen, photographers stand about, bored. The crowd, every
bit as large, is quiet but expectant. Everyone holds still
as the announcer's voice is heard again.

ANNOUNCER
Attention, please. Attention, please.
The balloting on the impeachment
proceedings against Governor Stark
has just ended. This is the result:
Willie Stark has won.

The crowd explodes. People break through the police barriers.
Mounted policemen ride in quickly to prevent a riot. Camera
picks up Anne in the crowd, trying to push through.

Jack stands on the steps of the Capitol, watching it all.
Suddenly Willie appears at the top of the steps, followed by
Sugar Boy. Sadie, Duffy, Pillsbury follow close behind. Willie
grabs hold of the mike and addresses the suddenly hushed
crowd.

WILLIE
They tried to ruin me. But they are
ruined. They tried to ruin me because
they did not like what I have done.
Do you like what I have done?

Loud applause, and cries of "yes."

WILLIE
Remember, it's not I who have won,
but you. Your will is my strength,
and your need is my justice, and I
shall live in your right and your
will. And if any man tries to stop
me from fulfilling that right and
that will, I'll break him. I'll break
him with my bare hands. For I have
the strength of many.

Having finished, he waves at them all. Then he notices Jack
and comes down the steps to greet him.

WILLIE
Hello, Jack boy, I'm glad you're
here. I knew you'd come back.

He walks back up the steps, his arm around Jack's shoulders.
They start to go into the building that way when Willie sees
someone. He smiles and puts out his hand.

WILLIE
Oh, doctor, I'm very glad to see
you.

Adam is seen, waiting at the entrance of the building. Before
Willie has taken a step Adam fires several shots into him.
Willie falls to the ground and Sugar Boy whips out his pistol
and fires at Adam. Three policemen with tommy guns open fire,
shooting into Adam's already fallen body. Then they turn and
point their guns at the mob of people rushing toward Willie,
forcing them back.

COP
Stand back, everybody. Stand back.

Sugar Boy kneels beside Willie. Sadie stands against a pillar,
looking down on him.

SUGAR BOY
(nearly crying)
D-does it hurt m-much, boss? D-d-
does it hurt much?

Jack looks up to see Anne struggling through the screaming
mob to get to Adam. She looks at Adam for a moment, then
turns away.

JACK
Anne, Anne... Where are you going?

She doesn't answer, only walks away. He runs after her and
catches hold of her arm.

ANNE
I don't know. Leave me alone.

JACK
To do what?

ANNE
I don't care.

JACK
No, that's too easy.

ANNE
I don't know, I don't know, I don't
know.

JACK
I do.

ANNE
Leave me alone, please.

JACK
No, no more.

ANNE
He's dead.

JACK
We're alive.

ANNE
My brother's dead.

JACK
We've got to go on living.

ANNE
How?

JACK
So that Adam's death has meaning, so
that it wasn't wasted. Anne, our
life has to give his death meaning.
Don't you see that? Look at those
people...

He turns her around so that she can see the crowds still
struggling to get a look at Willie.

JACK
Look at them! They still believe in
him. And we've got to make them see
Willie the way Adam saw him, or
there's no meaning in anything...
anything.

A policeman approaches.

POLICEMAN
Mr. Burden... the governor's asking
for you. You better hurry. He's going
fast.

JACK
(to Anne)
Will you wait here?

No reply.

JACK
Will you wait here?

She nods her head slowly. Jack walks through the building to
the pillar against which Willie has been propped. Sugar Boy
is still beside him. He stands behind Sadie and Duffy, looking
down at Willie.

WILLIE
It could have been the whole world,
Willie Stark. The whole world...
Willie Stark. Why did he do it to
me... Willie Stark? Why?

His head droops to the side and he dies.

FADE OUT

THE END

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