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King Kong - 1933 Screenplay

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Stacy Dohm
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« on: August 25, 2007, 09:27:11 pm »

CUT TO village. Wall visible over roofs. Party enters.

               Drums much louder.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Not a soul in sight.

                                   DENHAM
                         That wall, Skipper! What d'ye say
                         to that, eh?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Colossal! It might almost be
                         Egyptian.

                                   DENHAM
                         But what's on the other side?
                         That's what I want to know.

                                   ANN
                             (awe-struck)
                         Who do you suppose could have built
                         it?

                                   DRISCOLL
                             (trying not to be
                              impressed)
                         Aw, I went up to Angkor once.
                         That's bigger than this - and
                         nobody knows who built it.

                                   DENHAM
                             (with a feeling of
                              something even more
                              important than a picture
                              pending, but trying to
                              strike his usual note)
                         Oh, boy! What a chance! What a
                         picture!

               The chant begins, rising in volume. They all stand frozen.

               Ann clutches Driscoll's arm. Sailors frightened. Chant dies
               down to a mutter.

                                   DENHAM
                             (shaking himself)
                         Come on!

               They all move forward cautiously. TRUCK WITH THEM.

                                   DENHAM
                         Hear that! They're saying Kong!
                         Kong!

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Hope you'll be able to speak their
                         lingo Skipper.

                                   DENHAM
                         Can you catch any words yet?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         I'm not sure. It sounds something
                         like the language the Nias
                         Islanders speak.

                                   ANN
                         What do you suppose is happening?

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Up to some of their heathen tricks.
                         Now don't go rushing out to see.

                                   ANN
                             (meekly, but bubbling with
                              excitement)
                         All right. But isn't it exciting!

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Sure. I wish we'd left you on the
                         ship.

                                   ANN
                         I'm so glad you didn't.

               They approach masking house.

                                   DENHAM
                         Wait. Easy row. Stay here till I
                         see what goes on.

               They stop in a group behind house. Denham looks round
               cautiously.

               CUT TO what he sees. The Ceremony.

                                   DENHAM
                         Holy mackerel! What a show!
                         Skipper, get a look at this!

               Englehorn carefully goes forward and peeps around.

                                   DENHAM
                         Did you ever see anything like that
                         before? If I can steal a shot
                         before they see us -

               He beckons to sailor carrying camera.

                                   DENHAM
                         Hey! You with the camera!

               Sailor starts forward with it.

                                   ANN
                             (to Driscoll)
                         I want to see.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Come on and look, but be careful.

               Ann looks around house. Denham moves beyond and starts
               setting up. Chant begins to rise. As it reaches forte, Chief
               sees them and shouts.

                                   CHIEF
                         Bado! Dama pati vego!

               Ceremony stops, natives turn and stare.

                                   DENHAM
                         Too late, they see us.

                                   JIMMY
                         Let's beat it!

               He turns to run. Driscoll seizes and holds him.

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Hold on there! What are you running
                         for?

                                   DENHAM
                         No use trying to hide now.
                         Everybody come out here in plain
                         sight. Put up a bold front.

               Driscoll, Ann and sailors come forward in a group a few paces
               behind Denham and Englehorn.

                                   CHIEF
                         Bado! Maka mini tau ansaro.(Wait!
                         Two warriors come with me.)

               In silence, the Chief with two warriors close behind him
               advances through the crowd of natives. The women in the crowd
               begin to slip away.

               The group of whites watch in tense silence the approach of
               the Chief.

                                   2ND SAILOR
                         Say, let's scram outa this.

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Stand still, you fool!

               Group of sailors are fingering their rifles, shifting
               nervously.

                                   DENHAM
                             (over his shoulder without
                              looking away from Chief)
                         Steady, boys. Don't get nervous.

               Ann takes hold of Driscoll's arm. He puts his hand on hers
               without looking at her.

                                   DRISCOLL
                         Never let a native see you're
                         worried, boys. Bluff 'em.

               The chief stops.

                                   CHIEF
                         Watu! Tama di? Tama di? (Stop! Who
                         are you? Who are you?)

                                   DENHAM
                         Come on Skipper, make him a
                         friendly speech.
                             (advance)

                                   ENGLEHORN
                             (slowly)
                         Tabe! Bala kum nono hi. Bala! Bala!
                         (Greeting! We are your friends.
                         Friends! Friends!)

                                   CHIEF
                             (sternly)
                         Bala reri! Tasko! Tasko! (We don't
                         want friends, Go! Get out!

                                   DENHAM
                         He understands you, Skipper! What's
                         he say?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Telling us to get out.

                                   DENHAM
                         Talk him out of it. Ask him what
                         goes on.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Vana di humya? Malem ani humya
                         vana? (What are you doing? What is
                         that woman doing?)
                             (he points to girl)

                                   CHIEF
                         Ani saba Kong! (She is the bride of
                         Kong!)

               The natives all murmur "Saba Kong!"

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         He says the girl there is the bride
                         of Kong.

                                   DENHAM
                         Great! Find out what they're going
                         to do.

               The Witch Doctor rushes forward, very angry. He addresses
               Chief.

                                   WITCH DOCTOR
                         Dama si kasi! Dama si kasi! Punya
                         bas! Punya! (Strangers have seen!
                         It is finished.)

                                   CHIEF
                             (to Englehorn)
                         Tasko! (Go!)

                                   DENHAM
                         What's that?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         He must be the witch-doctor. He
                         says the ceremony is spoiled
                         because we have seen it.

                                   DENHAM
                         What's the word for friends?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Bala.

                                   DENHAM
                         Calm the old boy down.

               He advances with outspread hands, saying, "Bala! Bala!"

               Englehorn hesitates for a moment, then steps forward too.

                                   CHIEF
                             (bellowing)
                         Punya!

               The warriors move menacingly forward.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         I don't like the looks of this,
                         Denham. The women have cleared out.
                         That's a bad sign.

               The Chief sees Ann.

                                   CHIEF
                             (shouting to the natives)
                         Sita! Malem! Malem me pakeno!
                         (Look! The woman! The woman of
                         gold!)

               Natives all look at her and murmur.

                                   DENHAM
                         What's that?

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         He says look at the golden woman.

                                   DENHAM
                         Blondes are scarce around here.

                                   CHIEF
                         Malem ma pakapo! Kong wa bisa! Kow
                         bisa para Kong! (The woman of gold!
                         Kong's gift! A gift for Kong.)

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         A gift for Kong, he says.

                                   DENHAM
                         Good Lord!

                                   CHIEF
                         Dama, tebo malem na hi? (Strangers,
                         sell woman to us?)

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Wants to buy her.

                                   CHIEF
                         Sani sita malem ati -
                             (pointing to sacrificial
                              victim)
                         - kow dia malem ma pakeno.
                         (I will give six women like this
                         for you woman of gold.)

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         He's offering to trade us six of
                         his girls for Ann.

               Ann gasps, tries to smile.

                                   DRISCOLL
                         You got her into this, Denham.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Tida, tida! Malem ati rota na hi.
                         (No, no! Our woman stays with us.)

               Chief growls menacingly. Warriors take another step forward.
               Sailors finger their rifles.

                                   DRISCOLL
                         I'm going to take her back to the
                         ship.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         We'd better all get out before they
                         think to cut us off from the beach.

                                   DENHAM
                         I guess so. But tell him we'll come
                         back tomorrow to make friends.

                                   ENGLEHORN
                         Dulu hi tego. Bala. Dulu. (Tomorrow
                         we come. Friends. Tomorrow.)

               Chief does not move, glares at them.

                                   DENHAM
                         Get going, Ann. Don't act scared.
                         Everything's all right. Smile, Ann.
                         Talk to Jack. Keep your chin up!

               Ann, very frightened, but smiling gallantly, does as he tell
               her. She and Driscoll retreat slowly, pretending unconcern.
               The sailors fall back one by one, Englehorn and Denham last.

               Denham cocks his hat over one eye and begins to whistle
               carelessly, one hand on his revolver. As they reach the
               corner of masking house.
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